Elise Desperito, MD

Diagnostic Radiology
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Dr. Elise Desperito is board certified in diagnostic radiology and subspecializes in breast imaging. She is an associate professor of radiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and an assistant attending radiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Desperito has extensive experience in the care of women with breast cancer and specializes in breast imaging interpretation and interventional breast procedures. She serves as chief of the Division of Breast Imaging and vice chair of education for the department. Dr. Desperito is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, the New York Roentgen Ray Society, and the Society of Breast Imaging.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer High Risk Screening
  • Breast Imaging
  • Breast MRI
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
  • Image Guided Biopsies
  • Mammography
  • Needle Core Biopsy
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
  • Tomosynthesis
  • Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Radiology at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Chief, Division of Breast Imaging
  • Vice Chair of Education

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital


  • Female

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  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • MVP Health Care-HMO/EPO (Westchester Only)
  • MVP Health Care-PPO (Westchester Only)


  • Special Needs


  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

Workers Compensation

  • Workers Comp-Board of NY

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Georgetown University Hospital
  • Fellowship: Georgetown University Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Diagnostic Radiology


Selected Publications

Have We Given Up on Breast Cancer Metastasis? Global Trends in Breast Cancer Metastasis Research Productivity.
Ha R, Chow D, Mango V, Friedlander L, Desperito E, Wynn R.
Breast J. 2015 Jul-Aug;21(4):442-4. doi: 10.1111/tbj.12436. Epub 2015 May 18. No abstract available.
PMID: 25982155

The metabolic syndrome and mammographic breast density in a racially diverse and predominantly immigrant sample of women.
Tehranifar P, Protacio A, Schmitt KM, Desperito E, Oskar S, Potter AJ, Engmann NJ, Terry MB.
Cancer Causes Control. 2015 Oct;26(10):1393-403. doi: 10.1007/s10552-015-0630-4. Epub 2015 Jul 14.
PMID: 26169301

Optical biomarkers for breast cancer derived from dynamic diffuse optical tomography.
Flexman ML, Kim HK, Gunther JE, Lim EA, Alvarez MC, Desperito E, Kalinsky K, Hershman DL, Hielscher AH.
J Biomed Opt. 2013 Sep;18(9):096012. doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.18.9.096012.
PMID: 24048367

Optical biomarkers for breast cancer derived from dynamic diffuse optical tomography. Molly L. Flexman; Hyun K. Kim; Jacqueline E. Gunther; Emerson A. Lim; Maria C. Alvarez; Elise Desperito; Kevin Kalinsky; Dawn L. Hershman; Andreas H. Hielscher J. Biomed. Opt. 18(9), 096012 (Sep 18, 2013). doi:10.1117/1.JBO.18.9.096012. History: Received April 5, 2013; Revised July 20, 2013; Accepted August 2, 2013

Digital optical tomography system for dynamic breast imaging.
Flexman ML, Khalil MA, Al Abdi R, Kim HK, Fong CJ, Desperito E, Hershman DL, Barbour RL, Hielscher AH.
J Biomed Opt. 2011 Jul;16(7):076014. doi: 10.1117/1.3599955.
PMID: 21806275