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Donna M. Pacicca, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

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Practice Name Connecticut Children's Specialty Group

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BA, Columbia University, 1987
MD, New York University School of Medicine, 1991

Orthopaedic Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1991-1996

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University School of Medicine, 1996-1997

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Faculty Appointment

    Visiting Associate Professor, University of Connecticut School of Medicine 

    Clinical Expertise

    Donna Pacicca, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at Connecticut Children’s. Dr. Pacicca’s clinical interests include pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, fracture and reconstruction. Dr. Pacicca is also a basic science researcher with a focus on single-cell genomics of bone and cartilage and the effects of diabetes on bone cells. She is a former division I soccer player and continues to enjoy running and cycling.

    Selected Publications

    • Knewtson KE, Gonzalez Flores JG, Pacicca DM, Robinson JL. Transcriptome Sequencing Reveals Sex Differences in Human Meniscal Cell Response to Estrogen Based on Dosing Kinetics. bioRxiv (doi: 10.1101/2020.04.27.064451), April 2020

    • Pacicca DM, Brown T, Watkins D, et al. Elevated glucose acts directly on osteocytes to increase sclerostin expression in diabetes. Sci Rep 9, 17353 (2019) PMID: 31757981

    • McLeod TV, Israel M, Christino MA, Chung JS, McKay SD, Lang PJ, Bell DR; PRiSM Sports Specialization Research Interest Group, Chan CM, Crepeau A, Davis E, Fletcher AL, Laniak J, McCaffrey K, Pacicca D, Riederer M, Rizzone K, Rush JK, Zaslow T. Sport Participation and Specialization Characteristics Among Pediatric Soccer Athletes. Orthop J Sports Med. 2019 Mar 27;7(3):2325967119832399. PMID: 30944839

    • Khoury M, Robinson AL, Staggs V, Dunoski B, and Pacicca D. The Relationship of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Insertion Sites to the Distal Femoral Growth Centers: an MRI study. Arthroscopy: Journal of Arthroscopic & Related Surgery, 33(6):e6. June 2017.

    • Shaw KA, Dunoski BS, Mardis N, Pacicca D. The Effect of Bony Parameters on the Pediatric Knee: Normal versus Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury versus Tibial Spine Avulsion Fracture. Surg J (N Y). 2016 Dec 22;2(4):e151-e155. 2016 Oct. PMID: 28825010

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