Dr. Harry Reich is the immediate past president of the International Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy (ISGE) and was honorary chairman of the 2006 AAGL annual meeting. He is known worldwide as a pioneer in the field of laparoscopic surgery. His special interest and expertise include total laparoscopic hysterectomy for the large uterus, excision of rectovaginal endometriosis, adhesion surgery, and prevention and management of laparoscopic complications.
In 1991, Dr. Reich received the Excel Award for extraordinary contributions to laparoscopy from the SLS and is the first non-European honorary member of the European Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy. He was the director of advanced laparoscopic surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City from 1995 to 2000.
Dr. Reich performed a number of "firsts", including laparoscopic electrosurgical oophorectomy, laparoscopic hysterectomy, total laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic lymphadenectomy in women (for ovarian c/a) and men (for prostate c/a), laparoscopic rectal resection (for excision of full thickness rectal endometriosis), laparoscopic hysterectomy for cancer, fetoscopic umbilical cord ligation (for an acardiac twin at 19 weeks gestation).
Dr. Reich's professional memberships include the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (Past President), the International Society of Gynecologic Endoscopists (Past President) and the AAGL. Currently, Dr. Reich operates internationally at workshops.