Our Experts

Alison Jacoby, MD

Alison Jacoby, MD
Director, Comprehensive Fibroid Center

Dr. Alison Jacoby is an obstetrician-gynecologist who founded the Comprehensive Fibroid Center to provide personalized patient care and effective treatment alternatives to women with fibroids.

A Boston native, Dr. Jacoby graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center. Soon after joining the UCSF faculty in 1997, she discovered her passion for fibroids and created one of the first clinical centers in the country devoted to helping women with fibroids. She has developed expertise in the latest medical and surgical techniques for treating fibroids. Her research focuses on new medical agents for fibroids and understanding the factors that contribute to women's decisions about their treatment.

Dr. Jacoby is a member of the University of California Fibroid Network, a state-wide collaboration to improve the care of women with fibroids through research, education, and collaborative clinical practice.

Dr. Jacoby is an investigator for the University of California Fibroid Network, a state-wide collaboration to improve the care of women with fibroids through research, education, and collaborative clinical practice.

 

Vanessa Jacoby, MD, MAS

Dr. Vanessa Jacoby is an obstetrician gynecologist with a special interest in new minimally invasive treatments for uterine fibroids. Most recently, she has begun using a FDA approved device that destroys fibroid cells through heat delivered with radiofrequency energy (radiofrequency ablation (Acessa™) of fibroids). This is an outpatient procedure in which a woman can quickly return to her usual activities. She is the lead investigator of study of this radiofrequency ablation (Acessa™) device across 5 sites within the UC Fibroid Network.

In addition, she collaborates closely with the Department of Radiology to conduct studies of MR Guided Focused Ultrasound, a nonsurgical treatment for women with fibroid available at UCSF since 2011. She led the first ever study to compare MR Guided Focused Ultrasound to a placebo and is now conducting a study (in conjunction with Mayo Clinic and Duke University), to compare MR Guided Focused Ultrasound to Uterine Artery Embolization.

Dr. Jacoby graduated from the University of California, San Francisco Medical School where she also completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Masters Degree in Clinical Research. She is passionate about conducting research that provides women with fibroids the best possible scientific evidence to guide and inform their treatment decisions. Dr. Jacoby is the lead investigator for the University of California Fibroid Network, a state-wide collaboration to improve the care of women with fibroids through research, education, and collaborative clinical practice.

 

Jeannette Lager, MD, MPH

Dr. Jeannette Lager is an obstetrician gynecologist who brings her expertise in minimally invasive approaches to caring for women with abnormal uterine bleeding and fibroids to the team. She was previously on faculty at UCSF and recently returned from a one year stint in Texas at the Baylor School of Medicine Ben Taub General Hospital. During that year, Dr. Lager nurtured her passion for promoting health and well-being for women with fibroids. Dr. Lager believes that educating patients on a variety of treatment options enables them to make the best possible decision for the management of fibroid care. She loves to collaborate with our interdisciplinary team to provide personalized care.

Passionate about developing our future health care leaders, Dr. Lager is the Clinical Clerkship Director for Obstetrics and Gynecology for the School of Medicine. She has received numerous teaching awards and was recently awarded the APGO/CREOG Resident Teaching Award while she was at Baylor School of Medicine.

Dr. Lager is a graduate of UCLA, University of Minnesota Medical School and the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Lager is an investigator for the University of California Fibroid Network, a state-wide collaboration to improve the care of women with fibroids through research, education, and collaborative clinical practice.

Jessica Opoku-Anane, MD

Jessica Opoku-Anane, MD, MS

Dr. Jessica Opoku-Anane is a fellowship-trained minimally invasive gynecologist. She is a specialist in the treatment of fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, alternatives to hysterectomy, and advanced gynecologic surgery. Her thoughtful approach to patients and individualized treatment plans allow her to provide exceptional care that addresses the needs of all patients. In particular, she strives to provide a minimally invasive approach to her patients’ needs whenever possible.

Dr. Opoku-Anane obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and went on to complete a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Harvard Brigham & Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. She received several awards, including the prestigious American Association of Laparoscopic Gynecologists (AAGL) award for excellence in laparoscopic surgery. She subsequently completed an additional AAGL fellowship in advanced minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) at George Washington University. During this two-year fellowship, she performed more than 900 laparoscopic, robotic, and vaginal surgeries through small keyhole incisions. At the recent AAGL conference, her team reported favorable surgical outcomes of the largest worldwide cohort of large fibroids weighing greater than 1 kg. She also offers many office-based procedures.

In addition to her clinical activities, she has been active in research and spent two years with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) both locally and in sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research includes a study to test the ability of a medication, tranexamic acid, to decrease blood loss during fibroid surgery, a study to determine how best to teach trainees to do robotic surgery, and a study on environmental chemicals that enhance fibroid growth. Dr. Opoku-Anane also has a longstanding interest in global health and assists with the development of laparoscopic programs throughout sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


Division of Interventional Radiology

Nicholas Fidelman, MD
Robert Kerlan, MD
Maureen Kohi, MD
Ryan Kohlbrenner, MD
K. Pallav Kolli, MD
Jeanne LaBerge, MD
Evan Lehrman, MD
Andrew Taylor, MD, PhD

Faculty in the Division of Interventional Radiology have been performing uterine artery embolization at UCSF since 1998. They have extensive clinical experience and enjoy helping women overcome their fibroid problems.