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Strugar, John G.


TOP DOCS: Neurosurgery (Featured Profile)
500 Chase Pkwy.
Waterbury, CT 06708

Last Updated: April 28, 2017

About Strugar, John G.

DR. JOHN G. STRUGAR takes a holistic approach to treating brain tumors, spine and peripheral nerve problems. He completed his medical education and neurosurgical training at New York University and Yale University schools of medicine, and is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Yale University and chief of neurosurgery at Waterbury Hospital.

Dr. Strugar believes that neurosurgeons must address a combination of environmentally induced damage to the body, hormonal changes and the genetic accumulation of thousands of years of evolution, as they try to extend health and life spans. “To accomplish that goal while doing what makes sense, the challenge remains to apply our surgical knowledge while not putting the patient at risk,” he says. Board-certified in neurosurgery, and specializing in intracranial and spinal surgery, Dr. Strugar notes that Connecticut’s ageing population requires recognizing that issues are “very, very different than those that are affecting the young.” Regardless of the reasons people come to see him, he says, “I want my patients to be well-informed and learn, so they can better understand the often life-changing diagnoses they are facing.”

He notes that technology has had a major impact on his practice. “Enormous changes such as artificial spinal disks, variable-pressure shunting techniques and minimally invasive procedures have allowed us to be much more efficient and successful in treating patients,” he says. He is among the first neurosurgeons in the country to use artificial disks and has been using them successfully for more a decade. Disk arthroplasty helps restore motion to people who have worn disks and may avoid secondary procedures to treat low back pain.

Dr. Strugar also treats patients with degenerative problems in the elderly, acute spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, spinal tumors and complex cases. His uppermost goal is to preserve the patient’s function. “I treat my patients just as I would treat a family member,” he says. “Things have become more complex. It is important to recognize when a patient is ready for surgery…You have to fit a lot of criteria before I recommend surgery.”


New York University Yale University School of Medicine


Waterbury Hospital

Saint Mary’s Hospital

Yale-New Haven Hospital

Griffin Hospital

Charlotte-Hungerford Hospital


Congress of Neurological Surgeons

American Medical Association

Connecticut State Neurosurgical Society

Connecticut Medical Society

North American Spine Society


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