Carl W. Nissen, M.D.

Medical Advisor for Research

Dr. Nissen is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with a certificate of added qualification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. Dr. Nissen completed his undergraduate training at Princeton University and attended medical school at the University of Connecticut. His postgraduate training was in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut followed by a sports medicine fellowship at Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center under Dr. Frank Noyes.

Dr. Nissen is a Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut and has worked extensively with orthopedic residents and sports medicine fellows throughout his career twice earning Educator of the Year for his efforts. He is the team physician for several area high schools and colleges, Lead Team Physician for the US Lacrosse U-19 Women’s National Lacrosse team and a consultant to Major League Lacrosse. Dr. Nissen has been involved with concussion management and legislation in the State of Connecticut for many years helping to write the current laws, establishing the Connecticut Concussion Task Force, and developing the concussion programs in the Hartford region. He is actively involved in research publishing over 50 articles and presents regularly at regional and national meetings. His work includes research on common athletic injuries seen in adolescent and young adult individuals with special interest in the treatment of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury prevention and reconstructive techniques, and injuries to the arm in Overhead Athletes. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, New England Shoulder and Elbow Society, Research in Osteochondritis Dissecans group (ROCK, Inc.), Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRISM).

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