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John D. Kelly, IV, MD

John D. Kelly, IV, MD Physician

Co Director Sports Medicine Fellowship Director, Sports Shoulder Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

Languages spoken:

  • Arabic
  • French

Dr. Kelly is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. John D. Kelly, IV

America's Most Compassionate Doctors' Patient's Choice, 2011

Arthroscopy Association North America, Master Shoulder Surgeon

Main Line Times Top Doctor, 2013

NATA Honorary Member, 2012

Philadelphia Sports Congress, Torg Award 2012

Recognized by America's Top Doctors for 2017

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues: 1999, 2002, 2010 - 2019

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2015 - 2019

President EOA 2019

Board of Trustees Journal of Arthroscopy and Related Research

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, 1992

Clinical Expertise:

  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Ankle Disorders
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Surgery
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (ACL)
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage Injuries
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Elbow Bone Spurs (Osteophyte)
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Replacement Surgery (Arthroplasty)
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Foot Disorders
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Hip Injuries
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Preservation Surgery
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
  • Joint Dislocation
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Kneecap Dislocation
  • Labral Tears
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Surgery
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Injury (LCL)
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Surgery
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Policeman's Heel)
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Surgery
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (PCL Injury)
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder and Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Sports Injury
  • Sprains
  • Steroid Injections
  • Strains
  • Tendon Injuries & Tendonitis
  • Tendon Repair
  • Tendonitis
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Surgery (Tommy John Surgery)
  • Wrist Injuries
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Temple University Hospital


AAOS, National American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, National American Orthopaedic Society, National American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, National AOA, National Arthroscopy Association of North America, International Catholic Medical Society, National Eastern Orthopaedic Association, National Irish American Orthopaedic Association, National Jewish Catholic Relationship Council, Local Penn Athletic Trainers, Local Philadelphia County Medical Society, Local Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Local Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kelly is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Disorders of the Shoulder
Arthroscopic Surgery
Disorders of the Knee
Arthritis Prevention
Injuries to Throwers
Holistic Orthopedics
Diabetes and Soft Tissue Manifestations
Oxidative Stress and Aging

Selected Publications:

Kelly, JD4: When Mindfulness is Not the Answer-Alternative approaches to managing anger and conflict CORR : 2019.

Kelly, John D. IV: Managing Negative Thoughts: the Choice is yours CORR 477 (6): 1291,2019.

LaValva S, Kelly AM, Kelly P, Kelly JD: 24 YO Sliding into First Base: Dislocation Mechanics. Pathomechanics and Injury in Overhead Athlete : 2019.

Paschos N, Tucker K, Kelly JDIV.: Arthroscopic Treatment of SLAP Lesions Sports Medicine Surgery : 47,2019.

Kelly, JD 4th: What Motivates You CORR 477 (3): 2019.

Pirruccio, Kevin, and John D. Kelly: Weightlifting Shoulder Injuries Presenting to US Emergency Departments: 2000–2030. International journal of sports medicine 40 (08): 2019.

Piruccio K, Kelly J.: Shoulder Injuries Associated with Handling Luggage Presenting to U.S. Emergency Departments: 2003-2017 WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation. : 2019.

LeBrun DG, Del Rosario J, Kelly JD, Wren SM, Spiegel DA, Mkandawire N, Gosselin RA, Kushner AL: Burden of Sports Injuries Among African Adolescents. J Epidemiol Glob Health. 8 (3-4): 171-5,2018.

Kelly, John D IV: "Name it to Tame it: Recognizing Burnout Wharton Nano Tools for Leaders : 2018.

Kelly, JD4: Your Best Life: Valuing Emotional Intelligence-Lessons From The Super Bowl Champions. CORR : 2018.

Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery
34th and Spruce St.

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-4400
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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