Jordan A. Gruskay, MD

Dr. Jordan Gruskay is a board certified surgical sports medicine specialist treating conditions of the shoulder, knee, hip, and elbow, with a focus on knee and hip preservation and shoulder reconstructive procedures.

Dr. Gruskay is a Connecticut native, growing up in Bethany, and is excited to live in and take care of the community where he grew up. He attended Amherst College as an undergraduate and returned to New Haven to begin his medical training at the Yale University School of Medicine.

He completed his orthopedic residency at the top ranked orthopedic hospital in the world, the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), where he discovered his passion for sports medicine, treating athletes from the New York Giants, Mets, Knicks, and Brooklyn Nets. He then completed his sports medicine training with a fellowship in complex hip, knee and shoulder surgery at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. He has received numerous grant awards for his research and serves on the editorial board for Arthroscopy, one of the premier sports medicine journals in the world. A former collegiate lacrosse player, he currently acts as a physician for the Premier Lacrosse League. He is an avid skier and enjoys traveling the world working as a team physician for the US Ski and Snowboard team.

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Education and Training

  • B.A. Chemistry - Amherst College
  • M.D. - Yale University School of Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency- Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), Weill Cornell University Medical Center
  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine, Hip, Knee and Shoulder Preservation and Reconstruction, The Steadman Clinic and Steadman-Philippon Research Institute
  • International Travelling Fellowship in Complex Knee and Patellofemoral Surgery with Dr. David Dejour, Lyon Ortho Clinic, Lyon France
  • International Travelling Fellowship in Knee and Shoulder Preservation with Dr. Teru Mihata and Nori Nakamura, Osaka, Japan
  • Orthopedic Research Fellowship – The Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University

Hospital Affiliations

  • Connecticut Orthopaedics Surgical Center – Branford

Team Affiliations

  • Head Team Physician, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

Office Locations


Conditions and Treatments


  • Arthroscopic subacromial decompression and partial acromioplasty
  • Open subpectoral biceps tenodesis
  • Arthroscopic capsular release, manipulation under anesthesia
  • Arthroscopic Bankart
  • Arthroscopic SLAP repair
  • Arthroscopic posterior labral repair
  • Latarjet
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Superior capsular reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic subscapularis repair
  • Total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopic AC resection and reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic CC reconstruction
  • ORIF of clavicle
  • ORIF of prox humerus
  • Biceps tenodesis (including proximal procedures)


  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Debridement, partial meniscectomy, chondroplasty, removal of loose body
  • Arthroscopic meniscus repair
  • Tibial spine arthroscopic assisted reduction and fixation
  • Multi-ligament reconstruction
  • Primary and revision ACL reconstruction
  • Single stage vs. two stage revision ACL reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic meniscus repair
  • Meniscal transplant Transtibial root repair
  • Osteoarticular allograft transplant
  • Matrix induced autologous chondrocyte implantation (MACI)
  • PCL reconstruction
  • Posterolateral corner reconstruction
  • Tib/fib joint reconstruction
  • MCL/FCL reconstruction
  • Patellofemoral disorders
  • MPFL reconstruction
  • Tibial Tubercle osteotomy
  • Cartilage restoration
  • Lateral retinacular lengthening
  • Surgical management of the arthrofibrotic knee
  • Proximal Tibial/Distal Femoral Osteotomy
  • Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty


  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Labral repair/reconstruction
  • Acetabuloplasty
  • Femoral osteoplasty
  • Microfracture or cartilage restoration
  • Trochanteric bursectomy
  • Gluteus medius patch augmentation
  • Gluteus medius repair
  • Open gluteus medius repair
  • Open proximal hamstring repair
  • Open adductor tendon release


  • Distal biceps repair
  • Distal triceps repair
  • Cubital tunnel release/ulnar nerve neurolysis
  • Olecranon ORIF
  • ECRB debridement and repair (lateral epicondylitis)


  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection
  • Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) injection

Full Biography

Dr. Gruskay is a board certified orthopedic surgeon at Connecticut Orthopedics, specializing in the treatment of sports medicine conditions of the shoulder, knee, hip and elbow with a focus on knee and hip preservation and shoulder reconstructive procedures.

Dr. Gruskay grew up in Bethany, Connecticut and was an all-area lacrosse player at the Hopkins School. He completed his undergraduate education at Amherst College where he played varsity lacrosse and majored in Chemistry. After college, he spent a year as a research fellow at one of the top orthopedic hospitals in the country, The Rothman Orthopedic Institute, before moving back home to Connecticut to attend Yale University School of Medicine. There he acted as the president of the Orthopedic Interest Group and met his wife, Kate, a Killingworth native, who was studying to be a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Dr. Gruskay completed his orthopedic training in New York City at the US News and World Report #1 nationally ranked orthopedic residency program, Hospital for Special Surgery, where he found a passion for sports medicine helping to take care of athletes from the New York Giants, Mets, Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, and as the lead team physician for Lafayette high school football. As a chief resident at the Hospital for Special Surgery, he had the opportunity to do a six-week international traveling fellowship, spending time with innovative knee and shoulder surgeons in Lyon, France and Osaka, Japan, focusing on complex knee and shoulder preservation procedures. Additionally, he ran one of the only orthopedic trauma services in New York City during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, earning the Todd J. Albert, MD, Leadership Award for his work during this time.

Dr. Gruskay completed a fellowship year in Vail, Colorado at the renowned Steadman Clinic and Steadman-Philippon Research Institute, where he learned advanced techniques for joint preservation procedures of the hip and knee and reconstructive procedures of the shoulder. As part of the National Olympic Committee Medical Center, Jordan spent time taking care of extreme athletes from the US Ski and Snowboard team, including traveling with the Alpine Men’s Team to the World Cup in Switzerland. He also had the opportunity to work with athletes from the Premier Lacrosse League, acting as the league physician for training camp in 2021. Dr. Gruskay is an active member of the orthopedic and sports medicine research community and a candidate member for the Arthroscopy Association of North America as well as the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in the orthopedic literature and is on the editorial board for one of the premier sports medicine journals, Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.

Dr. Gruskay enjoys spending time with his wife, Kate and dog, Willa as well as skiing, golfing, biking and hiking. He is excited to be practicing in Connecticut helping to take care of the community he grew up in and where his father and grandfather were pediatricians for many years. He looks forward to continuing his work as a team physician for the US Ski and Snowboard team.


  • 2020 Todd J. Albert Perseverance and Leadership Award, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Resident Grant Award
  • 2016, 2017 Orthopedic In Training Examination (OITE) Honor Roll, Hospital for Special Surgery

Research and Publications

  • Bhandutia AK, Gruskay JA, Helgeson MD, Yadlapalli NK, Gowda AL, Su BW, Ratliff JK, Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR. Treatments and Outcomes for Lower Lumber (L3-L5) Burst Fractures: A Systematic Review. Contemporary Spine Surgery. 12(4):1-7, April 2011.
  • Yazar T, Delassota LA, Pearson A, Gursukhman S, Gruskay J, Vaccaro A, Pettine W, Radcliff K, Kepler C, Pettin K. The Efficacy of Manual Axially Loaded MRI in Diagnosing Potential Thoracolumbar Osteoporotic Fracture Instability: A Case Report. The Open Spine Journal. 3(3):12-15, December 2011.
  • Gruskay JA, Kepler CK, Smith JS, Radcliff K, Vaccaro AR. Is surgical case ordered associated with increased infection rate after spine surgery? Spine (Phila, PA 1979) 2012 Jun 1;37(13):1170-1174.
  • Radcliff K, Hwang RW, Hilibrand A, Smith H, Gruskay J, Lurie JD, Zhao W, Albert T, Weinstein J. The effect of iliac crest autograft on the outcome of fusion in the setting of degenerative spondylolisthesis: A Subgroup Analysis of the SPORT Study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Sep 19;94(18):1685-92.
  • Radcliff K, Kepler C, Gruskay J, Sidhu G, Vaccaro A, Albert T, Hilibrand A. Cervical Sagittal Balance and Range of Motion Predict Outcome of Multilevel Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion. J Spine 2012, 1:5
  • Gruskay J, Smith J, Kepler C, Radcliff K, Harrop J, Albert T, Vaccaro A. The Seasonality of Postoperative Infection in Spine Surgery. J Neurosurg Spine. 2013 Jan;18(1):57-62.
  • Radcliff KE, Sidhu GD, Kepler CK, Gruskay J, Anderson DG, Hilibrand A, Albert TJ, Vaccaro AR. Complications of Flat Bedrest Following Incidental Dural Repair. Clin Spine Surg. 2016 Aug;29(7):281-4
  • Radcliff K, Limthongkul W, Gruskay J, Gurusukhman S, Miller L. Surgical Planning for the Treatment of Thoracolumbar Fractures: Anterior, Posterior, or Combined Approach? Seminars in Spine Surgery. 2012 Dec;24(4):244-251.
  • Kepler CK, Yu AL, Gruskay JA, Delasotta LA, Radcliff KE, Rihn JA, Hilibrand AS, Anderson DG, Vaccaro AR. Comparison of open and minimally invasive techniques for posterior lumbar instrumentation and fusion after open anterior lumbar interbody fusion. Spine J. 2013 May;13(5):489-97
  • Bohl DD, Ruiz FK, Webb ML, Gruskay JA, Grauer JN. Routine Imaging for Elective Lumbar Spine Surgery: A Questionnaire Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Jun 15;38(14):1233-7.
  • Fu MC, Buerba RA, Gruskay J, Grauer JN. Longitudinal urban-rural discrepancies in the US orthopaedic surgeon workforce. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Oct;471(10):3074-81.
  • Bohl DD, Gruskay JA, Miller CP, Varthi A, Ruiz FK, Whang PG, Grauer JN. Recovery room radiographs not found to have incremental utility above intraoperative images after lumbar fusion procedures. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Oct 15;38(22):1927-33.
  • Gruskay JA, Webb ML, Grauer JN. Methods of evaluating lumbar and cervical fusion. Spine J. 2014 Mar 1;14(3):531-9.
  • Gruskay JA, Fu M, Bohl DD, Webb ML, Grauer JN. Factors Affecting Length of Stay Following Elective Posterior Lumbar Spine Surgery: A Multivariate Analysis. Spine J. 2015 Jun 1;15(6):1188-95
  • Buerba RA, Fu MC, Gruskay JA, Long WD, Grauer JN. Obese Class III Patients at Significantly Greater Risk of Multiple Complications After Lumbar Surgery: An Analysis of 10,387 Patients in the ACS-NSQIP Database. Spine J. 2014 Sep 1:14(9):2008-18.
  • Bohl DD, Fu MC, Gruskay JA, Basques BA, Golinvaux NS, Grauer JN. The “July Effect” in Elective Spine Surgery: Analysis of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Database. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2014 Apr 1;39(7):603-11.
  • Bohl DD, Fu MC, Golinvaux NS, Basques BA, Gruskay JA, Grauer JN. The “July effect” in Primary Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty: Analysis of 21,434 cases from the ACS-NSQIP. J Arthroplasty. 2014 Jul;29(7):1332-8.
  • Basques B, Bohl D, Golinvaux N, Gruskay J, Grauer J. Preoperative factors affecting length of stay after elective ACDF with and without corpectomy: a multivariate analysis of an academic center cohort. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 May 20;39(12):939-46.
  • Hirsch B, Webb M, Bohl D, Fu M, Buerba R, Gruskay J, Grauer J. Improving visual estimation of cervical spine range of motion. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2014 Nov;43(11):E261-5.
  • Gruskay J, Basques B, Webb M, Grauer J. Short-term adverse events, length of stay, and readmissions following use of iliac crest bone graft in spinal fusion. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Sep 15;39(20):1718-24.
  • Gruskay J, Fu M, Bohl DD, Basques B, Buerba R, Webb ML, Grauer JN. Factors Affecting Length of Stay and Complications Following Elective Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: A Study of 2,164 Patients from The ACS NSQIP Database. Clin Spine Surg. 2016 Feb;29(1):E34-42.
  • Fu MC, Gruskay JA, Samuel AM, Sheha ED, Derman PB, Iyer S, Grauer JN, Albert TJ. Outpatient anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is associated with fewer short-term complications in one- and two-level cases: A propensity adjusted analysis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Jul 15;42(14):1044-1049.
  • Webb ML, Russo GS, Lukasiewicz AM, Samuel AM, Bohl DD, Basques BA, Gruskay JA, Grauer, JN. Training improves accuracy of lumbar rotation in range of motion assessment. Connecticut Medicine 2017; 81: 531-535.
  • Sculco P, Gruskay J, Nodzo S Carroll K, Shanaghan K, Haas S, Gonzalez Della Valle A. The role of the tourniquet and patellar position on the compartmental loads during sensor-assisted total knee arthroplasty. J. Arthroplasty. 2018 Jul;33(7S):S121-S125.
  • Swarup I, Gruskay J, Yang J, Blanco J, Perlman S, Widmann R, Price M. Propionibacterium Acnes Infections in Patients with Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Case-Control Study and Review of the Literature. J Child Orthop. 2018 Apr 1;12(2):173-180.
  • Gruskay J, Staub B, Gupta M, Elysee J, Bess S, Klineberg E, Ames C, Burton D, Hostin R, Mundis G, Shaffrey C, Schwab F, Lafage V, Kim H, ISSG. The Acuity of Coronal Cobb Angle Does Not Correlate with Preoperative Disability in Adult Spinal Deformity Patients. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). Submitted 4/2018
  • Gruskay J, Fragomen A, Rozbruch S. Idiopathic Rotational Deformities of the Lower Extremities in Children and Adults. JBJS Rev. 2019 Jan ;7(1):e3.
  • Gruskay J, Brusalis C, Fabricant P. Pediatric and Adolescent Ankle Instability: Diagnosis and Treatment Options. Curr Opin Pediatric. 2019 Feb;31(1):69-78
  • Gruskay J, Chiaia T, Casey E, Strickland S, Green D, Gomoll A. Team approach to patellofemoral instability in the skeletally immature. JBJS Rev. 2019 Jul;7(7):e10.
  • Tishelman J, Kahlenberg C, Nwachukwu B, Gruskay J, Strickland S. Patient Satisfaction Following Patellofemoral Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review. Phys Sportsmed. 2019 Sep;47(3):270-274.
  • Gruskay J, Richardson S, Schairer W, Kahlenberg C, Steinhaus M, Rauck R, Pearle A. Incidence and Safety Profile of Outpatient Unicompartmental Arthroplasty. Knee. 2019 Jun;26(3):708-713.
  • Kahlenberg C, Richardson S, Gruskay J, Cross M. Trends in Utilization of Total and Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty in the United States. J Knee Surg. 2020 Mar 4. Epub ahead of print.
  • Steinhaus M, Liu J, Gowd A, Chang B, Gruskay J, Rauck RC, YaDeau JT, Dines DM, Taylor SA, Gulotta L. The Feasibility of Outpatient Shoulder Arthroplasty: Risk Stratification and Predictive Probability Modeling. Orthopedics. 202 Dec 29:1-8
  • Gruskay J, Gomoll A, Arendt L, Dejour D, Strickland S. Patellar Instability and Dislocation: Optimizing Surgical Treatment and How to Avoid Complications. ICL 69. Instr Course Lect. 2020;69:671-692.
  • Bhatia B, Palispis W Urakov T, Tarazona D, Gruskay J, Levi A, Vaccaro A, Albert T, Gupta R. Establishing Validity of the Fundamentals of Spinal Surgery (FOSS) Simulator as a Teaching Tool for Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Trainees. Spine J. 2020 Apr;20(4):580-589.
  • Rauck RC, Ruzbarsky JJ, Swarup I, Gruskay J, Dines JS, Warren RF, Dines DM, Gulotta LV. Predictors of patient satisfaction after reverse shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2020 Mar;29(3):e67-e74.
  • Andrade R, Nunes J, Hinckel BB, Gruskay J, Vasta S, Bastos R, Oliveira JM, Reis RL, Gomoll AH, Espregueira-Mendes J. Cartilage Restoration of Patellofemoral Lesions: A Systematic Review. Cartilage. 2019 Dec 17. Epub ahead of print.
  • Tishelman J, Pyne A, Kahlenberg C, Gruskay J, Strickland S. Obesity Does Not Affect Patient Reported Outcomes Following Patellofemoral Arthroplasty. J Knee Surg. 2020 Jul 13. (Online ahead of Print)
  • Gruskay J, Brusalis C, Kleeblad L, Blevins J, Pearle A. Patient Reported Outcomes Following Robotic-Assisted Medial Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty for End-Stage Varus Osteoarthritis with Concurrent Patellofemoral or Lateral Compartment Disease. J. Arthroplasty. (Submitted 6/2020)
  • Lebrun D, Premkumar A, DeFrancesco C, Gruskay J, Dvorzhinskiy A, Konnaris M, Sandhu M, Ghahramani G, Goldwyn E, Mendias C, Ricci W. Hip Fracture Outcomes during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Early Results from New York. J Orthop Trauma. 2020 May 27. Epub ahead of print.
  • Gruskay J, Dvorzhinskiy A, Konnaris M, Ghahramani G, Lebrun D, Premkumar A, DeFrancesco C, Mendias C, Ricci W. Universal Testing for SARS-COV-2 in Essential Orthopedic Surgical Admissions Reveals a High Percentage of Asymptomatic Infections. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 Jun 8. Epub ahead of print.
  • Open reduction and internal fixation of patella fracture with contoured dorsal plating. Brusalis C, Gruskay, J, Bornes T, Langhans M, Ricci W. Journal Orthopedic Trauma. Journal Orthopedic Trauma. Accepted for Publication.