Deborah N. Risbrook  

Professional Honoree

Deborah N. Risbrook, FNP-BC
Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Neuroscience Institute
Northwell Health


For the past two decades, Deborah Risbrook has provided compassionate and high quality nursing care for patients of all ages: monitoring and addressing each patient’s medical needs, as well as caring for their emotional well-being with compassion and empathy. She is highly credentialed and holds a BA in Psychology, a BS in Nursing, an MSN in Nursing Service Administration and a Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate. Now a Family Nurse Practitioner, Deborah has utilized her knowledge and experience to advance patient care in the field of epilepsy. For her contributions to nursing care for individuals with epilepsy, EPIC Long Island is pleased to honor Deborah Risbook with the Professional Leadership Award.

Deborah began her career as a Registered Nurse at the Rusk Institute at New York University Medical Center in the adult and pediatric Rehabilitation Units where she planned and organized care for patients, provided education and discharge planning. Following her work at the Rusk Institute, she continued to provide nursing care at Beth Israel Medical Center (Singer Division) in New York with an emphasis on critically ill children in the Pediatric Neurosurgery ICU/ Medical Floor, Epilepsy Unit – sparking her interest in epilepsy. Her focus was children with epilepsy and her work encompassed monitoring seizure activity, diagnosing, planning, and intervening in actual or potential health problems and evaluating patient’s responses to nursing care.

After receiving her Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate from Adelphi University in 2000, Deborah pursued her passion for caring for patients with epilepsy and joined the team of specialists at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, now Northwell Health, Cushing Neuroscience Institute Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Center. At the Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Center, Deborah has continued her role in patient care, education and medical administration, while advancing the team’s interest in research and developments in neurosurgery.