Richard Handelsman, DO, FACP

My Philosophy and Approach to Wellness...

To help people is my goal, and putting my patients first as well as providing physical and emotional comfort while continuing to strive for the best care possible is the end result. We live in a fast-pace world surrounded by technology and information with little time for ourselves or reflection. As an MDVIP-affiliated physician, I don't just believe in wellness, I live it personally and professionally. I want you to become an informed partner in your own health care, which involves more than improving your diet or beginning an exercise program. It involves working closely with me to understand how you can sustain a full and rewarding life. As an extremely active person, I recognize the importance of leading a healthy, active life, and keeping you well is paramount in my mission to serve you and advocate for your wellness.

Physician Profile


State University
Albany, NY
Cum Laude Graduate 1972
Medical School
College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
Des Moines, IA
Doctorate of Osteopathy 1976
Detroit BiCounty Community Hospitals
Detroit, MI
Rotating Internship 1976-1977
College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
New Jersey Medical School, Martland Medical Center
Newark, NJ
Internal Medicine 1977-1978
Yale Affiliated Norwalk Hospital
Norwalk, CT
Internal Medicine 1978-1980

Professional Society Memberships

American College of Physicians 1980-present
National Alumni Association 1977-present
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 1977-present
American Academy of Sports Physicians 1988-present
American Society of Internal Medicine 1985-present


59 P.A.C.E. Challenge
Director Half-Marathon Fund Raiser 16-Apr-02

Professional Affiliations and Appointments

Founder and Senior Partner, Associates in Internal Medicine 1980-present
Island Peer Review Organization, Medical Peer Reviews 1984-present
South Orangetown School District Physician 1984-present
East Ramapo Central School District Physician 1990-present
Ramapo Police Department Police Surgeon 1991-present
Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Medical Director 1992-present
Riverfront Medical Services 1997-present
NYS Department of Health, Office of Professional Misconduct, Consultant 1999-present
Merck Pharmaceuticals, Lecturer 2000-present
New York Medical College, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine 1989-present
Nyack Hospital, President, Medical/Dental Staff 1993-1994

Honors and Awards

Assistantship, City College of New York 1972
Physicians Recognition Award 1980-present
"Best Doctor" in Rockland County in Internal Medicine: Towline Magazine 2005, 2006
Castle Connolly "Top Doctor" 2005-2011, 2013


Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine
Fellow, American College of Physicians

Patient Testimonials

  • Member: Suzanne

    Takes the time to explain what the numbers mean & answers concerns with a prudent explanation that feels like goodness of fit for ...

  • Member: Philip

    Two years ago I nearly died after another doctor botched a colonoscopy. I ended up spending four months in hospital fighting for m...

  • Member: Sam

    I was a manager with a Fortune 20 company and have been privileged to be a patient of Dr. Handelsman since 2006, when I retired. ...

  • Member: Sheryl

    Dr. Handelsman has always been there for me. During the 15 years that my husband was sick he was always there, day or night when ...