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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology

OB GYN at Danbury Hospital

We provide care for women at all stages of life. Visit our Family Birth Center and learn about our personalized delivery plans or programs for expectant parents.

Danbury Hospital delivers a higher level of surgical care with board-certified surgeons skilled in advanced pelvic surgery using minimally invasive techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery.

Welcome to the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Danbury Hospital. Our comprehensive program focuses on education, wellness and disease prevention throughout a women's lifetime, through a combination of cutting-edge research, compassionate patient care and outstanding clinical training.

Our commitment to the training of young physicians in Obstetrics and Gynecology includes providing them with the very best instruction not only in the technical aspects of the specialty, but in the unique aspects of women's healthcare.

Our doctors and nurses are committed to providing comprehensive, family-centered patient care to women throughout all stages of life. We deliver compassionate care with a multidisciplinary team dedicated to educating the next generation of OB/GYN physicians and advancing knowledge of women's health through the Reproductive Tumor Biology Laboratory located in the Danbury Hospital Biomedical Research Institute.

At Danbury Hospital, we provide a level of care found only among the most highly experienced physicians, nurses and other support staff. Our team includes recognized leaders in obstetrics, gynecology and infertility and reproductive endocrinology, as well as neonatal medicine for the specialized care of premature babies in our Level IIIB Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. All of;our physicians are board certified and dedicated to providing the best clinical care, with a special emphasis on disease prevention and early diagnosis.

Ourpregnancy services are designed to assist women before, during and after childbirth to ensure the best outcomes for mothers and their babies. The process begins even before pregnancy with maternal-fetal medicine experts and a board-certified genetic counselor to advise women with concerns or questions.

Women with gynecological and urological conditions can tap the expertise of skilled surgeons who specialize in advanced pelvic surgery, gynecological oncology and urogynecology. Our surgeons are highly experienced in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery.

Another important resource is the Women's Health Center, which provides gynecological and obstetric care to women who have little insurance or none at all as part of the hospital's community service mission.

To learn more about the many comprehensive services available to women and their families across all medical disciplines, visit the Women's and Children's Servicessection of this website.

Together we can enhance the health of women and their families throughout the region as we work to build healthy communities.

Shohreh Shahabi, M.D.
Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
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Vice Chairman, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology

Robert N Samuelson, M.D.

Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director
Robert N. Samuelson, M.D.

Dr. Samuelson is the Vice Chairman, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. He is also the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Residency Program Director at Danbury Hospital.

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Procedures and Specialties

  • Ovarian cystectomy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Fibroids
  • Prolapse
  • Pelvic and ovarian masses
  • Retroperitoneal masses and advanced endometriosis
  • Myomectomies
  • Gynecologic Oncology: Omentectomy; pelvic node sampling and Dissection; para-aortic node sampling and dissection
  • Radical hysterectomy
  • Radical vulvectomy Cystoscopy/sigmoidoscopy for cervical cancer staging
  • Pelvic exenteration
  • Management of endometrial early stage cervical and early-stage ovarian cancers

Treating all complex and benign gynecological issues, Dr. Samuelson is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Samuelson and his team offer a multidisciplinary approach with all cases they treat. From diagnosing early stage ovarian cancer and early stage cervical to the most complex of procedures, Dr. Samuelson and his team’s results are among the best in the nation.

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Director, Breast Care Program

Valerie Lynne Staradub, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Director, Breast Care Program
Valerie Lynne Staradub, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Staradub is the only fellowship-trained breast surgeon at Danbury Hospital and the surrounding area. She is the Medical Director of Danbury Hospital’s Breast Care Program.

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Prior to coming to Danbury Hospital, Dr. Staradub was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and was on staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Staradub treats both benign and malignant (cancer) breast problems.

Procedures and Specialties

  • Breast conserving surgery (lumpectomy)
  • Minimally invasive procedures; core biopsy and fine needle aspiration
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Mastectomy (including skin-sparing techniques)
  • Collaboration with reconstructive surgeons to offer immediate reconstructive procedures

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