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Catheryn Yashar, M.D.
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Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Yashar graduated Summa Cum Laude (3rd in class) in 1986 from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. degree in Biology. She received her M.D. from Northwestern University in 1991, and completed an internship and residency at the University of Michigan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Ann Arbor, MI.

After a 2-year fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Louisville, Dr. Yashar decided to enter the field of Radiation Oncology and completed her Radiation Oncology Residency at the University of Louisville. Prior to being recruited to the UCSD Department of Radiation Oncology in 2006, Dr. Yashar served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Yashar’s clinical and research focus has centered on cancers in women, notably breast and gynecologic cancers. Her surgical training is invaluable particularly in the application of brachytherapy in both breast and gynecologic tumors. She currently serves as the Chief of the Gynecologic Cancer and Breast Cancer Services in the UCSD Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences. She is also part of the BC5 project, a recently formed consortium organized to broaden awareness about breast cancer treatment options.

Dr. Yashar has also been an invited lecturer at National Review Courses for Radiation Oncology, including the Osler Review Course. She has also been an invited speaker on Gynecologic Oncology issues at numerous national meetings including the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) and the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS). She is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics and an editor of the textbook Principles and Practice of Gynecologic Oncology.

Outside the hospital, Dr. Yashar is a devoted mother of 3 sons, Will, Jake and Drew. Her husband, Arnie, is a local Orthopedic Surgeon at Kaiser Permanente.

Entries by Catheryn Yashar, M.D.

National Women's Health Week: Breast Cancer Treatment -- Mastectomy Is Not the Only Answer

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Each day in my office, I see the sheer panic on the faces of women diagnosed with breast cancer. The statistics are astounding. According to the American Breast Cancer Society, the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer during her life is about one in eight. A...

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Physicians Need to Help Women Close the Knowledge Gap About Breast Cancer Treatment Options

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 8:44 AM

It's widely known that celebrities impact consumer opinions when it comes to fashion choices, hairstyles, cars and vacations spots. But, according to a survey commissioned by The BC5 Project, a group focused on broadening awareness of breast cancer treatment options, famous personalities may also be impacting important medical...

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Rethink Pink: From Awareness to Knowledge

(12) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 2:03 PM

It's October -- Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink ribbons are everywhere, as are ads for all things pink -- from lipsticks to appliances -- that will help raise money for breast cancer research. As a radiation oncologist who treats women with breast cancer, I am grateful for the heightened awareness...

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