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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

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 Cartilage Tear
  • Knee Instability
  • Knee Reconstruction - Ligament
  • 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
  • CVS Health
  • 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 Amerihealth
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Medicare
  • 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:

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.

Saxena V, D'Aquilla K, Marcoon S, Krishnamoorthy G, Gordon JA, Carey JL, Borthakur A, Kneeland JB, Kelly JD 4th, Reddy R, Sennett BJ.: T1? Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Assess Cartilage Damage After Primary Shoulder Dislocation. American Journal Sports Medicine : 2016.

Shannon N, Kelly JD: An Evidence Based Approach to Shoulder Injuries Journal of Family Medicine 3 (5): 2016.

Smucny M, Shin EC, Zhang AL, Feeley BT, Gajiu T, Kelly JD et al: Erratum Arthroscopy 32 (5): 953,2016.

Kelly, JD: Tolstoy's Three Questions for Life Clinical Ortho and Related Research 474 (5): 1122-4,2016.

Phillips E, Khoury V, Wilmot A, Kelly JD 4th: Correlation Between Cam-Type Femoroacetabular Impingement and Radiographic Osteitis Pubis. Orthopedics 7 : 1-6,2016.

Smucny M, Shin E, Zhang A, Kelly JD, Ma B et al.: Poor Agreement on Classification and Treatment of Subscapularis Tendon Tears Arthroscopy 32 (2): 246-51,2016.

Hoglund L, Kelly J et al: "Persons with Patellofemoral Osteoarthritis Have Reduced Hip and Knee Joint Velocities During Functional Tasks and Decreased Proximal Lower Extremity Strength" American Phy Therapy Assoc. : 2016.

Garcia GH, Wu HH, Liu JN, Huffman GR, Kelly JD 4th: Outcomes of the Remplissage Procedure and Its Effects on Return to Sports: Average 5-Year Follow-up. Am J Sports Med : 2016.

Academic Contact Info

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

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

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