About the Foundation

The mission of the Nancy Yeary Women’s Cancer Research Foundation (NYWCRF) is to improve the cure rates of women with gynecologic cancer through innovative clinical research. Research is the key to improving cure rates. Our unique NYWCRF clinical research model is 400% more productive than the traditional university/cancer center model.

NYWCRF overhead is only 10%. Our physicians and staff of sixty work for free to support . NYWCRF. Our only major expenses are those directly related to our research team. 90% of funds donated to NYWCRF go to our research team. By comparison when funds are donated to the Komen Foundation or the American Cancer Society, only about 9% gets to researchers.

We have wonderful collection of celebrity supporters. We are in the process of redoing our website and look forward to a fresh, educational, entertaining site that conveys the excitement we feel at being at the leading edge of women's cancer research.

John P. Micha, MD

Our Work

Our research has resulted in more effective treatment patterns and cure rates that are higher than the national averages.

Since 1985, the physicians from the NYWCRF have been pioneers in clinical research to improve cure rates for women with ovarian, uterine, endometrial, cervical and other gynecological cancers. The NYWCRF is one of the most productive, efficient and innovative clinical research groups in the U.S. and the world. NYWCRF designs, conducts and publishes research on leading-edge medical advances.

NYWCRF is not only conducting and publishing original research, we are a clearinghouse for information about the latest advancements in treating gynecological cancers for physicians and patients.

  • Our approach results in publishing 12 to 15 research papers per year in prestigious journals such as Gynecologic Oncology, International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer and Obstetrics and Gynecology. View Publications List [pdf].
  • NYWCRF has developed collaborative research relationships with prominent pharmaceutical and biotech companies including Merck, Amgen, Eli Lilly, Genentech-Roche, Pfizer, Endocyte, Centocor Ortho Biotech, Nektar Therapeutics, Abbott Laboratories, and Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc..


Expert Doctors, Dedicated Research Staff.

Physician Researchers
Lisa N. Abaid, M.D., M.P.H.
John V. Brown, M.D.
Alberto A. Mendivil, M.D.
John P. Micha, M.D.
Kristina M. Mori, M.D.

Senior Fellow
Bram Goldstein, Ph.D

Research Director
Katrina Lopez, CCRC

Research Coordinator
Amber Wilcox

Creative Director
Elliott Micha

Project Design and Outreach
Kelly Bohart

Vilma Thompson
Michelle Alyward

Founder/Board Member
John P. Micha, M.D.

Board Member
Gloria Alkire, Ed.D.

Board of Directors
Norman Crawford, D.D.S.
Len Rullo
Joan Rullo
John West, M.D.
Mark Schley
Lynn Thomas
Connie Needham
Andrea Esty
Mavis Eckoff
Vivian Panou
Bridget Quijada

Legal Consult (pro bono; thank you!)
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Robert Sbardellati

Elliott, Lewis, Lieber & Stumpf
Greg Lewis

Investment Advisor
UBS Financial Services
Joseph Schirripa, VP


The best way to donate to cancer research is to:

  • Donate directly to the organization that actually does the research.
  • Stipulate in your donation that your funds must go to the research you want to support.
  • Stipulate the percentage of overhead you are willing to pay.
  • Stipulate whether you want funds to go to research, or if it is acceptable to go to building construction. Cancer centers and hospitals love to build buildings as their "research project." This is generally a misuse of research funds in our opinion.
  • Stipulate that if the funds are not used as you directed, they are to be returned to you.
  • Track the peer publications rate of the research group you donate to.Publications are the metric for tracking a research group's productivity.

501(c)(3) STATUS
NYWCRF is a public nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation. Our physicians have been involved in research dating back to 1971. In 1999 the foundation was incorporated as a charitable 501(c)(3) foundation so that our patients, families, and other donors could support our research effort. Donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.

TAX ID #: 33-0865870

Major Donors and Research Sponsors

  • Merck, Inc.
  • Pfizer
  • Gynecologic Oncology Associates
  • John Micha, MD
  • Carl Wynn Foundation
  • S.L. Gimbel Foundation
  • The Big Kahuna Bike Ride
  • Burton Construction, Inc.
  • Vitalogy Foundation - Pearl Jam
  • The Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band
  • Oso Home Care
  • St. Joseph Hospital Cancer Center
  • Hoag Hospital Cancer Center
  • John & Hilda Arnold Foundation
  • Judy Burton Swing for the Cure
  • Helsinn Oncology
  • Orange County Community Foundation
  • The Revlon Foundation
  • Walter and Maureen Snell Endowed Fund
  • Ebell Club of Canyon Hills
  • Earth Friendly Products
  • Angels on the Frontline
  • Heron Therapeutics
  • AIVITA Biomedical
  • Genentech, Inc.
  • Jameson Foundation
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Amgen
  • Smith Kline Beecham
  • Eli Lilly
  • Ortho Biotech
  • Altarex
  • Atairgin Technologies, Inc.
  • Unither
  • Telik
  • Cell Therapeutics

Contact NYWCRF


351 Hospital Road, Suite 506
Newport Beach, CA 92663