Bryan T. Kelly, M.D. is a distinguished physician based in New York City. Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Kelly has focused his fourteen-year career on sports medicine with a subspecialty in hip injuries. He is known for treating several professional sports teams, including the New York Rangers as Head Team Physician, the New York Giants as Associate Team Physician, the New York Red Bull's MLS team, and the New Jersey Nets as team Consultant for hip injuries. Dr. Kelly currently serves as Chief of the Sports Medicine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, as a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical College, and as co-Director of the Center for Hip Pain and Preservation.
Most doctors decide to go to medical school and then pick their specialty a little bit down the road. For Dr. Kelly, it was the opposite. As he tells it:
Initially I was a music major, but I was very interested in athletics and sports medicine. That is what drove my decision to go to medical school—I knew from the get-go that it was going to be orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Kelly earned his Bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. With his sights set on sports medicine, he enrolled in medical school at Duke University. He completed his internship in general medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Committed to achieving the most comprehensive education possible, Dr. Kelly went on to complete a number of fellowships. He spent two years at the Hospital for Special Surgery specializing in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. Dr. Kelly also studied hip sports injuries and arthroscopy under Dr. Marc J. Philippon, M.D. during his fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Before starting his practice, he went abroad to complete fellowships with Dr. Herbert Resch at the Landeskliniken Hospital in Salzburg, Austria and with Professor Reinhold Ganz in Bern, Switzerland studying advanced techniques in open management of hip and shoulder injuries.
Specializing in sports medicine injuries and arthroscopic and open surgical management of non-arthritic disorders around the hip, Dr. Kelly’s areas of expertise include management of hip chondral and labral injuries, hip instability and snapping hip syndromes, abductor repairs, proximal femoral reconstruction, proximal hamstring ruptures and proximal hamstring syndrome, and other soft tissue injuries around the hip. His vast knowledge and expertise have earned him numerous noteworthy awards, among them the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation’s Zimmer Orthopaedic Surgery Career Development Award, the Charles S. Neer Award for Excellence in Shoulder Research, the Philip D. Wilson Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery Research, and the Lewis Clark Wagner Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery Research.
A thought-leader in his field, Dr. Kelly has authored over one hundred and fifty scientific publications, chapters, review articles, and books on various topics of hip injuries, diagnoses, and treatments. He hosts a broad range of both clinical and basic science research interests, including the development of clinical outcomes registry and the development of novel surgical techniques for managing soft tissue injuries around the hip joint, among others. He is currently investigating non-arthritic hip pain in athletes and working on the use of novel biomaterials for synthetic meniscal replacement in the knee. Kelly was also the recipient of a grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2014 to study the comparative effectiveness of femoroacetabular impingement arthroscopy. He is dedicated to imparting his knowledge onto others, as Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.
With such prominence in his field, Dr. Kelly is sure to keep himself abreast of prevailing trends within orthopedic surgery:
My specialty is relatively new, so the understanding of specific injuries in the athletic population has developed a lot over the last ten to fifteen years. Sports medicine is my area of expertise so I am currently paying attention to developments in that arena.
After over a decade dedicated to his field, Dr. Kelly envisions a bright future ahead. He hopes to continue expanding his practice over the next few years and increasing his referral network of higher-level athletes, including collegiate, semi-professional, and professional athletes. Dr. Kelly takes pride in providing the best athletic hip injury care he possibly can and couldn’t picture himself doing anything else.
Education, Training, & Certification
Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery-CAQ Sports Medicine
International Society for Hip Arthroscopy • NFL Physicians Society • NHL Physicians Society • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) • American Medical Association (AMA) • Medical Society of the State of New York
Awards & Honors
Jacqueline Perry, MD Resident Research Award (2015) • NIH Grant: Studying the Comparative Effectiveness of FAI Arthroscopy (2014) • Herodicus Award – AOSSM (2011) • Excellence in Research Award – AOSSM (2011) • Pivot Medical Research Grant (2010) • Nancy Kane Bischoff Mentoring Award (2009) • Award of Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery Research – AAOS (2008) • Zimmer Orthopaedic Surgery Career Development Award – Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (2003) • ORS New Investigator Recognition Award – NIRA (2003) • Charles S. Neer Award (2003) • Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Research Grant: Shoulder EMG Research (2002) • NFL Charities Research Grant: Hydro-Gel Meniscal Transplantation (2002) • Aircast Foundation Research Grant: Meniscal Allograft Transplantation (2002) • Philip D. Wilson Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery Research (2002) • Young Investigator’s Award: Animal Arthritis Model – AOSSM (2002) • Jean C. McDaniel Resident Teaching Award (2001) • Lewis Clark Wagner Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery Research (2001) • NFL Charities Research Grant: Shoulder EMG Research (1999) • MacArthur Cartilage Repair Research Grant (1999) • NFL Charities Research Grant: Shoulder EMG Research (1998) • Outstanding Research Award – North Carolina Orthopaedic Association (1995) • Senior Scholarship Award – Duke University (1995)