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Edward James Tanner, III, M.D.

Associate Director, F.J. Montz Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology
Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics


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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

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  • Associate Director, F.J. Montz Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology
  • Co-director of Robotic Surgery, Gynecology
  • Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Centers & Institutes



Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-0400

601 N. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-8240

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-0400

10755 Falls Road
Pavilion I Suite 420
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
Phone: 410-583-2749


Cervical Cancer, Gynecologic Cancers, Gynecologic Oncology, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Ovarian Cancer, Robotic Surgery, Sarcoma, Uterine Cancer, Uterine Fibroids, Vulvar Cancer

Research Interests

Surgical Management of Advanced Ovarian Cancer; Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping of Endometrial Cancer; Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery for Gynecologic Cancers; Fertility Preservation for Cervical and Endometrial Cancer; Management of Uterine Sarcomas


Edward Tanner, MD, is an assistant professor of gynecologic oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

His clinical interests include the surgical management of advanced gynecologic cancers as well as minimally invasive surgery for early-stage disease. He has a particular focus on developing innovative techniques for robotic surgery in patients with uterine and cervical cancers.

His research interests include sentinel lymph node mapping in endometrial cancer, exploring ways to reduce complications in patients undergoing surgery for advanced ovarian cancer, as well as identifying new treatments for patients with uterine sarcoma.

A native of Baltimore, Dr. Tanner received his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham before returning to Baltimore to complete his residency in gynecology and obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he was one of the first fellows to complete an extensive training program in robotic surgery for gynecologic cancers. more

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    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • University of Alabama at Birmingham / MD (2004)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Obstetrics and Gynecology (2008)


    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center / Gynecologic Oncology (2012)


    • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology / OB/GYN-General (2013)
  • Research & Publications +

    Clinical Trial Keywords: National Cancer Institutie, Gynecologic Oncology Group

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    Selected publications:

    1. Tanner EJ, Zahurak M, Bristow RE, Diaz-Montes TP. Outcomes of Younger Patients with Ovarian Cancer. Gynecol Oncol 2008; 111(2): 221-5. PMID: 18786718.

    2. Barlin NJ, Tanner EJ. Ovarian Cancer Screening. Postgraduate Obstetrics and Gynecology. 29 (15), 2009.

    3. Tanner EJ, Chi DS, Eisenhauer EL, Diaz-Montes TP, Santillan A, Bristow RE. Early Detection of Recurrent Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, and Primary Peritoneal Cancer: Survival Benefit or Lead Time Bias. Gynecol Oncol 2010; 117(2):336-40. PMID: 20153027.

    4. Pant AC, Diaz-Montes TP, Tanner EJ, Ahmad S, Giuntoli RL 2nd, Holloway RW, Bristow RE. Correlation of Extreme Drug Resistance Assay Results and Progression Free Survival Following Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for Advanced Ovarian Cancer. J Chemother 2010; 22(4): 270-4. PMID: 20685633.

    5. Shih KK, Qin L-X, Tanner EJ, Zhou Q, Bisogna M, Dao F, Olvera N, Viale A, Barakat RR, Levine DA. A MicroRNA Survival Signature (MiSS) for Advanced Ovarian Cancer. Gynecol Oncol 2011; 121 (3): 444-50. PMID: 21354599.

    6. Tanner EJ, Leitao MM, Garg K, Chi DS, Sonoda Y, Gardner GJ, Barakat RR, Jewell EJ. The Role of Cytoreductive Surgery for Newly Diagnosed Advanced-Stage Uterine Carcinosarcoma. Gynecol Oncol 2011; 123 (3): 548-52. PMID: 21945551.

    7. Tanner EJ, Black DR, Zivanovic O, Kehoe SM, Dao F, Konner JA, Barakat RR, Lichtman SM, Levine DA. Patterns of First Recurrence Following Adjuvant Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for Stage IIIC Ovarian Cancer. Gynecol Oncol 2012; 124 (1): 59-62. PMID: 21982046.

    8. Tanner EJ, Long KC, Zhou Q, Brightwell RM, Gardner GJ, Abu-Rustum NR, Leitao MM, Jr., Sonoda Y, Chi DS. Impact of Operative Start Time on Surgical Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Primary Cytoreduction for Advanced Ovarian Cancer. Gynecol Oncol 2012; 126 (1): 58-63. PMID: 22507533.

    9. Hyman DM, Long KC, Tanner EJ, Grisham RN, Arnold AG, Bhatia J, Spriggs DR, Soslow RA, Kauff ND, Levine DA. Outcomes of Primary Surgical Cytoreduction in Patients with BRCA-associated High-grade Serous Ovarian Carcinoma. Gynecol Oncol 2012; 126 (2): 224-8. PMID: 22579790.

    10. Tanner EJ, Garg K, Leitao MM, Jr., Soslow R, Hensley ML. High Grade Undifferentiated Uterine Sarcoma: Surgery, Treatment, and Survival Outcomes. Gynecol Oncol 2012; 127 (1): 27-31. PMID: 22750260.

    11. Tanner EJ, Long KC, Feffer JB, Leitao MM, Jr., Abu-Rustum NR, Barakat RR, Chi DS, Gardner GJ. Parenchymal Splenic Metastasis is an Independent Negative Predictor of Overall Survival in Advanced Ovarian, Fallopian Tube, and Primary Peritoneal Cancer. Gynecol Oncol 2012; 128 (1): 28-33. PMID: 23017819.

    12. Tanner EJ, Toussaint T, Leitao MM, Jr, Hensley ML, Soslow RA, Gardner GJ, Jewell EL. Management of uterine adenosarcomas with and without sarcomatous overgrowth. Gynecol Oncol 2013; 129 (1): 140-4. PMID: 23283300.

    13. Sandadi S, Tanner EJ, Khoury-Collado F, Kostolias A, Makker V, Chi DS, Sonoda Y, Alektiar KM, Barakat RR, Abu-Rustum NR. Radical surgery with individualized postoperative radiation for stage IB cervical cancer: oncologic outcomes and severe complications. Int J Gynecol Oncol 2013; 23 (3): 553-8. PMID: 23392402.

    14. Tanner EJ, Armstrong DK. Planning treatment for women with recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer. Oncology 2013; 27(4): 304-6. PMID: 23781694.

    15. Barlin JN, Long KC, Tanner EJ, Gardner GJ, Leitao MM, Jr., Levine DA, Sonoda Y, Abu-Rustum NR, Chi DS. Optimal (≤1cm) but Visible Residual Disease: Is Extensive Debulking Warranted? Gynecol Oncol 2013; 130 (2): 284-8. PMID: 23672929.

    16. Ricci S, Giuntoli RL 2nd, Eisenhauer E, Lopez MA, Krill L, Tanner EJ, Gehrig PA, Havrilesky LJ, Secord AA, Levinson K, Frasure H, Celano P, Fader AN. Does adjuvant chemotherapy improve survival for women with early-stage uterine leiomyosarcoma? Gynecol Oncol 2013; 131 (3): 629-33. PMID: 24016408.

    17. Long KC, Tanner EJ, Frey M, Leitao MM Jr, Levine DA, Gardner GJ, Sonoda Y, Abu-Rustum NR, Barakat RR, Chi DS. Intraoperative hypothermia during primary surgical cytoreduction for advanced ovarian cancer: Risk factors and associations with postoperative morbidity. Gynecol Oncol 2013; 131(3): 525-30. PMID: 24016410.

    18. Tanner EJ, Long KC, Visvanathan K, Fader AN. Prophylactic salpingectomy in premenopausal women at low risk for ovarian cancer: risk-reducing or risky? Fertil Steril 2013; 100(6): 1530-1. PMID: 24182408.

    19. Scheib SA, Tanner EJ, Green IC, Fader AN. Laparoscopy in the Morbidly Obese: Physiologic Considerations and Surgical Techniques to Optimize Success. J Minim Invasive Gynecol 2013; 21 (2): 182-95. PMID: 24100146.

    20. Fader AN, Java J, Krivak TC, Bristow RE, Tergas AI, Bookman MA, Armstrong DK, Tanner EJ, Gershenson DM. The prognostic significance of pre- and post-treatment CA-125 in grade 1 serous ovarian carcinoma: A Gynecologic Oncology Group study. Gynecol Oncol 2014; 132(3):560-5. PMID: 24333362.

    Selected book chapters:

    1. Giuntoli RL II, Tanner EJ. Fallopian Tube Carcinoma. In: Gehrig PA, Secord AA, editors. Handbook of Gynecologic Oncology. Landes Bioscience, Georgetown, TX, 2008.

    2. Bristow RE, Tanner EJ. Ovarian Tumors, Borderline Malignancies. In: The 5-Minute OB/GYN Clinical Consult. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2008.

    3. Tanner EJ, Khoury-Collado F, Chi DS. Cytoreductive Procedures. In: Karlan BY, Bristow RE, Li AJ, editors. Gynecologic Oncology: Clinical Practice and Surgical Atlas, First Edition. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2012.

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    • Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2006
    • Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2008
    • Virginia K. Pearce Award for Best Poster, Society of Memorial Gynecologic Oncologists Annual Meeting, 2009
    • Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2013


    • American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy
    • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Mid-Atlantic Gynecologic Oncology Society
    • Society of Gynecologic Oncology
    • Society of Memorial Gynecologic Oncologists
  • Videos & Media +


    Minimally Invasive Surgery for Gynecologic Cancer Q&A

    Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Dr. Edward Tanner, discusses the benefits, risks and recovery of minimally invasive surgery for gynecologic cancers.

    Lectures and Presentations

    Screening for Ovarian Cancer
    Baltimore (01/19/2012)
    Greater Baltimore Medical Center

    Screening for Ovarian Cancer
    Washington (01/04/2013)
    Sibley Memorial Hospital

    Screening for Gynecologic Cancers
    Woodbridge (01/03/2013)
    Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

    Screening for Ovarian Cancer
    Washington (01/24/2013)
    Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center

    Screening for Ovarian Cancer
    Grand Round Lectures , Baltimore, MD (10/19/2012)
    Greater Baltimore Medical Center

    Screening for Ovarian Cance
    Grand Round Lectures , Washington, DC (03/04/2013)
    Sibley Memorial Hospital

    Screening for Gynecologic Cancers
    Grand Round Lectures , Woodbridge, VA (04/03/2013)
    Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

    Screening for Ovarian Cancer
    Grand Round Lectures , Washington, DC (10/24/2013)
    Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center

    Practical Paradigms for Critical Clinical Challenges in Gynecologic Oncology
    Classification and Current Treatment Strategies for Uterine Sarcomas , Washington, DC (11/03/2012)
    SGO 2012 State of the Art Conference

    The Skinny on the Mini: Minilaparoscopy, LESS, Robotic Single-Site and the Next Frontier in Alternative Access
    Conventional Laparoscopic Access Techniques: A Review and Critical Appraisal , Washington, DC (11/11/2013)
    AAGL Annual Meeting

    Introduction of a Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping Program
    Boston, MA (12/05/2013)
    Endometrial Cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital

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