Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Surgeons provide expert surgical treatments for patients utilizing the most advanced techniques for minimally-invasive surgery including endoscopies when necessary to examine internal organs in depth for diagnostic purposes.


CHH’s surgeons know that excellent surgical care goes beyond technical expertise and state-of-the-art equipment, to concern for their patients’ well-being. That’s why they pride themselves on the relationships they develop with their patients and their families. Follow-up surgical care after surgery is very important factor in having a complete and speedy recovery. After surgical patients are discharged from the hospital, they need to be monitored to ensure that their surgery is healing without complication and that their pain is being effectively managed. CHH’s surgical associates and surgeons provide thorough post-surgical follow-up care to their patients in a location that is convenient and safe access.

Sometimes the best treatment option for a medical condition is surgery. Our general surgeons offer a wide variety of surgical procedures on an outpatient and inpatient basis to remove disease, repair injuries, and promote health and healing. They also perform diagnostic tests and provide guidance on the need for surgery. These doctors might be called on to perform surgery on almost any part of the body, but they typically focus on treating diseases and injuries of the abdomen, breasts, endocrine system glands, and digestive system organs.

In areas like northwest Connecticut, where surgery specialists may not be available at our community hospital, general surgeons perform an even wider range of procedures. For example, a general surgeon at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital may perform many cancer surgeries, too. Common surgeries performed by our general surgeons include:

Abdominal Wall Surgery

  • Straight forward and complex ventral hernias
  • Inguinal hernia repair including laparoscopic techniques
  • Sports hernias

Breast Surgery

  • Benign breast disease including infection and cysts
  • Breast cancer including oncoplatstic techniques

Colon and Rectal Surgery

  • Diverticular disease and other benign colonic conditions requiring surgery
  • Colon cancer with laparoscopic and minimally invasive techniques
  • Hemorrhoids, fistulas and fissures of the anal region
  • Perirectal abscess
  • Rectal prolapse

Gastrointestinal Surgery

  • Benign and malignant disease of stomach and small intestine
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Minor liver procedures
  • Splenectomy for hematologic disease, cysts and tumors

Thyroid Surgery

  • Thyroid surgery
  • Parathyroid Surgery

Skin and Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Skin cancer for melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell
  • Premalignant lesions of skin
  • Incision and drainage and debridement of skin infections and abscesses
  • Pilonidal cyst procedures
  • Biopsy and dissection of lymph nodes

Thoracic Surgery

  • Treatment and management of pneumothorax
  • Treatment of pleural effusion
  • VATS for pleurodesis, empyema, and wedge resection

Surgical Critical Care Procedures

  • Tracheostomy
  • Central Venous Access including dialysis lines and arterial lines

Acute Care Surgery  

  • Management of minor trauma, critical care and emergency surgery that is urgent and time-sensitive.

All above procedures are often performed with minimally invasive techniques.  This includes laparoscopic and thorascopic approaches to surgery with less pain and earlier return to usual activities. We are in the process of seeking a trauma 4 designation in our ED and this would expand our surgical and critical care capabilities.

Meet our Surgeons

Name Specialties Location
Aughton, David Christopher, MD Aughton, David Christopher, MD
4.9 /5
107 surveys
  • General Surgery
  • Torrington
  • Torrington
  • Winsted
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Gostkowski, Timothy Peter, MD Gostkowski, Timothy Peter, MD
4.8 /5
160 surveys
  • General Surgery
  • Torrington
McGeehin, William Hugh, MD McGeehin, William Hugh, MD
4.9 /5
164 surveys
  • General Surgery
  • Torrington
  • Torrington
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Shaikh, Inam Ahmed, MD Shaikh, Inam Ahmed, MD
4.9 /5
71 surveys
  • General Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
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  • Torrington