Jay V. Kalawadia, M.D.


Specialist In:

  • Elbow / Arm
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Hip
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  • Education
    • Undergraduate

      • Northwestern University
        Evanston, IL

      Medical School

      • Northwestern University
        Chicago, IL


      • Northwestern University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
        Chicago, IL

      Fellowship – Sports Medicine

      • University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA
        Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery – ACGME, AOSSM, and AANA Accredited

      Board Certifications

        • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

      Professional Associations

        • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
        • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
        • Arthroscopy Association of North America
        • American Academy of Orthopaedic Association
        • American Medical Association
  • FAQ
    • Q. How did you become interested in medicine and when did you decide to specialize in orthopaedics and sports medicine?

      A. I became interested in medicine as a high school student as it blended my interests in science and technology. I knew that no two days would be the same in a life of medicine, and to this date, that has remained true. In medical school, I saw how orthopaedics predominantly focuses on improving a patient’s quality of life and the outcomes are very rewarding. I knew at that moment, I wanted to pursue orthopaedics. Pursuing sports medicine was a continuation of that as I enjoyed working with very motivated and highly functional athletes of all ages to return back to the activities they enjoy. In the field of sports medicine, I enjoy arthroscopy and other minimally invasive techniques as they are constantly changing and improving.

      Q. What are common conditions you treat?

      A. I treat a variety of injuries including but not limited to: 

      Hip Labral Pathology
      ACL Tears
      Meniscal Pathology
      Rotator Cuff Tears
      Shoulder Instability
      Knee Instability
      Ligament Tears
      Cartilage Disease/Tears/Defects
      Ankle Fractures
      Hip Fractures
      Knee Arthritis

      Q. What do you like best about working with your patients?

      A. Every patient that arrives to clinic has a similar goal to decrease pain and improve function. In that way, they are very motivated to help themselves, and it is my privilege to be part of that process. I always like hearing how patients are being more and more active throughout their years and refusing to slow down.

      Q. What do you like best about working for OAA?

      A. OAA is a large multi-specialty group in which everyone focuses on their subspecialty of care so that we can provide the highest level of care. Because everyone has their own area of interest and expertise, there is a good sense of comradery. There is a high standard of care set forth by the group to maintain a high level of quality and sense of commitment to our patients because we have the structure and size to focus in our own specialty. 

      Q. How did you come to live and work in the Lehigh Valley?

      A. After working in South Jersey for a few years, I decided to move to Lehigh Valley as it is closer to family and where I grew up. The Lehigh Valley has several excellent hospital networks that provide a high quality of care in all specialties and I felt it would be a privilege to be part of it. There is a developing sports medicine presence in the area that I also hope to help foster.

      Q. If you were not an orthopaedic surgeon, what would you be doing?

      A. I think I would be a professional chef. It employs a similar skill set of thinking on your feet, working with your hands, and improvising to provide a good outcome.

      Q. What do you enjoy in your free time?

      A. I try and travel as much as I can, both internationally and domestic. I feel it gives great perspective and allows me to expand my horizons. On the average weekend, I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and biking. I also am a food enthusiast and enjoy trying new restaurants.

      Q. Of what achievements are you especially proud?

      A. I have been fortunate to have the privilege to work with numerous sports teams at the high school, collegiate, and professional level. From the Clearview and Glassboro high schools in South Jersey to being a team physician for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and Duquesne University Dukes, I have worked with several talented athletes over the years. In residency and fellowship, I also had a chance to help cover the NCAA Big Ten tournament, ACC tournament, and work with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Reviews

Originally from North Wales, Pennsylvania, Dr. Kalawadia is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and finds great satisfaction from working with a patient population that is motivated to get back to the activities they enjoy. He was initially drawn to the specialty of orthopaedics because the surgical outcomes are very rewarding for the patients and the fact that the field is predominately focused on improving a patient’s overall quality of life.
Throughout his practice and medical training, Dr. Kalawadia has had the unique opportunity to work with athletes and athletic programs of every caliber. He previously served as the Team Physician for area high schools, the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, and the Duquesne University Dukes. In addition, Dr. Kalawadia has provided medical coverage for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as the NCAA’s Big Ten and ACC tournaments.
Dr. Kalawadia specializes in arthroscopy and other minimally invasive surgical techniques that are constantly changing and improving for the benefit of the patient. He commonly treats patients and athletes with various hip, knee, and shoulder complications with conservative non-surgical treatment options, and when necessary, surgical intervention. From his fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh, he is trained in hip arthroscopy and cartilage restoration with biologics, two of the newest fields in orthopaedics.
In addition to his devotion to patient care, Dr. Kalawadia has also been active in research, medical publications, and academic authorship. He has given numerous talks on cutting-edge topics to other orthopaedic surgeons at national conferences. He currently serves as a journal reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Journal, and The Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy Journal – all of which are respected peer-reviewed medical journals focused on sports medicine.
In his free time Dr. Kalawadia likes to travel and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and biking. He also considers himself a food enthusiast and likes to try new cuisines and restaurants.  
OAA Orthopaedic Specialist
Jay V. Kalawadia
  • Elbow / Arm
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Hip
250 Cetronia road Allentown, PA 18104
Phone: 610.973.6200 URL of Map