Leeya Pinder, MD,MPH

Associate Professor of Clinical

Associate Professor, Director, Center for Global Cancer Control

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Leeya Pinder, MD,MPH

Leeya Pinder, MD, is a gynecologic oncologist, global health clinician and international researcher.

Following medical school, she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati and then practiced in Charlotte, North Carolina for several years.

Desiring to make a greater impact, Dr. Pinder transitioned from private practice to complete a Master of Public Health at Harvard University as well as fellowships in Global Health Leadership at Massachusetts General Hospital, Postdoctoral Research and Global Women’s Health with UNC Chapel Hill and Gynecological Oncology at the University of Washington.

She is dedicated to improving the health of women worldwide through her research and patient-focused care. Her research interests include implementing clinical trials tailored to women residing in low- and middle-income countries, expanding equitable cancer care for women of historically marginalized communities, and creating solutions to close the human resource gap and reduce disparities in gynecologic cancer-related outcomes.

Dr. Pinder is passionate about ending the suffering caused by cervical cancer—a cancer that can be prevented. She says, “The elimination of cervical cancer requires research, community-based interventions and partnerships between providers and those we serve to create long-lasting solutions—and I’m fully committed to do my part to make an impact on this disease.”

As a renowned clinician, she focuses on cancer prevention, patient-centered care and contextually relevant interventions. Although Dr. Pinder has received honors and awards for her work, what matters most in her career is the opportunity to be of service. She considers it a privilege to care for women during one of the most difficult times of their lives, and to be a part of their journey.

As a provider at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center, Dr. Pinder is proud of the high-quality, evidence-based, compassionate and comprehensive cancer care that the team provides to every woman seen at the cancer center. She is thrilled to work with bright, innovative and collaborative minds to prevent and treat diseases impacting our communities here in Cincinnati, and worldwide.

Outside of the clinical setting, Dr. Pinder is an artist—painting and writing poetry—and enjoys soccer and tennis. She loves a good book, creative cooking and spending time with her loved ones.




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Obstetrics & Gynecology


Bachelor's Degree

Columbia College Honors College


Doctoral Degree

Medical University of South Carolina


Master's Degree

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health



University of Cincinnati



University of Washington



Massachusetts General Hospital



University of North Carolina


Board Certifications

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology



Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics and Gynecology