Meet Our Physicians
Our Physicians are dedicated to patient satisfaction. We work our hardest to make sure that each of our patients receives the care and attention that he or she deserves. The staff consists of highly skilled and trained physicians who are experts in their field. They are formally trained and Board Certified in vascular surgery and the treatment of all vascular problems, both arterial and venous.
Dr. Alan Dietzek
Unparalleled Expertise and a Full Professional Life
Doctor Alan Dietzek has been in practice for 25 years, and has been the Section Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery since his arrival at Danbury Hospital (DH) in 2000. He is also the Medical Director of the DH Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory which under his direction has achieved national accreditation in all 6 areas of testing, one of less than 25 labs in the United States to do so. Prior to coming to DH, Dr Dietzek was at North Shore University Hospital for ten years.
Dr. Dietzek has contributed many peer reviewed articles and chapters to the literature and has spent his entire career teaching medical students, residents and fellows in vascular surgery. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics including venous disease. In 2013 Dr Dietzek was promoted to the highest clinical academic rank of Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. For his many contributions to vascular surgery he was elected to the status of Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery, the premminent vascular society in the world.
Doctor Dietzek has had a particular interest in venous disease and is one of the first physicians in the United States to use radiofrequency (RF) for the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins. He is and has been the principle institutional investigator on several national trials including one on the use of RF for venous disease and another on interventions for DVT management.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, Dr. Dietzek went on to receive a medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He did his surgical residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and went on to his vascular fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine under the tutelage of Frank J Veith.
Doctor Dietzek has held leadership positions in local, regional and national vascular societies. He is the past president of the second largest national vascular society in the US – the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery. He is also the past president of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission’s Vein Center accreditation division. Dr. Dietzek currently holds the office of president of the Eastern Vascular Society, as well as the president of the American Board of Vascular Surgery.
He is board certified in vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Dietzek’s Approach to Care
Putting Patients First, No Matter What
Since he joined the medical profession, Dr. Dietzek has put his patients first and foremost. His approach to consultations is always to put his patients and their families at ease and to treat them just as he would his own family. He takes great pains to make sure that his patients understand in lay terms what conditions they may have and the treatments necessary to treat them.His No. 1 priority is that patients feel safe, secure, and informed as they make choices about how best to improve their vascular condition and lives.
Dr. Dahlia Plummer
Dr. Dahlia Plummer is a fellowship trained vascular surgeon, providing comprehensive care to diagnose and treat peripheral vascular disease. She offers a wide variety of minimally invasive and open surgical options for the management of both arterial and venous diseases.
“For a patient with suspected vascular disease, we need to carefully assess their co-morbid risk factors – including hypertension, diabetes, tobacco use and cholesterol levels. This assessment should also include a series of distal pulse exams. This is the ‘fifth vital sign.’ If patients have abnormal distal pulses—asymmetrical, faint or absent, for example – they should be referred to a vascular specialist, as this is a marker for cardiovascular disease. Since the majority of patients have subtle indicators of peripheral arterial disease such as pain when they walk, we would like to see them early to modify their risk factors and prevent serious complications.”
Dr. Benjamin Chandler
Dr. Benjamin Chandler attended medical school at the State University of New York, Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn NY and completed his residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ.
Dr. Chandler also held fellowships at Geisinger Medical Center, Vascular Surgery in Danville, PA and at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, General Surgery in Newark, NJ.
Dr. Chandler is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners.