Brian F. Kavanagh, MD

Joint replacement specialist Brian Kavanagh, MD is a staff orthopedic physician at Greenwich Hospital where he has performed over 6000 surgeries over the past 25 years. Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Kavanagh graduated Princeton University and attended University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His internship and residency were performed at the Mayo Clinic, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. He served on the full-time faculty at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine for seven years and on the teaching staff at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven for five years. He is a former consultant to the Department of Orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic, where he specialized in hip and knee reconstruction and was an instructor in the hip and knee total joint fellowship program.

Dr. Kavanagh has authored and edited numerous articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial staff of the Journal of Arthroscopy and the publication, Clinical Orthopaedcis and Related Research. He is an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of several specialty orthopedic societies.

Surgeons continually work to make joint replacement procedures less invasive, safer and longer lasting. Dr. Kavanagh has played an integral role in the evolution of these procedures and nine years ago, he was the first doctor in the Fairfield and Westchester region to perform ‘minimally-invasive quadriceps-sparing’ total knee replacement. The technique does not damage the quadriceps tendon and requires less cutting of the muscle than in more conventional techniques. Advantages to this minimal incision technique include less blood loss, less tissue trauma, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and a smaller scar. He has done similar work in the field of hip replacement.


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Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1974

Medical School
University of Connecticut Medical School, Hartford, Connecticut, 1979

Orthopaedic Surgery, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, 1984


Academic Affiliations
Former Consultant, Department of Orthopaedics at the Mayo Clinic

Professional Affiliations
Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Mid-America Orthopaedic Society: Society for Arthritis Joint Surgery
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
The Hip Society
Connecticut Orthopaedic Society


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Additional Honors

Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctor 2009 -2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
Greenwich Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2015
Stamford Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2015
New Canaan/Darien Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2015
Fairfield Magazine Top Doctor 2012
Westport Magazine Top Doctor 2012
US News and World Report Top Doctor 2011
Connecticut Magazine Top Doctors 2008-2012

Published Research

Clinical Protocols

Chief Investigator, Howmedica PCA Hip Protocol, for Harrington Arthritis Center and U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 1984-1987.
Chief Investigator, Zimmer Anatomic Hip, 1988-1991.
Co-Investigator, Howmedica Precision/Osteolock Hip, 1988-1991.


  • C.C. of Greenwich was just 49 when she began to feel intermittent pain in her right knee. Occasionally the joint would even lock in place. Eventually, the pain worsened. She consulted her doctor who told her it was probably arthritis, which is prevalent in her family. X-rays of her knee did not reveal any irregularities so she tried to continue with life as usual. C.C. was a very physically active person and she was discouraged by how difficult even walking had become. When the pain elevated to “sharp and shooting” she became alarmed and made an appointment to see Dr. Brian Kavanagh at ONS. He ordered another set of x-rays but this time he wanted her to be standing. The difference was dramatic. The new images revealed that, in fact, no cartilage remained between the bones in her knee. “Dr. Kavanagh explained that the condition of my knee would not improve,” said C.C. “Sooner or later, I would need a knee replacement.” C.C. had the surgery and remained in Greenwich Hospital for three and a half days, followed by seven days in a rehabilitation center. Her progress was steady. By the time she came home, she was walking without a walker or cane. “I did physical therapy three times a week, which was tough work but the continual progress was very motivating.” After six months C.C. was completely recovered and back doing all her normal activities.

    C.C., Greenwich, CT
  • Dear Dr. Kavanagh

    And I do mean “Dear.” You may remember that nearly twenty-five years ago, you performed hip replacement surgery on my right hip.

    The replacement has been functioning perfectly for all of those years and seems to be continuing that pattern.

    May I add that my son, John Silker, who was injured in a motorcycle accident at about that same time that I had my hip surgery, is doing very well thanks to your outstanding and careful medical attention. Again, we want to thank you for that attention to detail.

    We pray that you will continue to have a very long and happy professional life as well as a personal life of happiness and joy.

    N. S. Rochester, MN
  • Dear Dr. Kavanagh and “The Kavanagh Team”:

    You and your team gave me a total right knee replacement on 01-10-12 (six months ago) at Greenwich Hospital.

    I am a new man! You and your entire team gave me the greatest gift, the ability play competitive sports again and to keep up with my wife!

    I started playing golf, five months after the operation and play 5 or 6 strokes better golf, after the operation, because I have no pain and no stiffness. I also play doubles tennis two or three times a week. I am almost back to my former level of tennis, but it’s a mind game, my knee is fine, but my mind still hesitates on instinctive shots. My tennis partners are amazed at my level of play with a new knee.

    My wife and I went on a cruise to Europe in May and I was able to take every excursion rated “rigorous”. One excursion was to Mt. St. Michel in France that required a very long walk and then a significant climb with thousands of stairs to reach the top. I had no problems and enjoyed the experience. I was also able to walk on Omaha beach on “Memorial Day” and watch WW II veterans lower the American flag that flies over nine thousand American White Crosses in the cemetery at Normandy. I would have not been able to do that without a new knee. A wonderful experience thanks to you and your team!

    Also, my wife and I walk our new Black Lab Rescue puppy on a 20 / 25 minute walk every morning and every evening, pain free!

    Finally, while I am delighted with no pain, my wife loves the compliments that my scar is near invisible and she also likes the idea that I can shop longer and complain less.

    You are the “Best”!


    J. O., New Canaan, CT