World Spine Outreach is an incredible organization that provides international spine care to some of the most underserved areas of the globe. Dr. Shirvinda Wijesekera has been a long-standing member of this mission and, in recent years, has been joined by Dr. Glenn Russo. They have worked with other volunteers, local and nationwide, to provide safe and complex corrective surgery, in an austere environment, to children suffering from scoliosis in the Dominican Republic.

Together, the team works in collaboration with local surgeons to treat patients, educate trainees, and develop safety protocols to enhance patient care now, and for years to come. Without exception, each team member demonstrates exceptional professionalism, talent, commitment and compassion. “It is truly a humbling experience working with a team of this high caliber of character,” said Dr. Glenn Russo. While the days are long, grueling and there are no robots or guided navigation systems, these experts take on the hardest cases with unwavering dedication. This year’s team was made up of 48 volunteers, which is the biggest group to date! “I have been lucky to be part of this amazing mission with World Spine Outreach as we have traveled the world treating patients with scoliosis. We have now treated over 800 patients in DR at one location in the past 15 years. It is a privilege to be part of the team and serve as the medical director. Great patients, great work and a great team.” said Dr. Wijesekera.

The mission group helped approximately 19 local pediatric patients with spinal deformity this year.

Revolutionizing Patient Access: Connecticut Orthopaedics Partners with HURT! To launch Ortho On-The-Go Offering 24/7 Access to Orthopedic Specialists

February 29, 2024 – Connecticut Orthopaedics is thrilled to unveil our recent partnership with HURT!, which allows us to expand our services to the communities we serve under the brand Ortho On-The-Go powered by HURT!. As the first and only group in New England to join hands with HURT!, we are looking forward to enlighten the communities we serve and the athletic programs we support.

“Connecticut Orthopaedics is always looking toward the future when it comes to providing patient access to care and Ortho On-the-Go is the next advancement for our organization.” said Susan Bader, CEO. We are delighted to be the first in New England to offer this experience.”

Co-founded by Dr. Brett Miller in 2020, The HURT! App rapidly separated itself as a revolutionary solution to assist in navigating people in need of orthopedic care to local in-market specialists. A key component of the app is the ability to communicate with a HURT! care navigator in real-time 24/7, 365 days a year and more often than not, avoid costly emergency room visits. The HURT! care navigators are experts in orthopedics, and users get a human-to-human interaction without the use of ‘bots’ or AI. HURT!’s core values are personal interactions with users and navigation to local orthopedic practices for specialty care.

” Connecticut Orthopaedics is a forward-thinking practice that shares our mission of providing patient-centered care”, said Dr. Brett Miller, MD, Co-Founder of HURT! “We are honored to partner with them and work together to provide our technology to the communities they serve.”

The Hurt! smartphone app is free to download and utilize. There is never a charge to the user or their insurance plan. It is available in the App Store and Google Play. For more information or to download the app click here

About HURT!
The HURT! mobile app provides free 24/7, 365 days a year access to orthopedic expertise. Their mission is to provide users access to orthopedic specialists across the country in their time of need. The HURT! orthopedic network continues to expand rapidly nationwide and engages in partnership models with physician groups who are steadfast to patient-centric and an unmatched access experience, specifically during non-peak hours for their patients and the communities they continuously strive to serve. For more information, please visit

About Connecticut Orthopaedics
Connecticut Orthopaedics is a premier team of orthopaedic doctors, surgeons and health care professionals who provide compassionate and innovative care at over 20 locations across southern Connecticut – including seven Urgent Care Centers, Sports Therapy | Rehab locations, and three state-of-the-art surgical centers.

Started in 1963, Connecticut Orthopaedics is the largest privately-owned orthopaedic practice in New England, making it convenient for you to get the orthopaedic care you need, close to where you live.

Connecticut Orthopaedics is pleased to announce that Pam Czapor,  has joined the Leadership team as our new Chief Financial Officer. Pam brings over 20 years of experience in the health care sector and most recently held the dual role of CEO/CFO for OrthoConnecticut, headquartered in Danbury.  Prior to that, she was the Director of Finance and Budgeting for Hartford HealthCare.

“I am very excited to welcome Pam Czapor to our practice. Pam brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, not only in financial matters, but in the healthcare industry, which will be beneficial for our organization as we continue to grow and innovate.  She brings the skills and experience needed to play a key role in Connecticut Orthopaedics’ future success.” Susan Bader, CEO said.


Learn more about Pam Czapor here 


Congratulations to this year’s Top Doctors 

Castle Connolly Top Doctors represent the top 7% of all U.S. practicing physicians.

Castle Connolly Top Doctors are peer-nominated, and thoroughly vetted by our physician-led research team. These doctors are best-in-class healthcare providers, embodying excellence in clinical care as well as interpersonal skills.


2024 Top Doctors 

Richard Bernstein, MD : Hand and Upper Extremity

John Daigneault, MD : Sports Medicine

Peter DeLuca, MD : Pediatric Care

Richard Diana, MD : Sports Medicine

Allen Ferrucci, MD : Foot and Ankle

John Kelley, MD : Sports Medicine

John Marino, MD : Physiatry

Phillip Minotti, MD : Joint Replacement

Thomas Moran, MD : Hand and Upper Extremity

Alan Reznik, MD, FAAOS : Sports Medicine

Glenn Russo, MD : Spine, Back and Neck

Patrick Ruwe, MD : Sports Medicine

Kristin Sandrowski, MD : Hand and Upper Extremity

James Spak, MD : Sports Medicine

Sanda Tomak, MD : Foot and Ankle

Mark Wilchinsky, MD : Sports Medicine

James Yue, MD : Spine, Back and Neck

Quinnipiac, Connecticut Orthopaedics Partner for Teddy Bear Toss Night on January 12

HAMDEN, Conn. — Quinnipiac University Athletics and Connecticut Orthopaedics are partnering to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center on Friday, Jan. 12 during the Bobcats’ men’s ice hockey contest against Princeton.

There will be a teddy bear toss featured during the game’s first intermission, with all being donated to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

“Quinnipiac Athletics prides itself on our work not only in the classroom and competition, but in the community,” Director of Athletics Greg Amodio said. “We are very excited to partner with Connecticut Orthopaedics in what has become an initiative at hockey games across the country to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.”

Fans are encouraged to bring new or recently purchased teddy bears to be thrown on to the M&T Bank Arena ice after the first period of play. There is no limit on the number that fans can bring and all will be collected on ice and donated.

“We have a long-standing partnership of over 20 years with Quinnipiac, and it only made sense for us to partner on this as well.” Susan Bader, Connecticut Orthopaedics Chief Executive Officer, said. “We are delighted to sponsor this heart-warming initiative and provide an opportunity in a fun way to collect teddy bears for sick children and bring a bit of joy when they may not be feeling their best. We specifically chose CCMC as the charity because we have a treasured colleague whose little boy is receiving excellent care at their medical center as he bravely battles leukemia. We plan on this being the first of many teddy bear tosses with Quinnipiac!”

For tickets to the game, fans can go to or CLICK HERE for more information.

For an inside look at the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey program, be sure to follow it on social media @QU_MIH or go to

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Kenoma Anighoro  was named 2023 Medical Honoree at the Annual Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run. The Arthritis Foundation is fighting for all people who live with the chronic pain of arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation is boldly pursuing a cure for America’s #1 cause of disability.  The run will take place on Sunday December 10th in Madison.

To learn more about the event click here