Luis E. Mendez, MD

Dr. Luis E. Mendez

Dr. Mendez has been among the first surgeons to use robotic gynecologic surgery to treat benign and malignant gynecologic problems in several hospitals in South Florida. Dr Luis E. Mendez area of experties include but not limited to

  • Comprehensive gynecologic cancer care
  • Minimally invasive cancer and pelvic surgery
    (laparoscopic and robotic)
  • Radical cancer surgery
  • Advanced Pelvic Surgery
  • Professional Member of the following:
  • South Florida Gynecologic Oncology, Medical Director, Miami, FL
  • Mercy Hospital’s Chairman, Department of OB/GYN
  • Mercy Hospital Robotics Committee, , Chairman
    Associate Professor, Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Florida International University College of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • DaVinci robotic platform, Intuitive Surgical,

If you would like to read more on Dr. Luis E. Mendez, Jr., MD Accomplishments & Affiliations

HIGHER EDUCATION                                      

  • M.D., University of MiamiSchool of Medicine, Miami, FL, 5/1993      
  • B.S., Biology, Chemistry, BarryUniversity, Miami Shores, FL, 5/1989

Licensure / Certifications

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Board CertifiedObstetrics and Gynecology, 11/2002
  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Subspecialty Board CertifiedGynecologic Oncology, 4/2004
  • Medical Licensure: Florida license # ME0069610. Active.
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, 1994
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, 2011
  • Drug Enforcement Administration, License # BM4706543. Active.
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support, Instructor, 1989

EXPERIENCE 7/1998 – 5/2001          Fellow, Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, JacksonMemorialHospital, Miami, FL 6/1997 – 6/1998          Fellow, Advanced Pelvic Surgery, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 6/1993 – 5/1997          Resident, Obstetrics and Gynecology, JacksonMemorialHospital, Miami, FL POSITIONS HELD 6/2008-Present            Associate Professor, Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Florida International University College of Medicine, Miami, FL 9/2004-Present            South Florida Gynecologic Oncology, Medical Director, Miami, FL 6/2003 -8/2004            Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Miami School of Medicine (UMSM), Miami, FL 6/2001 – 5/2003          Assistant Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, UMSM, Miami, FL   7/1998 – 5/2001          Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UMSM, Miami, FL   5/1997 – 6/1998          Associate, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Dept. of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of MedicineAtlanta, GA 6/1996 – 5/1997          Clinical Teaching Associate, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UMSM, Miami, FL 6/1996 – 5/1997          Administrative Chief Resident, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, JacksonMemorialHospital, Miami, FL Current Hospital appointments MercyHospital, Senior staff physician, Chairman, Department of OB/GYN 2010- Baptist Health System, Active staff KendallRegionalHospital, Active staff PalmettoHospital, Consulting staff


Book chapters

  1. Almeida Z, Penalver M, Mendez LE. Cervical Cancer” in Clinical Gynecology. Bieber E, Sanfilippo S, HorowitzI. eds. Churchill Livingstone Philadelphia 2006.

Lambrou N, Mendez LE, Penalver M. “Surgical management of recurrent endometrial carcinoma”. In Cancer of the Uterus. Coukos G, Rubin S eds. Marcel Dekker New York 2005.

  1. Salom E  and Mendez LE. “The role of chemoprotectors during chemotherapy for gynecologic neoplasms”. In Chemotherapy for Gynecological Neoplasms:  Current Therapy and Novel Approaches (Basic and Clinical Oncology Series Volume 28). Angioli R, Panici P, Kavanaugh J, Penalver M and Pecorelli S eds. Marcel Dekker New York 2004.
  2. Mendez LE and Penalver M. “Surgical reconstruction of the pelvis in gynecologic cancer patients”. In TeLinde’s Operative Gynecology. 9th ed. Rock J and Thompson J eds. Lippincott, Philadelphia, PA 2003.
  3. Mendez LE. “Iatrogenic injuries in gynecologic cancer surgery.” In Surgical Clinics of North America. Angioli R, Mendez LE and Penalver M. eds. 81(4):897-923, 2001.
  4. Estape R, Mendez LE,  Angioli R, Penalver M. “Urinary Diversion in Gynecologic Oncology.” In Surgical Clinics of North America. Angioli R, Mendez LE and Penalver M. eds. 81(4):781-797, 2001.

Peer-reviewed articles

  1. Alvarez EZ, Wolfson AH, Pearson JM, Crisp MP, Mendez LE, Lambrou NC, Lucci JA. A phase I study of docetaxel as a radio-sensitizer for locally advanced squamous cell cervical cancer. Gynecol Oncol 2009 May;113(2):195-9. Epub 2009 Feb 28.
  2. Castle PE, Aftab A, Saint-Jean G, Mendez LE. Detection of carcinogenic human papillomavirus in specimens collected with a novel self-sampling device. J Clin Microbiol. 2006 Jun; 44(6):2158-9.
  3. Leboeuf L, Mendez LE, Gousse AE. Small bowel obstruction associated with tension-free vaginal tape. Urology 2004 Jun;63(6):1182-4.
  4. Salom E, Mendez LE, Schey D, Lambrou N, Noor K, Gomez-Marin, O, Averette H, Penalver, M. Continent ileocolonic reservoir urinar reservoir (Miami Pouch): The University of Miami experience over 15 years. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004; 190: 994-1003.
  5. Salom EM, Schey D, Penalver M, Gomez-Marin O, Lambrou N, Almeida Z, Mendez L. The safety of incidental appendectomy at the time of abdominal hysterectomy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2003 Dec; 189(6): 1563-7; discussion 1567-8.
  6. Angioli R, Penalver M, Muzii L, Mendez L, Mirhashemi R, Bellati F, Croce C, Panici PB.

Guidelines of how to manage vesicovaginal fistula. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol 2003 Dec; 48(3): 295-304.

  1. Angioli R, Panici PB, Mirhashemi R, Mendez L, Cantuaria G, Basile S, Penalver M. Continent urinary diversion and low colorectal anastomosis after pelvic exenteration. Quality of life and complication risk. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol 2003 Dec; 48(3): 281-5.
  2. Mendez LE, Mueller A, Salom E, Gonzalez-Quintero VH. Paclitaxel and carboplatin chemotherapy administered during pregnancy for advanced epithelial ovarian cancer. Obstet Gynecol 2003 Nov; 102(5 Pt 2): 1200-2.
  3. Mirhashemi R, Averette H, Lambrou N, Penalver M, Mendez L, Ghurani G, Salom E. Vaginal reconstruction at the time of pelvic exenteration: A surgical and psychosexual analysis of techniques. Gynecol Oncol 2002; 87:39-45.
  4. Mendez LE, Manci N, Cantuaria G, Penalver M, Averette H, Gomez-Marin O, Braunschweiger P and Nadji M. Glucose transporter-1 (GLUT 1) expression in cervical cancer and its precursors Gynecol Oncol 2002;86: 138-143.
  5. Mendez LE, McCreath W, Penalver M and Angioli R. Radical vaginal trachelectomy after supracervical hysterectomy. Gynecol Oncol  2002;85(3): 545-7.
  6. Mirhashemi R, Averette H, Estape R, Angioli R, Mahran R, Mendez L, Cantuaria G, Penalver   M. Low colorectal anastomosis following radical pelvic surgery: A risk factor analysis. Am J Obstet Gynecol  2000;183(6)Dec: 1375-1380.
  7. Mendez LE, Echt L, Rock J, Horowitz IR. Pulmonary endometriosis: A clinical review. J Pelvic Surg  2000;6(3) May/June: 130-135.
  8. Mendez LE, Majmudar B, Horowitz IR. Atypical presentation of microscopically advanced ovarian carcinoma. South Med J  2000;93(3): 321-322.
  9. Cantuaria G, Magalhaes A, Angioli R, Mendez L, Mirhashemi R, Wang J, Wang P, Penalver M,  Averette H and Braunschweiger P. Antitumor activity of a novel glyco-nitric oxide conjugate in ovarian carcinoma. Cancer 2000;88(2): 381-388.
  10. Angioli R, Estape R, Salom E, Cantuaria G, Mirhashemi R, Mendez L, Yoo R and Penalver M. Radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer: Hysterectomy before pelvic lymphadenectomy or vice versa? Int J Gynecol Cancer 1999;9: 307-311.
  11. Mendez LE, Joy S, Angioli R, Estape R and Penalver M. Primary uterine angiosarcoma.  Gynecol Oncol 1999;75: 272-276.
  12. Mendez LE, Cantuaria G, Angioli R, Mirhashemi R, Gabriel C, Estape R and Penalver M. Evaluation of the Pfannenstiel incision for radical hysterectomy with pelvic and paraaortic lymphadenectomy. Int J Gynecol Cancer 1999;9: 418-420.
  13. Mendez LE, Bhoola S, Horowitz IR. Bilateral tubo-ovarian abscesses four years after total abdominal hysterectomy. Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 1998; 6:138-140.
  14. Mekki Y, Gilles J, Mendez LE, O’Sullivan MJ. Abdominal pregnancy: to remove or not to   remove the placenta. Prim  Care Update Ob Gyns 1998 Jul 1;5(4):192.
  15. Mendez LE, Medina C. Late complication of laparoscopic salpingoophorectomy: retained foreign body presenting as an acute abdomen. J  Soc Laparoendoscopic Surg 1997; 1:77-79.
  16. Saint-Louis H, Mendez LE, Penalver M. Managing the gynecologic causes of severe abdominal pain. J of Critical Illness 1996; 11:793-800.
  17. Colsky AS, Mendez LE, Peacock JS. FcR-Independent antibody-mediated cellular cytotoxicity. J Leuk Biol 1991; 49:548-555.


Other publications and published abstracts

  1. Salom E Jr, Schey D, Kassira N, Gomez O, Mendez L, Jhamb N, Lambrou N, Lucci III J, Penalver M. “A comparison of continent and incontinent urinary diversion after pelvic exenterations: A study of long term morbidity and renal function.” Gynecol Oncol 2005; 96 (3): 921 [Abstract].
  2. Almeida Z, Jhamb N, Rodriguez L, Gomez O, Nguyen T, Hus N, Salom E, Lucci III J, Penalver M, Mendez L. “Cervical cancer stage IBI:  A comparison between tumor sizes < 2cm Vs.  > 2cm and < 4cm”. Gynecol Oncol 2005; 96 (3): 920 [Abstract].
  3. Almeida Z, Mendez LE, Gomez O, Jhamb N, Ghurani G, Lambrou N, Salom E, Hlavin P, Penalver M. “The effect of music therapy and guided imagery on postoperative pain, anxiety and medication use: a prospective, randomized trial”. J Pelvic Med Pelvic Surg 2003;9 (suppl 1):S27. [Abstract]
  4. Almeida Z, Mendez L, Gomez O, Jhamb N, Ghurani G, Lambrou N, Salom E, Hlavin   P, Penalver M.  “The Effect of Music Therapy and Guided Imagery on Postoperative Pain, Anxiety and Medication Use: A Prospective Randomized Study”. Gynecol Oncol 2003; 88 (2): 198 [Abstract].
  5. Salom E, Mendez L, Lambrou N, Kamat, Gómez-Marín O, Ghurani G, Mirhashemi R, Almeida Z, Penalver M, Averette H. Bulky stage IB2 cervical cancer: Feasibility and survival with surgical management vs radiation alone J Pelvic Med Pelvic Surg 2003;9(suppl 1):S27. [Abstract]
  6. Salom E, Mendez L, Jhamb N, Lambrou N, Almeida Z, Mirhashemi R, Ghurani G, Averette H, Penalver M. Endometrial cancer in women younger than 40 years of age: a clinicopathologic review J Pelvic Med Pelvic Surg 2003;9(suppl 1):S26. [Abstract].
  7. Salom E, Schey D, Gomez-Marin O, Mendez L, Lambrou N., Almeida Z, Penalver M.  Incidental appendectomy at the time of gynecologic procedures: A case-controlled study. J Pelvic Med Pelvic Surg 2003;9(suppl 1):S1. [Abstract]
  8.  Lambrou N, Mirhashemi R, Beach H, Mendez LE, Ghurani G, Salom E, Almeida Z, Penalver M. “Optimal surgical cytoreduction in patients with stage III/IV endometrial carcinoma: a study of morbidity and survival”. Gynecol Oncol 2003;88:203. [Abstract]
  9. Penalver M, Mendez LE, Lambrou N. What’s new in obstetrics and gynecology. J Am Coll Surg  2002 Aug;195(2):203-7.
  10. Estape R, Angioli R, Mendez LE, Nieves W, Ghurani G, Lambrou N and Penalver M. 3-Day     Topotecan and Carboplatin in first line treatment of ovarian cancer. A Phase II trial. 37th Annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), San Francisco, CA. May 12-15, 2001. [Abstract]
  11.  Mendez LE, Gebka A, Feun LG. The role of intraperitoneal chemotherapy in epithelial ovarian cancer. Contemporary OB/GYN  45(6): 29-43, 2000.
  12. Whitted W, Verma U, Vogl B, Mendez L. Does Cesarean section increase the prevalence of adenomyosis: A retrospective review. Obstet Gynecol 2000 Apr 1:95 (4 Suppl 1):S83 [Abstract].
  13. Mendez LE, Santanam N, Parthasarathy S, Horowitz IR. Autoantibodies to lipid peroxide-modified proteins in patients with gynecologic malignancies. Gynecol Oncol 72 (3): 503, 1999 [Abstract].
  14. Estape R, Moffett DH, Angioli R, Cantuaria G, Mirhashemi R, Mendez L, Penalver M. Hysterectomy versus conservative management of recurrent cervical dysplasia: A cost-benefit analysis. Gynecol Oncol 72(3): 498, 1999. [Abstract]
  15. Estape R, Angioli R, Mendez L, Cantuaria G, Mirhashemi R, Hunt M, Penalver M. 3-day bleomycin, etoposide and platinum (BEP) for ovarian germ cell tumors. Gynecol Oncol 72(3): 497, 1999. [Abstract]
  16. Estape R, Milian N, Angioli R, Cantuaria G, Mirhashemi R, Mendez L, Penalver M. Incompletely staged germ cell tumors: Is staging necessary? Gynecol Oncol 72(3): 497, 1999.[Abstract]
  17. Cantuaria G, Angioli R, Mirhashemi R, Mendez L, Estape R, Penalver M. Primary malignant melanoma of the uterine cervix: A case report and review of the literature. Gynecol Oncol 72(3): 492-93, 1999. [Abstract]
  18. Colsky AS, Mendez LE, Peacock JS. Target cell internalization by macrophages induced by surrogate adhesion receptors. Advances in Gene Technology: The Molecular Biology of Immune Disease and The Immune Response, Proceedings of the Miami Bio/Technology Winter Symposia 1990, p. 132.

PROFESSIONAL   Funded research  

          1.       A phase II trial of Consolidation Taxotere in patients with optimally debulked stage IC to IV

                       epithelial ovarian or primary peritoneal carcinoma. Role, P.I., 2003-04, Funding Aventis

                       Oncology, $350,000.

           2.     A Randomized Phase III Trial of Gemzar versus Doxil with Crossover Treatment Option for

                        Patients with  Platinum-Resistant Ovarian, Fallopian Tube or Primary Peritoneal Cancer

                        Undergoing Second or Third- Line Chemotherapy. Role, P.I. 2003-04, Funding Eli Lilly, $50,000

 3.     Phase I, Fixed-Dose Rate Gemcitabine + Carboplatin in Platinum-Sensitive, Late-Relapsed Ovarian Cancer, Fallopian Tube or Primary Peritoneal Cancer. Role, P.I. 2003-04, Funding Eli Lilly, $50,000   4.     A Phase I/II Evaluation of a Self-Sampling Device for Combined Cericovaginal Cytology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD). Role, P.I. Start date 2003-04, Funding Bay Point Group, $50,000.   5.     A phase II study of ET-743 as second-line therapy in subjects with persistent or recurrent endometrial cancer. Role, P.I. 2003-04, Funding Johnson and Johnson, $16,000 per patient.   6.     A phase I/II study of docetaxel as a radiosensitizer for locally advanced cevical cancer. Role, P.I. 2003-04. Funding Aventis Oncology, $210,000.   7.     Surrogate receptor mediated cellular cytotoxicityUniversity of Miami School of Medicine, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology. Mentor: James Peacock, Ph.D. June-August 1987. Funding: American Cancer Society Summer internship grant.

Editorial  responsibilties

1.     Angioli R, Mendez LE and Penalver M. Editors, Gynecologic Oncology, Surgical Clinics of North America, WB Saunders, vol 81(4): 2001.

Positions held

  • Membership committee, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, 2010-
  • National proctor, DaVinci robotic platform, Intuitive Surgical, 2009-
  • National proctor, Ethicon Endosurgery, Advanced GYN laparoscopy, 2008-
  • National proctor, Boston Scientific, Advanced pelvic surgery, 2007-
  • Reviewer, Gynecologic Oncology journal, 2003-
  • Reviewer, Obstetrics and Gynecology journal, 2002-
    • MercyHospital Robotics Committee, 2009- , Chairman 2009-
    • MercyHospital Cancer Committee, 2006- , Chairman 2008-
    • Baptist Health Doctors Hospital Credentials Committee, 2008-
    • University of Miami Faculty Senate, Alternate Senator, 2002-2004
    • Honors Program in Medical Education Committee, University of Miami School of Medicine, 2001-2004
    • University of Miami/Sylvester Cancer Center Ethics Committee, 2003-2004
    • University of Miami Data Monitoring and Safety Committee, 2003-2004
    • Co-PI, Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), University of  Miami, 2003-2004
    • Co-Chair, Gynecologic Oncology Site Disease Group,SylvesterCancerCenter, 2003
      • University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Tissue Committee, 2002-2004
      • University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, SylvesterCancerCenter, Tumor Registry Cancer Committee, 2002-2004

Professional memberships

  • Full Member, International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS), 2010-
  • Fellow, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO), 2004-
  • Fellow, AmericanCollege of Surgeons (ACS), 2005-
  • Fellow, AmericanCollege of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), 2002-
  • Full member, Florida Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (FSGO), 2002-
  • Active member, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), 2002-
  • William A. Little Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, 1997-


  • Named to America’s Best Obstetricians and Gynecologists,  Consumers Research Council

of America, 2007- 2008

  • Awarded  Patients’ Choice Award, and Compassionate Doctor Recognition,  2008-2010
  • Named to the Florida International University Council of 100
  • Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2004, 2005
  • Berlex Foundation Faculty Development Award, The Berlex Foundation, August, 2001
  • First place, Scientific program- Fellows, 23rd annual William A. Little Society meeting,

Key Biscayne, FL May 26, 2001.

  • Resident Reporter. Wyeth-Ayrest, American Society for Reproductive 
  • Medicine, Boston, MA. Nov 1996.
  • Administrative Chief Resident, Dept. of OB/GYN, Jackson Memorial Hospital, 1996-1997
  • The National Dean’s List, 1988-1989
  • Focus on Excellence Scholarship, Full-tuition scholarship, BarryUniversity, 1985-1989
  • Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society, 1985-1989

Poster presentations

  1. Mendez LE, McCreath W, Angioli R, Penlaver M. Radical vaginal trachelectomy. [Poster] American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 50th Annual Clinical Meeting, Los Angeles, CA May 4-8, 2002.
  2. Nieves-Neira W, Lambrou N, Davis K, Ghurani G, Mendez L, Mirhashemi R, Wolfson A, Penalver M.  Major complications associated with cisplatin radiosensitization for treatment of cervical carcinoma. [Poster] 33rd  meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, Miami Beach, FL March 17, 2002.
  3. Mirhashemi R, Averette H, Mahran R, Mendez L, Nieves W, Ghurani G, Angioli R, Estape R, Lambrou N, Penalver M. The Gastrointestinal Complications of the Miami Pouch: A Review of 77 Cases. [Poster] 32nd Annual meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, Nashville, TN, March 3-7, 2001
  4. Mendez L, McCreath W, Acheen V, Penalver M. A Krukenberg tumor in a 23 year old [Abstract/Poster] Southern Medical Association, 94th Annual Scientific Assembly, Orlando, FL Nov 1-5, 2000.
  5. Verma U, Vogl B, Mendez L, Whitted W. Does Cesarean section increase the prevalence of adenomyosis: A retrospective review. [Poster] American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists San Francisco, CA May 20-24, 2000.
  6. Estape R, Wagman F, Mendez L, Cantuaria G, Mirhashemi R, Nieves W and Penalver M. Small cell carcinoma of the cervix: Analysis of outcome and treatment modalities. [Poster] Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. San Diego, CA Feb 5-9, 2000.
  7. Mendez LE, Gabriel C, Cantuaria G, Angioli R, Mirhashemi R, Estape R, and Penalver M.

The Pfannenstiel abdominal incision for radical hysterectomy with pelvic and paraaortic lymphadenectomy. [Poster] International Gynecologic Cancer Society. Rome, Italy, Sept 26-30, 1999.

  1. Cantuaria G, Magalhes A, Angioli R, Penalver M, Estape R, Mendez L, Mirhashemi R and Braunshweiger P. Nitric oxide as a potent cytotoxic agent in human ovarian cancer [Poster] International Gynecologic Cancer Society. Rome, Italy, Sept 26-30, 1999.
  2. Penalver M, Joy S, Angioli R, Mirahshemi R, Cantuaria G, Estape R and Mendez LE. Primary Uterine Angiosarcoma. [Poster] International Gynecologic Cancer Society.Rome, Italy, Sept 26-30, 1999.
  3. Mekki Y, Gilles JM, Mendez L, and O’Sullivan MJ. Abdominal pregnancy: To remove or not remove the placenta?  [Poster] American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.New Orleans, LA May 9-13, 1998.

Oral presentations/invited lectures

  Mendez LE. “Womens Health Update: Robotic Surgery” Mercy Hospital, Community lecture series. Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, FL May 6, 2010.                                                        Mendez LE. “Robotics in GYN Oncology” and “HPV: The Science of Cervical Cancer and Prevention” First Internaional Womens Health and Oncology Symposium. Baptist Health of Miami. Dec 4-5, 2009. South Miami, FL                                         Mendez LE. International faculty “V Curso Internacional de Ginecologia y Obstetricia” Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Ginecologia y Obstetricia. Lectures on Laparoscopy in Gyn Oncology, Pelvic exenteration/reconstruction and Endometrial cancer. Quito, Ecuador Mar 4-6, 2009.                                         Mendez LE. Invited faculty- Postgraduate course. “Management of Complex Intestinal, Urinary        and Reproductive Tract Injury in Gynecologic Oncology” 40th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. San Antonio, TX. Feb 5, 2009   Mendez LE.  “Terapia de Reemplazo Hormonal y sus Riesgos” Congreso del 35 Aniversario de la Asociacion de Medicas Salvadorenas. San Salvador, El Salvador. October 25, 2008.   Mendez LE.  “Robotic and Laparoscopic  Surgery in Gynecologic Cancer” and other topics,  XXVI Congreso Colombiano de Obstetricia y Ginecología, Cartagena, Colombia May 28-31, 2008.   Mendez LE.  “Menopausia,  Hormonas y Cancer”, “Esperanza y vida para tí mujer” Nacional conference given by the first lady of El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador. June 9, 2007.   Mendez LE. “Terapia de Reemplazo Hormaonal: Riesgos y Beneficios” Teleconference for the “X Congreso de Medicina de la Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado”, San Salvador, El Salvador. May 18, 2007.   Mendez LE. “Gynecology Update” Mother-Daughter Health Forum. Baptist Health System. South Miami, FL Nov 19, 2006.   Mendez LE. “Update on Ovarian Cancer: Toxicities and management of new regimens” Palm Beach Society of Health System Pharmacists. Boca Raton, FL Sep 21, 2006.   Mendez LE.  “Strengthening her fight in the battle against Ovarian Cancer” (OrthoBiotech  Oncology program) Jupiter, FL Aug 9, 2006.   Mendez LE. “Advances in Gynecology” First International Symposium on Women’s Health, San Salvador, El Salvador, Jun 19, 2006.   Mendez LE.  “Cervical cancer and HPV” Cayman Islands Cancer Society, Grand Cayman Island, Nov 17, 2005.   Mendez LE.  “Strengthening her fight in the battle against Ovarian Cancer” (OrthoBiotech Oncology program) Miami Beach, FL Nov 10, 2005.   Mendez LE.  “Strengthening her fight in the battle against Ovarian Cancer” (OrthoBiotech  Oncology program) Lakeland, FL Oct 26, 2005.   Mendez LE. “Living with Ovarian Cancer” The Wellness Community, Miami, FL Sep 17, 2005.   Mendez LE.  “Endometrial and Ovarian Cancers”. The Red Dress Affair. Cayman Islands Cancer Society. Grand Ole House, Grand Cayman Island. May 18, 2005.   Mendez LE. “Laparoscopy in Gyn Oncology” Surgical Lecture Series, Baptist Health Systems, SouthMiamiHospital, April 19, 2005 MiamiFL   Mendez LE.  Moderator, Scientific session, American College of OB-GYN (ACOG), District IV meeting, Oct 24, 2004. Savannah, GA.   Mendez LE. “Gynecologic Cancer and Early Intervention” Indications for breast and gynecologic malignancies 2004. Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). Oct 16, 2004 Hollywood, FL   Mendez LE.  “Ovarian Cancer: Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies” Mount SinaiMedicalCenter Tumor Conference, Sep 17, 2004 Miami Beach, FL.   Mendez LE.  “Update: Endometrial Carcinoma” 3rd Annual Association for Advanced Education in Gynecology, Obstetrics and Medicine of Reproduction (AFGOR, Italian society) meeting, Sep 14, 2004 MiamiFLUSA   Mendez LE. “Ovarian Cancer”. Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), Coral Gables, FL May 19,2004.   Mendez LE. “Laparoscopia y sus complicaciones en cáncer ginecológico” and “Laparoscopia en cáncer del endometrio” Mexican Annual Congress on Gynecologic Laparoscopy, Guadalajara, MX Apr 16, 2004.   Mendez LE. “The adnexal mass: diagnosis and management.” New Concepts in OB/GYN review course (Moderator Gynecologic Oncology day). Miami BeachFL, February 28, 2004.   Mendez LE.  “Advances in drug delivery for the treatment of ovarian cancer.” Capital Grille, MiamiFL, February 26, 2004.   Mendez LE. “Current debates in relapsed ovarian cancer” Monty’s Restaurant, Miami Beach, FL Jan 22, 2004.   Mendez LE. “Chemoradiotherapy for cervical cancer and selected toxicities”. University of Miami Dept. of Radiation Oncology Grand Rounds, Miami, FL Jan 9, 2004   Mendez LE. “Estado actual de la cirugía laparoscopica y sus complicaciones en cancer ginecologico”  XXII National Oncology Congress,  Oct 20,2003 Juriquilla, Mexico.   Mendez LE. “El valor de la cirujia en cancer cervicouterino invasor.” XXII National Oncology Congress, Oct 30, 2003 Juriquilla, Mexico.   Mendez LE.  “Update on Vaccines” American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District IV Annual Meeting, San Juan, PR Oct 17-19, 2003.   Mendez LE.  “Ovarian cancer salvage therapy and chemotoxicity” Gilda’s Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL  Sep 15, 2003.   Mendez LE. “ Management of relapsed ovarian cancer” La Bussola restaurant, Coral Gables, FL Sep 11, 2003.   Mendez LE. “Update: Cervical cancer” 19th Annual International Cuban Medical Association Congress, Miami Beach, FL July 2, 2003.   Mendez LE. “Chemoradiotherapy and cervical cancer”. University of Miami Dept. of Radiation Oncology Grand Rounds, Mar 28, 2003. Miami, FL   Mendez LE. “Laparoscopy in Gynecologic Oncology: the good, bad and ugly”.  New Concepts in OB/GYN. Key Largo, FL Feb 14, 2003.   Mendez LE. “The effect of music therapy and guided imagery on postoperative pain, anxiety and medication use: a prospective, randomized trial”. Main plenary session, 34th Annual meeting, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, New Orleans, LA Feb 3, 2003.   Mendez LE. “HPV: The basic science of cervical cancer”, UM/Dept. of OB/GYN Grand Rounds, September 26, 2002 Miami, FL   Mendez LE. “The management of abnormal Pap smears” and “HPV: Clinical management and newer therapies”, UM/Family Medicine Grand Rounds, March 6, 2002 Miami, FL.   Mendez LE. “Management of the adnexal mass” Newer concepts in OB/GYN. University of Miami Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Feb 16, 2002, Islamorada, FL.   Mendez LE. “Molecular biology of cervical cancer for clinicians”, 24th Annual Oncology Update, CedarsMedicalCenter, Jan 26, 2002, Miami, FL   Mendez LE. “Miami Pouch”, “Manejo de lesions de bajo grado”, “Metologia diagnostica de patologia cervical”. Lectures given as part of the “II Reunion Conjunta: Jornada Internacional de la Sociedad de Obstetricia y Ginecologia de Buenos Aires y Mar del Plata”. December 4-9, 2001, Mar Del Plata, Aregntina.   Mendez LE.  “Glucose transporter-1 (GLUT 1) and cervical cancer: A target for novel nitric oxide-monosaccharide conjugates”. Grand Rounds, University of Miami School of Medicine/ Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL May 31, 2001.   Mendez LE. “Glucose Transporters and Gynecological Cancer.” 23rd annual William A. Little Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Meeting, Key Biscayne, FL. May 26, 2001.   Mendez LE. “Creating ties with Latin America: The University of Miami experience” INCTR (International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research) Meeting on Cancer of the Cervix. Miami, FL March 30-31, 2001.   Mendez LE. “Radical surgery for cervical cancer” and “Pelvic exenteration and the Miami pouch”. Curso Internacional de Oncologia Genitomammaria, Universidad National de Cordoba. Cordoba, Argentina July 23-24, 1999.   Mendez LE “Update on Endometrial Cancer”. 15th Annual International Cuban Medical Association Congress, Miami Beach, FL June 30, 1999.   Mendez LE “Ovarian cancer” and “Gestational trophoblastic disease”. Review Course in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Department of OB/GYN, JacksonMemorialHospital, Miami, FL June 2, 1999.   Mendez LE. “Pfannenstiel incision for radical hysterectomy with lymphadenectomy”. William A. Little Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Meeting. Key Biscayne, FL May 29, 1999.   Mendez LE. “Abdominal catastrophes in the gynecologic patient”.  Society of Critical Care Medicine, 28th Educational and Scientific Symposium, San Francisco, CA. Jan 23, 1999.   Mendez LE. “Clinical trials and the cancer patient.” Women and Cancer: Approaching the Second Millenium, Women’s HospitalCenter, JacksonMemorialHospital, Nov 12, 1998.   Mendez LE. “Determination of the presence of lipid peroxide-modified proteins and autoantibodies to these proteins in patients with gynecologic malignancies.”  John D. Thompson Research Day, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.  June, 1998.   Mendez LE, Horowitz IR, Rosenshein N. “Clinical dilemmas in gynecologic oncology.” Comprehensive Review Course in Gynecology and Obstetrics – EmoryUniversitySchool of Medicine, AmeliaIsland, FL. May, 1998.   Mendez LE. “Radiation therapy in gynecologic oncology.” Grand Rounds, University of Miami/ JacksonMemorialHospital, Miami, FL. Feb, 1997.   Mendez LE. “Myocutaneous flaps in gynecologic surgery.” William A. Little Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Meeting, Miami, FL. May 1996.  

Public service/community work

Mendez LE. “Endometrial and ovarian cancer awareness” Multiple radio and TV interviews, Grand Cayman Island, May 16-19, 2005.   Mendez LE. “Breast cancer awareness.” Radio program, Radio Caracol AM 1260. Oct 20, 2004, Miami, FL.   Mendez LE. WSCV Telemundo network (national). “Cervical cancer screening and treatment”.  Sep 27, 2004   Mendez LE. Radio Mambi (AM 710). “Cervical cancer  and HPV awareness”. The Marta Flores show. Mar 1, 2004.   Mendez LE. “Ovarian cancer: Still a challenging disease” First Annual Women’s Wellness Day, Sylvester Cancer Center, Miami, FL Sep 19, 2003.   Mendez LE. WSCV Telemundo network (national). “Breast conservation surgery (Spanish)” Oct 17, 2002.   Mendez LE.  WLRN TV(Public access Miami). “Breast and cervical cancer awareness”. Puerto Rican Forum Live. Oct 16, 2002.   Mendez LE. Radio Mambi (AM 710). “Breast and cervical cancer awareness”. The Marta Flores show. Oct 9, 2002.   Mendez, LE.  WSCV (Ch 51) Telemundo, “The self-breast exam (Spanish and English)”, Miami, FL, Oct 2, 2002.   Mendez LE. WQBA (AM 1180) radio interview, “JacksonMemorialHospital: Breast and cervical cancer screening (Spanish)”, Miami, FL, Sept 30, 2002.   Mendez LE.  American Cancer Society Hispanic Initiative Campaign Kickoff, “Early detection for breast and cervical cancers (Spanish)”, Miami, FL, Sept 5, 2002.   Mendez LE. Miami Herald interview, “Kids and nursing key factors in breast cancer”, July 19, 2002.   Mendez LE. WBZ (CBS affiliate in Boston, MA) radio interview, “Hormone therapy and ovarian cancer risk”, July 18, 2002.   Mendez LE. Boston Globe interview “Estrogen use linked to higher cancer rate”, July 17, 2002.   Mendez LE. Guest physician “La menopausia”, Univision television network. Mother’s Day Health Special. May 11, 2002.   Mendez LE. Guest physician, “Consulte a su Medico”. Topic: Cervical Cancer. GEMS Cable Television. Miami, FL, June 3, 1999.   Mendez LE. “Gynecologic cancer screening.”  2nd Annual Women’s Day Symposium, Mary Telfair Women’s Hospital / Candler Hospital, Savannah, GA. Oct, 1997.


Teaching awards

  • Outstanding Teaching Attending Physician, Gynecologic Oncology fellows, Jackson Memorial Hospital, 2001-2002
  • Outstanding Teaching Attending Physician, OB/GYN, University of Miami 3rd year medical students, 2001-2002
  • Outstanding Teaching Fellow, Dept. of OB/GYN, University of Miami 3rd year medical

students, 1998 to 1999.

Teaching  conferences organized

  • “Chair, Federación Latinoamericana de Ginecología Oncológica (FLGO) meeting, the Latin American membership of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO), Miami Beach, FL March 15, 2002


  • Gilda’s Club, Medical advisory board, 2004-
  • Member, La Liga Contra El Cancer, 2002-
  • American Cancer Society, HispanicDevelopmentCenter, Medical Advisory Board member, 2001-
  • Emmaus Medical Mission, Guatemala 2003, 2005
  • E-Medical Alumni Mentors Program, University of MiamiSchool of Medicine Alumni Society, 2002-
  • Junior Faculty Steering Committee, University of Miami School of Medicine, OB/GYN department faculty representative, 2002- 2004
  • InteramericanCollege of Physicians and Surgeons, Medical student mentor, 1994-1997

Personal Information

Citizenship: USA Date of birth: March 1, 1968 Fluent in Eglish and Spanish

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