Connecticut Magazine recently named three local surgeons to its annual "Top Docs" list. Connecticut Magazine sends an annual survey in April to 5,000 state physicians asking who they would send a loved one to for medical care.

Three orthopedic surgeons at Coastal Orthopaedics of Fairfield County have been named to the list of Top Orthopedic Doctors. Drs. Michael M. Lynch, Nicholas V. Polifroni and Paul D. Protomastro have been voted to the list for the fourth time. Coastal Orthopaedics has offices in Norwalk, Darien and Westport.

Michael M. Lynch, MD has practiced orthopedics in Conn. since 1992. Lynch graduated from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School. He completed the Harvard combined Orthopedic Residency Program and a fellowship in sports medicine at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He also spent extended time at Boston Children's Hospital expanding his pediatric orthopedic knowledge. Lynch's special interests include sports medicine and knee reconstruction and replacement. He has lent his expertise as the high school team doctor for Brian McMahon High School in Norwalk for many years. Lynch resides in Southport with his wife and two children who are active athletes.

Nicholas V. Polifroni, MD has practiced orthopedics in Conn. since 1982. Polifroni graduated from New York Medical College and completed his orthopedic residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. Polifroni spent additional time at the Institute for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training in New York City and Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children in Philadelphia. Polifroni focuses on total joint replacement and sports medicine. He volunteers as the Staples High School team doctor. He resides in Westport with his wife and has two grown children.

Paul D. Protomastro, MD has been practicing orthopedics in Conn. since 2001. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson Medical College and received his orthopedic training at the Case Western Reserve University. Protomastro completed a hand and upper extremity fellowship at Harvard University in 2001. His practice is dedicated to injuries and disorders of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. He has special expertise in the management of athletic, traumatic and work related injuries. Protomastro was raised in Ridgefield and currently resides in South Salem, N.Y., with his wife and three athletic, young children.

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Coastal Orthopaedics is one of the largest and oldest orthopedic practices in Fairfield County. Its 12 physicians are board certified with fellowship training at the finest medical schools and hospitals in the country. The team works together to deliver state-of-the-art care from head to toe, giving patients the opportunity to work within one group for several conditions if necessary. For more information visit www.coastalorthopaedics.com or call 203-845-2200.