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Michael J. Kern, M.D.

Elbow, Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Dr. Michael Kern joined University Orthopedic Surgeons as an orthopedic sports medicine and arthroscopic specialist. His passion is working with athletes of all ages to help them recover after injuries, whether that means getting back on the field or simply getting back to doing what they love. 

After graduating from Brown University, Dr. Kern pursued his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He then completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Following this, he completed an advanced fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, founded by the renowned Dr. James Andrews. During this time, he acquired extensive experience with advanced arthroscopic surgery, on-the-field sports coverage, and the medical management of elite athletes.

With a background in carpentry prior to medical school and a love for working with his hands, Dr. Kern was quickly drawn to the surgical side of medical care. He has also been an athlete for most of his life, so orthopedics was a natural fit. When he’s not at work, Dr. Kern enjoys spending time with his wife, Margot, and his sons, Russell and Sam. He also enjoys basketball, woodworking, disc golf, and hiking.


  • Bachelor of Science: Brown University, Providence, RI, 2007
  • Doctor of Medicine: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 2012


  • General and Orthopedic Surgery: Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., 2012 – 2013


  • Orthopedic Surgery: Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., 2013 – 2017


  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine: American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, AL, 2017 – 2018

Began Practice at University Orthopedic Surgeons

  • 2018

Professional Distinctions

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Andrews Sports Medicine Fellowship Society
  • The American Orthopaedic Association, Emerging Leaders Program

Recent Awards

  • Scholarship in Teaching Award, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2009
“Dr. Kern is awesome!”
– Kelsie W.
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