Elise Desperito, MA, MD

Radiologist

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Breast Imaging

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Director of Breast Imaging, Ralph Lauren Cancer Center
Get To Know Me

I have spent the last 18 years teaching medical students, radiology residents, and breast imaging fellows at a major academic center while working as a breast imager and leading a division of breast imaging for much of that time. I am a chosen member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and am committed to the practice of patient-centered care.

I have come to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) to continue to do the important work of diagnosing breast cancer, but also to help expand MSK’s Breast Screening Program and outreach to underserved women. 

My Role at MSK

A radiologist is a doctor with special training in using imaging to diagnose and treat disease. Imaging includes X-rays, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Breast Imaging
Education & Honors

Education

  • MA, English, Georgetown University
  • MD, Georgetown University

Residencies

  • Diagnostic Radiology, Georgetown University

Awards and Honors

  • Distinguished Educator Award, New York Roentgen Society (2022)
  • Inducted Member, Academy of Clinical Excellence, Columbia University Irving Medical Center (2020)
  • Inducted Member, Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (2019)

Fellowships

  • Body Imaging, Georgetown University

Board Certifications

  • Radiology

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Aetna

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HMO, EPO PPO, POS, Transplant

Aetna Medicare Advantage (MTA retirees only)

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PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program

In Network Coverage Type
HMO, PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield New York

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PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Blue Cross Blue Shield states outside of NY/NJ

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HMO, EPO PPO, POS

Blue Cross Health Plus

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HMO

Carrum Health

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Supplemental

Cigna

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PPO, POS, HMO

Connecticare

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POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

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Emblem Essential

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HMO

Emblem Medicare Advantage

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PPO, HMO

Empire Blue Cross Medicare Advantage

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PPO, HMO, DSN

Empire Essential

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Empire Plan / NYSHIP (Blue Cross/UnitedHealthcare split plan)

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PPO

Fidelis

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HMO, EPO

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Fidelis Managed Medicaid & HARP

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Fidelis Medicare Advantage

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HMO

First Health

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PPO

Healthfirst

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EPO, HMO, PPO, POS

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Healthfirst Managed Medicaid

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Healthfirst Medicare Advantage

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HMO, PPO

Healthsmart

In Network Coverage Type
PPO EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (HMO)

In Network Coverage Type
HMO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (PPO)

In Network Coverage Type
PPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier I (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier II (EPO)

In Network Coverage Type
EPO

Horizon Medicare Advantage

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

Husky CT Medicaid

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State Government

Magnacare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO

Straight NJ Medicaid

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State Government

Straight NY Medicaid

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State Government

Medicare Part A&B (traditional Medicare)

In Network Coverage Type
Federal Government

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

In Network Coverage Type
Supplemental

MVP

In Network Coverage Type
PPO/OAP

Non-Participating Plans with Out of Network Benefits

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

NYC Medicare Advantage Plus for City Employees

In Network Coverage Type
TBD

Oscar

In Network Coverage Type
HMO/EPO

Oxford

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, EPO

World Trade Center Health Program (WTC)

In Network Coverage Type
State Government

Qualcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

Tricare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, HMO

UMR

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS

United Healthcare

In Network Coverage Type
PPO, POS, HMO

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Contact and Location

Dr. Desperito sees patients at one location.

Office Phone
Location
West Harrison, NY
500 Westchester Avenue West Harrison NY 10604

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Research and Publications

Desperito E, Schwartz L, Capaccione KM, Collins BT, Jamabawalikar S, Peng B, Patrizio R, Salvatore MM. Chest CT for Breast Cancer Diagnosis. Life (Basel). 2022 Oct 26;12(11):1699. doi: 10.3390/life12111699. PMID: 36362854; PMCID: PMC9695285.

Capaccione KM, Huang S, Deng A, West E, Salvatore MM, Desperito E. The Impact of External Events on Trends in Breast Imaging. J Radiol Med Imaging. 2022; 5(1): 1065.

Sun S, Mutasa S, Liu MZ, Nemer J, Sun M, Siddique M, Desperito E, Jambawalikar S, Ha RS. Deep learning prediction of axillary lymph node status using ultrasound images. Comput Biol Med. 2022 Jan 24;143:105250. doi: 10.1016/j.compbiomed.2022.105250. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35114444.

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Liu MZ, Swintelski C, Sun S, Siddique M, Desperito E, Jambawalikar S, Ha R. Weakly Supervised Deep Learning Approach to Breast MRI Assessment. Acad Radiol. 2022 Jan;29 Suppl 1:S166-S172. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2021.03.032. Epub 2021 Jun 6. PMID: 34108114.

Capaccione KM, Yang H, West E, Patel H, Ma H, Patel S, Fruauff A, Loeb G, Maddocks A, Borowski A, Lala S, Nguyen P, Lignelli A, D’souza B, Desperito E, Ruzal-Shapiro C, Salvatore MM. Pathophysiology and Imaging Findings of COVID-19 Infection: An Organ-system Based Review. Acad Radiol. 2021 May;28(5):595-607. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2021.01.022. Epub 2021 Feb 4. PMID: 33583712; PMCID: PMC7859715.

Austin JD, Agovino M, Rodriguez CB, Terry MB, Shelton RC, Wei Y, Desperito E, Schmitt KM, Kukafka R, Tehranifar P. Breast Density Awareness and Knowledge in a Mammography Screening Cohort of Predominantly Hispanic Women: Does Breast Density Notification Matter? Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Oct;30(10):1913-1920. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-21-0172. Epub 2021 Aug 4. PMID: 34348958; PMCID: PMC8492494.

Publications on PubMed

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