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Isaac L. Moss, M.D., C.M., M.A.Sc., FRCSC

Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Co-Director, Comprehensive Spine Center
Program Director, UConn Spine Surgery Fellowship
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Orthopedic Surgery
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-5353
Phone: 860-679-6690
Fax: 860-679-1061

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Comprehensive Spine

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Dr. Moss is a fellowship trained spine surgeon and assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Comprehensive Spine Center at the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute. Dr. Moss completed residency training in the renowned University of Toronto orthopedic program, where he was awarded the Lawson Family Post Graduate Fellowship as the department’s top graduate.After completion of his residency, Dr. Moss received specialized training in advanced spinal and scoliosis surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he developed expertise in treating a variety of complex spinal disorders under the guidance of internationally recognized surgeons.

Dr. Moss’ clinical focus is on the treatment of all disorders of the neck and back. He has specific interest in conditions related to both spinal degeneration and deformity. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) solutions to many spinal ailments.

Dr. Moss has a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. He has been recognized with several awards and scholarships for his involvement in cutting edge research to develop novel biologic therapies for intervertebral disc degeneration. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and the Orthopedic Research Society.

OtherDawson CollegeHealth Science (First Choice Program)
OtherMcGill UniversityMedicine
OtherUniversity of TorontoApplied Science
OtherRoyal College of Physicians and Surgeons of CanadaClinician Investigator Program

Post-Graduate Training
ResidencyUniversity of TorontoOrthopaedic Surgery
FellowshipRush University Medical CenterSpine Surgery

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Lawson Family Post Graduate FellowshipsUniversity of Toronto
R.I. Harris AwardUniversity of Toronto
Top Scoring PostersCanadian Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting
T.R. Sullivan AwardUniversity of Toronto
Gallie Bateman AwardDepartment of Surgery University of Toronto
Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters AwardCanadian Institute of Health Research
J.A. Nutter AwardCanadian Orthopaedic Resident Association
Research ScholarshipAdvanced Regenerative Tissue Engineering Centre
Surgeon Scientist Fellowship Research 2006-2008Draxis Health
Ontario Graduate ScholarshipGovernment of Ontario
J.W. McConnell AwardMcGill University
Dean's Honours ListMcGill Faculty of Medicineip Research
Glaxo Wellcome AwardMcGill Faculty of Medicineip Researchps
Dean's Honour's List 1996-1998Dawson College
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
American Orthopaedic Association: Emerging Leaders ProgramProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2016
International Society for the Advancement of Spine SurgeryProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational2013
North American Spine Society SECTION ON SPINE BIOLOGICS AND RESEARCHProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational2012
North American Spine SocietyProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational2010
American Medical AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2010
Orthopedic Research SocietyProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2007
Canadian Orthopaedic AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2006
University of Toronto Division Orthopaedic SurgeryResearch CommitteeMemberExternalUniversity20052009
American Academy of Orthopedic SurgeonsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2003
Canadian Medical AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2003
Ontario Medical AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2003

Clinical Research: Evaluating the efficacy and clinical outcomes of spinal surgical techniques including both well-established and novel decompression and fusion strategies.

Basic Science Research: Tissue engineering of the intervertebral disc with an eventual goal to develop a biologic regenerative treatment for degenerative disc disease.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Spine
    Moss IL Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Spine 2018 Sep;
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
    Isaac L Moss Scott S Mallozzi AAOS: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Spine 6


  • Potential Molecular Basis of Different Repolarizing K+ Current Profiles Between Rabbit and Guinea Pig
    Zicha S, Moss I, Wang Z, Nattel S Biophysical Journal 2002 Jan;82(1):245

Case Reports

  • Chronic Atlantoaxial Rotatory Subluxation in an Adult Following a Traumatic Event: A Case Report
    Kia C, Mallozzi SS, Moss IL International Journal of Spine Surgery



  • Superposition of Standing Waves on Guitar Strings
    Moss I Dawson College Journal of Experimental Science 1999 Jan;14-6


Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Allogeneic Articular Chondrocyte Survived in the Degenerating Rabbit Intervertebral Disc In Vivo: Implications for Cell Therapy with Allogeneic CellsTalkOrthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting2012San Francisco, CA
Why Don't Annular Defects Heal? Does Interposed Nucleus Pulposus Prevent Healing? An In Vivo Histological StudyTalkNorth American Spine Society Meeting2011Chicago, IL
Repair of Osteochondral Defects Using Genepin-cross-linked Elastin-like Polypeptide HydrogelsPosterCanadian Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting2009Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
In Vivo Feasibility of Thiol-modified Hyaluronan and Elastin-like Polypeptide Hydrogels for the Treatment of Early Degenerative Disc DiseasePosterCanadian Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting2009Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Biomechanical and Biochemical Evaluation Composite Scaffolds for Nucleus Pulposus Tissue EngineeringTalkGallie Day, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto2008Toronto, Canada
Mechanical and Biological Investigation of A Novel Hyaluronan and Elastin-like Polypeptide Nucleus Pulposus ScaffoldTalkCanadian Spine Society Annual Meeting2008Sun Peaks, British Columbia
Nucleus Pulposus Tissue Repair in Intervertebral Disc Degeneration: Biochemical and Mechanical Evaluation of a Novel Human Disc Cell - Hyaluronan/Elastin Polypeptide Scaffold CompositePosterOrthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting2008San Francisco, CA
Novel Hyaluronan and Elastin Biomaterial for Tissue Engineering of the Nucleus PulposusTalkCanadian Orthopedic Residents Association2007Halifax, Nova Scotia
A Novel Composite Scaffold for Tissue Engineering of the Intervertebral DiscPosterCanadian Connective Tissue Conference2007Toronto, Ont. Canada
A Tissue Engineering Approach to Degenerative Disc DiseasePosterTERMIS NA annual meeting2007Toronto, Ont. Canada
Does Repair of Distal Radius Fractures Require Orthopedic Expertise?TalkOrthopedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting2004Hollywood, FL