Dr. Thomas Dugdale III, MD

Dr. Thomas Dugdale III, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 62
Dr. Thomas Dugdale III, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Glastonbury, CT and has been practicing for 32 years. He graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1981 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and more.Read his story

345 Western Blvd

Glastonbury, CT 06033

Contact Information

(860) 549-3210

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Connecticare
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Top Care Areas

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Knee Disorders
very high
more than 97% of peers
very high
more than 96% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Knee
very high
more than 95% of peers

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Dr. Dugdale III's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Dugdale III "Dr. Dugdale left his home state of Minnesota to pursue his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and premedical studies at Cornell University, where he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity, the varsity football team, and the Sphinx Head honorary society. On an Armed Forces Health Professions scholarship, Dr. Dugdale attended Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia where he developed an interest in surgery and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary society. Dr. Dugdale deferred his military commitment after medical school and completed his surgical training at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center. After completing his residency, he was fortunate to be assigned to the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia as an attending surgeon at the high-volume naval regional medical center where he served as the director of the Sports Medicine department. Dr. Dugdale served as the battalion orthopedic surgeon on a Mediterranean deployment on board the U.S.S. Nassau, LHA-4. He was subsequently assigned to a temporary active duty position at the University of Cincinnati Sports Medicine Institute and had the privilege of working with Dr. Frank Noyes, with whom he designed, completed, and published a frequently cited research project. Dr. Dugdale authored or co-authored another 16 publications before shifting his priorities from clinical research to coaching Little League and other family-related activities. After completing his military service commitment, Dr. Dugdale returned to Orthopedic Associates and Hartford Hospital, where he developed a busy clinical practice in general orthopedics and trauma. He has settled into the Glastonbury office and has focused his professional interests toward treating athletic injuries and problems involving the knee and shoulder. He has performed thousands of arthroscopic procedures to treat ACL tears, rotator cuff problems, shoulder dislocations, meniscus tears, and several other conditions. Although he remains current by reading professional journals and attending national meetings, he prefers procedures that have withstood the test of time, leaving unproven methods to other surgeons and more adventurous patients. Dr. Dugdale is a member of a number of professional associations, including the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Dugdale has served as team physician for the Hartford Wolfpack, Trinity College men's ice hockey, Hartford Arena Football, Springfield Falcons EJHL junior hockey, and Glastonbury High School. Dr. Dugdale received the Charles M. Reinert award for outstanding residency educator and subsequently participated in the training of dozens of residents in the University of Connecticut orthopedic program, including several who eventually joined him as partners at Orthopedic Associates of Hartford. Dr. Dugdale lives with his wife in Glastonbury, where they raised their three children. He enjoys photography, yard work and a variety of outdoor activities which allow him to relate to and occasionally empathize with his patients. He has been an avid water skier and wakeboarder, completed a transcontinental bicycle ride across the U.S., raced his bike up Mount Washington multiple times, finished La Ruta de los Conquistadores, the 4-day mountain bike stage race across Costa Rica as well as many other cycling endurance races, run marathons, and completed numerous scenic and strenuous hikes, including to the 19,300' summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Annapurna base camp in Nepal, and Choquequirao in the Peruvian Andes."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Dugdale III "My specialty areas at Orthopedic Associates of Hartford are the knee, shoulder, and sports-related problems. I'll help you get well as simply and quickly as possible. Unfortunately, some conditions require surgery.  I belong the the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and American Medical Association. I attend meetings and stay current with our medical journals, but I prefer procedures which have withstood the test of time, leaving experimental approaches with unproven track records to other surgeons and more adventurous patients."

6  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

25  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)

10  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Connecticut.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Cornell University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1977
  • Hahnemann Medical College
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • Hartford Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1982
  • Hartford Hosp-U Conn Hlth Ctr
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Cincinnati Sportsmedicine Institute 3-Month Temporary Active Duty
    Other Education | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Dugdale III has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Dugdale III's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Dugdale III to family and friends
15 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (15)

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Dr. Dugdale III's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes
Dr. Dugdale III Says:

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Patient Comments (3)

Unfortunately, I felt that Dr. Dugdale had a poor bedside manner, was reluctant to answer my questions, and did not give me any indication of what was ahead. I went to him for a fractured arm and dislocated shoulder. I felt he was abrupt and didn't want to listen to me. He never ordered an MRI....more
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First, my sincere apologies. With that injury, you did not need added emotional stress. I don't recall our visit. I typically refer that combination of injury to my partners. I hope your perceived lack of time an help was due to my having to arrange more suitable help for you. That would have taken time away from dealing with you. In that scenario, it would have been most appropriate for the next doctor to order the proper studies; hence no MRI. In any event, I hope you're well. Again, sorry.

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Saw Dr. Dugdale for a second opinion on my shoulder. He took the time to listen and explained that he thought it was a rotator cuff tear. I have a feeling he's right, but will see what the MRI shows next week. This is once that I'd like it to wrong. Like he said, Hoping I'd wake up and find...more
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I have been a runner and athlete since I was a little girl. Did way too many high impact strains on my knee causing a meniscus tear. Dr dugdale is a family friend of mine and did my brothers knee surgery as well. He did an absolutely amazing job. I was back to work In a week and a half and back to...more
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