Doctor Details

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

    Thoracic Surgery

    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

    The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut is transforming the delivery of cancer care to patients across central Connecticut and beyond. This spacious and welcoming facility that opened in spring 2015 is bringing leading-edge cancer care in a warm, compassionate setting. The goal behind everything we do is to make the journey of care as easy as possible. We offer a wide variety of comforts and amenities designed to reduce the anxiety and fear that often comes with a cancer diagnosis. All patients who walk through our doors are greeted by a team of patient ambassadors who answer any questions and help guide patients to the areas where they need to go for care. The Cancer Institute also features the latest advances in treatment and technology in a warm and welcoming environment. Here are some of the highlights of the expansive facility on the Plainville-New Britain town line: The new center is part of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, which is the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance . MSK is the premier cancer center in the country, and treatment standards within the Hartford HealthCare Institute are aligned with MSK. Patients also have access to MSK’s world renowned clinical research trials and protocols. Over 100,000 square feet of clinical and medical office space focused on the cancer care needs of the Greater New Britain community, making it easily the largest facility dedicated to cancer care in the region. Comprehensive breast health center that will feature full-service care for breast cancer patients, from diagnosis to treatment to survivor-ship. State-of-the-art radiation therapy featuring the most advanced technology, including intensity modulated radiation therapy and Novalis radiosurgery. The latest in imaging technology, including MRI and PET-CT scanning. Our patient ambassador team is trained to do all the things, both big and small, that can help put patients and their families and loved ones at ease. Besides our ambassadors, we offer: Ample and convenient parking, including a drop-off space at the entrance to the cancer center. Music in the main entryway from a player piano as well as professional musicians. A warm, welcoming entry area that features a stone-inlaid fireplace and staircase. Numerous fireplaces situated in patient areas throughout the building. A serene reflection garden, with a walking path and a small pond, in the back of the building. An infusion center featuring private bays where patients can watch high-definition TV or look out the window to a sweeping view of the woods and walking path in the rear of the building. Music in the main entryway from a player piano as well as professional musicians.

    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

    Thoracic Surgery

    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.

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