John W. Cory, MD

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Foot and Ankle Specialist

As a native of Florida, Dr. Cory grew up in Tampa along with a brother and sister. Upon earning his medical degree at Wake Forest University Bowman Gray Medical School in 1997, he completed his residency in orthopedics at the University of South Carolina. In 2004 following his residency, he finished the esteemed fellowship at the American Sports Medical Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, further developing his specialty in foot and ankle sports injuries.

Dr. Cory’s first career was soccer, playing his first two seasons at Wake Forest University. Before embarking to medical school, he spent time working in cardiac rehabilitation and exercise physiology. Due to the rigorous demands of sports and becoming a doctor, medical school took precedent.

With a continuing passion for sports, Dr. Cory worked for the strength coach and training staff at Wake Forest throughout undergraduate school. During the interim, he had the opportunity to work with the NASCAR Winston Cup’s winning Hooters Race Team before the untimely death of Allan Kulwicki. Dr. Cory also had the chance to design fitness and nutrition programs for Kyle Perry’s Race Team, along with Derek Cope and Bojangles’ baked Cajun menu.

Dr. Cory practiced in Ogden, Utah, for the first two years out of training before moving to the Phoenix, Arizona, valley in 2005. Except for the 2009–10 academic year when Dr. Cory returned to the world-famous American Sports Medicine Institute to instruct the foot and ankle curriculum, he has remained in Arizona.

A deep curiosity of how the human body moves in space has been the core tenant of Dr. Cory’s practice of orthopedic foot and ankle care, which led to his study of both the science and art of human movement. Being patient- and motion-centric, along with biomechanically accurate and sound concepts, allows Dr. Cory to offer less surgical intervention and whole recovery to his patients. However, he understands that sometimes surgery is the appropriate course of action, evident from years of taking trauma calls; pediatric calls; and VIP calls for college athletes, international dancers, world champions, and his patients.

On a personal note, Dr. Cory is married to Kelly Hahn, a retired U.S. Army nurse and officer. The couple has three boys, Justin, 27; Daniel, 20; and James, 19. They also have a fur son named Achilles the Great Phoenix Rising II, an English Bulldog and registered service dog that benefits his patients.

Dr. Cory continues his passion for sports by staying involved and working in various roles for different organizations, including the U.S. Soccer Federation, the Real Salt Lake Development Academy, Barca Academy Casa Grande, and La Masia Academy, now billed La Masia 360.

On Nov. 6, 2017, Dr. Cory joined the prestigious OSPI group consisting of dedicated and talented orthopedic specialists.



Board Certified – Wake Forest University Bowman Gray Medical School

Fellowship Training – American Sports Medical Institute

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