Woman's Adds Two Gynecologic Oncologists to Expert Team

September 07, 2021

Drs. Renee Cowan and Evan Smith Join Woman’s from Memorial Sloan Kettering

BATON ROUGE, La. -- September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, and Woman’s is adding to its expertise in caring for cancers of the female reproductive system by welcoming Renee Cowan, MD, MPH, and Evan Smith, MD, to its gynecologic oncology team. They join Anthony Evans, MD, PhD, Laurel King, MD, Tammy Dupuy, MD, and Nia’Ja Mack, FNP-C, as one of the most comprehensive GYN Oncology teams in Louisiana.

cowan_renee  smith_evan

Woman’s GYN Oncology is located on the Woman’s campus at the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion, a partnership with Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. Locations also include satellite clinics in Lafayette and Hammond. They treat a variety of cancers in the female reproductive system, including cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar, while offering the most advanced surgical robotics system to perform complex gynecologic cancer surgeries.

“Woman’s Hospital has a wealth of experience in treating women’s specific cancers, and adding Drs. Cowan and Smith will allow us to provide more women in our region with life-saving care,” said Dr. Evans, medical director of gynecologic oncology at Woman’s. “They both come to us from the prestigious Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and we’re thrilled with the level of expertise they add to our practice.”

Dr. Cowan recently completed two fellowships from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Cancer in New York, first a clinical research fellowship in gynecologic oncology (2015-2017) followed by a gynecologic oncology fellowship (2017-2021). She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and her medical degree along with a master’s in public health from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. She went on to complete her residency at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association. 

Dr. Smith, who also recently completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, returns home to Louisiana to join the Woman’s team. The Opelousas-area native earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and also received his medical degree from LSU Health-Shreveport. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans before moving to New York for his residency. Dr. Smith is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Society for Gynecologic Oncology and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Woman’s has a long history in treating GYN cancers, dating back to the 1950s when one of the founders established a cervical cancer detection laboratory. The second oldest pap lab in the nation, Woman’s is credited with helping Baton Rouge cite one of the lowest cervical cancer death rates in the country.

Woman’s GYN Oncology features a comprehensive care team to help women navigate their diagnosis. Staff include a nurse practitioner, nurse navigator, palliative care coordinator, social worker and specialized cancer dietitian. Learn more at womans.org/gynoncology.