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.

‘Jump starting’ personal growth can lead to enduring relationships

April 3, 2015

I have written in previous blogs about the value of commitment and the blessings of a solid relationship with your spouse or partner. As busy orthopedic surgeons, it is…

My beloved patient Nina: Lessons learned from a Holocaust survivor

March 16, 2015

Several years ago, a lovely and charming elderly woman visited me for a shoulder concern. I was impressed with her smile and natural beauty. She had struggled with…

Put first things first

February 6, 2015

I have referenced Steve Covey’s paradigm shifting masterpiece, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, on numerous occasions. One of the cardinal habits Covey…

Make meaningful resolutions for the new year

January 7, 2015

With the new year, many people make resolutions in an attempt to improve the quality or the meaningfulness of their lives. To effect real change in our lives, we must…

Stop multitasking: Give your brain a break

November 5, 2014

The information age is indeed upon us. With the explosion of the Internet and burgeoning field of cell phones and iPads, data is at our fingertips. While technology is…

Happiness is a choice

October 2, 2014

Most spiritual writers relate that happiness, in itself, is impossible to directly attain. Rather, happiness is the byproduct of decisions and choices we make. In fact…

Get the love you want

September 3, 2014

Harville Hendrix, PhD, gave the world one of the most widely read and trusted books on relationships when his classic work, Getting the Love You Want, came to fruition…

Self-love is the cornerstone of resiliency

August 1, 2014

Resilient people regard themselves lovingly. I am not speaking of a self-absorbed conceit. Rather, people who live a joyful and peaceful life have a healthy respect for…

Orthopedic surgeons are the 'captain of the ship'

July 2, 2014

The more I have engaged in this most fulfilling of vocations, the more I recognize that orthopedic surgeons are the single most important determinant of the…

Relationships are our best spiritual teachers

June 11, 2014

Did you ever consider that the relationships you have in your life are potentially your best spiritual guides? Many spiritual writers convey the concept that the people…

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