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Messages from the Executive Vice President

August 5, 2013


Chairman named for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and New England Musculoskeletal Institute
I am pleased to announce that Augustus (Gus) D. Mazzocca, M.S., M.D., has been named Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of the New England Musculoskeletal Institute, following a national search. He has served in these leadership roles on an interim basis for the last year and has shown that he has the determination and skills to move our signature program in musculoskeletal health forward in the years ahead.

Dr. Mazzocca has been an integral part of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery since 2002. 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 graduate of the UConn School of Medicine and the UConn orthopaedic surgery residency program, and completed fellowship training in sports medicine at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He is a team physician for the UConn Huskies and also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Civil, Environmental and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Hartford.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Mazzocca.

First Joint Appointment between the UConn Health Center and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
I am pleased to announce that Reinhard Laubenbacher, Ph.D., an accomplished and internationally recognized mathematician and systems biologist, holds the first joint academic appointment with the UConn Health Center and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, and is the Co-Chair of the new Center for Quantitative Medicine.

Dr. Laubenbacher previously served as professor and Director of education and outreach at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, part of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He was also a tenured professor in the Virginia Tech Mathematics Department, an affiliate faculty of biomedical engineering and sciences at Virginia Tech.

At UConn, Dr. Laubenbacher is also a professor in the Department of Cell Biology, and an adjunct professor in the Mathematics Department on the Storrs Campus. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Laubenbacher to the Health Center.


Frank M. Torti
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, UConn School of Medicine