Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine
As an orthopaedic oncologist, Tessa Balach provides comprehensive surgical care for bone and soft tissue tumors, and treats a broad range of benign and malignant tumors in adults and children. She also provides surgical care for metastatic bone disease, often stabilizing weak bones to prevent fractures associated with breast, lung, prostate, or kidney metastases. Additionally, she specializes in joint replacement surgery, with particular expertise in hip and knee replacement. She is an active researcher and leads and contributes to clinical studies designed to advance the comprehensive treatment and management of bone diseases and injuries. She also has an interest in resident education and the acquisition of surgical and technical skills.
She was awarded the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society’s Practice Enrichment Fellowship in 2014.
Balach received her MD from New York Medical College. She completed an internship in general surgery and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Chicago and afterwards pursued an orthopaedic oncology fellowship at that institution. Previously, she was an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at UConn Health, where she practiced as an orthopaedic surgeon at the John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, Connecticut, the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute, and UConn Health’s Surgery Center. She was also a member of the medical staff of Hartford Hospital and cared for patients at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.