General and bariatric surgeon Dr. Julio Teixeira has joined Nuvance Health as chair of surgery for Danbury and New Milford hospitals and will serve as the health system’s chair for bariatric surgery.
“Dr. Teixeira is an accomplished surgical leader and brings an impressive array of clinical, administrative and academic experience to help grow, innovate and optimize our surgical programs through the future,” said Dr. Christopher Lehrach, Chief Physician Executive for Nuvance Health. “We look forward to sharing his expertise and national and international reputation of excellence to deliver high-quality, advanced care to patients across our many communities.”
A board-certified surgeon, Teixeira has been in practice for more than 24 years and brings expertise in the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal system, including the esophagus, stomach, gall bladder and the small intestine and other complications related to obesity and laparoscopic surgery. He also specializes in solid organ surgery such as the spleen, pancreas and adrenal glands.
As chair of surgery for Danbury and New Milford hospitals, Teixeira will lead the department and oversee all administrative and clinical functions of surgical services, including ambulatory and inpatient surgery, in addition to trauma.
He will leverage his passion and expertise in bariatrics as the service line chair to optimize Nuvance Health’s existing bariatrics program with best practices and collaboration with multidisciplinary teams across the health system’s Oncology, Heart and Vascular and Neuroscience institutes to enhance the delivery of care.
“Obesity is a complex condition, and we need to look at treatment with a comprehensive approach to communication and bedside care that considers all aspects of a patient’s lifestyle and medical experiences,” Teixeira said. “Together, we will forge an ongoing commitment to advance the delivery of safe and effective care for those we are honored to care for.”
Teixeira has led several surgery programs and pioneered new methods to advance the treatment of obesity. He brings experience from participation in FDA trials to evaluate the Realize Gastric Band in the United States and innovate surgical methods, such as endoscopic stenting, to treat complications of bariatric and single incision laparoscopic surgery.
Prior to joining Nuvance Health, he served as chief of minimally invasive surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, part of Northwell Health in New York, since 2013.
He also served as director of the health system’s bariatric collaborative program beginning in 2018. He is also an Associate Professor for the Department of Surgery at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine, part of Hofstra/Northwell, in Uniondale, NY.
He earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his general surgery residency at New York Medical College in New Rochelle alongside a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery.
Teixeira is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and international committee member with the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He has published extensive peer-reviewed studies and educational literature, earning national recognition as a top physician by New York Magazine, Healthgrades and other trade publications.
Learn more about Dr. Teixeira and Nuvance Health’s Bariatric Surgery and Medical Weight Loss program.