About Dr. Farr Nezhat

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Board-certified in both obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Farr R. Nezhat is one of the leading gynecologic oncologists and endometriosis specialists in the world. His pioneering work in laparoscopic and robotic surgery for the treatment of gynecological cancers and complex benign conditions attracts patients from across the globe. Dr. Farr Nezhat’s expertise lies in treating ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancers. He also specializes in severe and multi-organ endometriosis, pelvic masses, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, various gynecological fistulas, and congenital anomalies. Through the establishment of a minimally invasive surgery division and fellowships at three hospitals, Dr. Farr Nezhat has provided innumerable training opportunities for fellows, residents, medical students, and national/international visiting physicians. He was one of the first to perform, publish and teach laparoscopic and robotic surgery in gynecology and oncology.

In addition to providing world-class treatment to patients, Dr. Farr Nezhat contributes prolifically to the scientific and medical literature, having authored over 200 articles and establishing himself as a leading endometriosis specialist, ovarian cancer specialist, and cervical cancer specialist. He has published four textbooks on operative laparoscopy, robotics, and hysteroscopy, one textbook on the medical and surgical management of endometriosis, and contributed more than 80 book chapters to various texts. He has presented over 300 abstracts and video presentations, earning over 20 awards throughout his career.

Dr. Farr Nezhat has organized numerous post-graduate courses that included didactic lectures, hands-on training simulations, and live surgery demonstrations. His charitable teaching endeavors have brought him across the globe, where he has performed live surgery upon invitation in many countries. He is also regularly invited to national and international professional societies and congresses as a visiting professor and faculty member and has delivered over 400 lectures throughout the United States and more than 30 countries. Dr. Farr Nezhat believes learning, training, and collaboration are interdependent foundational components that lead to meaningful breakthroughs in patient care.

He continues to research, publish and teach in the areas of the pathophysiology of ovarian cancer, malignant transformation of endometriosis, and application of laparoscopy and robotics in gynecological malignancy, most specifically in early and advanced ovarian cancer.

Most importantly, given the significance of the malignant transformation of endometriosis and its association with ovarian cancer, Dr. Farr Nezhat’s work has benefitted countless women and their families worldwide.

Background

Early in his 30-year career as a gynecologist, Dr. Farr Nezhat focused on pioneering advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques for treating ovarian and pelvic masses, mild to extensive pelvic endometriosis, and other pelvic pathologies. His game-changing multi-disciplinary approach, which addressed endometriosis involving other pelvic organs such as the bowel, bladder, ureter, and even the diaphragm, contributed numerous surgical “firsts” to the literature, establishing evidence-based protocols for improved patient care and cementing his status among the best endometriosis specialists in the world.

One of Dr. Farr Nezhat’s chief interests was the laparoscopic management of ovarian cysts and pelvic masses. He demonstrated the ability to manage adnexal masses by laparoscope instead of by laparotomy, and this has had a profound medical and societal impact. Recognizing the potential impact of minimally invasive surgery in the treatment of gynecologic cancer, he completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology. Subsequently, Dr. Farr Nezhat was able to refine and develop laparoscopic and robotic operative techniques for efficient, safe, and practical application to gynecological oncology.

His work resulted in several groundbreaking publications on laparoscopic and robotic management of cervical, endometrial, and especially ovarian cancer, under the mentorship of Professor Carmel Cohen, MD. During his fellowship, he developed an interest in cancer arising from endometriosis and was able to obtain funding from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. This support led to the publication of several significant scientific articles, including “Comparative immunohistochemical studies of BCL-2 and proteins in benign and malignant ovarian endometriotic cysts, published in the journal Cancer (2002).”

Certifications

Dr. Nezhat is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  He earned a further subspecialty certification in gynecologic oncology.

Diplomate

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Diplomate

Gynecologic Oncology

He has also satisfied additional criteria to qualify as a Fellow of both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons.

Fellow

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG)

Fellow

American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Positions

Dr. Nezhat established a minimally invasive surgery division and fellowships at three hospitals, thereby providing training opportunities for innumerable fellows, residents, medical students, and national and international visiting physicians. He was one of the first to perform, publish and teach laparoscopic and robotic surgery in gynecology and oncology.

Currently, he is the Director of a postgraduate surgical Fellowship offered by NYU Winthrop Hospital, the clinical campus of Stony Brook University School of Medicine. This is a highly sought-after multidisciplinary program, attracting nationwide applicants, concentrating on malignant and benign pelvic and gynecologic pathologies.

Additionally, he is the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, a faculty position at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

Dr. Nezhat’s extensive practical experience has earned him academic appointments at prestigious institutions, where he is a respected and sought-after mentor.  He is regularly invited to teach and lecture as a guest faculty at preeminent hospitals, medical schools and medical society meetings.

Medical Director:
Nezhat Surgery for Gynecology/Oncology
FarrNezhatMD.com

Director of Division and Fellowship:
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Robotics
NYU Winthrop Hospital

Clinical Professor:
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University

Adjunct Professor:
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
NYU Langone Hospital – Long Island; NYU Long Island School of Medicine, Mineola NY

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Nezhat is a regularly invited visiting professor and faculty member at numerous national and international professional societies and congresses, having delivered over 360 lectures throughout the United States and more than 30 countries. He believes learning, training, and collaboration to be interdependent foundational components, which lead to the most meaningful breakthroughs contributing to improved patient care.

He has organized numerous post-graduate courses, which included didactic lectures, hands-on training simulations, and live surgery demonstrations. He has performed live surgery upon invitation in many countries as part of his charitable teaching endeavors.

  • Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) | Since 2001
    • Founder and Sponsor, The Farr Nezhat Surgical Innovation Session, Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer (since 2014)
    • Education Committee (2017-present), International Committee (2012-2015), Annual Meeting Program Committee (2014-2015), Membership Committee (2011-2012)
  • The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) | Since 1992
    • Program Director, Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery in Gynecologic Malignant and Benign Pathologies, in affiliation with NYU Winthrop Hospital, Clinical Campus of Stony Brook University School of Medicine (2016-present)
    • Recipient, 2016 Excel Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to laparoscopy, endoscopy, and minimally invasive surgery (2016)
    • President (2002); Vice President (2001); Treasurer (2000); Trustee (2003-present, 1994-1999)

Educator and Lecturer

National | International

National

2021

  • Speaker, Key Lecturer(USA): Nezhat, F, “Advantages and disadvantages of Laparoscopy in Ovarian Cancer.” 16th International Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecology, October 23, 2021.
  • Speaker, Presenter: Nezhat F, “Endometriosis and Cancer,” Endometriosis Foundation of America, EndoFound Live Q&A, January 14, 2021
  • Speaker, Presenter: Nezhat F, “Endometriosis Beyond Menstrual Cramps.” Grand Rounds, NYU Winthrop Hospital, Mineola, NY, February 8,
  • 2021.
  • Speaker, Presenter: Nezhat F, “Role of Bilateral salpingectomy in low and high risk patients for ovarian cancer and in Endometriosis patients.”
  • Grand Rounds, NYU Winthrop Dept of OBGYN, November 5, 2021.
  • Speaker, Presenter: Nezhat, F, “Ovarian Endometriomas and Chocolate Cysts.” Endo Explained, Ask the Experts (ep 12), September 25, 2021.
  • Speaker, Presenter: Nezhat,F, “Role of Opportunistic salpingectomy in low and high risk and Endometriosis patients.” Grand Rounds, McGill University, October 7, 2021

2019

  • Course Director | Drs. Camran, Farr, and Ceana Nezhat Live Telesurgery Forum: Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Nashville, TN, May 4, 2019
  • Grand Rounds Speaker: Minimally invasive surgery for diagnosis and management of: Cesarean scar pregnancy; Vesico, cervico (utero)vaginal fistula after cesarean section; and Extragential Endometriosis. NewYork-Presbyterian, Lower Manhattan Hospital, New York, NY, January 3, 2019
    Moderator: The Farr Nezhat Surgical Innovation Session (50 Years of Progress), 50th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), Honolulu, HI, March 17, 2019
  • Co-Coordinator, Co-Presiding Officer: Committee on Video-Based Education, Obstetrics and Gynecology. American College of Surgeons, Boston, MA, October 22, 2018

2018

  • Course Director, Faculty Member, Presenter: Gynecologic Surgery: Tips, Tricks and Oops! A Joint ACOG/SGO Session. “Complications of Gynecological Surgeries”. Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Austin, TX, April 27, 2018
  • Course Director, Faculty Member, Presenter: Gynecologic Surgery: Tips, Tricks and Oops! A Joint ACOG/SGO Session. “Navigating the Difficult Pelvis”. Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Austin, TX, April 27, 2018
  • Faculty Member, Presenter: “Management of Endometriosis”. Conference: State-of-the-Art Gynecologic Surgery and Ovarian Cancer Management. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, October 4, 2018
  • Faculty Member, Presenter: “Update in Genetic Predisposition to Cancer”. American Tamil Medical Association NY/NJ Chapter, Princeton, NJ, May 27, 2018
  • Faculty Member: Multidisciplinary Plenary Session – Credentialing and Training – How to be a Better Surgeon? Practice Does Not Make Perfect. Annual Meeting, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, New York, NY, August 31, 2018
  • Faculty Member-Presenter: Establishing a Top MIS Fellowship Training Program & On Getting the Most Out of a Fellowship Experience: “Why Do We Need Surgical Training Fellowships?” Annual Meeting, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, New York, NY, August 29, 2018
  • Faculty Member-Presenter: Multidisciplinary Plenary Session – Tools and Techniques – Novel Access Techniques – Where are We Going: “Miniature Operative Hysteroscopy” Annual Meeting, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, New York, NY, August 30, 2018
  • Grand Rounds Speaker: “Endometriosis Beyond Menstrual Cramps: From Extragenital Disease to Cancer”. Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, October 11, 2018
  • Grand Rounds Speaker: Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment of Endometriosis and Clinical Implications of Cancer Arising from Endometriosis. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, March 15, 2018
  • Moderator: The Farr Nezhat Surgical Innovation Session (Surgical Decision Making in Advanced Ovarian Cancer), Scientific Plenary V, 49th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), New Orleans, LA, March 26, 2018

International

2021

  • Speaker, Presenter: Nezhat,F, “Endometriosis and Ovarian Cancer.” IGCS Nepal Tumor Board, October 11, 2021.

2020

  • Guest Speaker, Presenter: Drs. Camran, Farr and Ceana Nezhat Laparoscopy Workshop: 5th Upper Egypt Assisted Reproduction Conference (UEARS), Cairo, Egypt, Feb 2020

2019

  • Faculty Member, Presenter: “Endometriosis and Cancer”. International Women’s Health and Endometriosis Day. Medical University of Vienna, Austria, March 11, 2019
  • Faculty Member, Presenter: “Endometriosis and Cancer”. International Women’s Health Day and Endometriosis Awareness Month. Yeditepe University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey, March 8, 2019
  • Moderator: The Farr Nezhat Surgical Innovation Session (50 Years of Progress), 50th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), Honolulu, HI, March 17, 2019

2018

  • Faculty Member, Keynote Lecturer: “Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment”, The Turkish German Gynecologic Congress, Kyrenia, Cyprus, April 30, 2018
  • Faculty Member, Presenter: “Cancer Arising from Endometriosis and Its Clinical Implications”. The Turkish German Gynecologic Congress, Kyrenia, Cyprus, April 30, 2018
  • Faculty Member, Presenter: “Difficulties in Laparoscopic Treatment of Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis”. International and Interdisciplinary Congress of the New European Surgical Academy (NESA) on Excellence in Surgery, Perugia, Italy, April 20, 2018
  • Faculty Member, Presenter: “Management of Complications of Operative Laparoscopy”. Iranian Minimally Invasive Surgery Society, Tehran, Iran, May 8, 2018
  • Faculty Member, Presenter: “Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment of Endometriosis and Clinical implications of Cancer Arising from Endometriosis”. Isfahan University, Isfahan, Iran, May 10, 2018
  • Faculty Member, Presenter: “Role of Laparoscopy in Ovarian Cancer”. Iranian Minimally Invasive Surgery Society, Tehran, Iran, May 8, 2018
  • Presenter: “Minimally Invasive Surgery for Diagnosis and Treatment of Extragenital Endometriosis”. The Society of Pelvic Surgeons, Bucharest, Romania, September 27, 2018

2017

  • Director and Moderator: Video Journal Session, 2nd Annual International Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Obstetrics, 13th Annual International Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tehran, Iran, 1/19-1/22/17
  • Faculty Member-Presenter: Laparoscopic and Robotic cytoreductive surgery for Ovarian Cancer. 2nd Annual International Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Obstetrics, 13th Annual International Congress Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tehran, Iran, 1/19-1/22/17
  • Faculty Member-Presenter: Laparoscopic nerve sparing Surgery in Gynecological cancer. 2nd Annual International Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Obstetrics, 13th Annual International Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tehran, Iran, 1/19-1/22/17
  • Faculty Member-Presenter: Management of Robotic and Laparoscopic Complications. 2nd Annual International Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Obstetrics, 13th Annual International Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tehran, Iran, 1/19-1/22/17
  • Faculty Member-Presenter: New Insight in Pathophysiology of Ovarian Cancer, role of Fallopian tube and Endometriosis. 2nd Annual International Congress of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Obstetrics, 13th Annual International Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tehran, Iran, 1/19-1/22/17
  • Faculty Member-Presenter: Role of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Ovarian Cancer. Polish Society of Gynecological Oncology. Multidisciplinary Approach to Gynecological Cancer. Krakow, Poland, 3/28/17

2016

  • Co-Chair: Endometriosis Session, European Society for Gynecological Endoscopy 25th Annual Congress, Brussels, Belgium 10/2-10/5, 2016
    Faculty Member, Presenter: “Complications of Robotic Surgery”. Endoscopy Session, The Turkish German Gynecologic Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, May 11-14, 2016