Richard Barakat, MD

Professor, Center for Health Innovations and Outcomes Research, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell 

Phone: (516) 321-2235

About the Investigator

Richard Barakat, MD, is an internationally recognized surgeon and clinical investigator. He leads all of cancer services and research at Northwell Health, including the Cancer Institute, which treats more than 19,000 new patients each year.

Dr. Barakat previously was chief of the Gynecology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering from 2001-2013 and he held the Ronald O. Perelman Chair in Gynecologic Surgery. He was the lead investigator on several influential research projects at MSK, including a study to compare the benefits of laparoscopic versus standard surgery for patients with endometrial cancer, a study evaluating symptomatic lower-extremity lymphedema in women treated for uterine corpus cancer and a study testing the efficacy of the Gynecologic Cancer Lymphedema Questionnaire in detecting lower-extremity lymphedema symptoms.

Dr. Barakat, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, is author or co-author of more than 340 peer-reviewed articles and numerous textbook chapters. He is also an editor of a surgical atlas on gynecologic cancer and of the latest edition of Principles and Practice of Gynecologic Oncology, one of the leading texts in the field.

In addition, he served as a member and examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and for five years was vice chair of the Cancer Prevention Committee of the Gynecologic Oncology Group. He was president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology from 2013-2014 and president of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society from 2014-2016. From 2013-2017, he served as director of the MSK regional network.

Research Focus

Dr. Barakat specializes in robotic and laparoscopic treatment of uterine cancer and radical debulking procedures for ovarian cancer. His research focuses on lymphedema in women with gynecologic cancer as well as identifying the best surgical methods to treat various gynecologic cancers.


Queens College, Flushing, NY
Degree: BA

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Degree: MD

Columbia University, New York, NY
Degree: MBA

Honors and Awards

2013-2014 President, Society of Gynecologic Oncology
2014-2016 President, International Gynecologic Cancer Society