Cameron Kia, MD


Orthopedic Spine


Dr. Cameron Kia is an orthopedic spine surgeon who specializes in both operative and nonoperative spinal disorders. He has clinical expertise in both complex and minimally invasive spine surgery, including disc replacement and motion preservation of the spine. He is one of the few surgeons implementing cutting-edge technology including augmented reality, endoscopic, minimally invasive tubular surgery, and robotic techniques.

Dr. Kia was born and raised in New England, graduating as a University Scholar from the University of Connecticut. He continued his training here, completing his medical school and orthopedic surgery at the University of Connecticut. While there, he was chosen as the Neag Research Fellow, publishing over 50 peer-reviewed papers and was awarded multiple grants in basic science and clinical research. Following residency, he completed his spine fellowship at Rush University Medical Center, training under pioneers of minimally invasive spine surgery, in addition to performing complex adult and pediatric deformity.

During Dr. Kia’s training, he was honored with several awards. At the completion of his residency, he was presented with the Cavazos Award for Most Outstanding Resident. The following year he was awarded the Golden Apple Fellow of the Year at Rush University, given to only one fellow between all specialties. He is excited to return to New England and care for patients in the greater Hartford area.


Undergraduate:University of Connecticut
Medical School:University of Connecticut
Residency:University of Connecticut
Fellowship:Rush University Medical Center

Curriculum Vitae

Hospital Affiliations

Hartford Surgery Center

Hartford Hospital Bone and Joint Institute

Orthopedic Associates Surgery Center


1. Rudisill, SS, Hornun AL, Kia C, et al. Obesity in Children with Low back pain:
implications with imaging phenotypes and opioid use. Spine J. 2023;(7):945-953.

2. Kia C, Yannopoulos A, Gulati S, Cremins M, Cote MP, Moss I. Variations in Patient
Demographic and Perioperative Complication Rate Between a National Database and Local Registry for 1-2 Level Posterior Lumbar Fusion Surgery. Int J of Spine Surg. 2021; Accepted.

3. Kia C, Mallozzi S, Moss I. Chronic Atlantoaxial Rotatory Subluxation in an Adult
Following a Traumatic Event: A Case Report. Int J Spine Surg. 2020;

4. Kia C, Antonacci CL, Wellington I, Makanji HS, Esmende SM. Spinal Implant
Osseointegration and the Role of 3D Printing: An Analysis and Review of the Literature. Bioengineering. 2022; 6(3): 08.

5. Kia C, Esmende S. Robotic-assisted Spine Surgery: A Review of its Development,
Outcomes, and Economics on Practice. Tech Orthop. Feb 2020, doi: 10.1097/BTO.0000000000000441.

6. Kia C, Stelzer JW, Lee MC. Delayed Postoperative Spinal Cord Injury with Complete Paralysis Following Adolescent Idiopathic Surgery: A Case report. JBJS Case Connector. Accepted. 2021

7. Lambrects MJ, Schroder GD, Kia C, Makanji HS. Is it Time to Change the Peer Review Process? Clin Spin Surg. 2023; 36(6):221-223.

8. Supra-iliac or Trans-iliac Endoscopic Access to L5-S1: Prevalence of Anatomic Variants and a Novel Radiographic Method for Predicting the Preferred Approach.

Osman N, Gulati S, Kia C, Mallozzi S, Cote MC, Osman S, Moss IM. Int J Spine Surg. In Submission.

9. Kia C, Antonacci CL, Wellington I, Makanji HS, Esmende SM. Spinal Implant Osseo integration and the Role of 3D Printing: AN analysis and Review of the Literature. Bioengineering. 2022; 6(9):108.

10. Kia C, Messina J, Cusano A, Chadayammuri V, McCarthy MB, Umejiego E, Mazzocca A, Muench LN. Effectiveness of Topical Adjuvants in Reducing Biofilm Formation on Orthopedic Implants: An in-vivo Analysis. JSES. 2021; 30(9):2177-2183.

11. Kia C, Cavanaugh Z, Gillis E, Dwyer C, Chadayammuri V, Muench LN, Berthold DP, Murphy M, Pacheco R, Arciero RA. Size of Initial Bone Bruise Predicts Future Lateral Chondral Degeneration in ACL Injuries: A Radiographic Analysis. Orthop J Sports Med. 2020; 6;8(5):2325967120916834. doi: 10.1177/2325967120916834. eCollection 2020 May.

12. Kia C, Muench LN, Williams AA, Avery DM 3rd, Cote MP, Reed N, Arciero RA, Chandawarkar R, Mazzocca AD. ‘Reply to Letter to the Editor for ‘High Clinical Failure Rate After Latissimus Dorsi Transfer for Revision Massive Rotator Cuff Tears.’ Arthroscopy. Accepted.

13. Kia C, Dukas AG, Marshall ST, Voss A, Obopilwe E, Browner BD, Mazzocca AD. Olecranon Sled vs Intramedullary Screw and Tension Band Construct. Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 Dec; 6(12): 2325967118816075.

14. Kia C, Baldiono J, Bell R, Ramji A, Uyeki C, Mazzocca A. PRP: Review of Current Literature on its Use for Tendon and Ligament Pathology. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2018;11(4):566-572.

15. Kia C, Faraj Y, Isch E, Sathe V. Review of Percutaneous Achilles Tendon Repair: Techniques and Outcomes. CPQ Orthopaedics, 2018; 1(5): 1-10.

16. Kia C, O’brien D, Ziegler C, Pacheco R, Forouhar F, Williams V. An unusual case of pigmented villonodular synovitis after total knee arthroplasty presenting with recurrent hemarthrosis. Arthroplasty Today. 2018; 4(4): 426–430.

17. Kia C, Yoshida R, Cote M, Divenere J, Geaney LE. First Metatarsophalangeal Contact Properties Following Proximal Opening Wedge and Scarf Ostoetomies for Hallux Valgus Correction: A Biomechanical Study. Foot Ankle Int. 2017; 38(4): 430-435.

18. Kia C, Muench LN, Mazzocca AD. Editorial Commentary: Is an Arthroscopic Single Row Repair Effective for the Treatment of Chronically Retracted, Full-thickness Subscapularis Tears? Arthroscopy. 2019; 35(7): 1982-1983.

19. Scheiderer B, Kia C, Obopilwe E, Johnson JD, Cote MP, Imhoff FB, Dyrna F, Beitzel K, Imhoff AB, Adams CR, Mazzocca AD, Morikawa D. Biomechanical Effect of a Superior Capsule Reconsruction Using a 3-mm and 6-mm Thick Acellular Dermal Allograft in a Dynamic Shoulder Model. Arthroscopy. 2020; 36 (2): 355-364.

20. Johnson J, Kia C, Morikawa, J. Mehl, F.B. Imhoff et al. Histological And Biomechanical Evaluation of Biologic Adjuvants in a Murine Tendon-Bone Healing Model. Muscl, Tend, Lig J. 2019; 9 (4): 494-505. 10.32098/mltj.04.2019.03.

21. Muench LN, Kia C, Jerliu A, Murphy M, Berthold DP, Cote MP, Arciero RA, Mazzocca AD. Functional and Radiographic Outcomes After Anatomic Coracoclavicular Ligament Reconstruction for Type III/V Acromioclavicular Joint Injuries. Orthop J Sports Med. 2019; 7(11): 2325967119884539. doi: 10.1177/2325967119884539.

22. Muench LN, Kia C, Otto A, Mehl J, Baldino JB, Cote MP, McCarthy MB, Beitzel K, Mazzocca AD. The effect of a single consecutive volume aspiration on concentrated bone marrow from the proximal humerus for clinical application. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2019; 20(1): 543.

23. O’Brien D, Kia C, Beebe R, Macken C, Bell R, Cote M, McCarthy MB, Williams V, Mazzocca AD. Evaluating the Effects of Platelet Rich Plasma and Amniotic Viscous Fluid on Inflammatory Markers in a Human Co-culture Model for Osteoarthritis. Arthroscopy. 2019; 35(8): 2421-2433.

24. O’Malley M, Kia C, Dukas AG, Cote M, Stock H, Savoy L, Tinsley BA, Alaee F, Mazzocca AD, Shea KP. Ultrasound Examination of the Subscapularis tendon after TSA. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty. 2019; 3: 1-7.

25. Dwyer C, Kia C, Apostolakos J, DiVenere J, Dyrna F, Cote M, Arciero RA, Mazzocca AD. Clinical Outcomes After Biceps Tenodesis or Tenotomy Using Subpectoral Pain to Guide Management in Patients with Rotator Cuff Tears. Arthroscopy.2019; 35(7): 1992-2000.

26. Muench LN, Kia C, Williams AA, Avery DM 3rd, Cote MP, Reed N, Arciero RA, Chandawarkar R, Mazzocca AD. High Clinical Failure Rate After Latissimus Dorsi Transfer for Revision Massive Rotator Cuff Tears. Arthroscopy. 2020; 35(1): 88-94.

27. Mehl JT, Kia C, Murphy M, Obopilwe E, Cote M, Imhoff FB, Imhoff AB, Arciero RA, Beitzel K, Otto A. Posteromedial Ligament Repair of the Knee with Suture Tape Augmentation: A Biomechanical Study. Am J Sports Med. 2019; 47(12): 2952-2959.

28. Muench LN, Kia C, Jerliu A, Williams AA, Berthold DP, Cote MP, McCarthy MB, Arciero RA, Mazzocca AD. Clinical Outcomes Following Biologically Enhanced Patch Augmentation Repair as a Salvage Procedure for Revision Massive Rotator Cuff Tears. Arthroscopy. 2020; 36(6): 1542-1551.

29. Berthold DP, Muench LN, Kia C, Ziegler CG, Laurencin SJ, Witmer D, Reed DN, Cote MP, Arciero RA, Mazzocca AD. Surgical and Patient Upper Extremity Dominance Does Not Influence Clinical Outcomes After Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Orthop J Sports Med. 2020; 8(7): 1-7. DOI: 10.1177/2325967120932106

30. Otto A, Muench LN, Kia C, Baldino JB, Mehl J, Dyrna F, Voss A, McCarthy MB, Nazal MR, Martin SD, Mazzocca AD. Proximal Humerus and Ilium are Reliable Sources of Bone Marrow Aspirates for Biologic Augmentation during Arthroscopic Surgery. Arthroscopy. Jun 15:S0749-8063(20)30525-9. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2020.06.009. Online ahead of print.

31. Muench LN, Berthold DP, Kia C, Lebaschi A, Cote MP, McCarthy MB, Mazzocca AD. Concentrated Bone Marrow Aspirate and Subacromial Bursa-Derived Cells Demonstrate Similar Cellular Adhesion and Proliferation Potential on Demineralized Bone Matrix Scaffolds for Biologic Augmentation of Rotator Cuff Repair. Muscles Ligaments Tendons J. 2020. 10(1): 48-56.

32. Baldino JB, Muench LN, Kia C, Johnson J, Morikawa D, Tamburini L, Landry A, Gordon-Hackshaw L, Bellas N, McCarthy MB, Cote MP, Mazzocca AD. Intraoperative and In Vitro Classification of Subacromial Bursal Tissue. Arthroscopy. 2020; Apr 16:S0749-8063(20)30316-9. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2020.03.039. Online ahead of print.

33. Mehl J, Otto A, Kia C, Murphy M, Obopilwe E, Imhoff FB, Feucht MJ, Imhoff AB, Arciero RA, Beitzel K. Osseous valgus alignment and posteromedial ligament complex deficiency lead to increased ACL graft forces. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2020; 28(4): 1119-1129.

34. Morikawa D, Johnson JD, Kia C, McCarthy MBR, Macken C, Bellas N, Baldino JB, Cote MP, Mazzocca AD. Examining the Potency of Subacromial Bursal Cells as a Potential Augmentation for Rotator Cuff Healing: An In Vitro Study. Arthroscopy. 2019; 35(11): 2978-2988.

35. Schmidtberg B, Johnson J, Kia C, Baldino J, Cote M, Obopilwe E, Geaney L. Flexor Hallucis Longus Transfer Improves Achilles Tendon Load to Failure in Surgery for Non-Insertional Tendinopathy: A Biomechanical Study. Transfer Increases Load to Failure for Non-Insertional Achilles Tendoninopathy. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019; 101(16): 1505-1512.

36. Mehl J, Otto A, Comer B, Kia C, Liska F, Obopilwe E, Beitzel K, Imhoff AB, Fulkerson JP, Imhoff FB. Repair of the medial patellofemoral ligament with suture tape augment leads to similar primary contact pressures and joint kinematics like reconstruction with a tendon graft: a biomechanical comparison. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2020; 28(2): 478-88.

37. Scheiderer B, Imhoff FB, Kia C, Aglio J, Morikawa D, Obopilwe E, Cote MP, Lacheta L, Imhoff AB, Mazzocca AD, Siebenlist S. LUCL internal bracing restores posterolateral rotatory stability of the elbow. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2020; 28(4):1195-1201.

38. Williams AA, Mancini NS, Kia C, Wolf MR, Gupta S, Cote MP, Arciero R. Recurrent shoulder instability: Do morbidity and treatment differ based on insurance?. Orthop J Sports Med. 2019; 74: 1-4.

39. Cerciello S, Berthold DP, Uyeki C, Kia C, Cote MP, Imhoff AB, Beitzel K, Corona K, Mazzocca AD, Muench LN. Anatomic coracoclavicular ligament reconstruction (ACCR) using tendon allograft is effective for chronic acromioclavicular joint injuries at mid-term follow up. Knee Surg Sports Traum Arthrosc. 2020; doi: 10.1007/s00167-020-06123-0.Online ahead of print.
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40. Muench LN, Berthold DP, Uyeki C, Kia C, Cote MP, Imhoff AB, Beitzel K, Corona K, Mazzocca AD, Cerciello S. Conversion to anatomic coracoclavicular ligament reconstruction (ACCR) shows similar clinical outcomes compared to successful nonoperative treatment in chronic primary type III to V acromioclavicular joint injuries. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2020; doi: 10.1007/s00167-020-06159-2.

41. Morikawa D, Huleatt JB, Muench LN, Kia C, Berthold DP, Kelloli D, Cote MP,
Obopilwe E, Scheiderer B, Mazzoca AD. Posterior Rotational and Translational Stability in Acromioclavicular Ligament Complex (ACLC) Reconstruction: A Comparative Biomechanical Analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2020; doi: 10.1177/0363546520939882.

42. Morikawa D, Mazzocca AD, Obopilwe E, Cote MP, Kia C, Johnson JD, Imhoff FB, Scheiderer B. Reconstruction of the Acromioclavicular Ligament Complex Using Dermal Allograft: A Biomechanical Analysis. Arthroscopy. 2020; 36(1): 108-115.

43. Morikawa D, Muench LN, Baldino JB, Kia C, Johnson J, Otto A, Pauzenberger L, Dyrna F, McCarthy MBR, Mazzocca AD. Comparison of Preparation Techniques for Isolating Subacromial Bursa-Derived Cells as a Potential Agument for Rotator Cuff Repair. Arthroscopy. 2020; 36(1): 80-85.

44. Muench LN, Baldino JB, Berthold DP, Kia C, Lebaschi A, Cote MP, McCarthy MB, Mazzocca AD. Subacromial Bursa-Derived Cells Demonstrate High Proliferation Potential regardless of Patient Demographics and Rotator Cuff Tear Characteristics. Arthroscopy. 2020 Jun 15:S0749-8063(20)30524-7. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2020.06.008. Online ahead of print.

45. Adams CR, Comer B, Scheiderer B, Imhoff FB, Morikawa D, Kia C, Muench LN, Baldino JB, Mazzocca AD. The Effect of Glenohumeral Fixation Angle on Deltoid Function During Superior Capsule Reconstruction: A Biomechanical Investigation. Arthroscopy. 2020; 36(2): 400-408.

46. Muench LN, Murphey M, Oei B, Kia C, et al. Ellipitcal and spherical heads show similar obligate glenohumeral translation during axial rotation in total shoulder arthroplasty. BMC Musculoskeltal Disord. 2023; 24(1): 171.


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