Dr. Dwight Carlton De Risi is the first surgically trained oncologist on Long Island specializing in diseases of the breast. He has been in private practice for nearly thirty years. He attended Seton Hall University, received his doctorate of medicine from Georgetown University, did his surgical residency training at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY, completing a one year fellowship in Pathology and received his second graduate fellowship degree from Roswell Park in Buffalo, New York, America’s first cancer institute. He obtained his board certification in general surgery.
Through his years in practice, Dr. De Risi has remained a leader in his field, introducing and popularizing cutting edge surgical and diagnostic techniques in our community. Some of these have included mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, partial mastectomy, lumpectomy with sentinel lymph node biopsy, ductoscopy, MRI of the breasts, mammosite brachytherapy, the Halo breast procedure for evaluating nipple duct fluid, and cryosurgical ablation of breast tumors.
Through the efforts of his loyal patients, Dr. De Risi has created a not for profit support group called Lean On Me Breast Cancer Network Inc. Since its inception, over seventy volunteers have helped guide, one on one, several thousand newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through their journey from diagnosis and treatment to wellness. In addition, these volunteers fit patients receiving chemotherapy with free wigs, and mastectomy patients with free bras. Free weekly support groups conducted by a social worker, are available for patients who are interested in group therapy. Free yearly educational seminars and wellness days are available for all patients to attend. Several exciting and enjoyable fund raising events are planned throughout the year, helping patients realize the importance of living each day to its fullest.
Dr. De Risi is a member of many prestigious organizations including The American College of Surgeons, The American Medical Association, The Society of Surgical Oncology, The American Society of Clinical Oncology, and The American Society of Breast Disease. Dr. De Risi has been honored for his accomplishments by several organizations including The Sass Foundation for Medical Research, The Beth C. Tortolani Breast Cancer Foundation, The New York College For Wholistic Health, Education, and Research, The Lean On Me Breast Cancer Network Inc., the prestigious Renaissance Man -David Award from Networking Magazine, NOW (Nassau Organization for Women), and most recently North Shore University Hospital at Glen Cove in their efforts to build a breast center. He has also received the National Congressional Committee Leadership Award and honorary co-Chairman President’s Physician’s Advisory Board award.
His joy in life, as a proud grandfather, is his family. He attributes his continued success to the love, understanding, and support from his wife Donna, and his four children Darren, Drew, Dara, and Deirdre. When asked what his ultimate professional goal is, “to help rid the world of this dreaded disease called breast cancer,” which he believes is a reality in the not so distant future.