John Reilly, MD
Director of Orthopedics
Born in Brooklyn, New York shortly after the Dodgers won the World Series, John Reilly developed a passion for sports at an early age. He attended Polytechnic Institute of New York where he lettered for three years in baseball and basketball. Shortly after a knee injury ended his playing career, Dr. Reilly completed his orthopedic residency at the renowned Lenox Hill Hospital. There he began his sports medicine training working with many of New York's professional sports teams, including the Knicks, Rangers, Jets and Cosmos. While at Lenox Hill, he trained under many notable orthopedic surgeons including Dr. W. Norman Scott and Dr. James Nichols. Dr. Reilly has now practiced orthopedic and sports medicine for 25 years on Staten Island and has enjoyed an association with the New York Knicks medical staff for more than 15 years.
Dr. Reilly is currently a team physician for Wagner College, a Division I school on Staten Island. He is also a team physician for many of the local high schools in the area, including Monsignor Farrell, Saint Joseph by the Sea, Moore Catholic, Staten Island Technical, New Dorp, Port Richmond and Poly Prep. Dr. Reilly provides care while also coordinating physician coverage for their respective football programs. He has also worked with some of these high schools in establishing a student-trainer program.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Reilly worked closely with the National Invitational Tournament organization, providing sports medicine care at games. He regularly traveled with their All-Star team, coached by Lou Carnesecca. He accompanied the team to Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Japan and China, caring for many eventual NBA first round draft picks.
Dr. Reilly is a familiar figure on the local sports scene, both as a regular contributor to the press and as a consultant to and occasional guest on cable television. He has published numerous articles and chapters in books related to sports medicine. He has also been busy caring for the Staten Island Yankees, who are in the New York-Penn League representing the New York Yankees. In addition, Dr. Reilly coached Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball and cared for the athletes of all those games.
In addition to all of Dr. Reilly's sports involvement on Staten Island, he has been influential in many other areas of the local community. He served on Community Board Three for many years, is a founding member of the Molinari Republican Club and is proud to be an advisory board member for the Staten Island CYO.