Elise Desperito, MD

Expertise in: 
Breast Cancer
Board Certifications: 
Diagnostic Radiology
Accepting New Patients
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Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Breast Cancer, Breast Imaging, Diagnostic Radiology

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Radiology at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Program Director Radiology Residency Program

Dr. Elise Desperito is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology and subspecializes in Breast Imaging. Dr. Desperito is an Assistant Professor of Radiology for Columbia University Medical Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She also is the former Director of Breast Imaging at Columbia Presbyterian. She is currently the Program Director of the Radiology Residency Program at Columbia Presbyterian. She has extensive experience in the care of women with breast cancer and specializes in breast imaging interpretation and interventional breast procedures. Dr. Desperito is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, the New York Roentgen Ray Society, and the Society of Breast Imaging.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital


  • Female

Insurance Accepted

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  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health


  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


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

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Access (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Gatekeeper (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199


  • MagnaCare


  • Multiplan

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care




  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

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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