Dr. John Callaghan, MD

Dr. John Callaghan, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 64
Dr. John Callaghan, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Iowa City, IA and has been practicing for 34 years. He graduated from Loyola University Of Chicago/Stritch School Of Medicine in 1978 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.

200 Hawkins Dr # 1008

Iowa City, IA 52242

Contact Information

(319) 356-1616

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HAP Insurance
  • Humana
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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Top Care Areas

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Chronic Pelvic Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Knee Disorders
very high
more than 98% of peers

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1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

84  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hip Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Traumatic Rupture of Achilles Tendon
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger


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27  Procedures

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Loyola University Of Chicago/Stritch School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • University Ia Hospital Clin
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • University Ia Hospital Clin
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Hospital Special Surgery
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1984

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Callaghan has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Callaghan's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Callaghan to family and friends
17 total reviews (5 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (17)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Callaghan's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

When I first saw Dr. Callaghan, I had been told by two other surgeons tell me it was impossible for me to undergo hip replacement at age 55. Dr. Callagahan replaced BOTH hips at the same time, and completed the surgery in 4 hours and 20 minutes. My surgery was performed on March 29, 1996. I was...more
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I'm very grateful to have Dr. Callaghan provide surgery for my knee. His knowledge is remarkable and surgical skills outstanding.
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Very dismissive of my husband and his condition spent no time seemed completely disorganized! We will be seeking a second opinion waited two months for this appointment. So disappointed don't waste your time! One of the worst experiences I've ever had!
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The guy is the rock star of surgeons. In December of 2003 he told me he'd give me a "new life," and he was right. He replaced both hips and one knee and all are working find 14 years later. I've lost over fifty pounds and am averaging 11,000+ steps a day. He also saved my brother whose local...more
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I consulted with my internist for a second opinion on my hip pain and asked her if I could specifically make an appointment with John Callaghan. He saw me the following Friday and over the weekend, I made the decision to schedule the surgery. Keep in mind that other than being born in a hospital...more
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