Dr. John Irving, MD

Dr. John Irving, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 64
Dr. John Irving, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Milford, CT and has been practicing for 36 years. He graduated from Tulane University School Of Medicine in 1982 and specializes in orthopedic surgery and joint replacement orthopedic surgery.Read his story

30 Commerce Park Ste 3B

Milford, CT 06460

Contact Information

(203) 865-6784

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Connecticare
  • EmblemHealth
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Humana
  • Medicare
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Top Care Areas

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Knee Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers
Joint Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Irving's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Irving "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 10thanniversary 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."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Irving "Our goal is to uphold the highest of medical standards while treating all patients with dignity and respect. We recognize each patient is unique and seek to meet their individual needs. It is our pledge to provide the best possible care for our patients. To accomplish this, we provide primary and specialty orthopedic care to patients of all ages and are prepared to meet our patients' comprehensive orthopaedic needs using the most advanced physical rehabilitation, non-surgical and surgical treatments available.

We believe medical care should be between the doctor and their patient. Through upholding our ideals and giving the best possible care we will not lose this important aspect of medicine to the complexity of the health care delivery system.

We understand that it is our patients that give all of these efforts their purpose and meaning. A rapid recovery from our patients' orthopedic conditions is our shared goal. "


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2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

79  Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia


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38  Procedures


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Connecticut.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Tulane University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1982
  • Mayo Graduate School Of Med Mayo Foundation
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1983

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Irving has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Irving's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Irving to family and friends
33 total reviews (13 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (33)

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Dr. Irving's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (13)

I had hip replacement surgery in Nov. 2017. I was scared, of course, but after meeting with Dr, Irving, all my fears vanished. I was in constant pain 24/7, unable to do anything especially walk--my leg hurt from groin to ankle. After the surgery, I was "cured". What a difference---I can do...more
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Stay away! but...... if want an office that schedules the wrong type of appointment just to call and cancel or reschedule, or a Dr who never calls back a week later (still waiting) or a full hip replacement with pain that never went away,or Staff that is rude, than this is the place for you.
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Dr. Irving has done both of my hips. My VA physicians kept telling me to wait because of my age. I was getting more and more debilitated. I was unable to enjoy life and recreation. I saw Dr. Irving for my first hip a few years ago and had my second hip done last year. I couldn't be doing any...more
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I highly recommend Dr. Irving to anyone considering hip replacement. He and his staff, including Milford Hospital, made the entire experience positive, easy, and above all, successful. Three weeks after the surgery I was out and about, including rehearsing for a show; by six weeks I could ride my...more
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It’s been seven years since my hip and knee replacement and I continue to be grateful to Dr. Irving for his fine work. A little known fact about the doctor is that he has the markings of an actor, a thespian. Most notably of these is his very high emotional quotient which allows him to understand...more
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