Physician Profile

Thomas Michael DeBerardino, M.D.

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute

Dr. DeBerardino is a nationally renowned orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the knee, hip and shoulder. Dr. DeBerardino has a special interest in the management of complex injuries of the knee and shoulder and arthroscopic management of hip impingement in young active adults. Dr. DeBerardino recently moved to UConn after spending the last eight years at the United States Military Academy where he was the Head Team Physician for the collegiate athletic teams and Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship program. Dr. DeBerardino is now a team physician for UConn athletic teams including football and the men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as for the UFL Hartford Colonials football team.

Dr. DeBerardino is author of over 40 scientific articles on ligament, tendon and cartilage injuries of the knee and shoulder. He has won several prestigious awards including the AOSSM NCAA Research Award; the Aircast Award for Clinical Science Presentation; and the AOSSM-ESSKA European Traveling Fellowship. He is a member of many national and international professional societies including: the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the International ACL Study Group and the prestigious Herodicus Society.

Dr. DeBerardino also has a special interest in procedures to preserve the hip and knee joints. He is a faculty member in the Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement. He has a special interest in the use of hip arthroscopic procedures to avoid the development of arthritis and osteotomies and cartilage repair procedures to limit degeneration of the knee joint.

Office Locations:

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

Orthopaedic Surgery
2 Simsbury Road
Avon, CT 06001

Board Certifications:
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolUnited States Military AcademyChemistry
Medical SchoolNew York Medical CollegeMedicine
InternshipTripler Army Medical CenterTransitional
ResidencyTripler Army Medical CenterOrthopaedic Surgery
FellowshipU.S. Army Institute of Surgical ResearchOrthopaedic Sports Medicine
FellowshipU.S. Military AcademyOrthopaedic Sports Medicine, Rotations at Vail Steadman-Hawkins Clinic and Hospital for Special Surgery
Honors and Awards:
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Army Legion of Merit MedalUnited States Army
AOSSM NCAA Research Award for the Epidemiology of Shoulder Instability in a College-Aged Athletic PopulationAmerican Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
AAOS Leadership Fellows Program Selectee 2005-2006American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Army “A” Academic Achievement Designator AwardUnited States Army
Selected as Knee HeroBody1
ESSKA-AOSSM European Traveling FellowshipESSKA
Meritorious Service MedalUnited States Army
Aircast Award for Clinical Science Presentation: A Prospective, Randomized Evaluation of Acute, Traumatic, First-Time Shoulder DislocationsAmerican Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Army Achievement MedalUnited States Army
Best Scientific Paper: Arthroscopic Treatment of Soft Tissue Impingement in AthletesHawaii Orthopaedic Association
Best Scientific Paper: Glenoid Labrum Evaluation with MR Arthrography, MR Imaging, and CT ArthrographyAmerican College of Surgeons, Hawaii Chapter
Kirk Award Honorable Mention for Presentation: Glenoid Labrum Evaluation with MR Arthrography, MR Imaging, and CT ArthrographySociety of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
Army Commendation MedalUnited States Army
Army Service RibbonUnited States Army
Airborne School GraduateUnited States Army
Hospital Affiliation:
  • John Dempsey Hospital
Research Interests:

Dr. DeBerardino’s main clinical research interest is assessing the results of arthroscopic techniques for complex knee ligament injuries involving injury to the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and posterolateral ligaments, and arthroscopic stabilization surgery for knee and shoulder instability, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, and hip arthroscopy.

Dr. DeBerardino and co-investigators are evaluating 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, cruciate injuries to the knee, and cartilage and meniscal transplantation.

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

NeoCart Update: Review of Technique and Early Clinical Results. DeBerardino, Thomas M. (2015). Sports medicine and arthroscopy review, 3, (23), e23-4.

Calcium phosphate cement enhances the torsional strength and stiffness of high tibial osteotomies. Scordino, Laura E; Obopilwe, Elifho; Charette, Ryan; Edgar, Cory M; DeBerardino, Thomas M; Mazzocca, Augustus D. (2015). Knee surgery, sports traumatology, arthroscopy : official journal of the ESSKA,

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.

Tibial Fixation Properties of a Continuous-Loop ACL Hamstring Graft Construct with Suspensory Fixation in Porcine Bone. Smith, Patrick A; DeBerardino, Thomas M. (2014). The journal of knee surgery, 6, (28), 506-12.

Arthroscopically assisted stabilization of chronic AC-joint instabilities in GraftRope™ technique with an additive horizontal tendon augmentation. Jensen, Gunnar; Katthagen, Jan Christoph; Alvarado, Laura; Lill, Helmut; Voigt, Christine. (2013). Archives of orthopaedic and trauma surgery, 6, (133), 841-51.