Drs. Keith Zuccala, Laura Choi and Stuart Bussell, all fellows in the American College of Surgeons, are part of the surgical practice team affiliated with Western Connecticut Medical Group in Danbury. Together with Drs. John Borruso, Royd Fukumoto, Jeraldine Orlina and Valerie Staradub, they are committed to offering state-of-the-art surgery, with an emphasis on minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques. The practice is one of just a few in the country offering highly advanced microlaparoscopic surgeries. As assistant clinical professors of surgery at the University of Vermont, all play a significant role in training residents and medical students. Drs. Zuccala and Choi are fellowship-trained, board-certified bariatric and general surgeons who work in close collaboration at the Center for Weight Loss Surgery. Dr. Choi is the center’s director and Dr. Zuccala is chairman of surgery at Danbury Hospital. Since 2001, they have offered a multidisciplinary program to meet the physical and emotional needs of patients undergoing weight-loss surgeries, including gastric bypass, bands and sleeves. Beyond surgery, their team offers psychiatric and nutritional support. “We are grateful to be able to help our patients transform their lives,” says Dr. Zuccala. The doctors also perform laparoscopic and minimally invasive abdominal surgeries for a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. Dr. Bussell is a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon and director of the Colon and Rectal Cancer Program at Danbury Hospital. His special expertise includes laparoscopic surgery for benign and malignant conditions, including colon and rectal cancer, diverticulitis, polyps and inflammatory bowel disease. He also specializes in proctology, which involves the treatment of hemorrhoids, anal fistulae, fissures and abscesses. “It is especially gratifying to care for patients with benign and malignant conditions at a difficult time in their lives,” says Dr. Bussell.
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