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Schipper, Bret Mitchell, MD, FACS, CPE

Chief, Surgical Oncology, Hartford & Central Region; Co-Physician-in-Chief, Hartford HealthCare Digestive Health Institute; Director, Oncologic Surgery, HHC Cancer Institute





Providing the best care to our patients and their companions requires communicating in a way everyone understands. Interpreter services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All spoken languages are available, as well as American Sign Language (AS/L).

Accepting New Patients
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery

Areas of Expertise
Appendectomy, Biliary Disease, Biliary Surgery, Cancer of the Small Intestine, Cancer Screening, Cholangiocarcinoma, Cholecystectomy, Complex Bile Duct Repair and Reconstruction, End Stage Pancreas Disease, Foregut Surgery, Gallbladder Cancer, Gallbladder Surgery, Gastric Cancers, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy, Hepatobiliary Surgery, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, Intestinal Surgery, Laparoscopic Foregut Surgery, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Liver Cancer, Liver Surgery, Liver Transplantation, Liver Tumors, Melanoma, Minimally Invasive Foregut Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Pancreas Disease, Pancreas Surgery, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Surgery, Pancreatitis, Radiofrequency Ablation, Robotic Surgery, Sarcoma, Skin Cancer, Whipple Procedure

Hospitals and Organizations

  • The Hospital of Central Connecticut
  • MidState Medical Center
  • Backus Hospital
  • Windham Hospital
  • Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
  • Integrated Care Partners
  • Hartford Hospital


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

SUNY Upstate

Medical School
Ross University School of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

University of Florida

Professional Organizations

  • Hartford County Medical Association, Member
  • Society of Laporoendoscopic Surgeons, Member
  • Clinical Robotic Surgical Association, Member
  • Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program, NCI Investigator
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • Society of Surgical Oncology, Member
  • American Medical Association, Member
  • Connecticut State Medical Society, Member


Bret Schipper, MD, FACS, is chief of surgical oncology at Hartford Hospital and director of oncologic surgery for the entire Cancer Institute.

Board-certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Schipper’s areas of interest include: hepatobiliary surgery, both benign and malignant; minimally-invasive robotic surgery; soft tissue (melanoma/sarcoma) and gastric cancers; Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) for advanced malignancies; and complex surgical oncology.

Dr. Schipper earned his medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. He completed an internship at the State University of New York Upstate University Medical Center. He also completed residency and a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

He serves as assistant clinical professor in the departments of surgery at both the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Quinnipiac University School of Medicine.



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