Message from Our Chairman

The General Surgery Residency at Danbury Hospital is now in its seventh year since accreditation by the ACGME. We have graduated six classes of Chief Residents and our prospects are very bright for the future. Our affiliation with the University of Vermont gives our residents access to clinical, teaching and research experiences beyond those of just Danbury Hospital, though we also recently finished a multi-million dollar research facility.

The six-year program has flourished as we continue to meet our expectations with both performance in the Match, placement of our Chief Residents in highly competitive and desired fellowships and research output. Residents have completed research projects that have been presented at national meetings or resulted in journal publication.

The faculty at Danbury Hospital is relatively young and predominantly fellowship trained. This has created a very progressive surgical milieu, which exposes surgical residents to the very cutting edge of surgical education. From endovascular to robotic to advanced laparoscopic procedures, our surgical residents can expect to have an extremely diverse and unique experience.

Danbury Hospital is part of the Western Connecticut Health Network, which currently includes New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, Western Connecticut Home Care, Western Connecticut Medical Group, Corporate Health Care, and an EMS division. A new $150 million patient tower with private rooms, state of the art ED, ICU and room for expanding OR space and capacity is complete and in use. The network is not only a leader in clinical surgical care but also recognized national by the American College of Surgeons as being an early adapter of quality improvement initiatives such as NSQIP and QITI. These programs are used to ensure the highest quality standards of surgery in the network and are integrated into our residents' training experience. Graduates will be fluent in the new currencies of surgery which are quality, safety, and fiscal responsibility. Surgical residents who graduate from Danbury Hospital’s program will not just be excellently trained surgeons; they will be prepared to lead the way in the ever changing future of healthcare.

Keith Zuccala, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chairman, Department of Surgery