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.

Smokin Joe’s lessons for life

December 2, 2011

Philadelphia recently lost its favorite son, “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier. Smoke, as he preferred to be called, was a true modern day warrior and possessed a…

How to deal with less than perfect surgical results

September 26, 2011

Last week I performed a reconstruction of a chronically dislocated AC joint. I thought the surgery went well, until I glanced at the postop X-ray taken in the recovery…

More on marriage

August 16, 2011

My wife, Marie, and I will be married 24 years this October. It has indeed been a wondrous journey — and not always an easy one. I can’t emphasize enough to…

Stress management: Preparation is key

June 21, 2011

One of the best ways to manage the stress of a busy OR schedule is to prepare. Alan Hobson, cancer survivor and Mt. Everest sumitteer has stated: “Success is 97%…

Fill your holy days with forgiveness

April 25, 2011

“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for it to kill your enemy.” — Nelson Mandela

Time with your spouse

February 24, 2011

I returned from the Orthopedics Today meeting this year filled with new knowledge and friendships. More importantly, the time I spent with my wife, Marie, was precious…

The holiday season

December 13, 2010

The holiday season is upon us. For many, it is a time of sadness — the memories of loved ones that have passed on seem to be activated during the holidays.

The virtue of mindfulness

November 22, 2010

I just completed an 8-week course in stress management, which principally focused on mindfulness, or the virtue of living in the moment. The course was quite an…

The anniversary

October 11, 2010

Monday, I will celebrate 23 years of marriage to my lovely wife Marie. It has not been an easy haul, but I believe — more than ever — in the power of commitment and…

Off to college: Are you ready?

September 10, 2010

Last weekend marked a momentous occasion for the Kelly family. We drove the first of our twin daughters to college (fortunately her twin sister’s school orientation…