- College: Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1974
- Medical School: University of Connecticut Medical School, Hartford, Connecticut, 1979
- Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, 1984
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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Former Consultant, Department of Orthopaedics at the Mayo Clinic
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
Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctor 2009 -2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
Greenwich Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2017
Stamford Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2017
New Canaan/Darien Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2017
Fairfield Magazine Top Doctor 2012
Westport Magazine Top Doctor 2012
US News and World Report Top Doctor 2011
Connecticut Magazine Top Doctors 2008-2012, 2017
Kavanagh, B.F.; Linscheid, R.L.: Extension Contracture of the Wrist: A Case Report. J. Hand Surg., 8 (6):946-949, November 1983.
Kavanagh, B. F.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.: Clinical and Roentgenographic Assesment of Total Hip Arthroplasty: A New Hip Score. Clin. Orthop., 183:133-140, March 1985.
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
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Dr. Kavanagh is an excellent surgeon. I interviewed three different orthopedic doctors for my total knee replacement surgery and he was the only doctor who could do the minimally invasive option which means he doesn’t cut muscles and has less tissue and nerve damage. It is a harder surgery to perform and health insurance doesn’t pay him any more. He does it because he genuinely cares about his patients well-being and recovery. He was also the only doctor I met with that was explained the type of knee implants. I got a rotating platform knee which mimics the natural gait of women. The other two orthopedic surgeons only implanted fixed knees. This allows only one movement and will eventually show more wear than a joint with multiple frames of movement. Do your research before a major surgery. Find out about types of implant, size of scar, follow up care, complication rates, how many surgeries the doctor performs per year…etc. I had a long list of questions that were all answered without condescension. Dr. Kavanagh was patient and thorough. (5 star review on Google from Marylisa S.)
I am a 62 yo male. My minimally invasive TKR was done at Greenwich Hospital in Oct 2016. Within 10 days I had full range of motion (0 – 140), and walking w/o a walker in less than 2 weeks. Four weeks post surgery I was walking w/o a cane. Here I am at just under 4 months and my knee feels great, with only a little stiffness from sitting for long periods of time. Dr. Kavanagh is a highly competent surgeon, and his minimally invasive approach makes a huge difference with recovery time. Highly Recommended! (Comment from Health Grades)
Dr. Kavanagh had a direct and logical approach to everything concerning my TKA. I was never in any doubt as to the intelligence and competence of him, his staff, and his operating team. (comment from Health Grades)
I am happy to be walking again! (Patient Survey)
A note of thank you to Dr. Kavanagh and all of the staff of ONS. Truly very professional with personality and care for the patients. Thank you for all of your kindness! (Patient Survey)
Dr. Kavanagh -I just wanted to thank you for so many things, your kindness, your generosity with your time, and your well honed professionalism. I am so happy to know you are on the other end of my hip and back saga. (MM)
Dr. Kavanagh– (I’m writing) in appreciation for the artistry with which you replaced my hips and knees over the last 4 years, I would like to give you a sample of my art. As one craftsman to another. (NB)
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! Five months after the operation I have no pain and no stiffness. 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”. 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!” (JO)
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. (NS)
Dr. Kavanagh– 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. When the pain elevated to “sharp and shooting,” she made an appointment to see Dr. Brian Kavanagh at ONS. He ordered another set of x-rays and 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. (CC).
It’s been 6 months since you replaced my right hip. I just wanted you to know that I feel great. I am doing great and I have added 20 yeards to my drives off the tees!!! Thanks again Dr. Kavanagh. (JC)