John G. Kennedy, MD

Dr. John Kennedy graduated from Royal College of Surgeons in 1989 and has since practiced in both Ireland & the U.S. He specializes in osteochondral injuries, Achilles tendon injuries, ankle instability, and ligament reconstruction and has a primary interest in lower limb surgery, particularly sports-related injuries.

Dr. Kennedy is currently the clinical director of the running clinic at Hospital for Special Surgery. His interest in sports medicine of the lower limb is generated by a long personal history in sports, where he competed at National and International levels in track, rugby, fencing, and water skiing. As part of his Fellowship year, Dr. Kennedy was involved as an assistant team physician to Boston College Football in 1994-95. Since then, he has been involved in the treatment of both recreational athletes as well as elite athletes from the New York Giants, New York Metro Stars, Manhattan Rugby, the National Basketball Players Association, the National Basketball Referees Association, and the National Hockey League Players Association.

Dr. Kennedy's involvement in all aspects of lower limb sports injuries has led him to publish articles on soccer injuries, running injuries, cycling injuries, ballet injuries, and ankle instability following sports injuries. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. Read more about Dr. Kennedy on his personal websites,;

Special Interests:

  • Sports injuries including fractures and soft tissue injuries of the foot and ankle
  • Repair of osteochondral lesions
  • Arthroscopy of the foot and ankle
  • Ankle instability
  • Posterior tibial tendon reconstruction
  • Tumors about the foot and ankle
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in sports injuries


Assistant Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College



Sports Medicine

Special Expertise

Osteochondral Defects
Achilles Tendon Injuries
Ankle Instability
Ligament Reconstruction
Sports Injuries to Foot & Ankle
Arthroscopy of Foot & Ankle
Tendon Injuries to Foot & Ankle
Arthrodesis/Arthroplasty of the Foot & Ankle
Post Traumatic Reconstruction of Foot & Ankle
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in Sports Injuries of the lower limb


Wounded Warrior Award for outstanding service and dedication to the wounded soldiers, July 2009
Fellow of Royal Academy of Medicine, 1997
Masters in Surgery, 1997
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons, 1993
Masters Medical Science (Physiology), 1991


Spanish, French, German

Insurances Accepted

Medicare (Status: Non-Par using Medicare Limited Fee Schedule)

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MD, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland


Royal College of Surgeons, General Surgery, Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, Dublin, Ireland, 1989-95


Hospital for Special Surgery Cornell Medical School , New York
Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center Cornell Medical School , New York
Childrens Hospital Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
St. Elizabeth Medical Center: Tufts Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts


Orthopaedics & Traumatology, 2000

State Licensure

New York

John G. Kennedy, MD has contributed to the following articles on

Editorial Appointments

Assistant Reviewer:
Foot & Ankle International
Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research
Journal of Orthopedic Research

Selected Publications

O’Loughlin PF, Murawski CD, Egan CJ, Kennedy JG. Ankle Instability in Sports. Phys Sports Med. 2009 June.

O'Loughlin PF, Heyworth BE, Kennedy JG. Current Concepts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteochondral Lesions of the Ankle. Am J Sports Med. 2009 Jun 26.

O'Loughlin P, Sofka CM, Kennedy JG. Fracture of the Medial Tubercle of the Posterior Process of the Talus: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Appearance with Clinical Follow-Up. HSS J. 2009 Apr 04.

Carter T, Flik K, Boland P, Kennedy JG. Iliac Hematoma Mimicking Neoplasm in Adolescent Athletes. Orthopedics. 2008 Nov; 31(11): 1144.

O'Loughlin PF, Kendoff D, Pearle AD, Kennedy JG. Arthroscopic-assisted Fluoroscopic Navigation for Retrograde Drilling of a Talar Osteochondral Lesion. Foot Ankle Int. 2009 Jan; 30(1): 70-3.

Tellisi N, Lobo M, O'Malley M, Kennedy JG, Elliott AJ, Deland JT. Functional Outcome after Surgical Reconstruction of Posterior Tibial Tendon Insufficiency in Patients under 50 years. Foot Ankle Int. 2008 Dec; 29(12): 1179-83.

Kennedy JG, O'Loughlin PF, Harty JA, Casey K, Zurakowski D, Quinlan WB. Evaluation of Hylamer-zirconia Hip Arthroplasty in Patients Less Than 50 years of Age. Acta Orthop Belg. 2008 Aug; 74(4): 461-71.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Books/Chapters

Kennedy JG, O’Brien T. A Concise Orthopedic Review. Royal College of Surgeons. Dublin; 1999.

Kennedy JG, Healey J. Tumors About the Knee. Callaghan’s textbook on the knee. Published by McGraw and Hill 2nd Edition, New York; 2002.

Kennedy JG, O’Malley M. Arthroscopy. Ankle Arthrodesis using Arthroscopy. New York: Published by Elsevier Science; 2004.

Kennedy JG, O’Malley M. Ankle Arthroscopy and Resection of Anterior Osteophytes. Arthroscopy. New York: Published by Elsevier Science; 2004.

Kennedy JG, Hamilton W. Ballet Injuries. Foot and Ankle Injuries in Sports. Published by Mosby; 2005.

Selected Presentations

Upcoming Presentations

Murawski CD, O’Loughlin PF, Maak TG, Kennedy JG. Anteromedial Impingement in the Ankle Joint – Outcomes Following Arthroscopy. AAOS New Orleans. March 2010.

Kennedy JG. My Perspective on Cartilage Repair. AAOS New Orleans. March 2010.

Kennedy JG. "Current Controversies in Cartilage Repair." committee member, AAOS New Orleans. March 2010.

Past Presentations

Kennedy JG. Foot and Ankle Symposium. co-chairman, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, June 2009.

Kennedy JG. "The Ankle Sprain that Won't Heal." committee member, Eastern Orthopaedic Association, June 2009.

Murawski CD, Hodgkins CW, Egan CJ, Kennedy JG. Outcomes Following Modified SCARF Osteotomy. Eastern Orthopaedic Association, June 2009.

Murawski CD, Hodgkins CW, Kennedy JG. Anteromedial Impingement in the Ankle Joint - Outcomes Following Arthroscopy. Eastern Orthopaedic Association, June 2009.

Kennedy JG. Ankle Injuries in Soccer. speaker, Tri State Soccer Symposium, May 2009.

Prisk VR, Imhauser CW, O’Loughlin PF, Kennedy JG. Robotic Strength Testing of Lateral Ligament Reconstruction. Orthopedic Research Society (ORS), February 2009.

Murawski CD, Egan CJ, Kennedy JG. Outcomes Following Modified SCARF Osteotomy. AAOS Las Vegas. February 2009.

O’Loughlin PF, Kennedy JG. Retrograde Drilling for Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus. AAOS Las Vegas. February 2009.

Kennedy JG. Chondral Lesion Following Ankle Sprains. AAOS Las Vegas. February 2009. 

Kennedy JG. “The Ankle Sprain That Won’t Get Better:” committee member, AAOS Las Vegas. February 2009.

Kennedy JG. Osteochondral Injuries of the Talus. speaker, HSS Alumni Day, November 2008.

Kennedy JG. Current Concepts NYC: Osteochondral Injuries of the Talus: A Novel Classification System and Treatment Options. Wright Medical Foot and Ankle Symposium, December 2008.

Kennedy JG. Physician and Patient Based Outcomes Following Resection of Haglunds Deformity. AAOS Washington. February 2005.

Kennedy JG. Clinical Importance of the Lateral Branch of the Deep Peroneal Nerve. New England Orthopedic society, Boston, November 2005.

Kennedy JG. Outcomes Following Two Screw Fixation in Ankle Arthrodesis. AOFAS Seattle Summer 2004 Meeting.

Kennedy JG. Outcomes Following Oblique Osteotomy in the Treatment of Central Metatarsalgia. AOFAS San Fransisco 2004.

Research Interests

Osteochondral Defects and Biologics
Cartilage Regeneration using Bioscaffolds
Genetic Engineering and Biomaterials in Bone Healing & Cartilage Regneration
Bone Protein Research
Bone Remodeling and Fracture Healing
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in Soft Tissue Injuries

Clinical Trials

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Dr. John Kennedy, Foot & Ankle Specialist

Contact Information

Office Locations

East River Professional Building
5th Floor Rm 514
523 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 646.797.8880
Fax: 646.797.8966

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535 East 70th Street
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