UI Hospitals and Clinics



John Callaghan, MD

Professor, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation (view Academic Profile)


John Callaghan, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in knee and hip replacements. Dr. Callaghan joined us in 1990 after working and teaching at Duke University.

He has received many awards for his outstanding work including: 6 Hip Society Awards, 3 Knee Society Awards, Nicolas Andry Award (Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons), John Charnley OREF Career Development Award, 2 OREF Clinical Research Awards, and 2 William H. Harris Awards (Orthopaedic Research society). He has published extensively with over 350 publications and numerous textbook chapters, including recently editing a 3 volume book on the Adult Hip.

Dr. Callaghan currently serves on the following professional organizations: International Hip Society (president), OREF (past president), and the Knee Society. He has been past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Hip Society, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), and Mid America Orthopaedic Association (MAOA). He has served in the following organizations as well: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS, Vice President), American Orthopaedic Association, and Orthopaedic Research Society (chairman).

He does all aspects of hip and knee surgery, including minimally invasive surgery (MIS). He has designed some of the most successful hip and knee implants, as noted in multiple joint registries for the last 20 years.



  • Hip and knee osteoarthritis
  • Hip and knee Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Aseptic loosening of hip and knee┬áreplacement

Education and Training


MD, Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


Orthopedic Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA


Orthopedic Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, NY


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


  • America's Best Doctors: 2014
  • U.S. News and World Report: 2012