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Contact Information
Richard Righthand, MD
Specializes in:
- Internal Medicine
Office Location:
691 Palisade Avenue 
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
 Driving Directions
Office Hours:
Monday: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Wednesday: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

  • Cigna
  • Horizon Advance EPO
  • Horizon Advantage EPO
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Magnacare Insurance
  • Medicaid - New Jersey
  • Medicare - New Jersey
  • Multiplan / PHCS
  • Oxford Health Insurance
  • Qualcare - HNMC Inner Circle Only
  • RR Medicare
  • United Health Care
* Please verify your insurance plan when scheduling an appointment.

Physician Profile
Education & Medical Training:
Medical Education
Albany Med Coll./Union University
Montefiore Medical Center
Montefiore Medical Center
Additional Languages Spoken:
Spanish, Italian
About Me:
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.

Recent Reviews
Leslye B. ~ January 05, 2021 ~ verified patient by ZocDoc
Dr. Righthand was what I remember doctors to be when I was a child which is engaged and interested in truly helping you. I'm not great with doctors but Dr. Righthand instantly made me feel comfortable, listened to what I had to say , asked questions, a lot of them, provided clear responses and made me feel like I was going to walk out of their and start a health plan for myself. I came home raving about him, my husband instantly made an appointment"t for himself. Dr. Righthand is a rare gem these days. He wasn't sitting behind his computer talking "at" you. Also, the time he took was great, it wasn't in, out, next. He was very thorough. If you need a PCP, make an appointment with Richard Righthand. Do it fast, his spots fill up and I totally understand why.

Andrew L. ~ November 10, 2020 ~ verified patient by ZocDoc
Took his time, listened to my concerns, made me feel like I was in great hands.

Hao W. ~ October 02, 2020 ~ verified patient by ZocDoc
Dr. Righthand was attentive and he explained things very well, the front desk ladies were very helpful too.

Konrad P. ~ September 11, 2020 ~ verified patient by ZocDoc
Dr. Righthand was very good at assessing my situation holistically. He asked all the right questions about my overall health and offered a good follow up solution for my knee. Thank you

Dan S. ~ August 27, 2020 ~ verified patient by ZocDoc
Great first visit with Dr. Righthand and his staff! After searching for a new doc as I had just moved to the area, I'm glad I was able to get so lucky here! I was able to be seen right away and the Doc was welcoming, super friendly and was able to answer all my questions as well! Highly recommend, Dr, Righthand!

Bharath S. ~ May 28, 2020 ~ verified patient by ZocDoc
He was very sweet. Went over all my questions. I never felt rushed.

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