Rich Diana was a two time All-American Football Player and one of the greatest football players in Yale history. He was one of the country’s top college running backs and finished 10th in the voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1982. Rich Diana was picked by the Miami Dolphins in the 5th round of the 1983 NFL Draft and played with The Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. Besides Dr. Diana, no other orthopedic surgeon has ever played in the Super Bowl. He retired from the NFL to attend Yale School of Medicine where he graduated in 1987.
Rich Diana was one of Yale’s most celebrated student-athletes receiving numerous Yale and national distinctions including The President Gerald Ford Award, The Mallory Award as well as The SIDA, The Hartford and Miller Lite Beer Consensus Football All American honors. He was a GTE Football Academic All American and one of twelve scholar athletes recognized by The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.
Rich Diana is one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the country. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. In 2006 and in each consecutive year he has been named to Dr. Stephen Sinatra’s esteemed Top 100 Doctors in America. Rich Diana has been in practice with Connecticut Orthopedic Specialists since 1993 and one of the managing partners since 1995. Dr. Diana is currently a Clinical Instructor and attending surgeon at Yale-New Haven Hospital and an attending surgeon at The Hospital of Saint Raphael.
Rich Diana is or has been a collegiate orthopedic sports consultant at Yale, Quinnipiac and Southern Connecticut State University and a high school orthopedic sports consultant at Hamden High School, Cheshire High School, North Haven High School, Staples High School, Wilbur Cross High School, North Branford High School and Shelton High School. Rich Diana has written articles in medical and sports related books and journals. He is author of the book, The Joint-Healthy Lifestyle. Dr. Diana continues to play an active role in the community by volunteering his services to help various local athletic programs.