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Monica Buchanan, Director of Communications
Hartford, CT – Connecticut Children’s is excited to introduce Mark Rieger, MD and Anna Katsman, MD as its newest Fairfield County-based orthopedic surgeons. Drs. Rieger and Katsman will provide expanded pediatric urgent orthopedic and sports medicine expertise and care to the children and families of Fairfield County and New York. They will see patients at Connecticut Children’s Shelton office located at 2 Ivy Brook Road beginning July 6th.
“Connecticut Children’s is committed to providing quick and easy access to families in Fairfield County and across the state,” said Jeff Thomson, MD, division head of orthopedics at Connecticut Children’s. “The addition of two outstanding orthopedic surgeons in our Danbury and Shelton locations shows our commitment to providing the best pediatric care, close to home.”
Dr. Rieger is a veteran, board certified pediatric orthopedic surgeon with extensive expertise in trauma, sports medicine, arthroscopy, scoliosis, clubfoot and hip disorders. His knee and shoulder arthroscopy skills earned him recognition as one of the “Top 100 Minimally Invasive Surgeons in the Tri-State Area” by New York magazine.
He earned his medical degree at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed his surgical internship and orthopedic surgical residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Dr. Rieger is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA), the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), and the Orthopedic Research Society (ORS). Because of this expertise, he is a frequently guest speaker at orthopedic and sports medicine conferences across the country.
Dr. Rieger was also the first physician in the state of New Jersey to perform endoscopic spine surgery and hip ultrasound and be certified in Ponseti clubfoot technique.
He has also volunteered his time and expertise as part of a medical mission to Egypt to treat children with complex pediatric orthopedic conditions and teach other orthopedic surgeons.
“I’m excited to join the Connecticut Children’s team. I bring more than 30 years of orthopedic and sports medicine knowledge to Fairfield county families and I look forward to meeting them soon,” said Dr. Rieger.
Dr. Anna Katsman is a board eligible pediatric orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty interest in adolescent sport injuries, scoliosis, trauma and hip preservation. She earned her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia after graduating from University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science. After medical school, Dr. Katsman completed a research fellowship in biomedical tissue engineering working to design bone regeneration tissues.
Dr. Katsman graduated from orthopedic surgery residency at Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital. She went on to complete a pediatric orthopedic fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center.
She continued her training with a sports medicine fellowship at New York University where she has taken care of athletes participating in college and professional leagues including NFL and WNHL. Dr. Katsman is trained in physeal-sparing surgical techniques that avoid injury to young athletes’ growth plates so that there is no disruption to their normal growth.
Dr. Katsman will oversee Connecticut Children’s female athlete program in Fairfield County. These athletes may be at higher risk for certain injuries – like ACL sprains, tears and even ruptures – and can face additional health concerns, such as issues with bone density and hormone disorders.
“Connecticut Children’s orthopedic and sports medicine program offers expert care close to home for all Fairfield County families. I look forward to caring for all the incredible athletes in Fairfield County and providing quick and easy access to our care when our families need it,” said Dr. Katsman.
Connecticut Children’s is the only pediatric health system in the state dedicated exclusively to the care of all children.
For more information, visit connecticutchildrens.org/orthosportsmed
About Connecticut Children’s
Connecticut Children’s is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and a Magnet® designated hospital. Connecticut Children’s provides more than 30 pediatric specialties along with community-based programs to uniquely care for the physical, social, and emotional needs of children. Our team of pediatric experts and care coordinators bring access to breakthrough research, advanced treatments for both rare and common diseases, and innovative health and safety programs to every child. Connecticut Children’s is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to healthcare for all children through convenient locations, care alliances and partnerships.