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: 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…

BLOG: Find meaning to stave off burnout

April 13, 2018

There seems to be no end in sight to the raging burnout epidemic afflicting all health care providers. The electronic medical record is here to stay, reimbursements are…

BLOG: Lessons from Jerry Rice

March 20, 2018

Jerry Rice is arguably the best player ever to don an NFL uniform. He caught 197 touchdown passes in his storied career and he owns every major receiving record. His…

BLOG: Perfectionism is the fast track to burnout

February 7, 2018

As the burnout epidemic rages on and as I continue to study ways in which physicians can attain resiliency, one truth repeatedly emerges: perfectionists are at…

BLOG: Life lessons from Mom

January 8, 2018

The holidays were bittersweet for me this year as we recently buried my mother. Loretta T. Kelly lived a full 93 years and indelibly impressed three generations of…