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.

How is Your Wife's Countenance?

July 9, 2013

“Do you want to know whether a man has character or not? All you have to do is look at his wife’s countenance, and everything that he’s invested or…

Lessons learned from my father: 'John D'

June 13, 2013

Father’s Day is bittersweet for me. I truly appreciate the gift of fatherhood and couldn’t imagine life without my wife and children. However, this June will…

Develop 'custody of the eyes' to resist temptation

May 6, 2013

I have written much on the value of a dedicated and totally committed marriage. More than ever, I recognize the power of a sacred union as a safeguard against stress. A…

Law of the Echo: Negative feelings are attracted to negative events

April 2, 2013

Many spiritual writers proclaim a universal “truth” – we will receive in return what we “put out there” to the universe. This phenomenon…

Overcoming procrastination will open the gates of creativity

March 6, 2013

“Procrastination is attitude’s natural assassin. There’s nothing so fatiguing as an uncompleted task.” – William James William James, noted…

Laughter is the best medicine

February 6, 2013

I visited my 88-year-old mother in her assisted living facility this past weekend. As I customarily do, I just sat in her apartment and listened to her concerns as I…

We create our own reality

December 31, 2012

As the year draws to a close, it is an opportune time to reflect on the quality of our lives. Perhaps the best question we can all ask ourselves is “how peaceful…

Make the proactive choice to be a 'light' rather than a critic

December 4, 2012

“If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.” – Abraham Lincoln One of the quickest paths to resiliency is to nurture and…

‘Silver’ lessons: To love is to listen

October 31, 2012

My wife, Marie, and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. I planned a 5-day getaway to Bermuda, where we blessed to have sunny skies and pink beaches. One…

Abraham Joshua Heschel provides valuable lessons for surgeons

October 1, 2012

As my Jewish friends and colleagues celebrated the Holy Day of Yom Kippur, I am reminded of one of the greatest spiritual writers of our time, Rabbi Abraham Heschel…

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