Physician-in-Chief and Director of Cancer, Northwell Health Cancer Institute
Senior Vice President, Cancer Services, Northwell Health
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 where 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 and was the principal investigator on an NIH funded national study evaluating symptomatic lower-extremity lymphedema in women undergoing surgery including lymphadenectomy for gynecologic cancer.
Dr. Barakat, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at 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 several editions 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 past president of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society from 2014-2016. From 2013-2017, he served as director of the MSK regional network.
Dr. Barakat received his BA from Queens College, City University of New York and his MD from SUNY Downstate. He also earned an MBA from the Columbia University School of Business. Dr. Barakat lives in Muttontown with his wife Catherine who has been a staff radiologist at North Shore University Hospital for over 20 years. They have three children including Joanna, Richard Jr. and Christian.