Dr. Concepcion Diaz-Arrastia was raised in Houston, Texas. She earned her medical degree at Rutgers Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. She completed an internship and residency in obstetrics-gynecology and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.
In practice since 1994, Dr. Diaz-Arrastia is board certified in obstetrics-gynecology and gynecologic oncology. She treats pediatric and adult patients with gynecological tumors.
Dr. Diaz-Arrastia’s primary clinical interests are gynecologic tumors (ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, vulva), fertility preservation in patients with gynecologic tumors, HPV (human papillomavirus), cervical neoplasia and cervical cancer. A practice style characterized by the warmth and caring allows her to create a special bond with her patients. Her patients also value her surgical expertise and excellent clinical judgement.
Dr. Diaz-Arrastia was an early adapter of minimally invasive techniques in Gynecologic Oncology. She has been treating uterine cancer patients with minimally invasive surgery since 1996. In 2000 at UTMB Galveston, Dr. Arrastia was the first in the world to perform hysterectomies using the DaVinci robot.
During 24 years in academic medicine, she has been awarded over $1 million research dollars from the NIH/NCI as well as private foundations for the study of HPV disease as well as early invasive cervical cancer. She participated in multiple clinical trials in the study of various gynecologic malignancies.
She has presented her research at national and international scientific meetings. She has published XX papers in peer reviewed medical journals as well as being quoted in popular magazines including People and Good Housekeeping.
She is proud of her former trainees. Under her mentorship, she has been involved in the training of over 200 residents, 12 gyn oncology fellows and has served as principal advisor of 3 PhD students.
She is now interested in focusing on caring for patients with diseases of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterine corpus and cervix, vagina and vulva, both malignant and pre-invasive conditions.
She is also available for referrals for complicated benign gynecologic conditions such as massive or retroperitoneal pelvic tumors or severe endometriosis.