Physician Profile

Augustus D. Mazzocca, M.S., M.D.

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health
Director, UConn Musculoskeletal Institute
Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Harry and Helen Gray/Harry R. Gossling, M.D. Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Clinical Biomechanics and the Bioskills Laboratory, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Affiliated Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture, University of Hartford
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute

Dr. Augustus D. Mazzocca is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UConn Health. He is the director of the Orthopaedic Bioskills Laboratory, and director of Resident Education for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also an active team physician for the UConn athletic teams. Dr. Mazzocca specializes in the management of shoulder and elbow problems.

Dr. Mazzocca is a member of the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society, as well as being a member of the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow. He is a co-founder of the New England Shoulder and Elbow Society, which is a regional society dedicated to educating and researching problems related to the shoulder and elbow.

Dr. Mazzocca has three patents on devices and processes to improve healing of rotator cuff repairs and has designed three products used to reconstruct shoulder injuries.

Office Locations:

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

Board Certifications:
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolDenison UniversityBiology
Graduate SchoolSpringfield CollegeApplied Physiology
Medical SchoolUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineMedicine
InternshipUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineOrthopaedic Surgery
ResidencyUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineOrthopaedic Surgery
FellowshipRUSH UniversitySports Medicine
Honors and Awards:
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Outstanding Shoulder Surgeons and Specialists Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review
Scientific Award for Best Scientific Paper; Osaka, Japan. In Vivo response of Human Tencytes to Extracellular Matrix patches used for Rotator Cuff Repair. Shea K, Arciero RC, Ledgard F, and Mazzocca AD. ISAKOS 7th Biennial Congress
Albert Trillat Young Investigator Award; Osaka, Japan. Jeffrey Spang, Effect of Menisectomy and Meniscal Allograft Transplantation on Knee and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Biomechanics.ISAKOS 7th Biennial Congress
Best Doc in Connecticut 2008-2009Hartford Magazine
Ethicon Johnson and Johnson University of Connecticut Medical Student Research Award. “The Evaluation of an Objective Measure in Arthroscopic Proficiency.” Insall, A (MSII) and Mazzocca AD (Faculty Sponsor).University of Connecticut
America’s Top Orthopedists 2007, 2008 Consumers’ Research Council of America
Ethicon Johnson and Johnson University of Connecticut Medical Student Research Award. The Evaluation of AM and PL Bundles of the ACL Through a Complete Range of Motion. Anderson M (MSII), Geaney L (MSII), and Mazzocca AD (Faculty Sponsor).University of Connecticut
Richard B. Caspari Award (Best International Upper Extremity Paper). Arthroscopic Single Versus Double Row Suture Anchor Rotator Cuff Repair.2005 International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sp
Best Scientific Exhibit 2005. (Subscapularis Dysfunction After Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: A Biomechanical and Clinical Evaluation of a Novel Lesser Tuberosity Osteotomy Repair Technique).American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
Finalist, Richard Caspari Award, 4th Biennial ISAKOS Congress, Auckland, New Zealand International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Cavasos Resident of the Year University of Connecticut
Resident Scholarship for Advanced Shoulder ArthroscopyAANA
Basic Course for Orthopaedic Educators, Residency ScholarshipAAOS
U.S. Lacrosse Ambassador to Australia U.S. Lacrosse
NCAA National Lacrosse Tournament Participant NCAA
Hospital Affiliation:
  • UConn John Dempsey Hospital
Research Interests:

Clinical outcomes after shoulder surgery to manage stability and arthritis of the shoulder and elbow and rotator cuff injury

Basic Science:
Assessment of instability and repair of rotator cuffs of the shoulder, and the development of novel biologic techniques to promote healing of tendon

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

Extracellular Matrix of Current Biological Scaffolds Promotes the Differentiation Potential of Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Voss, Andreas; McCarthy, Mary Beth; Hoberman, Alexander; Cote, Mark P; Imhoff, Andreas B; Mazzocca, Augustus D; Beitzel, Knut. (2016). Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association,

Murine supraspinatus tendon injury model to identify the cellular origins of rotator cuff healing. Yoshida, Ryu; Alaee, Farhang; Dyrna, Felix; Kronenberg, Mark S; Maye, Peter; Kalajzic, Ivo; Rowe, David W; Mazzocca, Augustus D; Dyment, Nathaniel A. (2016). Connective tissue research,

A Biomechanical Analysis of Different Clavicular Tunnel Diameters in Anatomic Acromioclavicular Ligament Reconstruction. Voss, Andreas; Beitzel, Knut; Alaee, Farhang; Dukas, Alex; Herbst, Elmar; Obopilwe, Elifho; Apostolakos, John; DiVenere, Jessica; Singh, Hardeep; Cote, Mark P; Mazzocca, Augustus D. (2016). Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association,

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,

Open Subpectoral Tenodesis of the Proximal Biceps. Voss, Andreas; Cerciello, Simone; Yang, Justin; Beitzel, Knut; Cote, Mark P; Mazzocca, Augustus D. (2016). Clinics in sports medicine, 1, (35), 137-52.