Area's of Expertise

  • Simple and Complex Hand and Wrist Trauma and Fractures
  • Open and Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder
  • Open and Arthroscopic Surgery of the Elbow
  • Complex Fracture Care of the Upper and Lower Extremity

Richard L. Manzo, MD, FAAOS

Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

“You can’t just look at an MRI and fix a patient’s problem. You have to understand their story, their hobbies, their interests, and what they do for work so that you can build a treatment around their specific needs.”

Dr. Manzo is an experienced leader in orthopaedic surgery in Connecticut. He focuses his practice on injuries and other painful conditions of the upper extremity including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. This includes tendon and microvascular surgery in the hand, complex elbow surgery, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair as well as anatomic and reverse total Shoulder replacement surgery. 

Working in a highly technical and specialized area within a comprehensive musculoskeletal group like NOSS allows Dr. Manzo to work across disciplines to quickly diagnose and treat patients with a multitude of upper extremity problems. He strives to return patients to optimum function as quickly as possible. 

Dr. Manzo graduated from Princeton University where he lettered 3 years in varsity football. As a Division I college athlete he understands the importance of sports and works to return athletes to optimum function as quickly as possible.  He attended medical school at The University of Connecticut School of Medicine and trained in orthopaedic surgery in the University of Connecticut/Hartford Hospital program.  

He has been named one of Connecticut’s top doctors in Connecticut Magazine for four consecutive years. He completed his Hand/Upper-extremity Fellowship at Tufts-New England Medical Center and The New England Baptist Hospital, in Boston, MA. He is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with added specialty certification in Hand and Upper Extremity surgery.

Education and Qualifications

  • Medical Certifications and Associations
    • Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery 2018
    • Subspecialty Certification in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery administered by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery 2018
    • Licensed by the State of Connecticut
    • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
    • Member American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
    • Member CT Orthopaedic Society
  • Honors and Awards
    • CT Magazine Top Docs 2017
    • CT Magazine Top Docs 2016
    • CT Magazine Top Docs 2015
    • CT Magazine Top Docs 2014
    • Cavazos Award 2006; Most outstanding resident/teacher University of Connecticut Orthopaedic surgery residency
  • Education
    • Bachelor of Arts in History, with Honors, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
    • Medical Doctorate (M.D.) University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
    • Surgical Internship, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
    • Orthopedic Surgical Residency, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
    • Hand/Upper-extremity Fellowship, Tufts-New England Medical Center/New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Special Medical Interests
    • Simple and Complex Hand and Wrist Trauma and Fractures
    • Open and Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder
    • Open and Arthroscopic Surgery of the Elbow
    • Complex Fracture Care of the Upper and Lower Extremity