Neurosurgeons come to Trinity Health of New England in New Britain

Published on Monday, 11 March 2019 20:45
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - Trinity Health Of New England normally handles specialty care from its main hospitals, but the organization has decided to add neurosurgery to its New Britain location for easier access to patients.

Dr. Christopher H. Comey and Dr. David Spiro are the neurosurgeons who are now working from the office at 1 Liberty Square. This location also offers surgical oncology.

Comey is a doctor of medicine, Fellow, American College of Surgeons. He is the chairman of the department of surgery at Saint Francis Hospital, which is Trinity Health Of New England’s closest main campus to New Britain. Spiro is a doctor of osteopathic medicine, board certified in neurosurgery.

Within Trinity Health, the main campus hospitals are Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford and Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

According to Comey, during the organization’s analysis of the area, it was found that very few surgeons see patients with government insurance.

“As a mission-based organization, we felt it was important that we have representation in Waterbury and New Britain for patients with government insurance,” Comey said.

Spiro, who started his career in New Britain, said he is happy to be back serving the population of the city.

The office at 1 Liberty Square is for consultations as well as before and after surgery care. These practitioners perform the surgeries either from Saint Mary’s Hospital or from Saint Francis Hospital.

“If somebody comes in that needs to see a neurosurgeon, they’ll see one of us and then we’ll usually recommend trying to avoid surgery if they can but if they need surgery then surgery will be done and then we’ll see them in the same setting after surgery,” Comey said.

To prevent surgery, Comey and Spiro first suggest patients to go through physical therapy to help with range of motion, stretching and pain control. They also suggest cortisone injections if needed.

For someone to have a surgery they have to exhaust all possible conservative measures prior to the docors recommending a surgery, Spiro and Comey said.

These neurosurgeons will sometimes see their patients for years if a complex surgery is performed to ensure they have healed properly. Some people, if they go through a straight forward procedure, may only have to see their doctors once to make sure the wound is healing.

Trinity Health Of New England Accepts any type of insurance.

“We are a faith-based, mission-based organization and we recognized that people were not getting the care that they should get because they didn’t have the right insurance and that runs against core values, we carry them around everywhere,” Comey said.

According to Spiro, the organization has a short wait time to get people in.

“At a lot of other institutions they are either turned away after their cases have been screened or they are waiting months and months to get in to see someone,” Spiro said. “Our institution really prides itself in getting people in, at a timely manner. They try to get people in within 10 days.”

For Comey and Spiro, one of their favorite part of being in New Britain is the easy access of the location.

“We can minimize the stress of patients having to drive to Hartford,” Comey said. “To see them in a place where they can walk in the same level, no elevator, walk right into the office, that’s beautiful.”

To learn more about Trinity Health Of New England’s neurosurgery practice in the New Britain office call 860-714-6980.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Monday, 11 March 2019 20:45. Updated: Monday, 11 March 2019 20:47.