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  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

Board Certification

Training

Medical School
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University (2000)
Residency Training
  • General Surgery, Cleveland Clinic
Fellowship Training
  • Breast Disease, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (Brown University)

Affiliated Specialty Center

Clinical Interests/Expertise

  • Breast surgery
  • Diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy
  • Management of high-risk breast cancer patients
Christine R. Rizk, MD

Contact Information

Division of Breast and Oncologic Surgery
Department of Surgery, Health Sciences Center T18-060
Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8191
Tel: 631-444-5976
Fax: 631-444-6348

Practice Locations

Carol M. Baldwin
Breast Care Center

3 Edmund D. Pellegrino Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Tel: 631-638-1000
Fax: 631-444-6348


Smithtown Office
222 Middle Country Road, Suite 209
Smithtown, NY 11787
Tel: 631-444-4545
Fax: 631-638-2830


  • Personal Statement
  • Honors
  • Publications
  • Additional

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.

  • Selected for inclusion in the latest editions of Guide to America's Top Surgeons published by the Consumers' Research Council of America
  • SUNY-Buffalo Department of General Surgery Excellence in Resident Teaching Award (2008)
  • Brown University Medical School Dean's Award in Teaching Excellence (2006)
  • Cleveland Clinic's Bruce Hubbard Stuart Humanitarian Award (2002)
  • Election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2000)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Rochester (1996)
  • Jaggessarsingh D, Harmon B, O'Hea B, Farrelly P, Burk M, Rizk C, Singh M, Tornos C. Internal impact of ACOSOG Z0011 at a tertiary academic center [abstract]. Mod Pathol 2012;25(2 suppl):43A.
  • Pandya D, Singh M, O'Hea B, Farrelly P, Burk M, Rizk C, Tornos C. Factors influencing accuracy of sentinel node frozen section for breast cancer: a review of 654 cases including 1678 sentinel nodes [abstract]. Mod Pathol 2011;24(1 suppl):57A.
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • 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.