Breast and Oncologic Surgery
- Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
CHRISTINE RIZK MD
- AFFINITY HEALTH PLAN
- BEECH STREET
- CIGNA GREAT WEST HEALTHCARE
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA PPO
- EMBLEM GHI CBP
- EMBLEM HIP-HMO
- EMBLEM HIP-MEDICAID
- EMBLEM HIP-MEDICARE
- EMPIRE BLUE CHOICE HMO
- EMPIRE BLUE CHOICE INDEMNITY PLANS
- EMPIRE BLUE CHOICE PPO
- EMPIRE BLUE CHOICE SENIOR PLAN
- FIDELIS CARE NEW YORK
- ISLAND GROUP ADMINISTRATION
- MAGNACARE HEALTH REPUBLIC EXCHANGE
- NO FAULT
- UNITED EMPIRE PLAN (NYSHIP)
- UNITED HEALTHCARE
- UNITED OXFORD FREEDOM PLAN
- UNITED OXFORD LIBERTY PLAN
- VISITING NURSE SERVICES (FIDA)
- VYTRA (except SMART START)
- WORKERS COMP
Education & Training
- SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY (2000)
- General Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Breast Diseases, Brown University's Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, RI
Academic & Other
- Academic Rank:
- Assistant Professor
- Teaching Activity:
- Year Appointed at
2009, Guide to America's Top Surgeons, Consumer Research Council of America
Participation in national clinical trials allowing use of the latest in therapeutic advances for the treatment of different cancers.
Research grant. The impact of nicotine on breast carcinogenesis. Awarded by Department of Surgery, SUNY-Stony Brook.
National study (E2018), Studying the impact of surgery on stage 4 metstatic breast cancer patients. Anticipated commencement = Fall 2012.
- Clinical Practice Began:
3 EDMUND D PELLEGRINO RD,
222 MIDDLE COUNTRY ROAD,
Publications available on request.
When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, it is one of the most frightening and stressful experiences a woman can go through. It often affects the entire family, because so many women are the center of their families. I always take the time to explain to a woman and her family her diagnosis and her treatment options. I will always tell my patients that their safety and their cure are non-negotiable, and are the top priority. At the same time, cosmesis is a close second. It is second to their cure and safety, but it is also not at the end of the list. It is important that we not only cure her disease, but that we keep her looking and feeling as close to normal as we can.
My approach to women with breast cancer is a holistic one, where not only do we look at conventional approaches but also include other important elements such as diet, nutrition, exercise, and support groups, as well as meditation. We have a top-notch multidisciplinary team that helps to coordinate care including appointments, and this, of course, helps take a significant amount of stress off an already stressed woman. I offer the latest techniques in breast cancer surgery, including nipple-sparing mastectomy when it is indicated for some women. Indeed, it is a privilege to be part of my patients' journey during their treatment for breast cancers. It is very humbling to me to be around such courageous women and to be a part of their cure.
Fortunately, breast cancer is in general a very curable disease, and to a great extent that is why I do what I do every day, because we can make such a difference to so many women in their lives