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  November 13, 2000

West Point Sports Medicine Specialist
Joins Orthopedic Program

Robert Arciero, previously the head team physician of the intercollegia te athletic program at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, has joined the orthopedic group at the UConn Health Center.

Specializing in knee and shoulder injuries, especially in the area of sports medicine ligament and cartilage injuries, Arciero has extensive experience treating competitive athletes at the high school and Division 1 levels.

He comes to the Health Center ready to take on "civilian life," while remaining in an academic environment - a significant consideratio n in his decision, he said: "It was important to me to remain in an academic environment. And to be able to work with the outstanding group here at the Health Center was simply ideal."

Bruce Browner, head of orthopedic surgery, welcomed Arciero to the group. "I've received numerous comments from sports medicine authorities around the country regarding Dr. Arciero," Browner said. "He is universally respected for his clinical expertise and scholarship in the field of sports medicine."

Adding another orthopedic surgeon, skilled in the expanding field of sports medicine, also bolsters the Musculoskeletal Signature Program. As one of the strategic initiatives to link areas of excellence in research and treatment, the musculoskeletal program will profit from Arciero's national stature and medical knowledge.

Currently, he is the program director and coordinator of the science program for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine annual meeting scheduled for March 2001 in San Francisco, and the society's June Specialty Day meeting in Keystone, Colo.

In addition to serving as the athletic physician at West Point, Arciero was the director of the Army's Joint and Soft Tissue Trauma Fellowship. He also held the position of clinical assistant professor at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., and was the staff orthopaedist at West Point's Keller Army Hospital. He served as the orthopedic surgeon and chief of orthopedics during the military operation Desert Shield/Storm and was awarded the Bronze Star.

The recipient of a four-year ROTC scholarship, Arciero earned his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bona, N.Y. He received his medical degree, also with honors, from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his surgical internship and orthopedic residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. He trained at Harborview, and Swedish Hospital medical centers, both in Seattle, and also at Gillette Crippled Children's Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Arciero also trained under the direction of the world-famous orthopedic specialist John Feagin.

He is the recipient of many awards and honors and has published extensively including abstracts, journal articles, and book chapters. Arciero serves on many professional committees and has presented at meetings worldwide.

Jane Shaskan