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: Tame the demon of burnout

February 1, 2017

Data are clear. Burnout remains on the rise with estimates approaching 50% prevalence for subsets of health care workers. Increased intrusion of third parties, the…

Blog: Follow the four agreements

January 4, 2017

In his masterful work, The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz artfully conveys the powerful wisdom of the ancient Toltec Mexican culture. The venerated spiritual truths…

BLOG: Are your circuits overloaded?

December 1, 2016

The information explosion has been upon us for some time. Our brains are bombarded with a continual barrage of patient-related information, electronic records and an…

BLOG: Grit is the real secret to success

November 1, 2016

The jury is out on success. Perseverance trumps talent. The ability to stick to a goal and see tasks to completion is perhaps the greatest predictor of success in life…

BLOG: More lessons learned from Nicaragua

October 10, 2016

I just returned from my second trip to Nicaragua and was blessed to serve as a visiting professor for a shoulder course. As I emphasized in a previous blog, foreign…

BLOG: Lessons in leadership based on the example of John A. Feagin Jr., MD

September 1, 2016

Effective leadership is essential for any undertaking to succeed. Many agree that most, if not all, of the challenges that subvert the responsible practice or orthopedic…

BLOG: Forgiveness is the most powerful virtue

August 1, 2016

As burnout rates continue to increase across all categories of health care providers, there has never been a greater time to work on our inner lives. Surely, the…

BLOG: Work less to become more effective

July 6, 2016

The data is clear. Burnout rates among physicians are soaring. Orthopedic surgeons are by no means immune to emotional exhaustion with both the prevalence and magnitude…

BLOG: Rest: Your life depends on it

June 1, 2016

We live in a sleep-deprived world. More data are accumulating which indicate Americans do not get enough rest. Sleep deprivation will, in time, exact its toll on your…

BLOG: Coach Campbell: Builder of men

May 10, 2016

The world recently lost a revered leader to cancer. William V. Campbell Jr. was my esteemed college football coach, leading the Columbia University Lions, and ultimately…

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