Holy Name Physicians
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Specializes in:

  • Internal Medicine

Cliffside Park Office Information:

691 Palisade Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010



Teaneck Office Information:

718 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666




Richard N. Righthand, MD is a primary care physician who is board- certified in Internal Medicine and has been an attending at Holy Name Medical Center since 1988.

Dr. Righthand graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester in 1979 before earning his medical degree from the Albany Medical College in 1985. He completed the Internal Medicine residency program from the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx before joining his uncle, Dr. Thomas DeCecio in his practice in Cliffside Park where he served the Holy Name Community for 50 years.

Dr. Righthand's interests and expertise includes diagnostic medicine, neuroscience, cardiac and pulmonary diseases, rheumatoid and endocrine disorders, women's health,medical informatics, psychology, and geriatrics. He is described by his colleagues and patients as extremely patient and compassionate, with an attention to detail. He is a staunch defender of the individual patient's rights to care, despite the current economic pressures brought on by the insurance industry and government.

As a solo practitioner in private practice, Dr. Righthand has always maintained strong ties with medical education. He can always be seen accompanied by young physicians in training from the Rutgers School of Medicine and the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine where he has mentored a generation of new physicians as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine for over 20 years.

Growing up, as a child, Dr. Righthand would often accompany his father, Dr. Norman Righthand, to the hospital and making house calls to his patients. This tradition of personal attention, community service, professionalism, and dedication continues today with his association as a member of the Holy Name Physician's Network.

Medical Education:

Albany Med Coll./Union University


Montefiore Medical Center


Montefiore Medical Center

Additional Languages Spoken:

Spanish, Italian