Dr. Richard Whelan, MD

Colon & Rectal Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 61
(24)
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Dr. Richard Whelan, MD
Dr. Richard Whelan, MD is a colon & rectal surgery doctor who practices in New York, NY. He is 61 years old and has been practicing for 35 years. Dr. Whelan is affiliated with Saint Luke's Roosevelt Hospital.

425 W 59th St Ste 7B

New York, NY 10019

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Dr. Richard Whelan, MD

Dr. Richard Whelan, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
  • Cigna
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • HealthFirst
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Intestinal Obstruction
very high
more than 95% of peers
Anal or Rectal Pain
very high
more than 94% of peers
Gastrointestinal Diseases
very high
more than 93% of peers

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Specialties

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abscess
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Prolapse
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
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Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anorectal Myomectomy
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Cyst Incision and Drainage
  • Destruction of Anal Tumor
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy With Robotic Assistance
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hemorrhoid Treatment
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Pelvic Exenteration (For: Gynecologic, Urinary, or Colorectal Malignancy)
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Rectal Surgery
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Transendoscopic Stent Placement

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Columbia University College Of Physicians and Surgeons
    Medical School | Graduated 1982
  • Colum Presby Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Colum Presby Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1987
  • University Of Minnesota / Twin Cities Campus
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Whelan's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Whelan to family and friends
4.1
based on 24 total reviews (8 with comments)
Dr. Whelan's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (8)
in Woodside, NY |
he thinks out of the box for your issues, an so easy to talk to. fantastic diagnostics as well, super surgeon,
New York, NY |
Saw Dr. Whelan for a second opinion. He was extremely thorough in his examination and very patient with detailed expiation. Dr. Whelan was highly professional. He saved me from proceeding with a very painful and uncessary surgery. Dr. Whelan belongs to a rare and and almost extinct genre of caring and knowledgeable physicians.
Long Island City, NY |
ignorant arrogant worst ever
in Princeton Junction, NJ |
Outstanding surgeon, super caring doctor. He's the best. The care he gave my mother was amazing. His staff is so kind and caring too.
in New York, NY |
Four years after this man operated on me my life is still a mess. He left me with an abcess, infection and no chance of a normal life. My biggest complaint is that he never "heard " my complaints about symptoms post op. He is an egotistical surgical menace. Keep your family away.
in Hamburg |
I had the special blessing of working at Downstate Hospital with Dr. R. Whelan for over two years, & later as a patient. He is very conservative with how he conducts himself with his patients. First with diet, exercise, & further testing ( if needed.) He is easy to talk to, listens well to patients, & is excellent as a surgeon.
in Ridgefield, NJ |
He performed only half a colonoscopy. When asked why, he responded that We ran out of tube. A joke? I do not know. Funny? Absolutely not. He never spoke to me again. He never sent results to me or my personal doctor. He never suggested alternative procedures. I had two procedures performed by Dr. Whelan many years ago, and he was a brilliant surgeon. I would never subject myself to his treatment again.
in St James New York |
Knowledgeable, compassionate and accessible. His staff both in the office as well as the hospital are outstanding. While hospitalized, Dr Whelan visited me at least twice daily. In addition, his team checked on me two to three times daily. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing expert care .
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Dr. Whelan accepts 11 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
    BlueConnect HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
    Preferred Blue PPO
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
    Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP) HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • EmblemHealth
    Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York (HIP) PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • HealthFirst
    ABCD HMO
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Oxford Liberty

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Hospitals where Dr. Whelan has admitting privileges

Saint Luke's Roosevelt Hospital
1111 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025
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