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The Department of Anesthesiology provides services throughout Stamford Hospital. In addition to supporting basic surgical needs, the Department is an integral part of obstetrical and maternity cases in Labor and Delivery, Endoscopy, Interventional Radiology, MRI and CT scan studies, the Cardiac Catherization Lab, EP Studies and the Emergency Room. Each day we staff 22 locations with 22 anesthesia providers on two different campuses.

Contact Information and Leadership

Betty-Ann Robustelli, MD, Chair, Department of Anesthesia

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Emergency Medicine

Since 2002, Stamford Hospital has partnered with U.S. Acute Care Solutions (USACS) to provide Physician and Physician Assistant coverage to our Emergency Department. USACS is the largest physician owned Emergency Medicine group in the country. Currently USACS provides care to more than 6 million patients annually in over 200 hospitals located across 20 states. Physician ownership means that local leaders are committed to growing with hospital partners to deliver superior patient care. USACS clinicians staff the adult Emergency Department at Stamford Hospital along with the Pediatric Emergency Department and the Immediate Care Center at the Tully Health Center.

Patient experience is at the center of everything we do for patients. Most patients arriving to the Emergency Department will be placed directly in a treatment room and will bypass the waiting room. The majority of Emergency Department patients are seen by one of our Board-Certified providers within 30 minutes of arrival. A rigorous quality assurance program ensures that the best possible care is delivered to each and every patient. The Stanford Hospital Emergency Department has exceeded national benchmarks in providing quality care to patients with life-threatening emergencies such as heart attack, stroke and sepsis.

Contact Information & Leadership

Emergency Department Chair

Alan Weiner, MD

Office: 203-276-7595


Alexander Rafailov, MD, Associate Medical Director

Heather Machen, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Director

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Family Medicine

The members of the Department of Family Medicine continue to provide a wide range of essential health services to the Stamford community and Stamford Hospital and serve in a variety of roles including:

The patients cared for include newborns, children, teens, maternity patients, adults, nursing home patients and palliative care patients. The settings in which care is provided range from solo, partnerships and group practices to Stamford Health Medical Group and community health centers. Some members of the Department continue to admit their patients to the Hospital while others use the increasingly popular hospitalist service for their inpatients.

Contact Information and Leadership

  • Josh Herbert, MD, Interim Chair, Department of Family Medicine
  • Henry Yoon, MD, Associate Chair
  • J. Robert Shapiro, MD, Member at-Large to Department Executive Committee
  • Kathleen Nurena, MD, Member at-Large to Medical Executive Committee

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The Department of Medicine at Stamford Health is a big tent, a “department of departments.” It encompasses 17 divisions representing diverse medical specialties, including more than 250 physicians as well as advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. These providers reflect a spectrum of practice arrangements, from affiliated community physicians to members of the Stamford Health Medical Group to hospital-based and contracted groups. Our residency program includes 21 housestaff in postgraduate years (PGY) 1 – 3, including 2 PGY-3 Chief Residents. Graduates of the training program have entered subspecialty fellowship programs or started careers as hospitalists or primary care physicians. Medical students from the Vagelos College of Physicians of Columbia University rotate on medicine and primary care clerkships in our department, and are joined by students from other medical schools on senior student electives and sub-internships. Nearly 100 of our attending physicians hold faculty appointments at Columbia.

Department Leadership

Nicholas H. Fiebach, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine

Allergy & Immunology
Paul Lindner, MD

David Hsi, MD

Elizabeth Marsh, MD

Bismruta Misra, MD

Stuart Waldstreicher, MD

Allison Ostroff, MD

Internal Medicine
Craig Olin, MD

Hospitalist Medicine
Maher Madhoun, MD

Infectious Diseases
Asha Shah, MD

Medical Oncology & Hematology
Paul Weinstein, MD

Brenda Chan, MD


Pain Medicine
Ofer Wellisch, MD

Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Sherry Ng, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Edwin Ritcher, MD

Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Paul Sachs, MD

Tomas Vietorisz, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology

The Hugh K. Miller, MD, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology works in collaboration with our obstetricians and gynecologists and strives to provide the highest level of quality care to patients in our community by offering the most up-to-date diagnostic testing and novel treatment modalities in a safe and nurturing atmosphere. The Department is proud to share its accomplishments and highlight the areas in which we continue to work to assure that we are setting the highest standards for providing excellent patient care.

We are cognizant of the constantly evolving medical landscape and remain poised to change quickly to meet regulatory requirements as well as implement cutting-edge technologies. The Department is comprised of many members across several disciplines. This multidisciplinary approach to patient care and our commitment to continually strive to improve that care position us well for the future.

Contact Information and Leadership

Interim Chair for the OB/GYN Department
Carol Fucigna, MD
Office (203) 276-7172

  • Paul Bobby, MD Director, Perinatology Co-Director, OB Safety & Quality Committee Medical Student Clerkship Director At-Large member, Medical Executive Committee
  • Frances Ginsburg, MD Director, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Residency Director
  • Setul Pardanani, MD, Associate Residency Director
  • Tracy Shevell, MD, Director, Perinatal Ultrasound
  • Brian Hines, MD, Director, Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Elena Ratner, MD, Director, Gynecologic Oncology
  • Gary Besser, MD, Co-Director, GYN Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Stephen Gallousis, MD, Co-Director, GYN Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Janine Popot, MD, Chair, Peer Review Committee
  • Donna Bowman, APRN Co-Director, OB Safety & Quality Committee
  • Kathy LiVolsi, RN, MHA, Clinical Operations Director, Maternal & Child Health Services

Department Rules & Regulations

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Contact Information and Leadership

Chair, Orthopedic Surgery
Charles Cornell, MD
Office: (212) 606-1414

Vice Chair, Orthopedic Surgery
Rudolph Taddonio, MD
Office: (914) 288-0045

  • Charles Cornell, MD, Director, Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement
  • Adam Brodsky, MD, Director, Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Avi Weiner, MD, Director, General Orthopedic Surgery
  • Jack Dowdle, MD, Director, Hand & Supper Extremity
  • Daniel Zelazny, MD, Director, Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Robert Cristofaro, MD, Director, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Jo Hannafin, MD, Director, Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery


The Department of Pathology performs ongoing review of daily processes to ensure accurate test results and optimal turnaround time of patient results. The department embraces most advanced genomic testing for cancers, and works collaboratively with all surgeons, medical oncologists, gynecologists, urologists, gastroenterologists and endocrinologists in Fairfield County. All Pathologists at Stamford Hospital are subspecialized, fellowship trained, and board certified. Pathologists are members of a private pathology group, Stamford Pathology Group PC, and bill for their professional services independently of Stamford Hospital System, and are in network with all major payers. Stamford Pathology Group PC is the only pathology group in CT with the majority of pathologists recognized as “Top Doctor” by their physician peers.

Contact Information and Leadership

Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medical Director
Robert C. Babkowski, MD, MMM, FCAP

  • Raymond A. Baer, MD, FCAP, Director of Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Services
  • Tal Oren, MD, PhD, FCAP, Director of Hematopathology
  • Augusto H. Podesta, MD, FCAP, Staff Pathologist
  • Elgida Volpicelli, MD, FCAP, Director of Dermatopathology and Surgical Pathology
  • Bo Xu, MD, PhD, FCAP, Director of Cytopathology and Molecular Pathology

Department Rules & Regulations

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The Department of Pediatrics is a collaboration of highly trained experts that offer unparalleled healthcare to children in the region. The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children's Institute is comprised of the Cohen Children's Specialty Center located at Stamford Health's Tully Health Center, the Cohen Pediatric Emergency Department, and the Cohen Children's Inpatient Unit.

Through the generous support of donors like Steven and Alexandra Cohen and The Herbert and Nell Singer Foundation, our goal of being a provider of comprehensive pediatric care is now a reality.

Contact Information and Leadership

  • Gerald B. Rakos, MD, FAAP, Chair, Department of Pediatrics
  • John Ciannella, MD, Director, Division of Neonatology
  • Michael Snyder, MD, Director, Division of Cardiology
  • Hossein Sadeghi, MD, Director, Division of Pulmonology
  • Shahrzad Mohammadi, MD, Co-Director, Hospitalist Medicine
  • Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, Director, Medical Home Initiative

Department Rules & Regulations

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The Department provides services throughout Stamford Hospital. The Department’s approach to mental health is multidisciplinary, and our care team is sensitive and compassionate to patients and their families. In addition to psychiatrists, psychiatry nurse practitioners and psychiatry physician assistant, nurses, and technicians, patients may also work with social worker, case manager, activity therapist, and other support staff. Treatment is highly individualized to the unique needs of each patient. We offer group and individual therapy, medical psychiatry and psychopharmacological interventions.
Contact Information and Leadership
Chair Department of Psychiatry
Draupathi Nambudiri, MD, FAPA
Office: 203-276-7111
Draupathi Nambudiri, MD, FAPA, Department Chair
F. Carl Mueller, MD, FAPA, Associate Chair

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Our team utilizes advanced technology and clinical expertise to care for more than 150,000 people each year. Stamford Hospital Radiology physicians complete five years of post-doctoral training as well as one to two years of fellowship training prior to obtaining subspecialty board certification in Body Imaging, Breast Imaging, Pediatric Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Neuro-Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Vascular/Interventional Radiology and Radiation Oncology. The Breast Imaging Division is a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of comprehensive breast diagnostic care. Four fellowship-trained mammography experts provide comprehensive “one stop” services for more than 20,000 women cared for at the Breast Center at Stamford Health's Tully Health Center, Darien Imaging Center, Greenwich Imaging Center and Wilton Imaging Center.

Contact Information and Leadership

  • Brian Stainken, MD, Department Chair and Medical Director
  • Moira O'Riordan, MD, Director, Women’s Imaging, Co-Director, Breast Center
  • Frank A. Masino, MD, Medical Director of Cancer Services, Director of Radiation Oncology

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Our Department of Surgery uses the latest robotic technology to advance our surgical capabilities and deliver a broad spectrum of procedures, from minimally invasive to complex, multi-quadrant surgeries. Stamford Hospital will be the safest place to have surgery in the area. Construction details such as antimicrobial copper-impregnated touch surfaces will contribute to our ongoing and successful efforts to reduce surgical infections.

The most important “touch surface” is the patient. It is that personal touch that our staff provides every day that will lead to our continuing success. We fully expect that patients and physicians will come to Stamford Hospital to see and experience the new facility. Those patients, their neighbors and friends will come back to our facility again because of the extraordinary people who provide superb care every day. High-quality surgical care requires attention to detail from every staff member, some of whom never touch the patient physically, but their work product does. The patient experience is made up of interactions with Admitting, Patient Registration, Transportation and Environmental Services as well as Radiology, Laboratory Services, Nursing, Residents, and Physicians.

Contact Information and Leadership

Chair Department of Surgery
David Yuh, MD
Office: 203.276.7392

Vice Chair of Surgery
William Symons, MD

  • James Bonheur, MD, Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery
  • Helen A. Pass, MD, Director of Breast Surgery
  • Michael A. Coady, MD, MPH, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery
  • John D. Dowdle, MD, Director of Hand Surgery
  • Andrea Douglas, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery
  • Glenn E. Ostriker, MD, Director of Ophthalmology
  • Robert M. Yudell, DDS, MD, Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Bruce H. Klenoff, MD, Director of Otolaryngology
  • Jeremy A. Bier, DPM, Director of Podiatry
  • Harold S. Gewirtz, MD, Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Michael Ebright, MD, Section Chief, Thoracic Surgery
  • Kevin M. Dwyer, MD, Director of Trauma and Critical Care
  • Timothy Manoni, MD, Director of Vascular Surgery

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