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Henrik Malchau, MD

Executive Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Co-Director, Harris Orthopaedic Laboratory

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Malchau is a hip and knee replacement surgeon, specializing in advanced primary and revision hip replacement surgery.

Department of Orthopaedics
Clinical Interests
Total hip replacement
Revision hip replacement surgery
Complications from previous hip replacement
Hip arthritis
Hip pain
Total joint replacement
Osteoarthritis of the hip
Revision surgery
Hip arthroplasty
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Arhus
Residency, Uddevalla Hospital
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Henrik Malchau graduated from the Medical School at Aarhus University, Denmark in 1977. He received his PhD in 1995 from Gothenburg University, Sweden. From 1993 - 2004 he was Chief for Department of Orthopedics, Gothenburg, and he was one of the founders of the Swedish Hip Registry and its Director for many years.

Since 2004, Dr. Malchau has been an Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also co-directs the Harris Orthopaedics Laboratory, which has made numerous valuable contributions to improving the long-term durability of hip replacements and knee replacements.


Dr. Malchau's clinical and research interests are focused on documentation of primary and revision hip replacements.

Dr. Malchau has been a pioneer in the development of Radiostereometric Analysis (RSA), which is used to determine the movement and wear on orthopaedic implants used in hip replacements. This research tool is important in determining the success of joint replacement surgeries. Dr Malchau has done this cutting-edge work in close co-operation with research groups in Boston, MA and G?teborg, Sweden.


Shervin, N., Dorrwachter, J., Bragdon, C., Shervin, D., Malchau, H. Comparison of Paper and Computer-based Questionnaire Modes for Measuring Health Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Total Hip Arthroplasty Patients. Accepted for publication to the J Bone Joint Surg(A) 2010.

Shervin, N., Bragdon, C., Zurakowski, D., Malchau, H. The Harris Hip Score: A Validation of a Patient Administered Data Capture Mode. Conditionally Accepted for publication to the J of Arthroplasty 2010.

Malchau, H., Bragdon, C., Muratoglu, O. The Stepwise Introduction of Innovation into Orthopaedic Surgery: The Next Level of Dilemmas. J Arthroplasty. 2010 Sep 30.

Katz, J., Wright, E., Wright, R., Barrett, J., Corbett, K., Malchau, H., Baron, J., Losina, E. When Arthroplastics Fail: Choice of Hospital for Revision Total Hip Replacement. Conditionally accepted for Publication to J Bone Joint Surg(A) 2010.

Roque, P, Mankin, H, Malchau, H. Proximal Femoral Allogaft: Prognostic indicators. J Arthroplasty. 2010 Oct;25(7):1028-33.

Recognizing an MGH innovator

MGH Hotline 11.20.09 In 1970, William Harris, MD, DSC, director emeritus of the MGH Harris Biomaterials and Biome-chanics Laboratory, established the Advances in Arthroplasty course

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