Patient Wall of Fame

This GPS cannot be right!
Thanks to Dr. Kennedy for keeping me going with greetings from this years Philly marathon.


Thank you very much for the successful surgery, treatment and recovery plan you put for me!

I would not get where I am now to have the good race result for New York Marathon on Sunday 11/04. I achieved 3:17:38 for 26.2 miles, 7:33 per mile!  I am back! It’s 8 seconds faster than my last best race before I was injured 1.5 years ago in Boston Marathon (completed marathon with my broken bones….crazy).

 Over 52,700 athletes from the world participated the race, I am overall 300 out of over 23,000 female runners, and 12 out of 2,200 at my division.  It was a beautiful day for the race, almost entire route with cheering and music bands….  It was fun and I am happy with the result, my daily 5 am up for 8 miles 1 hour run paid off J!  Thanks again for the successful surgery!


Thanks to Dr. Kennedy and everyone at HSS.

I could not have completed my 40th NY marathon this year without your surgery this year and medical treatment over the past several years.

Might need more help getting to my goal of 50.


It takes an army… thank you, Dr. Kennedy + HSS


Our patient, Jen, getting back to running after a peroneal tendoscopy and fibular groove deepening. This was done to treat peroneal tendinitis with peroneal subluxation. Jen worked hard with PT Katherine @jag_pt1 for a speedy and successful recovery! The next picture shows our research looking specifically at functional outcomes in this surgery. Leading the way in minimally invasive techniques!

Our high school athlete who initially presented with a severe ankle sprain. As a surgeon, it is tempting to operate on most patients because it is a definitive treatment. However, regenerative medicine is an alternative measure that we decided to use for this athlete. Through hard work, physical therapy, and Shockwave therapy, she made it back to Volleyball! Soon we will be offering our shockwave therapy and other regenerative sports medicine measures NYDG Wellness on 5th Ave!


Delaney had her first collegiate lacrosse game against Army and played amazing. We cannot thank you enough for getting her back into the cage!! She is still icing and doing treatments with her trainer but during her games you would never know she had been injured. Hoping for many more good things this season.

Delaney won the MAAC Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week Award for Feb. 19, 2018.

Photo: Marist Athletics


For over a year I was not able to golf or walk more than a few steps without pain. That is, until I found Dr. Kennedy.

The amount of care and attention to detail that Dr. Kennedy took to treating my ankle is unparalleled. I was honestly blown away with how comprehensive Dr. Kennedy’s approach, treatment, and follow up was throughout the entire process.

I’m now getting back to golfing and am moving towards competing again. I am so incredibly thankful to Dr. Kennedy and him team for getting me back into the swing of things!


Smooth getaway courtesy of Dr. K’s shockwave therapy on my cranky ankle.


Post FHL reconstruction surgery with Dr.Kennedy. I couldn’t be happier to walk the red carpet at prom and walk to get my diploma at gradation all by my self, 3 months post surgery and feeling great! All thanks to Dr. Kennedy.


I saw dr Kennedy and Egan last February for posterior tibialis ligament surgery. I just returned from running the Big Five marathon in South Africa. This is a challenging course and makes this the completion of continent #5 for my list! I ran completely without pain ( well the pain wasn’t in my ankle I should say!!!) Thank you so much for the work that you all do there!! Keeping people active moving and healthy!!
I’m spreading the wonderful word!


Here is a picture of me finishing flat as a pancake Triathalon three years post surgery!!


After Ankle Arthroscopy with ATFL Reconstruction only 9 weeks ago I’m back riding and taking on the hills. Dr. Kennedy and his team are a sharp outfit. Having researched 3 other surgeons I came back to my first choice. Just goes to show you still get what you pay for!


We went skiing this Chinese New Year in Japan – the first time I was on a set of skis after the accident that started all the surgeries. It was exhilarating to be back on skis and just enjoying the sensation of control, the skis edging back in place at the end of a turn. I can’t explain how good it felt, I was just whooping as I took those first turns. Long awaited.

Thank you for everything that you have done to make all this happen. You probably think that this is your job, but without you fighting for the best possible outcome of my ankle, I won’t be able to share this story. So thank you for all the hard work in letting me live a normal life after a horrific accident.


Sean Verdi Jr, a Navy Seal, had a basketball injury which triggered a turf toe injury. He was seen locally in NJ and told to do nothing. Dr. Kennedy treated him with a PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injection.

Here he is about two months after! Thank you Sean for all you do. It is our honor to treat you. Stay safe.

Dr. Greg

Doctor’s Day has gained a whole new appreciation from me as I’ve transitioned from physician to patient over the past week. I’ve been told by many physicians under my own care how terrible it is to become a patient and I’ve always assumed they were referring to the physical sickness they were facing. I now understand that being a patient is accompanied by feelings just as difficult to manage as the injury or illness; fear, confusion, and uncertainty. And I also understand now how a physician can wield great authority over those feelings even if it is unintentional.

I can explain it no better than Dr. Sacks who wrote of his own experience becoming a patient in A Leg to Stand On: “What I could not do for myself in a hundred years, precisely because I was entangled in my own patienthood and could not stand outside it, what seemed to me insuperably difficult, he could cut across at a single stroke, with the scalpel of detachment, insight, and authority”. I thank Dr. Kennedy for that and am grateful for him.

Chef Contos

My first words in the recovery room were with Dr. Kennedy as I was waking up after my 5 hour mid-foot rebuild with over $180,000 of French titanium as my new internal secret bling. I asked him if the monster had gotten him? He happily said we killed it! Then him and I (in what felt like slow-mode) had a high-five that I will never ever forget!

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A picture of Zoe’s room after her surgery. Her best friends decorated her room. Her bunion was so bad that it was recognized as another person!


Before I saw Dr. John Kennedy I had suffered years of ankle pain after 2 surgeries on my OCD lesions that were unsuccessful. As a dancer, choreographer and a very athletic person, this was a challenging time for me. I could not do my work as a choreographer and I could hardly walk 5 blocks in NYC without stabbing pain at every step. I was miserable and beginning to think this was how I would have to live out my new normal. At my lowest I didn’t even care if I could never fully dance again, I just wanted to be able to walk without pain, to be able to hike and enjoy the small things in life.

At one point I had enough and I started researching the top doctors in the country for OCD lesions. I traveled around NYC and to Baltimore to get opinions of the best in the business. When I went into Dr. Kennedy’s office, he could see I knew a lot about my condition and that I needed the OATS procedure. I was getting many opinions from other doctors about not using my own cartilage from my knee, which I had already used stem cells in my ankle before that proved unsuccessful. Dr. Kennedy was the only person that laid it out straight. He would not even do the surgery with other cartilage outside of my own body because it wouldn’t work. He gave me the highest percent chance than any other doctor gave of fixing the problem and he spent the time with me to really talk about my issue and my options.

I walked out of that office, called my mom and with confidence said I found my doctor, he’s the one. I scheduled the surgery for a few weeks later and began my road to recovery.

This was major surgery for me and having had multiple surgeries on this ankle in the past I knew I had to be patient. The healing process can take time and Dr. Kennedy’s staff and office manager Susanne where all so helpful after the surgery and to this day whenever I need help. Only one year after the surgery I traveled to Mt. Rainer and did a 5 hour hike. I couldn’t believe it. It was all I dreamed of being able to do again. Just live my life and be able to enjoy small things like walking without every step being shooting pain. The following year I was teaching classes again and doing choreography and every year my ankle and knee kept getting stronger. Last summer I did a 15 Mile hike in Telluride CO up to 12,500 Ft, which I never believed I would ever walk properly again, let alone hike such a long and intense trail.

Dr. Kennedy and his team saved my life. I was depressed and miserable for 3 years being in constant pain and not being able to live my life because of the fear of my pain and how much just standing or walking would be involved. Now I am walking the city, choreographing and traveling how I always dreamed to do again because of Dr. Kennedy’s care. I have referred other friends and family to him and they have had successful surgeries and a great experience working with Dr. Kennedy and his team. I cannot say enough amazing things, this doctor is simply the BEST.