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: Nicaraguan heroes: Lessons learned from Lenin Fonseca

April 4, 2016

I recently returned from an orthopedic service trip to Nicaragua organized by the generous efforts of Health Volunteers Overseas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to…

BLOG: Accept everyone without judgement

March 1, 2016

The happiest days in my life are times when I remove judgment from the lens from which I view life. When we harshly judge people, things and events, we are rendering a…

BLOG: Become AWARE to overcome negativity

February 8, 2016

I love my vocation. However, some days are truly more challenging than others. Like most orthopedic surgeons, office hours are more taxing to me than the thrill of…

BLOG: Physicians must learn to manage emotions to prevent burnout

January 8, 2016

A recent study that found burnout among physicians is increasing was likely no surprise to most. This finding dovetailed a recent report on increasing depression rates…

BLOG: Thanksgiving provides the power of gratitude

December 2, 2015

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is my yearly reminder of the power of gratitude. Indeed, lost loved ones are remembered and the first few Thanksgivings

BLOG: Forgiveness toward others and ourselves brings lasting peace

November 5, 2015

The ability to forgive is an essential virtue. There can be no real and lasting peace without forgiving others and ourselves. The residue of resentment carries into…

BLOG: Pope Francis encourages all to be a loving presence to others

October 1, 2015

This past weekend, my wife and I attended the Mass offered by Pope Francis in Philadelphia. The hours of enduring crowds, long lines and the rigors of ultrasensitive…

BLOG: Give a ‘shout out’ to our military orthopedic surgeons

September 1, 2015

I recently returned from one of the most fulfilling weekends I have experienced in some time – 2 days at the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the…

BLOG: Count your blessings

August 5, 2015

I recently participated in a superb and highly educational arthroscopy conference in India. As a faculty member, one of my obligations was to perform a live surgery…

BLOG: Making time for a day of rest is critical for physicians

July 9, 2015

“I can do 7 days of work in 6, but not 7,” Benjamin N. Cardozo, a former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, once said. A rich tradition in…