John D. Kelley, MD

Dr. John Kelley is certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and General Orthopaedics by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. His particular expertise involves treatment of injuries to the shoulder and knee with emphasis on sports related injuries.  Dr. Kelley is also an NFL orthopaedic consultant for JL Sports.

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Education and Training

  • B.A. Yale University
  • M.D. Medical College of Ohio
  • Residency in General Surgery - Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at both Yale - New Haven Hospital & Newington Children's Hospital
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship - Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Inglewood, CA

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Subspecialty Board Certification in Sports Medicine

Hospital Affiliations

  • Connecticut Orthopaedics Surgical Center – Branford
  • Bridgeport Hospital- Milford Campus
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus

Team Affiliations

  • Branford High School
  • East Haven High School
  • North Branford High School
  • Guilford High School

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" Pleased with the entire process and the outcome thus far. All of the staff I encountered prior to Dr. Kelley we're polite and professional, and despite last seeing Dr. Kelley almost 6 years ago, it felt like it was only a few weeks ago by the way he interacted with me. So many people I've encountered over the years have said Go see Dr. Kelley, he's great. Prior to my appointment today I was talking with my son's karate instructor, the owner of Forge Academy in North Branford, and he raved about how Dr. Kelley fixed his knee years ago. Seeing what the guy is able to do in marital arts, it gives me confidence that I'm in good hands. Keep up the good work everyone, people maybe don't realize how important what you all do there is in everyday life. Thank you! "

Connecticut Orthopaedics
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" Everyone the day of my surgery was really great, I was made very comfortable and it was all explained to me as we went along. Then I was out and the next thing I know I was going home. The nerve block was such a terrific thing. Then I was check on by one of the nurses during the day. After that my new best friend was that shoulder spring water wrap. I am so glad I got it. And many thanks to Dr. Kelly , he knew exactly what would happen before and after. He was dead on !!! Thank you for all your kindness!!! "

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" Love him "

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" Saw Dr Kelly this am. Right on time. Nurses took me right in for X-rays. rnDr Kelly helped me w my knee issue u2014 drained knee and added a shot of Cortisone. rnCould not have been nicer and more thorough. rnAnswered all my questions. Asked that I contact him in two weeks to let him know how I was progressing. "

Connecticut Orthopaedics
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" Knowledgeable, personable, compassionate the time spent with both dr and assistant. excellent bedside manner "

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Dr. John Kelley is certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and General Orthopaedics by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. His particular expertise involves treatment of injuries to the shoulder and knee with emphasis on sports related injuries. Currently, he is an attending surgeon at the Connecticut Orthopaedic Surgical Centers in Branford and Milford, Yale-New Haven Hospital and MidState Medical Center.

Dr. Kelley received his B.A. degree from Yale University and his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in general surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital, followed by an orthopaedic surgery residency at both Yale-New Haven Hospital and Newington Children’s Hospital. A recipient of a Sports Medicine Fellowship, Dr. Kelley studied Sports Medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Inglewood, California.

While in California, Dr. Kelley provided sports medicine coverage for the following professional and college teams: L.A. Rams, Lakers, Kings, Dodgers, California Angels; and Loyola Marymount University, University of Southern CA, and California State University, LA Branch.

Dr. Kelley has presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and at Newington Children’s Hospital, Newington, CT. Articles for publication have appeared in Dr. F.W. Jobe’s Operative Techniques in Upper Extremity Sports Injuries, St. Louis Mosby-Year Book and the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Dr. Kelley is affiliated with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Medical Association, New Haven County Medical Association, Connecticut State Medical Association and Alpha Omega Alpha. Additionally, Dr. Kelley is an orthopaedic consultant to the NFL sports agency, JL Sports.

A resident of Branford, CT, Dr. Kelley joined Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists, P.C. in 1992.

Hobbies and outside interests include spending time with his family; his wife Jean, son Patrick and daughter-in-law Ainsley, daughter Kathleen and son-in-law Chris and granddaughter Ella, and son Brian. Jack also enjoys, boating, golf and fitness. In 2010, Dr. Kelley and his wife, Jean, founded Brian’s Hope, ( a non-profit foundation honoring their son, Brian, who suffers from adrenoleukodystrophy. (ALD) ALD is a genetic inherited disease that affects the nervous system. With the addition of ALD to the newborn screening panel in CT in 2013, they hope to keep other young boys from suffering the same challenges Brian has. Early detection is life saving.

Dr. Kelley also provides voluntary coverage at area high school sporting events.


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • New Haven County Medical Society
  • Connecticut State Medical Society


  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor – 2009-2019
  • Best Doctors in Connecticut, Connecticut Magazine – 2019, 2020

Research and Publications

  • “Muscle Ruptures of the Shoulder”, with Neal ElAtrache, MD, in F.W. Jobe, M.M. Pink, R.E. Glousman, et al (eds.): OperaĤve Techniques in Upper Extremity Sports Injuries, St Louis, Mosby Year Book, 1996
  • “Electromyographic & Cinematographic Analysis of Elbow FuncĤon in Tennis Players with Lateral EpicondyliŇs”, with Steven A. Lombardo, MD, et al, American Journal of Sports Medicine, 22(3) 359 -363, 1994
  • “The Anterior Capsulolabral Reconstruction,” Videotape, with Frank W. Jobe, MD, AAOS annual meeĤng, San Francisco, CA, 1993


  • Assistant Clinical Professor – Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale School of Medicine