Richard R. Barakat, MD, FACS

Deputy Physician-in-Chief, Regional Care Network and MSK Cancer Alliance; Ronald O. Perelman Chair in Gynecologic Surgery
Pictured: Richard Barakat

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.


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 (robotic or laparoscopic) to remove their tumors, which typically shortens hospital stays and allows patients to recuperate faster. My main areas of surgical expertise are advanced robotic and laparoscopic surgery for uterine cancer as well as radical procedures for debulking ovarian cancer. The latter involves removing not only the cancerous ovaries but as much other tissue that the cancer may have invaded as possible (such as portions of the bladder, bowel, and other sites in the upper abdomen). 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 was the lead investigator on several studies at Memorial Sloan Kettering. These include a study to compare the benefits of laparoscopic vs. standard surgery for patients with endometrial cancer.

Appointments for New Patients
Clinical Expertise

Gynecologic Oncology; Cancers of the Cervix, Uterus, Ovary, Vagina, and Vulva

Languages Spoken

MD, State University of New York Downstate Medical School


NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Obstetrics and Gynecology; Gynecologic Oncology

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Publications by Richard R. Barakat

Atlas of Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology. 3rd ed. Abu-Rustum NR, Levine DA, Barakat RR, eds. London: Informa Healthcare; 2013. 

Principles and Practice of Gynecologic Oncology. 5th ed. Barakat RR, Markman M, Randall ME, eds. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009.

“Gynecologic cancers.” Levine D, Barakat RR, section eds. In: Atlas of Cancer. 2nd ed. Markman M, ed. Philadelphia: Current Medicine; 2008.

Atlas of Procedures in Gynecologic Oncology. 2nd ed. Levine DA, Abu-Rustum NR, Barakat RR, eds. London: Informa Healthcare; 2008.

Principles and Practice of Gynecologic Oncology. 4th ed. Hoskins WJ, Perez CA, Young RC, eds; Barakat RR, Markman M, Randall ME, associate eds.   Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2005.

“Gynecologic cancers.” Barakat RR, Hoskins WJ, section eds. In: Atlas of Cancer. Markman M, ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003.

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