Physician Detail

Pavlos K. Papasavas, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Director of Research, Department of Surgery Co-Director, Bariatric Surgery, Hartford Hospital

Practice

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group

Specialty

Bariatric Surgery < Accepting new patients for this specialty
General Surgery, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Adjustable Gastric Band (LapBand), Biliary Surgery, Enterra, Gallbladder Surgery, Gastric Bypass, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD), Gastrointestinal Surgery, Gastroparesis, Hernia Surgery, Laparoscopic Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic Hiatal Surgery, Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, LINX Reflux Management, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Obesity Surgery, Orbera®, Paraesophageal Hernia Surgery, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, vBloc®

Physician Quicklink

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/PavlosPapasavas

Institute URL

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/weightloss

Phone

860.246.2071

Call for Appointment

Gender
Male

Languages
English
Greek


Office Locations


  • Hartford HealthCare Medical & Surgical Weight Loss Center at Hartford Hospital

    Option #2 for Bariatrics.

    85 Seymour Street
    Suite 415
    Hartford, CT 06106
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    Phone: 860.246.2071
    Fax: 860.524.2650

  • Hartford HealthCare Medical & Surgical Weight Loss Center

    Option #2 for Bariatrics.

    1559 Sullivan Avenue
    Suite 200
    South Windsor, CT 06074
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    Phone: 860.246.2071
    Fax: 860.284.0080

  • Hartford HealthCare Medical & Surgical Weight Loss Center

    Option #2 for Bariatrics.

    399 Farmington Avenue
    Suite 200
    Farmington, CT 06032
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    Phone: 860.246.2071
    Fax: 860.284.0080

  • Hartford HealthCare Medical & Surgical Weight Loss Center

    Option #2 for Bariatrics.

    330 Western Boulevard
    2nd Floor
    Glastonbury, CT 06033
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    Phone: 860.246.2071


Bio

MANAGING YOUR WEIGHT IS CHALLENGING FOR MANY… HOWEVER IT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS YOU CAN TAKE FOR A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE.

DR. PAVLOS PAPASAVAS IS DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY CO-DIRECTOR, BARIATRIC SURGERY AT HARTFORD HOSPITAL. HE JOINS US WITH MORE ON WHAT YOU HAVE TO GAIN THROUGH MEDICAL AND SURGICAL WEIGHT LOSS…

Q. FIRST, EXPLAIN FOR OUR VIEWERS THE DIFFERENT APPROACH TO WEIGHT LOSS YOU ARE TAKING WITH HARTFORD HEALTHCARE’S MEDICAL AND SURGICAL WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM…

A. Obesity is a chronic disease without a cure, and it needs to be viewed as such by our society. It is a very complex disease that we’ve just started to understand better. It is important for the viewers to know that everyone’s obesity is different, with different underlying mechanisms and different response to the various treatments. Because of this, in our Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Program, we offer a number of treatments including education on healthy diet, referral to psychical therapy to improve mobility, medications for weight loss, endoscopic treatments like the gastric balloon and surgeries like the sleeve gastrectomy and the gastric bypass.

Q. THE PROGRAM ALSO OFFERS A HOLISTIC, TEAM-BASED APPROACH…WHAT CAN PATIENTS EXPECT?

A. Patients can expect a coordinated interdisciplinary team care. Our goal is to prepare patients for surgery and maximize their chance of success. We address any barriers to a successful outcome such as untreated mental health issues, binge eating, alcohol use disorder and smoking. We have a very robust research program that investigates how the human brain interacts with food. Using MRI of the brain we hope to predict how people with obesity respond to surgery. The ultimate goal is to train people’s brain using MRI tasks and help them control the urge to consume unhealthy foods when exposed to them.

Q. HOW DO YOU KNOW IF BARIATRIC SURGERY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

A. Bariatric Surgery performed in Centers of Excellence is extremely safe, as safe as gallbladder surgery. Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for obesity and metabolic diseases like diabetes, but is not a cure, and it is not for everyone. People considering bariatric surgery need to prepare themselves mentally and physically. Thy need to be ready to make changes and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Bariatric Surgery is not an easy way out. It is hard work but with potentially great gains including remission of diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, better quality of life and less risk for certain types of cancer.

THANK YOU DR. PAPASAVAS…IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MEDICAL AND SURGICAL WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM…CALL 1-855-792.6258 OR LOG ON TO WWW.WHATWILLYOUGAIN.ORG.

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Education

Medical School

  • University of Athens Faculty of Medicine (Greece) 1993 MD

Residency

  • Temple University School of Medicine

Fellowship

  • Western Pennsylvania Hospital 2001, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Faculty Appointments

University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Surgery, Associate Clinical Professor

Professional Organizations

American College of Surgeons, Member
American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, Member
Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeon, Member


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