J. Lex Kenerly, III, MD

Dr. J. Lex Kenerely, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon, has over 30 years experience and specializes in total hip replacements featuring the Anterior Approach for easier recovery on patients.



  • University of Georgia

Medical School

  • Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine

Orthopaedic Residency

  • Greenville / Shriners Hospital System

CERTIFICATIONS: Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) • American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons • Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Examiners & Active member of multiple medical associations.


Dr. J. Lex Kenerly has had the honor and privilege of treating patients in his hometown and surrounding areas for more than two decades. A board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Kenerly specializes in many surgical and nonsurgical treatments of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. He has continued his medical education extensively through certified medical education courses throughout the country and now operates one of the most state-of-the-art medical and surgical facilities in South Georgia. Dr. Kenerly brings to the table a genuine desire to offer his patients the highest level of Orthopaedic care available and feels blessed to be able to work in a Christian environment of professional medical caregivers.

He began his orthopaedic surgery practice in Jesup, Georgia in 1988. He graduated from Wayne County High School in June 1974 and earned his BS degree in biochemistry from the University of Georgia in June 1978. After graduating from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in June 1982 with the M. D. degree, he spent one year at The Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia completing his internship. Dr. Kenerly was then accepted to the orthopaedic surgery residency program at the Greenville Hospital System and Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children in Greenville South Carolina. He finished his residency in 1988 and that year began his practice back in his hometown of Jesup, Georgia.

Dr. Kenerly is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and was one of the first orthopaedic surgeons in Georgia to take and pass the ABOS recertification exam in 1999 and again in 2009. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Examiners, a member of the Southern Medical Association, Southern Orthopaedic Association, Medical Association of Georgia, The Georgia Orthopaedic Society, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

He has a particular interest in total hip replacements utilizing the Anterior Approach. This approach is considered a minimally invasive surgery compared to traditional methods.  Click here to learn more about the Anterior Approach. Dr. Kenerly also has considerable expertise in shoulder, rotator cuff and knee arthroscopy and shoulder, hip and knee arthroplasties (total joint replacement).  

Dr. Kenerly considers himself a student of the musculoskeletal system. He spends hours each week studying and reviewing the latest in the field of orthopaedic surgery. Additionally, he attends national and world-wide orthopaedic meetings on a regular basis to keep himself current and on the cutting edge of orthopaedic surgery. He keeps abreast of the latest techniques and technology that orthopaedic surgery has to offer and is pleased to bring this state-of-the-art orthopaedic care to his patients.

Dr. Kenerly feels blessed to practice medicine in his hometown among the many friends and family members who encouraged him and supported him all his life. He attributes his success to his Christian faith and believes strongly that God is the ultimate healer.


Q – What are your passions in life… medical or non medical?
A – I love my family, my church and our medical practice.  I feel blessed to have the life that I have been given, to get to know my patients and help improve their lives. I enjoy sports, water skiing and love the Georgia Bulldogs!
Q – Why did you choose orthopaedics?
A – In medical school when it was time for my orthopaedic rotation, it just clicked.  I enjoyed everything about it, the hands on aspect and the fact that most patients have a very quick improvement for the whatever condition that sought medical care for initially.
Q – How would you describe your approach to patient care?
A – As a Christian, I want to be more like Jesus and take care of people when they are hurting.  I listen to my patients closely, create a customized solution and implement that solution with love and respect.