Physician Profile

Tessa Balach, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health
Interim Residency Program Director
Chair, Residency Selection Committee
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute

Dr. Balach is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UConn Health. She specializes in the management of patients with musculoskeletal tumors along with patients who have hip and knee arthritis. Dr. Balach received her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed her orthopaedic surgery residency and a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Balach’s clinical practice focuses on the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the bone and soft tissues, in addition to metastatic disease. Dr. Balach specializes in the surgical care of pelvic, upper, and lower extremity tumors using limb-salvage techniques. She has a special interest in computer-assisted navigation for the resection of pelvic tumors. Dr. Balach works with an integrated team of specialists that include adult and pediatric oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons and pathologists to ensure her patients receive comprehensive care. Dr. Balach’s goal is to provide compassionate, individualized care for patients with complex problems.

In addition, Dr. Balach’s clinical practice includes the treatment of hip and knee arthritis with joint replacement surgery.

Office Locations:

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

Board Certifications:
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolThe University of ChicagoBiologic Sciences
Medical SchoolNew York Medical CollegeDoctorate of Medicine
InternshipUniversity of Chicago HospitalsGeneral Surgery
ResidencyUniversity of Chicago HospitalsOrthopaedic Surgery
FellowshipUniversity of Chicago HospitalsOrthopaedic Oncology
Hospital Affiliation:
  • John Dempsey Hospital
Honors and Awards:
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Practice Enrichment Travelling FellowshipRuth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
Innovation GrantOMeGA Medical Grants Core Competency
Innovation GrantOMeGA Medical Grants Core Competency
Education AwardOrthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF)
Resident GrantMid-America Orthopaedic Association
Cor et Manus Service CitationNew York Medical College
Community Service Award Medical Society of the State of New York
Research Interests:

Outcomes of upper extremity sarcoma reconstructions, wound healing in patients with soft tissue sarcomas, outcomes after joint replacement surgery

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

Pathologic Fractures. Steffner RJ, Spiguel AR, Balach T. (2014). Skeletal Trauma,

How Much Tumor Surgery Do Early-career Orthopaedic Oncologists Perform?. Miller BJ, Rajani R, Leddy L, Carmody Soni EE, White JR, the Musculoskeletal Oncology Research Initiative. (2014). Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research,

What is the use of imaging before referral to an orthopaedic oncologist? A prospective, multicenter investigation. Miller, Benjamin J; Avedian, Raffi S; Rajani, Rajiv; Leddy, Lee; White, Jeremy R; Cummings, Judd; Balach, Tessa; MacDonald, Kevin. (2014). Clinical orthopaedics and related research, 3, (473), 868-74.

Coagulation, Blood Management, and Thromboembolism in Orthopedic Surgery. Balach T, Lieberman JL. (2014). Orthopaedic Knowledge Update, Edition 11,

Clinical evaluation and management of benign soft tissue tumors of the extremities. Erwteman, Andrew S; Balach, Tessa. (2014). Cancer treatment and research, (162), 171-202.