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Western Connecticut Health Network Names Chairman of Surgery

Monday, January 07, 2013 - Danbury, CT

Keith Zuccala, M.D.

After nationwide search, Dr. Keith Zuccala named to prestigious post

Keith Zuccala, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Surgery
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John M. Murphy, MD, President and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network has announced the appointment of Keith Zuccala, a board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon and administrator, to serve as Chairman, Department of Surgery for the Network. Zuccala was chosen following an extensive national search. As chairman of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Zuccala, board-certified in general surgery and a nationally recognized expert in Laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery, brings the added dimension of clinical business administration to the position, a talent gleaned from his inquisitive mind and love of learning.

"We cast a wide net in our search for new surgical leader, someone with excellent and varied skills, and with a clear vision for providing the highest level of quality care for our patients under the safest circumstances across our growing Network. We were delighted to learn that the finest candidate was already a member of our Network family and so we are especially proud to make this appointment," said Dr. Murphy. "Dr. Zuccala broke new ground in the field of Bariatric Surgery with the development of micro-laparoscopic surgical procedures involving miniscule incisions. This approach has brought him national and international attention and thousands of patients have benefited as a result. Yet it is his dedication to, and his relationships with, his patients and physician colleagues that are most impressive and set him far apart from other candidates," Murphy added.

With nearly 20 years of experience, Zuccala also holds the titles of Chief, Section of General Surgery, Danbury Hospital; Hospital Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Vermont College of Medicine; and is the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Surgical Champion at Danbury Hospital. Dr. Zuccala holds the Harold & Myra Spratt Endowed Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery and will now assume the role of the Carmen L. & Peter Buck Chair of Surgery.

"We have witnessed first-hand the many abilities that Keith brings to our Network and the patients we serve," said Dr. Matt Miller, Chief Medical Officer for the Network. "He is an extraordinary provider with great technical expertise. The best part of knowing Dr. Zuccala is to understand the way he cares for his patients as individuals, one patient at a time. There is an obvious joy in the work he performs each and every day which is clearly visible in how he interacts with the people he cares for, and the clinical teams that perform beside him," said Miller.

"This Surgery Department has some of the finest skilled surgeons found at any major medical center with a complexity of cases performed in the safest manner that exceeds all my expectations. We will continue to push the envelope of possibility and I am very confident that the future of surgery in Western Connecticut Health Network is quite bright," Zuccala added.

Dr. Zuccala joined the Western Connecticut Medical Group, the regional medical practice affiliated with Danbury and New Milford hospitals in 2001. He was instrumental in building a nationally recognized Center for Weight Loss Surgery with outstanding surgical outcomes. Dr. Zuccala has a combined B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from S.U.N.Y. Albany and received his medical doctorate from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Science. He completed an Endoscopic Surgery Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additionally, Zuccala trained as an American College of Surgeons Leader and completed the Danbury Hospital: Healthcare Leadership Academy. He is a Trustee of Western Connecticut Medical Group Board, a CQVAT Physician Member and Chair of the Peri-operative Improvement Committee at Danbury Hospital.

Zuccala holds membership as Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS); is a member of Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES); the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons (SLS); the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS) and the Surgical Society of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT).

Dr. Zuccala will oversee more than 150 practitioners including physicians, physician assistants and APRN's for Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital in his new role. The Hospital has made significant investments in surgical programs, facilities and technology to advance minimally invasive, robotic ,vascular, orthopedic, spine, neuro, ENT, plastics, ophthalmologic, urologic, cardiac, thoracic, and oral maxillofacial surgery as well as wound care , podiatry and general surgery for residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York, all of which falls under Dr. Zuccala's leadership. Dr. Zuccala is an avid guitar player, outdoorsman, and family man. He enjoys reading, skiing, sailing, golfing and tennis and cheering for his favorite sports teams - the UCONN Huskies and the Buffalo Bills and Sabres.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is a patient-centered health care organization established in 2010 by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and their affiliated organizations, to provide the highest level of care to patients throughout Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. Danbury Hospital is currently constructing a $150 million, state-of-the-art patient tower and Emergency Department. New Milford Hospital is set to construct a new $11 million Arnhold Department of Emergency Medicine. In addition to the two hospitals, other network affiliates include:

  • An integrated physician practice with primary and specialty care expertise
  • An agency for home care and community health services
  • A full-service retail pharmacy located at Danbury Hospital
  • A Level II Trauma Center with emergency medical services
  • An occupational wellness and medicine program, providing services for business and industry

Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in Women's, neonatal, cardiovascular and cancer services; weight loss and orthopedic surgery; digestive disorders and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns.

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