Castle Connolly’s Rising Stars: 33 Connecticut Physicians

Although they are too early in their career to earn a Best Doctors 2022 designation, these 33 nominated physicians were selected for recognition as “Rising Stars” by Castle Connolly “based on peer nominations and recognition of outstanding achievement and dedication to the field of medicine. These early career physicians are emerging leaders in the medical community, having contributed to the advancement of health care through clinical care, research, community service, education and/or leadership.”

Sara I. Dever, MD
Fairfield County Allergy and Asthma Care, 55 Walls Drive, Fairfield, 203-259-7070


Cardiac electrophysiology

Craig B. Moskowitz, MD
Hartford Hospital, Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute, 65 Memorial Road, Suite 405, West Hartford, 860-972-1506
Special know-how: Arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation
Hospital affiliations: Hartford Hospital

Charles J. Rouse, MD
Fairfield County Cardiology Associates, 1177 Summer Street, Floor 5, Stamford, 203-353-1133
Special know-how: Pacemakers/defibrillators, arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation
Hospital affiliations: Stamford Hospital, St. Vincent’s Midtown Hospital

Heart disease

Eric L. Alter, MD
Cardiology Associates of Fairfield County, 425 Post Road, Fairfield, 203-254-2452
Special know-how: Congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease
Hospital affiliations: St. Vincent Medical Center – Bridgeport

David Altszuler, MD
Consulting Cardiologists, 305 Western Boulevard, Glastonbury, 860-522-0604
Hospital affiliations: Hartford Hospital

Steven N. Bleich, MD
Consulting Cardiologists, 305 Western Boulevard, Glastonbury, 860-522-0604
Hospital affiliations: Hartford Hospital

Benjamin Gold, MD
Yale New Haven Health, Northeast Medical Group Cardiology, 112 Quarry Road, Trumbull, 203-333-8800
Hospital affiliations: Bridgeport Hospital

David L. Narotsky, MD
Cardiac Specialists, 20 Commerce Park, Milford, 203-292-2000
Special know-how: Non-invasive cardiology, cardiac imaging, cardiac stress tests
Hospital affiliations: Bridgeport Hospital Milford Campus

Allison Padegimas, MD
Consulting Cardiologists, 305 Western Boulevard, Glastonbury, 860-522-0604
Special know-how: Cardio-oncology
Hospital affiliations: Hartford Hospital

Norman Roth, MD
Consulting Cardiologists, 305 Western Boulevard, Glastonbury, 860-522-0604
Hospital affiliations: Hartford Hospital

Jonathan W. Winkler, MD
Starling Physicians, 1 Lake Street, Building A, New Britain, 860-223-0220
Special know-how: Echocardiography, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias
Hospital affiliations: Central CT Hospital in New Britain

child neurology

Kathleen M. Cardinale, MD
Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, 1 Park Street, 2nd Floor, New Haven, 877-925-3637
Hospital affiliations: Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital

Dermatology

Nina Antonov, MD
Modern Dermatology, 1032 Post Road East, Westport, 203-635-0770

Ellen Harris of Moll, MD
Dermatologists of Connecticut, 425 Post Road, Floor 2, Fairfield, 203-292-9490
Special know-how: Medical dermatology, Cutaneous lymphoma, Skin cancer, Dermatopathology

Hao Feng, MD
UConn Health, Department of Dermatology, 21 South Road, Floor 2, Farmington, 860-679-7546
Special know-how: Aesthetic dermatology, Mohs surgery, Laser surgery
Hospital affiliations: University of Connecticut Health Center – John Dempsey Hospital

Lauren Levy, MD
Westport Dermatology and Laser Center, 325 Riverside Avenue, Westport, 203-226-3600
Special know-how: Acne and rosacea, skin cancer, psoriasis
Hospital affiliations: Yale New Haven Hospital

Erin Lowe, DO
Advanced DermCare, 25 Tamarack Avenue, Danbury, 203-797-8990
Special know-how: Skin cancer, genital dermatology
Hospital affiliations: Danbury Hospital

Sara Perkins, MD
Yale Dermatology Associates, 2 Church Street South, New Haven, 203-785-4445
Special know-how: Screening for skin cancer, melanoma, pigmented lesions
Hospital affiliations: Yale New Haven Hospital

Family medicine

Lidya A. Bal, MD
Stamford Health Medical Group, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Suite 6, Stamford, 203-977-2566
Hospital affiliations: Stamford Hospital

Ashley Rountree, MD
Stamford Health Medical Group, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Suite 6, Stamford, 203-977-2566
Special know-how: Preventive medicine, Adolescent medicine
Hospital affiliations: Hospital Affiliations: Stamford Hospital

Gastroenterology

Jill Deutsch, MD
Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale Gastroenterology, 4A Devine Street, North Haven, 203-785-4138
Special know-how: Abdominal/functional pain, gastrointestinal disorders, irritable bowel syndrome
Hospital affiliations: Yale New Haven Hospital

Michelle L. Hughes, MD
Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale Gastroenterology, 40 Temple Street, New Haven, 203-785-5279
Special know-how: Inflammatory bowel disease, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
Hospital affiliations: Yale New Haven Hospital

hand surgery

David H. Wei, MD
Specialists in Orthopedics and Neurosurgery (ONS), 6 Greenwich Office Park, Greenwich, 203-869-1145
Special know-how: Tennis Elbow, Hand and Wrist Surgery, Hand and Elbow Surgery, Nerve and Tendon Reconstruction

Infectious disease

Jessica I. Abrantes-Figueiredo, MD
Trinity Health of New England Medical Group, 1000 Asylum Avenue, Suite 4304, Hartford, 860-714-5895
Hospital affiliations: Saint Francis Hospital

Internal Medicine

Stephen Strong, MD
Westport Internal Medicine Associates, 333 Post Road West, Floor 2, Westport, 203-226-0731
Hospital affiliations: Norwalk Hospital

Interventional cardiology

Edward T. Carreras, MD
Fairfield County Cardiology Associates, 3272 Main Street, Stratford, 203-380-3910
Hospital affiliations: St. Vincent Medical Center – Bridgeport, Saint Francis Hospital

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Craig Sauer, MD
OB/GYN County, 103 North Main Street, Branford, 203-488-8306

orthopedic surgery

Matthew Canton, MD
Specialists in Orthopedics and Neurosurgery (ONS), 6 Greenwich Office Park, Greenwich, 203-869-1145
Special know-how: Arthritis, microsurgery, tendon injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome
Hospital affiliations: Greenwich Hospital

Aaron Insel, MD
OrthoConnecticut, 2 Riverview Drive, Danbury, 203-797-1500
Special know-how: Hand surgery, Wrist surgery, Elbow surgery
Hospital affiliations: Danbury Hospital

Glenn S. Russo, MD
Connecticut Orthopedics, 2408 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, 203-407-3508
Special know-how: Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Scoliosis, Spinal Deformity
Hospital affiliations: Yale New Haven Hospital, Midstate Medical Center

Pediatric allergy and immunology

Gary K. Soffer, MD
Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Norwalk Pediatric Specialty Center, 747 Belden Avenue, Norwalk, 877-925-3637
Special know-how: Allergy, Environmental Health, Food Allergy
Hospital affiliations: Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Yale New Haven Smilow Cancer Hospital

Pulmonary Disease

Ming-Ming Lee, MD
Nuvance Health, Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, 203-852-2392
Special know-how: Intensive care, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchiectasis
Hospital affiliations: Norwalk Hospital

Operation

Nirav K. Desai, MD
New York Bariatric Group, 140 Sherman Street, Floor 2, Fairfield, 800-633-8446
Special know-how: Bariatric/obesity surgery, Minimally invasive surgery, Gastrointestinal surgery
Hospital affiliations: Stamford Hospital, Hartford Hospital

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