Your Champion, Every Step of the Way.
At Southwest Women’s Oncology, Dr. Karen Finkelstein leads the care team and specializes in difficult gynecologic cases.
Dr. Finkelstein holds herself and our staff to the highest standards. Focused and determined,
she’s made it her personal cause to do whatever it takes to fight cancer.
“Every day, I meet patients and start a journey with each patient in their fight against
gynecologic cancers and complicated gynecologic diagnoses. In this role, I have the
honor to help drive and support each patient’s fight. I serve as an educator, surgeon of
excellence in minimally invasive gynecologic and robotic surgery, and advocate for
advanced care and access to state-of-the-art treatments and trials. In turn, my
relationship with each patient influences me and reinforces my commitment to
empowering women in their fight against medical obstacles with success, determination,
unwavering support, and expertise.”
~ Dr. Karen Finkestein
Dr. Karen Finkelstein specializes in leading-edge treatments of gynecologic cancers and leads the medical team at Southwest Women’s Oncology. The goal of her private practice is to offer the best possible outcomes, while treating each individual patient with personalized care in a healing environment that is built around compassion and respect.
Double-board certified in OB/GYN and GYN/ONC by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Finkelstein also is the first women’s specialist in New Mexico to be recognized with Surgeon of Excellence awards in both Robotic Surgery and Minimally Invasive Gynecology.
She is the Medical Co-Director of the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) program at Lovelace Women’s Hospital, which is also designated as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS).
As an executive board member of the New Mexico Care Alliance, Dr. Finkelstein actively supports clinical research, providing her patients with access to the newest, most promising clinical trials. As a passionate promoter of early detection, she also founded the Cancer’s Worst Enemy initiative. This unique program champions, educates and empowers women in their journey from early diagnosis to conquering cancer.
Gynecologic Cancer Expertise
A licensed medical physician in gynecological oncology in New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, and Georgia, Dr. Finkelstein joined Southwest Gynecologic Associates Inc. in New Mexico in 2006
From 2004 and 2006, she was an Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Gynecologic Oncology.
Having earned her Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at UNC – Chapel Hill, Dr. Finkelstein completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Additional educational accomplishments include: Magna Cum Laude State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn; a Masters in Biochemical Nutrition from Columbia University in New York; and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University.
Outside of Work
“I relish in spending time with my family and being outdoors. I find it is
important to immerse myself and my family in the beauty of nature. Our time on Earth is
short and we have to take little moments to appreciate the wonder of our lives and the
world around us.”