Robert E. Bristow, MD

Robert Bristow, MD, MBA, is a gynecologic oncologist at the MemorialCare Todd Cancer Institute at Long Beach Memorial.

Dr. Bristow’s clinical expertise includes the surgical management of advanced gynecologic cancer, including ovarian, fallopian tube and primary peritoneal cancers. In addition to the full range of complex surgical procedures, Dr. Bristow is experienced in delivering Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) in conjunction with debulking operations. Dr. Bristow also is an experienced minimally invasive surgeon with special expertise in robotic-assisted hysterectomy and surgical staging for endometrial cancer and cervical cancer.

Prior to joining the faculty at University of California, Irvine, Dr. Bristow received numerous awards for teaching excellence and served as the director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology fellowship program in Gynecologic Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Bristow’s primary research interests include the surgical management of ovarian cancer, patterns of health care delivery for women with gynecologic cancer, and radiographic imaging of gynecologic cancers. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has served as principal editor for two medical textbooks (Surgery for Ovarian cancer: Principles and Practice [2005 and 2010] and Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer Series: Ovarian Cancer [2009]) and two patient-centered books (A Guide to Survivorship for Women with Ovarian Cancer [2005] and Johns Hopkins Patients’ Guide to Ovarian Cancer [2009]).

Dr. Bristow has been recognized as Castle Connolly Top Doctor in America for Gynecologic Oncology (2008-2010).

This physician is a member of MemorialCare Physician Society which drives clinical outcomes and performance for MemorialCare Health System.


  • Gynecologic Oncology

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