The University of Connecticut Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship Program aims to develop competent and professional orthopaedic surgeons, who are well prepared to join either private practice or academic medical centers. We provide exposure and opportunity in a wide variety of research activities including biomechanics, cell biology, outcomes, quality improvement, and patient safety. Our mission is to train inquisitive, talented surgeons dedicated to providing expert sports medicine care and increasing the fund of knowledge in our specialty. All of our faculty are extremely approachable and available for the needs of the fellows. Our block schedules afford us one-on-one teaching time with the fellows with little to no competition of residents which strengthens the fellows educational learning environment. At UConn we pride ourselves on mentorship and look forward to the lifelong relationships that are built between fellows and faculty.
Emphasis will be placed on the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle, and other sports injuries. These skills include:
Focus on arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and biological as well as capsular augmentation, arthroscopic and open shoulder stabilization, elbow arthroscopy, arthroscopic and arthroscopic-assisted meniscal repair, cartilage and meniscal transplantation, and hip arthroscopy
Exposure to complex reconstructive procedures including ACL, PCL and multiple ligament knee injury reconstruction and revisions, periarticular knee osteotomy, elbow reconstruction, total shoulder arthroplasty and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
Daily management of athletic injuries
A complete rotation in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, including pediatric and adolescent ACL reconstruction, making our program one of the most unique orthopaedic sports medicine training experiences in the world
The academic year is broken down into 2 month rotations in three different blocks. Two blocks take place at UConn Health and one at Connecticut Children’s. Fellows work one-on-one with assigned attendings in all aspects of patient care including:
Outpatient Office: 2 days a week, on average
Surgical Cases: 2-3 days a week, on average
Training Room: 1 day a week, on average
Arciero - Southington Clinic
Coyner - Operating Room
Pace - Clinic
Arciero - Operating Room
Mazzocca - Operating Room
Morning: Research, Afternoon: Pace - Clinic
Edgar - Operating Room
Mazzocca - UConn John Dempsey Hospital Operating Room
Pace - Operating Room
Edgar - Storrs Clinic (Arciero - Operating Room If Interesting Cases)
Coyner - Avon Clinic
Shea - Operating Room
Arciero - Operating Room, Edgar -Operating Room, Research
Connecticut Orthopaedic Society Karen Zupko Coding Course
West Point Fellows Day: Sports Medicine fellows from UConn Health, Keller Army Community Hospital, Hospital for Special Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, Columbia University, and New York University-Langone Medical Center exchange information and present new research during this unique regional conference
Industry Sponsored Surgical Skills Courses (2-3 courses)
Our Bioskills Laboratory is a fully operational, six-station lab with full-time support staff. Fellows use the lab to hone their technical skills and learn arthroscopic and other surgical procedures. During the dedicated bioskills lab once a month, faculty members demonstrate and practice arthroscopy and open surgical skills with the fellows. Fellows are able to repeat the demonstrated procedures on cadaveric shoulders, knees, and hips. In addition to formal monthly bioskills, the lab is available for additional training as desired. We have one of the first Virtual Reality surgical training modules.
The lab has full-size plasma screen monitors capable of projecting the arthroscopic views at the attending’s teaching station and surgical procedures taking place in our outpatient surgical center.
Fellows have immediate and direct access to the Musculoskeletal Institute's Bioskills Lab which provides a simulated surgical training facility with equipment similar to what is found in operating rooms. Fellows can also function as instructors in the laboratory for resident education to help build their teaching and mentoring skills. Equipment within the Bioskills Lab includes:
Six work stations that contain suction, irrigation, and electrical power and can accommodate 24-30 residents/fellows
Six arthroscopy towers with individualized monitors, arthroscopic shaver, and burrs
Instrumentation and implantable devices to simulate both simple and complex sports medicine procedures arthroscopically, as well as open techniques
Large C-arm with fluoroscopic capabilities
Personal protective supplies including gloves, gowns, masks, and shoe covers
BTB ACL, practice quad harvest
RTC repair, subscapularis repair biceps tenodesis
Arthroscopic cappsolraphy and open Laterjet
MPFL and skeletally immature ACL
Elbow scope and distal biceps and UCL
Meniscal transplant and root repair
PCL graftlink and PCL and posteromedial corner reconstruction
Arthroscopic and open subscap repair
There is no on-call responsibilities besides covering call for the residents the night before the orthopaedic in-training examination.
Fellows will be provided ½ to one day per week, on average, for research. Opportunities exist for clinical, basic science, and translational research. Fellows are expected to complete three manuscripts during the year with an opportunity for additional research work as desired. There is support through research coordinators, medical editors, and statisticians. Fellows can make use of our world-class facilities, including the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute Human Cell and Tissue Biomechanics Lab which is equipped with:
AC Rotation and Axial Fixture: we use this to investigate AC instability. The fixture can test for clavicle’s Horizontal (Ant-Post) and Rotation (Ant-Post) motions.
Knee Simulator with 3D motion capture system which analyzes exact motion profile of the knee at various conditions: Used in knee related studies such as, testing tibial slope effects on ACL revision, MPFL and meniscal tear studies and studies involving osteotomies.
Shoulder Simulator: Used to simulate shoulder motion with up to six actuators to mimic individual shoulder muscles, also complete with a 3D motion capture system.
Fellow research participation will be monitored through bi-monthly research meetings with the Director of Fellowship Research. Progress of each clinical and basic science project will be ascertained and aid in completion of all projects is facilitated. Fellows will each present their projects at the New England Shoulder and Elbow meeting in February, at the Annual Fellow’s Day at West Point Military Academy and at Fellowship Graduation.
Grimm NL, Pace JL, Levy BJ, Arthur D, Portman M, Solomito MJ, Weiss JM. The Demographics and Epidemiology of Discoid Meniscus of the Knee: Analysis of a Large Regional Insurance Database. Ortho J Sports Med (Accepted)
Grimm NL, Levy BJ, Jimenez AJ, Arciero RA. Osteotomies for the Treatment of Medial Compartment Chondral Defects of the Knee. J Knee Surg (Accepted)
Grimm NL, Levy BJ, Jimenez AE, Arciero RA. Arciero Technique for Posterolateral Corner Reconstruction. Arthroscopy Techniques (Accepted)
Levy BJ, Grimm NL, Arciero RA. How Much Bone Loss is Too Much? When to Abandon the Soft Tissue-Only Bankart Repair – A Systemic Review. J Sports Health (Accepted)
Wall EJ, Carey JL, Grimm NL, Milewski MD, Ganley TJ, Shea KG, Polousky JD, Eismann EA, Jacobs JC, Murnaghan ML, Nissen CW, Myer GD, Weiss JM, Anderson AF, Edmonds EW, Heyworth BE, Lyon R, the ROCK Group. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Classification of Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee – A Multi-Center Study. Am J Sports Med (Accepted)
Grimm NL, Levy BJ, Jimenez AE, Arciero RA. The Original Mini-open Technique for HAGL Repair. Arthroscopy Techniques (Under Review)
Levy BJ, Tanaka MJ, Fulkerson JP. “Trochlear Dysplasia: A Current Concepts Review.” – Manuscript accepted for publication in AJSM.
Levy BJ, Jimenez AE, Fitzsimmons K, Pace JL. “Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction and Lateral Retinacular Lengthening in the Skeletally Immature Patient.” – Manuscript accepted for publication in Arthroscopy Techniques.
Grimm NL, Jimenez AE, Levy BJ, Crepeau A, Pace JL. “Patellar Instability: A Review.” – Manuscript accepted for publication in The Orthopaedic Clinics of North America.
Tamburini LM, Levy BJ, McCarthy MB, Kriscenski DE, Cote MP, Lebaschi A, Applonie R, Sethi PM, Blaine TA, Mazzocca AD. “The Interaction Between Human Rotator Cuff Tendon and Subacromial Bursa in Culture - A Proof of Concept Model.” – Abstract presented at NESES Annual Meeting 2020, ORS Annual Meeting 2020, manuscript to be submitted to JSES.
Landry A, Levy BJ, McCarthy MB, Muench L, Uyeki C, Berthold D, Cote MP, Mazzoca AD. “Analysis of Time to Form Colony Units for Connective Tissue Progenitor Cells (Stem Cells) Harvested from Concentrated Bone Marrow Aspirate and Subacromial Bursa Tissue in Patients Undergoing Rotator Cuff Repair. – Manuscript submitted to Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation – pending final revisions.
Bell R, Jimenez AE, Levy BJ, Willson R, Edgar CM. “Use of a Superolateral Portal and 70° Arthroscope to optimize Visualization of Patellofemoral Tracking and Osteochondral Lesions in Patients with Recurrent Patellar Instability.” – Manuscript submitted to Arthroscopy Techniques.
Levy BJ, Grimm NL, Jimenez AE, Shea KP, Mazzocca AD. “Is There Value in the Routine Practice of Discarding the Incision Scalpel From the Surgical Field to Prevent Deep Wound Contamination with acnes?” – Manuscript submitted to JSES. Abstract submitted to AAOS.
Levy BJ, McCarthy MB, Lebaschi A, Cote MP, Mazzocca AD. “A Cellular and Molecular Characterization of Subacromial Bursa Tissue.” – Manuscript to be submitted to Arthroscopy.
Andelman S, Hedgecock J, Levy BJ, Jimenez AE, Cheng C, Cohen A, Solomito M, Pace JL. “The Relationship Between Patellar Morphology and Known Anatomic Risk Factors of Patellar Instability.” – Abstract presented at PRiSM Annual Meeting – 2020.
Levy BJ, Arciero RA – “Anterior Instability: Open Surgery—Primary and Revision with Outcomes” – Chapter completed, in Press - Rockwood and Matsen’s – The Shoulder – 6th
Debieux P, Jimenez AE, Novaretti JV, Kaleka CC, Kriscenski D, Astur DC, Obopilwe E, Tamburini LM, Muench LN, Cote MP, Cohen M, Coyner KJ. “Medial Meniscal Extrusion Greater Than 4 mm Reduces Medial Tibiofemoral Compartment Contact Area: A Biomechanical Analysis of Tibiofemoral Contact Area and Pressures with Varying Amounts of Meniscal Extrusion.” (submitted to AJSM and AOSSM Specialty Day)
ChAvez A, Jimenez AE, Dietrich R, Schell B, Coyner KJ. “Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears: Impact of Delayed Presentation on Intra-Articular Injuries.” (accepted)
Jimenez AE, Berthold DP, Bell R, Muench LN, Cote M, Obopilwe E. “A Novel Superior Capsule Reconstruction Technique as an Alternative to Allografts in Irreparable Posterosuperior Rotator Cuff Tears: A Dynamic Biomechanical Evaluation.” New England Shoulder and Elbow Society 2020 Annual Meeting; Jay Peak, VT, February 6-8, 2020.
Fones L, Jimenez AE, Cohen D, Chevalier N, Pace JL. “Association Between Radiographic Parameters and Osteochondral Damage in Patients with Patellar Instability.” American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 2020 Annual Meeting; Seattle, WA, July 9-12, 2020.
Jimenez AE, Berthold DP, Bell R, Muench LN, Cote M, Obopilwe E. “A Novel Superior Capsule Reconstruction Technique as an Alternative to Allografts in Irreparable Posterosuperior Rotator Cuff Tears: A Dynamic Biomechanical Evaluation.” American Shoulder and Elbow Society 2020 Fellows Symposium; June 10th, 2020.
Andelman S, Hedgecock J, Levy B, Jimenez A, Cheng C, Cohen A, Solomito M, Pace JL. “The Relationship Between Patellar Morphology and Known Anatomic Risk Factors of Patellar Instability.” Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine 2020 Annual Meeting; Glendale, AZ, January 23-25, 2020.
Grimm NL, Jimenez AE, Pace JL, Fulkerson JP. Quadriceps Tendon Harvest for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Surgical Techniques of the Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee in Sports Medicine, 3rd Edition. 2020.
Jimenez AE, Bell R, Arciero RA. Management of the Multiply Failed ACL Reconstruction. In: Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Case-Based Approach. Springer Publishing. 2020.
Jimenez AE, Berthold DP, Bell R, Edgar CE. “Superior Capsule Reconstruction with Hamstring Autograft: Technique Article.
Archambault SD, Jimenez AE, Slater MG, Berthold DP, Polisetty T, Cote MP, Levy JC, Mazzoccca AD. “A Morphological Analysis of Scapular Spine Three-Dimensional CT Scans after Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.”
Pace JL, Adamson G, Fithian DC, Jimenez AE, Lee TQ. “The Biomechanical Consequences of Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction and Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy in the Setting of Trochlear Dysplasia.” (ongoing study)
Friedman JL, Yang JS, Vogel LA, O’Brien DF, Arciero RA. Correlation of the load and shift exam under anesthesia with glenoid track measurements for anterior shoulder instability: a clinical tool to assess significant bone loss. Abstract submitted to ASES Annual Meeting 2018, AOSSM Specialty Day 2019, AAOS Annual Meeting 2019.
Vogel LA, Solomito MJ, Nissen CW. Biomechanical analysis of the “hand on top” technique on pitch cycle timing. Manuscript to be submitted to AJSM.
Vogel LA, Spencer T, Ilinski A, Coyner K, Edgar CM. Femoral anteversion in patients with patellar instability and femoroacetabular impingement. Abstract to be submitted to AOSSM Annual Meeting 2019.
Chevalier NM, Nissen CW, Solomito MJ, Kelly CM, Gelber JD, Vogel LA. The clinical relevance in using MRI as a diagnostic tool for labral pathology in adolescent athletes. Abstract to be submitted to the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine 6th Annual Meeting.
Vogel LA, Kostyun R, Pace JL, Gelber JD, Nissen CW. Prevalence of concomitant pathology in skeletally immature patients with anterior cruciate ligament tears. Abstract submitted to AOSSM Specialty Day 2019.
Vogel LA, McCarthy MB, Mazzocca AD: Biologics in Sports Medicine – Introduction. IN: Mazzocca AD, Lindsay A. Biologics in Orthopaedic Surgery. Elsevier. Chapter completed, in press.
Vogel LA, Voss A, Mazzocca AD: Healing of the Rotator Cuff Tendon. IN: Imhoff AB, Savoie FH. Rotator Cuff Across the Life Span. Springer. Chapter completed, in press.
Vogel LA, Rodriguez S, McCarthy MB, Mazzocca AD: The Role of Platelet-Rich Plasma and Growth Factors in Rotator Cuff Repair. IN: Imhoff AB, Savoie FH. Rotator Cuff Across the Life Span. Springer. Chapter completed, in press.
Joseph SM, Huleatt J, Vogel LA, Pace JL. Treatment of ACL tears in the skeletally immature patient. Accepted for publication in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review.
Vogel LA, Edgar C, Arciero RA: Surgical Treatment of Combined ACL Lateral Side Injuries: Acute and Chronic. IN: Fanelli GC. The Multiple Ligament Injured Knee: A Practical Guide to Management, 3rd ed. Chapter completed, in press.
Vogel LA, Huleatt JB, Uyeki CL, Mazzocca AD: Complications in Acromioclavicular Joint Reconstruction. IN: Schmitz M, Thompson S. Complications in Orthopaedic Surgery: Sports Medicine. Chapter completed, in press.
Huleatt JB, Nissen CW, Milewski MD. Pediatric Sports Medicine Injuries: Common Problems and Solutions. Clin Sports Med. 2018;37(2):351-362. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2017.12.012. PMID: 29525032
Morikawa D, Huleatt J, Cote M, Obopilwe E, Mazzocca A. AC ligament patch reconstruction: A comparative biomechanical analysis
O’Brien D, Huleatt J, Coyner K, Edgar C, Cote M, Arciero R. Utility of Intraoperative Radiograph to Confirm Position of Suspensory Fixation. (Accepted OJSM)
Huleatt J, Obopilwe E, Edgar C. Superior capsular reconstruction of the glenohumeral joint with a hamstring graft – a biomechanical study.
Huleatt J, Mehl J, Divenere J, Cote M, Mazzocca A. Rotator Cuff Retear Characteristics after Repair.
Joseph, SM; Wiley, T; Dyrna, FGE; Opobilwe, E; Scheiderer, B; Cote, M; Romeo, AA; Mazzocca AD. Humeral Inclination in Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: Abduction Motion, Deltoid Force, and Glenoid Strain. (JSES)
Joseph, SM; Cheng, C; Solomito, MJ; Pace, JL. Lateral Trochlear and Patellar Inclination in Children and Adolescents: Improved Measurements to Characterize Patellar Instability. (Submitted to AAOS, and will submit to PRiSM, manuscript to be published in journal to be determined)
Fulkerson JP; Joseph SM. Chapter 10: MQTFL. (Patellofemoral Surgery by Shital Parikh)
Joseph SM, Uyeki C, Johnson J, Mazzocca AD. Chapter 5 - 18 year old male thrower: AC joint injury. (Mechanics, Pathomechanics and Injury in the Overhead Athlete: A Case-Based Approach to Evaluation, Diagnosis and Management by Aaron D Sciascia & W. Ben Kibler)