Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Hospital for Special Care

As Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Paul J. Scalise, M.D, F.C.C.P. is responsible for the overall direction of the medical staff, quality of care and patient safety at Hospital for Special Care (HSC).

Dr. Scalise completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Following this, he completed a Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He joined HSC in 1993 as a staff pulmonologist. Dr. Scalise also is a Senior Attending of Pulmonology and Critical Care at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, Connecticut.

In 2011, he developed the first comprehensive heart failure in-patient unit in Connecticut, under the direction of board-certified intensivists and cardiologists at HSC. The unit is designed to stem the cycle of costly emergency room re-admissions for heart failure patients by treating and assisting patients in regaining and maintaining their functional ability while dealing with the complications from their disease.

Dr. Scalise developed Hospital for Special Care’s Close Observation Unit, a highly-successful, regional-ventilator-weaning unit that opened in 1994, and in 2004, he developed a weaning unit for HSC’s satellite campus at Saint Francis Hospital where he continues to be its Medical Director.

Dr. Scalise has maintained his teaching skills by attending and teaching fellows and residents at the UConn School of Medicine. He received the 2006-2007 Community Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Connecticut Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. He became an Associate Professor of Medicine at UConn in 2008. He also has served as the Medical Director of the Connecticut Society of Respiratory Care.

He continues to do research in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine with special focus on weaning from long-term mechanical ventilation and is published widely nationally and internationally.