Stamford Health: A Regional Center of Surgical Excellence

Dr. David Yuh

David Yuh, MD, FACS, FACC
Chair of the Department of Surgery
Stamford Health

Letter from the Chair of the Department of Surgery

The Stamford Health Department of Surgery is the premier operating service in Fairfield and Westchester counties, distinguished by expert surgeons, outstanding teamwork, genuine patient-centered care and excellent quality performance outcomes. Our ability to deliver such a high level of surgical care begins with a skilled and cohesive team of surgeons and anesthesiologists, with a broad range of surgical specialties, who are supported by experienced operating room, critical care and unit nurses, physician assistants and support staff. We are fortunate to serve our patients in the new Stamford Hospital, designed to accommodate continuously advancing and high-tech procedures and provide a more calming and welcoming environment for patients and their families.

It is an honor to work with so many outstanding surgeons and staff to provide exceptional care to patients in our community.

Our surgical specialty programs include:

  • Cardiovascular Surgery

    Expertly trained heart surgeons provide a full spectrum of elective and emergent procedures including open heart surgery, coronary artery bypass (CABG), TAVR for aortic valve repair, minimally invasive mitral valve repair, and the innovative Watchman® device to treat atrial fibrillation.

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  • Pediatric Surgery

    Board certified pediatric surgeons provide comprehensive care for children, from birth to adolescence, for conditions including congenital birth defects, intestinal obstructions and trauma. Personalized and compassionate care is provided in our brand new pediatric inpatient unit and our pediatric emergency department.

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  • Neurosurgery

    Our team of exceptional, board-certified neurosurgeons offer sophisticated spine and cranial procedures including minimally invasive lumbar fusion surgery, microsurgical and minimally invasive cranial surgery, minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat complex facial pain and headache, and neurovascular treatment options for patients with stroke, vascular and neurological disorders.

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  • General Surgery

    General surgery encompasses a wide variety of needs and conditions. Our team uniquely combines the sophistication and resources of large academic centers with the more intimate patient and family focus found in high-quality community hospitals.

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  • Breast Surgery

    At the award-winning Stamford Health Breast Center, breast and plastic reconstructive surgeons provide the latest innovative microsurgical approaches such as DIEP flap breast reconstruction, a muscle-sparing technique performed after mastectomy.

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  • Urologic Surgery

    Fellowship-trained urologists in urologic oncology and robotic surgery offer cutting-edge approaches for the treatment of kidney, bladder, prostate and urethral disorders, including robotic prostatectomy with the da Vinci® robotic surgery system.

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  • Thoracic Surgery

    Our experienced surgeons treat birth defects of the chest, cancers of the chest wall, lung cancer and esophageal cancer using the most advanced surgical and minimally invasive surgical techniques such as the Cyberknife and the da Vinci® robotic surgery system.

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  • Hernia Repair

    At the Stamford Health Center for Complex Hernia Repair, which is the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary program in Connecticut specifically devoted to the management of complex hernias and abdominal wall reconstruction, patients receive leading-edge surgical techniques and seamless supportive care for optimal health and enhanced quality of life.

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  • Weight Loss Surgery

    At the Stamford Health Center for Surgical Weight Loss, board certified bariatric surgeons provide the latest minimally invasive surgical procedures including the Obalon® Balloon System and the LINX® device in coordination with mind-body focused care to help patients achieve lasting health and longer life.

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  • Plastic Surgery

    Our trained team of plastic surgeons is prepared to help you decide on the best procedure to meet your goals. Our surgical plan is tailored uniquely to your concerns and needs. All of our plastic surgeons are board certified.

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  • Vascular Surgery

    Our vascular surgeons offer the latest surgical techniques to treat vascular and venous disease including complex arterial aneurysms, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous hypertension and median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS).

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When you need surgery, you want the most advanced clinical care and an exceptional patient experience without traveling far from home. Stamford Health is unsurpassed in the region for providing superior surgical care and patient satisfaction in a safe, warm and welcoming environment.

Our surgeons have expertise in a wide range of general surgery and surgical specialties and procedures, from complex heart, vascular and orthopedic surgeries to minimally invasive surgical approaches and robotic-assisted surgery that address the unique needs of patients across the age spectrum, including special care for infants and older adults, with outstanding quality performance outcomes.

In the new Stamford Hospital, the Planetree philosophy of patient-centered care is deeply woven into the very fabric of its recently renovated facilities, seamlessly blending state-of-the-art technology with a comfortable and family-centered atmosphere.

As a Planetree hospital, our approach to your surgery is holistic and encourages healing in all dimensions - mind, body, and spirit. You and your family receive all of the support, guidance and services you need to make informed decisions, prepare for surgery, maximize healing and return back to your life.

The Department of Surgery is distinguished for:

Expert and multidisciplinary care provided by a team of board-certified surgeons and anesthesiologists, Magnet® nurses, perioperative staff, surgical residents, physician assistants, technologists, therapists and health professionals who collaborate to develop a plan of care tailored to your individualized needs.

Renovated, state-of-the-art facilities that merge advanced medical technology with a safer, more pleasant patient environment, including eight new surgical suites that accommodate the latest complex surgery and robotic procedures, a hybrid operating room dedicated to advanced vascular and radiological procedures, and 2 specialized integrated neurosurgical and spine rooms equipped for complex cases and robotic procedures.

Superb quality care and patient safety consistently achieved through an interdisciplinary team approach to evidence-based practices and continuous performance monitoring. In 2017, Stamford Health’s surgical site infection rate was 0.73%, which is significantly less than the average of 4.9% for New York State hospitals. Also, in 2017, patient satisfaction was 81%, which is well above the average of 72% for hospitals across the U.S.

An innovative Pre-surgical Optimization Program (POP) that sets consistent standards for the preoperative evaluation and preparation of patients undergoing inpatient surgery and proactively plans for a smooth discharge process.

Our affiliation with Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, for which we proudly serve as a teaching hospital for Columbia’s surgical residents.

A wealth of education, resources and support programs that promote healing and wellness, such as Prepare for Surgery, Heal FasterTM, an evidence-based mind-body stress reduction program that teaches relaxation and guided imagery to reduce preoperative anxiety.

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