Physician Profile

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

Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health
Director, UConn Musculoskeletal Institute
Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director of 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
FellowshipRUSH UniversitySports Medicine
InternshipUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineOrthopaedic Surgery
ResidencyUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineOrthopaedic Surgery
Hospital Affiliation:
  • 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

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,

Platelet-Rich Plasma Increases Anti-inflammatory Markers in a Human Coculture Model for Osteoarthritis. Osterman, Chelsea; McCarthy, Mary Beth R; Cote, Mark P; Beitzel, Knut; Bradley, James; Polkowski, Gregory; Mazzocca, Augustus D. (2015). The American journal of sports medicine,

Distal triceps knotless anatomic footprint repair is superior to transosseous cruciate repair: a biomechanical comparison. Clark, Jonathan; Obopilwe, Elifho; Rizzi, Angelo; Komatsu, David E; Singh, Hardeep; Mazzocca, Augustus D; Paci, James M. (2014). Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association, 10, (30), 1254-60.

US definitions, current use, and FDA stance on use of platelet-rich plasma in sports medicine. Beitzel, Knut; Allen, Donald; Apostolakos, John; Russell, Ryan P; McCarthy, Mary Beth; Gallo, Gregory J; Cote, Mark P; Mazzocca, Augustus D. (2014). The journal of knee surgery, 1, (28), 29-34.

Letter to the editor regarding our article "properties of biologic scaffolds and their response to mesenchymal stem cells". Mazzocca, Augustus D; Beitzel, Knut. (2014). Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association, 9, (30), 1052.