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.

We are more than our mistakes

May 1, 2014

The key to leading a resilient life is maintaining a positive energy balance. A chief component to staying energized is the development of self-compassion – the…

Listen to the path to wellness

April 2, 2014

Your body holds great wisdom. It can teach you a lot about yourself. Most importantly, your body sends distress signals that you are a least temporarily off track if you…

The eye is the lamp of the body

March 17, 2014

Sacred scripture states that “the eye is the lamp of the body.” In other words what we see, or choose to see, determines our state of being. Every waking…

Vacation time is use it or lose it

February 5, 2014

My wife, Marie, and I just returned from the beautiful island of Maui where we attended Orthopedics Today Hawaii 2014. To say we were refreshed is a gross…

New year offers a time for reflection

January 6, 2014

As I recounted my blessings during this past holiday season, I acknowledged the gift of some great mentors, all who showed me the way to practice effective and ethical…

Gratitude: Focus on all that is good in life

December 4, 2013

Thanksgiving reminds me that when we direct attention to all that we have, our spirits are buoyed and we are prompted to be more loving and kind to others. We live our…

How is your ‘universe’?

November 4, 2013

Einstein is quoted as saying that the most important question a person can ask is “is the universe a friendly place?” This question holds great wisdom for…

Value of learned optimism is to cultivate self-compassion and gentleness

October 8, 2013

I was in the operating room doing a routine hip scope, like I have done hundreds of time before, showing the fellow “how it is done.” After placing an anchor…

Consider what kind of fall harvest you want

September 6, 2013

Resilient orthopedic surgeons bounce back from difficulty. They overcome adversity and emerge stronger. According to noted psychologist and physician stress expert…

A resilient life requires daily decisions

August 9, 2013

Sometimes “hard calls” can be challenging. Decisions which encourage close relationships – especially decision about family – will bring more…