I am a gynecologic surgeon who specializes in surgery for women with ovarian, endometrial, cervical, vulvar, or vaginal cancer. Each year, more than 500 patients newly diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer come to Memorial Sloan-Kettering for treatment, and in most cases surgery plays a role in their treatment. When possible, we use minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy) to remove their tumors, which typically shortens hospital stays and allows patients to recuperate faster. My main areas of surgical expertise are advanced laparoscopic surgery and radical procedures for debulking ovarian cancer. The latter involves removing not only the cancerous ovaries but as much other tissue as possible (such as portions of the bladder, bowel, and/or liver) that the cancer may have invaded. This makes the tumor much more responsive to additional treatment.
I am also very involved in clinical research to help determine the best treatments for patients with gynecologic cancers, including studies that have helped show a benefit to the role of intraperitoneal therapy in the treatment of women with advanced ovarian cancer. I also am the lead investigator of several studies at MSKCC. This includes a study to compare the benefits of laparoscopic vs. standard surgery for patients with endometrial cancer.
I joined the MSKCC staff in 1991 and became Chief of the Gynecology Service in the Department of Surgery in 2001. In addition to my clinical and research activities at MSKCC, I am actively involved in gynecologic oncology on a national level. I am currently the Vice Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Committee of the Gynecologic Oncology Group. I am also an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition, I am the co-founder and past-president of the Metropolitan Gynecologic Cancer Society of New York as well as president-elect of the New York Obstetrical Society. I serve on the editorial boards of the journals 'Gynecologic Oncology' and 'Oncology,' and I am the lead editor of the MSKCC-MDACC Handbook of Gynecologic Oncology, associate editor of an Atlas of Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology, and one of the associate editors of the 4th edition of 'Principles and Practice of Gynecology Oncology,' one of the leading texts in the field.
Dr. Richard Barakat, MD is a gynecologic oncology doctor who practices in New York, NY. He is 57 years old and has been practicing for 32 years. Dr. Barakat is affiliated with Memorial Sloan - Kettering Cancer Center.