Great Neck oncologist faces sexual abuse charges

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Dr. Dwight De Risi faces charges of sexual abuse of a patient. (Photo from Long Island Breast Care)
Dr. Dwight De Risi faces charges of sexual abuse of a patient. (Photo from Long Island Breast Care)

A Great Neck surgical oncologist and professor was arraigned on two misdemeanor charges of sexual misconduct on Tuesday.

Dr. Dwight De Risi, 70, a breast surgeon in private practice at Long Island Breast Care in Great Neck and a clinical assistant professor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, had been arrested on June 21.

He now faces charges of forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree, according to court records, which allegedly took place at his practice.

Miriam Sholder, a spokeswoman for Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, said no further information could be shared “due to the nature of the charges.”

Nassau District Court Judge William Hohouser released De Risi after he promised in writing to return to court for all proceedings and issued a stay-away order of protection, which was signed on behalf of the unnamed victim.

Joseph Conway, De Risi’s Mineola-based defense attorney, described his client as a “well-known and highly respected breast cancer surgeon” who has served over 30,000 patients for four decades facing “unfounded” and “completely frivolous” charges.

“Today’s charges, brought after zero investigation, are unfounded and completely frivolous,” Conway said in an emailed statement. “We will begin the process of bringing the true facts to Law Enforcement immediately, and vindicating Dr. De Risi’s impeccable reputation.”

“Among those facts will be an eye-witness to the events, who completely contradicts any allegations of wrong-doing by Dr. De Risi,” the statement concluded.

Terry Lynam, a spokesman for Northwell Health, said De Risi is not employed by the health network but that he has an academic appointment and admitting privileges in three of its hospitals: North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and Glen Cove Hospital.

When asked if De Risi could possibly lose these admitting privileges as a result of the charges, Lynam said “that’s always a possibility, yes,” but that the matter is under investigation and it’s too early to say.

De Risi is due back in court on Aug. 16.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I had malignant breast cancer when I was 33 years old. Dr. DeRisi was my surgeon. He was warm, compassionate, loved to give hugs. I was not threatened by him. His exams were professional and never inappropriate. As a nurse, I would know. He went to Roswell Park Cancer Center for his oncology training and was taught to the importance of treating cancer patients as potential survivors and instilled that hope into his patients. The power of love medicine and miracles – a great book by Bernie Siegal (….ergo the hello and goodbye hug and kiss). He came back from a party one night to visit me in the hospital after he had heard that I was extremely upset that the chemotherapy I was supposed to have would make me lose my hair. He would be in his office until 1AM so that he could give enough time to each of his patients. That is how kind and caring he is. He adores his wife and family. He was never ever inappropriate. He is an amazing human being

  2. Maria Carbo NY
    I cannot believe what Dr. Derisi is being accused of. There is no way I believe this! On June 28 th 2017 this man saved my life. He was part of an eight hour surgery,he is a compassionate man who came so highly recommended to me by women who also used him . He has saved so many womens and mens life. Iam so upset that this lady Iam sure misunderstood him because he is so kind.Dr. Derisi never once came off to me in that of what she is accussing him of. Iam still under his care and I hope I will continue to be under his care because I have alot of respect and Most of all trust him with my life. Thank you Dr.Derisi for saving my life and and continuing to Watch Over Me.

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