Fellowship-trained specialist in spinal surgery.

Surgery of the neck and back

Offices: Bloomfield, Enfield, Rocky Hill

Dr. David Kruger is an orthopedic surgeon with Advanced Orthopedics New England. He is an attending physician at St. Francis Hospital, Medical Director of the Spine Institute of Connecticut, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

Dr. Kruger received his doctorate in medicine at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and completed his postgraduate training at the Henry Ford Hospital and University of Michigan, Biomechanics, Trauma and Sports Medicine Laboratory. He completed his spinal surgery fellowship at the State University of New York, Health Science Center. Dr. Kruger is a specialist in spinal surgery.


Undergraduate: College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University Medical School, Evanston, Illinois, 1979

Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, 1983

Residency: Orthopedic Surgery Resident, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit Michigan, 1989

Fellowship: Orthopedic Surgery Research Fellow, The University of Michigan, Biomechanics, Trauma and Sports Medicine Laboratory, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1987
Spinal Surgery Fellow, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, State University of New York, Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY, 1990

Book an appointmentPatient Form

Professional Appointments

  • Associate Attending Staff, St. Francis Hospital Medical and Dental Staff in the Department of Orthopedics, Hartford, CT, 1990 – present
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, 1990 – present


American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Connecticut Orthopedic Society
Connecticut State Medical Society
Department of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Hartford County Medical Association
North American Spine Society
St. Francis Physicians Health Organization
AOA Medical School Honor Society

Physician Assistant: Joshua Miles, PA-C

Joshua Miles is a Physician Assistant (PA-C) who practices orthopedics with a special interest in disorders of the spine. He has been with our practice since 2011 and has worked with Dr. Kruger since 2009. He has also worked at St. Francis Medical Center, now part of the Trinity Health Network, in the department of orthopedics since 2009, managing a wide variety of orthopedic problems including those related to the hand, spine, trauma and joint replacement, and is recognized as a lead PA. Prior to this he worked in emergency medicine.

He attended Quinnipiac University and graduated from their nationally recognized PA program in 2007. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Josh provides educational lectures to nursing/operating room staff and serves as a preceptor for PA students during their clinical year. He is certified by The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the state of Connecticut. He is a member of both the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants and Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Outside of work, Josh enjoys outdoor activities, sports and most of all spending time with his family and friends.

Joshua Miles

Physician Assistant: Jessica Temple, PA-C

Jessica is a certified Physician Assistant working with Dr. Kruger evaluating and treating disorders of the spine. She recently relocated from Kentucky where she worked for an orthopedic spine practice, specializing in post-operative spine care and managing orthopedic spine disorders in the hospital setting. Jessica is passionate about educating her patients on their conditions and treatment options so they can be more active participants in their recovery.

She graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She went on to attend Stony Brook University’s Physician Assistant Program and graduated with honors in 2013 with a Master of Science degree. She is certified by The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed by the State of Connecticut.

Jessica is a mother of two young children, and enjoys spending her free time with her family and their dog Theo.


XSchedule Telemedicine Appointment