John Kadzielski M.D.

Meet Dr. Kadzielski

Fellowship Trained in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, Microsurgery

Specializing In

Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery


Director, Division of Hand Surgery
South Shore Hospital


Loyola High School, Los Angeles, CA

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Internship and Residency

Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, Boston, MA:

  • General Surgery Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Administrative Chief Resident, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Massachusetts General Hospital Hand Surgery Fellowship,
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand

Hospital Privileges

South Shore Hospital, Active Staff, Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Weymouth, MA.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Active Staff, Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Boston, MA.

Professional Affiliations

American Medical Association
Massachusetts Medical Society
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Association for Hand Surgery – Candidate Member
American Society for Surgery of the Hand – Candidate Member


  • Harvard College Scholarship
  • Student National Medical Association Region VII Research Competition 2nd Place in Clinical Science
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society 2004 Marathon Strides Chapter Team Award & Super Team Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Harvard Medical School Teacher/Mentor Award
  • Kilfoyle Award, 2010 New England Orthopaedic Society Fall Meeting
  • H. Kirk Watson, M.D. Founder’s Award, 2010 New England Hand Society Annual Meeting
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Patient Safety Star
  • Non-Clinical Research Paper Award, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program Resident Thesis Day
  • The Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School Editor’s Award
  • Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program James H. Herndon, M.D., M.B.A., Resident Teaching and Mentoring Award

Publications (Peer Reviewed)

The Point Contact Fixator for the Open Reduction Internal Fixation of Diaphyseal Forearm Fractures.
Kadzielski J, Ring D, Jupiter JB.
The Persian Journal of Clinical Orthopedics.  March, 2004.  1:5-10.

Locking Compression Plates for Osteoporotic Nonunions of the Diaphyseal Humerus.
Ring D, Kloen P, Kadzielski J, Helfet D, Jupiter JB.
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.  August, 2004.  425:50-54.

Psychological Factors Associated with Idiopathic Arm Pain.
Ring D, Kadzielski J, Malhotra L, Lee SG, Jupiter JB.
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am.  February, 2005.  87(2):374-80.

Self-Reported Upper Extremity Health Status Correlates with Depression.
Ring D, Kadzielski J, Fabian L, Zurakowski D, Malhotra LR, Jupiter JB.
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am.  September, 2006.  88(9):1983-8.

Evaluation of Preoperative Expectations and Patient Satisfaction After Carpal Tunnel Release.
Kadzielski J,  Malhotra L, Zurakowski D, Lee SP, Jupiter JB, Ring D.
Journal of Hand Surgery.  December, 2008.  33(10):1783-1788.

A Patient-Specific Version of the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand Questionnaire.
Vranceanu A, Kadzielski J, Hwang R, Ring D.
Journal of Hand Surgery.  May, 2010.  35A:824-826.

A Vascular Complication Associated with Trochanteric-Entry Femoral Nailing on a Fracture Table.
Kadzielski J & Vrahas M.
The American Journal of Orthopedics.  July, 2010.  39(7):E64-E66.

A Novel Methodology for the Study of Injury Mechanism: Ankle Fracture Analysis Using Injury Videos Posted on
Kwon JY, Chacko AT, Kadzielski J, Appleton PT, Rodriguez EK.
Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.  August, 2010.  24(8):477-82.

Patient Safety Climate Among Orthopaedic Surgery Residents.
Kadzielski J, McCormick F, Zurakowski D, Herndon JH.
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am.  June, 2011.  93(11): 1086 (e62: 1-6).

Surgeon Fatigue: A Prospective Analysis of the Incidence, Risk, and Intervals of Predicted Fatigue-Related Impairment in Residents.
McCormick F, Kadzielski J, Landrigan CP, Evans B, Herndon JH, Rubash H.
Archives of Surgery.  May, 2012.  147(5):430-435.

Error Reporting and Safety Protocol Compliance: An Alternative to Punishment and Enforcement.
Kadzielski J & Herndon JH.
Journal of Trauma & Treatment.  Editorial.  May, 2012.  1(5):1000e105.

The Influence of Job Satisfaction, Burnout, Pain, and Worker’s Compensation Status on Disability After Finger Injuries.
Kadzielski J, Bot A, Ring D.
Journal of Hand Surgery.  September, 2012.  37(9):1812-1819.

Transient Altitude-induced Compartment Syndrome Associated with Fiberglass Casts using Waterproof Cast Padding and an Experimental Model Validating this Concept.
Kadzielski J & Bae D.
The American Journal of Orthopedics.   January, 2013.  42(1): 44-45.

Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Crew Administration of Antibiotics for Open Fractures.
Thomas S, Arthur A, Howard Z, Shear M, Kadzielski J & Vrahas M.
Air Medical Journal.  March, 2013.  32(2): 74-79.

Fatigue Optimization Scheduling in Graduate Medical Education: Reducing Fatigue and Improving Patient Safety.
McCormick F, Kadzielski J, Evans B, Landrigan CP, Herndon JH, Rubash H.
Journal of Graduate Medical Education. March, 2013. 5(1): 107-111.

Compared with Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Radiographs Underestimate the Magnitude of Negative Ulnar Variance.
Kadzielski J, Qureshi A, Han R, Yoshioka H, Blazar P.
The American Journal of Orthopedics. March, 2014. 43(3): 128-131.

The Role of Arthrodesis of the Wrist in Spastic Disorders.
Neuhaus V, Kadzielski J, Mudgal CS.
Journal of Hand Surgery Eur. April, 2014. Epub ahead of print.

Surgeons’ Attitudes are Associated with Reoperation and Readmission Rates.
Kadzielski J, McCormick F, Herndon J, Rubash H, Ring D.
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. May, 2015. 473(5): 1544-1551.

How Prevalent are Hazardous Attitudes Among Orthopaedic Surgeons?
Bruinsma WE, Becker Sj, Guitton TG, Kadzielski J, Ring D.
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. May, 2015. . 473(5): 1582-1589.

Nontuberculosis Mycobacterial Osteomyelitis of the Thumb: Successful Treatment with Serial Debridement, Antimicrobial Therapy, External Fixation, and Interphalangeal Arthrodesis.
Ehrlichman L, Kadzielski J, Hyle E, Jupiter J.
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery Case Connector. October, 2015. 5(4): e87.

Exactech Opteon Femoral Component Fracture 12 Years after Arthroplasty.
Patel SP, Antoci V, Kadzielski J, Vrahas MS.
Case Reports in Orthopedics. January, 2016. 1-4.

Publications (Non-Peer Reviewed)

The Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program: An Aerial Tour.
Kadzielski J.
The Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School.  September, 2008.  10:142-143.

Correlating Injury Mechanism with Fracture Patterns of the Ankle: Challenging Long-Standing Orthopaedic Dogma Using Injury Videos from
Kwon J, Chacko A, Kadzielski J, Appleton P, Rodriguez EK.
The Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School.  October, 2009.  11:74-78.

Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Osteomyelitis: A Case Report of Mycobacterium Avium Intracellulare Complex Tibial Osteomyelitis in the Setting of HIV/AIDS.
Kadzielski J, Smith M, Baran J, Gandhi R, Raskin K.
The Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School.  October, 2009.  11:108-111.

New Technology Rapidly Influences Orthopaedic Surgical Training: The Volar Locking Plate for the Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of Distal Radius Fractures.
Kadzielski J
, Dyer G, Blazar P.
The Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School.  October, 2010.  12:109-112.

The Incidence of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Colonization in Primary Hip and Knee Arthroplasty.
Kadzielski J & Siliski J.
The Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School.  December, 2011. 13thEdition.

Implementing Fatigue Optimizing Scheduling to Reduce Resident Error.
Evans B, McCormick F, Kadzielski J, Landrigan C, Herndon JH, Rubash H.
The Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School.  December, 2011. 13thEdition.

An Update on Assessing the Validity of the Lauge Hansen Classification System for In-vivo Ankle Fractures Using YouTube videos of Accidentally Sustained Ankle Fractures as a Tool for the Dynamic Assessment of Injury.
Rodriquez EK, Kown J, Chacko A, Kadzielski J, Herder L, Appleton P.
The Harvard Orthopaedic Journal.  December, 2012. 14:40-43.  14thEdition.

Reengineering Operating Room Workflows: Surgeon to Central Processing Staff Interventions Improve the Mechanics of Safe Surgical Care Delivery and Decrease Infection Rates.
Kadzielski J
, Kelly A, MacTavish B, Kim J, Appleton P, Rodriguez EK.
The Harvard Orthopaedic Journal.  December, 2012. 14:44-49.  14thEdition.

Press Ganey

Patient Ratings and Comments

Overall Rating

4.6 out of 5 (285 Ratings, 48 Comments)
Personal Issues
Overall Assessment
Moving through visit

Recent Comments


excellent physician kind and skilled
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Dr. K is top notch
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great experience with the Doctor
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I could not have asked for a better practitioner. *Dr. Kadzielski is a great practitioner & communicator and every inch a gentleman. He is above & beyond A+++!!!
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from my doctor and nurses could not have any better care. 1st class healthcare
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I was very impressed by how smoothly everything ran
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I have recommended & sent 3 friends to Dr. K. I always suggest him for any injuries in his specialty!
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i dont really have any decision making for my particular treatment - it seems to be standard procedure how it is handled and that is fine with me
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As a firefighter, I normally have to educate my health care professionals when I first visit them for an injury on duty, about the differences between an injury on duty and a workers compensation case. Dr. K. was fully aware of the difference, and this allowed us to focus on the injury during my visit, instead of worrying about the understanding of the coding and billing.
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Dr. Kadzielski and his staff were fantastic. They walked me through every step of what was happening and how the operation was going to proceed. I was very pleased with all aspects of my visit.
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I am very satisfied overall with the experience here and would definitely recommend to others and come back myself.
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I was told that an injection would make my pain symptoms go away and that is what occurred. I felt like that was a good experience.
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I could not ask for more
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Dr K is an exceptional physician. I felt I was heard and understood.
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Dr. K is phenomenal
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he was awesome
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All and all *Dr. Kadzielski is my favorite doctor. He cares about me and my concerns and always welcomes me.
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Dr. Kadzielski is the best part of my medical problems! I have recommended him to others. He is caring and kind - such a good doctor and person.
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I could not be happier with Dr. *K - he was excellent from first appt to my last!
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Could not ask for more be very proud, the best.
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Dr. Kadzielski was wonderful! Explained everything and was able to "fix" my problem during the visit. I can't say enough about him.
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I left my previous doctor who came highly recommended because I was not getting the care I needed. as I had an injury that I had been dealing with since I was a kid. I had just had my baby and desperately needed to be seen as it became very difficult to lift my son. I got the appt quick, he assessed my problem and had a solution(surgery) at that first spot. I was thrilled!
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Efficient, professional
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Will and have recommend Dr. K to anybody looking for a fantastic orthopedic
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I was very pleased with the way in which I was treated during my appointment.
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Dr. K was good- showed concern.
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Will not go to another if I have the option. Highest quality, very knowledgeable.
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excellent doctor and care
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*Dr. Kadzielski is an excellent dr. with understanding, kindness, and patience! My neighbor _____ saw him.
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all went well.
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To be fair regarding some of my responses, this was my first ever broken bone and I was overwhelmed and in pain while at this visit. I wish my husband was in the room with me because a second set of ears always helps. I left there without any paperwork so I couldn't even remember what the doctor said he would do surgically to repair my wrist. I should have questioned why surgery would have to wait a full week after the injury, this is the reason I did get a second opinion. My niece works at the Faulkner Hospital and had suggested it. The doctor there highly praised Dr. Kadzielski, but I chose a conservative approach and now am in a cast. The doctor was impressed in how well South Shore Hospital had reset my Radius after my initial injury.
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Dr. K is phenomenal. only one I trust 100% with my care
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Very Good
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The Doctor is a superior communicator.
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Dr. Kadzielski is an amazing physician!
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Dr Kadzielski is a kind, caring, compassionate, doctor. He has a gentle calming bedside manner,I always felt he would spend the day explaining things if needed, I never felt rushed from my first surgery till my last office appointment. Many thanks to Dr K. for making this experience have a positive outcome.
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Love, love *Dr. Kadzielski. He is a sweet person & great dr. He is very considerate & always listens. And not just listens but cares about you!
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Dr. K was remarkable throughout, so much so that my wife wanted to attend all of my meetings with him. He was thoughtful about the surgery, and the surgery itself was marvelously successful.
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i walked in barley able to pick up a piece of paper and left knowing i will be almost pain free for the indefinite future.
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Dr. K is the best. He listens intently and really cares. Great " bedside " manner.
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I always recommend Dr. K as a hand specialist. He is a fantastic Dr. and he has a very sincere, caring way about himself.
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already have recommended Dr K to 2 friiends
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*Dr. Kadzielski was wonderful and I received excellent treatment and care. I am fortunate to have been referred to him for surgery on my arm and would highly recommend him to others.
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Dr Kadzielski talked to me and explained things to me in a way I could understand! the staff were all great especially Kelly who kindly checked us out and set up a follow up appointment.
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Dr K is a gentle Ben.
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*DR.personality. Great man that cared me two times he lets you know everything you need or ask for layman then great personality.
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dr John k always goes above and beyond while taking care of kevin
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