Dr. Yessaian graduated from the University of Baghdad Medical School, Iraq in 1989 with high honors and ranking the first of her class in surgery and obstetrics & gynecology. She then further trained in a rotating internship for two years in Baghdad. Dr. Yessaian then joined the residency training program in general surgery at Maimonides Medical Center-Brooklyn NY, where she also received four additional years of obstetrics & gynecology training. She completed her residency in 1998, receiving the award of “Best Chief Resident of the Year." Dr. Yessaian received further training in a research fellowship in molecular biology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, studying platinum resistance in ovarian cancer. She also joined the gynecologic oncology fellowship program at UC Irvine for four more years, where her research areas included angiogenesis in ovarian cancer. Dr. Yessaian received the Society of Gynecologic Oncologist award for best paper presented by a fellow in 2002. In 2004, Dr. Yessaian joined USC as an Assistant professor of clinical Ob-gyn, Gynecologic Oncology and her current areas of research include cervical cancer, sarcomas and thrombosis in women with gynecologic malignancies.