About Us

The Hartford HealthCare Digestive Health Institute is a fully integrated model of care focused on the management of all digestive diseases and disorders, ranging from essential preventative screening to the most complex care for advanced diseases. 

The Institute offers coordinated, personalized and convenient care across Hartford HealthCare’s seven acute care hospitals, multiple surgery and endoscopy centers and neighborhood locations throughout Connecticut.  

Led by Jeffrey Nestler, MD, a gastroenterologist , Brett Schipper, MD, a surgical oncologist, and Vice President of Operations Lindsey Meehan, PA-C, the Hartford HealthCare Digestive Health Institute promotes physician collaboration across multiple specialties including gastroenterology, surgical and medical weight loss, general and colorectal surgery, complex hernia and abdominal core health, hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery, GI oncology, nutrition, behavioral health and others. With a sharp focus on excellence and innovation, the Institute offers the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic interventions available and adheres to highest national standards for quality and safety.  

As part of Hartford HealthCare’s unique, system-wide institute model, the Hartford HealthCare Digestive Health Institute offers patients a unified high standard of care where and when they need it most.

Conditions & Treatments
Acute Care Locations

Backus Hospital

Backus Hospital includes a not-for-profit, 213-bed hospital in Norwich and numerous off-site locations, including several health centers and the Backus Outpatient Care Center.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Building

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care community hospital in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut.


Hartford Hospital

Hartford Hospital is an 867-bed Level 1 Trauma Center & regional referral center that provides high-quality care in all clinical disciplines. It is one of the largest teaching hospitals and tertiary care centers in New England.


The Hospital of Central Connecticut

The Hospital of Central Connecticut is a 446-bed, acute-care community teaching hospital with campuses in New Britain and Southington.


MidState Medical Center Digestive Health Center

MidState Medical Center is a 156-bed acute care hospital located in Meriden, Connecticut, with satellite offices in Cheshire, Wallingford and Southington.

St. Vincent's Medical Center

2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606

Outpatient Locations
Bloomfield Digestive Health Center

Hartford HealthCare Digestive Health Center

The new Hartford HealthCare Digestive Health Center in Bloomfield offers coordinated care with the expertise of gastroenterology and surgical specialists and sub-specialists along with an expanded GI Endoscopy Unit to meet all of your digestive health needs—all in one convenient location.

Meet Our Digestive Health Specialists

Bariatric Medicine Specialists

Bariatric Surgery Specialists

Colorectal Surgeons


General Surgeons

Hepatopancreatobiliary Specialists

Thoracic Surgeons