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Brian F. Kavanagh, MD

Located In

Greenwich, Harrison

About

Joint 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.

Aetna
  • Commercial Plans (Including APCN Plus, We do not accept regular APCN)
  • Managed Medicare
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of CT
  • Commercial and Exchange
  • Managed Medicare
Blue Cross Blue Shield (Plans Outside CT)
  • Cards with the “PPO” inside the suitcase logo
CarePartners of Connecticut
  • Managed Medicare (HMO/PPO)
Cigna
  • Commercial, MetroNY, and LocalPlus
  • Cigna+Oscar, Cigna+MVP (CT Locations Only)
ConnectiCare
  • Commercial and Exchange (Except “Value” Network)
  • Managed Medicare
Connecticut Medicaid
Connecticut State Workers’ Compensation
EmblemHealth
  • Emblem Commercial and Exchange (Except for Millennium and Enhanced Care Prime Networks)
  • Managed Medicare (VIP Prime, Bold, Reserve)
Harvard Pilgrim
  • Through United Shared Services – ONS Harrison location only.
Medicare (Including Railroad Medicare)
Oxford
  • Liberty and Freedom Plans
UHC/NYSHIP/NY Government Empire Plan
United Healthcare
  • All Commercial Plans (Except Indemnity and Compass)
  • Managed Medicare

Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS) accepts most major insurance plans. Please see the list of accepted insurance plans above and confirm that ONS participates with your plan prior to scheduling an appointment. Certain insurance plans are limited to specific regions and physicians. If you have additional questions, please call our offices at (203) 869-1145 ext. 279 and our team will be happy to provide additional information.

Residency

Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Medical School

University of Connecticut Medical School, Hartford, CT

Internship

Internship: Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

College

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery: Orthopaedic Surgery Board Certification

Memberships
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Diplomate
  • Connecticut Orthopaedic Society
  • Department of Orthopaedics at the Mayo Clinic, Former Consultant
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Society: Society for Arthritis Joint Surgery
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomate
  • The Hip Society
Appointments
  • Director of Hip and Knee Replacement, Greenwich Hospital
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

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

Published Research
  • Larson, J.E.; Kavanagh, B.F.; Ilstrup, D.M.: Results of Long-Stem Cemented Revision. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Wallrichs, S.L.; Ilstrup, D.M.: Long-Term Results of Cemented Revision Arthroplasty. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Wallrichs, S.L.; Ilstrup, D.M.: Prognostic Factors in Cemented Total Hip Arthroplasty Over Long-Term Follow-up. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Wallrichs, S.L.: PCA Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty: Five-Year Results. Manuscript in preparation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.: Complications of Total Hip Arthroplasty – Femoral Fractures. Ortho. Clinics of North America. April 1992.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.; Ilstrup, D.M.: Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty. Orthop. Review Supplement, XVIII: 39-45, February 1989.
  • 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.
  • Morrey, B.F.; Kavanagh, B.F.: Cementless Joint Replacement: Current Status and Future. Bulletin on Rheum Dis., 37(4), 1987.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cofield, R.H.; Kavanagh, B.F.; Frassica, F.J.: Anterior Shoulder Instability. AAOS Instructional Course Lectures, 34:210-277, 1985.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Linscheid, R.L.: Extension Contracture of the Wrist: A Case Report. J. Hand Surg., 8 (6):946-949, November 1983.
Book Chapters
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Cemented Revision of Total Hip Arthroplasty: Orthopedic Knowledge Update; Hip and Knee Reconstruction. Edited by Callaghan, et al, 1995, AAOS.
  • Frassica, F.J.; Kavanagh, B.F.: Hip Replacement Arthroplasty for Avascular Necrosis. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.
  • 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.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.: Cemented Revision Hip Replacement: Results. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.: Cemented Revision Hip Replacement: Technique. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingston
  • Kavanagh, B.F.: Evaluation of the Painful Total Hip Arthroplasty. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.
  • 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.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.: Complications of the Hip Joint Replacement: Intraoperative Fracture. In: Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, edited by B.F. Morrey, 1991, Churchill-Livingstone.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Abstracts
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Fitzgerald, R.H.; Wallrichs, S.; Berry, D: 10 Year Results of Cemented Revision THA. Orthop. Trans. Fall 1993.
  • 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.; DeWitz, M.; Wallrichs, S.; Coventry, M.B.: 20 Year Results of Charnley Total Hip Arthroplasty, Orthop. Trans. Fall 1992.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Wallrichs, S.L.; Ilstrup, D.M.: PCA Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty: Five-Year Results. Orthop. Trans. Fall 1991.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.; Ilstrup, D.M.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.: Total Hip Arthroplasty for Unreduced Congenital Dislocation of the Hip. Orthop. Trans. Fall 1989.
  • Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.; Brindley, G.W.; Kavanagh, B.F.: The Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty: Intraoperative Femoral Fractures. Orthop. Trans. 131-133, Spring 1989.
  • 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.
  • Larson, J.F.; Chao, E.Y.S.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.; Kavanagh, B.F.: Bypassing Femoral Cortical Defects. Orthop. Trans. 12:414, Summer 1988.
  • Brindley, G.W.; Kavanagh, B.F.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.: Intraoperative Fractures During Uncemented Total Hip Arthroplasty. Orthop. Trans. 11:463, Fall 1987
  • 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.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.: Multiple Revisions for Failed Total Hip Arthroplasty. Orthop. Trans. 10-477-478, Fall 1986.
  • Kavanagh, B.F.; Fitzgerald, R.H., Jr.: Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty: Long Term Results. Orthop. Trans. 6:335-336, Fall 1982.
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