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Christopher Judson, MD 

Dr. Christopher Judson is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the hand and upper extremity. He recently joined Orthopedic Associates of Hartford and sees patients in Hartford, Plainville, and Rocky Hill.

Dr. Judson grew up in Suffield, Connecticut. He attended the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor,Connecticut. He then graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University in 2007 where he majored in molecular biology. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2011 from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where he graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Judson completed his orthopedic residency training at the University of Connecticut in 2016, where he authored multiple textbook chapters and research papers.

In addition to having a strong foundation in general orthopaedics, Dr. Judson is especially interested in surgery of the hand and upper extremity. He completed his Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. During that year, he focused on treatment of disorders of the hand, wrist, and elbow. He has a particular interest in fractures, nerve compression, sports injuries, and arthritis of the upper extremity. He has also spent significant time treating pediatric injuries and congenital hand issues, Dupuytren’s disease, and performing microvascular surgery. He has extensive training in his fellowship performing wide-awake hand surgery for multiple diagnoses, including carpal tunnel and trigger finger.

Eric Silverstein, MD 

Dr. Eric Silverstein is an orthopaedic oncologist / extreme orthopaedic surgeon who practices in Hartford at Saint Francis Hospital. He completed his undergraduate education at Rutgers College in New Jersey where he obtained two Bachelor’s degrees and taught mathematics. He trained in the Bronx, NY at Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he became a doctor of medicine. Dr. Silverstein then pursued his passion in orthopaedic surgery as an intern and resident in the University of Connecticut Health Center. There he trained in UCHC, Hartford Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, CCMC and NBGH. After completing his training, he sub-specialized in orthopaedic oncology at the prestigious Enneking fellowship in University of Florida where his mentors were, Dr.’s Scarborough, Gibbs, and Enneking.

Following his fellowship,he began his career back in Connecticut at UCHC and established a new oncologic program for the first time there. He remained there for approximately 4 years and then took an opportunity at Saint Francis Hospital as the Director of Musculoskeletal Oncology and Academic Director of Orthopaedic Surgery. He established the Connecticut Musuculoskeletal Cancer Alliance between the local hospitals. This also included a young adult sarcoma program with CCMC. He has remained at Saint Francis Hospital for over 8 years with a busy academic and clinical practice. His practice includes are large volume of oncology, joint arthroplasty and trauma/infection. He is passionate about teaching, work efficiency and quality, and prosthetic design. Currently he is an assistant professor at both University of Connecticut Health Center and Quinnipiac University - Frank Netter School of Medicine.

JoEllen Sefton, PhD, ATC

JoEllen Sefton, Ph.D., ATC is the director of the Auburn University Warrior Research Center, with the mission to assist the US Armed Forces in improving the physical and technical skills, equipment, health and performance of our Military, Families and Veterans. Dr. Sefton developed and led the Warrior Athletic Training Program at Ft. Benning, GA which provided sports medicine care, injury prevention, and performance improvement to over 60,000 Soldiers a year across 8 years.

She is currently an Associate Professor at Auburn University where she develops and teaches courses related to neuromechanics, research, and sports medicine. As the Director of the Auburn Neuromechanics Research Laboratory, Dr. Sefton studies neuromuscular and physiological effects of musculoskeletal injury; and the prevention, rehabilitation and treatment.

Sefton has been a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist for 18 years and a Certified Athletic Trainer for 16 years. She has worked with high school, college, Olympic and professional athletes, Broadway performers, professional musicians and Military and other tactical athletes.

John Fulkerson, MD 

Dr. Fulkerson’s practice is limited to arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery (meniscus, ligament, and rotator cuff tears) as well as patellofemoral joint preservation and stabilization surgery. Dr. John Fulkerson was head team physician for Connecticut’s only major league team, the NHL Hartford Whalers, until they left Connecticut in 1997 and also served as team physician for US Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey (Team USA) and Trinity College (Hartford) football and ice hockey. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the San Francisco Bay Area Knee Society and is past president of the Greater Hartford Orthopedic Education and Research Foundation, the Litchfield Land Trust, and the Herodicus Society. A Master Instructor of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), he served on the board and executive committee of AANA for 6 years. In 1994, Dr. Fulkerson founded the International Patellofemoral Study Group (with Jean Yves Dupont) and in 2003, founded the Patellofemoral Foundation. He is Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at University of Connecticut School of Medicine and has done over 12,000 arthroscopic knee and shoulder procedures. His primary focus is accurate, minimally invasive, and technically precise non-operative, arthroscopic and patellofemoral surgery. In 2011, Dr. Fulkerson was recognized as one of the top 1% orthopedic surgeons in the USA by US News and World Report. In 2016, he was voted Connecticut Orthopedist of the Year.

Nicholas Bontempo, MD 

Dr. Nicholas A. Bontempo obtained his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School in 2007. He then went on to complete his orthopedic residency at the University of Connecticut in 2012. As a chief resident in orthopedic surgery, he was awarded the Cavasos resident award, given to the most well-rounded resident, mentor and role model. Also as a resident Dr. Bontempo was awarded, the Courtland G. Lewis Founders award from the Greater Hartford Orthopedic Educational Research Fund, as well as the Connecticut Orthopedic Society Research award. Dr. Bontempo completed his Hand and Microvascular surgery fellowship training at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where his training focused on disorders specifically related to the hand, wrist, and elbow. He is a partner at Orthopedic Associates of Hartford where his practice focuses primarily on problems and disorders of the hand, wrist and elbow.

Robert Waskowitz, M.D.

Dr. Robert Waskowitz serves as the senior team physician for Central Connecticut State University Athletics and medical director for the Athletic Training Education Program.

Dr. Waskowitz graduated from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine in 1990 and completed his General Surgery Internship and Orthopedic Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He then completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. Dr. Waskowitz is one of the primary physicians covering the Summer and Winter X-Games for ESPN. He was awarded the Moyer Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association in 2012 for his work as a team physician.

Dr. Waskowitz continues to serve as an elected board member of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) Committee on the Medical Aspect of Sport (CMAS). He is a member of numerous societies including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Connecticut State Medical Society, and the Connecticut Orthopedic Society.

Elizabeth Tenison, MS, RD, CSP, CNSC 

Director of the Dietetic Internship at the University of Saint Joseph. Elizabeth has practiced as a Registered Dietitian in a variety of settings for 30 years. Her experience includes managing the daily operation of the internship and developing educational opportunities such as, a Sports Nutrition rotation with the CCSU Athletic Department. Elizabeth was awarded the Outstanding Dietitian in the State of Connecticut in 2016. She completed her undergraduate and master’s degree at The Ohio State University and is pursuing her doctorate at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Melissa Brown, PhD, RD

Graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (B.S.), Rush University in Chicago, IL (M.S/R.D.) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (PhD), as well as, completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Pancreatic Islet Transplantation at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Brown is a registered dietitian and an Assistant Professor at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT, and is the Co-Director of the Athlete Nutrition Advising Program. Dr. Brown has over 20 years of experience in performance nutrition dating back to 1995 and works with elite/professional, collegiate (Division I-III), and high school athletes to optimize performance through nutrition. Dr. Brown is a member of Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), American Diabetes Association (ADA), Diabetes Care and Education Practice Group (DCE), and the National Association of Research Nutrition (NARN).

Moderators

Jeff Brown, MD

Dr. Jeff Brown is a team physician at Central Connecticut State University. He graduated from Brown University’s School of Medicine in 1999 and completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Connecticut in 2004. Dr. Brown practices sports medicine at the Sports Medicine Institute at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and is the assistant director of the UCONN primary care sports medicine fellowship.

Robert Waskowitz, M.D.

Dr. Robert Waskowitz is senior team physician for Central Connecticut State University and Medical Director to the Athletic Training Education Program. 

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