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Stefan Kachala, MD, FACS

Director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology – Central Region, Director of Thoracic Robotic Surgery – Central Region

4.9 /5
69 surveys


Hartford HealthCare Medical Group


Thoracic Surgery, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty
General Surgery, Board Certified < Not accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Barrett's Esophagus, Chest Wall Cancer, Chest Wall Resection, Empyema, Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), Esophageal Cancer, Esophagectomy, Heller Myotomy, Hiatal Hernia, Lung Cancer, Lung Nodules, Mediastinal Masses, Mediastinoscopy, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Navigational Bronchoscopy, Pancoast Tumors, Paraesphageal Hernia, Pleural Effusion, Robotic Bronchoscopy, Robotic Surgery, Thoracic Oncology, Thoracoscopy, Thymic Carcinoma, Thymoma, Zenker's Diverticulum

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Office Locations

  • Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at MidState Medical Center

    455 Lewis Avenue
    Suite 216
    Meriden, CT 06451
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    Phone: 860.696.4923
    Fax: 860.827.1642

  • Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - New Britain, Thoracic Cancer

    183 North Mountain Road
    Second Floor
    New Britain, CT 06053
    Medical Arts Building
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    Phone: 860.696.4923
    Fax: 860.827.1642

  • Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at Hartford Hospital

    85 Seymour Street
    Suite 227
    Hartford, CT 06106
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    Phone: 860.696.4923
    Fax: 860.827.1642


If you need to reach Dr. Kachala by fax, please dial 860-827-1642. Dr. Kachala's summary of Areas of Expertise:

1. Esophageal Cancer – a particular focus for me. Minimally invasive esophagectomies are the primary surgical modality, and I have begun performing these procedures robotically with excellent results.

2. Benign esophageal disease - I also have an interest in benign esophageal disease as well including Zenker’s Diverticula, Paraesophageal hernias, hiatal hernias, and achalasia.

3. Lung Cancer – seeking to provide minimally invasive approaches whenever possible. But also providing comprehensive thoracic surgical therapy to patients with locally advanced lung cancer, such as those with pancoast tumors or chest wall involvement.

4. Mediastinal Masses – including but not limited to thymoma, thymic carcinoma, paragangliomas, schwannomas , and lymphomas. Frequently minimally invasive approaches can be offered with only an overnight hospital stay.

5. Chest wall resection – chest wall tumors such as sarcomas, requiring resection with reconstruction.

6. Finally I have a well-developed toolset of diagnostics approaches – including navigational bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound biopsy (EBUS), mediastinoscopy, and thoracoscopy, most of which can be performed on an outpatient basis.



Medical School

  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School MD


  • New York Presbyterian Hospital - Cornell Medical Center, General Surgery


  • New York Presbyterian Hospital - Cornell Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic, Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • Rutgers College BA

Research Fellowship

  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - NIH – National Cancer Institute, Clinical Research Training Program - Thoracic Surgery

Faculty Appointments

University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Surgery, Assistant Professor

Professional Organizations

American College of Surgeons, Fellow
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Member
International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, Member
Chest Wall Injury Society, Member

Insurance Accepted*

Aetna, Anthem, BCBS Medicare, CarePartners of Connecticut, Cigna Healthcare, Colonial Cooperative Care, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., Connecticare, Connecticare Commercial, Connecticare Medicare, Corvel, Coventry, Essence Healthcare, Evercare, First Health Group Corp., Focus, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Connecticut, Health Direct, Health New England, Healthy Connecticut, HMC/ Northeast Healthcare, Medspan Commercial, Medspan Medicare, Multiplan, Northeast Health Direct, One Health Plan/ Great-West Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Prime Health Services, Private Health Care Systems, Inc., Senior Whole Health, United Healthcare, WellCare of Connecticut, Inc.

*This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.