The late Kenneth Hatch, MD, was known for his dedication to women’s health and was highly regarded in his field. He was well-liked and highly respected by all, including his patients, trainees, fellow faculty and research collaborators. He will be missed and his legacy will continue to grow at the University of Arizona and in the department he helped develop.
Dr. Kenneth Hatch was a professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Arizona and director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. He was board-certified in gynecologic oncology and obstetrics and gynecology.
Dr. Hatch performed surgery for uterine prolapse and bladder problems. He was internationally known for his innovative surgical techniques. He performed the first radical laparoscopic hysterectomy for cervical cancer in 1994 and was among the few surgeons who treated early-stage cervical cancer by radical trachelectomy, thus allowing young women the potential for future fertility.
In 1992, Dr. Hatch was study chairman for the first laparoscopy trial in the United States for cancer of the endometrium, a procedure now used worldwide for patients treated for gynecologic cancer. This led to a markedly reduced rate of blood transfusion, shorter hospital stays and faster return to full activity.