A Message from the Vice Chair of Surgery, Stamford Hospital
Closely affiliated with the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Division of General Surgery consistently achieves the highest national standards of excellence. Led by surgeons with extensive training and leadership backgrounds from the most prestigious academic programs in the country, including Cornell University, Harvard University, Washington University and Yale University, the Stamford general surgical team provides world-class, state-of-the-art surgical services in an intimate patient-focused environment. Each member of our team is focused on one goal: to provide every patient with exceptional, meticulous surgical expertise and concierge-level attention to the needs of both patients and their families.
William J. Symons, MD, FACS
Vice Chair of Surgery
Director of the Stamford Health Hernia Center
What is general surgery?
General surgery encompasses a broad group of surgical specialties. Here at Stamford Hospital, our general surgeons focus on breast surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, surgical oncology, hernia surgery, acute care surgery, trauma surgery, and skin and subcutaneous lesions. We utilize the latest in minimally invasive techniques including robotic surgery to minimize incision size and post-operative pain so that our patients return to full activity sooner. Our team offers expertise in all of these areas and is particularly skilled in providing you with the information you need to actively participate in your own care. Our results consistently exceed national benchmarks established by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®), the largest resource for safety and quality in the field of general surgery.
What makes general surgery at Stamford Health different and unique?
The general surgery team at Stamford Health uniquely combines the sophistication and resources of large academic centers with the more intimate patient and family focus found in high-quality community hospitals.
The new Stamford Hospital is an ultramodern facility, with the most high-end equipment and operating rooms along with spacious quality private rooms. The surgical team is a cohesive, highly experienced group of professionals dedicated to superior surgical care.
We offer every patient personal concierge-level guidance throughout their journey, from the initial consultation, through the hospital stay, and recovery after discharge. A member of our team will be available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to partnering with your physician, our team enjoys close working relationships with a team of accomplished anesthesiologists, cardiologists, intensive care unit physicians, radiologists, nurses, and physical therapists at the ready to assist with your care.
Most important, however, is our priority to provide you and your family with the attention and time to feel fully engaged in your care, including having a complete understanding of your disease process. Our surgical care team aims to be your partner in the healing process.