Lisa Flowers, MD



Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Gynecologic Specialties

Office: Grady Memorial Hospital

Phone: 404-616-2229


Education & Training

Medical Education: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, MD, 1992
Residency: Magee-Women's Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1996
Fellowship (partial): University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, 1999 


American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2001

Areas of Interest

•  Abnormal pap tests
•  Treatment of cervical dysplasia
•  Colposcopy and anoscopy 
•  Complementary and alternative medicine for HPV related disease
•  HPV and cervical cancer educational programs
•  Ovarian cancer surveillance for women with breast cancer susceptibility genes, BRCA 1 and 2

Awards and Honors

•  Top Latino Physicians in Atlanta, Mundo Hispanico, 2015
•  Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014-2015
•  Latino Health Excellence Award, Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia, 2012
•  Unsung Heroine Award, Center for Women at Emory, 2012
•  Excellence in Teaching, Emory University Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2010
•  Leadership Atlanta Fellow, 2010
•  American Academy of Family Physicians Recognition as Active Teacher in Family Medicine, 2009
•  Golden Apple Teaching Award, Emory University Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2009, 2004-2006
•  "The Center for Black Women's Wellness" Health Trailblazer Award, 2009
•  Women in Government's Presidential Leadership Award for Medicine, 2009
•  "We Are Emory" 100 Emory Community Builders Award, 2009
•  Dean's Faculty Teaching Award, Emory University School of Medicine, 2006-2007
•  National Faculty Award, Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2006
•  National Hispanic Medical Association Leadership Fellow, 2004
•  Best Gynecology Attending Award, Emory University Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2000
•  Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 1997 

Society and Professional Memberships

•  Associate Member, American Association for Cancer Research
•  Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
•  Fellow, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology
•  Junior Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
•  National Medical Association
•  National Hispanic Medical Association 


Selected Articles

Miller TA, Flowers L. Navigating the cervical cancer screening guidelines for women aged older than 65 years. Menopause. 2017 Jul 10. doi: 10.1097/GME. 0000000000000913. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28697040

Kriss JL, Frew PM, Cortes M, Malik FA, Chamberlain AT, Seib K, Flowers L, Ault KA, Howards PP, Orenstein WA, Omer SB. Evaluation of two vaccine education interventions to improve pertussis vaccination among pregnant African American women: A randomized controlled trial. Vaccine. 2017 Feb 16. pii: S0264-410X(17)30086-5. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.01.034. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28216190

Gattoc L, Frew PM, Thomas SN, Easley KA, Ward L, Chow HS, Ura CA, Flowers L. Phase I dose-escalation trial of intravaginal curcumin in women with cervical dysplasia. Open Access J Clin Trials. 2017;9:1-10. Doi: 10.2147/OAJCT.S105010. Epub 2016 Dec 22.  PMID: 28592920

Guarner J, Winkler AM, Flowers L, Hill CE, Ellis JE, Workowski K, Reid MD, Goedken J. Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Women’s Health and Laboratory Course. Am J Clin Pathol. 2016 Sep;146(3):369-72. doi: 10.1093/ajcp/aqw120. PMID: 27498758

Mohammed SI, Ren W, Flowers L, Rajwa B, Chibwesha CJ, Parham GP, Irudayaraj JM. Point-of-care test for cervical cancer in LMICs. Oncotarget. 2016 Feb 25. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.7709. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26934314

Lahiri CD, Dugan KB, Xie X, Reimers L, Burk RD, Anastos K, Massad LS, Eltoum IE, Xue X, D’Souza G, Flowers L, Palefsky JM, Rahangdale L, Strickler HD, Ofotokun I. Oral Lopiniavir Use and Human Papillomavirus Infection in HIV-Positive Women. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Oct 1;70(2):e63-6. doi: 10.1097/QAI. 0000000000000752. PMID: 26181819

Chamberlain AT, Seib K, Ault K, Orenstein WA, Frew PM, Malik F, Cortes M, Cota P, Whitney EA, Flowers LC, Berkelman RL, Omer SB. Factors Associated with Intention to Receive Influenza and Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccines during Pregnancy: A Focus on Vaccine Hesitancy and Perceptions of Disease Severity and Vaccine Safety. PLoS Curr. 2015 Feb 25;7. doi: 10.1371/currents.outbreaks.d37b61bceebae5a7a06d40a301cfa819. PMID: 25789203

Feldbaum VM, Flowers LC, Oprea-Ilies GM. Improved Survival in p16-Positive Vaginal Cancers Across All Tumor Stages but No Correlation with MIB-1. Am J Clin Pathol. 2014 Nov;142(5):664-9. doi:10.1309/AJCPMG0XIF7PEISO. PMID: 25319982

Haynes V, Escoffery C, Wilkerson C, Bell R., Flowers, LAdaptation of a cervical cancer education program for African Americans in the faith-based community. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Apr 24;11:E67. PMID: 24762531

Blake SC, Andes K,  Hilb L, Gaska K,  Chien L, Flowers L, Adams EK.  Facilitators and Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening, Diagnosis, and Enrollment in Medicaid: Experiences of Georgia’s Women’s Health Medicaid Program Enrollee. J Cancer Educ. 2014 Jun 20. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24943328

Stormo AR, Espey D, Glenn J, Lara-Prieto E, Moreno A, Nuñez F, Padilla H, Waxman A,Flowers L, Santos C, Soria M, Luciani S, Saraiya M. Findings and lessons learned from a multi-partner collaboration to increase cervical cancer prevention efforts in Bolivia. Rural Remote Health. 2013 Oct-Dec;13(4):2595. PMID:24245564

Nguyen ML, Flowers L. Cervical cancer screening in immunocompromised women. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2013 Jun;40(2):339-57. PMID: 23732035

Twiggs LB, Chakhtoura NA, Ferris DG, Flowers LC, Winter ML, Sternfeld DR, Lashgari M, Burnett AF, Raab SS, Wilkinson EJ.Multimodal hyperspectroscopy as a triage test for cervical neoplasia: Pivotal clinical trial results. Gynecol Oncol. 2013 Jul;130(1):147-51. PMID:23591399

Julia W. Gargano, Rosane A. Nisenbaum, Daisy R. Lee, Mack T. Ruffin IV, Martin Steinau, Ira R. Horowitz, Lisa C. Flowers, Talaat T. Tadros, George Birdsong, Mujtaba Husain, Elizabeth R.  Unger. Age-group Differences in Human Papillomavirus Types and Cofactors for Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia 3 Among Women Referred to Colposcopy. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 21:111-121, 2012.

Li-Nien CHIEN, Ph. D, E. Kathleen ADAMS, Ph. D, Lisa C. FLOWERS, MD. Treating  Cervical Cancer: Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act Patients. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Jun;204(6):533.e1-8, 2011.

Patel DA, Unger ER, Walline H, Opipari AW, Lee DR, Flowers LC, Ruffin MT. Lack of HPV 16 and 8 detection in serum of colposcopy clinic patients. J Clin Virol 50:342-344, 2011. 

Levi Downs, M.D., Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., M.P.H., Mark H. Einstein M.S., M.D., Yvonne Collins, M.D., Lisa Flowers, M.D. Overcoming the Barriers to HPV Vaccination in High-Risk Populations in the U.S. Gynecol Oncol. 2010 Jun;117(3):486-90.

Lisa Flowers, M.D. Science and Community: Putting a Dent in Cervical Cancer Disparities. Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association. Vol. 105, No 7 Pages 226-227, 2009. 

Krystal N. Madden, BS, Lisa Flowers, MD, Ritu Salani, MD, Ira Horowitz, MD, Sanjay Logani, MD, Kevin Kowalski, MD, Jun Xie, PhD,  Sulma I. Mohammed, DVM, MS, PhD. Proteomics-based Approach to Elucidate the Mechanism of Antitumor Effect Curcumin in Cervical Cancer. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes & Essential Fatty Acids. Volume 80, Issue 1, January 2009, pages 9-18. 

Serban Negoita, MD, MPH, Baozhen Qiao, MD, PhD, Lisa C. Flowers, MD, Donatus U. Ekwueme, PhD, Jovanka N. Harrison, PhD. Distribution of Treatment for HPV-Related Neoplasms Prior to Prophylactic Vaccine. Cancer Volume 113, Issue 10, pages 2926-2935.

Appathurai Balamurugan MD, MPH, Mona Saraiya MD, MPH , Faruque Ahmed MD, PhD Carol Kosary PhD, Molly Schwenn MD, Lori A. Pollack MD, MPH,  Vilma Cokkinides PhD, Lisa Flowers MD. .Potential Role of Human Papilloma Virus in the Development of Subsequent Primary In Situ and Invasive Cancers among Cervical Cancer survivors. Cancer Volume 113, Issue 10, pages 2919-2925.

Margaret Watson, MPH, Mona Saraiya, MD, MPH, Vicki Benard, PhD, Steven S. Coughlin, PhD, MPH, Lisa Flowers, MD, Vilma Cokkinides, PhD, Molly Schwenn, MD, Youjie Huang, MD, MPH, Anna Giuliano, PhD. Burden of Cervical Cancer in the United States, 1998-2003. Cancer Volume 113, Issue 10, pages 2855-2864.

Levi Downs, Jennifer Smith, Isabel Scarinci, Lisa Flowers, Groesbeck P. Parham. The Disparity of Cervical Cancer in Diverse Populations. Gynecologic Oncology: vol 109 S22-S30, May 2008. 

Cummins JE, Guarner J, Flowers L, Guenthner PC, Bartlett J, Morken T, Grohskopf LA, Paxton L, Dezzutti CS. Preclinical testing of candidate topical microbicides for anti-human immunodeficiency virus type 1 activity and tissue toxicity in a human cervical explant culture. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy:  51(5): 1770-1779, 2007.

DeSantis T, Chakhtoura N, Twiggs L, Ferris D, Lashgari M, Flowers L, Faupel M, Bambot S, Raab S, Wilkinson E. Spectroscopic imaging as a triage test for cervical disease: a prospective multicenter clinical trial. J Low Genit Tract Dis: 11(1):18-24, 2007. 

Steinau M, Rajeevan MS, Lee DR, Ruffin MT, Horowitz IR, Flowers LC, Tadros T, Birdsong G, Husain M, Kmak DC, Longton GM, Vernon SD, Unger ER. “Evaluation of RNA markers for early detection of cervical neoplasia in exfoliated cervical cells” Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev: 16:295-301, 2007. 

Kirma N, Hammes LS, Liu Y,  Nair HB, Valente PT, Kumar S, Flowers LC, Tekmal RR. Elevated expression of the oncogene c-fms and its ligand, the macrophage colony-stimulating factor-1, in cervical cancer and the role of transforming growth factor-β1 in inducing c-fms expression. Clinical Cancer Research. 67(5):1 – 9, 2007.

Huang RP, Yang W, Yang D, Flowers LC, Horowitz IR, Cao X, Huang R. The Promise of cytokine antibody arrays in drug discovery process. Expert Opin Ther Targets. 9(3): 601-615, 2005.

Nair H B, Luthra R, Kirma N, Liu YG, Flowers L, Evans D, Tekmal RR. Induction of Aromatase Expression in Cervical Carcinomas: Effects of Endogenous Estrogen on Cervical Cancer Cell Proliferation” Cancer Research. 65(23):11164-11173, 2005. 

Rajeevan MS, Swan DC, Nisenbaum RA, Lee DR, Vernon SD, Ruffin MT, Horowitz IR, Flowers LC, Kmak D, Tadros T, Birdsong G, Husain M, Srivastava S, Unger ER. Epidemiologic and Viral Factors Associated with Cervical Neoplasia in HPV 16-Positive Women. International Journal of Cancer. 115: 114-120, 2005. 

Huang R, Lin Y, Flowers L, Lisoukov H, Wang Q, Shi Q, Horowitz IR,  Parthasarathy S,  Huang R.  Molecular profiling of circulating cytokine levels in human ovarian cancer patients. Cancer Genomics and Proteomics: 1: 23-32, 2004.

Huang R, Lin Y, Shi Q, Flowers L, Ramachandran S, Horowitz I, Parthasarathy S, Huang R. Enhanced protein profiling arrays with ELISA-based amplification for high throughput molecular changes of tumor patient’s plasma. Clinical Cancer Research: 10:598-609, 2004.

Latimer J J, Nazir T, Flowers LC,  Fortenza M J,  Beaudry-Rodgers K CM,  Conte JA, Shestak K, Kanbour-Shakir A, Grant SG. Unique tissue-specific level of DNA nucleotide excision repair in primary human mammary epithelial cultures. Experimental Cell Research: 291: 111-121, 2003.

Han S, Inoue H, Flowers LC, Sidell N. Control of COX-2 gene expression through peroxisome proliferators-activated receptor gamma (PPAR ) in human cervical cancer cells. Clinical Cancer Research:9:4627-4635, 2003.

Solomon D, Davey D, MD, Kurman R, MD, Moriarty A, O'Connor D, Prey M,  Raab S, Sherman M, Wilbur D, Wright T Jr, Young N, the Forum Group Members (Dr. Lisa Flowers) and the Bethesda 2001 Workshop. The 2001 Bethesda System: Terminology for Reporting Results of Cervical Cytology. JAMA: 287(16):2114-9, 2002.

Song M, Ramaswamy S, Ramachandran S, Flowers, LC, Horowitz IR, Rock JA, Parthasarathy S. Angiogenic role for glycodelin in tumorigenesis. PNAS:98 (16):9265-9270, 2001.

Horowitz IR, Cho C, Song M, Flowers LC, Santanam N, Parthasarathy S, Ramachandran S. Increased glycodelin levels in gynecological malignancies. Int J Gynecol Cancer:11:173-179, 2001.

Davis AT, Chakraborty H, Flowers L, Mosunjac MB. Cervical dysplasia in women infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV): A correlation with HIV viral load and CD4+ count. Gynecol Oncol: 80:350-354, 2001.

Published Chapters and Monographs

Duong T, Flowers LC. Vulvo-Vaginal Cancers: Risks, Evaluation, Prevention and Early Detection. Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America: 34(4):783-802, 2007.   

Birdsong G, Husain M, Faison T, Ferris DG, Fetterman B, Flowers LC, Friedlander MA, Gagnon M, Gallo LN, Medley G. Cervicovaginal Cytology Based on the Papanicolaou Technique; Approved Guideline 3rd Edition. August 2007.

Flowers L. Colposcopy. In: Bieber, Sanfillipo, Horowitz (eds).  Clinical Gynecology, Elsevier Science, Philadelphia, PA.  Chapter 12, pp 145-158, 2006.

Flowers LC, McCall MA. Diagnosis and Management of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia. Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America: 28(4):667-684, 2001.