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Anthony G. Alessi, M.D.

Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology and Orthopedics
Director, UConn NeuroSport Program
Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute
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Dr. Anthony Alessi graduated from the University of Rome in Rome, Italy, and completed his residency and neuromuscular fellowship at the University of Michigan. He has been in solo private practice in Norwich, specializing in neurology, electrodiagnostic medicine, and sports neurology. He is board-certified in neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine. Dr. Alessi received his master's degree in Medical Management from the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in 2001.

Dr. Alessi is chief executive officer and chairman of Colonial Cooperative Care, Inc., a medical management company in Norwich, Conn. He also serves as a neurologic consultant to many athletic organizations including the UConn Athletic Department, New York Yankees Player Development, The NFL Players Association, Connecticut State Boxing Commission, and Norwich Free Academy. He chaired the Sports Neurology section of the American Academy of Neurology. He is currently an associate clinical professor of neurology and orthopaedic surgery at UConn where he serves as medical director of the NeuroSport program.

He served as medical director of the Backus Hospital Stroke Center for six years. He writes a bi-weekly column, “Healthy Sports,” for the Norwich Bulletin that is syndicated through GateHouse Media. He is host of “Healthy Rounds” on WTIC 1080, the Hartford CBS affiliate, and currently serves as an on-air contributor for ESPN.

Dr. Alessi’s book, Healthy Sports: A Doctor’s Lessons for a Winning Lifestyle, is a compilation of instructive columns. His most recent book, Lift Up Your Hearts: Healing Haiti, Land of Hardship, recounts the work of Dr. Alessi and other medical volunteers after the earthquake in Haiti.

B.S.Manhattan CollegeBiology
M.D.University of RomeMedicine
MMMCarnegie Mellon UniversityMedical Management

Post-Graduate Training
InternshipNew Rochelle Hospital Medical CenterInternal Medicine
ResidencyUniversity of Michigan Medical CenterNeurology
FellowshipUniversity of Michigan Medical CenterNeuromuscular Disease/Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD Patient Advocate of the Year
Ringside Physician of the Year
John E. Peck Community Service Award, Outstanding Advocate for the Elderly
John F. Kennedy Citizenship Award
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 25, 2013 to presentMemberUConn HealthNational2013
Lifechoice Donor ServicesBoard MemberState20102012
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Selection CommitteeChairmanState20052011
Norwich Community Development CorporationBoard MemberState20032005
Fidelco Guide Dog FoundationBoard MemberState20002007
St. Jude Common Elderly Housing, 1992 to presentBoard MemberState1992
Otis LibraryBoard MemberState19901993

Sports-related concussion biomarkers, and effectiveness of education programs in diagnosis and treatment of concussion.

Journal Articles


  • Childhood chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy: clinical course and long-term outcome.
    Ryan, M M; Grattan-Smith, P J; Procopis, P G; Morgan, G; Ouvrier, R A Neuromuscular disorders : NMD 2000 Aug;10(6):398-406
  • Plasma Exchange in Non-Malignant Plasma Cell Dyscrasia Polyneuropathy
    Alessi AG, Donofrio PD, Burke JM, Albers JW Neurology (Clev) 1984 Jan;3479-80
  • Polyneuropathy in Benign Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance
    Donofrio PD, Alessi AG, Burke JM, Albers JW Muscle & Nerve 1984 Jan;7564
  • Differentiating psychological characteristics of patients with sleep apnea and narcolepsy.
    Beutler, L E; Ware, J C; Karacan, I; Thornby, J I Sleep 1981 Jan;4(1):39-47
  • Electroencephalography as a Screening Test for Boxers
    Alessi AG, Kutcher J, Alessi SF Neurology 72496
  • Head Injury And Transient Visual Field Deficit In Baseball: A Case Study. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
    Alessi AG, Balcom W, Spratt G, Littlefield M Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 295
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Helping Haiti: Addressing The Burden of Neurological DiseaseLectureAmerican Academy of Neurology2014Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Concussion in Sports and MilitaryLectureAmerican Academy of Neurology2014Philadelphia, PA
Sports Neurology: Clinical Approaches to Epilepsy and Migraine in AthletesConnecticut Academy of Physician Assistants2013
Case Studies in ConcussionAmerican Academy of Neurology2013
Mastering the Sound ByteAmerican Academy of Neurology2012
Concussion: What It Is and What It Isn’tConnecticut Academy of Family Practice2011
Neurologic Injuries in Combat SportsNeurology Grand Rounds2011University of Connecticut, CT
Stroke in AthletesConnecticut State Stroke Conference2011CT
Sports Neurology: Clinical Approaches to Epilepsy and Migraine in AthletesAmerican College of Sports Medicine2010Indianapolis, IN
Sports Concussion Evaluation and Management Among Female AthletesSports Concussion Institute2010
Building an Effective Stroke Team: From Baseball to the BedsideConnecticut State Stroke Conference2009CT
Electroencephalography as a Screening Test for BoxersAmerican Academy of Neurology2009
Nerve Injuries of the Shoulder and ElbowSymposium on Athletic Injuries of the Shoulder and Elbow2001
Electrodiagnostic Evaluation of Traumatic Nerve InjuriesTrauma Grand Rounds2001William Backus Hospital, Norwich, CT
Rise of the Physician IPA – A National Panel DiscussionPanel DiscussionThe New Healthcare Marketplace Conference1999Syracuse, NY
Senior SolutionsPanel DiscussionSymposium on Medicare & Senior Health Issues1999Eastern CT Office on Aging
Head Injury and Transient Visual Field Deficit in Baseball: A Case StudyAmerican College of Sports Medicine1997Indianapolis, IN
Nerve Injuries of the Upper ExtremityPanel DiscussionSymposium on Athletic Injuries of the Upper Extremity1997
Brachial Plexus and Nerve Root InjuriesPanel DiscussionSymposium on Athletic Injuries of the Head and Neck1996
Hysterical ApneaAmerican Academy of Neurology1985
Long-Term Response to Plasma Exchange in Progressive Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating PolyradiculoneuropathyAmerican Academy of Neurology1985
Absence of Anti-MAG Activity in Sera of Patients with Polyneuropathy and IgG ParaproteinemiaAmerican Academy of Neurology1985
Flash-Evoked Blink Reflexes in Patients with Long-standing Cortical BlindnessAmerican Association of Electromyography and Electrodiagnosis1985
Cortical Blindness in Adults: Etiology, Diagnosis and PrognosisAmerican Neurological Association1984
Polyneuropathy in Benign Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined SignificanceAmerican Association of Electromyography and Electrodiagnosis1984
Cortical Blindness as an Ictal ManifestationAmerican Academy of Neurology1984
Plasma Exchange in Non-Malignant Plasma Cell Dyscrasia PolyneuropathyAmerican Academy of Neurology1984
Plasma Exchange in Non-Malignant Plasma Cell Dyscrasia PolyneuropathyMichigan Neurological Association1983MI