A Message from the Director
On behalf of the faculty and residents in the Danbury Hospital General Surgery Residency, I thank you for your interest in our program.
Although Danbury Hospital began as a community hospital in 1885, over the past 20 years it has transitioned into a tertiary referral center in the Connecticut division of Nuvance Health, a 7 hospital clinical network spanning the New York – Connecticut border. As a result, the clinical experience for our residents has become blend of both complex and “bread and butter” surgical diseases and cases.
We are continuously refining our educational program, having recently completed a multi-year transition from a lecture based curriculum to a flipped classroom model based on the SCORE syllabus. Each week, the residents participate in four hours of protected and 2 hours of unprotected didactic time utilizing a variety of educational formats. Residents participate in both tissue based and inanimate simulation skills sessions at the Spratt Center for Simulation, an 8,000 square foot center at Danbury Hospital that houses laparoscopic, robotic, and VR endoscopy training equipment.
In addition to clinical and technical training, we emphasize development in all the skills needed to be a successful surgeon in the modern era. Residents participate in hospital committees that determine policy in the ICU, ER, and network trauma system; deployment of new technology in the OR; and hospital ethics. Participation increases working knowledge in navigating multi-disciplinary and administrative systems core to modern hospital networks. All PGY4 residents complete the American College of Surgeons Residents as Teachers and Leaders course. Residents are offered funded research years of training. A newly created Center for Surgical Clinical Research works in tandem with the Research Department at Danbury Hospital to support departmental research projects. Residents also have access to the Global Health Program at Nuvance Health, which has teaching agreements with hospitals Zimbabwe, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, Russia, and Vietnam.
As 57out of 60 months are spent on clinical rotations at Danbury Hospital, the faculty and residents get to know each other well. This helps to build trust and engagement between the attendings and the residents, critical to our goal of graduated autonomous care of patients in and outside of the OR.
The vast majority of our graduates have progressed into highly competitive fellowship training, although several have chosen to transition directly into surgical practice. Our alumni/alumnae have gone on to careers in community, academic, and international practice. I hope that as you continue in your look at our residency you find a dynamic environment well suited for the next step in your surgical career.
Royd Fukumoto, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Program Director, Surgery Residency Program
The General Surgery Residency at Danbury Hospital is now in its eleventh year since accreditation by the ACGME. We have graduated ten classes of Chief Residents and our prospects are very bright for the future. Our affiliation with the University of Vermont gives our residents access to clinical and research experiences beyond those of just Danbury Hospital, though we also recently finished a multi-million dollar research facility.
|1||Advanced MIS/Bariatric/General Surgery||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|1||Colorectal/Hepatobiliary/Breast/Surgical Oncology||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|1||Vascular/Thoracic Surgery||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|1||Trauma/Acute Care Surgery||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|1||Night Float||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|1||Intensive Care Unit||1 month||Danbury Hospital|
|1||Anesthesia/Surgical Pathology||1 month||Danbury Hospital|
|2||Advanced MIS/Bariatric/General Surgery||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|2||Colorectal/Hepatobiliary/Breast/Surgical Oncology||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|2||Vascular/Thoracic Surgery||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|2||Trauma/Acute Care Surgery||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|2||Night Float||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|2||Surgical Intensive Care Unit||1 month||Danbury Hospital|
|Research||Full-Time Research||Up to 24 months|
|3||Advanced MIS/Bariatric/General Surgery||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|3||Colorectal/Hepatobiliary/Breast/Surgical Oncology||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|3||Vascular/Thoracic Surgery||1 month||Danbury Hospital|
|3||Trauma/Acute Care Surgery||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|3||Night Float||1 month||Danbury Hospital|
|3||Surgical Intensive Care Unit||1 month||Danbury Hospital|
|3||Pediatric/Transplant Surgery||3 months||The University of Vermont Medical Center|
|4||Advanced MIS/Bariatric/General Surgery||3 months||Danbury Hospital|
|4||Colorectal/Hepatobiliary/Breast/Surgical Oncology||3 months||Danbury Hospital|
|4||Vascular/Thoracic Surgery||3 months||Danbury Hospital|
|4||Trauma/Acute Care Surgery||1 month||Danbury Hospital|
|4||Night Float||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|5||Advanced MIS/Bariatric/General Surgery||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|5||Colorectal/Hepatobiliary/Breast/Surgical Oncology||3 months||Danbury Hospital|
|5||Vascular/Thoracic Surgery||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
|5||Trauma/Acute Care Surgery||3 months||Danbury Hospital|
|5||Night Float||2 months||Danbury Hospital|
- Morbidity and Mortality Conference
- Team Specific Rounds
- Sub-Specialty Teaching Conference
- Basic Surgical Skills Lab
- Journal Club
- Clinical Pathology Conference
- Grand Rounds
- Trauma Performance Improvement
- Service specific Tumor Boards – GI, Breast, Lung
- GME Committee
- Joint Practice
- Trauma Operations
- Mortality Project
- Clinical Quality Value Analysis
Research is a fundamental part of resident education. With the fast pace of innovations and advancements in understanding the basic science behind and practice of patient care, surgeons in the 21st century must be able to critically evaluate and participate in scientific studies. The best way to understand the processes of research is to actually do it. We do not want to limit resident research involvement to basic science bench work. On the contrary, for most surgeons clinical and translational research will be most important in their careers. Although research opportunities are present during clinical years, categorical residents have the option to take 2 years off between their PGY2 and PGY3 clinical years to perform research.
Royd Fukumoto, M.D.
Assistant Program Director
Sameer Kaiser, M.D.
Meryl Glasser, C-TAGME
Netanel Alper, M.D.
Keith Zuccala, M.D.
Zandra Cheng, M.D.
Timothy Lehmann, M.D.
Stuart Bussell, M.D.
Marc Casasanta, M.D.
Royd Fukumoto, M.D.
Jeraldine Orlina, M.D.
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery
Daniel Kleiner, M.D.
Trauma/Acute Care Surgery
Simon Eiref, M.D.
Sameer Kaiser, M.D.
Robert Devlin McCormick, D.O.
Jeffrey Nicastro, M.D.
Health Walden, M.D.
Margo Shoup, M.D.
Faiz Bhora, MD
Benjamin Chandler, M.D.
Alan Dietzek, M.D.
Dahlia Plummer, M.D.
Alexa Broderick, D.O.
Undergraduate Education: Florida State University
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Areas of Interest in Surgery: Dermatology, Plastic Surgery
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Anything outdoors or in the kitchen including but not limited to yoga, traveling, hiking, biking, baking etc.
Patra Childress, M.D.
Undergraduate education: University of Southern California
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Areas of Interest in Surgery: Trauma, Global Surgery
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Travel, Hiking, Basketball, Classic Film
Lauren Drake, D.O.
Undergraduate Education: Boston University
Medical School: AT Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Areas of Interest in Surgery: Thoracic, Vascular
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Traveling, running, swimming, skiing, snowboarding
Karri Hester M.D.
Undergraduate education: The George Washington University
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Area of Interest in Surgery: Colorectal Surgery, still open to everything though!
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Traveling and Global health, Baking, Cooking, Going to Church, Reading, Sports (Playing and Watching!), the great outdoors (hiking, kayaking), Cross-fit, spending time with family and friends
Iris Marin, M.D.
Undergraduate: Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (B.S. Aviation Sciences Management and Air Traffic Control; Post-Baccalaureate Biomedical Sciences)
Graduate: Carlos Albizu University (M.S. Psychology)
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine (M.D.)
Areas of interest: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women’s Health, Breast Surgery
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Photography, scrapbooking, Outdoor activities, aviation, dancing, cooking
Melissa McCarthy, M.D.
Undergraduate Education: Northeastern University: Bachelors in Health Science
Northeastern University: Masters of Public Health
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Areas of Interest in Surgery: Plastic Surgery, Breast, Surgical Oncology
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Travelling, yoga, skiing, painting
Mary Kate Winslow, M.D.
Undergraduate Education : University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
Medical School: University of Queensland
Areas of Interest in Surgery: Global Surgery
Hobbies/ Personal interests: Baking, Reading, Traveling, Woodworking
Krist Aploks M.D.
Undergraduate Education: University of Vermont
Medical School: University at Buffalo: Jacobs School of Medicine
Areas of Interest in Surgery: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Plastic Surgery
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Skiing, traveling, ancient roman history, flying
Minha Kim, M.D.
Undergraduate Education: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: St. George’s University
Area of Interest in Surgery: Critical Care, Trauma
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Spending time with my dog, baking, eating, traveling
Arash Rahimi-Ardabily M.D.
Undergraduate Education: California State University of Sacramento
Medical school: American University of the Caribbean
Area of interest: Undecided
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Gym
Michael Winter, M.D.
Undergraduate Education: Queens College
Medical School: New York Medical College
Areas of Interest in Surgery: Trauma Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Spending time with family, Drawing, Snowboarding, Film and TV
Emi Manuia, M.D.
Undergraduate Education: Stanford University
Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Area of Interest in Surgery: Everything
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Eating ice cream with my family, snowboarding, jigsaw puzzles
Rio Nomoto, M.D.
Undergraduate Education: College of the Holy Cross
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Area of Interest in Surgery: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Congenital Heart Surgery
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Zumba, Tennis, Research
Maksim Boguslavskiy, M.D.
Undergraduate Education: Rutgers University
Medical School: Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Area of Interest in Surgery: Trauma Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Hiking, Football, Swimming, Legos, Traveling
Shawn Liechty, M.D.
Undergraduate Education: BYU – Exercise Science
Medical School: University of Utah
Area of Interest in Surgery: Everything
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Camping, hiking with my dogs, movies with my wife, yard work
Alexander Ostapenko, M.D.
Undergraduate Education: University of Chicago
Medical School: University at Buffalo: Jacobs School of Medicine
Areas of Interest in Surgery: MIS, Colorectal, HPB
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Backpacking, camping, kayaking, traveling, photography.
Tim Burton M.D.
Undergraduate Education: Colorado State University
Medical School: SABA University School of Medicine
Area of Interest in Surgery: Burn/Reconstructive Surgery and Trauma/Critical Care Surgery
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Mountaineering, My 2 Bernese Mountain Dogs, Snowboarding, Home Brewing, Running
Juan Flores-Gonzalez M.D.
Undergraduate Education: Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
Medical School: Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
Area of Interest in Surgery: Thoracic Surgery
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Sports, Outdoors, Research, International Medical Mission Trips
Einstein Juma, M.D.
Undergraduate Education: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine
Areas of Interest in Surgery: MIS
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Basketball, Comedy
Alpen Nacar, M.D.
Undergraduate Education: McGill University
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Area of Interest in Surgery: Trauma Surgery, Critical Care SurgeryHobbies/Personal Interests: Sleight of hand, card mechanics, guitars, fast cars, theoretical physics, watches, antiquarian books, exploring new places, coffee, spending time with my wife and 2 dogs.
Kimberly Corbitt, D.O.
Undergraduate Education: University of Central Florida
Medical School: Edward via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus
Areas of Interest in Surgery: Vascular Surgery
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Volleyball, Water sports, traveling, Hiking, visiting National Parks
Benefsha Mohammad, M.D.
Undergraduate Education: George Mason University
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Area of Interest in Surgery: Minimally Invasive Surgery
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Taekwondo, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Dancing, Traveling, Museums, Movies
Patrick Zimmerman, D.O.
Undergraduate Education: University of Utah
Medical School: A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Area of interest in surgery: Trauma, critical care and acute care surgery
Hobbies/ Personal Interests: Rock Climbing, ice climbing, Mountain biking, surfing, hiking, trail running, backpacking, skiing, whitewater kayaking, painting, guitar, cooking, Labrador Retrievers
- Competitive salary
- Annual paid time off of 4 weeks for vacations, conference attendance, and interviews
- Professional liability insurance
- Full ancillary services
- 24-hour access to Danbury Hospital online Library resources
- Access to Audiovisual services
- Access to University of Vermont’s extensive digital library collection
- Access to SCORE curriculum
- 24-hour access to Surgical Skills Lab
- 24-hour scrub access Lab coats with laundering service
- Dedicated surgery resident lounge
- Overnight call rooms on site
- Meal allowances for overnight calls
- Tuition covered for ABSITE and Board Review courses, including TrueLearn online question bank.
- BCLS, ACLS and ATLS (for categorical residents) paid for by the hospital
- Step 3 testing fee reimbursement
- Funding for local, national, and international academic paper or poster presentations
- Direct deposit of paychecks
- Employee health service
(Note: This provision only applies to first year residents; no housing or housing subsidy is provided after the first year.) The incoming, first-year Resident is provided rent-free housing, as available, by means of a lottery; first-year Residents who participate in the lottery but who are not provided housing through the lottery will receive a housing subsidy that is equivalent in value to the cost of the housing provided through the lottery. The rental is established by separate agreement. Details about the lottery are available from the Medical Education Office. First-year residents who do not participate in the housing lottery will not receive a subsidy.
Health and Dental Insurance
There are medical plans as well as a dental plan from which the resident may choose. The Resident pays a portion of the cost of medical insurance, the amount of which varies with the plan selected and whether the Resident desires family coverage. It is the Resident’s responsibility to select and enroll in the medical and dental plan of his/her choice.
The Resident is covered with life insurance, as well as Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance, in an amount equal to one and one-half times the Resident’s annual salary.
Disability insurance is also offered as income protection for illnesses and injury of prolonged duration.
Travel Accident Insurance
The Resident is covered in the amount of $50,000 for travel accidents while on Hospital or Program business, excluding travel to and from home.
Confidential Support Services
The Hospital will facilitate the Resident’s access to appropriate and confidential counseling, medical, and psychological support services.
Physician Impairment and Substance Abuse Education
The Hospital agrees to provide the Resident with an educational program regarding physician impairment, including substance abuse, and shall inform the Resident of the Hospital’s policies for handling physician impairment, including impairment from substance abuse.
Devin Gillaspie: Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship- Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Zachary Phillips: Mastery in General Surgery Program Chief, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Biren Juthani: Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship- Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, University Hospital, Newark, NJ
Andrew McGregor: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Nassau University Medical Center, NY
Ian Schlieder: Vascular Surgery Fellowship, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
Rima Ahmad: Advanced GI/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship-St. Vincent’s Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Ioannis Kontopidis: Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship- Wake Forest University, Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Michele Richard: Vascular Surgery Fellowship- Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Rachel Scott: Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship-St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT
Aleksandra Ogrodnik: Minimally Invasive Fellowship- Northwell Health System, Staten Island, NY
Amrita Pandit: Acute Care/General Surgery, Carle Foundation Hospital, Carle Physician Group, Urbana, IL
Madian Yahya: Acute Care/Trauma Surgery, Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT
Stuart Blackwood: Vascular Surgery Fellowship- Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Sameer Kaiser: Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship- John Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, and Advanced GI/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship- Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ
Emilia Król: Vascular Surgery Fellowship- Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Khaldoun Bekdache: Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship- University of CT, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
Foula Kontonicolas: Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship- University of CT, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
John (Ben) Yarger: Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship- University of Missouri Hospital, Columbia, MO
Carlos Samuel Morales: Colon and Rectal Fellowship- University of Miami, Miami, FL
Magdalena Plasilova: Breast Surgery Fellowship- Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
Andrew Cha: Vascular Surgery Fellowship- UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
Alpin Malkan: Pediatric Surgical Oncology- St. Jude’s Medical, Memphis, TN
Vladimir Neychev: Endocrine Surgery- NIH, Bethesda, MD
Ibrahim Adamu: Colon and Rectal Fellowship- Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
Dorothy Sparks: Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship- Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL
Andrei Cocieru: Hepato-Pancreatic-Biliary Fellowship- Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
Brian Matier: Colon and Rectal Fellowship- SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Q: What are the application requirements for the Danbury Hospital General Surgery Residency Program?
- Current Curriculum Vitae
- 3 Letters of recommendation
- Personal Statement
- Medical School Transcripts
- USMLE Scores
- ABSITE (American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination) Scores, if applicable
- ECFMG Certificate, if applicable
- Visa Status, if applicable
Q: How is your program structured?
A: There are 4 categorical residents per clinical year. In addition to this, we have 3 non-designated preliminary intern positions. Currently, 57 out of 60 months are in rotations at Danbury Hospital. 3 months are spent in a single rotation at the University of Vermont for a combined Transplant and Pediatric Surgery rotation.
Q: Can I visit your program to look at the hospital and speak with people in person?
A: Due to health concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no in-person meetings or visits are being conducted. This is also in compliance with the request from the AAMC that the 2020-2021 Residency Application process is done virtually across the nation. We, of course, cannot prevent any individual from coming to Danbury to see the community. We, however, will not coordinate nor sanction any in-person meeting with any of the residents or faculty, nor facilitate any visits to Danbury Hospital. In addition to minimizing the national risk of spread of COVID-19, this creates a “level playing field” for any medical student who cannot travel due to personal health or school travel restrictions. We hope to be able to resume in-person interviews and coordinated visits for the 2021-2022 season.
Q: Do interns get to operate?
A: Yes! The expectation is that interns will be operating at both the Surgeon Junior and First Assistant levels throughout the year. The average number of Surgeon Junior cases performed by interns is approximately 100 each year.
Q: What is the call schedule like?
A: Except for the ICU, all teaching surgical services operate under a Night Float system. The current Night Float schedule is a 23 hour call on Sunday, followed by Monday-Thursday nights. Each level of resident will have 1-2 months of Night Float per year. This leaves 24 hour calls on Friday and Saturday. On average each resident who is not on Night Float will have one Friday and one Saturday call per month, leaving the other two weekends free. The ICU has a modified call schedule that averages one 24 hour call plus 3-4 additional 12 hours shifts per week.
Q: What exactly is the relationship between Danbury Hospital and the University of Vermont?
A: Danbury Hospital, in combination with Norwalk Hospital and New Milford Hospital, constitute a second branch campus for the University of Vermont, the Connecticut Clinical Branch Campus. Medical students enrolled in this branch campus spend the first 2 didactic years of medical school in Burlington, Vermont. They then spend their clinical rotation years at the Connecticut Branch hospitals. Surgery residents at Danbury Hospital receive appointments as Clinical Instructors at the University of Vermont. The surgical residencies at Danbury Hospital and the University of Vermont (Burlington) are completely separate.
Q: What is the difference between the Danbury Hospital Surgery Residency and the Health Quest Surgery Residency?
A: Danbury Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center (where the Health Quest residency is based) are part of the same clinical network, Nuvance Health. The two residencies are completely separate, although there are faculty members who operate at both sites and independently work with residents from both programs.
Q: What exactly is the housing lottery?
A: Open to all interns, the lottery will provide either free housing on campus or a rent subsidy. All incoming interns are encouraged to enter the lottery. If picked, an on-campus rent-free apartment will be provided. For those who do not get an apartment, a rent subsidy allowance will be added monthly. This benefit, unfortunately, does not extend beyond the intern year.
Q: What are your score requirements for the USMLE and ABSITE?
A: The Danbury Hospital General Surgery Residency Program does not have strict minimum requirements as we have a holistic approach to application review.
Q: Am I still eligible to apply to your program if I have not taken the ABSITE?
Q: Am I still eligible to apply to your program if I have only taken steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE?
Q: Do you participate in ERAS and NRMP?
Q: Will you accept an applicant who has not participated in ERAS and NRMP?
Q: Does the Danbury Hospital General Surgery Residency Program accept applications from foreign medical graduates?
Q: Does the Danbury Hospital General Surgery Residency Program sponsor visas?
A: Yes, H1B visas are sponsored by Danbury Hospital
Q: Are there any other visas the Danbury Hospital General Surgery Residency Program will accept?
A: Yes, the J1 visa through ECFMG
Life in Danbury
Life is not just about work! Although Danbury is not Manhattan (and we are only an hour away), there are still plenty of opportunities for excitement in this town…outside the operating room.
After a long day’s work or if you just want to enjoy a night out with friends or family, Danbury’s large selection of fine restaurants will make your night fulfilling. Cuisines from around the world are available including Japanese/Hibachi, Chinese, Italian, Brazilian, Indian, and many more delicious options.
What better way to finish a great night out than with a movie or play? A conveniently located movie theater is only minutes from the hospital with the most up to date movie selection. If theater is what you prefer, there are a number of playhouses in the area featuring interesting and unique plays, concerts, art galleries, etc.
Danbury Fair Mall is a massive shopping mall with practically every store a shopaholic would desire. The beautiful sky lit interior and the ample food court make for a great way to spend a Saturday.
Activities for Children
Let’s not forget about the kids! If you have a family and children, who don’t like to spend their days in the hospital like you, there are plenty of fun activities around town to keep your kids entertained. From apple and pumpkin picking, to parks and bike trails, rock-climbing and planetariums, there is bound to be something that will spark your family’s interest.
Located at the foot of the Berkshire Hills, Danbury offers countless outdoor activities. . The natural hills and lakes formed within the valley of these hills make the city an ideal location for a fishing, boating, swimming, whitewater rafting, hiking, rock climbing and skiing.
In the summer, the city of Danbury is a popular lakeside community with activity centered around Candlewood Lake. Numerous marinas and man-made beaches provide fun in the sun for residents and visitors alike. Popular lake side restaurants offer fine dining directly on the water with frequent sea boat landings and boating dockside service.
During the warmer months, hiking, bouldering and rock-climbing are accessible at Bear Mountain reservation, which provides more than 21 miles of easy to strenuous hiking trails for the outdoor enthusiast. The park provides free parking and maps are available for day hikers both online and from the park ranger’s office. Indoor rock climbing with autobelay is also available at Danbury Sport & Wellness Center and the CT Rock Gym. For the whitewater adventurist, Danbury offers Class I-V rapids during February to May. Whitewater rafting is available in both kayaks and 4-6 man rafts at Bull’s Bridge Gorge in Kent, CT. Also located at Kent is one of the country’s most spectacular natural waterfalls. Kent Falls is a series of 3 waterfalls which drop more than 150 feet collectively. The falls form shallow pools and natural water slides, which are open to swimmers year round.
During the winter months, skiing and snowboarding are available at more than 10 resorts within a two-hour radius of Danbury. The closest community ski resort is only 8 miles from Danbury — in Brewster, NY. Other local ski resorts include Mohawk Mountain, Woodbury Ski Resort, Mad Hatter Ski & Skate Park, Thunder Ridge, and Mount Peter. Seasonal lift tickets and gear rentals are available at the resorts and at local Ski Haus outlets.
Other local attractions include local Connecticut and Vermont sugar houses to harvest and observe maple syrup production. Frequently, maple sugarhouses also have farms and orchards connected to them which allow for visitors to pick their own seasonal fruit. Local famer’s markets in Danbury and Ridgefield offer a variety of culinary delights, including local creamery offerings of goat, sheep and cow cheeses. Organic produce, specialty items and fine cut butchery offerings are also available at weekend markets.