Education

  • College: Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Medical School: University of Connecticut Medical School, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Biography

Castle Connolly 2021 Top DoctorsJoint replacement specialist Brian Kavanagh, MD, is a staff orthopedic physician at Greenwich Hospital where he has performed more than 8000 surgeries over the past 35 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 was a Consultant in the Department of Orthopedics and Assistant Professor at the Mayo Clinic, where he specialized in hip and knee reconstruction. He was also an instructor of 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 Arthroplasty, the Journal of Bone Joint Surgery, and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. Also, he is an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of several specialty orthopedic societies, including The Hip Society.

Dr. Kavanagh has played an integral role in the evolution of joint replacement procedures. Twenty 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 also done similar work in the field of hip replacement and uses a minimally invasive Anterior-based approach for hip replacement. This is a more stable approach with better access to the joint that has lower complication rates that other Anterior approaches.

R.L.Patient

"Dear Dr. Kavanagh, Thank you for restoring my hip. Since the surgery, I have hiked in the Rockies (2 1/5 mile incline) and climbed Mt. Etna in Sicily. I feel like I have my life back."

5 Star Review on Healthgrades from P.Patient

"Wonderful care and great office staff. Now pain free. Highly recommend Dr Kavanagh and his staff."

5 Star Review on HealthgradesPatient

"Dr. Kavanagh did my hip replacement. I healed well within three months using ONS Stamford. Would not want any other surgeon ever!"

Affiliations

  • Department of Orthopaedics at the Mayo Clinic | Former Consultant
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery | Diplomate
  • National Board of Medical Examiners | Diplomate
  • 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

Honors

  • Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctor 2009–2011, 2013–2021
  • Greenwich Magazine Top Doctor in Fairfield County, 2012–2021
  • Stamford Magazine Top Doctor in Fairfield County, 2012-2021
  • New Canaan/Darien Magazine Top Doctor in Fairfield County, 2012–2021
  • Fairfield Magazine Top Doctor 2012
  • Westport Magazine Top Doctor in Fairfield County, 2012-2021
  • US News and World Report Top Doctor 2011
  • Connecticut Magazine Top Doctors 2008–2012, 2017

Published Research

Clinical and Roentgenographic Assessment of Total Hip Arthroplasty: A New Hip Score. Clin. Orthop

Kavanagh, B. F.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.: Clinical and Roentgenographic Assessment of Total Hip Arthroplasty: A New Hip Score. Clin. Orthop., 183:133-140, March 1985.

Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty

Kavanagh, B.F.; Ilstrup, D.M.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.: Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty. J. Bone and Joint Surg., 67-A (4):517-526, April 1985.

Anterior Shoulder Instability

Cofield, R.H.; Kavanagh, B.F.; Frassica, F.J.: Anterior Shoulder Instability. AAOS Instructional Course Lectures, 34:210-277, 1985.

Multiple Revisions for Failed Total Hip Arthroplasty not Associated with Infection

Kavanagh, B.F.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.: Multiple Revisions for Failed Total Hip Arthroplasty not Associated with Infection. J. Bone and Joint Surg., 69-A (8):1144-1149, October 1987.

Cementless Joint Replacement: Current Status and Future. Bulletin on Rheum Dis.

Morrey, B.F.; Kavanagh, B.F.: Cementless Joint Replacement: Current Status and Future. Bulletin on Rheum Dis., 37(4), 1987.

The Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty: Intraoperative Femoral Fractures

Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.; Brindley, G.W.; Kavanagh, B.F.: The Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty: Intraoperative Femoral Fractures. Clin. Orthop., 235:61-66, October 1988.

Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty

Kavanagh, B.F.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.; Ilstrup, D.M.: Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty. Orthop. Review Supplement, XVIII: 39-45, February 1989.

Fifteen Year Results of Cemented Charnley Total Hip Arthroplasty

Kavanagh, B.F.; DeWitz, Myrna A.; Ilstrup, D.M.; Stauffer, R.N.; Coventry, M.B.: Fifteen Year Results of Cemented Charnley Total Hip Arthroplasty. J. of Bone and Joint Surgery (Am) Vol. 71-A (10):1496-1503, December 1989.

Complications of Femoral Component Revision for Aseptic Loosening: Comparison of Cemented Versus Cementless Technique

Morrey, B.F.; Kavanagh, B.F.: Complications of Femoral Component Revision for Aseptic Loosening: Comparison of Cemented Versus Cementless Technique. Submitted J. of Bone and Joint Surgery (Br.), September 1990.

Complications of Total Hip Arthroplasty – Femoral Fractures

Kavanagh, B.F.: Complications of Total Hip Arthroplasty – Femoral Fractures. Ortho. Clinics of North America. April 1992.

Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of Displaced Intra-articular Fractures of the Glenoid Fossa

Kavanagh, B.F.; Bradway, J.K.; Cofield, R.H.: Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of Displaced Intra-articular Fractures of the Glenoid Fossa. JBJS: 75A:479, 1993.

Bypassing Femoral Cortical Defects with Cemented Intramedullary Stems

Larson, J.E.; Chao, Y.S.; Fitzgerald, R.H.; Kavanagh, B.F.: Bypassing Femoral Cortical Defects with Cemented Intramedullary Stems. J. Orthop. Res. 9:414, 1991.

Charnley Arthroplasty of the Hip: Twenty-Year Results with Cement

Kavanagh, B.F.; Wallrichs, S.L.; DeWitz, M.; Berry, D.; Currier, B.; Ilstrup, D.M.; Coventry, M.B.: Charnley Arthroplasty of the Hip: Twenty-Year Results with Cement. Journal of Arthroplasty, 9:229, 1994.

Osteolysis Associated With an Uncemented Acetabular Component in Total Hip Arthroplasty

Kavanagh, B.F.; Callaghan, J.J.; Leggon, R.E.; Heekin, R.D.; Wold, L.E.: Osteolysis Associated With an Uncemented Acetabular Component in Total Hip Arthroplasty. Orthopedics, 19:159, February 1996.

Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty: Five-Year Results

Kavanagh, B.F.; Wallrichs, S.L.: PCA Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty: Five-Year Results. Manuscript in preparation.

Prognostic Factors in Cemented Total Hip Arthroplasty Over Long-Term Follow-up

Kavanagh, B.F.; Wallrichs, S.L.; Ilstrup, D.M.: Prognostic Factors in Cemented Total Hip Arthroplasty Over Long-Term Follow-up. Manuscript in preparation.

Long-Term Results of Cemented Revision Arthroplasty

Kavanagh, B.F.; Wallrichs, S.L.; Ilstrup, D.M.: Long-Term Results of Cemented Revision Arthroplasty. Manuscript in preparation.

Results of Long-Stem Cemented Revision

Larson, J.E.; Kavanagh, B.F.; Ilstrup, D.M.: Results of Long-Stem Cemented Revision. Manuscript in preparation.

Extension Contracture of the Wrist: A Case Report

Kavanagh, B.F.; Linscheid, R.L.: Extension Contracture of the Wrist: A Case Report. J. Hand Surg., 8 (6):946-949, November 1983.

Post-Traumatic Spinal Cord Cyst

Bradway, J.K.; Kavanagh, B.F.; Houser, O.W.: Post-Traumatic Spinal Cord Cyst: A Case Report. J. Bone and Joint Surg., 68-A (6):932-933, July 1986.

Book Chapters

Uncemented Hip Replacement: Technique

Kavanagh, B.F.; Cabanela, M.E.; Mariani, E.M.; Morrey, B.F.: Uncemented Hip Replacement: Technique. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.

Cemented Hip Replacement

Kavanagh, B.F.; Hanssen, A.D.; Coventry, M.D.; Ilstrup, D.M.: Cemented Hip Replacement: Results. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.

Uncemented Hip Replacement

Kavanagh, B.F.; Mariani, E.M.; Cabanela, M.E.; Ilstrup, D.M.; Morrey, B.F.: Uncemented Hip Replacement: Results. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.

Hip Replacement Arthroplasty in Congenital Dislocation of the Hip

Kavanagh, B.F.; Shaughnessy, W.J.: Hip Replacement Arthroplasty in Congenital Dislocation of the Hip. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.

Hip Replacement Arthroplasty for Avascular Necrosis

Frassica, F.J.; Kavanagh, B.F.: Hip Replacement Arthroplasty for Avascular Necrosis. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.

Evaluation of the Painful Total Hip Arthroplasty

Kavanagh, B.F.: Evaluation of the Painful Total Hip Arthroplasty. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.

Cemented Revision Hip Replacement

Kavanagh, B.F.: Cemented Revision Hip Replacement: Technique. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.

Complications of the Hip Joint Replacement: Intraoperative Fracture

Kavanagh, B.F.: Complications of the Hip Joint Replacement: Intraoperative Fracture. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.

Complications of Hip Joint Replacement: Deep Venous Thrombosis

Kavanagh, B.F.; Heit, J.A.; Hanssen, A.D.: Complications of Hip Joint Replacement: Deep Venous Thrombosis. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.

Hip Replacement Under Special Circumstances: Girdleston Procedure, Nerve Palsy, Limb Length Inequality, Osteolysis

Hanssen, A.D.; Mariani, E.M.; Coventry, M.B.; Kavanagh, B.F.: Hip Replacement Under Special Circumstances: Girdleston Procedure, Nerve Palsy, Limb Length Inequality, Osteolysis. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.

Cemented Revision Hip Replacement

Kavanagh, B.F.: Cemented Revision Hip Replacement: Results. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.

Uncemented Revision Hip Replacement

Morrey, B.F.; Kavanagh, B.F.; Lewallen, D.G.: Uncemented Revision Hip Replacement: Results. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.

Cemented Revision of Total Hip Arthroplasty

Kavanagh, B.F.; Cemented Revision of Total Hip Arthroplasty: Orthopedic Knowledge Update; Hip and Knee Reconstruction. Edited by Callaghan, et al, 1995, AAOS.

Abstracts

List of Abstracts

  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.: Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty: Long Term Results. Orthop. Trans. 6:335-336, Fall 1982.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.: Multiple Revisions for Failed Total Hip Arthroplasty. Orthop. Trans. 10-477-478, Fall 1986.
  • Ritts, G.D.; Kavanagh, B.F.; Cabanela, M.E.: Long Term Surgical Results of Hemi-Arthroplasty for Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head. Orthop. Trans.10-619, Fall 1986.
  • Brindley, G.W.; Kavanagh, B.F.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.: Intraoperative Fractures During Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty. Orthop. Trans. 11:463, Fall 1987
  • Larson, J.F.; Chao, E.Y.S.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.; Kavanagh, B.F.: Bypassing Femoral Cortical Defects. Orthop. Trans. 12:414, Summer 1988.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.; Ilstrup, D.M.: Uncemented PCA Total Hip Arthroplasty, Two-Year Results. Orthop. Trans. 12:3-704, Fall 1988.
  • Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.; Brindley, G.W.; Kavanagh, B.F.: The Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty: Intraoperative Femoral Fractures. Orthop. Trans. 131-133, Spring 1989.
  • Shaughnessy, W.J.; Kavanagh, B.F.; Ilstrup, D.M.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.: Total Hip Arthroplasty for Unreduced Congenital Dislocation of the Hip. Orthop. Trans. Fall 1989.
  • Willis, E.A.; Williamson, K.R.; Taswell, H.F.; Koehler, L.C.; Lassen, R.A.; Rand, J.A.; Kavanagh, B.F.: Effective Use of Intraoperative Blood Salvage with Low Volume Blood Loss. Journal of Transfusion. Vo. 29 (7S), 23S, 1989.
  • Patch, D.A.; Kavanagh, B.F.; Lewallen, D.G.: Reconstruction of Acetabular Defects During Total Hip Arthoplasty with Bone Grafting and Porous Ingrowth Acetabular Components. Orthop. Trans. Fall 1990.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; DeWitz, Myrna A.; Ilstrup, D.M.; Stauffer, R.N.; Coventry, M.B.: Fifteen Year Results of Cemented Charnley Total Hip Arthroplasty. Orthop. Trans. Fall 1990
  • Shaughnessy, W.J.; Kavanagh, B.F.: Effects of Acetabular Component Position on Total Hip Arthroplasty Results in patients with Congenital Dislocation of the Hip. Orthop. Trans. Fall 1990.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Wallrichs, S.L.; Ilstrup, D.M.: PCA Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty: Five-Year Results. Orthop. Trans. Fall 1991.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; DeWitz, M.; Wallrichs, S.; Coventry, M.B.: 20 Year Results of Charnley Total Hip Arthroplasty, Orthop. Trans. Fall 1992.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; DeWitz, M.; Wallrichs, S.; Coventry, M.B.: 20 Year Results of Charnley Total Hip Arthroplasty, J. Arthro. February 1992.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Fitzgerald, R.H.; Wallrichs, S.; Berry, D: 10 Year Results of Cemented Revision THA. Orthop. Trans. Fall 1993.

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