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Tishler, Darren Scott, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Chief, Bariatrics, Hartford Hospital





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
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery

Areas of Expertise
Abdominal Wall Hernias, Achalasia, Acid Reflux Surgery, Adjustable Gastric Band (LapBand), Antireflux Surgery, Appendectomy, Barrett's Esophagus, Biliary Disease, Cholecystectomy, Colonoscopy, Duodenal Switch Procedure, Endoscopy, Enterra, Foregut Surgery, Fundoplication, Gallbladder Surgery, Gastric Balloon, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Cancers, Gastric Sleeve, Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery (GERD), Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery (GERD), Gastrointestinal Surgery, Gastroparesis, Groin Hernias, Hernia Repair, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia Repair, Intestinal Surgery, Laparoscopic Foregut Surgery, Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery, Laparoscopic Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Surgery, LINX Reflux Management, Men's Health, Men's Health and Sexual Function, Minimally Invasive Foregut Surgery, Minimally Invasive Hernia Repair, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Obesity Medicine, Obesity Programs, Obesity Surgery, Orbera®, Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Robotic Bariatric Surgery, Robotic Hernia Repair, Robotic Surgery, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, SADI, SADI-S, Single Anastomosis Duodenal Switch, Single Anastomosis Duodenal Switch and Sleeve, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Upper GI Surgery, Weight Management


University of Alabama

Mount Sinai Hospital

Medical School
Chicago Medical School

Cornell University

Professional Organizations

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


Verified Patient Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

She had a lot of experience with what I am going through

5 out of 5 stars

Very encouraging and motivating, informative and most of all, caring

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Tishler was friendly and professional. After reviewing my records and listening to my concerns, He provided a plan to move forward. He was clear in his explanations and was very personable.

5 out of 5 stars

He put me right at ease. I felt like he was the first doctor to listen to me.

Other Reviews from Around the Web

5 out of 5 stars

Had surgery 13 yrs ago and still maintains a SUPER healthy life style. I'm so grateful for the opportunity he started with me for weight loss surgery. The journey was in my hands. Do a 1200 cal, low to no carb/fruit free diet daily and you will succeed.

5 out of 5 stars

Very informative I've learned about starchy vegetables. I had no idea the importance of having a starchy vegetable in my salad. So, I'll be using sweet potato as my starchy vegetable. I'm sure! I'll learn more new ideas as I transform my eating habits to a healthy way of eating moreover eating to fuel my body with the nutrients it needs. So excited

5 out of 5 stars

Everyone in the office was super nice and easy to work with. Dr. Tishler was really nice and easy to talk to. He was very thorough and very knowledgeable. I felt comfortable in the office and feel I'm in great hands all around once I have surgery.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Tishler was friendly and professional. After reviewing my history and listening to my concerns, he provided a clear plan moving forward. He was reassuring and clear in his explanations. Each staff member was very courteous.

5 out of 5 stars

Feed a tasting MD - very attentive and thorough -

5 out of 5 stars

Very motivating, you go in a little scared not knowing what to expect, but he is patient, very informative, educates you and you leave the office with hope.

5 out of 5 stars

Very impressed with all the staff. Friendly, professional and took the time to answer all my questions.

5 out of 5 stars

From the staff to Dr.Tishler himself I was greeted with kindness and respect. They answered all of my questions and were very professional but friendly!!!


Dr. Darren Tishler currently serves as the Division Chief of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Hartford Hospital, Chief of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for Hartford Healthcare, and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Dr. Tishler received his medical education from The Chicago Medical School, and completed his fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Dr. Tishler’s current research interests include studying the response of medical conditions in the morbidly obese to various surgical treatment options, the role of robotics in bariatric surgery, the study of nutritional abnormalities after weight loss surgery, and the long-term surgical management of the post-bariatric surgery patient.

Hartford Hospital’s large volume practice allows for multiple prospective and retrospective research projects, which often utilize multidisciplinary collaboration across specialties such as genomic medicine and functional neuroimaging.

Every day, Dr. Tishler is faced with helping patients address the challenges of weight loss surgery and to help them choose the best possible operation, as it is critically important to improve our understanding of the effective manage of the surgical weight loss patient.

Published works:

Ng J, Seip RL, Stone A, Ruaño G, Tishler DS, Papasavas PK. Ethnic Variation in weight loss, but not comorbidity remission, after laparoscopic gastric banding and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Surg Obes Rel Dis 2014; in press.

Papasavas PK, Tishler DS, Ng JS, Stone AM, Ajayi OA, Muddasani KP. Gastric bypass surgery as a treatment of recalcitrant gastroparesis. Surg Obes Rel Dis, 2014, 10 (5): 795-8.

Tishler DS, Gonzales QH, Plata-Munoz JJ, Bondora A, Vickers SM, Leath T, Clements RH. Incidence of Clinically Evident Deep Venous Thrombosis Following Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Surg Endosc, 2004, 18:1082-4.

2011 Hartford Magazine Top Ranked Doctors in Hartford, Surgery

2011 Connecticut Magazine Ranked Top Doctor in Connecticut, Bariatric Medicine

2010 Hartford Magazine Top Ranked Doctors in Hartford, Surgery

2009 Hartford Magazine Top Ranked Doctors in Hartford, Surgery

2007 Hartford Magazine Top Ranked Doctors in Hartford, Surgery

Recipient of the 2007 University of Connecticut Department of Surgery Joseph Civetta, MA award for Teacher of the Year



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