GOA History

Gynecologic Oncology Associates (GOA) is the most active group of female cancer specialists in Southern California.  GOA physicians perform over 2000 surgical procedures yearly.  This includes 1100 minimally invasive (robotic and laparoscopic) cases (the highest number of such cases in Southern California).  Our chemotherapy service treats 250 patients monthly (3,000 cycles of chemotherapy annually).  Over 7000 outpatient visits are made to our offices yearly.

GOA was established in 1985 with one gynecologic oncologist, Dr. John Micha, and one nurse in a small office in Newport Beach, CA.  The practice expanded to three gynecologic oncologists with the addition of Dr. Mark Rettenmaier (1988) and Dr. Jeb Brown (1990).

The 1990’s saw further expansion of our physical facilities, capabilities and number of employees.  It was during this period that GOA formed a Medical Service Organisation (MSO) with a number of clinically active gynecologic oncologists throughout California.  By developing an MSO, all physician members can maximize efficiency both in clinical activities and research efforts.

GOA physicians and nurses feel strongly that improvement in treatment and cure rates of gynecologic and breast cancers is our most important function.  To this end, we have always been heavily involved in clinical research through our active prospective trials programs.  In the year 2003, these efforts were formalized with the formation of the Women’s Cancer Research Foundation (WCRF).

WCRF  is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization that funds, monitors and reports all clinical research performed by GOA.  At any given time WCRF conducts up to 15 clinical studies designed to make “cutting edge” treatment available to GOA patients.

Since 2008 GOA has added 3 more oncologists to our growing roster.  Drs. Lisa Abaid, Albert Mendivil, Kristina Mori bring our total number of gynecologic oncologists to five.

Most recently, GOA has opened 2 new offices in Orange County.  In addition to our Newport Beach office, patients may now be seen in facilities in Mission Viejo (near Mission Viejo Hospital) and Orange (near Saint Joseph Hospital).