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John D. Kelly

Penn Medicine

Penn Medicine

Penn Medicine
250 King of Prussia Rd
Radnor, Pennsylvania

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Arthroscopic and joint preservation surgery of the shoulder, knee, hip and elbow.

Dr. Kelly has a passion for joint preserving and minimally invasive surgery, especially of the shoulder.

Special interests include arthroscopic repair and or reconstruction of large rotator cuff tears and shoulder instability which may otherwise be considered for open surgical treatment. He has a passion for treating throwers and is director of the Penn Throwing Clinic.


Columbia University Undergrad
Class ’17 Football Cup for Academic Excellence 1979
University of Cincinnati School of Medicine
Alpha Omega Alpha 1983
Robert Swain Award for ‘Transforming the drudgery of medical school into an enjoyable experience for one’s classmates’1982
Merrill-Dow Pharmacology Prize 1982
Ciba Award for ‘Excellence in relating to patients’ 1984
Class graduation speaker 1984Temple University Hospital
Teacher of the Year – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1996
Excellence in Teaching – Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery 1997
“Top Docs” Philadelphia Magazine 1999, 2002, 2010,11
Teacher of the Year – Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery 2003
"America’s Top Physicians" 2005
“America’s Top Orthopedists” Consumer Research Council 2007,2009, 2010, 2011
“Top Doc” Del. Valley Consumer Checklist 2007
‘Master Shoulder Surgeon’ – Arthroscopy Association N. America 2007, 2009,2015
‘Best Lecturer Bone Science Course’ U. of Penn. School of Medicine 2008
‘Welcome Address Speaker’ AAOS New Fellows, 2010 Meeting
“Alumni of the Month” Columbia Football 2011
‘America’s Most Compassionate Doctors’ Patient’s Choice 2011
‘Top Doctor’ US News and World Report 2011,12, 13
Philadelphia Super Doctors 2012,13
AAOS Achievement Award 2012
NATA Honorary Member 2012
Torg Award, Philadelphia Sports Congress 2012
Master Shoulder Surgeon AANA, 2013,14, 15
Top Doc, Main Line Times, 2013
Best Doctors in America 2015-16
Herodicus Society 2015
Jesse Nicholson Award for Teaching 2015
Top Doctors Philadelphia Life/Suburban Life 2015
America’s Most Honored Professionals American Registry 2016
Moyer Award Eastern Athletic Trainers Assoc. 2017
America’s Most Honored Professionals American Registry 2017, 18
Best Doctors in America 2017
American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Full Member
Best Practitioners Western Suburbs American Registry 2017
Top Doctor Main Line Today 2017,18
Resident Mentor Award Penn Ortho 2018"


Certified by American Board of Orthopedic Surgery with Specialty Certificate in Sports Medicine

Treatments Offered:

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Shoulder Instability
Rotator Cuff repair and/or reconstruction
Knee arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery
Hip arthroscopic surgery

Education and Degrees:

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

Insurance Accepted:

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

What are some services that you are most excited to offer or patient needs that you’re excited to serve?

Joint preserving surgery for those who do not wish to have a shoulder replacement or open shoulder surgery. ‘Holistic’ surgery where as much native tissue is preserved as possible for the shoulder, knee, hip and elbow.

Where does your passion for your profession come from?

As a former Division 1 football player I sustained numerous orthopedic injuries and now suffer from the effects of persistent joint instability and traumatic injury. I am eager to help athletes avoid the development of joint arthritis through minimally invasive means of joint preserving surgery.

Do you have any advice for those seeking help in your category or specialty?

Do your research and seek the help of someone who is conservative and will exhaust every non operative option before surgery is entertained. Also seek out someone with experience and who has ample surgical ‘reps’ in a procedure that may be indicated.


Top Doctors: 2018