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Surgery

Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery provides a full range of surgical treatments using cutting edge techniques and technologies, including minimally invasive and robotic surgery.

Our surgeons are dedicated to a higher level of surgical care and have been recognized with many awards and designations.

Welcome.

The Danbury Hospital Department of Surgery is one of the leading surgery departments in the state of Connecticut and is comprised of over 150 surgeons. Our goal is to provide the highest level of complex and innovative surgical care, education for the next generation of surgeons as well as groundbreaking quality enhancements and clinical research.

Collaborations among our specialties and with our medical colleagues result in cutting-edge care delivery to our patients. Our commitment to quality and the most advanced treatments encourages us to incorporate promising new therapies combined with the highest standards of care.

We are continually cultivating a unique environment to further our mission of clinical practice, clinical research, and education.  We hold ourselves to the highest standards, and our strategic vision emphasizes:

  • Premier multidisciplinary clinical programs anchored in evidence-based medicine and distinguished by leading-edge technology
  • High quality training programs that encompass all aspects of surgical practice within a unique framework of ethics and professionalism
  • Incorporation of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) to constantly review and improve surgical outcomes
  • Stewardship of the Danbury Hospital Department of Surgery and its legacy, leading by example to meet complex and dynamic challenges that face the Danbury community and greater metropolitan area

We hope you find the information on this web site helpful and invite you to learn more about our outstanding program.

Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cary S. Passik, M.D.

Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Cary Passik, M.D.

Dr. Passik is the Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center at Danbury Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at University of Vermont School of Medicine.

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Dr. Passik is the Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Praxair Regional Heart and Vascular Center at Danbury Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at University of Vermont School of Medicine.

Procedures and Specialties

Open Heart Surgery Procedures:

  • Coronary artery bypass, leaking or stenotic heart valve repair and replacement
  • Heart failure and atrial fibrillation

Aortic and LV Aneurysm Repair:

  • Repair of aortic dissection
  • Use of multiple arterial bypass grafts
  • Ablation surgery for atrial fibrillation
  • Minimizing transfusion use after heart surgery

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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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Co-Director, The Spine Center at Danbury Hospital

David L. Kramer, M.D.

Co-Director of The Spine Center at Danbury Hospital
Board of Directors, Western Connecticut Health Network
David L. Kramer, M.D.

Dr. Kramer is a fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in minimally invasive and complex surgical procedures of the spine and non-invasive treatments of the neck, back and spine.

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Procedures and Specialties

  • Complex spinal revision surgery
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal fusions
  • Scoliosis (adult and pediatric)
  • Minimally-invasive treatments of the neck/back/spine
  • Cervical disc herniation and cervical spinal stenosis

“I provide my patients with the highest level of quality, evidenced based medical and surgical treatment of spinal disorders that are responsive to the individual needs of the patient and their referring physician. It’s not only about consistently good surgical outcome; it’s about patient satisfaction.”

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Director, Center for Weight Loss Surgery

Laura Choi, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Director of the Center for Weight Loss Surgery
Fred and Irmi Bering Chair in Laparoscopic Surgery
Laura Choi, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Choi is a fellowship trained, nationally recognized board certified general and bariatric surgeon. Her focus is on minimally invasive techniques for general surgery and bariatric surgery procedures.

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Fellowship trained in laparoscopy, she serves as the Director of the Center for Weight Loss Surgery and holds the Fred and Irmi Bering Chair in Laparoscopic Surgery.

Procedures and Specialties

  • Bariatric Surgery; Roux-en-y Bypass Procedure, Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • General Surgery Laparoscopic Procedures
  • Gallbladder disease, hernia, complex hernia, recurrent hernia, hiatial hernia/paraesophageal hernia, reflux disease, stomach and small intestinal disease and splenectomy.

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Chief, Neurosurgery

Syed Javed Shahid, M.D.

Chief, Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Spine Center
S. Javed Shahid, M.D.

Dr. Shahid is a highly experienced neurosurgeon specializing in comprehensive management of brain, spine and nerve conditions. He collaborates with Danbury Hospital experts in anesthesiology, oncology, orthopedics and other disciplines for the best outcomes.

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Procedures and Specialties

  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery (neck and back; fusions)
  • Spinal fractures
  • Complex spinal revision surgery
  • Primary and metastatic tumors of the brain, spinal canal and nerves
  • Congenital abnormalities of the spine
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Chiari malformation (brain)
  • Skull base microsurgery
  • Shunts – adult and pediatric

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