• Gynecological Cancers

  • As part of our multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, Penrose Cancer Center offers Gynecologic Oncology, a highly specialized field that offers leading-edge treatment to women with cancer of the reproductive system including both internal and external anatomy. The care is provided by a physician specially trained in gynecological oncology.

    To become a gynecologic oncologist, physicians are required to complete an approved four-year residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology plus an additional two- to four-year clinical fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology. And unlike general oncologists, gynecological oncologists can perform surgery, administer chemotherapy and participate in radiation therapy. Dr. Dirk Pikaart is the only gynecologic oncologist based in southern Colorado. His office, Southern Colorado GYN Oncology, is conveniently located on the second floor of the Penrose Cancer Center.

    Dr. Pikaart has a superior level of knowledge and experience in advanced gynecologic surgery and chemotherapeutics, offering progressive medical and surgical techniques to southern Colorado's women. Unique services include intraperitoneal chemotherapy, radical robotic surgery and other minimally-invasive surgical procedures. To date, our physicians have performed more than 1,500 robotic surgeries using the da Vinci® Surgical System

  • Pikaart2011.jpgDirk Pikaart, DO

    Dr. Pikaart is a highly skilled surgeon and medical practitioner in the field of gynecologic oncology. After receiving his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), he completed an internship at MSUCOM’s Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He then completed an OBGYN residency at Mercy General Health Partners in Muskegon, Michigan and then went directly into the Gynecologic Oncology fellowship program at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. He has practiced in Colorado Springs since completing fellowship in 2008 and is the founder of Southern Colorado Gynecologic Oncology. He is board certified in Gynecologic Oncology and has special interest in ovarian cancer, complex gynecologic surgeries and robotic surgery. His passion is providing excellent treatment to women with gynecologic cancers.

    Training as a Gynecologic Oncologist
    To become a gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Pikaart underwent rigorous training that included a one year internship, a four-year residency program in the field of Obstetrics & Gynecology followed by a three-year fellowship in the specialized field of Gynecologic Oncology.

    Dr. Pikaart’s extensive training and certifications enable him to perform surgeries, administer chemotherapy and take part in radiation therapy administration. His extensive experience in treating womens' cancers gives him the background and expertise to offer progressive techniques both surgery and chemotherapeutics.

    Dr. Pikaart uses state-of-the-art equipment such as the da Vinci® Surgical System of robotic surgery to perform minimally-invasive surgeries.  He has used this robotic technology on over a thousand cases and has taught many other surgeons around the country how to use the da Vinci system.

    For patients of Southern Colorado Gynecologic Oncology, Dr. Pikaart treats pre-cancerous conditions as well as all forms of gynecologic cancers, including cancers of the cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, peritoneum, uterus, vagina, and vulva.

    Dr. Pikaart has been published on a number of occasions and his list of works include:

    • Rakowski SA, Ahmad S, James JA, Jeppson CN, Bigsby IV GE, Pikaart DP, Finkler NJ, Holloway RW. Analysis of recurrence and survival in patients with cervical cancer undergoing radical hysterectomy in the era of GOG (Sedlis) risk stratification. Gynecol. Oncol. 2013; Under Review.
    • Clinical outcomes of image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) with gold fiducial vaginal cuff markers for high-risk endometrial cancer. Monroe, A., Pikaart, D., Peddada, A., ActaOncologica, 2012.
    • Robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy and lymphadenectomy for endometrial cancer: Analysis of surgical performance. Holloway, R.W., Ahmad, S., DeNardis, S.A., Peterson, L.B., Sultana, N., Bigsby, G.E., Pikaart, D.P., Finkler, N.J.; Gynecol Oncol. 2009-12-01.
    • Robotically assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy versus total abdominal hysterectomy and lymphadenectomy for endometrial cancer. DeNardis, S.A., Holloway, R.W., Bigsby, G.E., Pikaart, D.P., Ahmad, S., Finkler, N.J.; Gynecol Oncol. 2008-12-01.
    • Comparison of total laparoscopic and abdominal radical hysterectomy for patients with early-stage cervical cancer. Holloway, R.W., Finkler, N.J., Pikaart, D.P., Bigsby, G.E., DeNardis, S.A., Ahmad, S.; Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Nov.


    He has also collaborated on a number of additional works, including:

    • Comparison of Total Laparoscopic and Abdominal Radical Hysterectomy for Patients With Early Stage Cervical Cancer. Pikaart D, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1/1/2007
    • Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic versus Total Abdominal Hysterectomy and Lymphadenectomy for Endometrial Cancer. Pikaart D, SGO conference, Tampa, FL., 1/1/2008
    • Clinical-Pathological and Morbidity Analysis of Types 2 and 3 Abdominal Radical Hysterectomy for Cervical Cancer. Pikaart D, 38th annual SGO conference, Gynecology Oncology Magazine, San Diego, CA., 1/1/2007
    • Laparoscopic Removal of Pubovaginal Polypropylene Tension-free Tape Slings. Pikaart D, Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, 1/1/2006


    Professional Memberships
    Dr. Pikaart is a member of the following professional associations:

    • Society of Gynecologic Oncologists – Member
    • Colorado Osteopathic Medical Association – Member
    • American Osteopathic Association – AOA Member
    • American College of Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecology – Member

    daVinci Robot.jpgThe benefits of robotic hysterectomy greatly outweigh traditional surgeries while offering the same symptom relief, minimal complications and improved quality of life. Our state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System offers surgeons incredibly precise movements, dexterity and control resulting in smaller incisions and faster recovery times. Additional benefits may include:

    • Decreased pain
    • Less blood loss
    • Fewer complications and reduced risk of infection
    • Less scarring due to smaller incision
    • Shorter hospital stay
    • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities


    Dr. Pikaart also brings a wealth of experience in advanced chemotherapeutics and radical gynecologic surgery, and provides progressive medical and surgical techniques at Penrose Cancer Center including:

    Southern Colorado GYN Oncology provides state-of-the-art care for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the female reproductive system. Dr. Pikaart cares for patients with pre-cancers and cancers of the:

    Southern Colorado Gynecologic Oncology

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    Penrose Cancer Center
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    Colorado Springs, CO 80907

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