Kenneth D Hatch, MD

Professor, Gynecologic Oncology
Director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-9285
Professional Bio: 

Kenneth D Hatch, MD, graduated from The University of Nebraska School of Medicine in 1971. He performed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at The University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). In 1976 he joined the faculty at UAB and in 1986 was promoted to Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Gynecologic Oncology. In 1990 he moved to The University of Arizona in Tucson to become Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the Arizona Cancer Center and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He served as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1994 to 2004. Currently he is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr Hatch is currently President of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons and has served as the president of The Society of Gynecologic Oncologists in 2004 and The American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology in 1996-1998. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr Hatch is an associate editor of the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease and is an editorial journal reviewer for many medical publications, including, Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has published three textbooks and 150 articles in peer review journals. He has contributed to seven textbooks in the area of gynecologic surgery and cancer.

His clinical activities center on surgical treatment of gynecologic cancers and reconstructive surgery for bladder prolapse. He emphasizes laparoscopic surgery, which leads to a markedly reduced rate of blood transfusions, shorter hospital stays, and faster return to full activity. He is also among the few surgeons who treat early stage cervical cancer by radical trachelectomy, thus allowing young women the potential for future fertility.

Clinical Information

Clinical Focus: 


  • Gynecologic cancers
  • Pelvic floor prolapse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Fertility preserving surgery
  • Abnormal pap smears
  • Ovarian tumors
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Complicated gynecologic surgeries
Disease or Clinical Specialty: 
Uterine Cancer
Vaginal Cancer
Vulvar Cancer

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Research Focus: 

I have decades of experience with gynecological procedures. I have worked with optical and bio-engineers for over 10 years, examining imaging markers of ovarian cancer and helping to translate optical imaging equipment to the clinic for pilot studies. I work with Dr. Barton on a current study examining laparoscopic volume holographic imaging of ovarian cancer in women, and have worked with her in the past on optical coherence tomography imaging of the ovary. I have also been engaged with Dr. Alberts in studies of karyometry of cervix and endometriu.

Selected Publications: 

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 1971 - 2004
    Medical School - Graduation with Distinction
  • CREOG Award, Department of OB/GYN, UAB 1975-1976
  • Best Teaching Professor, Gynecology, UAB 1980-1981
  • Best Teaching Professor, Gynecology, UAB 1981-1982
  • Best Surgical Instructor, Department of OB/GYN, UAB 1983
  • Colposcopy Recognition Award (ASCCP) 1993
  • Selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America” 1995-Present
  • Keynote Speaker-Vienna, Austria 1998
    “Wertheim Operation Centenary Scientific Meeting”
  • Keynote Speaker – Argentina 1999
    Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of Argentina
  • Patient Choice Award from the University Medical Center 1998-1999
  • (based on patient satisfaction) 2000-2001
  • Awards for 2 teaching videos – 2003
    Society for Reconstructive Surgery
  • Best Teacher APGO Award 2003
  • Teaching video, Laparoscopic Radical Hysterectomy selected 2003
    for presentation at annual meeting of Society of Gynecologic Oncology
  • UMC/UPI Patient’s Choice Award 2003 –2004
    Keynote Speaker Ovarian Cancer and National Alliance Sept. 8, 2003
    Advocacy Survivors Group. 
  • Tucson Lifestyle “Top Docs” Aug. 2004
  • Society of Gynecologic/Oncologists Presidential address Feb. 10, 2004
    “Patients Are Our Heroes.”
  • Honorary Member, The Society for Colposcopy & Cervical Feb. 18, 2006
    Pathology of Singapore
Other Experience and Professional Memberships/Affiliations: 


  • President
    The Charles E. Flowers Society 1983
  • Treasurer 1992
    American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology
  • Chairman, Membership Committee 1994
    Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
  • Member, Executive Committee 1994-2000
    Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
  • President, President-Elect 1994
    American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology
  • Secretary-Treasurer 1997-2000
    Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
  • President 1996-1998
    American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology
  • Treasurer 2000-2002
    International Federation for Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy
  • President-elect 2001-2002
    Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
  • President 2003-2004
    Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
    Society of Pelvic Surgeons. Vice-President 2003-2004
    Society of Pelvic Surgeons. President 2004-present


  • Program - Chairman, American Society for Colposcopy and 1980
    Cervical Pathology
  • Member, GOG Trophoblastic Disease Committee 1983
  • Member, Clinical Research Unit Committee 1983
  • Member, GOG Endometrial Cancer Committee 1984
  • Program Committee Bi-Annual Meeting, American
    Society of Colposcopy & Cervical Pathology 1984
  • Scientific Advisory Committee of the General Clinical
    Research Center 1985
  • Chairman, New Studies Committee GOG 1985
  • American Cancer Society Professional Education Comm. 1985
  • Member, Hospital Affiliation Program 1985
  • Member, Hospital Executive Cancer Committee 1985
  • Member, Surgical Case Review Committee 1985
  • Program - Chairman, American Society for Colposcopy 1986
     and Cervical Pathology
  • Member, Membership Committee -Society of Gynecologic 1986-1988
  • Program Director - American College of OB/GYN 1986-1989
  • 0600 Postgraduate Course
  • Member, Program Committee - Society of Gynecologic 1987-1988
  • Chairman, Membership Committee - Society of Gynecologic 1988
  • Member, Surgical Pathology Liason Committee 1987
  • Member, Tumor Registry Advisory Committee 1987
  • Member, Program Committee - Southern Association for 1989
  • Council Member, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists 1989-1992
  • PROLOG Task Force Committee - American College 1989
    of OB/GYN
  • Program Director, American Society for Colposcopy 1990
    and Cervical Pathology
  • Member, GOG Executive Committee 1990
  • Member, Technical Bulletins Committee – American 1991
    College of OB/GYN
  • Treasurer, ASCCP 1992
  • Program Director-ACOG Postgraduate Course 1992
  • Subcommittee on Gynecologic Oncology, ACOG 1995
  • Member, Subcommittee on Gynecologic Oncology, 1996
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, 1996-1999
  • International Federation for Cervical Pathology and
  • Chairman, Subcommittee on Gynecologic Oncology, 1998-1999
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 1997-2000
  • Chairman, Committee on Cancer for ISSVD 1998
    Program Director, ACOG Postgraduate Course
  • College Representative to the Society of Gynecologic 1998
    Oncologists Advisory Council
    Member, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists’
  • Practice Committee, ACOG 1998-1999
  • ACOG representative to the American College of Surgeons 2004-2006
  • ACOG Executive Committee 2003-2004
  • Gynecologic/Oncology for the Generalist-060 Course 2003-2006
    Society of Surgical Oncology Editorial Board
    Gynecologic Oncology Representative to the Executive
    Committee of Society of Surgical Oncologists.
  • American College of Surgeons, Specialty Society 2003-2006
    Representative to the Advisory Council for OB/GYN 
Board Certifications & Licenses: 
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, 1972
  • American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN), 1980
  • Certificate of Special Competence in Gynecologic Oncology - American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 1981
  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Recertification, 1993

Academic Information

University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL - Gynecologic/Oncology, 1978
University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL - Obstetrics/Gynecology, 1976
Medical School: 
University of Nebraska, Omaha, NB - MD, 1972
Undergraduate School: 
University of Nebraska, Omaha, NB - BS Premed, 1968