Educational Resources

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Long Island’s Colon and Rectal Surgeon, Dr. Rivadeneira recommends the following websites that provide a range of information useful to patients and their families:


See this public service announcement featuring Dr. Rivadeneira with a former patient talking about the benefits of minimally invasive surgery for colon cancer (aired on CBS Healthwatch, October 2011).

Click here to see video of Dr. Rivadeneira giving a presentation on middle colic dissection and division: hand-assisted approach, as part of the session on laparoscopic techniques, at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (June 2008).

Click here to see video of Dr. Rivadeneira describing how he performs open colectomy without sutures or significant blood loss, in preview of OR-Live webcast that featured him (filmed in June 2008).


Dr. Rivadeneira has published many articles throughout his career including:

Botchkina IL, Rivadeneira DE, Watkins K, Karpeh MS, Botchkina GI. Clinical significance of telomerase activity in peritoneal disseminated cells: gastrointestinal cancers. Mol Med 2008;14:45-54.

Botchkina IL, Rowehl RA, Rivadeneira DE, Karpeh MS Jr, Crawford H, Dufour A, Ju J, Wang Y, Leyfman Y, Botchkina GI. Phenotypic subpopulations of metastatic colon cancer stem cells: genomic analysis. Cancer Genomics Proteomics 2009;6:19-29.

Callender CO, Kelly BS, Rivadeneira DE. Medical utility versus legal justice: a proposal for the ethical use of prisoner-donated organs. Transplant Proc 1996;28:374.

Callender CO, Rivadeneira DE. The National Minority Organ/Tissue Transplant Education Program: a cost-effective model for community empowerment. In: Lieberman R, Mukherjee A, editors. Principles of Drug Development and Autoimmunity. New York: Landes, 1996: 777-80.

Causey MW, Stoddard D, Johnson EK, Maykel JA, Martin MJ, Rivadeneira D, Steele SR. Laparoscopy impacts outcomes favorably following colectomy for ulcerative colitis: a critical analysis of the ACS-NSQIP database. Surg Endosc 2013;27:603-9.

Davis B, Rivadeneira DE. Complications of colorectal anastomoses: leaks, strictures, and bleeding. Surg Clin North Am 2013;93:61-87.

Dunn RM, Pickett LC, Rivadeneira DE. Challenges in complex ventral hernia repair: examining the role of specialized techniques and mesh materials. American College of Surgeons / Surgery News 2009: 1-12.

Eisengart CA, Mestre JR, Naama HA, Mackrell PJ, Rivadeneira DE, Murphy EM, Stapleton PP, Daly JM. Prostaglandins regulate melanoma-induced cytokine production in macrophages. Cell Immunol 2000;204:143-9.

Fujita J, Marino MW, Wada H, Jungbluth AA, Mackrell PJ, Rivadeneira DE, Stapleton PP, Daly JM. Effect of TNF gene depletion on liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy in mice. Surgery 2001;129:48-54.

Grobmyer SR, Lin E, Lowry SF, Rivadeneira DE, Potter S, Barie PS, Nathan CF. Elevation of IL-18 in human sepsis. J Clin Immunol 2000;20:212-5.

Grobmyer SR, Rivadeneira DE, Goodman CA, Mackrell P, Lieberman MD, Daly JM. Pancreatic anastomotic failure after pancreaticoduodenectomy. Am J Surg 2000;180:117-20.

Mestre JR, Mackrell PJ, Rivadeneira DE, Stapleton PP, Tanabe T, Daly JM. Redundancy in the signaling pathways and promoter elements regulating cyclooxygenase-2 gene expression in endotoxin-treated macrophage/monocytic cells. J Biol Chem 2001;276:3977-82.

Mestre JR, Rivadeneira DE, Mackrell PJ, Duff M, Stapleton PP, Mack-Strong V, Maddali S, Smyth GP, Tanabe T, Daly JM. Overlapping CRE and E-box promoter elements can independently regulate COX-2 gene transcription in macrophages. FEBS Lett 2001;11:147-51.

Odocha O, Wilder J, Rivadeneira D, Kelly B, Chung E, Leffall L. Splenectomy in cancer surgery: diminishing indications? In Vivo 1996;10:241-3.

Rivadeneira DE [member of International Rectal Cancer Study Group, IRCSG]. International preoperative rectal cancer management: staging, neoadjuvant treatment, and impact of multidisciplinary teams. World J Surg 2010;34:2689-700.

Rivadeneira DE [member of International Multicenter Group]. No rectopexy versus rectopexy following rectal mobilization for full-thickness rectal prolapse: a randomized multicenter trial. Dis Colon Rectum 2011:54:29-34.

Rivadeneira DE [member of Standards Practice Task Force of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons]. Practice parameters for anal squamous neoplasms. Dis Colon Rectum 2012;55:735-49.

Rivadeneira DE [member of Standards Practice Task Force. American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons]. Practice parameters for the management of anal fissures (3rd revision). Dis Colon Rectum 2010;53:1110-5.

Rivadeneira DE [member of Standards Practice Task Force of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons]. Practice parameters for the management of perianal abscess and fistula-in-ano. Dis Colon Rectum 2011;54:1465-74.

Rivadeneira DE, Barrett RC, Roberts PL. Methods in evaluating anorectal physiology. In: Oliveira L, editor. Anorectal Physiology. Rio de Janeiro: Rubio, 2010: 49-72.

Rivadeneira DE, Curry WT. Images of interest. Gastrointestinal: gallstone ileus. J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2001;16:105.

Rivadeneira DE, Daly JM. Hepatic metastases. In: Bland KI, Daly JM, Karakousis CP, editors. Surgical Oncology: Contemporary Principles and Practice. Stamford, CT: Appleton & Lange, 2001: 600-81.

Rivadeneira DE, Evoy D, Fahey TJ 3rd, Lieberman MD, Daly JM. Nutritional support of the cancer patient. CA Cancer J Clin 1998;48:69-80.

Rivadeneira DE, Grobmyer SR, Naama HA, Mackrell PJ, Mestre JR, Stapleton PP, Daly JM. Malnutrition-induced macrophage apoptosis. Surgery 2001;129:617-25.

Rivadeneira DE, Killelea AG. Surgical treatments for colon and rectal cancer: a critical appraisal of evidence-based data. In: McCulloch P, Karpeh MS, Kerr DJ, Ajani J, editors. Gastrointestinal Oncology: Evidence and Analysis. New York: Informa, 2007: 113-123.

Rivadeneira DE, Marcello PW, Roberts PL, Rusin LC, Murray JJ, Coller JA, Schoetz DJ Jr. Benefits of hand-assisted laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy: a comparative study. Dis Colon Rectum 2004;47:1371-6.

Rivadeneira DE, Naama HA, McCarter MD, Fujita J, Evoy D, Mackrell P, Daly JM. Glucocorticoid blockade does not abrogate tumor-induced cachexia. Nutr Cancer 1999;35:202-6.

Rivadeneira DE, Pochapin M, Grobmyer SR, Lieberman MD, Christos PJ, Jacobson I, Daly JM. Comparison of linear array endoscopic ultrasound and helical computed tomography for the staging of periampullary malignancies. Ann Surg Oncol 2003;10:890-7.

Rivadeneira DE, Ruffo B, Amrani S, Salinas C. Rectovaginal fistulas: current surgical management. Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2007;20:96-101.

Rivadeneira DE, Simmons RM, Christos PJ, Hanna K, Daly JM, Osborne MP. Predictive factors associated with axillary lymph node metastases in T1a and T1b breast carcinomas: analysis in more than 900 patients. J Am Coll Surg 2000;191:1-6; discussion 6-8.

Rivadeneira DE, Simmons RM, Fish SK, Gayle L, La Trenta GS, Swistel A, Osborne MP. Skin-sparing mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction: a critical analysis of local recurrence. Cancer J 2000;6:331-5.

Rivadeneira DE, Steele SR, Ternent C, Chalasani S, Buie WD, Rafferty JL; Standards Practice Task Force of The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Practice parameters for the management of hemorrhoids (revised 2010). Dis Colon Rectum 2011;54:1059-64.

Rivadeneira DE, Tuckson WB, Naab T. Increased incidence of second primary malignancy in patients with carcinoid tumors: case report and literature review. J Natl Med Assoc 1996;88:310-2.

Rivadeneira DE, Verdeja JC, Sonoda T. Improved access and visibility during stapling of the ultra-low rectum: a comparative human cadaver study between two curved staplers. Ann Surg Innov Res 2012;6:11.

Rivadeneira DE, Wong WD. Preoperative staging of rectal cancer. Clin Colon Rectal Surg 2002;1:17-26.

Ross H, Steele S, Whiteford M, Lee S, Albert M, Mutch M, Rivadeneira DE, Marcello P. Early multi-institution experience with single-incision laparoscopic colectomy. Dis Colon Rectum 2011;54:187-92.

Sonoda T, Verdeja JC, Rivadeneira DE. Stapler access and visibility in the deep pelvis: A comparative human cadaver study between a computerized right angle linear cutter versus a curved cutting stapler. Ann Surg Innov Res 2011; 27;5-7.

Weyant MJ, Eachempati SR, Maluccio MA, Rivadeneira DE, Grobmyer SR, Hydo LJ, Barie PS. Interpretation of computed tomography does not correlate with laboratory or pathologic findings in surgically confirmed acute appendicitis. Surgery 2000;128:145-52.

Zwintscher NP, Johnson EK, Martin MJ, Maykel JA, Rivadeneira DE, Serur A, Steele SR. Surgical residents and the adequacy of dictated operative reports. J Surg Res 2012;177:211-6.

Click here to see abstracts/full text of Dr. Rivadeneira’s journal articles on PubMed (National Library of Medicine).

Contact David E. Rivadeneira, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Phone: (631) 470-1450 • Fax: (631) 470-1451

Smithtown Office
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Woodbury Office
321-B Crossways Park Drive • Woodbury, New York 11797
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Quick Facts about
Dr. David Rivadeneira

MD: Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC (1995), graduated with honors (election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; inclusion in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities).

Residency Training: General Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University (New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center).

Fellowship Training: Colon and Rectal Surgery, Lahey Clinic (Burlington, MA); Cancer Research Clinical Fellowship (funded by National Institute of Health), Cornell Medical Center.

Board Certification: Colon and Rectal Surgery; Surgery.

Specialties: Management of diseases of the small bowel, colon, rectum and anus, including colon, rectal and anal cancer, diverticulitis, familial polyposis, chronic ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, ileoanal reservoir (J-pouch), colon polyps, incontinence, rectal prolapse, anorectal abscess, fistulas, fissures pelvic floor disorders, constipation, diarrhea and hemorrhoids, pilonidal disease, rectocele; use of laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery and other minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of colorectal diseases, including cancer; colonoscopy.

Memberships: Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS); fellow, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (FASCRS); Fellow, Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO); member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; member, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons; member, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Society of Surgical Oncology.

Publications: Selected journal and book publications (click here for online abstracts/full text of journal articles via National Library of Medicine).

Honors: Dr. David Rivadeneira has been recognized by Castle Connolly as one of America’s Top Doctors 2014. Selected for inclusion in Best Doctors in America, 2010-2011; selected for inclusion in Guide to America’s Top Surgeons (2007 and 2009) published by the Consumers’ Research Council of America; recipient of Patients’ Choice Award, 2008, 2011; selected for inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who in America (2009), Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2009), Cambridge Who’s Who Among Professionals in Research and Medicine (2009; 2008), and Marquis Who’s Who (2008; 2007); Lahey Clinic Alumni Association award for outstanding academic achievement in colon and rectal surgery (2003); American Association of Cancer Research Scholar Award (1995).

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese.

Click here for Dr. Rivadeneira’s full Curriculum Vitae