Brian F. Kavanagh, MD

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 more than 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. In addition, he is a former consultant to the Department of Orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic, where he specialized in hip and knee reconstruction. He was also an instructor in the hip and knee total joint fellowship program.

Further, 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 Orthopaedics and Related Research. Also, he is an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of several specialty orthopedic societies.

Dr. Kavanagh has played an integral role in the evolution of joint replacement procedures. 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 also done similar work in the field of hip replacement.

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Two years ago, I tore my meniscus. I was advised to undergo orthoscopic repair surgery by HSS in Stamford. I was not pleased with the result. I was in more pain than before. I began researching my options and learned about a relatively new surgical procedure called minimally invasive quad sparing total knee replacement. I found Dr. Kavanagh at ONS in Greenwich and was pleased to learn that he had extensive experience with this type of surgery, more than any other surgeon I had met with in the area. It turns out that I was a good candidate. At two weeks post surgery, I no longer walked with a cane. At four weeks, I began driving. Now, at six weeks, I am returning to work and also to my regular activities. If you have knee pain and aren’t sure where to turn, I highly recommend a consultation with Dr. Brian Kavanagh. He will definitely point you in the right direction, the first time.  (Five Star Review on Google by A.S.)

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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, 2013-2019
Greenwich Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2019
Stamford Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2019
New Canaan/Darien Magazine Top Doctor 2012-2019
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


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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