Brian F. Kavanagh, MD

JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGEON
Brian Kavanagh, MD
  • 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
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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Testimonials

Dr. Kavanagh is a remarkable surgeon.  He was very communicative throughout my whole knee replacement process – from our first consultation to all the follow-up visits after surgery.  My family and I always felt comfortable sharing our questions and concerns, and his skill as a surgeon is incomparable.  Before the replacement, my knee was so painful I could barely walk.  Now, merely months after surgery with Dr. Kavanagh, I feel like myself again and can enjoy chasing after my grandchildren once more.  He is truly an angel; I can’t thank him enough. (Patient comment from Almaz G. in  CT)

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AFFILIATIONS

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


CERTIFICATIONS

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


ADDITIONAL HONORS

Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctor 2009 -2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
Greenwich Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2017
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

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


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