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Belachew Tessema, MD

Dr. Tessema graduated Cum Laude from University of Minnesota where he majored in genetics and cell biology. He then received his medical degree from the UConn School of Medicine where he received the Dean’s Award for excellence in medical education. Early in his training, Dr. Tessema was awarded Intern of the Year in general surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center. During his residency in otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, he was again awarded for his excellence and achievement in research. Dr. Tessema trained under the mentorship of Dr. Roy Casiano, a world-renowned endoscopic surgeon in rhinology, advanced sinus and endoscopic skull base surgery at the University of Miami/Miller School of Medicine before coming back to Connecticut.

Dr. Tessema is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UConn and participates in teaching doctors in training about advanced sinonasal procedures. His clinical interests are in the endoscopic management of advanced frontal sinus disease and sinonasal and anterior skull base tumors.

A diplomat of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Tessema is a member of the American Rhinologic Society, the North American Skull Base Society, the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, and American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Tessema serves on the advisory board for Global ENT outreach, a non-profit organization committed to training doctors from developing countries to become self-sustained in basic ENT-related surgical care.

Dr. Tessema is a proud member of ProHealth Physicians, and during his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. Dr Tessema is an accomplished jazz bass guitar player with several recordings and performances.