Gynecologic Surgeon Richard Barakat to Be Appointed President of Two Leading Medical Societies

By Julie Grisham,

Monday, October 1, 2012

Pictured: Richard Barakat

Dr. Barakat will serve as president of two prestigious societies for gynecologic cancer, allowing him to influence how women with these cancers are cared for both in the United States and around the world.

Memorial Sloan Kettering gynecologic surgeon Richard R. Barakat recently became president-elect of both the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) and the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) and will serve as president of both organizations beginning in 2014.

Dr. Barakat’s lead roles at the two organizations will overlap by several months. SGO is the leading medical society in the United States for physicians who treat gynecologic cancers. IGCS is a global organization of physicians, nurses, and scientists who are interested in the prevention, treatment, and study of gynecologic cancers.

“Dr. Barakat’s election to the presidency of the two most prestigious professional societies in his field  — both at the same time — reflects his extraordinary contributions and his remarkable leadership skills,” says Department of Surgery Chair Peter T. Scardino. “We are fortunate to have leaders of his stature in our department, and we congratulate him for this well-deserved honor.”

Dr. Barakat, who serves as Vice Chair of Clinical Activities in the Department of Surgery and Chief of the Gynecology Service, specializes in surgery for women with ovarian, endometrial, cervical, vulvar, or vaginal cancer. His main areas of surgical expertise are in advanced robotic and laparoscopic surgery for uterine cancer as well as extensive procedures for removing ovarian cancer, known as debulking.

He is involved in clinical research to help determine the best treatments for patients with gynecologic cancers, including studies that have helped show a benefit of intraperitoneal chemotherapy administered directly into the abdomen for women with advanced ovarian cancer. Dr. Barakat also holds the Ronald O. Perelman Chair in Gynecologic Surgery.

“I am both humbled and extremely excited about this opportunity,” says Dr. Barakat. “It is a great honor to be able to serve in this capacity, and I look forward to being able to influence how women with gynecologic cancer are cared for both in the United States and around the world.”


Congratulations Uncle Richie!! What an amazing honor, so proud to call you my Uncle <3 xoxo- Jennifer

Congrats! You have always been amazing in my eyes. You kept my mom (Elaine Laiacona) alive for 3 years with stage 4 ovarian cancer. Your surgery lasted 6 hours!!!! You rock.

You operated on my "then" 30 year old sister and I am thrilled to report that she is now 42 years old and has a wonderful life. When you go to the best, you get the best. My family contributes to Memorial for their outstand ing work, and particularly for surgeons such as yourself. Congratulations !

I love you so much! Congratulations!

Now women all over the world will know what it will be like to be cared for by the best. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being my guardian angel 7 years ago.

Congratulations !!! We first met when you first started @ MSKCC and you were a saving grace then . When I had my reoccurrence there was no one else I would have gone to but you !!! I Thank You and my children thank you . <3

Congrats!!! You saved me back in 1992 and continue to do your magic everyday to all of your patients. You truly are a great Dr and such a caring one too. I thank you for everything you do, as I call it, magic! Good luck!

Like a miracle you found a rare fallopian tube neoplasm - stage 1 - while doing a benign procedure on my mother. 3 years later she is cancer free. As dark as those days were, they were far brighter when we knew we had found a real doctor who loves his work. It made the darkest days have hope. I don't think they csn teach your commitment in medical school. Your a wonderful person.

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