Kevin F. Bonner, MD, FAAOS

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At the Jordan-Young Institute, Dr. Kevin Bonner primarily specializes in the treatment of injuries and disorders involving the knee and shoulder.  He focuses on the least invasive cutting edge treatment strategies that are based on the latest scientific evidence available. Prior to joining the Jordan-Young Institute, Dr. Bonner served as an Orthopedic Surgeon for the US Navy. He served as the Chief of Sports Medicine at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth prior to leaving the Navy in 2002 to join the Jordan-Young Institute.


Teaching as faculty for many academic national orthopedic conferences allows Dr. Bonner to evaluate the latest techniques and devices that are being developed throughout the world at their earliest stages. In fact, Dr. Bonner has helped develop some of the techniques and procedures currently used today in the United States. He also serves on national expert panels to optimize surgical proficiency for surgeons learning sports-related and arthroscopic procedures including arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and ACL reconstruction.

Dr. Bonner has a combination of extensive experience and success with the drive to never be complacent and to always strive to improve. According to Dr. Bonner, the inherent privilege of practicing medicine is the incessant challenge to acquire and synthesize ever-expanding information and evidence. An integral responsibility of being a physician and a surgeon is staying at the top of your game, whether in the office or the operating room setting. He also believes you truly need to treat your patients like they are family and friends.

Dr. Bonner is principally focused on the treatment of problems prior to joint replacement surgery.  Whether it’s an injury to an elite athlete or an older individual who simply cannot get a good night’s sleep due to a rotator cuff tear, patients can be confident that they will be treated with the most modern, verified techniques. He is at the forefront of research and information related to achieving an optimal outcome.  He has written numerous articles and medical textbook chapters on topics including arthroscopic shoulder surgery, meniscus repair & transplantation, articular cartilage treatment & repair, osteochondral transplantation, ligament reconstruction of the knee, and the ethics of stem cells and other biologic treatments. He stresses that vetting new procedures based on scientific methodology and not commercial hype is an important component to his responsibility as a physician.

Dr. Bonner takes care of many of the regions elite athletes from high school through the professional level. He is the official team physician for the Old Dominion University Wrestling Team.

Dr. Bonner is assisted by  Sabrenia E. Gill, PA-C, Jason Grahame, PA-C, Alyssa R. Fisher, ATC.

Dr. Bonner lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and children.


  • Undergraduate Education: Georgetown University; Washington, DC
  • Medical Degree: Georgetown University; Washington, DC
  • Internship, General Surgery: Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery: Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center, New York, NY


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2000
  • Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Hospital Privileges

  • Sentara Leigh Hospital


  • Assistant Professor of  Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA 2005-present
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America: Education Committee, Health Policy Committee, and Compliance Committee
  • Reviewer: Journal of Knee Surgery and The American Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Member, Sentara Peer Review Committee

Awards & Honors

  • Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor
  • US News & World Report “Top Doctors”
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine 2014 Top Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine “Top Doctors” 2008-present
  • Hampton Roads Magazine “Top Doctors for Men” 2013
  • “America’s Top Orthopedists” Consumer Research Council of America 2007-Present
  • Charles M. Reinert Award 2002: Teaching Excellence in Orthopedic Surgery, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA 2002
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Virginia Orthopedic Society
  • Medical Society of Virginia

Special Medical Interests

  • Knee:
    • Arthroscopic Surgery
    • Meniscus surgery
    • Articular Cartilage Defects
    • Ligament Repair & Reconstructive Surgery
    • Patella Instability Disorders
    • Patellar & Quadriceps tendon problems
  • Shoulder:
    • Arthroscopic Surgery
      • Rotator Cuff Repair
      • Labral Repair
      • Instability Surgery
      • Biceps tendon disorders
      • AC Joint problems
    • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
    • Impingement Syndrome (Bursitis→ Rotator Cuff Tears)
    • Sports Medicine Related Disorders