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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 Tendon Repair
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendonosis
  • Acromioclavicular Fracture
  • Acromioclavicular Joint Separation
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Disorders
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Sports Injury
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Ankle Strain
  • Annular Ligament Displacement
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (ACL)
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair (ACL)
  • Arm Injury
  • Arm Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of Elbow
  • Arthroscopy of Hip
  • Athletic Pubalgia
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
  • Avascular Necrosis of Shoulder
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Elbow
  • Axillary Neuropathy
  • Bankart Lesion
  • Bicep Injury
  • Bicep Pain
  • Bicep Tear
  • Bicep Tendon Tear
  • Biceps Tendon Repair
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Brachial Plexus Surgery
  • Bucket Handle Meniscus Tears
  • Bursitis
  • Bursitis of the Arm
  • Bursitis of the Elbow
  • Bursitis, Subcutaneous Tendo-Achilles
  • Calcific Tendonitis
  • Calf Muscle Injury
  • Calf Pain
  • Cartilage Injuries
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome
  • Chronic Muscle Injury
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Clicking Elbow
  • Clicking Shoulder
  • Comminuted Fracture
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Damaged Patellar Cartilage Removal
  • Decompression Median Nerve At Elbow
  • Dislocated Patella
  • Dislocation of Wrist
  • Distal Clavicular Osteolysis
  • Elbow Bone Spurs (Osteophyte)
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Joint Excision
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Reconstruction
  • Elbow Replacement Surgery (Arthroplasty)
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Epicondylitis
  • Exertional Compartment Release
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Fibula Fracture
  • Foot Disorders
  • Fracture
  • Frozen Joint
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Gastrocnemius Injury
  • Gluteal Injury
  • Gluteus Medius Tear
  • Gout of the Arm
  • Gout of the Elbow
  • Hamstring Injuries
  • Hip Abductor Tear
  • Hip Click
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Injuries
  • Hip Labrum Repair
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Pain Under Age 60
  • Hip Preservation Surgery
  • Hip Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
  • Injury of Muscle
  • Joint Dislocation
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Microfracture Surgery
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Pain for Patients Aged Younger Than 60
  • Knee Posterolateral Corner Injury
  • Kneecap Dislocation
  • Labral Tear of Shoulder
  • Labral Tears
  • Labrum
  • Latarjet
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Repair (LCL)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear (LCL)
  • Leg Injury
  • Leg Pain
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Locking Elbow
  • Locking Knee
  • Locking Shoulder
  • Long Thoracic Neuropathy
  • Loose Body in the Hip
  • Loose Body in the Knee
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Injury of the Elbow
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Injury of the Knee
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Repair (MCL)
  • Meniscectomy
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Minimally Invasive Elbow Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery
  • Multi-Ligament Knee Injury
  • Multiple Ligament Reconstruction
  • Muscle Tears
  • Musculocutaneous Neuropathy
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Non-Operative Management of Arthritis
  • Olecranon Bursitis
  • Orthopedic Stem-Cell Injection
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteochondral Allograft
  • Osteochondral Autograft
  • Osteochondral Defect
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Overuse Injuries of the Ankle
  • Overuse Injury
  • Paratenonitis
  • Patella Injury
  • Patellar Clunk Syndrome
  • Patellar Instability
  • Patellar Stabilization
  • Patellar Tendon Rupture
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Patellofemoral Injury
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Patient Specific Instrumentation
  • Pectoral Muscle Injury
  • Pectoralis Major Rupture Tendon Repair
  • Pectoralis Major Tendon Injury
  • Periprosthetic Humerus Fracture
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Persistent Pain After Orthopedic Surgery
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis (Policeman's Heel)
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection - Elbow
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection - Hip
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection - Knee
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection - Shoulder
  • Plexopathy
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Repair (PCL)
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (PCL)
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Quadrangular Space Syndrome
  • Quadricep Injury
  • Radial Head Subluxation
  • Radial Nerve Neuropathy
  • Repair of Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Running Injury
  • Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Scapular Dyskinesis
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Shin Splint Surgery
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder and Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Fracture
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Joint Preservation Surgery
  • Shoulder Labrum Repair
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Prosthesis
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Stabilization
  • Shoulder Strain
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Slap Tear
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Spinal Accessory Neuropathy
  • Sports Concussion
  • Sports Injury
  • Sports Related Foot Injury
  • Sprains
  • Stem Cell Injection
  • Steroid Injections
  • Strains
  • Stress Fractures
  • Subcutaneous Tendo-Achilles Bursitis
  • Superior Capsular Reconstruction
  • Suprascapular Neuropathy
  • Synovectomy of Elbow
  • Synovectomy of Shoulder
  • Synovial Chondromatosis
  • Tendinitis of the Elbow
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendon Injuries & Tendonitis
  • Tendon Repair
  • Tendon Rupture of the Ankle
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Throwing Injuries
  • Tibial Spine Fracture
  • Torn Ligament
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Tricep Injury
  • Twisted Ankle
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair (Tommy John Surgery)
  • Ulnar Nerve Injury
  • Ulnar Pseudoarthrosis Nonunion
  • 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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • 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 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: Your best life: get more rest and relaxation to unlock your potential Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research : 2019.

Kelly, JD4: Your best life: get more rest and relaxation to unlock your potential Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research : 2019.

Cable B, Kelly AM, Mintz E, Kelly JD.: Remplissage: Expand the Arthroscopic Spectrum Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine 27 : 2019.

Beason AM, Kelly JD et al: Surgeon Agreement on the Presence of Pathologic Anterior Instability on Shoulder Imaging Studies Ortho Journal Sports Med 7 (8): 2019.

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.

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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