Dr. Mariam Hakim-Zargar, MD - First Female Orthopaedic Surgeon Elected to Lead the Society

Members of the Connecticut Orthopaedic Society (COS) elected new officers at its Annual Meeting held at the Marriott Hotel in Farmington, Connecticut on May 12, 2017.

Mariam Hakim-Zargar, MD becomes the first female to serve the Society as President since the organization’s inception in the early 1980’s. Dr. Hakim-Zargar, joins her counterparts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in becoming the third female president in New England and one of only a dozen in the Country.

Dr. Hakim has been an active member of the COS Board since 2009, and has served as Secretary/Treasurer and Vice President of the Society. She is a fierce defender of physician autonomy and patient safety and lends her passion, insightful perspective and expertise to insurance issues, programs, legislative and regulatory concerns and patients’ access to quality care.

Dr. Hakim is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon in private solo practice in Torrington and serves on the Credentialing Committee at Charlotte-Hungerford Hospital.

She received her medical degree from University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed her orthopaedic residency and foot and ankle fellowship at UConn. She also holds a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health. She is the proud mother of a two children and lives in Avon with her husband and family.

Michael Aronow, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Associates of Hartford, will serve as Vic President and has served on the Board of the CT Orthopaedic Society for over ten years.

He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Medical School and did a general surgery internship, orthopaedic residency, research fellowship, and sports medicine fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center followed by a year of advanced clinical experience in foot and ankle surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.

Since joining the Society’s Board, Dr. Aronow has served in leadership and advisory roles including Lead Physician for the Society’s Scope of Practice Work Group and also as representative to the Department of Public Health review board for the granting of advanced licensure permits to podiatrists.

He is an active member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) and has co-authored numerous journal articles and book chapters, and has presented his research and given scientific and clinical talks at multiple regional, national, and international meetings. He resides in West Hartford with his wife and five children.

Tarik Kardestuncer, MD is a practicing orthopaedic hand surgeon at Orthopedic Partners in North Franklin, CT. Dr. Kardestuncer has been an active member of the Society and its’ Board for over five years. He is the Past Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at William Backus Hospital and currently serves as the Medical Director for Constitution Surgical Center in Waterford.

Dr. Kardestuncer received his medical degree from and completed his residency at the University of Connecticut. He did his Fellowship in Hand & Upper Extremity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and MA General Hospital, both in Massachusetts.

His research and publications include hand deformity and trauma. He has been awarded “Top Doctor” from Connecticut Magazine three years in a row. Dr. Kardestuncer resides with his wife and children in Lyme, Connecticut.

hakimwithgrayoutgoingcospresident2017Photo Caption: Dr. Mariam Hakim Zargar (L) presents outgoing President award to F. Scott Gray, MD (R) at the Annual Meeting.