Western Connecticut Health Network Announces New Network Chair of Surgery

New Milford Hospital
Jeffrey M. Nicastro, MD, FACS, FCCM, Network Chair of Surgery

DANBURY, Connecticut, January 24, 2019 — Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) announced the appointment of Jeffrey M. Nicastro, MD, FACS, FCCM as the new Network Chair of Surgery. Dr. Nicastro will provide strategic and clinical leadership for all aspects of WCHN’s Department of Surgery.

Dr. Nicastro will be responsible for setting the strategic vision for integrated surgical services at WCHN — a growing network that currently includes Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, and Norwalk Hospital. He will also be responsible for the leadership and engagement of all WCHN medical staff surgeons, including surgeons in independent, private practices and employed by the Western Connecticut Medical Group (WCMG).

“Dr. Nicastro joins us at an exciting time as WCHN enhances, expands, and integrates surgical services through our coming together with Health Quest,” said Richard Freeman, MD, ScD, MPH, FACP and Chief Clinical Officer for WCHN. “Dr. Nicastro will ensure the highest standard of excellence in the care and safety for all of our surgical patients.”

Dr. Nicastro is a general surgeon with a certificate of added qualification in surgical critical care. His executive leadership experience in surgery — especially clinical program development and quality assurance — and his academic leadership in graduate and undergraduate medical education made him an ideal choice for WCHN’s Network Chair of Surgery.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead surgical services within WCHN. It is clear that WCHN provides outstanding patient care across all medical and surgical specialties. I look forward to maintaining the focus on patient-centered, high quality care in our communities, while facilitating integration and collaboration between hospitals, specialties, and practices,” said Dr. Nicastro, Network Chair of Surgery for WCHN.

Dr. Nicastro joins WCHN from Northwell Health (Northwell) — a 23 hospital system — where he served as Vice President, Clinical Services, Surgery Service Line; Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery; System Chief, Division of Acute Care Surgery; Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency; and Associate Professor of Surgery for the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Dr. Nicastro helped Northwell successfully implement the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program at several of their quaternary hospitals. He initiated several performance improvement programs, including surgical site infections and an integrated robotic privileging process. At Northwell, he was fortunate to participate in beta testing for projects such as crowd sourced video review of operative cases (CSATS), “black box” technology in the operating room, and most recently T6, a comprehensive real-time tool for assessment of trauma activations.

Dr. Nicastro also served as the program director for the general surgery residency program spanning North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Most recently, he was in a supervisory role across all three general surgery residencies at Northwell. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in the advanced clinical experience in surgery at the Zucker School of Medicine.

Dr. Nicastro graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Medical Doctorate from the New York University School of Medicine where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed his general surgery residency at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center and subsequently served four years in the United States Navy. He also completed a Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.

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Amy Forni, Manager, Public Relations

Andrea Rynn, Director, Public & Government Relations