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Messages from the Executive Vice President

July 11, 2012

Interim Leadership for the New England Musculoskeletal Institute and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

I am pleased to announce that Augustus (Gus) D. Mazzocca, M.S., M.D., will serve as Interim Director of the New England Musculoskeletal Institute and Interim Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, following the departure of Jay R. Lieberman, M.D., in September. He will begin transitioning into the interim roles immediately.

Dr. Mazzocca joined the UConn Health Center in 2002 and has served in a number of leadership positions. He currently serves as Director of the Orthopaedic Resident Education program, Director of the UConn Human Soft Tissue Research Laboratory and Director of the UConn Bioskills Laboratory. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in 10 years and is working on a translational approach to solve rotator cuff disease.

An internationally recognized expert in shoulder and elbow surgery, he has presented in more than 12 countries and five continents, speaking on the cell biology, biomechanics and outcomes of shoulder and elbow surgery. Dr. Mazzocca is a team physician for our UConn Huskies and also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Civil, Environmental and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Hartford.

A graduate of the UConn School of Medicine and the UConn orthopaedic surgery residency program, Dr. Mazzocca completed fellowship training in sports medicine at Rush Medical College in Chicago.

Please join me in wishing Gus success in his new endeavor.

Frank M. Torti, M.D., M.P.H.
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine