As a resident at Johns Hopkins/GBMC, Dr. Sophocles learned the importance of empathy.
"A patient's trust begins when she senses you care," she says.
Throughout her over 20 years as a board certified Ob/Gyn, she has also upheld the Hopkins standards of clinical excellence and innovation. Always thinking outside the box, she promoted early development of umbilical cord blood banks, and researched non-invasive ways to detect abnormal fetal chromosomes. Now, she focuses on advancing non-invasive gynecological procedures to treat vaginal dryness and uterine bleeding.
"If I can improve the health and the quality of life in my patients without the use of medications or surgery, then I have helped them with less risk."
Heavy or irregular periods can wreak havoc on your life. Treatments used to be hysterectomy or hormones. Today, Dr. Sophocles performs a non-surgical, non-hormonal procedure called endometrial ablation, in the comfort of her office. This procedure, called NovaSure, is covered by most insurances and patients are back to their routine the next day or two. Because of Dr. Sophocles' extensive experience, NovaSure's developers have asked her to train physicians nationwide. If you're tired of fatigue, frustration, stained sheets, and thrown out white pants, come talk to Dr. Sophocles about managing your period.
Part of your birth control decision is, what kind? Dr. Sophocles has walked many patients through options. If you are sure your family is complete, an alternative to tubal ligation is Essure, which Dr. Sophocles pioneered as an in-office procedure in Mercer County. Essure is permanent contraception performed in her office without surgery or hormones. Patients wear fleecy robes, have tea or juice afterwards, and leave with no need for pain medication. Most insurances cover the cost. Because Dr. Sophocles wants you to consider Essure carefully, please look at the websites below. Then come talk about contraception that fits your life.
Vaginal dryness can lead to painful sex. Personal lubricants and estrogens are often inadequate. MonaLisa Touch, an in-office procedure, offers you relief without medication or side effects. Dr. Sophocles, one of the first U.S. gynecologists to use MonaLisa Touch, is today one of the most experienced. Benefit from her sure touch. The laser's developers have chosen Dr. Sophocles to speak nationally, mentor physicians, and research other gynecologic uses. All her experience works together when she tells you, "Yes, I can help."
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Shyama Mathews MD
Dr. Mathews is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist with fellowship training in minimally invasive gynecological surgery. Her skill in Da Vinci robotic surgery means a faster back-on-your feet experience for patients. She is certified by the North American Menopause Society as a menopausal practitioner.
Dr. Mathews: "I focus on listening to my patient and having an open and honest conversation about how her needs can be met. Sometimes that’s acknowledging an embarrassing or painful problem can be managed medically. Sometimes that's offering a surgery that provides a quick recovery so she can get back to the people and activities she loves."
Our two clinical providers, Renata our nurse practitioner and Jeanne our nurse midwife, bring clinical expertise and compassionate care to our practice. In fact, for adolescent gyn issues and well woman visits, many of our patients choose appointments with Jeanne and Renata. They understand the needs of our patients and share Dr. Sophocles' belief that listening to a patient is the key to developing a trusting relationship.
Jeanne Waldman CNM
Jeanne joins Women’s Healthcare of Princeton offering knowledge accumulated over 25 years in adult and adolescent gynecology. Jeanne also provides mentoring and clinical supervision for the University of Pennsylvania’s Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Program in Philadelphia.
Renata Estes APN
As a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Renata joins Women’s Healthcare of Princeton with over 10 years of healthcare experience. Her enthusiastic expertise includes gynecology care for both adults and adolescents. She also enjoys teaching at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professionals as an Assistant Clinical Professor.
Thanks to the readers who voted me a Top Doc. I pledge to continue the same innovative procedures and wellness care that led to your support. As a next step, Dr Shyama Mathews joins Women's Healthcare of Princeton. She is fellowship trained in da Vinci® robotic surgery, the latest in minimally invasive surgery. This means a faster back-on-your-feet experience for you.
- Dr. Maria Sophocles
When she was a young resident at Johns Hopkins/GBMC Dr. Maria Sophocles was taught clinical excellence and innovation. Today she leads the way with 21st century procedures. Click to read about Dr Sophocles in Princeton Life.