Leslie Appiah, MD
Professor, Ob/Gyn-Gyn & OB Health

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School (2000)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Baylor University (TX) (1996)
Residency:
  • Sinai Hospital of Baltimore Program, Obstetrics and Gynecology (2004)
Fellowships:
  • Texas Children's Hospital, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (2008)
  • Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH), Research Fellowship (2006)
Department: Ob/Gyn-Gyn & OB Health

Professional Titles

  • Division Chief

Recognition & Awards

  • Baylor Line Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award, Baylor Line Foundation (2020)
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine Clinical Research/Reproductive Scientist Training (CREST) Scholar, American Society for Reproductive Medicine (2016)
  • The Organon Resident Research Award for Outstanding Research, Organon (2004)
  • The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Surgical Award, The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (2004)
  • John Hopkins University School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award, John Hopkins University School of Medicine (2003)
  • Berlex Outstanding PGY-2 Teaching Award, Sinai Medical Center (2002)
  • Outstanding Achievement on the CREOG Exam, Sinai Medical Center (2002)
  • Outstanding Achievement on the CREOG Exam, Sinai Medical Center (2001)

Research Interests

Dr. Appiah is passionate about the reproductive health of young girls and women – her clinical and research interests include fertility preservation in pediatric, adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer, reproductive late effects in cancer survivorship and hormone replacement therapy in the medically complex patient.

Publications

  • Rushing JS, Appiah L, Polotsky AJ, Murray S, Foust E, Hassell K, Roeca C. Ovarian stimulation for fertility preservation in an oncology patient with etonogestrel implant in place. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2021 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33409752
  • Biskup E, Xin Z, Li R, Zucal JP, Lu Y, Sun Y, Appiah LC, Lindheim SR, Zhang H. Oncofertility Knowledge and Communication: Comparison Between Medical and Surgical Oncologists and Breast Cancer Patients in Academic Chinese Centers. Front Surg. 2021;8:681614. PubMed PMID: 34557514
  • Llerena Cari E, Hagen-Lillevik S, Giornazi A, Post M, Komar AA, Appiah L, Bitler B, Polotsky AJ, Santoro N, Kieft J, Lai K, Johnson J. Integrated stress response control of granulosa cell translation and proliferation during normal ovarian follicle development. Mol Hum Reprod. 2021 Aug 7;27(8). PubMed PMID: 34314477
  • Sopfe J, Pettigrew J, Afghahi A, Appiah LC, Coons HL. Interventions to Improve Sexual Health in Women Living with and Surviving Cancer: Review and Recommendations. Cancers (Basel). 2021 Jun 24;13(13). PubMed PMID: 34202477
  • Appiah L, Anazodo A, Salama M, Reinecke J, Rios JS, Sender L, Woodard TL. Inclusion and Diversity in Oncofertility Care. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2021 Apr;10(2):120-126. PubMed PMID: 33848436
  • Christl J, Alaniz VI, Appiah L, Buyers E, Scott S, Huguelet PS. Vulvar Aphthous Ulcer in an Adolescent With COVID-19. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2021 Jun;34(3):418-420. PubMed PMID: 33601070
  • Hagen-Lillevik, S., Rushing, J., Appiah, L., Longo, N., Andrews, A., Lai, K., Johnson, J. (2021). Pathophysiology and Management of Galactosemic Primary Ovarian Insufficiency. Reproduction and Fertility, 2: R67-R84.
  • Appiah L, Frances F, Olsen M, Lindheim S, Puccetti D. Disparities in Female Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Oncofertility: A Needs Assessment. Cancers 2021. Nov;13: 5419.
  • Harris C, Childress K, Rowell E, Frederick N, Jayasinghe Y, Cost C, Appiah L, Anazodo A. Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Breast and Reproductive Tumors. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. Accepted Oct 2021 (Special Edition Series).
  • Hoefgen H, Benoit J, Chan S, Jayasinghe Y, Lustberg M, Pohl V, Saraf A, Schmidt D, Appiah L. Reproductive Health in Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. Accepted June 2021 (Special Edition Series).
  • Burns K, Schmidt D, Franklin A, Saraf A, Brannigan R, Tatem A, Pohl V, Appiah L, Anazodo A. Male Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Reproductive Survivorship. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. Accepted Nov 2021 (Special Edition Series).
  • Hutchcraft ML, McCracken K, Whiteside S, Lustberg M, Lindheim SR, Nahata L, Appiah LC. Current Fertility Preservation Options for Female Patients With Hodgkin Lymphoma. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2020 Nov;75(11):683-691. PubMed PMID: 33252698
  • Appiah LC. Fertility Preservation for Adolescents Receiving Cancer Therapies. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Sep;63(3):574-587. PubMed PMID: 32649323
  • Nahata L, Gomez-Lobo V, Meacham L, Appiah L, Childress K, Hoefgen H, Dwiggins M, Whiteside S, Bjornard K, Rios J, Anazodo A, Finlayson C, Frias O, Woodruff T, Moravek M. 2019 Pediatric Initiative Network: Progress, Proceedings, and Plans. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2020 Aug;9(4):457-463. PubMed PMID: 32460662
  • Nahata L, Woodruff TK, Quinn GP, Meacham LR, Chen D, Appiah LC, Finlayson C, Orwig KE, Laronda MM, Rowell EE, Anazodo A, Frias O, Rios JS, Whiteside S, Gomez-Lobo V, Dwiggins M, Childress KJ, Hoefgen HR, Levine JM, Jayasinghe Y, Moravek M. Ovarian tissue cryopreservation as standard of care: what does this mean for pediatric populations?. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2020 Jun;37(6):1323-1326. PubMed PMID: 32390071
  • Sopfe J, Gupta A, Appiah LC, Chow EJ, Peterson PN. Sexual Dysfunction in Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer: Presentation, Risk Factors, and Evaluation of an Underdiagnosed Late Effect: A Narrative Review. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2020 Oct;9(5):549-560. PubMed PMID: 32380878
  • Anazodo A, Laws P, Logan S, Saunders C, Travaglia J, Gerstl B, Bradford N, Cohn R, Birdsall M, Barr R, Suzuki N, Takae S, Marinho R, Xiao S, Chen QH, Mahajan N, Patil M, Gunasheela D, Smith K, Sender L, Melo C, Almeida-Santos T, Salama M, Appiah L, Su I, Lane S, Woodruff TK, Pacey A, Anderson RA, Shenfield F, Sullivan E, Ledger W. The Development of an International Oncofertility Competency Framework: A Model to Increase Oncofertility Implementation. Oncologist. 2019 Dec;24(12):e1450-e1459. PubMed PMID: 31147490
  • Moravek MB, Appiah LC, Anazodo A, Burns KC, Gomez-Lobo V, Hoefgen HR, Jaworek Frias O, Laronda MM, Levine J, Meacham LR, Pavone ME, Quinn GP, Rowell EE, Strine AC, Woodruff TK, Nahata L. Development of a Pediatric Fertility Preservation Program: A Report From the Pediatric Initiative Network of the Oncofertility Consortium. J Adolesc Health. 2019 May;64(5):563-573. PubMed PMID: 30655118
  • Anazodo A, Laws P, Logan S, Saunders C, Travaglia J, Gerstl B, Bradford N, Cohn R, Birdsall M, Barr R, Suzuki N, Takae S, Marinho R, Xiao S, Qiong-Hua C, Mahajan N, Patil M, Gunasheela D, Smith K, Sender L, Melo C, Almeida-Santos T, Salama M, Appiah L, Su I, Lane S, Woodruff TK, Pacey A, Anderson RA, Shenfield F, Ledger W, Sullivan E. How can we improve oncofertility care for patients? A systematic scoping review of current international practice and models of care. Hum Reprod Update. 2019 Mar 1;25(2):159-179. PubMed PMID: 30462263
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Professional Memberships

  • The North American Society for Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology, Member
  • The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Member
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Fellow
  • The Oncofertility Consortium, Member
  • Society for Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Member
  • North American Menopause Society, Member
  • Society of Reproductive Surgeons, Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth Women's Care Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus
1635 Aurora Ct
Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion, 3rd Fl
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-1060

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

CU Medicine Gynecology - Cherry Creek Medical Center
100 Cook Street
Suite 312
Denver, CO 80206
720-674-7861

UCHealth Ambulatory Surgery Center - Cherry Creek Medical Center
100 Cook Street
Suite 500
Denver, CO 80206
720-516-3950

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, Board Certification
  • Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Focused Practice Designation (2019)
Clinical Interests
My clinical and research interests include reproductive late effects in cancer survivorship and hormone replacement therapy in patients with complex medical conditions.

Care Philosophy
I approach every patient with the knowledge that the medical system can be intimidating and they are trusting me to treat them with compassion and skill as we partner through their health care journey.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School (2000)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Baylor University (TX) (1996)
Residency Programs:
  • Sinai Hospital of Baltimore Program, Obstetrics and Gynecology (2004)
Fellowships:
  • Texas Children's Hospital, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (2008)
  • Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH), Research Fellowship (2006)
Department: Ob/Gyn-Gyn & OB Health
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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