Steven F. Schutzer, MD

Steven F. Schutzer, MD

Steven F. Schutzer, MD


Joint Replacement


Dr. Steven F. Schutzer was born in the Bronx, New York, and attended local city schools.  He graduated with honors from Union College in 1974 where he played intercollegiate lacrosse and wrestling.  He then went on to the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he received his medical degree in 1978.  Dr. Schutzer was a lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy between 1979 and 1981 and received the Meritorious Service Award.  He did his surgical internship and one year of additional general surgery at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital, and then completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Connecticut in 1985.  He was an AO Trauma Fellow in Berne, Switzerland, and subsequently did a second fellowship in Adult Hip and Reconstructive Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he was also an instructor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery from 1985 to 1986.

Dr. Schutzer entered practice with Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, P.C. in July 1986 and is currently on the staff of St. Francis Hospital and the University of Connecticut, John Dempsey Hospital.  He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut.  His current clinical interests are in adult arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee.  He received his board certification in 1989, re-certified in 1997 and then again in 2007.  He is an investigator on several ongoing research projects related to total joint replacement.  He lectures nationally on new models of creating and delivering high value care for total joint replacement patients.

Dr. Schutzer is a member of numerous national and regional orthopedic specialty societies including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the Orthopedic Research Society.  He is on the editorial staff of the Journal of Arthroplasty.

Dr. Schutzer has been involved in numerous community activities.  He was the team physician for the Windsor High School Athletic Department for nearly 10 years.  He was the company physician for the Hartford Ballet and Dance Connecticut and has maintained his interest in caring for dancers and their injuries.  He was a Big Brother mentor from 2001-2011 and received the exceptional volunteer award from Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters in 2006.  He is also a member of Reverend Cornell Lewis’ Men of Color Initiative.

Dr. Schutzer serves on the Board of the Centers for Neurological Restoration (CNR), the Connecticut Joint Replacement Surgeons, LLC and DancEnlight (serves as President of the Board). 

In addition to his academic and community work, Dr. Schutzer has numerous outside interests.  He holds a third degree black belt in Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do.  He is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman.  He and his wife study Chinese calligraphy.  Dr. Schutzer enjoys riding his motorcycles, working on his tractor, water skiing, playing guitar and studying Asian philosophy.  He is very happily married and has two wonderful sons.


Under Graduate:Union College 1974 BA
Medical School:University of Virginia 1978 MD
Internship:University of Connecticut Health Center 1982-1985 Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship:Massachusetts General Hospital 1985-1986 Hip and Reconstructive Surgery

Curriculum Vitae

Hospital Affiliations

CT Joint Replacement Institute in St. Francis Hospital

Orthopedic Associates Surgery Center

Patient Reviews

He’s an excellent surgeon. Did 2 hips and 2 knees for me. Great bedside manner and is an overall great guy as well as a great surgeon.

I had a total knee replacement.  Dr. Schutzer explained the procedure well, provided pre-op exercises and computerized information that gave me confidence. I was walking the same day after the surgery!  I recovered well (the exercises really helped) and am amazed how strong my knee is now.

I was going to put off surgery as long as possible – now I am so glad I did it – I can move without pain. Dr. Schutzer had to convince me to do it while I was healthy.