Kevin K. Anbari, M.D., M.B.A.


Specialist In:

  • Hip / Pelvis
  • Knee
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  • Education
    • Undergraduate

      • Harvard University
        Cambridge, Massachusetts

      Medical School

      • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
        Philadelphia, PA


      • The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
        Philadelphia, PA


      • Intern, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Health System
        Philadelphia, PA


      • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Health System
        Philadelphia, PA

      Fellowship – Adult Reconstruction

      • Anderson Post-Graduate Medical Education Foundation
        Alexandria, VA

      Board Certifications

      • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

      Professional Societies

        • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
        • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
        • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
        • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • FAQ
    • Q. How did you become interested in medicine and when did you decide to specialize in orthopaedics - specifically total joints?

      A. I chose a career in orthopaedics because of the vast improvement our patients experience from our care. Hip and knee replacements are overall some of the most beneficial surgeries in all of medicine, and it's a pleasure to witness the improvements we can make in our patients' ability to live pain-free, work, play sports, and enjoy their activities with their loved ones.

      Q. What are common conditions you treat?

      A. I treat diseases of the hip and knee, in particular arthritis and other degenerative conditions such as hip dysplasia, a vascular necrosis, meniscal tears in the knee. These conditions are typically occurring in the population above the age of 40.

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

      A. The best part is talking with my patients and developing a plan for their care, based on their needs, lifestyle, and severity of disease. We offer all the treatments available from simple medications and physical therapy, to injections, and surgery.

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

      A. The best thing about OAA is that we all are subspecialists in our fields, and I feel that for every new procedure or technology out there, there is someone at OAA who is experienced in it. In my case, I have performed the anterior hip approach to hip replacements for many patients, and I feel this is a great improvement in recovery and function for my patients. I also get many referrals for hip and knee replacements from areas as far as 2 hours away, including difficult cases that other surgeons do not feel comfortable with. This gives me great satisfaction to help people who are in need.

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

      A. I did most of my growing up in Philadelphia and I did most of my training in Philadelphia as well. When I was looking for positions in southeastern PA, I felt that OAA was the best place for me without question because I could easily sub specialize in the field of hip and knee replacements, which is the field that I received fellowship training in. Also I knew of the great tradition of excellent orthopaedic care OAA has provided for more than 40 years.

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

      A. If I weren't an orthopaedic surgeon, I would have liked to be a concert pianist or violinist or play outfield for the Phillies.

  • Reviews

Read what current patients have to say about Dr. Anbari on Vitals and Healthgrades. You can also take a look at patient stories in Healthy You Magizine, or read about OAA Patient Ambassadors Frank and Deborah.
Dr. Anbari specializes in hip and knee replacements. He is an expert in the latest techniques, including the anterior approach for hip replacements, partial knee replacements, short-stay rapid-recovery knee replacements, and complex revision surgery. 

Dr. Anbari has taught other surgeons about hip and knee techniques, including the anterior approach for hip replacement. He has run SMART labs for teaching this procedure to other doctors and operating room staff. 

Hip Replacement: Patients with hip arthritis, dysplasia, avascular necrosis and other conditions can have disabling pain that interferes with their quality of life.  When conservative therapy fails, hip replacement has provided reliable outstanding pain relief to millions of patients since it was invented.  The procedure has been continually refined and improved since then, to improve the function of the new hip, hasten the recovery, and increase the longevity.  With the direct anterior hip approach, the recovery for this procedure can be much faster, returning patients to their daily lives much more quickly than most people think.

The Direct Anterior Hip Approach: Dr. Anbari is one of the few surgeons currently performing this procedure in the Lehigh Valley.  The purpose of this approach is primarily to improve patient recovery and allow a quicker return to everyday life.  Dr. Anbari has performed more than a thousand of these anterior approach hip procedures since 2011. The direct anterior approach is an elegant procedure that allows the surgeon to place the components accurately and with minimal muscular trauma, as has been documented in orthopedic journals. This procedure has the promise of faster recovery, quicker return to activity, and more positive experience for the patient. Check out local coverage HERE.

Knee Replacement: Dr. Anbari performs this procedure more commonly than any other, primarily because knee arthritis is very common in our patients.  This is performed using the latest techniques with state of the art prostheses.  Surgeons have learned significant insights into what makes knee replacement successful and now this procedure can offer excellent relief of pain and return to everyday activities.  Dr. Anbari is an expert in the latest techniques including short-stay rapid-recovery knee replacements.

Partial Knee Replacement: Partial knee replacement is appropriate for patients who have arthritis (cartilage damage) in one of the three compartments of the knee (medial, lateral, or patellar) and provides a less invasive option with much quicker recovery.  Again, only an evaluation by the surgeon and a discussion with the patient can determine if this is an appropriate treatment plan for the patient. 

Hip and Knee Revision: Some hip and knee replacements over time may need additional surgeries, especially ones that were put in many years ago with older prostheses.  Reasons for this include wearing out of the plastic liner, instability, and loosening.  Not many surgeons take on these difficult cases.  Dr. Anbari treats many patients who need revision surgeries on their hip or knee replacements.  OAA Orthopaedic Specialists is a referral center and patients from far distances come to OAA for specialized treatment and complex surgery.  Some of our most satisfied patients are ones who have had these revision surgeries.

Non-Operative Care: Patients in the initial stages of hip or knee arthritis can benefit from physical therapy, medications, nutritional supplements, injections, and other therapies that Dr. Anbari offers at OAA. Dr. Anbari offers injections for the knee including visco-supplementation ("lubrication" injections or "rooster comb" injections) such as Euflexxa, Synvisc, etc.

Dr. Anbari prides himself on being a true patient advocate, and his guiding principle is to always put his patients’ interests and well-being first. While he has been exposed extensively to the newest trends in joint replacement, he is careful about explaining in detail the advantages and disadvantages of any procedure to his patients.  Dr. Anbari is always happy to answer his patients’ questions and address their concerns. He derives the most satisfaction from witnessing the positive effect that joint replacement can have on their quality of life.

Dr. Anbari is a fellow of the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  He is on the committee that authors examination questions for orthopaedic surgeons in the field of hip and knee replacement. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters in leading national publications. Read one of Dr. Anbari's articles and visit his profile on
OAA Orthopaedic Specialist
Kevin K. Anbari
  • Hip / Pelvis
  • Knee
250 Cetronia road Allentown, PA 18104
Phone: 610.973.6200 URL of Map