Physician Profile

Craig M. Rodner, M.D.

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute

Dr. Rodner is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UConn Health. He completed a prestigious fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Brown University. Dr. Rodner specializes in the operative and non-operative management of hand, wrist and upper extremity problems.

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
  • Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolSwarthmore CollegePremed/Psychology
Medical SchoolUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineMedicine
ResidencyUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineOrthopaedic Surgery
FellowshipBrown University, Rhode Island HospitalHand Surgery and Upper Extremity
Honors and Awards:
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
"Top Docs" Greater Hartford Hand SurgeryHartford Magazine
"Top Docs" Orthopaedic SurgeryConnecticut Magazine
Harry Gossling Orthopaedic Educator of the Year Award The University of Connecticut
Gold Humanism Honor Society, Inaugural Chapter at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine – “Elected in recognition of exemplary service, integrity, clinical excellence, and compassion.”Gold Humanism Honor Society
University of Connecticut 40 Under 40 Outstanding Graduate – In honor of “demonstrated leadership and achievement as one of UConn’s 40 under 40 outstanding alumni.”University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Cavazos Award – Is “an honor bestowed on an individual by fellow residents. It is awarded yearly to the person we believe most closely exemplifies an outstanding, well-rounded resident, mentor, and role model.”University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut School of Medicine Dean’s Award – Awarded to one graduating medical student “for outstanding achievement in medical studies.”University of Connecticut School of Medicine
The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Humanism in Medicine Award – Awarded to one graduating medical student at each school in recognition of “compassion, empathy, respect, and cultural sensitivity in the delivery of care.”The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey
Phi Beta KappaSwarthmore College
Hospital Affiliation:
  • UConn John Dempsey Hospital
Research Interests:

Clinical Research Interests:
Basilar thumb arthritis/arthroplasty
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Hand and wrist surgery education

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

Metacarpophalangeal Joint Dislocation Following Tendon Transfer to the Thumb. Dukas, Alex G; Rodner, Craig M. (2016). The Journal of hand surgery, 3, (41), 483-6.

Wrist and Hand Cases. . (2016). Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Cases for Advanced Practice Nurses,

Sports-related wrist and hand injuries: a review. Avery, Daniel M; Rodner, Craig M; Edgar, Cory M. (2016). Journal of orthopaedic surgery and research, 1, (11), 99.

Operative Treatment of Unstable Long Oblique Proximal Phalanx Fractures. Nuland, Kyle; Charette, Ryan; Rodner, Craig M. (2016). The Journal of hand surgery, 1, (41), 120-1.

Age-Related Changes in FGF-2, Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptors and β-Catenin Expression in Human Mesenchyme-Derived Progenitor Cells. Hurley, Marja M; Gronowicz, Gloria; Zhu, Li; Kuhn, Liisa T; Rodner, Craig; Xiao, Liping. (2015). Journal of cellular biochemistry,