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: Trillion-dollar coach

November 13, 2019

by John D. Kelly IV, MD The life and legend of William V. Campbell, Silicon Valley’s storied life coach to software legends, such as Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt and…

BLOG: Are you a mentor leader?

August 23, 2019

One of the most effective ways to create meaning in our lives is to serve as a mentor to others. Advising, counseling and showing the way to a younger colleague helps us…

BLOG: Lessons from my mother-in-law’s life

July 10, 2019

We recently buried my mother-in-law, Helen S. Sakosky, in a cemetery located in her childhood home of greater Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Helen possessed a formidable…

BLOG: Kevin Reilly and the power of belief

May 16, 2019

Attendees at the recent Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting in Orlando were treated to presidential guest speaker Kevin Reilly’s testament on…

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