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Kevin O’Donnell, MD Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

Sports Medicine & Shoulder Joint Replacement Specialist

Dr. O’Donnell is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in joint replacement, preservation, and reconstruction. He attended medical school at Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School where he graduated at the top of his class and was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society. Dr. O’Donnell then completed his residency at the University of Miami where he received extensive training in joint replacement and reconstruction, as well as, advanced training in fracture care while working at the nationally recognized Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. While in Miami he had the privilege of working as an assistant team physician for the Miami Marlins and the University of Miami Hurricanes football team.

Following residency Dr. O’Donnell then returned home to complete a sports medicine fellowship at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University where he received advanced training in minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee. While in fellowship he served as an assistant team physician to the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies and Flyers, as well as Villanova and St. Joseph’s University.  He is the founder and director of content for the world’s largest orthopedic surgery audio review lecture series, responsible for helping countless orthopedic surgery residents in training around the globe pass their board examinations.

Dr. O’Donnell could not be happier to return home to serve the people of Philadelphia.  He was born in south Philadelphia and grew up in New Jersey.  He currently resides in the city with his wife and their two golden retrievers. On the weekends they can be found hiking, camping, skiing, and exploring all that the city and living in the Northeast has to offer.

My Philosophy

“As an Orthopedic Surgeon with advanced training in sports medicine I have had the unique experience of treating everyone from professional athletes to weekend warriors. My true passion, however, involves getting the everyday patient or athlete back in the game. That means something different to each person. For some it may mean getting back to a high level of athletic competition but for others it may simply mean walking comfortably down the block without pain or playing with their grandchildren. Each patient I see brings a unique life experience and perspective, which is why I believe firmly in treating the whole person, not just the injury. I believe that patient education and involvement in the medical decision making process is key for achieving an excellent outcome and experience. My priority is to help you completely understand your condition and all possible treatment options and resources at your disposal. Together, as a team, we will put together a treatment plan that will best serve you and return you to health.”

Academic Training

  • Undergraduate
    • Jacksonville University 
      • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Medical School
    • Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School
      • Newark, New Jersey
  • Residency
    • University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital
      • Miami, Florida
  • Fellowship
    • Sports Medicine – Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University
      • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (Diplomat)
  • American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society
  • Cornerstone Courses – Founder and Content Director
  • AAOS – Sports Medicine Evaluation Committee

Awards

O’Donnell KP, Freedman KB, Tjoumakaris FP.  “Rehabilitation Protocols After Isolated Meniscal Repair.”  Am J Sports Med. 2016 Oct 1:363546516667578.  PMID: 28256906

Triplet JJ, Everding NG, Levy JC, Formaini NT, O’Donnell KP, Moor, MA, Virraroel LD “Anatomic and Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty in Patients Older then 80 years”  Orthopedics 2015 Oct;38(10)e904-10. doi10.3928/01477447-20151002-58

Jose J, O’Donnell K, Lesniak B.  “Symptomatic Intratendinous Ganglion Cyst of the Patellar Tendon.” Orthopedics. 2011 Jan 1;34(2):135. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20101221-31.

Textbook Chapters

O’Donnell KP, Ciccotti MG. (2017) Triceps Tendon Injury.  Arciero, Cordasco, Provencher (Ed.) Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in Athletes: Prevention, Treatment, and Return to Sport. Elsevier

O’Donnell KP, Tjourmakaris FP, Bradley JP (2017).  Posterior Shoulder Instability and Repair.  Arciero, Cordasco, Provencher (Ed.) Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in Athletes: Prevention, Treatment, and Return to Sport. Elsevier

O’Donnell KP, Salvo JP (2017) Traps in Hip Arthroscopy.  Meyers (Ed) Introducing the Core (Ch 24) Publication pending

Smith, J., O’Donnell, K, Dahm, D. (2010) Rehabilitation and Activities After Shoulder Arthroplasty. In B. F. Morrey, & K. An. Editors , Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, Basic Science, Elbow, and Shoulder pg 324-330 (4th ed)

Presentations

“Athletic Hip Injuries and Treatment” Thedacare Orthopedic Sports Medicine Symposium: Appleton, WI; 3/8/2017

“Shoulder Injuries in the Overhead Athlete” Thedacare Orthopedic Sports Medicine Symposium: Appleton, WI; 3/8/2017

“Rehabilitation Following Isolated Meniscal Repair”  Philadelphia Orthopedic Sports Medicine Society Research Presentation: Philadelphia, PA; 6/15/2017

“The Throwers Elbow:  Injuries and Correlation with Pitch Count” Grand Rounds, University of Miami, 1/9/14

“Total versus Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty in the Elderly” Grand Rounds, University of Miami, 10/27/14

“Outcomes of Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty in the Veteran Population” presented at Florida Orthopedic Society Annual Meeting 2014

Videos

O’Donnell KP, Rubenstein D, Ciccotti MG “Distal Triceps Tendon Ruptures” https://www.vumedi.com/video/distal-triceps-tendon-ruptures/

O’Donnell KP, Salvo JP “Arthroscopic FAI and Capsular Closure” https://www.vumedi.com/video/arthroscopic-fai-treatment-and-capsular-closure/

Audio Lectures

O’Donnell KP “The MSK Cornerstone Course” http://www.cornerstonecourses.com

Kevin O’Donnell, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • The MSK Cornerstone Course