Fellowship-trained specialist in spinal surgery.

Surgery of the neck and back

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.

Offices: Bloomfield, Enfield, Rocky Hill


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

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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.

Physician Assistant: Marci Cookson, PA-C

Marci graduated from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA in 2008. She was fortunate enough to do both undergraduate and graduate degrees there. She always been drawn to orthopedics/sports. After initial rotation in the operating room and orthopedic clinic in 2007, Marci knew this was the field she was meant to work in.

In her spare time she likes to work out, with her current obsession being spinning; spend time outdoors doing activities such as hiking or water activities; and spending time with family and three crazy dogs.

Marci Cookson