Derek M. Kelly, M.D.

Derek M. Kelly, M.D.

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Joined Staff

August 2008


University of Central Arkansas, 1998

Med School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2002

Residency: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2007

Other Information

Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics & Scoliosis, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2008
Board of Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery Board Certified
University Appointment: Professor, UT-Campbell Clinic, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery



Specialty Areas of Orthopaedic Treatment

Dr. Kelly treats a wide variety of pediatric orthopedic conditions including sports injuries, fractures, limb deformities, hip dysplasia, hip impingement, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, spine deformities (scoliosis and kyphosis), Perthes disease, and foot deformities (including clubfoot). Dr. Kelly has contributed over 100 publications to the medical literature on a wide variety of orthopedic surgery topics. He has also published over a dozen book chapters in orthopedic surgery textbooks.

Perthes Disease

Dr. Kelly is a member of the International Perthes Study Group and is the only physician in the study group from the state of Tennessee.

Perthes disease is a childhood hip disorder affecting a wide range of children ages 2 to 15 (most commonly from ages 4 to 9) and is caused by a disruption of blood flow to the ball of the hip joint. The loss of blood flow produces the death of bone in the femoral head, which is referred to as “avascular necrosis” of the femoral head. Boys are four times more likely to be affected than girls. Ten percent of patients will have Perthes in both hips (referred to as bilateral disease). Usually one side is affected first and then the other side will get the disease a few years later.

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Treatment of Clubfoot

The Ponseti Method was developed at the University of Iowa by Dr. Ignacio Ponseti. This method for clubfoot treatment is nearly 100% effective when used properly by a trained health care provider and is considered the “gold standard” treatment for clubfoot – a condition which causes a child’s ankles to rotate internally. Untreated, children with clubfoot eventually appear to walk on their ankles or sides of their feet. Dr. Kelly is the only Certified Ponseti Provider in the state of Tennessee.

For more information about the Ponseti Method of clubfoot treatment, visit



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