ELIZABETH, NJ - Labib E. Riachi, MD, FACOG, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Trinitas Regional Medical  Center and resident of Westfield, was recently awarded subspecialty certification in pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery by the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology.

“Trinitas is extremely proud that one of our surgeons is part of the elite group that has achieved this breakthrough board certification,” said Gary S. Horan, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This new board certification recognizes the most qualified surgeons and physicians who have furthered surgical treatment and medical care provided to patients who suffer from symptoms associated with a cluster of disorders exclusive to women.”  

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology recently recognized the importance of creating board certification for this subspecialty and established the necessary criteria, explains Dr. Riachi.  “For women seeking medical care and surgical procedures to address symptoms such as pressure in the pelvic area, urinary and fecal leakage, inability to empty the bladder, and pain during intercourse, this board certification offers them profound assurance that they are receiving the best of care from a physician or surgeon who has been awarded the highest recognition for his qualifications in this subspecialty.”

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Dr. Riachi, who has offices in Elizabeth and Westfield, was trained in Europe and the United States under leading surgeons in the field of women’s obstetrical/gynecological and urological health.  Since completion of his training in 2001, Dr. Riachi has performed more than 3500 of these surgeries at Trinitas. He heads one of the busiest surgical suites on the East Coast where pelvic and reconstructive surgeries are performed using the most advancedversion of the daVinci robot-assisted surgical technology. 

“For many years, surgeons who practiced in this specific medical and surgical field gained extensive knowledge and valuable experience,” explains Dr. Riachi.  “But, there was no board certification that recognized the great strides they were making to improve women’s health.  The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology agreed that board certification in this subspecialty was the appropriate next step.”                                                                     

To achieve certification in pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, candidates must present  specific qualifications to the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Urology.  As part of the qualification process, specialists in these subspecialties are required to document the number of these surgeries they have performed.

“With vast patient experience and impressive experience in surgical procedures, board certified physicians and surgeons in this subspecialty achieve a higher level of success and that’s good news for their patients,” Dr. Riachi sums up.

For more information, contact Dr. Riachi at (908) 282-2000 or visit RiachiSurgery.com.