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John D. Kelly, IV, MD

John D. Kelly, IV, MD Surgeon

Director, Sports Shoulder Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

Languages spoken:

  • French

Dr. Kelly is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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 in Philadelphia Magazine's annual Top Docs issue: 1999, 2002, 2010 - 2016

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, 1992

Clinical Expertise:

  • Arthroscopic Knee Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Loose Bodies
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cap Instability
  • Knee Cartilage Tear
  • Knee Ligament Repair
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Shoulder and Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Sport Related Ankle Injury
  • Sports Injury

Description of Clinical Expertise

Rotator Cuff Disease
Shoulder Instability
Knee, Shoulder, Ankle, Elbow, Hip Arthroscopy
Joint Preservation

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

Education and Training

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


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 a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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:

Donegan D, Pasternak B, Kelly JD.: Dealing with Loss Clinical Ortho and Related Research 475 (3): 2017.

LeBrun D, Kelly JD et al.: Burden of Sports Injuries among African Adolescents: A Modeling Study Annual Academic Surgical Congress Abstracts : 2017.

Wu HH, Liu M, Dines JS, Kelly JD, Garcia GH: Depression and psychiatric disease associated with outcomes after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction World J Orthop 7 (11): 2016.

Swanik K, Thomas S, Kelly JD et al: The Effect of Shoulder Plyometrics on Amortization Time and Upper Extremity Kinematics Journal of Sports Rehab 25 (4): 315-23,2016.

Wuest T, Goldberg M, Kelly JD: Clinical Faceoff: Burnout CORR : 2016.

Brophy RH, Hettrich CM, Ortiz S;Kelly JD; MOON Shoulder Instability Group: Patients Undergoing Shoulder Stabilization Surgery Have Elevated Shoulder Activity Compared With Sex- and Age-Matched Healthy Controls Sports Health : 2016.

Reuther K, Larsen R, Kuhn P, Kelly JD, Thomas S.: Sleepr Stretch Accelerates Recovery of GH Internal Rotation after Pitching Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery : 2016.

Kelly, JD4: Breaking the Cycle: The Power of Gratitude Clinical Ortho and Related Research 474 : 2016.

Gittings D1, Hesketh P1, Dattilo J1, Zgonis M1, Kelly J1, Mehta S2: Arthroscopic lysis of adhesions improves knee range of motion after fixation of intra-articular fractures about the knee Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. : 2016.

Kelly, JD.: Kindness is its Own Reward J Clin Orthop Relat Res 474 (8): 1775-7,2016.

Academic Contact Info

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

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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