About Sean Hazzard, PA, MBA

Sean Hazzard earned his undergraduate degree and Physician Assistant certification at Wagner College in New York City. After working in Sports Medicine in southern New Jersey, he relocated back to New York City and worked at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) on the Sports Medicine and Shoulder service. In 2012 he moved to Boston and has worked at Massachusetts General Hospital ever since.

Sean works exclusively with Dr. Peter Asnis, who is the Director of Professional Sports for Mass General Brigham as well as is the Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon of the Boston Red Sox and Head Team Physician of the Boston Bruins.

Sean’s clinical interests involve athletic injuries to the knee and shoulder. The main clinical focus involves ACL injuries of the knee in athletes of cutting sports such as soccer, lacrosse, basketball as well as non-cutting sports like skiing. These include original injuries but also re-injuries. He serves as a sports medicine editor for the Journal of Orthopedics for Physician Assistants (JOPA) and is the Vice-Chair for the NCCPA Orthopedic Surgery CAQ exam.

Sean sees patients at Mass General Waltham.

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Locations

Mass General - Waltham

52 Second Avenue
Blue Building, Suite 3300
Waltham, MA 02451
Appointments: 617-643-0803

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Medical Education

  • PA, Wagner College Physician Assistant Program
  • MBA, Southern New Hampshire University

American Board Certifications

  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • Orthopedic Surgery Certificate of Added Qualifications (NCCPA)

Research & Publications

Sean's research interests are focused mainly on the knee, specifically ACL injuries and recovery. There are several ongoing studies involving recovery after ACL surgery including return to sports and activities. These patient reported outcome surveys are to investigate how to continually optimize patient outcomes in active patients who have suffered traumatic injuries like ACL tears.

Publications

  • Hazzard S, Bacevich B, Perry N, Nukala V, Asnis, P; Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Using Allograft in Adults Older Than the Age of 40 Years Shows Similar Patient-Reported Outcomes Between Male and Female Patients, Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation, Vol 6 Iss 2, April 2024.
  • Connolly S, Lustig M, Hazzard S, Foundation of Diagnosing and Treating a Hoffa Fracture, JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants, July-Sept 2023; 11 (3).
  • Connolly S, Hazzard S, A comparison review of various corticosteroids in the orthopaedic setting for various injections: triamcinolone acetonide (Kenalog), Dexamethasone (Decadron), and Methylprednisone, JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants, April-June 2023; 11 (2).
  • Velasquez Hammerle M, Asnis P, Hazzard S, Babu A, Berkson E, Borgstrom H, Flora J, Ginsburg R, McInnis K, Nukala V, Tanaka M, Who and When should we screen? Assessing the need for psychological support in patients with sports injuries in the setting of an orthopedic surgery outpatient clinic, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) June 2023 conference abstract podium presentation.
  • Leite C, Farina E, Gortz S, Hazzard S, Asnis P, Lattermann C, Smith R, Merkely G, Increased Tibiofemoral rotation angle is associated with graft failure after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2023;51(9):2291-2299. Also presented at International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) June 2023 conference abstract podium presentation.
  • Hazzard S, Velasquez Hammerle M, Asnis P, Tanaka M, Prevalence and Severity Of Anterior Knee Symptoms after ACL Reconstruction Using BTB Autograft vs BTB Allograft, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) June 2023 conference abstract podium presentation (presenting speaker).
  • Lustig M, Hazzard S, Fabella Syndrome of the knee; An overview on diagnosis and management of an uncommon condition, JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants, April-June 2023; 11 (2).
  • Hazzard S, McLaughlin A, Cacace H, Nukala V, Asnis P, Tramadol provides similar pain relief and a better side effect profile than oxycodone (or hydrocodone) alone or in combination with tramadol after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction or arthroscopic knee debridement, Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation, Vol 5, Iss 3, E765-E771, June 2023.
  • Asnis, P, Hazzard, S, Editorial Commentary: Exercise-Based Physical Therapy Was Not Inferior to Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy for Knee Function Over 5 Years in Adults with Degenerative Meniscal Tears. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 105(4):p 321, February 15, 2023.
  • Hazzard S, Sakryd G, Collins L, Randolph T, Cloutier D. Sports Medicine Roundtable: Trends in 2022, JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants in Vol. 11, No. 1, January-March 2023.
  • Hazzard S, Scarborough D, Berkson E, Asnis P, Fellow efficiency during anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction improves over time, yet is less than experienced physician assistant but with no significant difference in patient-reported outcomes, Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation. 2022 Dec 23;5(1):e185-e192.
  • Cote M, Nolan D, Hazzard S, Waugh S, Asnis P, Editorial Commentary: Blood flow restriction therapy prior to anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: small effects require accurate measurements, Arthroscopy, Feb 2023, Vol 39, Issue 2, p382-383.
  • Cloutier D, Collins L, Dowell C, Hazzard S, Downie B. Sports medicine roundtable: Identifying and treating shoulder instability from a deficient glenoid. JBJS Journal of Orthopedics for Physician Assistants (JOPA), 2021; Vol 9, Issue 3.
  • Hazzard S, Lonati D, Kolosky M, Asnis P. Rule 50: A reproducible technique to minimize graft-tunnel mismatch during ACL reconstruction using bone-tendon-bone (BTB) graft. Techniques in Orthopaedics. Dec 2021; Vol 3, Issue 36, p445-448.
  • Collins L, Downie B, Hazzard S, Dowell C, Cloutier D. Sports medicine roundtable: Graft selection for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. JBJS Journal of Orthopedics for Physician Assistants (JOPA), 2019; Vol 7, Issue 1, pE5.
  • Cloutier D, Hazzard S, Dowell C, Downie B, Collins L. Sports medicine roundtable: Management of a chronic retracted rotator cuff tear in a middle-aged woman with intact articular cartilage. JBJS Journal of Orthopedics for Physician Assistants (JOPA), 2017; Vol 5, Issue 1, pE1-E7.
  • Vopat B, Wong J, Golijanin, Hazzard S, Palmer W, Asnis P. Encapsulated Fat Necrosis Lesion Caused by a Morel-Lavallee in a Professional Hockey Player. The American Journal of Orthopedics (approved for publication January 2017).
  • Vopat BG, Hazzard S, Vopat ML, Van Dijk, PA, McKinnon K, Asnis P, Theodore G. Return to Sport after Surgical Treatment of Ligamentous Lisfranc Injuries in Athletes: Retrospective Case Series. European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery, and Arthroscopy Annual Meeting. Barcelona Spain. April 2016. Poster Presentation.
  • Cohn RM, Dumont GD, Makani A, Hazzard S, Asnis PD. Surgeon experience in transitioning from transtibial to anteromedial portal technique for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School. 2016; 17:24-29.
  • Hazzard, S. History of ACL reconstruction. Journal of Orthopedics for Physician Assistants, Vol 2, Issue 2 p6-12, 2014.
  • Hazzard, S. Quadriceps tendon autograft for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: evidence for increased utilization. Journal of Orthopedics for Physician Assistants, Fall 2014, pp16-18.
  • Hazzard, S, Raskin K, Asnis P. Osteoid Osteoma (case study). Journal of Orthopedics for Physician Assistants, Vol 1 Issue 1 p4-5, 2013.
  • Hazzard S, Pearle A, Anatomic Double-bundle ACL reconstruction using the “Footprint”/Flexible Reamer Method, Techniques in Knee Surgery, Vol 11 #3 p161-167, Sept 2012.