Physician Profile

Robert A. Arciero, M.D.

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health
Chief, Sports Medicine Division, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health
Director, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, UConn Health
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute

Dr. Robert Arciero is a professor and chief of the Sports Medicine Division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UConn Health. He is also the director of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship program at UConn Health. Dr. Arciero is an active team physician for the UConn athletic programs providing sports care for the men's and women’s basketball, football, and hockey teams. He is also an orthopaedic team physician for USA Hockey and was the lead physician for the 2004 World Championship team. Dr. Arciero is the author of over 100 scientific articles on ligament, tendon and cartilage injuries of the knee and shoulder.

Dr. Arciero has won several national and international awards. These include the prestigious O’Donahue award for best clinical research investigating anterior cruciate ligament injuries from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the first place award for the best research study on arthroscopic rotator cuff repair from the International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.His main area of expertise is arthroscopic surgery with a primary focus on knee ligament instability, cartilage repair and shoulder instability. He has special interest in the management of complex injuries of the shoulder and knee.

Dr. Arciero is also a faculty member of the Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement. His interests include osteotomies and cartilage repair procedures to preserve the knee joint.

Office Locations:

Orthopaedic Surgery
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030

Orthopaedic Surgery
1115 West Street
Southington, CT 06489

Board Certifications:
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolSt. Bonaventure UniversityBiology
Medical SchoolGeorgetown University School of MedicineMedicine
FellowshipSt. John’s Hospital
InternshipMadigan Army Medical CenterGeneral Surgery
ResidencyJackson Hole Orthopaedics and St. John’s HospitalSports Medicine Fellow
ResidencyHarborview Medical Center Orthopaedic Trauma ServiceSenior Orthopaedic Resident on Rotation
ResidencySwedish Hospital and Medical CenterSenior Orthopaedic Resident on Adult Reconstructive Rotation
ResidencyGillette Crippled Children's HospitalChief Resident on Pediatric Orthopaedic Rotation
ResidencyMadigan Army Medical CenterOrthopaedics
FellowshipU.S. Military Academy/Keller Army HospitalSports Medicine
Honors and Awards:
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
George S. Rovere Award: Educator of the YearAmerican Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Albert Trillat AwardISAKOS
Top Doctors in the Greater Hartford Area List Hartford Magazine
Richard B. Caspari Award, Best Upper Extremity Paper, Arthroscopic Single Versus Double Row Suture Anchor Rotator Cuff Repair5th Bienniel ISAKOS Congress
Hughston Award: Risk Factors Associated with Non-contact ACL Injury: A Prospective Four-Year Evaluation of 859 West Point CadetsAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine
Top Doc List Connecticut Magazine
O’Donahue Award: Risk Factors Associated with Non-Contact ACL Injury: A Prospective Four-Year Evaluation of 859 West Point Cadets American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Aircast Award for Clinical Science Presentation: A Prospective, Randomized Evaluation of Acute, Traumatic, First-Time Shoulder DislocationsAmerican Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Video Award Winner for Treatment of Initial, Traumatic Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: Arthroscopic Stabilization Using A Bioabsorbable Fixation DeviceAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Asian Traveling Fellowship American Orthopaedic Society
Bronze Star - Operation Desert Storm Saudi Arabia/Iraq: January 17, 1991 to February 28, 1991U.S. Army
Floyd P. Werglund Award for "The Outstanding Resident"Madigan Army Medical Center
Vernon P. Thompson Award for "Outstanding Resident Paper" – Patellofemoral Joint Arthroplasty: A 3-9 Year Follow-up Western Orthopaedic Association
Major General Byron L. Steger Research Award “Irrigating Solutions Used in Arthroscopy an In Vivo Study” Madigan Army Medical Center
ROTC Scholarship Recipient (1972-1976)U.S. Army
Hospital Affiliation:
  • UConn John Dempsey Hospital
Research Interests:

Arthroscopic techniques for complex knee ligament injuries involving injury to the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and posterolateral ligaments.

Clinical outcomes of arthroscopic stabilization surgery for shoulder instability, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.

New methods to enhance tendon to bone healing which will improve results of arthroscopic and open repair of torn ligaments and cartilage injuries to the shoulder and knee. The ultimate goal is to apply these techniques to repair of torn rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder and cruciate and cartilage injuries to the knee.

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

Recurrent Anterior Shoulder Instability With Combined Bone Loss: Treatment and Results With the Modified Latarjet Procedure. Yang, Justin S; Mazzocca, Augustus D; Cote, Mark P; Edgar, Cory M; Arciero, Robert A. (2016). The American journal of sports medicine,

Presidential Address of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: Embracing Our Craft, the Only Solution to the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow. Arciero, Robert A. (2015). The American journal of sports medicine, 12, (43), 2877-82.

A Systematic Review of Meta-analyses Published in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery. Cote, Mark P; Apostolakos, John M; Voss, Andreas; DiVenere, Jessica; Arciero, Robert A; Mazzocca, Augustus D. (2015). Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association,

The effect of a combined glenoid and Hill-Sachs defect on glenohumeral stability: a biomechanical cadaveric study using 3-dimensional modeling of 142 patients. Arciero, Robert A; Parrino, Anthony; Bernhardson, Andrew S; Diaz-Doran, Vilmaris; Obopilwe, Elifho; Cote, Mark P; Golijanin, Petr; Mazzocca, Augustus D; Provencher, Matthew T. (2015). The American journal of sports medicine, 6, (43), 1422-9.

Multirater agreement of the causes of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction failure: a radiographic and video analysis of the MARS cohort. Matava, Matthew J; Arciero, Robert A; Baumgarten, Keith M; Carey, James L; DeBerardino, Thomas M; Hame, Sharon L; Hannafin, Jo A; Miller, Bruce S; Nissen, Carl W; Taft, Timothy N; Wolf, Brian R; Wright, Rick W; Albright, John P; Allen, Christina R; Amendola, Annunziato; Anderson, Allen F; Andrish, Jack T; Annunziata, Christopher C; Arciero, Robert A; Bach, Bernard R; Baker, Champ L; Bartolozzi, Arthur R; Baumgarten, Keith M; Bechler, Jeffery R; Berg, Jeffrey H; Bernas, Geoffrey A; Brockmeier, Stephen F; Brophy, Robert H; Bush-Joseph, Charles A; Butler, J Brad; Campbell, John D; Carey, James L; Carpenter, James E; Cole, Brian J; Cooper, Daniel E; Cooper, Jonathan M; Cox, Charles L; Creighton, R Alexander; Dahm, Diane L; David, Tal S; DeBerardino, Thomas M; Dunn, Warren R; Flanigan, David C; Frederick, Robert W; Ganley, Theodore J; Gatt, Charles J; Gecha, Steven R; Giffin, James Robert; Haas, Amanda K; Hame, Sharon L; Hannafin, Jo A; Harner, Christopher D; Harris, Norman Lindsay; Hechtman, Keith S; Hershman, Elliott B; Hoellrich, Rudolf G; Hosea, Timothy M; Huston, Laura J; Johnson, David C; Johnson, Timothy S; Jones, Morgan H; Kaeding, Christopher C; Kamath, Ganesh V; Klootwyk, Thomas E; Lantz, Brett Brick A; Levy, Bruce A; Ma, C Benjamin; Maiers, G Peter; Mann, Barton; Marx, Robert G; Matava, Matthew J; Mathien, Gregory M; McAllister, David R; McCarty, Eric C; McCormack, Robert G; Miller, Bruce S; Nissen, Carl W; O'Neill, Daniel F; Owens, Brett D; Parker, Richard D; Purnell, Mark L; Ramappa, Arun J; Rauh, Michael A; Rettig, Arthur C; Sekiya, Jon K; Shea, Kevin G; Sherman, Orrin H; Slauterbeck, James R; Smith, Matthew V; Spang, Jeffrey T; Svoboda, Steven J; Taft, Timothy N; Tenuta, Joachim J; Tingstad, Edwin M; Vidal, Armando F; Viskontas, Darius G; White, Richard A; Williams, James S; Wolcott, Michelle L; Wolf, Brian R; York, James J; Harris, David C; Patel, Kushal; Pearson, David; Schutzman, Jake; Tarabichi, Majd; Ying, David. (2014). The American journal of sports medicine, 2, (43), 310-9.