Richard A. Zell, MD
Foot & Ankle Surgery,
Knee Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma
Dr. Zell is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who has worked in the New Haven area since 2001. He specializes in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Trauma/Fracture care.
Selected by New Haven Living Magazine in Sept. 2015 issue as a Best Doc for Foot and Ankle Surgery
Dr. Zell graduated from the University of Notre Dame and attended medical school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He completed a five year residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut Integrated Residency Program (University of Connecticut Health Center, Hartford Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital and Connecticut Children's Medical Center). Dr. Zell continued his training with two Orthopaedic fellowships. The first fellowship was in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy of the Shoulder and Knee. The second fellowship was in Foot & Ankle Surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases (an Orthopaedic Specialist Hospital) in New York City.
Dr. Zell is an Assistant Clinical Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine. He has been awarded the 2004 Yale Orthopaedic Residents teaching award. This award is given annually to the community attending physician who contributes the most to the Orthopaedic Resident's education.
Dr. Zell's interests in Foot and Ankle Surgery include: Hindfoot Reconstruction (for arthritis or flatfoot), forefoot reconstruction (such as bunion surgery), tendon disorders (such as Achilles tendonitis), nerve disorders (such as tarsal tunnel syndrome), and ankle/foot fractures. He has been able to use his training in Sports Medicine to become an expert on sports injuries of the ankle or foot and has been able to treat many of these conditions using advanced arthroscopic techniques.
Dr. Zell's interests in knee surgery include: meniscal injuries, ACL injuries,
patello-femoral problems, fractures, and arthritis.
He is experienced in all types of arthroscopic knee surgery including, ACL reconstruction, meniscal repair and reconstruction of the patello-femoral joint. He has an interest in the care of patients with knee arthritis including the use of non-operative treatments (such as Viscosupplementation injections) and knee replacement surgery. Over the past 10 years, he has performed more than 200 knee replacements for his patients.
Dr. Zell is currently a member of both the Arthroscopic Association of North America and the American Foot and Ankle Society.
Dr. Zell performs surgery at The Hospital of Saint Raphael, Shoreline Surgery Center, Yale New Haven Hospital and Milford Hospital. He sees patients in the New Haven, Hamden, Milford and Branford offices.