Our specialists each practice in a specific field of orthopedics, offering you the most precise level of expertise.

Sports Medicine | Surgery of the shoulder and knee | Joint replacement surgery

Treatment

Dr. Wasserlauf is personally invested in his patients’ outcomes. He employs non-operative treatment methods, when possible, to take advantage of the body’s ability to heal itself. When surgery is necessary, he is skilled in minimally-invasive techniques for shoulder, knee and sports injuries. He utilizes the most advanced techniques for joint preservation and joint replacement surgery. Dr. Wasserlauf has developed a reputation for connecting with his patients, a rarity in today’s rushed practices, which leads to a high level of patient satisfaction.

Specialties

Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the:

  • Elbow – ligament reconstruction (“Tommy John” surgery), tennis elbow repair
  • Shoulder – rotator cuff repair, instability repair, labral repair
  • Knee – knee ligament reconstruction, meniscal repair
  • Total knee replacement
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Joint preservation surgery
  • Total shoulder replacement
  • Care of fractures and traumatic injuries

Education

Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City

Residency in Orthopedics: New York, Orthopedic Hospital at Columbia University

Fellowship: in Sports Medicine – Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis

Memberships

PROFESSIONAL:
Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS)
Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine (ABOS)
Diplomat, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
Member, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
Member, Connecticut Orthopaedic Society
Member, New England Shoulder & Elbow Society (NESES)

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS:
Connecticut Surgery Center
Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center

ATHLETIC AFFILIATIONS:
Team physician for:
University of Hartford
Hartford WolfPack
AAC Men’s Basketball Tournament
Northwest Catholic High School

TEACHING APPOINTMENT
Clinical Associate, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Awards/Recognitions

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award – Nominee

Presentations/Publications

Wright RW, Steger-May K, Wasserlauf BL, O’Neal ME, Weinberg BW, Paletta GA: Elbow Range of Motion in Professional Baseball Pitchers. American Journal of Sports Medicine 34(2): 190-193, 2006.

Wasserlauf BL, Paletta GA: Throwing injuries in the skeletally-immature athlete. Orthopaedic Clinics of North America 34: 427-437, 2003.

Wasserlauf BL, Paletta GA: Developmental anatomy of the pediatric and adolescent knee. In Micheli and Kocher (eds): The Pediatric and Adolescent Knee. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2006, 27-32.

Wasserlauf BL, Matava MJ: Advances in the surgical treatment of SLAP lesions. Current Opinion in Orthopaedics 14: 262-268, 2003.

Wasserlauf BL, Gossett J, Boehm R, Rosenthal DI, Levine WN: Osteoid osteoma of the glenoid: minimally invasive treatment. American Journal of Orthopaedics 32: 405-407, 2003.

Wasserlauf BL, Sarwahi V, Rosenwasser MP: Dupuytren’s Disease, in Orthopaedic Hyperguide. Edited by Rosenwasser MP. SLAC Incorporated, July 2002.


Physician’s Assistant: Kristin Overton, PA-C

Kristin has been a Physician Assistant in orthopedics for 5 years working in conjunction with Dr. Wasserlauf and Dr. Bissell treating both sports related injuries as well as many general orthopedic problems. She is currently co-director of the Orthopedic Urgent Care in Bloomfield.

Kristin has previously worked in Neurosurgery for 15 years, in both the Hartford and New Haven areas, treating many spinal conditions. For the past 20 years she has been an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University Physician Assistant Program.

She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Anatomy. She then graduated from Quinnipiac University, receiving her Physician Assistant certificate as well as a Masters degree in Health Science. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants as well as the Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery.

She is involved in the community assisting in team coverage for local high schools as well as the University of Hartford athletics. In addition, she is a competitive triathlete competing in local, national and international events.