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Get To Know Your GYN Surgical Specialist

The Center for Innovative GYN Care was founded on a desire to offer exceptional care, safety and integrity by redefining minimally invasive gynecological surgery. Our patients recover faster and with less pain than standard laparoscopic or robotic surgeries. This is especially important in the age of “medicine marketing” when there is a significant amount of misinformation available that creates confusion for patients when choosing the best healthcare options.


Patients are their own best advocates. As more information becomes available online, it’s important to dig through the clutter and find a GYN surgical specialist who can handle those complex cases that other physicians may not have the experience to treat effectively. The CIGC GYN surgical specialists perform advanced gynecological procedures using techniques that are taught in fellowship training. They have perfected these techniques through tens of thousands of procedures.

The GYN surgical specialists at CIGC work closely with each patient to personalize their experience. During the consultation, a patient is taken through a thorough explanation of her condition with sketches of her anatomy and then provided with detailed explanations of her surgery options.

“The moment I met Dr. MacKoul all of my fears melted away,” said Juliet Anderson, Bowie, Maryland. “He saw the fear in my eyes. He was able to take away all of that fear by explaining to me exactly what was going on inside of me. He drew me a sketch of my anatomy, and he showed me the size of the fibroid.”


Dr. Paul J. MacKoul and Dr. Natalya Danilyants formed The Center for Innovative GYN Care to create a safer, less invasive approach for laparoscopic gynecological surgery. They apply techniques such as retroperitoneal dissection and uterine artery ligation which allowed them to redefine minimally invasive surgery. These techniques allowed them to develop DualPortGYN, a technique used for hysterectomies, resection of pelvic adhesions, endometriosis treatment and other GYN procedures that uses only 2 tiny incisions, 5MM each, and LAAM, a uterine-sparing fibroid technique that also uses 2 small incisions, 1 5MM at the belly button, and 1 3CM incision at the bikini line. These are superior methods to performing GYN procedures that are typically done with more invasive open or robotic techniques.


Paul MacKoul MD
Dr Paul MacKoul. MD

Dr. Paul J. MacKoul, MD

Dr. MacKoul is board certified in both Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. As a leader in the field of laparoscopy, he has presented at major national meetings and been published in world-renowned medical journals. He is frequently sought as a medical expert on techniques for minimally invasive removal of non-cancerous, pre-cancerous, and cancerous tumors. He is a specialist in the treatment of gynecological cancers as well as benign conditions such as fibroids, ovarian masses and endometriosis.

Dr. MacKoul is also the Director of Gynecologic Laparoscopy at Holy Cross Hospital. He is the former Director of GYN Oncology at George Washington University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center as well as former faculty at George Washington University Hospital. He was named a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Designated Surgeon in 2012.

Dr. MacKoul completed his fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of North Carolina, and his residency in OB/GYN at the University of Maryland. He graduated from Medical School at Tufts University after completing a Masters degree at Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University.

Natalya Danilyants
Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD

Dr. Natalya Danilyants

Dr. Danilyants received her fellowship training in Advanced Retroperitoneal Laparoscopic Surgery through the exclusive Johnson and Johnson/Ethicon EndoSurgery (EES) fellowship program. The EES program offered less than 10 positions nationally. Dr. Danilyants was accepted into the EES program after completing her residency at the George Washington University in Washington DC where she served as Chief Resident. Through the EES fellowship program, Dr. Danilyants completed extensive training in Advanced Retroperitoneal Laparoscopic Surgical techniques and practiced an additional three years at the Women’s Surgery Center. At WSC, Dr. Danilyants was the Director of Advanced Retroperitoneal Laparoscopic Surgery and developed a very successful practice, performing more than 4000 GYN surgeries for all indications.

Dr. Danilyants is the former Division Chief of Minimally Invasive Gyn Surgery at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital as well as former Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at George Washington University Hospital. She received numerous awards for her exceptional surgical skill and care, including the Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Award in 2007, AAGL (American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists) Award for Special Excellence in Endoscopic Procedures in 2008, and Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Designated Surgeon in 2012.

She was honored to receive a Patient’s Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition by her patients for her excellent care and compassionate bedside manner. She was recently named in the 2013 Super Doctors Edition of The Washington Post Magazine as a “Rising Star.”

CIGC Patient Testimonials

Jennifer in Odenton, MD: “I was so pleased with the thoroughness of Dr. MacKoul, that he didn’t simply focus on my cyst, but checked out and addressed other issues on my reproductive system to help me prepare to get pregnant.”

Kehinde in Upper Marlboro, MD: “Dr. Danilyants was accessible 24/7 to all my needs. My surgeon is awesome. She’s very caring and dedicated to her clients’ well being. She is also very accessible and takes her time to explain things, answered questions and follows up with you.”

Learn more about CIGC GYN SURGICAL SPECIALISTS through their blog sites AND PATIENT REVIEWS

You can find insights from Dr. MacKoul on his own Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, TumblrSlideshare and WordPress pages.

Natalya Danilyants, MD also shares updates on her Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn pages.

Reviews for Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD

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Reviews for Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD

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