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Medical PROFILES As home to some of the best medical facilities in the nation, FAIRFIELD COUNTY IS BRIMMING WITH TOP-RATED DOCTORS. With so many choices, how can you find the perfect doctor that suits you and your family best? The following pages include profiles of some of our area’s best-rated doctors, including details about their practice and what drives them.




KENNETH BACKMAN, MD, is the founder of the practice. He attended Yale undergraduate and Cornell Medical. Residency completed at University of Chicago Hospitals, and allergy-immunology fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospitals. Dr. Backman is Section Chief of Allergy at Bridgeport Hospital.

Allergy & Asthma Care of Fairfield County, LLC 55 Walls Drive, Suite 405, Fairfield, CT | 203.259.7070 500 Monroe Turnpike, Suite 205, Monroe, CT | 203.445.1960 DOCTORS Kenneth Backman, Irena Veksler and Katherine Bloom are all board certified in pediatric and adult allergy-immunology and trained at top academic hospitals. In the convenient, state-of-the-art offices of Allergy & Asthma Care of Fairfield County, they

offer compassionate, personalized care and an advanced, academicquality approach to the full range of allergic disorders, including asthma, nasal allergies and food allergies. All three doctors are on staff at Bridgeport and St. Vincent’s hospitals.

IRENA VEKSLER, MD, joined the practice in 2005. She attended NYU undergraduate and Cornell Medical. Residency completed at the UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, allergy-immunology fellowship at SUNY Stony Brook. KATHERINE BLOOM, MD, joined the practice in 2008. She attended Boston University undergraduate and Albert Einstein Medical. Residency completed at NY Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center, and allergy-immunology fellowship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC.

Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County, PC (GAFC) 425 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 203.292.9000 2660 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 203.333.3328 765 Main Street (Route 25), Monroe, CT 203.452.2358 |

Left to right standing: Dr. Emil Blanco, Dr. Gena Cobrin, Dr. Julie Spivack, Dr. Eddy Castillo and Dr. Kenneth Mauer. Seated left to right: Dr. Strick Woods and Dr. Richard Lopatin.

DOCTORS Kenneth Mauer, Julie Spivack, Emil Blanco, Gena Cobrin, Richard Lopatin and their talented partners, Drs. Strick Woods and Eddy Castillo, are “the digestive health experts.” Affiliated with St. Vincent’s Medical Center, they provide excellent, cutting-edge medical



care at offices in Fairfield, Bridgeport and Monroe. “Our goal is to treat people with a multitude of GI problems with great sensitivity and care,” says Dr. Spivack. “We develop close, personal relationships with our patients, and we take a genuine interest in their health.”

GAFC was the first Fairfield County GI practice to offer state-of-the-art capsule endoscopy of the small intestine, comprehensive hepatitis C treatment and genetic testing for hereditary colon cancer. At The Endoscopy Center of Fairfield, patients can have a colonoscopy or endoscopy in a spa-like setting. The doctors specialize in many GI disorders, including acid reflux, gallbladder disease, GI cancers, liver disease, hepatitis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.




Arthur L. Jenkins, III, MD Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 31 River Road, Suite 100, Cos Cob, CT

Mount Sinai Faculty Practice

5 East 98th Street, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 212.241.8175 | |


in the Northeast, Dr. Jenkins brings the latest advancements in evaluating and treating spine conditions and injuries to Fairfield and Westchester counties. With offices in Manhattan and Fairfield County (Greenwich), Dr. Jenkins brings the excellence of a top New York City academic practice to his Connecticut patients. Fellowship-trained at Harvard, Dr. Jenkins has performed extensive clinical spine research and is an innovator in his field, offering minimally invasive microscopic, endoscopic, computer-guided, and laser spine

surgeries. He is one of the highest rated and most experienced board certified spine surgeons in the tristate area, trained and familiar with every spinal surgery technique. To ensure his patients have the best outcome with the least invasive approach, Dr. Jenkins collaborates with his patients’ physicians and with a variety of diverse specialists including orthopaedic surgeons, chiropractors, pain management specialists, rehabilitation medicine experts, rheumatologists and neuro-anesthesiologists. With a mission to help patients return to the activities they enjoy, Dr. Jenkins treats a wide range of

people, from student athletes to active adults. He was also chosen as a leading spine surgeon for the New York Police Department, New York Jets and NFL Retired Players Program. Whether performing an elective or complex spinal surgery, Dr. Jenkins and his team apply a very personal touch, while at the same time providing the most advanced medicine to their patients with spinal conditions. Office locations at Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, 31 River Road, Suite 100, Cos Cob; and at Mount Sinai Faculty Practice, 5 East 98th Street, Fourth Floor, New York.





PROFILES Shaun Williams, MD Mark P. Leondires, MD Cynthia Murdock, MD Spencer Richlin, MD Joshua Hurwitz, MD Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut

Danbury, Norwalk, Stamford and Trumbull, CT | 1.800.865.5431 | SUCCESS MATTERS. FOR EVERYONE. At Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), patient care begins with a partnership between patients and a reproductive endocrinologist. All five physicians on the RMACT team are board certified and are Castle Connolly “Top Doctors” of Fairfield County.

Infertility affects 6.7 million women in the U.S., which is about 11 percent of the reproductive-age population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. RMACT offers a full range of assisted reproductive technology and other procedures ranging from the least invasive to the most medically advanced.

These include in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), elective single embryo transfer, and donor egg or sperm. Treatment plans also frequently include services from our Integrated Fertility & Wellness Program, such as nutrition counseling and stress management through counseling, acupuncture or yoga.

Dr. Joseph Sproviero, Dr. Agnes Matczuk, Dr. Mitchell Lester and Dr. Mark Litchman; not pictured: Dr. Aymeric Louit

Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates 148 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT, 203.838.4034 30 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT , 203.838.4034 |

THE DOCTORS of Fairfield

County Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates are certified by the American Board of Allergy/Immunology and have combined experience of more than eighty years in practice. All are repeat “Top Doctors” winners. Drs. Sproviero, Matczuk and Litchman completed their A/I fellowships at Yale and Dr. Lester completed his at National Jewish Health in Denver. Our full-service, state-of-



the-art asthma and allergy practice is fully electronic. Our experienced and compassionate staff works closely with the physicians to give you the best and most efficient care possible. Every patient deserves safe and effective treatment, and because we believe educated patients are more in control of their asthma and allergies, we encourage you to participate in your own health care planning.

Alfred Sofer, MD Plastic Surgery Center of Fairfield 33 Miller Street Fairfield, CT 203.336.9862 DR. ALFRED SOFER’S passion for artistic creativity, science and technology led him to the field of plastic surgery, where he successfully demonstrates his surgical expertise, implementation

of cutting-edge technologies, and diligent attention to patient concerns and goals, all to achieve expert, artistic and natural results. A perfectionist and problemsolver, he craves challenge and takes great pride in developing innovative, nuanced surgical techniques. Dr. Sofer is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is the chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Dr. Sofer was selected by Castle Connolly as a Top Doctor in the Field of Plastic Surgery in Connecticut and metro New York. He was also awarded Patients’ Choice “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” and named Top Plastic Surgeon in Fairfield County in 2016.




Dr. Andrew J. Levi Park Avenue Fertility and Reproductive Medicine 1305 Post Rd., Fairfield, CT 203.254.6000 91 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 203.853.6700 5520 Park Ave., Trumbull, CT 203.372.6700

DR. ANDREW LEVI understands the positive effect that seeing the same doctor has on his patients. As founder and medical director of Park Avenue Fertility and Reproductive Medicine (PAFRM), he has been helping patients for more than a decade who struggle with infertility, and recognizes how important it is for couples to develop a close connection with their doctor during one of the most emotional times in their lives. Dr. Levi’s philosophy of “one doctor, one patient at a time” has been such a success that he opened an office in his hometown of Fairfield, as well as one in Norwalk, to better serve patients in Fairfield County and southern Connecticut. As with his primary office in Trumbull, the philosophy and treatment in those offices focuses on personalized care. Dr. Levi believes that continuity of care is crucial in treating infertility. Unlike larger fertility clinics, patients at PAFRM are treated with individualized care, not “treated like a number.” He makes the journey as stress-free as possible in a newly renovated, comfortable and soothing environment with flexible office hours and no long waits. His compassion and results have consistently earned him and his practice multiple “top doctor” and “compassionate doctor” awards from both patients and his peers. In addition, PAFRM is both a United Healthcare and an

OptumHealth Fertility Center of Excellence. Broadly trained in all aspects of reproductive medicine, Dr. Levi provides his patients with a wide variety of treatment options. Treatments range from the simplest to the most advanced, based on a patient’s age, diagnosis and duration of infertility. These may include intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF), the latter performed on-site in PAFRM’s state of the art IVF laboratory. In addition, PAFRM offers advanced reproductive services including egg freezing and fertility preservation, preimplantation genetic screening and diagnosis (PGS and PGD), egg donation and gestational surrogacy. Dr. Levi specializes in caring for patients with PCOS,

endometriosis and recurrent miscarriage. PAFRM also offers a range of treatment options to gay and lesbian couples as well as to single women who wish to conceive. Board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, as well as in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Levi graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and performed his OB/GYN residency at Georgetown University. He then completed a three year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the National Institutes of Health. He is widely published and is a renowned speaker and instructor. To learn more about Dr. Levi and Park Avenue Fertility, please visit their website at or call for an appointment at 203-372-6700.





James A. Slater, MD New Canaan Medical Group 173 East Avenue New Canaan, CT 203.972.4215 DR. JAMES SLATER has always put his patients first. After Tufts, he graduated from New York Medical College, receiving the

Peter Hasapis, MD New Canaan Medical Practice 173 East Avenue New Canaan, CT 203.972.4218 DR. PETER HASAPIS has never lived far from his Fairfield County roots. After attending Columbia University and Cornell University Medical College, he completed his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He’s been




coveted school award for his accomplishments in community and preventative medicine. His postdoctoral training included an internship at New York Medical College/Flower Fifth Avenue hospital and a residency at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He was among the first in the state to recognize that health insurance was depriving patients of sorely needed services and time. Thus, in 2005 his innovative concierge medical practice emerged, combining accessibility and patient advocacy with premier quality medicine. “Giving patients the luxury of time to share their medical issues and concerns is a great privilege.”

practicing in New Canaan ever since. “I was fortunate enough to return to the community that I was raised in,” says Dr. Hasapis. In 2010 Dr. Hasapis opted for a new practice model referred to as private-pay or concierge medicine. “I felt that I was being pushed by third-party payers to see more patients and spend less time with each one; it was impossible for people to see me when they needed to.” The smaller practice size enables him to spend more time with each patient. “My patients have my cell number and email, and I encourage them to use them. It makes for a much different experience; I love it, and so do my patients.”

Fairfield County Bariatrics & Surgical Specialists, PC 148 East Avenue, Suite 3A, Norwalk, CT 203.899.0744 | FAIRFIELD COUNTY BARIATRICS is one of the most prominent weight loss practices in Connecticut and the United States. Our surgeons have performed over 5,000 bariatric procedures since 2002. All of our compassionate surgeons are Directors of MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Centers; Neil Floch MD FACS at Norwalk Hospital, Craig Floch MD FACS at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Abe Fridman DO FACS

FASMBS at Griffin Hospital. Along with Peter Ingraldi MD FACS, we provide a comprehensive program designed for each patient’s needs so that they can regain their health and recapture their lives. We perform laparoscopic procedures including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, lap-band®, gastric balloon and revisional bariatric surgery. Our offices are located in Norwalk, Shelton, Stamford, and North Haven.

Shiela Subramanian, MD, MPH Internal Medicine of New Canaan, PC 173 East Avenue New Canaan, CT 203.972.4205

SHIELA SUBRAMANIAN, MD, MPH, is a board certified internist and has been practicing primary care internal medicine in New Canaan since 2004. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and New York Medical College. She completed her internship, residency and chief residency at the Yale University School

of Medicine. She manages a broad spectrum of medical issues, including heart disease evaluation, comprehensive women’s health issues, gerontology and cancer screening. “Practicing good medicine requires more time listening to what your patient has to say.” Her philosophy has allowed her to spend time and provide quality care without compromise.

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