Dr. Watson received his medical degree from George Washington University and completed his residency at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. He is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic hand surgeon with a specialty board certification in hand surgery. He was accepted into the American Society for Surgery of Hand. He is the author of extensive scientific peer review publications and articles. He is the most published author in the Journal of Hand Surgery since its inception. The “Watsonian” approach to postoperative care was introduced in the early seventies.
Dr. Watson is the founder and first president of the New England Hand Society. He is the founder and chief of the Connecticut Combined Hand Surgery Fellowship Training Program at Hartford Hospital, in association with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Watson has trained 134 orthopaedic hand surgeons since starting the fellowship program. These hand surgeons are accepted through the National Match Program for a year in hand surgery. Dr. Watson was the Orthopaedist of the Year in the Connecticut State Medical Society in 2000. He has been listed in Best Doctors of America since its inception. He has been chosen by his peers and is the only listed hand surgeon chosen by Hartford Magazine's Peer Review Study.
Dr. Ashmead is a board certified plastic surgeon with a certificate of added qualification in surgery of the hand. His practice is limited to the care of the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow. He has particular interest in congenital hand issues and other problems affecting children.
Originally from Philadelphia, Dr. Ashmead completed his undergraduate training at Princeton before attending Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. After preliminary general surgical training at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, Dr. Ashmead completed a one year fellowship in surgery of the hand with the Connecticut Combined Hand Surgery Fellowship at the University of Connecticut. He was a resident in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, Massachusetts. An additional eighteen months of fellowship training includes six months at the Hospital for Sick Children, London, England. Dr. Ashmead has held teaching appointments at the University of Massachusetts and at Yale; he is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery and Orthopaedics at the University of Connecticut. Having published a variety of scientific articles and book chapters, he remains active in clinical research, and the teaching of residents and postgraduate fellows. He is co-director of the Division of Hand Surgery at Hartford Hospital and also at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut
Dr. Mastella, a Connecticut native, cares for upper extremity problems from shoulder to fingertips. He did his undergraduate training at Georgetown University and attended medical school at the University of Connecticut. His postgraduate training was in Orthopaedic surgery at the University of Connecticut Residency Program. He then completed a sub specialty fellowship in hand surgery at the Philadelphia Hand Center, working at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut and a facility member at the Connecticut Combined Hand Surgery Fellowship. He has publications and presentations in nerve and tendon reconstruction and arthritis of the elbow, wrist and hand. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, a member of the New England Hand Society and a founding member of the New England Shoulder and Elbow Society.
Teresa Pianta, M.D. received an undergraduate Degree in Molecular biology from Princeton University. She attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where she graduated with a Distinction in Research in the area of cartilage biology. She completed her post graduate residency training in Orthopaedic surgery at the University of Connecticut. An additional twelve months was spent in a sub specialized fellowship training program at the Philadelphia Hand Center where she studied hand surgery affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and many surrounding area surgery centers. She has experience in all areas of hand and wrist surgery along with the treatment of the non-invasive, non-surgical procedure for Dupuytren’s Disease.
She has publications in Orthopaedics. She is a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Association for Hand Surgery, New England Hand Society and Connecticut Orthopaedic Society.