P. Maxwell Courtney, MD

Meet The Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon
P. Maxwell Courtney, MD
Rothman Physician Spotlight

Dr. Courtney is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement surgery. A native of Norristown, he attended La Salle College High School and Washington and Lee University.  After graduating from Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his orthopaedic surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and then pursued fellowship training in adult reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

He specializes in partial and total knee arthroplasty, outpatient joint replacement, complex primary and revision arthroplasty of the hip and knee, periprosthetic fractures, and periprosthetic infections.

In addition to being a busy clinician performing over 3500 hip and knee replacements, Dr. Courtney serves as an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, Assistant Residency Program Director, and National Service Chief of Joint Replacement.  He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and lectures across the country and internationally.  He is a member of the Knee Society, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


  • B.A., Chemistry, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA
  • B.S., Mathematics, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA
  • M.D., Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
  • Internship, Orthopaedic and General Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Fellowship, Adult Reconstruction, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Titles & Certifications

  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association
  • Knee Society
10 + Years of Experience In Orthopedics
5,000+ Restored Lives Across Philadelphia
130+ Peer-Reviewed Publications
Over 60 Five-star
Online Reviews
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Richard H. Rothman Research Fellowship

Dr. Courtney invites 3rd year medical students to apply for the Richard H. Rothman Clinical Research Fellowship in Joint Reconstruction at Rothman. This annual fellowship is a funded, year-long position awarded to a rising fourth-year medical student who has demonstrated enthusiasm and interest in orthopaedics and is a competitive future candidate for a residency in orthopaedic surgery.

While many students are taking a year-out to pursue other academic interests, we offer a well-rounded program of research, clinical exposure, and mentorship to help enhance the careers of tomorrow’s orthopaedic thought leaders.  Our department has 36 full-time research staff to help with IRB submission, statistical analysis, database search, and manuscript submission.  Our extensive database covers outcomes, patient satisfaction and detailed hospital and billing information among others.  Rothman research fellows have traveled to present their award-winning work on the podium at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Musculoskeletal Infection Society (MSIS), and Eastern Orthopaedic Association (EOA) meetings.  Fellows have been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Most fellows will complete several, high quality, peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals upon completion of the program, many as first author.  We also recognize that the orthopaedic surgery residency match continues to become more competitive each year and prior Rothman fellows have been successful at matching at the top programs.   You will work with academically-active and extremely engaged clinical faculty who all share a passion for research.  Our faculty are leading experts in their fields, with specific research interests in periprosthetic joint infection, health policy and economics, and clinical outcomes following hip and knee arthroplasty.  

More information on the fellowship can be found below. Please reach out to Dr. Courtney if you are interested in applying this year.

Leading-Edge Orthopedic Care In Philadelphia

Clinical Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction

“We believe that education is the key to orthopedic care. If we can help you understand how a problem starts, we can help prevent you from having the same problem later on.”

Dr. Courtney is proud to have the opportunity to train the next generation of joint replacement surgeons.  The experience is well-rounded, with ample exposure to the clinic and operating room. Upon completion of the Fellowship, graduates should be comfortable diagnosing and treating the complete spectrum of adult hip and knee diseases. Formal didactic conferences are held to compliment the clinical experience and a monthly Journal Club meeting round out the schedule. The Faculty is actively engaged in these conferences.

The Rothman Orthopaedic Institute’s Adult Reconstruction Division is one of the world’s largest and most respected programs. The Faculty is specially trained, experienced, and are all high-volume surgeons with caseloads ranging from 500-1000 cases a year.

The Adult Reconstruction Program has a tradition of clinical and academic excellence established by Dr. Richard H Rothman, MD, PhD. The Division of Adult Reconstruction has evolved into one of the premier Fellowships in the country, offering a high-volume clinical practice emphasizing state-of-the art patient care, academic excellence, and a Faculty committed to Fellow education.

The Fellowship is associated with the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Riddle Hospital, Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital, Physician’s Care Specialty Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and multiple Rothman Orthopaedic Institute Clinics located in the Greater Philadelphia area. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with thought-leaders in their sub-specialty fields. The Adult Reconstruction Division is subdivided into 3 Sections; Clinical, Basic Science Research, and Clinical Research. The Clinical Section is comprised of surgeons with leadership positions in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and Specialty Societies such as the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the Hip Society, and the Knee Society. Surgeons from around the world travel to the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute to learn the latest joint preservation, primary, and revision hip and knee arthroplasty techniques. Annually, our Division performs >10,000 joint preservation and arthroplasty procedures. The Department’s Basic Science Research Division is among the top programs in the United States receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. The Clinical Research Section is unparalleled in productivity. The Adult Reconstruction Fellow is expected to become an integral part of this team.

Graduates of the Program are prepared and poised to flourish in clinical practice, rise to prominence academically, and become thought leaders in the field if they so desire. Most importantly, they are prepared to take care of their patient’s needs, whether the most complex revision or uncomplicated primary surgery. 

Please click below to learn more about our clinical fellowship in adult. reconstruction

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