John S Reach Jr MSc, MD, FAAOS

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Director, Yale Foot and Ankle Section

Biographical Info

John Reach, MSc, MD is an Orthopedic Surgeon at Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the Director of Yale Foot and Ankle Service. Dr. Reach is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and fellowship trained in advanced foot and ankle reconstruction. He has extensive experience in surgical management for the lower extremity. Dr. Reach is one of the few surgeons certified in all available total ankle replacements. He is a pioneer in the use of advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound for soft-tissue and sports pathology. Dr. Reach has other interests in tendon/ligament repair, rheumatoid arthritis, lower extremity deformity correction and lengthening, external fixation, micro-neurovascular surgery, amputations, great toe arthritis and deformity, arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive cartilage repair, computer navigation, total knee replacement, and limb salvage. Dr. Reach is an inventor and implant designer. He serves as consultant for many orthopaedic, imaging, and insurance companies (list available). In late 2008 he was asked to testify to Congress on the importance of foot and ankle care. Dr. Reach has been issued a number of patients for his work on cartilage repair, musculoskeletal imaging and ligament/tendon enhancement. Recently, his start-up company Advanced Orthopaedic Technologies (AOT) secured venture capital funding. AOT is currently recruiting patients with arthritis and focal cartilage defects for custom cartilage transplant repair.

Despite his interest in advancing the science and practice of orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Reach's guiding philosophy is that the needs of the patient come first.

Education & Training

Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Yale University (1997)
Georgetown University School of Medicine (2001)
Chief Resident
Mayo Clinic, Orthopaedic Surgery (2005 - 2006)
Mayo Clinic, Categorical Orthopaedic Surgery (2001 - 2002)
Duke University School of Medicine, Advanced Foot & Ankle Orthopaedic Surgery (2006 - 2007)
Mayo Clinic, Orthopedic Surgery (2002 - 2005)
Board Certification
Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certified  (2009)

Honors & Recognition

  • The Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association Vernon Nickel Award for “outstanding research concerning the preservation or restoration of musculoskeletal function”
    Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association 
  • Keith & Marion Moore Blue Box Award for best publication in the Journal of Clinical Anatomy
    American Association of Clinical Anatomists (2007)
  • The Mayo Orthopaedic Faculty “Patrick J. Kelly” Research Award
    Mayo Orthopaedic Faculty 

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