Kara Long Roche, MD, MSc, FACOG

About Me

I am a gynecologic oncologist who is dedicated to improving the lives of women with gynecologic cancers. I specialize in the surgical treatment of women with ovarian, uterine, cervical, and vulvar malignancies.

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I have a strong interest in the surgical management of ovarian cancer, and specifically in cytoreductive (tumor debulking) procedures. The goal of these procedures is removal of all visible disease, which leaves the cancer more susceptible to chemotherapy and improves the success of treatment. Additionally, I have extensive training and experience in using minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as robotics and laparoscopy, which can improve outcomes and enhance recovery when used appropriately. I perform minimally invasive surgical procedures to prevent the development of cancer in women at high risk and am committed to performing fertility-preserving surgical procedures for young women with cancer when possible.  

Along with my clinical work, I maintain a commitment to clinical research. My research interests include improving the identification of women at high risk for gynecologic malignancies, diagnostic and risk-reduction strategies, and the outcomes of patients undergoing surgical management of advanced ovarian cancer.

I completed my fellowship training in gynecologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  During this time, I received a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and health services research from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. At the conclusion of my fellowship, I received the Michael E. Burt MD, PhD Memorial Award in recognition of superior clinical and operative skills from the Department of Surgery at MSK. I then joined the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where I worked as a gynecologic cancer surgeon and served as director of fellowship education. I was honored by the residents during that time with an award for excellence in teaching and mentorship. Following this, I relocated back to New York City to join the MSK gynecology team.

My goal is to provide the highest quality, most compassionate care to women with gynecologic cancers and to improve early detection and prevention of these cancers when possible. I believe that individualized care and a strong doctor-patient partnership are important aspects of successful cancer treatment. I perform my surgical cases at MSK’s Memorial Hospital and Josie Robertson Surgery Center in Manhattan and see patients each Friday at the 53rd Street Outpatient Pavilion. I also see patients at MSK’s Basking Ridge location on Mondays.

  • Clinical Expertise: Gynecologic oncology; Cancers of the ovary, uterus, cervix, and vulva; Cytoreductive surgery and peritonectomy procedures; Minimally invasive procedures (including laparoscopy and robotics); Prevention of ovarian and endometrial cancer in high-risk women; Fertility sparing-surgery
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Residencies: New York University Medical Center
  • Fellowships: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Board Certifications: Obstetrics and Gynecology

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