Patients, Physicians Agree that Dr. Datta is One of “America’s Best Physicians”

Posted: Nov. 4, 2016

Prominent surgical oncologist Rajiv Datta, MD, has been named a 2016 “America’s Best Physician” by the National Consumer Advisory Board (NCAB). Physicians who earn the honor are recommended by peer physicians, patients, healthcare professionals or by the NCAB’s selection committee.

“Dr. Datta is the epitome of a compassionate, expert, skilled physician,” said Richard J. Murphy, president and CEO of South Nassau.  “His passion for his work and his commitment to providing standard-setting patient-centered care is emblematic of South Nassau’s ongoing mission to provide the South Shore communities of Nassau County with the quality healthcare services that they deserve. This honor only  confirms what his patients and the South Nassau staff have known for years.”
The NCAB is a private research organization dedicated to providing consumers information about the finest professionals across the nation.  It accepts no fees, sponsorships, donations or advertising to be selected as one of “America’s Best Physicians”.  Selections are based on a proprietary assessment of a doctor’s experience, training, continuing education and commitment to excellence to ensure the most impartial unbiased review of all applicants.

Dr. Datta is chair of the department of surgery and medical director of the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center at South Nassau Communities Hospital.  His exceptional skills are evidenced by his education and recognition in the field of surgery: he has the unusual distinction of holding three fellowships, as a fellow of the prestigious International College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons.  Dr. Datta is also a member of the editorial board of International Surgery, the official journal of the International College of Surgeons (ICS), and served as the president of the Nassau County Surgical Society in 2009.

Dr. Datta’s areas of expertise include cancers of the colon/rectum, endocrine system, breast and head and neck; soft tissue sarcoma and melanoma; upper gastrointestinal and colorectal procedures; tracheal and esophageal surgeries and radio frequency ablation for liver tumors.  Not only does he hold the aforementioned South Nassau titles, he is also director of its division of surgical oncology and head and neck surgery.  A Castle-Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctor for 10 consecutive years, Dr. Datta is actively involved in numerous clinical trials that are both federally and privately funded.

A graduate of Grant Medical College in Bombay, India, Dr. Datta has trained at some of the most prestigious surgical oncology and head and neck surgery programs in the world, including Tata Memorial Hospital, the largest cancer center in Asia; and England’s Royal College of Surgeons, where he achieved Fellowship.  Following his stay at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr. Datta continued his training with a Research Fellowship at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  This was followed by a rare opportunity for a dual Fellowship in head and neck oncology and surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.   Dr. Datta is a resident of Muttontown, NY.

Under Dr. Datta’s leadership, the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center has evolved into one of the Northeast corridor’s premiere providers of compassionate advanced cancer care.  Treating approximately 1,500 patients annually, the center is equipped with three of the most effective technologies used to treat and eradicate cancer: the Varian Novalis Tx™, da Vinci® Surgical System and Gamma Knife® Perfexion.

The Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center incorporates the following specialty cancer care services:

  • Center for Breast Health (Valley Stream)
  • Center for Lung Health (Oceanside/Valley Stream)
  • Center for Prostate Health Program (Oceanside)
  • Center for Women’s Imaging (Oceanside)
  • GYN Oncology Department (Valley Stream)
  • Long Island Gamma Knife® Center (Oceanside)
  • Radiation Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream)
  • RALI PET Imaging (Rockville Centre)
  • Surgical Oncology Department (Oceanside and Valley Stream)

For more information about the Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center, or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-SOUTH-NASSAU.

For more information about  Dr. Datta, visit his website here.

Designated a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), South Nassau® Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 455 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,500 employees.  Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services.  In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty, and offers Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies.  A Level II Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons, South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons, and is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Association and Quality Improvement Program.  In addition, the hospital has been awarded the Joint Commission’s gold seal of approval as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care; and disease-specific care for hip and joint replacement, wound care and end-stage renal disease. For more information, visit www.southnassau.org.