John Reach Jr., MD

John S. Reach, Jr., M.Sc., M.D. is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Connecticut Orthopaedics. Dr. Reach is board-certified in Orthopaedic surgery and fellowship-trained in advanced foot and ankle reconstruction. He has extensive experience in surgical management for the lower extremity. Dr. Reach is one of the few surgeons certified in all available total ankle replacements. He is also a pioneer in the use of advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound for soft-tissue and sports pathology. Dr. Reach currently performs the highest volume of total ankle replacement operations in Connecticut and the North East and has received awards for quality outcomes in these surgeries.

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Contact

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Phone:
203.407.3515
Fax:
203.466.8539

Education and Training

  • B.A. Yale College
  • M.D. Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • M.Sc Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Middlesex Hospital

Office Locations

Testimonials

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Connecticut Orthopaedics
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" Nice facility in Essex. Staff was great. Had Covid plan in place. Dr Reach was very informative and provided me with some options to consider. His recommendation for injection/biopsy as a 'pre screen' makes sense. Biopsy to confirm no infection inside joint prior to surgery, injection to identify area of pain in the joint is where we think it is. My other doc had nothing like this. Dr Reach is obviously very experienced and was effective in trying to understand my condition and providing options to address my specific situation "

Connecticut Orthopaedics
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" Fast, friendly and to the point Dr Reach explained to me my problem clearly. "

Connecticut Orthopaedics
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" Dr. Reach was very attentive and answered all my questions. That I was able to get an appointment in a reasonable time from when I called . Given the pandemic situation, the office and waiting room were very safe "

Connecticut Orthopaedics
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" Perhaps the initial paperwork that took me about 40 minutes to fill out on the I_pad could be mailed to new patients,. If the patient had difficulty with the questions, that could be addressed on the day of the appointment= "

Connecticut Orthopaedics
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" I appreciate dr Reach fitting me in at the last minute. He was very helpful. "

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Full Biography

John S. Reach, Jr., M.Sc., M.D. is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Connecticut Orthopaedics. He is also the  former Director of Yale Foot and Ankle Service and previous Chief of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Section. Dr. Reach is board-certified in Orthopaedic surgery and fellowship trained in advanced foot and ankle reconstruction. He has extensive experience in surgical management for the lower extremity.

Dr. Reach is one of the few surgeons certified in all available total ankle replacements. He is a pioneer in the use of advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound for soft-tissue and sports pathology. Dr. Reach has other interests in sports foot & ankle injuries, tendon/ligament repair, rheumatoid arthritis, lower extremity deformity correction and lengthening, multiplanar computer assisted external fixation, micro-neuro-vascular surgery, great toe arthritis (Cartiva) and deformity, arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive cartilage repair, computer navigation, Total Ankle Replacement, Total Ankle Revision and limb salvage.

Dr. Reach is an inventor and implant designer. He serves as a consultant for many orthopaedic, imaging, and insurance companies.  He has testified to Congress on the importance of foot and ankle care. Dr. Reach has been issued a number of patents for his work on cartilage repair, musculoskeletal imaging and ligament/tendon enhancement. His current research is focused on minimally invasive treatments for patients with arthritis, athletic ankle injuries, out-patient ambulatory surgery, pain-less surgery, and focal cartilage defects for custom cartilage transplant repair.

Dr. Reach is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in Orthopaedics.  Dr. Reach currently performs the highest volume of total ankle replacement operations in Connecticut and the North East and has received awards for quality outcomes in these surgeries.

Despite his interest in advancing the science and practice of Orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Reach’s guiding philosophy is that the needs of the patient come first.

Associations

  • Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS)
  • Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery-American (JBJS-AM)
  • Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research (CORR)
  • Journal of Clinical Anatomy
  • Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Awards

  • Top 31 Foot & Ankle Surgeons in US, Orthopaedics This Week – 2018
  • Best Doctors in Connecticut, Connecticut Magazine – 2017, 2019, 2020
  • Best Doctors In America – 2016
  • Top 10 Foot & Ankle Surgeons in US, Orthopaedics This Week – 2015
  • Elected AOA Fellow, AOA – 2015
  • Special Representative to ACR & AIUM for MSK Ultrasound, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – 2015
  • Key Note Speaker, China Orthopaedic Association – 2015
  • ‘Best Faculty-Resident Research Paper’, Yale Orthopaedic Surgery Department – 2014
  • Best Doctors., New Haven Living – 2014
  • Top 23 Foot & Ankle Surgeons in the US, Orthopaedics This Week – 2012
  • The Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association Vernon Nickel Award for “outstanding research concerning the preservation or restoration of musculoskeletal function”, Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association – 2007
  • Keith & Marion Moore Blue Box Award for best publication in the Journal of Clinical Anatomy, American Association of Clinical Anatomists – 2007
  • 1st Place, Smith & Nephew Research Competition – 2006
  • Yale Mid-West Alumni Schools Committee, Most Outstanding Member – 2004
  • The Mayo Orthopaedic Faculty “Patrick J. Kelly” Research Award, Mayo Clinic – 2004
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Education Award – 2000
  • Dailey Award, Georgetown University School of Medicine – 2000

Appointments

  • Former Director of Yale Foot and Ankle Service
  • Former Chief of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Section