Danbury Hospital Surgeon Named Harold and Cora Spratt Endowed Chair in Colon and Rectal Surgery

New Milford Hospital
Stuart Bussell, M.D. Director, Colon and Rectal Program, Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital, part of the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), has announced the appointment of Dr. Stuart E. Bussell as Harold and Cora Spratt Endowed Chair in Colon and Rectal Surgery. Bussell, a board-certified and fellowship-trained colon and rectal surgeon, specializes in laparoscopic surgery for conditions including colon and rectal cancer, diverticulitis, polyps and inflammatory bowel disease.

Bussell is also the director of Danbury Hospital's Colon and Rectal Cancer Program, which is dedicated to the prevention, detection and treatment of primary and metastatic cancers of the colon and rectum.

"It is a tremendous honor to be named the Harold and Cora Spratt Endowed Chair," said Bussell. "This endowment creates new opportunities for Danbury Hospital to enhance the level of care available in our community. It also provides us with additional resources to enhance post-graduate medical education and to expand innovative clinical research aimed at improving surgical outcomes and quality of life."

Bussell is the second individual to hold the Harold and Cora Spratt Endowed Chair, which was established in 2007.

"This Endowed Chair enables Danbury Hospital to continue setting the highest possible standards in surgical procedures and patient care, which already surpass what most institutions achieve," said Dr. Keith A. Zuccala, chairman of Danbury Hospital’s Department of Surgery. "With Dr. Bussell as the recipient of this distinction, the Hospital will build upon its record of providing the finest minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgical care to our patients."

Danbury Hospital's Colon and Rectal Surgery Program has one of the highest national rankings for minimally invasive surgery. With 85 percent of its elective colon and bowel surgeries performed laparoscopically, Danbury Hospital is significantly ahead of the national average of 10 percent. The Hospital’s colorectal specialists were the first in Connecticut to offer transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEMS), a minimally invasive technique that can improve the patient experience by shortening hospital stays, lowering risk of complications, reducing pain and scarring, and reducing overall recovery time.

"The Harold and Cora Spratt Endowed Chair in Colon and Rectal Surgery enables Danbury Hospital's Department of Surgery to expand its role as a regional resource in minimally invasive surgery," said Harold A. Spratt, director emeritus of the WCHN Foundation and the founding donor, with his wife, of the Endowed Chair. "I am pleased to help ensure the most advanced surgical treatments available, as well as top-notch surgical talent, post-graduate medical education, and expanded clinical research opportunities."

Bussell earned a medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed a medical residency at Michigan State University Hospitals and a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

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