John Keel, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Emory University School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Emory University School of Medicine

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

59 Executive Park South
Suite 3000

Atlanta, GA 30329


  • Medical School, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
  • Residency, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA


John C. Keel, M.D. attended Medical College of Georgia on scholarship, then completed PM&R residency at Emory University, where he served as Chief Resident. He completed interventional pain fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and then held several faculty and clinical positions in the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Caregoup hospital system in Boston. Dr. Keel returned to Emory as a specialist in medical and interventional spine care.

Dr. Keel has publications including research articles in leading journals, book chapters, and web publications. He has been an NIH-funded principle investigator, invited speaker, and award-winning teacher. He holds board certifications in PM&R, Pain Medicine and Sports Medicine, and has certification in Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Keel is a decorated Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard; he has recently served as a USAF Flight Surgeon in support of pararescue missions.

Society Memberships

2002-2007 Association of Academic Physiatrists
2002-2015 American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
2003 Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation
2005 National Guard Association of the United States
2005-2006 Wilderness Medical Society
2005-2006 Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
2005-2010 American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
2005-2011 Aerospace Medical Association
2006-2007 Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
2009-2010 International Spine Intervention Society
2009-2015 North American Spine Society
2013-2015 Massachusetts Medical Society