Dr. Ken Hatch to Head Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
Kenneth D. Hatch, MD, head of the University of Arizona Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been elected president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO), a prestigious national professional association of physicians specializing in gynecologic oncology. His year-long term begins in March.
Dr. Hatch is professor and chair of clinical obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UA College of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Alabama in 1978. He served as Division Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Alabama 1986-1989, and at the UA from 1989-1995. He was appointed chair of the UA's OB-GYN department in 1995.
Dr. Hatch is board certified in gynecologic oncology, as well as obstetrics and gynecology. He specializes in the treatment of women with gynecologic cancer, as well as performing surgery for vaginal reconstruction and bladder problems. He evaluates oncology patients at the Arizona Cancer Center, a center of excellence at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.
He has served as president of the American Society of Colposcopy Cervical Pathology, led many cancer treatment protocols for national study groups, and has lectured throughout the world on surgical treatments for patients with gynecologic cancer. He was the study chairman for the first laparoscopy trial in the United States for cancer of the endometrium. Today laparoscopy (or minimally invasive surgery) is utilized in nearly all patients treated for gynecologic cancer at the UA. This leads to a markedly reduced rate of blood transfusion; shorter hospital stays (1-3 days) and faster return to full activity. In addition, women who have cancer, but want to retain their fertility, may be candidates for the laparoscopic surgery.
The Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) is a national medical specialty organization of physicians who are trained in the comprehensive management of women with malignancies of the reproductive tract. Its purpose is to improve the care of women with gynecologic cancer by encouraging research, disseminating knowledge which will raise the standards of practice in the prevention and treatment of gynecologic malignancies, and cooperating with other organizations interested in women's health care, oncology and related fields. SGO members provide multidisciplinary cancer care including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, supportive care and surgery.
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