National Surgical Oncologist Day recognizes the accomplishments of every lifesaving surgeon who specializes in abolishing cancer!
Surgical oncologists help to both diagnose cancer and cure it through surgery. Whether they perform a needle biopsy to take a sample or perform surgery to remove all or parts of the cancerous tissue, they work with a team of experts to provide you with the best possible care available.
While they also treat cancer, they strive to learn more and better understand the variety of cancers we are faced with daily. As experts in their field, they continuously seek improvements in care for their patients. From cutting edge techniques to the latest in research and therapies, surgical oncologists push toward a cure every day. Their dedication and leadership in the field of oncology make a difference in the lives of cancer patients today and tomorrow.
In March of 2019, Jenni Cherlin & the Lean On Me Breast Cancer Network founded National Surgical Oncologist Day to recognize the hard work and dedication of surgical oncologists everywhere.
About Dr. Dwight Carlton De Risi
August 22nd was chosen to honor Dr. Dwight Carlton De Risi, a world-renowned surgical oncologist with over 30 years of experience in his field. Dr. De Risi was born on August 22, 1947. He is the first trained surgical oncologist on Long Island specializing in diseases of the breast. After growing up on Long Island, he attended Seton Hall University and received his doctorate from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. De Risi completed his residency at North Shore University Hospital and received his graduate surgical oncology fellowship degree from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY – America’s first cancer institute and the first in the United States to be accredited by the Society of Surgical Oncology.
Having treated tens of thousands of patients over the years, Dr. De Risi remained a leader in his field, introducing and popularizing cutting edge surgical and diagnostic techniques, which have now become standards of care. He has been recognized and honored for his accomplishments by several organizations including Seton Hall Pre Medical Honor Society Alpha Epsilon Delta. Dr. De Risi is known in the community for his compassion and late office hours. His success is attributed to his family (which includes his wife Donna, and his four children Darren, Drew, Dara, and Deirdre), his incredible office staff, and the love and support from his dedicated patients.
Through the efforts of his loyal supporters, Dr. De Risi created the non-profit support group in May of 2000 called Lean On Me Breast Cancer Networks Inc. Since its inception, over seventy volunteers have helped guide and comfort several thousand newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through their journey from diagnosis and treatment to wellness. In addition, several exciting and enjoyable fundraising events are planned throughout the year, helping patients realize the importance of living each day to its fullest.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Surgical Oncologist to be observed on August 22nd annually.