Stamford Health Hernia Center

couple laughing while riding on bikesNot just hernia surgery--an entire center dedicated to your well-being

Curious About Hernia Treatments?

We're here to help. Please call our Hernia Center at 203.276.5959 to speak with a team member.

You've just been diagnosed with a hernia. Or you may have a complicated condition or problem resulting from a prior hernia surgery that requires skill and expertise to resolve. The Hernia Center at Stamford Health provides a level of surgical care beyond any you’ll find elsewhere in the region. You’ll benefit from not only the surgery itself, but also an entire team returning you to health.

Before, During and After Hernia Surgery

Everything we do is designed to help you heal and recover. To make sure you have the best outcome possible, we will evaluate your condition prior to surgery and make recommendations that can enhance your recovery. Depending on your health prior to surgery, we may suggest a nutritional plan or a modified exercise regimen or smoking cessation. We'll provide patient counseling and education every step of the way to make sure you are well-prepared for your hernia surgery. And after surgery, you'll receive physical therapy to restore full range of motion and help you return to activities safely and without risk to the surgical site.

The Hernia Center Team

Our hernia surgeons are experienced in minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopic and robotic surgery, as well as open techniques including anterior and posterior component separation.

William J. Symons, MD
Director of Hernia Center. Specializes in complex hernia repair. Areas of clinical expertise include advanced laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, emergency general surgery, trauma surgery, enterocutaneous fistula takedown, care for the critically ill surgical patient and burn and wound management.

Dr. William Symons, Hernia Center Director, Stamford Health

Marissa De Freese, MD, Stamford Health

Marissa De Freese, MD
Dr. De Freese joined the general surgery/ trauma team at Stamford Hospital in 2012. She is fellowship-trained in critical care with expertise in geriatric trauma and traumatic brain injury.                                                                                       

Kevin M. Dwyer, MD
Vice Chair of Surgery for Education and Quality, Program Director, Surgical Residency, and Medical Director, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. 

Dr. Dwyer has served as a leader at Stamford Health, creating the Surgical Critical Care service, and working as Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery. He helps teach new generations of physicians as the Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program.

Kevin M. Dwyer, MD, Stamford Health

Kevin D. Miller, MD, Stamford Health

Kevin D. Miller, MD
Board of Directors, Medical Director of Surgery

Dr. Miller not only practices general surgery but has been an active member of the trauma service. He has a strong interest in advanced laparoscopy, biliary and hernia surgery.

Joey C. Papa, MD
Dr. Papa joined the Stamford Hospital staff in 2008 as a general surgeon with interests in advanced laparoscopy, breast surgery and pediatric surgery.
Joey C. Papa, MD, Stamford Health