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Leslie Palacios-Helgeson, MD
Graduated - Class of 2020

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIGS) Fellowship - Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital

Research/Clinical Interests: Family planning, healthcare disparities and cultural competency, adolescent health, bioethics




Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2016 University of Colorado; Denver, CO MD Medicine
2009 Gonzaga University; Spokane, WA Honors BS Biology, Philosophy

Research & Professional Experience


2015 Student Researcher-- Designing e-Learning for Obstetrics and Gynecology Graduate Medical Education, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado.
2014 Student Researcher-- HPA axis changes in obesity and implications for infertility, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado.
2013 Cancer Center Research Fellow-- Preanalytical lung cancer tumor cell enrichment with a pneumatic cell collector, Dept. of Pathology, University of Colorado.
2010-2013 Professional Research Assistant-- Nonclassical signaling of E2 through ER in type 1 endometrial adenocarcinoma. Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Program in Reproductive Sciences University of Colorado.
2009-2010 Professional Research Assistant--Adenosine and ischemic injury in murine models, Dept. of Anesthesia, University of Colorado.

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2016 Advocacy in Reproductive Access Award - Department of Family Planning, OB/GYN, University of Colorado
2012-2016 University of Colorado Presidential Scholar
2015-2016 PEO Scholar
2014 President's Fund for Diversity and Excellence Grantee
2013 President's Fund for Diversity and Excellence Grantee


Palacios-Helgeson, LK, Scully, M, Bradford, A, Jackson, T. "Novel insights into the molecular regulation of PTEN by rapid estrogen signaling in the human endometrium." Poster presented at University of Colorado School of Medicine Capstone Conference. February, 2016

Palacios-Helgeson, LK, Ren, Q, Aisner, D...Franklin, W. “Pre-analytical methods of tumor cell enrichment: the pneumatic cell collector (PCC)." Poster presented at University of Colorado Cancer Center Research Fellowship Forum, Aurora, CO. August, 2013

Cabrera (Palacios-Helgeson), LK, Wachtel, S, Scully, M. "Endometrial cancer progression is associated with rapid action of estrogen through a Src-dependent ERK1/2 pathway.” Poster presented at Anschutz Medical Campus Women's Health Day, Aurora, CO. September, 2010


Scully MM, Palacios-Helgeson LK, Wah LS, Jackson TA. Rapid estrogen signaling negatively regulates PTEN activity through phosphorylation in endometrial cancer cells. Horm Cancer. 2014 Aug;5(4):218-31. doi: 10.1007/s12672-014-0184-z. Epub 2014 May 21. PMID: 24844349