Ali Mahdavi, MD| Gynecologic Oncology | MedStar Health

Ali Mahdavi, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (67 reviews)

Specialties: Gynecologic Oncology

Languages: English


About me

Ali Mahdavi, MD, is a board-certified gynecologic oncologist at MedStar Health. He provides comprehensive care for women diagnosed with cancers of the uterus, ovaries, cervix, and vulva. Dr. Mahdavi also performs complex surgical procedures for non-cancerous gynecologic conditions, with a focus on techniques to optimize surgical outcomes, quality of life and faster recovery after surgery.

Dr. Mahdavi is one of just a few physicians in the U.S. who completed both a minimally invasive surgery fellowship as well as comprehensive gynecologic oncology training. He offers both robotic and conventional laparoscopic approaches for the surgical treatment of gynecological cancers. Additionally, he has expertise in performing cytoreductive surgery (also known as debulking surgery) for women diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. This procedure aims to remove as much cancerous tissue as possible from the pelvis and surrounding organs (intestines, upper abdominal cavity, and urinary organs) to optimize response to chemotherapy. Dr. Mahdavi has a vested interest in robotic lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy for uterine and cervical cancers. These advanced procedures promote preservation of the unaffected lymph nodes and are known to minimize complications such as leg swelling and infection. Preventive and risk-reducing surgeries for women who have a strong family history of breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancers are another area of specialty for Dr. Mahdavi.

Dr. Mahdavi advocates for targeted and personalized approaches to care for his patients, applying novel treatments that kill cancer cells at the molecular level while minimizing negative impact on surrounding healthy organs and tissue. In addition to his work in the clinical field, he has made medical education a key career priority. He had served as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, where he taught resident physicians and medical students. He also served as a clinical instructor at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine and the University of Tennessee’s Division of Health Sciences. Dr. Mahdavi is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.

Dr. Mahdavi’s Philosophy of Care

“I focus on the individual needs of my patients and strive to offer outstanding clinical care in an environment that is convenient, caring, and personalized. My goal is to make sure my patients feel confident they have someone on their side whom they can trust, every step of the way through their cancer treatment. I strongly believe that collaboration and teamwork are critically important to provide the best possible care to patients. I am fortunate to work with a team of dedicated oncology specialists at MedStar Health, who are all committed to providing the highest level of care and access to clinical trials for women diagnosed with cancer.”


Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Cervical Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Fallopian Tube Cancer
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Vaginal Cancer
  • Vulvar Cancer
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Procedures I perform

  • Gynecologic Cancer Care
  • Gynecologic Cancer Surgery
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Practice locations

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9103 Franklin Square Drive
Suite 2200
Baltimore, MD, 21237


Fax 443-777-8405

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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Network OA
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Open POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Better Health of Maryland



Board Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology

Fellowship Program: University of California at Irvine School of Med. (2010)

Fellowship Program: Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2005)

Fellowship Program: Wayne State University School of Medicine (2001)

Residency Program: Ascension Providence Hospital - Southfield Campus (2000)

Residency Program: Wayne State University School of Medicine (1996)

Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences (1992)

News and publications

“Role of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with early stage uterine papillary serous cancer”

Mahdavi A, Tajalli TR, Dalmar A, Vasilev SA, Lentz SE, Berman ML. Int J Gynecol Cancer 2011;21:1436-1440.

“Evaluation of the clinical performance of high-risk human papillomavirus testing for primary screening: a retrospective review of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group experience”

Lonky N, Mahdavi A, Wolde-Tsadik G, Felix JC. J Low Genit Tract Dis 2010;14:200-205.

“Pelvic radiation improves local control after hysterectomy for uterine leiomyosarcoma: a 20-year experience” Mahdavi A, Monk B, Lentz SE, Tewari KS. Int J Gynecol Cancer 2009;19:1080-1084.

“Human papilloma virus vaccine: a new chance to prevent cervical cancer”

Monk BJ, Mahdavi A. Recent Results Cancer Res 2007;194:81-90.

“Laparoscopic management of benign serous neoplasia arising from persistent ovarian remnant” 

Mahdavi A, Kumtepe Y, Nezhat F. J Minim Invasive Gynecol 2007;14:654-656.

“Combined laparoscopic and radical vaginal treatment of primary vaginal leiomyosarcoma in a patient with unicornuate uterus and pelvic kidney”

Zakashansky K, Mahdavi A, Chun JK, Nezhat F. J Minim Invasive Gynecol 2007;14:518-520.

“Laparoscopic management of vaginal clear cell adenocarcinoma arising in pelvic endometriosis”

Mahdavi A, Shamshirsaz A, Pieretti M, Nezhat F. JMIG 2006;13:237-241.

“Recent advances in Human Papillomavirus vaccines”

Mahdavi A, Monk BJ. Curr Oncol Rep 2006;8:465-472.

“Comparison of Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Morbidity for Gynecologic Oncologic and Benign Gynecologic Conditions”

Mahdavi A, Pieretti M, Densis S, Nezhat F. JSLS 2006,10:439-442.

“Intraperitoneal chemotherapy and ovarian cancer: recent clinical progress and prospects for future”

Mahdavi A, Tewari D, Monk BJ. A J Oncol Rev 2006;5:339-347.

“Total laparoscopic radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy using the harmonic shears”

Nezhat F, Mahdavi A, Nagarsheth N. J Min Invasive Gynecol 2006;13:20-25.

“Vaccines Against Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer: Promises and Challenges”

Mahdavi A, Monk BJ. The Oncologist 2005;10:528-538.

“Total laparoscopic versus abdominal radical hysterectomy with pelvic and para-aortic lymphadenectomy in management of gynecologic malignancies”

Zakashansky K, Dennis S, Mahdavi A, Cohen CJ, Nezhat F. J Pelvic Med Surg 2005;11:63.

“Induction of Ovulation and Ovarian Cancer: A Critical Review of the Literature”

Mahdavi A, Pejovic T, Nezhat F. Fertil Steril, 2006;85:819-826.

“Role of Laparoscopic Surgery in Infertility”

Berker B, Mahdavi A, Shahmohamady B, Nezhat C. Middle East Fertility Society Journal 2005; 10:1-11.

"Laparoscopic Management of Ovarian Cysts"

Mahdavi A. Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Nezhat C. Obstet and Gynecol Clin N Am 2004;31:581-592.

"Laparoscopic Management of Ovarian Remnant"

Mahdavi A, Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Nezhat C. Obstet and Gynecol Clin N Am 2004;31:593-597.

"Metastatic Inguinal Lymphadenopathy Presenting as the Only Physical Evidence of Recurrent Ovarian Carcinoma”

Mahdavi A, Malviya VK, Husain M. J Gynecol Surg 2003;19:81-83.

"Gangliocytic Paraganglioma arising from Cystic Teratoma of the Ovary"

Mahdavi A, Silberberg B, Malviya VK. Gynecol Oncol 2003;90:482-485.

"Peritoneal Tuberculosis, Disguised as Ovarian Carcinoma: An Emerging Clinical Challenge"

Mahdavi A, Malviya VK, Herschman BR. Gynecol Oncol 2002;84:167-170.

Textbook Chapters

"Laparoscopic Procedures"

Nezhat F, Mahdavi A. In Bieber E, Sanfilippo J, Horowitz I (eds), Clinical Gynecology, 1/e

"Laparoscopic Management of Ovarian Cancer"

Mahdavi A. In Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Nezhat C (eds), Operative Gynecologic Laparoscopy:

Principles and Techniques, 3rd edition                             

“Laparoscopic Surgery for Vesico-Vaginal Fistula”

Mahdavi A, Nezhat C. In Gill IS (ed), Textbook of Laparoscopic Urology, 1/e

“Complications of Laparoscopic Surgery in Gynecologic Oncology”

Nezhat F, Mahdavi A.  In Isaacson K (ed), Complications of Gynecologic Endoscopic Surgery, 1/e

“Cervix Cytology, Dysplasia and Papillomavirus”

Mahdavi A, Monk BJ.  In Altchek A, Deligdisch L (eds), Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Gynecology


“Adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with uterine carcinosarcoma”

Cabrera O,  Dalmar A, Mahdavi A. SGO Annual Clinical Meeting, Chicago March 2015

“Concomitant oxaliplatin and radiation results in higher growth inhibition in cervical cancer cell lines compared to cisplatin and radiation” 

Mahdavi A, Monk BJ, Al-Ghazi M, Fruehauf J. IGCS Clinical Meeting, Vancouver Canada October 2012

“Patients with early stage uterine serous cancer benefit from adjuvant platinum based chemotherapy”

Mahdavi A, Dalmar A, Lentz S, Vasilev S, Berman M. IGCS Clinical Meeting in Prague October 2010

“CA 125: Threat or comfort to ovarian cancer survivors on active treatment”

Mahdavi A, Wenzel L, Osnan K, Monk B. IGCS Clinical Meeting in Prague October 2010

“Impact on Screening Accuracy of Concurrent versus Sequential Cytological and HPV Testing”

Lonky N, Mahdavi A, Wolde-Tsadik G. Biennial Meeting of ASCCP 2008

“Management of uterine leiomyosarcoma in a large HMO practice”.

Mahdavi A, Ragazzo J, Lentz S, Vasilev S, Monk BJ, Tewari K. SGO Annual Clinical Meeting 2008

“Radical Hysterectomy in Gynecologic Oncology Group Studies”

Mahdavi A, Monk BJ, Tewari KS. International Symposium on Radical Hysterectomy. Kyoto, Japan 2007

“Morphologic an Immunohistochemical Patterns Induced by Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer”.

Chopra S, Mahdavi A, Tewari K, Ramzy I. United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting 2007

“Biomarker Profiles and Cytoplasmic Vacuolization as Predictors of Progression-free Survival and Clinical Response to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Patients with Epithelial Ovarian Cancer”

Mahdavi A, Chopra S, Hunter M, Brewster W, Ramzy I, Tewari K.  WAGO 2007

“Role of laparoscopy in management of cervical cancer”

Mahdavi A, Yazd University at Annual Gynecologic Meeting, Yazd, Iran 2007

“Adjuvant pelvic irradiation and/or systemic chemotherapy in patients with uterine leiomyosarcoma”

Mahdavi A, Ragazzo J.  IGCS 2006

“Laparoscopic Management of Didelphic Uterus and Obstructed Hemivagina with Renal Agenesis”

Zakashansky K, Mahdavi A, Nezhat F. Presented at 34th Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Chicago, November 2005

“Laparoscopic Radical Parametrectomy and Partial Vaginectomy for Recurrent Endometrial Cancer”     

Nezhat F, Prasad M, Mahdavi A. Presented at 34th Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Chicago, November 2005

“Laparoscopic Hysterectomy for Gynecologic Oncologic and Benign Gynecologic Conditions”

Mahdavi A, Peiretti M, Nezhat F. Presented at 34th Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Chicago, November 2005

“Laparoscopic management of infiltrative endometriois of the urinary bladder”

Mahdavi A, Peiretti M, Nezhat F. Presented at Annual ASRM Meeting, Montreal, October 2005

“Port-site Metastasis in Gynecologic Cancers”

Peiretti M, Mahdavi A, Nezhat F. 3rd Annual Meeting in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sassari, Italy, May 2005

“Laparoscopic Management of Early Ovarian Cancer”

Peiretti M, Mahdavi A, Nezhat F. 3rd Annual Meeting in Obstetrics and Gynecology,

Sassari, Italy, May 2005

“Laparoscopic Management of Adnexal Mass in Pregnancy”          

Mahdavi A, Dennis S, Nezhat F. ACOG Clinical Meeting Film Festival, San Francisco, CA, May 2005

“Total laparoscopic versus abdominal radical hysterectomy with pelvic and para-aortic lymphadenectomy in management of gynecologic malignancies”

Zakashansky K, Dennis S, Mahdavi A, Cohen CJ, Nezhat. Society of Gynecologic Surgeons 2005

“Laparoscopic Pelvic Lymphadenectomy”

Nezhat F, Mahdavi A.   Presented at 33rd Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology.

San Francisco, CA  November 2004

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  • Dec 26, 2023

    He was amazing!!!!

  • Oct 30, 2023

    Dr. Mahdavi is a gentleman. Caring, patient and a good listener. I feel blessed to have met him and have him as my surgeon..

  • Oct 17, 2023

    This was my first appointment with Dr. Mahdavi. He was amazing! I don't like this appointment and get stressed every time it comes around. Dr. Mahdavi talked with me, answered my questions, calmed my fears, and showed me a new way to look at future appointments.