UConn HealthNew England Musculoskeletal Institute

Physician Profile

Tessa Balach, M.D.

Dr. Balach is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut. She specializes in the management of patients with musculoskeletal tumors along with patients who have hip and knee arthritis. Dr. Balach received her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed her orthopaedic surgery residency and a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Balach’s clinical practice focuses on the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the bone and soft tissues, in addition to metastatic disease. Dr. Balach specializes in the surgical care of pelvic, upper, and lower extremity tumors using limb-salvage techniques. She has a special interest in computer-assisted navigation for the resection of pelvic tumors. Dr. Balach works with an integrated team of specialists that include adult and pediatric oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons and pathologists to ensure her patients receive comprehensive care. Dr. Balach’s goal is to provide compassionate, individualized care for patients with complex problems.

In addition, Dr. Balach’s clinical practice includes the treatment of hip and knee arthritis with joint replacement surgery.


  • Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health Center
  • Chair Residency Selection Committee
  • New England Musculoskeletal Institute



Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

B.A., University of Chicago
M.D., New York Medical College

General Surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center

Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center

Orthopaedic Oncology, University of Chicago Medical Center


  • OMeGA Medical Grants Core Competency Innovation Grant, 2010, 2012
  • Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Foundation Scholarship, 2009
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Multipurpose Resident Grant, 2008
  • Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Education Award, 2008
  • Cor et Manus Service Citation from New York Medical College, 2005
  • Medical Society of the State of New York Community Service Award, 2005

Selected Publications
Balach T., Stacy G.S., Peabody T. The Clinical Evaluation of Bone Tumors. In: Stacy GS, ed. Radiologic Clinics of North America. In press.

Balach T., Stacy G.S., Haydon R.C. The Clinical Evaluation of Soft Tissue Tumors. In: Stacy GS, ed. Radiologic Clinics of North America. In press.

Hussain W., Balach T., Leland J.M. Vascular injury involving proximal medial-to-lateral oblique locking screw insertion in tibial intramedullary nailing: a case report and literature review. Acta Orthop Belg. 2011 June:77(3);414-8.

Balach T., Peabody T. Management of Skeletal Metastases. In: Stadler WM, ed. Renal Cancer: Demos Medical; 2011.

Balach T., Roach P.B., Selkov E., Jr., Silverstein J.C., Peabody T. Orthopaedic Trainee Procedural Competency Assessment with the Surgical Training and Assessment Tool. Paper presented at the American Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting. Bonita Springs, FL. June 13, 2009.

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Research Interests

Clinical Research

  • Outcomes of upper extremity sarcoma reconstructions.
  • Wound healing in patients with soft tissue sarcomas.
  • Outcomes after joint replacement surgery.

Office Locations

New England Musculoskeletal Institute
UConn Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030


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