Bantams’ Team Doc Retires

Retiring team doctor Carl Nissen, second from left, joins Trinity Head Football Coach Jeff Devanney ’93, Director of Sports Medicine Scot Ward, and then-Interim Director of Athletics Kristen Noone as he is honored before a 2017 football game. Photo: Robert Lebel

Former Trinity College team doctor Carl Nissen, M.D., was honored during a special ceremony before the Trinity–Bowdoin football game in October 2017. Nissen, who had recently retired after more than 20 years with Trinity, was presented with a framed commemorative Bantam football jersey in appreciation of his dedicated service to the college.

“Dr. Nissen has been our team doctor every year that I have been here,” said Head Football Coach Jeff Devanney ’93. “What always impressed me was the time that he would take to communicate with everyone involved when dealing with an injured athlete. … He was compassionate with the athletes and took the time to meet with parents. We are going to miss him dearly.”

Nissen earned a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.D. from the University of Connecticut before completing his residency in orthopedic surgery at UConn and his fellowship at the Cincinnati SportsMedicine & Orthopaedic Center. While a part of Trinity’s team, Nissen worked in Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s Elite Sports Medicine division, where he continues to specialize in the prevention and care of sports injuries in adolescents.