Our Medical Departments

Working as one team, committed to care


Interim Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, and Chief Medical Officer
Rod Acosta, MD

President of the Medical Staff
Rudolph F. Taddonio, MD


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. Overall case volume for FY2015 was 20,065, up from 19,135 in FY2014.

Contact Information and Leadership

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

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Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP) is a physician-owned group that provides physician staffing of the Emergency Department. Founded in 1992, the group’s sole mission is “To Care for Patients.” EMP has staffing agreements with more than 70 hospitals nationally and has partnered with Stamford Hospital since 2002.

Since initiating this partnership, the Department has seen great success. Working in a dynamic environment presents challenges for the practice, patients and hospital partners. As owners, EMP physicians are motivated to solve problems, find opportunities and create successes. Implementation of the “Physician First” staffing model is one example. In this model of care delivery, a board-certified physician is the initial point of contact for the majority of patients who arrive at the ED. Through this process, there has been a dramatic decrease in the time between a patient’s arrival and the time seen by a qualified medical provider, a metric that is posted on the CMS Hospital Compare website. Nationally, the goal for door-to-provider time is 30 minutes. Stamford Hospital was recently recognized as performing in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the state for this metric, with a door-to-provider time well under the 30-minute benchmark.

Contact Information and Leadership

Emergency Department Chair
Alan Weiner, MD

Office: 203-276-7777

  • Suzy Shukovsky, MD, Assistant Director
  • Alexandr Rafailov, MD, Director, Quality Assurance
  • Douglas Gallo, MD, EMS Director
  • Samuel Maryles, MD, FACEP, Clinical Operations 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, 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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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

Chair for the OB/GYN Department
Scott Chudnoff, 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

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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
  • Rudolph Taddonio, MD, Director, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • 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 instills an ongoing review of our daily workflow processes to ensure accurate test results and optimal turnaround time of patient results. The Department remains focused on the cost efficiency of our reference testing, and we continue to review these tests with the intent of bringing more assays in-house as the criteria of order frequency and cost are met.

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, Director of Surgical Pathology
  • Elgida Volpicelli, MD, FCAP, Director of Dermatopathology
  • Bo Xu, MD, PhD, FCAP, Director of Cytopathology and Molecular Pathology
  • Paula Sweeney, MT (ASCP), MHA, Laboratory Administrative Director

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The Department of Pediatrics is on the threshold of a new era thanks to the landmark gift of $20 million from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation establishing the Cohen Children’s Institute. This past year, much time was spent planning for the opening of the area’s first true Pediatric Emergency Department. This coming year will be focused on operationalizing the ED while finishing the design and development phase for the new in-patient Pediatric unit. These two new areas when combined with the existing Goldstein Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Cohen Children’s Specialty Center, will allow the Cohen Children’s Institute to establish itself as the destination of choice in lower Fairfield County for patient-centered, compassionate children’s care of the highest caliber.

Contact Information and Leadership

  • Gerald B. Rakos, MD, FAAP, Chair, Department of Pediatrics Director, Division of Neonatology
  • Michael Snyder, MD, Director, Division of Cardiology
  • Murray Engel, MD, Director, Division of Child Neurology
  • Mark Glassman, MD, Director, Division of Gastroenterology
  • Hossein Sadeghi, MD, Director, Division of Pulmonology
  • Letitia Borras, MD, Co-Director, Hospitalist Medicine
  • Shahrzad Mohammadi, MD, Co-Director, Hospitalist Medicine
  • Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, Director, Medical Home Initiative

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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 assistants, nurses, and technicians, patients may also work with social workers, a substance abuse counselor, a case manager, an activity therapist, and other support staff.

Treatment is highly individualized to the unique needs of each patient. We offer dual-diagnosis behavioral health treatment services, group and individual behavioral therapy, medical psychiatry and psychopharmacological interventions. Pet therapy, music therapy, spirituality and relaxation groups are also available.

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 the Tully Health Center and Darien Imaging Center

Contact Information and Leadership

  • Brian Stainken, MD, Department Chair and Medical Director
  • David Gruen, MD, MBA, FACR, 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
  • Rudolph F. Taddonio, MD, Director of Orthopedic 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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