Vanessa Kennedy, M.D.

Vanessa A. Kennedy, M.D.


Gynecology Oncology

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Robotic Surgery

Surgery - Robotic


  • Assistant Clinical Professor


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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

4501 X Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Department Referral Phone: 800-362-5566
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Kennedy provides specialized surgical care and chemotherapy services to women with gynecologic malignancies and complicated benign gynecologic conditions.  She performs procedures through a variety of approaches, minimally invasive surgery using laparoscopic and robotic techniques.

Dr. Kennedy believes strongly in treating the patient as a whole and incorporating patients and their loved ones into the decision making process.  She is passionate about maximizing quality of life for her patients and supporting them in their transitions between the various phases of treatment, from diagnosis to surgery and active treatment and into survivorship and whatever lies ahead.  

In addition to providing surgery, chemotherapy and surveillance for cancer patients, Dr. Kennedy also has a special interest in sexual health concerns in women and girls with cancer, and is working to develop a specialized clinic to address these concerns.   

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Kennedy’s research interests include assessing patient and provider understanding of the potential sexual implications of cancer diagnosis and treatment, improving education and resources for those caring for women with cancer, and providing sexual health counseling and support for female cancer patients.


Gynecologic Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls SD 2007

B.A., Augustana College, SiouxFalls SD 2003


Obstetrics & Gynecology, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood IL 2007-2011


Gynecologic Oncology, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2011-2014

Board Certifications

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2012

Professional Memberships

American Society of Clinical Oncology

Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer

Society for Gynecological Oncologists

Honors and Awards

Lloyd H. Smith OB/GYN Excellence in Surgical Teaching Award, 2017

Dean�s Team Award for Excellence, Interstitial Gynecological Brachytherapy Program Team, UC Davis Medical Center, 2015

Fellow Research Day Award, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2014

International Society for the Study of Women�s Sexual Health Poster Award, Biology � Clinical, 2014

Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology, AAGL, 2011

Endocrine Society Medical Student Achievement Award, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota, 2007

Select Recent Publications

Coady D, Kennedy V.  Clinical Expert Series: Sexual Health in Women Affected by Cancer: Focus on Sexual Pain. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2016;128(4):775-91. 

Lindau ST, Abramsohn EM, Baron SR, Florendo J, Haefner HK, Jhingran A, Kennedy V, Krane MK, Kushner DM, McComb J, Merritt DF, Park JE, Siston A, Straub M, Streicher L.  Physical examination of the female cancer patient with sexual concerns: What oncologists and patients should expect from consultation with a specialist. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinician. 2016;66(3):241-63.

Kennedy VA, Leiserowitz GS. Preserving sexual function in women and girls with cancer: survivorship is about more than just surviving. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Aug;213(2):119-20.

Kennedy V, Abramsohn E, Makelarski J, Barber R, Wroblewski K, Tenney M, Lee NK, Yamada SD, Lindau ST. Can you ask? We just did! Assessing sexual function and concerns in patients presenting for initial gynecologic oncology consultation. Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Apr;137(1):119-24.

Graziano S, Murphy D, Braginsky L, Horwitz J, Kennedy V, Burkett D, Kenton K. Assessment of bowel function in the peripartum period. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2014 Jan;289(1):23-7.

Burkett D, Horwitz J, Kennedy V, Murphy D, Graziano S, Kenton K. Assessing current trends in resident hysterectomy training. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2011 Sep;17(5):210-4.

Eyster KM, Klinkova O, Kennedy V, Hansen KA. Whole genome deoxyribonucleic acid microarray analysis of gene expression in ectopic versus eutopic endometrium. Fertil Steril. 2007 Dec;88(6):1505-33.