John D. Kelly IV, MD, is a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He focuses his blog on helping surgeons reduce stress while achieving balance in their practices and families.

BLOG: More peace is a matter of attention span

March 1, 2019

Times are tough, and there is no sign that orthopedic practice will become easier. Many imposing forces are converging on the practicing orthopedist including declining…

BLOG: Sister Viola, a catalyst for growth

January 18, 2019

This week, I visited the grave of the nun who changed my life. Sister Viola Hespelein was a Franciscan nun, assigned to my home parish school, St. Ann’s, the…

BLOG: Reformat your vocation for positive energy balance

December 19, 2018

Psychiatrist Judith Orloff, MD, is considered a true pioneer in the nascent area of energy medicine. Practitioners of this discipline recognize that one’s daily

BLOG: Focus on within to sidestep burnout

November 16, 2018

In his treatise on human motivation, Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink delves into the research on what truly propels humans toward…

BLOG: Self-care is not selfish

October 11, 2018

I continue to write on the burnout epidemic in medicine because it continues to rage on, with no apparent end in sight. Declining reimbursement, insurance demands and

BLOG: Own your life

September 18, 2018

In their masterful treatise, “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win,” former Navy Seal Officers Jocko Willink and Leif Babin artfully convey

BLOG: Sidestep burnout with empathy

August 7, 2018

The burnout epidemic rages on and it is endemic in the entire medical universe, explaining the increasing rate of absenteeism and turnover among physicians. Most

BLOG: Join the ‘captain class’

July 5, 2018

Our vocation of orthopedic surgery has, whether we like it or not, placed us into an important leadership role. We are de facto leaders of our unique health care teams…

BLOG: Apologize and honor the ‘not attached to outcome’ principle for peace

June 6, 2018

In his wonderful parable, The One Minute Apology, Ken Blanchard conveys timeless wisdom that translates to a more peaceful and fulfilling life. Similar to his previous…

BLOG: Cool it with email to sidestep burnout

May 9, 2018

Burnout is emotional exhaustion characterized by depersonalization and apathy. Some investigators believe burnout may in fact be indistinguishable from depression. When…