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Elizabeth Poynor

Principal, Elizabeth Poynor Inc.

About Me

Overseeing a successful private practice on New York’s Fifth Avenue, Dr. Elizabeth Poynor gained invaluable experience in the field of gynecology through a variety of educational and professional pursuits. For 10 years, Dr. Poynor has operated a successful surgical practice at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.An advanced pelvic surgeon and gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Elizabeth Poynor assists patients in a comfortable, private setting that offers cutting-edge equipment and technology. She maintains a reputation for professionalism and a warm, caring attitude. In addition to offering routine examinations, she provides services in the areas of endometrial, ovarian, cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancer, as well as gestational trophoblastic disease and gynecologic melanoma. In addition, Dr. Poynor provides a full range of services for women with breast cancer in order to help them deal with fertility, hormonal, and sexual health issues. Patients also come to Dr. Elizabeth Poynor for genetic testing, which provides them with a clear picture of their risk for developing certain types of cancer based on their family histories and predisposition factors. Following assessment, patients receive a program that mitigates risk through screening strategies, chemoprevention, and some surgical procedures.A prolific writer, Dr. Elizabeth Poynor serves as an expert on obstetrics and gynecology. She has written articles that have appeared in prestigious journals and on websites such as and In addition, Dr. Poynor has posted 28 articles on surgery, cancer, and obstetrics and gynecology to the da Vinci Surgery website. She has also contributed to Women’s Voices for Change, a site devoted to removing the stigma of menopause. Dr. Elizabeth Poynor graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Biochemistry, then received her medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. In addition, Dr. Poynor attended Cornell Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences, where she earned her Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Genetics. She then completed an internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.In her free time, Dr. Elizabeth Poynor likes to lead an active lifestyle and enjoys all kinds of sports. She regularly volunteers for community service projects and supports the Fencers Club in New York. A sought-after expert, Dr. Poynor has appeared as a commentator on The Today Show, CBS, and MSNBC.

Work experience

Jun 2006Present


Elizabeth Poynor, MD PHD PLLC

We are a boutique medical and surgical practice focusing on the management of complex gynecologic issues. Through extensive experience in complex pelvic surgery related to malignant and benign gynecologic conditions, we are able to offer the most advanced surgical procedures including minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery. The practice also focuses the medical management of complex gynecologic issues which also include hormone replacement therapies and integrative gynecology.


Sep 1984Sep 1988


Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
Sep 1980May 1984


Princeton University


Society of Gynecologic Oncologists

Society of Memorial Gynecologic Oncologists Fellow

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

American Society of Clinical Oncology

New York County Medical Society

Medical Society of the State of New York

American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists

North American Menopause Society

Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

New York Metropolitan Breast Cancer Society

Women's Voices for Change

Board Member CancerSchmancer

Board Member Sharsharet

Board Member Sharecare

Honors and Awards

New York Magazine Best Doctors of New York: 2009 - 2011, Castle Conolly Top Doctors New York Metro Area: 2007 - 2011, Best Doctors in America: 2010 - 2011


Supporter, Fencing in the Schools Fencers Club, New York NY

Supporter, Lenox Hill Hospital New York, NY



The Importance of Women's Healthcare

Dr. Elizabeth Poynor, a renowned gynecologic oncologist, discusses the importance of women's health care and regular gynecological visits. Dr. Elizabeth Poynor runs her own private practice in New York City, where she focuses on women's health issues in a private and comfortable setting. Recently, much space in the media has been devoted to arguments over women's health care issues and how women's health should be funded. Regardless of where the funding comes from, women's health services and gynecology are important for the well-being of the women who live in this country, and it is every woman's right to pursue good health and quality of life. Below are listed some of the important reasons that women should see a gynecologist for an annual exam and some of the conditions that can be prevented and treated by these regular visits. Cervical Cancer DetectionThis is the most important reason to attend an annual exam. Annual Pap smears detect early signs of what could turn into cervical cancer, which is easily prevented and treated with regular screenings.Breast Cancer DetectionDuring an annual exam, doctors also examine the breasts for any early signs of breast cancer.Other Heath IssuesA typical annual exam includes a pelvic exam, an abdominal exam, and other simple medical procedures such as taking a woman's vitals and recording her height and weight. Even though an annual exam is primarily recommended for cervical cancer screening and Pap smear tests, the exam evaluates a woman's overall health.