Physician Profile

Anthony G. Alessi, M.D.

Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology and Orthopaedics
Director, UConn NeuroSport Program
Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute

Dr. Anthony Alessi graduated from the University of Rome in Rome, Italy, and completed his residency and neuromuscular fellowship at the University of Michigan. He has been in solo private practice in Norwich, specializing in neurology, electrodiagnostic medicine, and sports neurology. He is board-certified in neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine. Dr. Alessi received his master's degree in Medical Management from the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in 2001.

Dr. Alessi is chief executive officer and chairman of Colonial Cooperative Care, Inc., a medical management company in Norwich, Conn. He also serves as a neurologic consultant to many athletic organizations including the UConn Athletic Department, New York Yankees Player Development, NFL Players Association, Connecticut State Boxing Commission, Connecticut Sun of the WNBA, and Norwich Free Academy. He chaired the Sports Neurology section of the American Academy of Neurology. He is currently an associate clinical professor of neurology and orthopaedic surgery at UConn where he serves as medical director of the NeuroSport program.

He served as medical director of the Backus Hospital Stroke Center for six years. He writes a bi-weekly column, “Healthy Sports,” for the Norwich Bulletin that is syndicated through GateHouse Media. He is host of “Healthy Rounds” on WTIC 1080, the Hartford CBS affiliate, and currently serves as an on-air contributor for ESPN.

Dr. Alessi’s book, Healthy Sports: A Doctor’s Lessons for a Winning Lifestyle, is a compilation of instructive columns. His most recent book, Lift Up Your Hearts: Healing Haiti, Land of Hardship, recounts the work of Dr. Alessi and other medical volunteers after the earthquake in Haiti.

  • Neurology
Office Locations:

Storrs Center Medical Services
One Royce Circle, Suite 104
Storrs Center
Storrs, CT 06268

Board Certifications:
  • Neurology
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolManhattan CollegeBiology
Medical SchoolUniversity of RomeMedicine
Graduate SchoolCarnegie Mellon UniversityMedical Management
InternshipNew Rochelle Hospital Medical CenterInternal Medicine
ResidencyUniversity of Michigan Medical CenterNeurology
FellowshipUniversity of Michigan Medical CenterNeuromuscular Disease/Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Honors and Awards:
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD Patient Advocate of the Year
Ringside Physician of the Year
John E. Peck Community Service Award, Outstanding Advocate for the Elderly
John F. Kennedy Citizenship Award
Hospital Affiliation:
  • UConn John Dempsey Hospital
Research Interests:

Sports-related concussion biomarkers, and effectiveness of education programs in diagnosis and treatment of concussion.

Languages Other than English:
  • Italian
Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

Childhood chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy: clinical course and long-term outcome. Ryan, M M; Grattan-Smith, P J; Procopis, P G; Morgan, G; Ouvrier, R A. (2000). Neuromuscular disorders : NMD, 6, (10), 398-406.

Cortical blindness: etiology, diagnosis, and prognosis. Aldrich, M S; Alessi, A G; Beck, R W; Gilman, S. (1987). Annals of neurology, 2, (21), 149-58.

Plasma Exchange in Non-Malignant Plasma Cell Dyscrasia Polyneuropathy. Alessi AG, Donofrio PD, Burke JM, Albers JW. (1984). Neurology (Clev), (34), 79-80.

Polyneuropathy in Benign Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance. Donofrio PD, Alessi AG, Burke JM, Albers JW. (1984). Muscle & Nerve, (7), 564.

Differentiating psychological characteristics of patients with sleep apnea and narcolepsy. Beutler, L E; Ware, J C; Karacan, I; Thornby, J I. (1981). Sleep, 1, (4), 39-47.