Orthopedic Surgery


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

University of Massachusetts Medical School


University of California-San Francisco


University of California-San Francisco


Washington University

Board Certifications

Orthopedic Surgery




Michael Kelly, M.D., is the director of scoliosis and spinal deformities in the Division of Orthopedics & Scoliosis at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego.

Prior to coming to Rady Children's as the director of scoliosis and spinal deformities, Dr. Kelly was an associate professor of orthopedic and neurological surgery, director of the fellowship in adult and pediatric spine surgery, and director of spine research at Washington University in St. Louis. He has conducted extensive research focused on improving the quality of care, including surgical treatment, in patients with spinal conditions and deformities through both clinical and translational projects. He also has extensive experience in managing the most complex of adult and pediatric spinal deformities. He continues to perform research across the ages as a member of the International Spine Study Group (adult), the Harms Study Group (pediatrics), and the AO Spinal Deformity Knowledge Forum. He serves on the board of directors for Scoliosis Research Society.

Before helping patients with spinal conditions, Dr. Kelly received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at UC San Francisco. He later completed two spine fellowships, including the complex spinal deformity fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications focused on patients with spinal conditions, and improving outcomes for pediatric and adult spine surgical treatment.

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