May Featured Author

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John D. Kelly IV, MD
Director, Sports Shoulder
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
Penn Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

From the May issue: Outcomes of the Remplissage Procedure and Its Effects on Return to Sports: Average 5-Year Follow-up

Podcast: Listen to Dr. Kelly discuss his article in the May issue.


John D. Kelly IV attended Columbia University in New York where he participated in Varsity Football and Track. He graduated with Honors at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and received his Orthopedic Training at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Temple University and remained as a faculty member for 19 years. He returned to Penn in 2008 where he serves as Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of Shoulder Sports Med. He also directs the Center for Throwing Athletes at Penn. His clinical and research interests include disorders of the shoulder, arthritis prevention, diabetes and ‘holistic orthopedics’.

Dr. Kelly has received awards for teaching and clinical excellence including Master Shoulder Surgeon AANA, ‘Top Docs’ Phila. Magazine, Joseph Torg Award for Sports Excellence and Best Doctors in America.

He also is a standup comedian, appearing on Oprah Radio as well as numerous night clubs in the greater Philadelphia area.

Dr. Kelly has been married to the love of his life, Marie S. Kelly for 28 years and is the proud parent of twin daughters Mary and Ann Marie.

Selected Other Published Work in AJSM

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 Feb 17

Garcia GH, Wu HH, Park MJ, Tjoumakaris FP, Tucker BS, Kelly JD 4th, Sennett BJ. Depression Symptomatology and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: Incidence and Effect on Functional Outcome-A Prospective Cohort StudyAm J Sports Med. 2015 Dec 1.

Bishop JY, Jones GL, Lewis B, Pedroza A, Baumgarten K, Kuhn J, Dunn W, Cox C, Wolf B, Hettrich C, Bollier M, Carey J, Kelly J, Sennett B, McCarty E, Bravman J, Poddar S, Spencer E, Holloway B, Ma B, Allen C, Feeley B, Marx R, Miller B, Carpenter J, Wright R, Smith M, Abboud J.  Intra- and interobserver agreement in the classification and treatment of distal third clavicle fractures. American Journal of Sports Medicine 43(4):979-84, 2015.

Kelly JD. Letter to Editor Regarding Retroversion. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 43, No. 7 2015

Park MJ, Garcia G, Malhotra A, Major N, Tjoumakaris F, Kelly JD.The Evaluation of Arthroscopic Remplissage by High-Resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Am J Sports Med. 2012 Oct;40(10):2331-6.

Eager M, Bader D, Kelly JD IV, Moyer RA. Delayed Fracture of the Tibia Following Anteromedialization Osteotomy of the Tibial Tubercle: A Report of Five Cases. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 4(32), 1041-1048, June 2004.

Meister B.R., Michael S.P., Moyer R.A., Kelly J.D., Schneck, C.D. The Anatomy and Kinematics of the LCL. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 28(6), 869 – 878, 2000

Kelly J.D.,Aliquo D., Sitler M.A., Odgers C., Moyer R.A. The Association of Burners with Cervical Canal and Foraminal Stenosis. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 28(2):214 – 217, March/April, 2000.

Anbari A.,Kelly J.D., Moyer R.A. Delayed Repair of a Ruptured Pectoralis Major Muscle. A Case Report. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 28(2): 254 – 256, March/April 2000.

D’Arco P., Sitler M.A., Kelly J.D., Moyer R.A., Marchetto P.A., Kimura I., Ryan J. Clinical, Functional and Radiographic Assessmant of Conventional and Modifies Boyd – Anderson Surgical Procedures for Repair of Distal Biceps Tendon Ruptures. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 26(2): 254 – 261, 1998.

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