Western Connecticut Health Network Names Chairman of Surgery
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
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
For more information, visit WesternConnecticutHealthNetwork.org, DanburyHospital.org;
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