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

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Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation: Foot & Ankle Surgery | Ortho Clinical Faculty

Yale Medicine

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John S. Reach, Jr., M.Sc., M.D. is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the Director of Yale Foot and Ankle Service and Chief of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Section. 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 sports foot & ankle injuries, tendon/ligament repair, rheumatoid arthritis, lower extremity deformity correction and lengthening, multiplanar computer assisted external fixation, micro-neuro-vascular surgery, great toe arthritis (Cartiva) and deformity, arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive cartilage repair, computer navigation, Total Ankle Replacement, Total Ankle Revision and limb salvage. Dr. Reach is an inventor and implant designer. He serves as consultant for many orthopaedic, imaging, and insurance companies (list available).  He has testified to Congress on the importance of foot and ankle care. Dr. Reach has been issued a number of patents for his work on cartilage repair, musculoskeletal imaging and ligament/tendon enhancement. His current research is focused on minimally invasive treatments for patients with arthritis, athletic ankle injuries, out-patient ambulatory surgery, pain-less surgery, and focal cartilage defects for custom cartilage transplant repair.

Dr. Reach is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in Orthopaedics.  Dr. Reach currently performs the highest volume of total ankle replacement operations in Connecticut and the North East and has received awards for quality outcomes in these surgeries.

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

MD Georgetown University School of Medicine (2001)
BA Yale University (1997)
MSc Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Fellow Duke University School of Medicine
Chief Resident Mayo Clinic
Resident Mayo Clinic
Intern Mayo Clinic
Board Certification AB of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery (2009)

Honors & Recognition

  • Top 31 Foot & Ankle Surgeons in USOrthopaedics This Week (2018)

  • Best Doctors in ConnecticutConnecticut Magazine (2017)

  • Best Doctors In America (2016)

  • Top 10 Foot & Ankle Surgeons in USOrthopaedics This Week (2015)

  • Elected AOA FellowAOA (2015)

  • Special Representative to ACR & AIUM for MSK UltrasoundAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2015)

  • Key Note SpeakerChina Orthopaedic Association (2015)

  • ‘Best Faculty-Resident Research Paper’Yale Orthopaedic Surgery Department (2014)

  • Best Doctors.New Haven Living (2014)

  • Top 23 Foot & Ankle Surgeons in the USOrthopaedics This Week (2012)

  • The Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association Vernon Nickel Award for “outstanding research concerning the preservation or restoration of musculoskeletal function”Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association (2007)

  • Keith & Marion Moore Blue Box Award for best publication in the Journal of Clinical AnatomyAmerican Association of Clinical Anatomists (2007)

  • 1st PlaceSmith & Nephew Research Competition (2006)

  • Yale Mid-West Alumni Schools Committee, Most Outstanding Member (2004)

  • The Mayo Orthopaedic Faculty “Patrick J. Kelly” Research AwardMayo Clinic (2004)

  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Education Award (2000)

  • Dailey AwardGeorgetown University School of Medicine (2000)

  • All-American Scholar-Athlete AwardAAU / Mars Milky Way (1997)

Professional Service

  • Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) (2011 - Present) Section Reviewer

  • Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery-American (JBJS-AM) (2010 - Present) Section Reviewer

  • Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research (CORR) (2009 - Present) Reviewer

  • Journal of Clinical Anatomy (2008 - Present) Invited Expert Reviewer

  • Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (2007 - Present) Invited Expert Reviewer

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Contact Info

Patient Care Locations
Yale Orthopaedics/Foot & Ankle1445 Boston Post Road, Ste Guilford/Shoreline
Guilford, CT 06437
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Yale Orthopaedics/Foot & Ankle ServiceYale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste 1st Floor

New Haven, CT 06519
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Office Location
Yale Academic OfficeYale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste LL Garden Level

New Haven, CT 06519
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Mailing Address
Orthopaedics & RehabilitationP.O. Box 208071
New Haven, CT 06520-8071