Richard Dorritie


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Richard Dorritie


Clinical Assistant Professor

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Richard Dorritie's additional information

Prof. Dorritie’s research interests are the intersection of poverty and racism with the quality and safety of surgical care. His professional activities are focused on developing and advancing nurses as leaders as a member of the NYS Nurses on Boards Coalition, as well as serving at the local, state, and national levels of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

Before joining the faculty at NYU, Prof. Dorritie was an associate professor at Helene Fuld College of Nursing and completed a teaching fellowship at Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Prof. Dorritie also has worked as a clinical nurse in the emergency, transplant, and operating room settings.


PhD, Columbia University School of Nursing
M. Phil, Columbia University School of Nursing
B.S., Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing
A.A.S. Borough of Manhattan Community College

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses
Eastern Nursing Research Society
New York Academy of Medicine
Sigma Theta Tau International
American Nurses Association


Opioid use and misuse in children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer: a systematic review of the literature

Beauchemin, M., Dorritie, R., & Hershman, D. L. (2021). Supportive Care in Cancer, 29(8), 4521-4527. 10.1007/s00520-020-05980-2
Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) are at increased risk for negative opioid-related outcomes, including misuse and overdose. High-quality cancer care requires adequate pain management and often includes opioids for tumor- and/or treatment-related pain. Little is known about opioid use and misuse in children and AYAs with cancer, and we therefore conducted a systematic review of the literature using PRISMA guidelines to identify all relevant studies that evaluated opioid use and/or misuse among this population. Eleven studies were identified that met our inclusion criteria. The range of opioid use among the studies was 12–97%, and among the five studies that reported opioid misuse or aberrant behaviors, 7–90% of patients met criteria. Few studies reported factors associated with opioid misuse but included prior mental health and/or substance use disorders, and prior opioid use. In summary, opioid use is highly variable among children and AYAs with cancer; however, the range of use varies widely depending on the study population, such as survivors or end-of-life cancer patients. Few studies have examined opioid misuse and/or aberrant behaviors, and future research is needed to better understand opioid use and misuse among children and AYAs with cancer, specifically those who will be cured of their cancer and may subsequently experience adverse opioid-related outcomes.

Leading for change: Nurses on boards

Dorritie, R., Fiore-Lopez, N., & Sonenberg, A. (2020). Nursing Management, 51(3), 14-20. 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000654844.72394.8f

Support of nursing homes in infection management varies by US State Departments of Health

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The expansion of National Healthcare Safety Network enrollment and reporting in nursing homes: Lessons learned from a national qualitative study

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Digital imaging of extended criteria donor livers to facilitate placement and utilization.

Guarrera, J. V., Samstein, B., Goldstein, M. J., Arrington, B., Dorritie, R., Lapointe-Rudow, D., Renz, J. F., & Emond, J. C. (2010). Progress in Transplantation, 20(1), 14-17. 10.7182/prtr.20.1.d1qv6734j850w704
The disparity between organ supply and demand has necessitated more aggressive use of livers from extended criteria donors. Organ sharing between donor service areas and transplant centers in other regions is common. Confidence in the graft quality is greatly improved with a digital image taken in conjunction with the recovery surgeon's report and biopsy data. Three cases in which digital images of various levels of quality allowed the recipient's surgery to proceed, minimized the cold ischemia time, and yielded excellent outcomes are described. Another case in which a picture was not available and the liver was discarded after importation is also presented for comparison.