Physician Profile

Kevin P. Shea, M.D.

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute

Dr. Kevin Shea is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UConn Health. He has served as a team physician for the Hartford Whalers professional ice hockey team, the UConn varsity athletic teams, Trinity College, and for several local high schools. Dr. Shea teaches orthopaedic physical therapy at the University of Hartford and UConn at Storrs. He specializes in the treatment of shoulder and knee problems.

Office Locations:

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

Orthopaedic Surgery
1115 West Street
Southington, CT 06489

Board Certifications:
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolUniversity of MichiganMedicine
Medical SchoolUniversity of MichiganDoctorate of Medicine
InternshipCase Western Reserve University General Surgery
FellowshipCase Western Reserve University ProgramBiomechanics
ResidencyCase Western Reserve University Orthopaedic Surgery
FellowshipUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicineOrthopaedic Sports Medicine
Honors and Awards:
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Faculty Sponsor of J Whit Ewing AANA Fellow Paper Contest WinnerArthroscopy Association of North America
Teacher of the YearUConn Residents
Provost's Awards for Excellence in Public EngagementUniversity of Connecticut
Scientific Award for the Best Scientific Paper Presented at the ISAKOS Meeting, Osaka, JapanISAKOS
Best Doctors in ConnecticutConnecticut Magazine
Top DocsHartford Magazine
Hospital Affiliation:
  • UConn John Dempsey Hospital
Research Interests:

Clinical Research Interests:
New and novel treatments for osteoarthritis of the shoulder.
Treatment of chronic rotator cuff tendonitis.

Basic Science Research Interests:
Development of bioengineered patches for rotator cuff reconstruction.

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

ISAKOS upper extremity committee consensus statement on the need for diversification of the Rockwood classification for acromioclavicular joint injuries. Beitzel, Knut; Mazzocca, Augustus D; Bak, Klaus; Itoi, Eiji; Kibler, William B; Mirzayan, Raffy; Imhoff, Andreas B; Calvo, Emilio; Arce, Guillermo; Shea, Kevin. (2014). Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association, 2, (30), 271-8.

A biomechanical analysis of gap formation and failure mechanics of a xenograft-reinforced rotator cuff repair in a cadaveric model. Shea, Kevin P; Obopilwe, Elifho; Sperling, John W; Iannotti, Joseph P. (2012). Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery / American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons ... [et al.], 8, (21), 1072-9.

Inter-rater agreement of the Goutallier, Patte, and Warner classification scores using preoperative magnetic resonance imaging in patients with rotator cuff tears. Lippe, Julienne; Spang, Jeffrey T; Leger, Robin R; Arciero, Robert A; Mazzocca, Augustus D; Shea, Kevin P. (2012). Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association, 2, (28), 154-9.

Systematic review: what surgical technique provides the best outcome for symptomatic partial articular-sided rotator cuff tears?. Bollier, Matthew; Shea, Kevin. (2012). The Iowa orthopaedic journal, (32), 164-72.

Study designs: Case-controlled Studies, Level III Evidence, STROBE Checklist. Chan K, Shea KP, Bhandari M. (2011). Arthroscopy, 4 Suppl 1, (27), S28-32.