Your dollar counts. Did you know most research foundations invest only a small percentage into actual research? 90% of WCRF donations go directly to research.

Your dollar counts. Did you know most research foundations invest only a small percentage into actual research? 90% of WCRF donations go directly to research.

Who we are


one of the nation's most active research organizations

The Women’s Cancer Research Foundation (WCRF) is one of Southern California’s and the nation’s most active research organizations for female cancers. We are dedicated to serving the interests of patients, families, and friends affected by women’s cancers. WCRF partners with Gynecologic Oncology Associates, and other physician scientists nationally to make differences in women’s lives by offering hope, strength, and progress. 

501(c)(3) STATUS

WCRF is a public nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation. Our physicians have been involved in research dating back to 1985. In 2003, the foundation was incorporated as a charitable 501(c)(3) foundation so that our patients, families, and everyone who wishes to make a difference in the world of women’s cancers could support our research effort. Donations are tax deductible.

TAX ID #: 33-0865870

“Form 990 Available Upon Request”



Care, Understanding & Treatment Forward


The mission of the Women’s Cancer Research Foundation (WCRF) is to improve the cure rates for women with ovarian, endometrial, cervical and other gynecologic cancers through innovative clinical research.

core values


Innovative care, innovative cures


Empathy, humanity, dignity, & respect


In patient experience, & treatment outcomes

the wcrf difference

Research is the key to improving cure rates. Our unique WCRF clinical research model is 400% more productive than the traditional university/cancer center model. WCRF overhead is only 10%. Our physicians and staff of sixty work for free to support WCRF. Our only major expenses are those directly related to our research team. 90% of funds donated to WCRF go to our research team. By comparison, when funds are donated to the Komen Foundation or the American Cancer Society, only about 9% gets to researchers.

Our physician researchers

Comprising multiple generations of experts, WCRF’s Physician Researchers are leaders in treating women’s cancers. Our diverse staff is passionate and uniquely qualified to deliver informed results and push clinical trials forward.

Alberto A. Mendivil, MD, FACOG, FACS

Dr. Alberto A. Mendivil graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Animal Physiology & Neuroscience, with a minor in health care. From there, he attended University of Utah School of Medicine for his M.D. He went on to do a fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a residency at the Department of Obstetrics at the UC Irvine Medical Center, where he was Administrative Chief Resident.
Newport Beach, Pomona, Orange, Irvine

Lisa N. Abaid, MD, MPH, FACOG, FACS

Dr. Lisa Abaid received her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She went on to receive her Doctorate from University of Miami School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, going on to become Administrative Chief Resident. Dr. Abaid stayed on at the University of North Carolina to complete her Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology, and also obtained a Master’s degree in public health, health policy, and administration.
Newport Beach, Pomona, Irvine

Eijan Wu, MD, MPP

Dr. Eijean Wu holds both a B.A. in History & Science and a Master’s in public policy from Harvard University. She received her M.D. from Northwestern University, and completed residency, as well as served as Administrative Chief Resident, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in “da” Bronx, NY. Dr. Wu did her fellowship training at the University of Southern California, and then entered private practice in California’s medically-underserved Central Valley. She has a heart for providing cutting-edge, comprehensive cancer care to women from all walks of life. She joined the GOA team in 2017.
Downtown Los Angeles

Kristina M. Mori, MD, FACOG

Dr. Kristina Mori completed her undergraduate study at the University of California at Riverside. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed her residency at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her fellowship sub-specialization in Gynecologic Oncology was completed at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Newport Beach, Pomona, Orange, Irvine

Tiffany L. Beck, MD, MPH, FACOG

Dr. Tiffany Lee Beck received her B.S. in biology from College of Idaho. Afterward, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine for her M.D. and then completed her residency at Magee Women’s hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Beck then sought additional fellowship training from University of Washington Medical Center in gynecologic oncology, as well as receiving a master degree in public health and epidemiology.
Newport Beach, Pomona, Orange, Irvine

John V. Brown III, MD, FACOG, FACS

Dr. John (Jeb) V. Brown attended the University of Kansas, where he received a B.S. in Organismal Biology. He also attended the University of Kansas for medical school. Brown went on to do his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington and his fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at UCLA.
Newport Beach, Pomona, Irvine

Ramin Mirhashemi, MD, FACOG

Dr. Ramin Mirhashemi graduated from University of Southern California with both a B.S. in biomedical engineering and an M.D. His postdoctoral training included an internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and a clinical fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami. In 2003, Dr. Mirhashemi joined Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance as Chief of Gynecologic Oncology Service.
South Bay, Los Angeles, West Covina, Long Beach

Fikret Atamdede, M.D.

Dr. Fikret Atamdede began his education at Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, obtaining a B.S. in Biology. Afterward, he attended the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Atamdede went on to intern and complete post-residencies in the Midwest before moving to Southern California to take the position of assistant clinical professor in the UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Atamdede has been a partner of GOA since 2000.
South Bay, Los Angeles, West Covina, Long Beach

Raffi A. Chalian, MD

Associate Physician At Center Of Hope
Raffi A Chalian is Currently Associate Physician at Center of Hope. Educated in the Imperial College School of Medicine, where he received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Dr. Chalian went on to intern at NYU Downtown hospital and complete his residency at UPENN in Philadelphia, where he eventually became Senior Research Coordinator and Gynecologic Oncology Fellow. In addition to his current position of clinical assistant professor at University of Nevada, Reno, he has held faculty appointments to University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson Medical School, and Temple University.

Dr. John Link, M.D.

Founder, Medical Director Of Oncology, Breastlink Medical Group, Inc.
Dr. John Link is the Medical Director of Oncology with Breastlink. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature (cum laude) from the University of Southern California (USC) and went on to graduate USC School of Medicine. Dr. Link completed his internship and Residency at USC, and an additional residency at Memorial Medical Center of Long Beach and Fellowship in Medical Oncology at USC. Dr. John Link founded one of the first comprehensive diagnostic and treatment centers at Long Beach Memorial Medical center in 1985 and Breastlink Medical Group, Inc. in 1995. In 1998 he founded the Breast Cancer Care and Research Fund, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and to promote clinical research, access to quality care and advocacy for women with breast cancer and their supporters.

Dr. John West, M.D.

Director Of Surgery, Breastlink, Orange CA
John West, M.D. is the director of surgery at Breastlink of Orange. A general surgeon by training, Dr. John West became fascinated with the multi-disciplinary team approach to breast cancer care in the mid 1980s. His previous experience as a pioneer in the development of regional trauma systems set the stage for his interest in developing a team approach to breast care. Dr. John West opened Orange County’s first breast care center in 1988, and over the past 25 years has been on the cutting edge of developing a team approach to the care of patients with breast problems. Born in Texas and raised in San Francisco, Dr. West did his undergraduate work at U.C. Berkley, and continued medical and surgical training at UCSF, where he graduated A.O.A (top 10% of his class). He started to practice in Orange County in 1973. Dr. West has been named a Best Doctor in America and has been recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in Orange County”. He has been the lead author in 20 peer review articles and has written two books.

Maurie Markman, MD

President Of Medicine And Science, Cancer Treatment Centers Of America®
A nationally-renowned oncologist, Dr. Markman has a proven history of commitment to cancer treatment, including his most recent position as President of Medicine and Science at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs and National Director of Medical Oncology. Dr. Markman has dedicated his life to research, and has written or co-edited 10 books and served on the editorial board of over 40 journals and is currently Editor-in-Chief of numerous oncology journals, including Oncology Digest and Current Oncology Reports. He has personally published more than 1400 articles, editorials, peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, reviews, letters and abstracts. Dr Markman is regularly listed as one of the “Best Doctors in America” by Best Doctors, Inc., one of “America’s Top Doctors” by Castle Connelly Medical Ltd., and one of “America’s Top Oncologists” by Consumer’s Research Council of America.

Robert O. Dillman, MD

Chief Medical Officer, AIVITA Biomedical
Dr. Robert O. Dillman, M.D., has served as Member of Caladrius’ Melanoma Scientific Advisory Board as well as the Executive Medical Director of both the Hoag Hospital Institute for Research and Education, and the Hoag Family Cancer Institute, in Newport Beach, California. He has also served as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine since 1989. He held numerous other positions, including Assistant Director of the UCSD Cancer Center, Chief of Hematology/Oncology at the San Diego VA Medical Center, and Director of Experimental Clinical Oncology and Associate Director of the Ida M. Green Cancer Center of Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, California. Dr. Dillman chaired the Cancer Biotherapy Research Group from 1990 to 2002, and is a past President and board Member of the International Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer. He was named Orange County Physician of the Year in 2006 by the Orange County Medical Association.

John P. Micha, MD, FACOG

John P. Micha, MD, FACOG attended Medical School at Cornell University Medical College. He also completed his Internship and residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Cornell University. He performed a fellowship in Intensive Care Unit Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center followed by a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of California, Irvine. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Micha has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Los Angeles, the City of Hope Medical Center and at the University of Southern California. He is the current chairman of the Women’s Cancer Research Foundation.
Location Served
Newport Beach

Bram Goldstein, Ph.D.

He completed an Internship and Residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Washington. His fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology was obtained at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a former Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at both the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the University of Southern California. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Surgeons.

Gynecologic Oncology Associates
351 Hospital Road, Suite 507
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Phone: (949) 642-1361
Fax: (949) 642-1394



Executive Director/ Treasurer

Sophia Kang


Michelle Aylward

Creative Director

Elliott Micha

Research Project Manager

Monica King

Research Coordinator

Jaclyn King


Kelly Bohart

Legal Consult

(Pro Bono; Thank You!)

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton

Robert Sbardellati


Elliott, Lewis, Lieber & Stumpf

Greg Lewis

Investment Advisor

UBS Financial Services

Joseph Schirripa, VP

Board of Directors

Gloria Alkire, Ed.D.

Norman Crawford, D.D.S.

Mavis Eckoff

Andrea Esty

Bram Goldstein, Ph.D.

John P. Micha, M.D.

Connie Needham

Vivian Panou

Len Rullo

Joan Rullo

Mark Schley

John West, M.D.

Research Division

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