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On Cancer: Meet Gynecologic Surgeon Richard Barakat

By Memorial Sloan Kettering  |  Friday, December 28, 2012

Gynecology Service Chief Richard R. Barakat explains the latest surgical techniques for improving outcomes and quality of life in women with cervical, ovarian, and other gynecologic cancers.

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Dr Barakat
Is such a great Doctor, he have wonderful bed side manner and very pleasant to approach. I was sent to him for a second opiinion.

I literally put my life in his hands 3 years ago and will continue to do so.

Dear Dr Barakat,
I've been diagnosed with stage II Transitional Cell Carcinoma of Ovarian Cancer. I had teh suregry done at Johns Hopkins Hospital and will be going thru chemo (3-6 cycles probably). I wanted to know if your center has treated patients with thsi type of rare ovarian cancer and how many? Also, whether itspossible to get a 2nd opinion from you even a paid phone consult if possible just so I am 100% confident of my treatment plan. Kindly advise. thanks,

Sunita

Thank you for your comment. If you would like to make an appointment for a second opinion at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, please call 800-525-2225.

I recently met Dr. Barakat at the prompting of my oncologist. He is a cheerful, approachable and warm human being.
His first words to me during my initial exam was "Do you want a cathater?" I knew right at that moment Dr. Barakat was my new doctor and MSKCC was where i needed to be. Why?? Because the first question he asked was something I had begged for from my previous physician. I was in severe pain. Dr. Barakat said "It's about quality of life."
Something so simple has improved my life as I approach surgery. God Bless You, Dr. Barakat. Thank you for "listening."

I was in such pain

I am 42 was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 3C. I had an 8 hour surgery-complete histerectomy, partial colon, intestines tied together, liver scraped, diaphragm scraped, and appendix removed. I was treat at NY Presbyterian. I had 6 rounds of chemo-and am about to be scanned. I do not trust or like my current oncologist and would like to switch. I have healthfirst insurance. I would like to know if you take on new patients in my situation. Thank you.

Kim, If you would like to speak with a doctor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, you can call 800-525-2225 or go to http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/appointment. Thank you for your comment.

It will be 20 years this September that Dr. Barakat performed my radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer stage 2b. I was 29 years old with 2 very young children. From our first appointment until my last chemo treatment, Dr. Barakat was there for me in every way possible. Answering every one of my endless questions with such respect and empathy. Even understanding and respecting my decision to turn down radiation after my chemo. I believe with all my heart that Dr. Barakat saved my life and I am here today because of him. I hope he gets to read my post so he knows I think of him often and how he made such a dramatic difference in my life. Thank you Dr. Barakat. Warm regards, Karen Nevins.

Karen, we're glad to hear that you're doing well. We have forwarded your comment to Dr. Barakat. Thank you!

Dear Dr. Barakat - It has been three years since my surgery for uterine cancer. I wanted to let you know I'm doing fine and I thank you for literally saving my life. You are a compassionate and excellent doctor and I would put myself in you care at any time. Again, thank you for being there for me.

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