Jeffrey M. Nicastro, MD, FACS, FCCM named as Chief Medical Officer & Network Chair of Surgery for Nuvance Health

Western Connecticut Health Network

Danbury, CT – February 23, 2021 -- Nuvance Health announces the appointment of Jeffrey M. Nicastro, MD, FACS, FCCM as Chief Medical Officer & Network Chair of Surgery for Nuvance Health effective immediately. Dr. Nicastro has served as our Interim Chief Medical Officer for the past six months while continuing to serve as the Network Chair of Surgery. 

Dr. Nicastro joined the Nuvance Health team in January 2019 as the first Network Chair of Surgery, bringing with him more than thirty years of distinguished clinical, leadership and military experience.  Since that time, he has played a key role in driving excellence and clinical collaboration while enhancing, expanding and integrating surgical services across the system. 

As the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Nicastro will have primary responsibility for continuing to shape the culture and delivery of care for the system, with a focus on building and strengthening positive and mutually supportive working relationships.  Dr. Nicastro will work in close partnership and collaboration with Dr. Chris Lehrach in his role as the President of the Nuvance Health Medical Practice by supporting growth efforts to drive quality, expand clinical services, enhance the patient experience and improve physician/APP and staff engagement. He will also work closely with Dr. Diane Kantaros, Chief Quality Officer, in developing standards for quality and safety across the Network and with Kerry Eaton, Chief Operating Officer, in driving strong administrative dyad partnerships. Together, this dedicated group of leaders will focus their efforts on achieving optimal clinical outcomes, improving medical staff engagement and driving consistency of care throughout the organization.

 “We are so very fortunate to have Dr. Nicastro in this critically important and key leadership position.  Jeff brings with him years of outstanding experience and deep expertise.  He is resolute in his commitment to providing exceptional care across the many communities we serveThis is both a challenging and exciting time for us as a system and providers of healthcare.  Such times demand great organizational leadership and personal resiliency, which is reflected in Dr. Nicastro’s nature and work,” shared Dr. John Murphy, president and CEO of Nuvance Health. Dr. Nicastro will report directly to Dr. Murphy in his new role.

Dr. Nicastro will also work closely with the more than 3,000-member medical staff and will have direct responsibility for managing the Network Chairs as well as our Heart, Cancer and Neuroscience clinical leaders to advance and grow our clinical services. In addition, Dr. Nicastro will provide oversight for medical affairs standardization, Medical Education, Global Health, Simulation, Research & Innovation and the development of a new teaching academy for physicians to be named in honor of his predecessor, the late Dr. Patricia Tietjen.

In addition to assuming the role and responsibilities of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nicastro will retain his role as Network Chair of Surgery. 



Andrea Rynn, AVP Community, Public and Government Relations

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About Nuvance Health

Nuvance Health is a family of award-winning nonprofit hospitals and healthcare professionals in the Hudson Valley and western Connecticut. Nuvance Health combines highly skilled physicians, advanced facilities and technology, and compassionate caregivers dedicated to providing quality care across a variety of clinical areas, including Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Oncology, Orthopedics, and Primary Care.

Nuvance Health has a network of convenient hospital and outpatient locations — Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut, and Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York — plus multiple primary and specialty care physician practice locations, including The Heart Center, a leading provider of cardiology care, and two urgent care offices. Non-acute care is offered through various affiliates, including the Thompson House for rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, and the Home Care organizations. For more information about Nuvance Health, visit our website. TTY: 1-800-421-1220