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Sports Medicine, Shoulder, Knee, Hip, Hand, Wrist, Elbow, Ankle

Dr. John Peden is a fellowship-trained sports medicine physician and arthroscopic surgery specialist who has focused expertise in the treatment of sports-related injuries and conditions involving the shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, ankle, hip, and knee. He received his medical degree from the University of Florida. He completed an internship in general surgery at Orlando Regional Medical Center and his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic. He went on to complete a dual-fellowship in arthroscopy and sports medicine at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was the team physician for Mississippi Valley State University athletes. Through this additional subspecialty training, Dr. Peden developed exceptional expertise as a sports medicine doctor in the latest treatment and rehabilitation for sports-related injuries of athletes of all ages with a variety of shoulder conditions and other musculoskeletal problems.

As a specialty-trained sports medicine physician in our Sports Medicine Center, Dr. Peden serves injured athletes from every sport, and he also provides highly specialized hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, ankle, hip, and knee care for individuals of all activity levels. He develops tailored treatment plans based on each patient's needs and goals, and if surgery is needed, he offers the most minimally invasive solutions to help reduce pain and enhance recoveries. In addition to caring for sports injuries and joint issues of all kinds as a sports medicine physician, Dr. Peden is also a distinguished shoulder surgeon, treating athletic shoulder injuries and other sources of shoulder pain. 

Dr. Peden has a particular interest in complex shoulder injuries and rotator cuff conditions as a shoulder doctor. He performs the latest techniques in shoulder surgery, from rotator cuff repair and revision repairs to superior capsular reconstruction for irreparable rotator cuff tears, in addition to offering advanced nonsurgical shoulder care. He treats athletes and individuals of all activity levels who are experiencing shoulder pain from sports injuries, accidents, wear and tear, or other causes.

From sprains, fractures, dislocations, and other sports injuries to chronic shoulder pain and limitation, Dr. Peden is proud to help his patients as a sports medicine physician and shoulder specialist. He works closely with his patients, as well as a team of physical therapists, to help them receive the precise treatment they need to have a successful rehabilitation and get back to their sport, their work, or their favorite activities. 

Dr. Peden is actively involved as an associate instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America, teaching advanced arthroscopic techniques to training orthopaedic residents and practicing doctors at the prestigious Orthopaedic Learning Center in Chicago. He is also a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine as an expert sports medicine doctor and has co-published chapters in three textbooks, including a text on the advanced reconstruction of the elbow for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Here in Florida, Dr. Peden serves as a Preferred Response Member Physician for the Mayo Clinic and Clinical Assistant Professor for the Florida State University College of Medicine. Expanding the treatment options in Indian River County, he has brought several state-of-the-art arthroscopic and endoscopic surgical procedures that were not previously available from area shoulder doctors, elbow surgeons, hip specialists, and sports medicine doctors. These surgeries include femoroplasty for impingement of the hip, coracoclavicular ligament reconstruction for shoulder conditions, endoscopic decompression of the suprascapular nerve in the rotator cuff muscles, and arthroscopic radial head excision for rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow. He was also the first in the area to perform endoscopic fracture fixation for a shoulder injury known as a distal clavicle fracture.

When he is not seeing patients, Dr. Peden is an avid blues musician and enjoys sailing at various Caribbean and Mediterranean destinations. Prior to medical school, Dr. Peden taught English in Japan for over two years. Returning to the U.S., he devoted his interest in international endeavors to coordinating an international health programs office for the University of Florida College of Medicine, where he was involved in several medical missions to Haiti and Central America.

Dr. Peden is available to see patients in Vero Beach or Sebastian. To schedule an appointment to address your sports-related injury, shoulder pain, or other joint problem impacting your lifestyle or keeping you from your sport, call (772) 569-2330 or schedule an appointment online.

Education & Training

  • Undergraduate: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Undergraduate Studies: City of London Polytechnic, London, England
  • Post-Baccalaureate Interdisciplinary Studies: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL
  • General Surgery Internship: Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy Fellowship: Mississippi Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Jackson, MS
  • Hip Arthroscopy, Month Traveling Fellowship: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, and Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Vail, CO
  • Hip Arthroscopy Mini-Fellowship: Arthroscopy Association of North America, Rosemont, IL
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Indian River County Medical Association

Hospital Affiliations

  • Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital
  • Sebastian River Medical Center 
  • The Advanced Center for Surgery
“Dr. Peden is caring, knowledgeable and makes you feel like your case is important to him.”
– Kimberly N.
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