Joseph Kavolus, Tufts Medical Center

Orthopedic Surgeon; Clinical Instructor, Orthopedic Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine

Clinical Focus Areas

  • Surgical and nonsurgical treatment of hip and knee arthritis
  • anterior hip replacement
  • knee replacement
  • unicompartmental knee replacement
  • revision hip and knee replacement
  • periprosthetic joint infections
  • periprosthetic fractures
  • hip fractures, arthroplasty
  • general trauma
  • Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery

Joseph Kavolus, M.D.


Dr. Joseph Kavolus is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee surgeries. Raised in South Carolina, and the oldest of five boys, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in evolutionary biology before attending medical school. After earning his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Kavolus completed his residency in orthopedics at Duke, where he met his wife, Stephanie, an anesthesiologist. He completed his fellowship in adult reconstruction at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Honors and Awards

  • AOA Resident Leadership Forum Program Representative
  • Dr. W. L. Mills Academic Scholarship MUSC – 2009-2013
  • 2011 Medical College Student Council Scholarship for Writing Excellence
  • Harvard Institute of Politics Health Policy Associate
  • Wallace O’Hardee Academic Scholarship; Calhoun Honors College Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Palmetto Scholar 2004-2006

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Osteopathic Association

Publications and National Presentations

  • Byrd, WA, Kavolus JJ, Penrose CT, Wellman SS. “Donning Gloves Before Surgical Gown Eliminates Sleeve Contamination,” J Arthroplasty 2019 Jan
  • Kavolus JJ, Cunningham DJ, Rao SR, Wellman SS, Seyler TM. “Polymicrobial Infections in Hip Arthroplasty: Lower Treatment Success Rate, Increased Surgery, and Longer Hospitalization,” J Arthroplasty. 2018 Oct
  • Thitiboonsuwan S, Kavolus JJ, Nunley JA. “Hallux Interphalangeal Arthrodesis Following First Metatarsophalangeal Arthrodesis,” Foot Ankle Int. 2018; pp. 1071100718780222
  • Kavolus JJ, Sia D, Potter HG, Attarian DE, Lachiewicz PF. “Saphenous Nerve Block From Within the Knee Is Feasible for TKA: MRI and Cadaveric Study,” Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2018; 476(1):30-36
  • Matson AP, Kavolus JJ, Byrd WA, Leversedge FJ, Brigman BE. “Influence of Trainee Experience on Choice of Orthopedic Specialty Fellowship.” J Am Acad Orthop Sur. 2018 26(3):e62-67.
  • Kavolus JJ, Matson AP, Byrd WA, Brigman BE. “Factors Influencing Orthopedic Surgery Residents’ Choice of Subspecialty Fellowship.” Orthopedics, 2017; 29:1-5
  • Cunningham DJ, Kavolus JJ, Bolognesi MP, Wellman SS, Seyler TM. “Common Medical Comorbidities Correlated With Poor Outcomes in Hip Periprosthetic Infection.” J Arthroplasty, 2017; 32(9S)S241-245
  • Cunningham DJ, Kavolus JJ, Bolognesi MP, Wellman SS, Seyler TM. “Specific Infectious Organisms Associated With Poor Outcomes in Treatment for Hip Periprostheic Infection.” J. Arthroplasty 2017; 32(6):1984-1990
  • Grimm NL, Henders RA, Kavolus JJ, Millikan PD, Lachiewicz PF. “Fracture of an Uncemented Tantalum Patellar Component.” Arthroplasty Today, 2016; 2 (2):45-47
  • Kavolus JJ, Ritter MA, Claverie JG, Salas MD, Kavolus CH, Trousdale RT. “Cultural Nuance In Orthopedic Foreign Aid: Differeneces in Patient Concerns.” J Arthroplasty, 2016; 31(1):27-30
  • Kavolus JJ, Ritter MA, Claverie JG, Barfeild WR, Lackland DT, Trousdale RT. “Concerns of an itinerant surgeon: results of a Guatemalan surgical aid trip.” J Arthroplasty, 2014; 29(5):861-6
  • Berend KR, Kavolus JJ, Morris MJ, Lombardi AV. “Primary and Revision Anterior Supine Total Hip Arthroplasty: An Analysis of Complications and Reoperations.” Instructional Course Lectures, 2013; 62:251-63
  • Berend KR, Lombardi AV, Morris MJ, Hurst JM, Kavolus JJ. “Does preoperative patellofemoral joint state effect medial unicompartmental arthroplasty survival?” Orthopedics, September 2011
  • Kinasha A, Kucia EJ, Nicholas J, Kavolus J, Magarik J, Vargas J, Ellegala DB. “Neurosurgery in Tanzania: A Discussion of Culture, Socioeconomics, and Humanitarians.” World Neurosurgery, November 2011
  • Magarik J, Kavolus J, Louis R. “An American Medical Student’s Experience in Global Neurosurgery: Both in Their Infancy.” World Neurosurgery, November 2011