John F. Irving, MD

John F. Irving, MD
  • Specializes in:
  • Anterior Approach Total Hip
  • Quadriceps Sparing Total Knee
  • Revision total hip and knee

Dr. Irving is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, who specializes in Arthritis Surgery, Total Joint Replacement and all aspects of adult reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. His primary focus is on joint preservation and reconstruction for arthritic, degenerative and post-traumatic conditions. This includes Anterior Approach- Total Hip Replacement, Minimally Invasive Two-Incision Hip Replacement , Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement, Arthroscopy and Osteotomy.

Dr. Irving's practice focuses on Anterior Approach- Total Hip Replacement, and minimally invasive surgical techniques for hip and knee replacements. These tissue sparing surgical techniques combine well proven, reliable hip and knee implants with less traumatic soft tissue dissection. Less muscle and tissue damage allow for a faster and more complete recovery and provides long lasting results.

Dr. Irving graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1982, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He was awarded the Gold Scalpel Surgical Award by the Department of Surgery. In 1987, he completed a five-year residency program in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Irving has been an Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon in the New Haven area since 1987. He is an Attending Surgeon at Milford Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital, as well as Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the Yale University School of Medicine.

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery certifies Dr. Irving. Among his professional affiliations, Dr. Irving is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and has been elected to The Society of Arthritic Joint Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

Connecticut Magazine has designated him a “Top Doc” in their Orthopaedic category for the last several years. Dr. Irving is the Director of The Connecticut Joint Center at Milford Hospital in Milford, Connecticut since 2005 and they celebrated the 10th anniversary of this esteemed center in the Fall of 2015.

Dr. Irving was born in New Haven and raised in Milford, graduating from Milford High School. He received a B.S. degree in Biology, cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston, where he was varsity member of the U.S. National Champion Crew in 1973 and Captain in 1975. Besides his family, his other interests include golf, scuba diving and other outdoor activities.

Dr. Irving treats patients in our Milford and Hamden locations.

Hamden, CT: 9 Washington Avenue, 06518 | See Map

Fax: 203-865-6788

Milford, CT: 30 Commerce Park, 06460 | See Map

Fax: 203-865-6788

Dr. Irving performs surgery at Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute at MidState Medical Center.

Appointments with Dr. Irving / Shannan Hardy, APRN / or Jaclyn A. Ryan, PA-C can be made by calling (203)-401-4624.

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Jaclyn A. Ryan, PA-C (above) will rejoin the practice in January 2020, seeing new, pre and post-operative patients, and non-operative orthopaedic problems. She will have an office only schedule, treating patients in our 9 Washington Ave, Hamden, 469 West Main Street, Branford and 30 Commerce Place, Milford offices.  Jaclyn will work within the orthopaedic practices of Drs. Irving and Reznik.

Shannan Hardy, APRN, beginning in Sept.2019, will begin seeing  patients on a Saturday schedule only, seeing new,  pre and post-operative patients, and non-operative orthopaedic problems.

Rebekah Wilson will schedule your surgery, coordinate appointments with primary care and specialist physicians, and answer many questions related to hip and knee surgery.

Rachel Sicignano, RN is Dr. Irving's orthopaedic nurse, with over 9 years previous experience as an orthopaedic floor and charge nurse.  Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hofstra University and a Bachelor's degree in nursing from SUNY Stonybrook. Rachel handles post-operative care, prescription refills. She assists Dr. Irving in the office with pre-operative education, patient visits and wound care.

Once you are ready for Physical Therapy as an outpatient, she will arrange this for you, as well as answer any pre-operative, post-operative or rehabilitation questions that you have. Rachel can be reached at 203-865-6784 ext. 7319.

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Knee Replacement Surgery by Dr. John Irving/Patient Testimonial

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The Connecticut Joint Center at Milford Hospital

Dr. Irving performs 90% of hip and knee surgeries at the Connecticut Joint Center at Milford Hospital. The other 10% of cases are done at Yale New Haven Hospital.

The post-op care at Milford Hospital is in a private wing, where all patients recover in private specially designed rooms. The most important aspect of the post-op care, however, is the highly professional services of the exclusive and dedicated nurses, aids, physical therapists, and housekeepers. This team is very proud of the excellent care they give to patients  in a clean environment conducive to rapid post-op rehabilitation.


A Proud History

On October 10th, 2005, after many years of being recognized as a regional leader in specialized joint replacement surgery, Milford Hospital formally opened the Connecticut Joint Center. This unique, specially designed and equipped unit was the “joint” vision of the Milford Hospital leadership and Dr. John Irving.

Since it’s opening, nearly 3,500 individuals have experienced the exceptional surgical and patient centered care our center is known for. Led by a team of leading orthopaedic surgeons, our clinicians and caregivers have successfully enabled thousands of individuals to resume an active lifestyle and improve their overall quality of life.

Because of it’s exceptional reputation, patients have travelled to the center from throughout the state, region and as far away as Florida, Africa, Italy and Germany. Consistently ranking in the top 1% in the country for providing an excellent patient experience, the Connecticut Joint Center at Milford Hospital has been designated a Blue Distinction Center+ for Hip and Knee Replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield and a Cigna Center of Excellence in Knee and Hip Replacement.

The physicians, staff and caregivers of the Connecticut Joint Center at Milford Hospital make your care and recovery their first priority. Thank you for choosing us!

Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • Dr. John Irving, The Orthopaedic Group of Connecticut
  • Dr. Amit Lahav, OrthopedicHealth, LLC
  • Dr. Aaron Schacter, OrthopedicHealth, LLC
  • Dr. Christopher Lynch, The Orthopaedic Group of Connecticut
  • Dr. Richard Zell, The Orthopaedic Group of Connecticut

Nursing and Patient Care Staff

  • Melanie Gombos, Nurse Manager
  • Sue Buso
  • Peggy Lennox
  • Cynthia Chandler
  • Donna Light
  • Kristina Cwiczak
  • Marie Parker
  • Alison Davis
  • Steve Rochniak
  • Gemma DeGuzman
  • Rose Vaccaro
  • Rose Jiminea
2005-present Director: CT Joint Center, Milford Hospital, Milford CT
1998-2000 Director: Joint Restoration Center, Department of Surgery, Orthopaedic Section, Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, Connecticut.
Professional Societies
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
American Medical Association
Connecticut State Medical Society
New Haven County Medical Association
Society for Arthritic Joint Surgery
Awards & Honors
2013 Listed in “Guide to America’s Top Orthopaedists” – Consumer Research Council of America
2004-2013 CT Magazine designation of “Top Doctors” in the state
Years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
2011 Outstanding Physician Award. Patient Care Satisfaction – Milford Hospital Medical Staff and Auxilliary
2006 Heroes of New Haven County – American Red Cross Southern CT Chapter Medical Award
2005-2006 Selected as one of “The Best Doctors in America”
1982 Gold Scalpel Surgical Award
Tulane University School of Medicine
1981 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Tulane University School of Medicine
1973 Varsity Member, 1973 U.S. Collegiate Crew Champions
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts

Irving, J.F., Direct Two-Incision Total Hip Replacement without Fluoroscopy.
Ortho Clin N AM 2004: 35: 173-181

Kim, H., Pelker, R., Gibson, D., Irving, J. & Lynch, K.  Rollback in Posterior Cruciate Ligament
Retaining Total Knee Arthroplasty:  A Radiographic Analysis.
Journal of Arthroplasty, 1997. 12(5), 553-61

Trumble, T. & Irving, J. Histologic and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Correlations in Kienbock’s Disease.
Journal of Hand Surgery, 1990.  15(6), 879-84

Cofield, R. & Irving, J. Evaluation and Classification of Shoulder Instability with Special Reference to Examination under Anesthesia.  Clinical Orthopaedics, 1997. (223), 32-43

Grunwald, A., Watson D., Holzgrefe H., Irving, J. & Beller, G.  Myocardial Thallium-201 Kinetics in Normal and Ischemic Myocardium.  Circulation, 1981. 64(3), 610-618.

Dr. John Irving at the 11th Annual Boomers and Beyond Expo

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Dr. John Irving presented a lecture on Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery at the 11th Annual Boomers and Beyond Expo held at the Trumbull Marriott on Sept.8, 2016. Following his well-received lecture, he was interviewed by well-known radio personality Jim Buchanan of WEBE 108 & WICC 600.