UConn HealthNew England Musculoskeletal Institute

Physician Profile

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

Dr. Moss is a fellowship trained spine surgeon and assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Comprehensive Spine Center at the New England Musculoskeletal Institute. Dr. Moss completed residency training in the renowned University of Toronto orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedic Research Society.


  • Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health Center
  • Comprehensive Spine Center, New England Musculoskeletal Institute



Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, Orthopaedic Surgery

M.D., C.M.: McGill University
Masters of Applied Science: Institute of Biomaterial and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto

State Licensure

Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Toronto, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery

Spinal and Scoliosis Surgery, Rush University Medical Center


  • Lawson Family Post Graduate Fellowship, Most Outstanding Academic Resident, 2010.
  • R.I. Harris Research Award, 2010; Best Research Presentation, University of Toronto Orthopaedic Graduation Day, 2010.
  • T.R. Sullivan Research Award, 2008; Best Resident Research Presentation, University of Toronto Orthopaedic Research Day, 2008.
  • Gallie Bateman Award, Department of Surgery University of Toronto, 2008.
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters Award, 2007-2008.
  • J.A. Nutter Award, Canadian Orthopaedic Resident Association, 2007.
  • Advanced Regenerative Tissue Engineering Centre Research Scholarship, 2007.
  • Draxis Health Surgeon Scientist Fellowship, 2006-2008.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2006.
  • J.W. McConnell Award, Top 5%, McGill University Faculty of Medicine, 2000.
  • Dean's Honours List, McGill Faculty of Medicine, 2000.

Selected Publications
Moss I.L., An H.S. Form and Function of the Intervertebral Disc. In: Orthopaedic Basic Science, 4th ed. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2011.

Moss I.L., Phillips F.M. Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion. In: Surgical Atlas of Spinal Operations. Jaypee Brothers, 2011.

Moss I.L., Gordon L., Woodhouse K.A., Whyne C.M., Yee A.J.M. A Novel Thiol-Modified-Hyaluronan and Elastin-Like Polypeptide Composite Material for Tissue Engineering of the Nucleus Pulposus of the Intervertebral Disc. Spine, 2010 Dec 14.

Hrabchak C., Rouleau J,. Moss I.L., Woodhouse K., Akens M., Bellingham C., Keeley F., Dennis M., Yee A.J.M. Assessment of biocompatibility and initial evaluation of genipin cross-linked elastin-like polypeptides in the treatment of an osteochondral knee defect in rabbits. Acta Biomaterialia, 2010 Jun;6(6):2108-15.

Moss I.L., Whyne C.M., Yee A.J.M., Woodhouse K.A. A Tissue Engineering Approach to Degenerative Disc Disease, presented at the Tissue Engineering International Society Meeting TERMIS NA annual meeting, 2007.

Parker W., Moss I.L., Harvey E.J. Does Repair of Distal Radius Fractures Require Orthopedic Expertise? presented at the Orthopedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting, 2004.

Zicha S., Moss I., Allen B., Varro A., Papp J., Dumaine R., Antzelevich C., Nattel S. Molecular basis of species-specific expression of repolarizing K+ currents in the heart. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 2003 Oct;285(4):H1641-9.

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Research Interests

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.

Office Locations

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


Avon Medical Office
2 Simsbury Road
Avon, CT 06001


Southington Medical Office
1115 West Street
Southington, CT 06489


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