NATIONAL SURGICAL ONCOLOGIST DAY | AUGUST 22
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. They may perform a needle biopsy to take a sample or perform surgery to remove all or parts of the cancerous tissue. At the same time, they work with a team of experts to provide you with the best possible care available.
Surgical oncologists also strive to learn more and better understand the variety of cancers we face 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.
HOW TO OBSERVE SURGICAL ONCOLOGIST DAY
Donate to your favorite cancer charity such as Lean On Me Breast Cancer Network. Show appreciation to your favorite surgical oncologist. Let them know what made a difference in your care. Share successful and compassionate surgical oncology stories using #SurgicalOncologistDay, #SurgicalOncologist on social media.
NATIONAL SURGICAL ONCOLOGIST DAY HISTORY
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 honors Dr. Dwight Carlton De Risi. He is 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. He earned 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.
A Leader in His Field
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. The community knows Dr. De Risi to be compassionate and hold late office hours. He attributes his success 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 called Lean On Me Breast Cancer Networks Inc. Since May of 2000, over seventy volunteers have helped guide and comfort several thousand newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. These volunteers provide a vital to a patient’s journey from diagnosis and treatment to wellness. Additionally, the organization plans several exciting and enjoyable fundraising events throughout the year. These events help patients realize the importance of living each day to its fullest.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Surgical Oncologist Day to be observed on August 22nd annually.