About

The Digestive Health Center at Hartford Hospital offers patients the widest range of services in the region for gastrointestinal tract disorders.

By integrating specialists across multiple disciplines, all focusing on disorders related to digestive health, we provide enhanced, personalized, coordinated care to our patients. Our highly skilled physicians have advanced sub-specialty training and are backed by a full team of interdisciplinary medical and surgical specialists.

These providers offer the most current, innovative and advanced techniques for diagnosing and treating even the most difficult cases.


Our Expertise

It starts with prevention. The Digestive Health Center, with one of the largest gastroenterology practices in the nation and a team of expert surgical specialists, perform thousands of colon and esophageal cancer screenings each year. No one else in Connecticut comes close.

Meanwhile, we also perform up to 40 percent of all advanced endoscopic procedures in the state. Our surgeons offer surgical care for the most complex conditions, and often are able to perform these procedures with minimally invasive techniques.

Our expertise is no secret: The Digestive Health Center is a tertiary referral site of care that performs highly specialized procedures at the request of other hospitals. We routinely train doctors from other hospitals in the latest techniques, too.

Under medical directors William Sardella and Jeffry Nestler, the Digestive Health Center offers patients complete care in these programs:

We also work closely with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, on any case identified as cancer.


Our Endoscopic Firsts

The team of advanced endoscopists at the Digestive Health Center perform state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures for the management of both common and complex digestive health issues. We rank among the highest volumes in the region in most procedures with excellent outcomes.

We perform more than 1,500 Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) and Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) procedures each year. Because of our expertise in these techniques, many of our patients are referred by gastroenterologists and surgeons not affiliated with Hartford HealthCare.

Our doctors were the first in the state to perform these advanced endoscopic procedures:

  • EUS-guided Pancreatic Rendezvous: For patients with a failed ERCP procedure, this procedure with an endoscope and X-rays gives doctors access to the pancreatic duct for treatment of difficult problems like strictures, gallstones and cysts.
  • EUS-Guided Pancreatic Necrosectomy: Treating cases of acute pancreatitis in which part of the pancreas dies.
  • POEM (Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy): For swallowing disorders, such as achalasia.
  • Gastrojejunostomy: Making a new connection between the stomach and small bowel for patients with an obstructed gastric outlet.

Our Surgical Expertise

There’s built-in access to our GI surgical team and the expansive group of colorectal, bariatric, hepatobiliary and surgical oncology, thoracic and general surgeons at Hartford HealthCare. Our nurse navigator will coordinate your care, answer any questions and provided needed resources.

The Digestive Health Center surgical specialists offer a full range of complex surgical options for digestive diseases, including disorders of the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, small and large intestine, colon, abdominal wall hernias and obesity.

Our board-certified, sub-specialty trained surgeons offer depth of experience and skill, often performing procedures in combination with other specialists such as urology, vascular surgery, plastic surgery and gynecology. Our surgeons have pioneered many minimally invasive techniques, including gallbladder surgery and complex colon resections. This level of innovative thinking continues to drive our team of specialists to provide the most cutting-edge surgical care in the area.

We have a robust robotic, minimally invasive surgery program resulting in minimal pain, enhanced recovery and shorter hospital stays. Our team was the first to perform both partial and complete robotic-assisted esophagectomy, a procedure performed for patients with esophageal cancer.

With the highest volume of minimally invasive colon resections in New England, our colorectal surgeons are experts in cutting-edge treatment techniques and recognized around the country for their expertise. In fact, Healthgrades America has made us a Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries four years in a row.

We also have the largest team of fellowship-trained hernia experts in Connecticut who perform more robotic complex abdominal wall reconstruction procedures than any other program in the region.

The medical and surgical weight loss program is a long-trusted, comprehensive weight management program for patients with obesity, bringing our technologically advanced, research-focused expertise to our local-community offices throughout the state. This expert team has helped close to 6,000 people with obesity regain their health and quality of life through bariatric surgery, as well as countless others through the obesity medicine program.


Meet Our GI Specialists

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Name Specialties Location
Baker, Lisa Susan, APRN 860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Hartford
Banever, Thomas Clark, MD, FACS 860.249.9189
  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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  • Hartford
Bliss, Lindsay Ann, MD, MPH 860.246.2071
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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Blitzer, Avrum Harry, MD 860.972.0001
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Cappa, Joseph Anthony, MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Glastonbury
  • Bloomfield
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Caushaj, Fillor F., MD, PhD, FACS, FACG, FSSO 860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • New Britain
  • West Hartford
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Chaletsky, David Michael, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • West Hartford
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Chukwumah, Chike V., MD
5.0 /5
94 surveys
860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Hartford
  • South Windsor
  • West Hartford
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Cipolla, Donna Marie, MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Glastonbury
  • Avon
  • West Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Cohen, Jeffrey Lewis, MD, FACS, FASCRS 860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
  • West Hartford
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Curtis, David Eugene, MD
4.8 /5
85 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Hepatobiliary and Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
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Daoud, Vladimir Paul, MD 860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • West Hartford
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Einstein, Michael Mark, MD 860.972.4262
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Transplant Hepatology
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  • Hartford
Eisenberg, David Paul, MD, FACS
5.0 /5
101 surveys
860.696.2040
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • West Hartford
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Feldman, Thomas Alan, MD 860.409.4567
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • West Hartford
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Fritts, Lori Louise, MD 860.726.1414
  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
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  • Bloomfield
Gates, Jonathan D., MD, MBA, FACS 860.246.2071
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
Gelwan, Jeffrey Stuart, MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Glastonbury
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Golioto, Michael John, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hartford
Hannoush, Edward J., MD
4.8 /5
80 surveys
860.224.5161
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Hartford
  • Southington
  • West Hartford
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Hernon, Michael J., MD 860.246.2071
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
Holder, Jaime, PA-C 860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Manchester
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Ianello, Joseph Louis, MD 860.253.6867
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Enfield
  • Putnam
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Jo, Kevin Seungho, MD 203.886.0036
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wallingford
  • Hartford
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Johnson, Kristina Hope, MD, FACS, FASCRS
4.7 /5
100 surveys
860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • West Hartford
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Digestive Health Center

  • Hartford Hospital
    85 Jefferson Street
    Hartford, CT 06102
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  • To connect with one of our expert Digestive Health specialists, call 833.431.0004