The Bone & Joint Institute Team

Comprehensive, Collaborative Care

At the Bone & Joint Institute, you’ll have access to highly-skilled doctors who sub-specialize in all areas of orthopedic care. Our providers are fellowship-trained and dedicated to using the latest, state-of-the-art approaches to get you on your way to recovery and healing.
What sets us apart from the rest? Our collaborative team, conveniently located within a dedicated building, is here to address the needs of your entire body. Whether you need imaging services, an orthopedic surgeon, a rheumatologist, infusion therapist, physical therapy, integrative medicine, a sports psychologist, or something more, we’ve got you covered.

Our fellowship trained surgeons cover specialty areas including:

  • ACL Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Elbow Injury/Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Gout
  • Hip Fractures
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hand and Wrist Surgery
  • Joint Replacement/Reconstruction
  • Knee Injuries/Surgery
  • Knee Replacement
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Spine Surgery
  • Sports Injuries

Bone & Joint Institute Leadership

Theodore Blaine, MDTheodore A. Blaine, MD

Physician-in-Chief, Bone & Joint Institute

Theodore A. Blaine, MD is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in orthopedics. He completed his medical school training at UCONN, post-doctoral training at Brown and Yale, and an orthopedic surgery residency and fellowship in orthopedic research at the University of Rochester. He went on to complete a fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow/Sports Medicine at Columbia University and served as a visiting fellow in Elbow Surgery at the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Blaine has a broad range of experience in academic, clinical, research and administrative roles at leading academic institutions. He currently performs the highest volume of shoulder replacement operations in Connecticut and has an excellent reputation for quality outcomes in these surgeries. He has received numerous postgraduate honors and teaching awards and is consistently elected as one of the Best Doctors in America. He is widely published and recently founded and serves as Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty.
Dr. Blaine operates at the state-of-the-art Bone & Joint Institute, and at the Hartford and Rocky Hill outpatient surgical centers. He joined us from Yale, served as the Interim Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, as well as Chief of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Stacey LombardiStacey Lombardi

Director of Operations, Bone & Joint Institute

In her role as director, Stacey partners with physician leaders to improve the quality of care provided to Bone & Joint Institute patients. She serves as administrator for the Institute, focusing her work on program and business development, clinical integration, and efficient operations.
She joined Hartford HealthCare in 2017, and brings over a decade of experience in the field of orthopedic service line management. Prior to her role at the Bone & Joint Institute, she served as the Director of Finance and Administration for the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale University.

Stacey has a master’s degree in business administration from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University. She is a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP).



Meet our Bone & Joint Institute Team:

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Name Specialties Location
Aron, Michael, MD
860.247.3279
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
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  • Hartford
Aronow, Michael Steve, MD
860.549.8258
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
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Ashmead, Duffield, MD
860.527.7161
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Pediatric Hand Surgery
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Becker, Gerald John, MD
860.549.8295
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
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Belniak, Robert Michael, MD
860.832.4666
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
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  • New Britain
  • Hartford
  • Southington
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Benthien, Ross Alan, MD
860.549.8262
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Plainville
  • Rocky Hill
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Bertuch, Kateryna, MD
860.496.1790
  • Rheumatology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Torrington
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Blaine, Theodore Alton, MD
203.323.2348
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hamden
  • Rocky Hill
  • Stamford
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Bontempo, Nicholas Albert, MD
860.549.8282
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Newington
  • Plainville
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Burns, Jeffrey K., MD
860.549.8208
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Rocky Hill
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Burton, Kevin James, MD
860.549.8230
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • Rocky Hill
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Caputo, Andrew Emanuel, MD
860.549.8266
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
  • Rocky Hill
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Carangelo, Robert James, MD
860.223.8553
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Hartford
  • Plainville
  • Rocky Hill
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Codispoti, Vincent Thomas, MD
860.549.3210
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Plainville
  • Rocky Hill
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Cucka, Michael Edward, MD
860.582.6603
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bristol
  • Southington
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Davis, Stephen Lawrence, MD
860.549.8293
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
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Dixon, Jonathan Allan, MD
860.524.2610
  • Rheumatology
  • Hartford
  • Manchester
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Dua, Vipul, MD
860.644.5900
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
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  • South Windsor
  • Hartford
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Dugdale, Thomas William, MD
860.549.8259
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
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  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Eisler, Jesse Grant, MD, PhD
860.872.6229
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
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  • Vernon
Esmende, Sean Molino, MD
860.549.8253
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
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  • Hartford
Fulkerson, John Pryor, MD
860.549.8269
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Jamian, Lia Sona, MD
860.524.2610
  • Rheumatology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Torrington
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Judson, Christopher Harry, MD
860.223.8553
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Plainville
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Karim, Farhan O., DO
860.832.4666
  • Spine Surgery
  • New Britain

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