Mr Kelly studied Medicine at University College Cork and graduated with an MB BCh BAO in 1991. Mr Kelly completed his internship at Cork University Hospital in 1992 and worked on the Voluntary Hospital Basic Surgical Training Scheme at the three teaching hospitals in Cork as Senior House Officer and Registrar until 1996.
After being awarded with a fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland he was appointed to a unique training scheme in Plastic Surgery in the UK. This comprised of working as a specialist registrar in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and the South Manchester Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. While he worked in Manchester he also worked at the Christie Hospital as a Specialist Registrar.
During his training he was a Blond McIndoe Research Fellow and worked on his Doctoral thesis with this group at The Royal Free Hospital in London and in The Stopford Building of the Manchester Medical School. This research work on the regeneration of nerves in the skin following major nerve injury was completed at Umea University in Sweden. He was awarded an MD in Medicine from this University.
He has presented his research work and clinical experience in Sweden, Japan. The United States and all over the UK and Ireland. He has published his work in all of the major Plastic Surgery Journals. Mr Kelly was a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at St James`s University Hospital in Leeds prior to his return to Ireland in June 2006