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.


New York University School of Medicine


Montefiore Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Med


Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Visiting Associate Professor, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

  • 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

Locations for this Doctor

Exterior view of 4 Corporate Drive in Shelton

Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care Center – Shelton (4 Corporate Dr.)

4 Corporate Drive, Suite 282
Shelton, CT06484
United States

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Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care Center – Danbury

105-A Newtown Road
Danbury, CT06810
United States

Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care Center – Westport

191 Post Road West
Westport, CT06880
United States

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Connecticut Children’s Specialists at Specialty Surgical Center in Stamford

1281 East Main Street
Stamford, CT06902
United States