Meet Our Doctors  

Ralph W. De Natale, M.D.

Dr. De Natale is board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Vascular Surgery, the New England Society for Vascular Surgery, and the American Medical Association.

Dr. De Natale earned a B.S. in biology at Fordham University, went to medical school at The University of Bologna Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in Bologna, Italy. He did his postgraduate training in general surgery at the Hospital of St. Raphael, a major affiliate of the Yale-New Haven Hospital, in New Haven, Connecticut. He then continued on in a fellowship in cardiovascular surgery with an additional fellowship in vascular surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, under the tutelage of E. Stanley Crawford.

Dr. De Natale is an attending vascular surgeon and section head of vascular surgery at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven. He is also an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale Medical School and attending vascular surgeon at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was recently titled President Elect for the Medical Staff at the Hospital of St. Raphael.

Dr. De Natale's honors include two Edward H. Storer, M.D. teaching awards given by the surgical residents at Yale-New Haven Hospital as well as a Community Surgeon of the Year award also given by the residents of Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has also received an Attending of the Year award in the Department of Surgery at the Hospital of St. Raphael. Other societies that Dr. De Natale belongs to are the Michael E. DeBakey Society, the New Haven County Medical Association, the Connecticut Society of American Board Surgeons, and past presidents of the New Haven Medical Association.

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Antoine M. Ferneini, M.D.

Dr. Ferneini is Section Chief of Vascular Surgery at the Hospital of St. Raphael, and medical director of the St. Raphael Wound Care Center. Dr. Ferneini is also a fellow of the American college of Surgeons and boarded in vascular surgery.

Dr. Ferneini attended medical school at the University of Massachusetts and performed his post graduate training in general surgery, at the Hospital of St. Raphael and UMDNJ Hospital in Newark, NJ. He was also chief resident of general surgery at the Hospital of St. Raphael.

Dr. Ferneini continued his vascular training at McGill University. In 2000, Dr. Ferneini performed the first Endovascular Abdominal Aneurysm Repair at the Hospital of St. Raphael. Along with his many achievement awards, Dr. Ferneini was presented an award for "Outstanding Teaching in the Operating Room and beyond" from the Hospital of St. Raphael. He is well published and he attributes his success to his compassion and love for his patients.

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Thomas F. Sweeney, M.D. (1947-2015)

Born and raised in New Haven, Dr. Sweeney attended the College of The Holy Cross in Worchester, Ma. graduating cum laude with a B.A. in biology. He returned to New Haven where he entered the Yale School of Medicine. After graduating with honors in 1973 he began his surgical residency at the Yale-New Haven hospital. He was chief resident in surgery in 1978. He then entered the private practice of surgery with attending privileges at Yale and the Hospital of St. Raphael.

Closely involved with resident education, Dr. Sweeney has published text book chapters and articles on various surgical topics. He has received an award from St. Raphael’s as surgical attending of the year. He is also an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale.

Dr. Sweeney is board certified in vascular surgery. He is the associate chief of the section of vascular surgery at Yale and is president elect of the Yale – New Haven medical staff. He is a member of numerous societies including the Society for Vascular Surgery, the New England Surgical Society and the New England Society for Vascular Surgery.

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Brian W. Coyle, M.D.

Dr. Coyle is the newest member of the Connecticut Vascular Center. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Delaware and then earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University. Following this, Doctor Coyle completed his general surgery residency at the Hospital of St. Raphael. After briefly leaving Connecticut to complete his vascular surgery fellowship at UMDMJ in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he has now returned to Connecticut.

Dr. Coyle brings with him the latest endovascular techniques for peripheral and visceral disease, aortic and peripheral aneurysms, as well as carotid stenting. He also has a special interest in lower extremity wound management and limb salvage utilizing hyperbaric therapy.

Doctor Coyle has privileges at the Hospital of St. Raphael, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Midtstate Medical Center, as well as Saint Mary’s in Waterbury.


Nancy Chin PA.-C.
Nancy is a Board Certified Physician Assistant with 20 years experience in treating venous disease, including 14 years at a prominent New York City vein treatment center.

Nancy Chin, PA-C, received her Bachelor's of Science and Physician Assistant degree from Stony Brook University. She is a Board Certified Physician Assistant, as well as a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the American College of Phlebology. She is currently licensed in the State of Connecticut


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