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February 10, 2022

Meet Dr CiminielloDr. Angelo Ciminiello hits it out of the park when it comes to sports medicine. As a fellow sports enthusiast, Dr. Ciminiello has always had a passion for helping athletes. From playing Division 1 baseball in college, to serving as physician to the Boston Celtics and Northeastern University, Dr. Ciminiello has had a longstanding love and appreciation for sports and sports medicine.

It is this same passion for sports, medicine, and helping people that has led him to OrthoConnecticut. At OrthoConnecticut, every patient is treated with an individualized treatment plan and compassionate care. Dr. Ciminiello is one of the leading sports medicine specialists who routinely practices knee, hip and shoulder surgery. His philosophy is that you don’t need to be a high-level athlete to receive high-level care.

Q: Why should a patient select OrthoConnecticut for their orthopedic care?

A: Dr. Ciminiello: Patients should choose OrthoConnecticut because we provide state-of-the-art orthopedic care in our own neighborhoods. Each of our physicians is board-certified and fellowship-trained in their respective disciplines. We also have our own orthopedic only operating room which allows us to provide an exceptional patient experience and the ability for patients to return home very quickly after surgery.

Q: Why did you decide to go into orthopedics (specifically sports medicine), as your specialty area? And why OrthoConnecticut?

A: Dr. Ciminiello: I chose sports medicine because I enjoyed playing sports my whole life. I have always wanted to take care of athletes, youth all the way up to professional, and because exercise and sport engagement is an important component of overall health.

Q: What is the most memorable surgery you have performed?

A: Dr. Ciminiello: The most memorable surgery was taking care of two broken femurs and two broken tibias from a bad car accident. That patient still sends me a Christmas card every year.

Q: If you had a day all to yourself what would you do?

A: Dr. Ciminiello: Wake up, kiss my wife, take a morning run, see patients, operate, go to one of my kid’s sporting events, and eat dinner with my entire family.

Q: What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic?

A: Dr. Ciminiello: Always stay true to what matters most and be patient with those around you. You never know what kind of day they had.

Q: Why is OrthoConnecticut’s Ridgefield office moving locations and what are the key features of the new space?

A: Dr. Ciminiello: We are moving locations because we wanted to be able to provide the same experience and clinical expertise currently enjoyed at our Danbury location. The new space is fresh and inviting, with more patient rooms, a clean, waiting area and has plenty of parking with easy access to the office from the parking lot.

Q: In addition to working with major sports organizations, where did you do your training?

A: Dr Ciminiello: I was lucky to begin my medical education at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and complete my residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center. I completed my subspecialty training during my fellowship in Sports Medicine at the renowned New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA. All 3 centers were wonderful places to train and I learned from some of the best surgeons in the field.

With his passion for sports medicine, Dr. Ciminiello is pleased to serve his family, community and the great patients of OrthoConnecticut. His focus on the patient, a smooth recovery and getting each one back to mobility is a consistent thread in his practice. He is aware that life can throw unexpected curveballs, and is dedicated to making sure that he and OrthoConnecticut are ready to help.

February 10, 2022

Robert P. Fornshell, MD.Our hearts go out to the Fornshell family, on the passing of Robert P. Fornshell, MD. Dr. Fornshell, 96, was a founding member of our practice, and an integral part of forging a strong medical and orthopedic community in the area. A gentle, kind, and caring physician, Dr. Fornshell was a respected colleague and talented surgeon. We are forever grateful for his legacy and are honored to carry it forward at OrthoConnecticut. Our thoughts are with the Fornshell family at this time.

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February 01, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OrthoConnecticut's Ridgefield office has relocated to 90 Grove Street, Suite 107

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Ridgefield, Connecticut - As of February 1st, OrthoConnecticut's Ridgefield office has relocated to 90 Grove St., Suite 107, Ridgefield, CT 06877. The new Ridgefield office is a modern facility with ample parking and all the amenities and features that patients have come to depend on from the state’s premier orthopedic group, OrthoConnecticut. These include physician expertise, expert diagnostics and treatment plans, the finest surgical technique, state-of-the-art imaging, prompt follow-ups, easy accessibility, and compassionate orthopedic care throughout a patient’s recovery journey.

“We are excited to welcome patients to our new location providing access to the highest quality orthopedic care for the complete range of orthopedic and joint issues, right in the heart of Ridgefield,” says Dr. Michael Brand, President of OrthoConnecticut. 

OrthoConnecticut’s Ridgefield office provides treatment for children and adults for every type of musculoskeletal issue. The practice’s highly trained, board-certified, orthopedic surgeons who see patients in Ridgefield are Dr. Michael Brand, Dr. Angelo Ciminiello, Dr. James DePuy, Dr. John Dunleavy and Dr. Ross Henshaw, many of whom have lived and worked in Ridgefield and surrounding towns for many years. Also seeing patients in the Ridgefield office is Dr. Eugene Zeitler, who practices chiropractic and rehabilitative medicine.

“OrthoConnecticut is proud of its longstanding commitment to Connecticut and the Ridgefield community, providing top-notch orthopedic services by physicians who not only live in the area, but call Ridgefield home”, adds Dr. Brand. “We are the team physicians for Ridgefield High School and are proud to have been caring for the families here and in the surrounding towns for decades.”

And what's more? The practice's OrthoCare Express emergency service, previously only at the Danbury office, will now be available for the immediate treatment of severe injuries, fractures and dislocations at this location during weekday hours.

Sports medicine specialist and RHS team doctor, Dr. Angelo Ciminiello, is thrilled to welcome patients to the new office space this month. “We are committed to this community and to providing state-of-the-art orthopedic surgical and non-surgical treatments, close to home.” He adds, “We treat the complete range of orthopedic issues from simple to complex, and help our patients on the path toward better movement and an active lifestyle.”

To make an appointment in the new Ridgefield office, or to learn more visit or call 1.833.ORTHOCT (1.833.678.4628).


About OrthoConnecticut

OrthoConnecticut is the region’s premier, multi-specialty orthopedic practice, helping patients regain mobility, lead active lives, and attain optimal well-being. 28 fellowship-trained, board-certified physicians offer patient care at 9 offices in Danbury, Darien, Litchfield, New Milford, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Sharon, Southbury, and Westport. The practice’s urgent care service, OrthoCare Express, is open 7 days a week for emergencies and is available in Danbury, Darien, New Milford, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Sharon, Southbury, and Westport. To make an appointment in the new Ridgefield office, or to learn more visit or call 1.833.ORTHOCT (1.833.678.4628).

October 06, 2021

Spine ailments are common – don’t wait to get help.

dr atanda and dr paul review imagesOh, my aching neck and back! Ever hear or think that, or see someone walking around with a curved back, or a child in a back brace? Wonder what is causing those aches, pains, or conditions? Sure, it could be muscular, and a good massage or some R&R is all you need, but it could also be structural and stem from the spine. Don’t live with pain when a timely and accurate diagnosis can get you back to doing the things you love.

The most common spinal conditions seen by our physicians, Justin Paul, MD, PhD and Abiola Atanda, MD, of the OrthoConnecticut Spine team are disc herniations, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, vertebral compression fractures, spinal trauma, spine deformity, kyphosis, and scoliosis.

Typical age-related spinal issues arise from cartilage degeneration, arthritic joints, discs wearing down or shrinking, or the narrowing of the spinal canal in our neck or back. Decreasing bone mass, or osteoporosis, also leaves us more vulnerable to fractures, even with a low impact injury or fall.

Abnormal curvatures of the spine, or a spine deformity, are common in both children and adults. This could cause a change in posture and fatigue. In children, the curvature could progress particularly around growth spurt. While in adults, this could cause debilitating back pain and at times, compression on the nerves.

Today we don’t need to live with spine deformity or pain. Visit the highly trained Spine Team at OrthoConnecticut, the region’s premier, multi-specialty orthopedic practice, online here or call 203-797-1500 to make your appointment today.

September 22, 2021

dr atanda and dr paulRobotic-Assisted Spine Surgery conjures up a question mark in most people’s minds. Many people wonder “Is a robot operating on my spine?” The short answer is a firm NO!

Ordinarily, when a person thinks of a robot they picture a little human-like machine that might look like a person and move like a person but it is really an advanced piece of equipment intelligently programmed to perform human tasks. In this case, robotic-assisted spine surgery is performed by a highly trained physician who uses the aid of robotic technology to enhance precision during surgery. A robot supports the surgeon, not the other way around.

Our physicians, Justin Paul, MD, PhD and Abiola Atanda, MD, of the OrthoConnecticut Spine team are highly trained in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery. This advanced technology means greater accuracy during surgical procedures and improved outcomes for our patients. Minimally invasive techniques aid the surgeon’s ability to provide pinpoint precision. Other advantages of minimally invasive surgery include a lower risk of infection, faster recovery time, less scarring, and possibly less time in the hospital.

So when your surgeon mentions robotic-assisted surgery don’t automatically assume that even medicine has been taken over by machines. In truth, robots are your surgeon’s friends helping them be as skilled as possible to help you get back to doing what you love.