Meet Gynecologic Surgeon Richard Barakat

By Memorial Sloan Kettering,

Friday, December 28, 2012


Dr. Barakat explains the latest surgical techniques for improving outcomes and quality of life in women with cervical, ovarian, and other gynecologic cancers.

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.


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,


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.

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.

Dear Dr Barakat,
My name is Anna, I’m 30 years old. I have II stage related tumors of ovary. In the end of this February I will have the operation and my surgeon is Ushakov Igor Ivanovich from hospital Burdenko. You have met him when visit Moscow. Igor Ivanovich sad to me that it will be VERY USEFUL to know your opinion about what volume of surgical intervention we should to do.
Is it possible? Is there is way to get your opinion in e-mail / skype? I have medical report after first operation from 20 January 2015 when related tumors was detected, histologic findings, and if it will be necessary can make micro photo from glasses with histologic material.
It is difficult to find right words in a foreign language. I just wanted to say that I have to use all possibilities to keep my health for my family and myself. I do not want to wait bad news all the time. Please, help me to increase my chances to keep my way of life. Me, myself, my, I… But it is right time to be selfish, isn’t it?
Best regards, Anna.

Dear Anna, Dr. Barakat cannot answer personal medical questions on our blog. We recommend that your surgeon reach out to Dr. Barakat directly. Wishing you all the best.

Dear dr richard , i am happy to write to you , i need your mail for special request concerning my MD

Dear Mohamed, if you would like to make an appointment for a consultation with one of our specialists, please call our Physician Referral Service at 800-525-2225. If you live outside the United States, our International Center can help you arrange for a medical records review my mail. You may contact them directly at or learn more about our services for international patients at Thank you for reaching out to us.

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