H. Kirk Watson, M.D.
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 orthopaedic surgeon with fellowship training and a specialty board certification in hand surgery. He is a lifetime member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Watson has to his credit an extensive number of scientific peer review articles and publications. 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 Director Emeritus of the University of Connecticut Hand Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Watson has trained over 170 hand surgeons since starting the fellowship program. 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, 1992-2004. He was listed in the Leading Physicians of the World, 2010-2011 by The International Association of Health Care Professionals.
Duffield Ashmead, M.D.
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. Congenital hand issues and other problems affecting children are of particular interest to him.
Originally from Philadelphia, Dr. Ashmead completed his undergraduate education 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. An additional eighteen months of fellowship training included 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 the Program Director of the University of Connecticut Hand Surgery Fellowship and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery 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.
Daniel J. Mastella, M.D.
Dr. Mastella is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with a certificate of added qualification in surgery of the hand. A Connecticut native, Dr. Mastella completed 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. A subspecialty fellowship in Hand Surgery at the Philadelphia Hand Center, working at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia followed his post graduate orthopaedic training.x
Dr. Mastella is an Assistant Director of the University of Connecticut Hand Surgery Fellowship Program and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut. He is Director of the Hand Surgery Service at Hartford Hospital and Medical Director at the Glastonbury Surgery Center. Dr. Mastella has presented his research to the New England Hand Society, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), the New England Shoulder and Elbow Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is published in Hand Clinics, the Journal of Hand Surgery and various ASSH textbooks. His presentation and publications include research on 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 and the Hartford Hand Club.
JAMES R. PIORKOWSKI, M.D.
Dr. Piorkowski is a fellowship trained hand and upper extremity surgeon with residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and General Surgery. A Connecticut native, Dr. Piorkowski earned his undergraduate degree in biology at the College of the Holy Cross and completed medical school at Georgetown University. He completed a general surgery residency at the University of Connecticut prior to his plastic surgery residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Piorkowski was on the clinical staff at UAB as an Instructor of Hand, Breast and Reconstructive Microsurgery within the Division of Plastic Surgery before completing his Fellowship training in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UAB. After achieving board certifications in both general and plastic surgery, he completed Orthopaedic Surgery training at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Dr. Piorkowski has presented his research to the New England Hand Society, the New England Surgical Society, the Southeastern Plastic Surgery Society, the Alabama Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Southeastern Orthopedic Foot Club. He has published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dermatologic Surgery, The Journal of Hand Surgery and Annals of Plastic Surgery. His presentations and publications include research on free flap reconstruction of the foot and ankle, complex extremity reconstruction and limb salvage, hand and finger replantation and congenital hand disorders. His clinical interests span both plastic and orthopaedic surgery including disorders of the hand, elbow and shoulder, complex limb reconstruction, peripheral nerve surgery and treatment of fractures in both children and adults.
CHRISTOPHER J. DILLON, PA-C
Christopher Dillon is a Connecticut licensed Physician Assistant. A graduate of Quinnipiac University with his Master of Health Science degree, Physician Assistant Program, Mr. Dillon had earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Vermont. Prior to beginning his post graduate studies, Mr. Dillon worked in a variety of health care organizations in roles that included research assistant, procurement technician, operating room technician and surgical technician.
Mr. Dillon's professional affiliations include the New England Hand Society, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants. He has been published in “Neuropharmacology” and “Alcohol” and has presented research at the Society for Neuroscience Conferences and the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants. He was the recipient of an Intramural Research Training Award from the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore, MD, the John Dewey Award for Excellence in Independent Research and was a grant recipient from the Hughes Endeavor for Life Sciences Excellence (HELiX). In addition, Mr. Dillon had been an active volunteer for several organizations including the National Kidney Foundation, the National Liver Foundation and Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES).