Dr. Richard Whelan, MD
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Dr. Richard Whelan, MD


Colon & Rectal Surgery | Male


Dr. Richard Whelan, MD is a colon & rectal surgery doctor who practices in New York, NY. He is 60 years old and has been practicing for 35 years. Dr. Whelan is affiliated with Saint Luke's Roosevelt Hospital.

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      16 to 30 minutes
    Patient Reviews (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's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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    •  Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
    •  Board certified in Colon & Rectal Surgery
    •  No malpractice claims found
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

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    • Colon & Rectal Surgery

    Conditions Treated

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


    • Medical School
      Columbia University College Of Physicians and Surgeons

      Graduated in 1982

    • Internship Hospital
      Colum Presby Hospital

      Completed in 1983

    • Residency Hospital
      Colum Presby Hospital

      Completed in 1987

    • Fellowship Hospital
      University Of Minnesota / Twin Cities Campus

      Completed in 1988

    Languages Spoken

    • English

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    • Colon & Rectal Surgery

    Procedures Performed

    • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
    • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
    • Appendectomy, Open
    • Colectomy
    • Colon and Rectal Surgery
    • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
    • 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
    • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
    • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
    • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
    • Laparotomy
    • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
    • 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