John F Lovejoy, MD


Primary Office

Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida 6535 Nemours Parkway Orlando, FL 32827 Appointment: (407) 650-7715

Other Offices

Get to Know Me

I grew up in Florida where my father was an orthopedist. I watched him making a day-to-day difference in people’s lives, and it inspired me to want that too. I started my career in Washington, D.C., working on health care policy, but quickly learned that I could be more effective by directly caring for people, so I followed in my father’s footsteps.

Why I Treat Children

Because of the variety of problems we encounter in the field of pediatric orthopedics, the work is always interesting and challenging. On a personal level, what I enjoy most is working with children and families. It’s so rewarding to help a child overcome obstacles so they can reach their full potential.

What I'm Passionate About

I’m passionate about trying to help families find the right solution for their child’s problem. My special interests are children with spinal deformities, sports medicine and pediatric trauma. I’ve become passionate about injury prevention. Children are exposed to a lot of potential trauma in sports. It’s important to take precautions to keep them safe.

How I Try to Make A Difference

I stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and technologies so I can deliver the highest quality care possible. I work to establish a team approach with my patients and their families. Informed decision-making leads to better outcomes, and that means bringing families in on everything they need to know about the best options for treatment.I also participate in research, student education and national organizations that help improve orthopedics. My wife and I have three children. They are part of the reason I volunteer to help children in countries that don’t have pediatric services.

Education & Training


  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery - Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2007

Internship Residency

  • Orthopedic Surgery - Atlanta Medical Center, 2006

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - University of Florida College of Medicine, 2001

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health FL Medicaid and Healthy Kids
  • Alabama Medicaid/Patient First
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Florida (FKA Prestige Health Choice)
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield HMO
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Non HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida Blue Select
  • Cigna & Great West HMO/POS Open Access
  • Cigna & Great West PPO/EPO
  • Community Care Plan Medicaid
  • Employers Health Network PPO
  • Evolutions Healthcare
  • First Health Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Florida Medicaid
  • Florida Medicare
  • Health First Health Plans
  • HealthSmart Health Plans PPO
  • Humana HMO/POS
  • Humana PPO/EPO
  • Molina Healthcare Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO ORL
  • Prime Health Services PPO Specialty Florida
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • Simply Healthcare Healthy Kids
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine SMI/CMS 19 & 21
  • Sunshine State Health Plan Medicaid
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services
  • United Healthcare Commercial Products
  • United Healthcare Community Plan Medicaid
  • Volusia Health Network PPO/EPO

  • Clubfoot
  • Foot and Ankle Conditions
  • Fracture Management
  • Hand and Upper Extremities
  • Hip Conditions
  • Knee Conditions
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Sports Medicine

Medical Interests

  • Sports medicine
  • Sports surgery
  • Trauma

  • Prock-Gibbs, H., Pumilia, C. A., Meckmongkol, T., Lovejoy, J., Mumith, A., & Coathup, M. (2021). Incidence of Osteolysis and Aseptic Loosening Following Metal-on-Highly Cross-Linked Polyethylene Hip Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review of Studies with Up to 15-Year Follow-up. The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 103(8), 728-740. doi:10.2106/JBJS.20.01086

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  • Hosseinzadeh, P., Meyer, Z., Vanderhave, K., & Lovejoy, J. (2021). Use of Telemedicine in Pediatric Orthopaedics Prior to the Pandemic: A Survey of POSNA Members. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 41(6), e475-e478. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001837

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  • Lovejoy, J. F., 3rd. (2021). Septic Arthritis and Septic Arthritis with Contiguous Osteomyelitis Are Not Equal: Commentary on an article by Elizabeth C. Hamilton, PA(C), et al.: "Children with Primary Septic Arthritis Have a Markedly Lower Risk of Adverse Outcomes Than Those with Contiguous Osteomyelitis". The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 103(13), e53. doi:10.2106/JBJS.21.00294

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  • Jeyanathan, A., Ramalhete, R., Blunn, G., Gibbs, H., Pumilia, C. A., Meckmongkol, T., & Coathup, M. J. (2021). Lactobacillus cell-free supernatant as a novel bioagent and biosurfactant against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the prevention and treatment of orthopedic implant infection. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part B Applied Biomaterials, 109(10), 1634-1643. doi:10.1002/jbm.b.34821

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  • Copley, L. A., Sharps, C. H., Gerardi, J. A., Gupta, S. K., Vanderhaave, K. L., Lovejoy, J. F., & Jo, C. (2019). Electronic Medical Record Use and Satisfaction Among Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 39(9), E722-E728. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000001044

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  • Pierre, O., Lovejoy, J. F., Jr, Stanton, R., Skupski, R., Previl, H., Bernard, J., & Walsh, M. (2018). The Use of Emergency Physicians to Deliver Anesthesia for Orthopaedic Surgery in Austere Environments: The Expansion of the Emergency Physician's General Anesthesia Syllabus to Orthopaedic Surgery. The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 100(7), e44. doi:10.2106/JBJS.16.01481

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  • Jeans, K. A., Lovejoy, J. F., Karol, L. A., & McClung, A. M. (2017). How Is Pulmonary Function and Exercise Tolerance Affected in Patients With AIS Who Have Undergone Spinal Fusion? Spine Deformity, 5(6), 416-423. doi:10.1016/j.jspd.2017.04.001

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  • Lovejoy, J. F., III, Alexander, K., Dinan, D., Drehner, D., Khan-Assad, N., & Lacerda, I. R. A. (2017). Team approach: Pyomyositis. JBJS Reviews, 5(6). doi:10.2106/JBJS.RVW.16.00048

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