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Dinesh Patel, MD

Chief, Arthroscopic Surgery

Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon

Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Patel's primary interest is arthroscopic surgery involving athletic injuries and the knee. He also is interested in teaching medical students and residents the techniques of arthroscopic surgery and regulatory medicine.

Department of Orthopaedics
Clinical Interests
Sports medicine
Knee injuries
Disorders of the knee (other than arthritis)
Meniscus tear
Patella pain
Synovitis (Rheumatoid Arthritis)
Arthroscopic knee surgery
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Waltham: Mass General West
Medical Education
MD, Gujarat University Medical College
Residency, Children's Hospital Boston
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Residency, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont
Residency, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients

BiographyDr. Patel was born, raised, and educated in Nadiad and Ahmedabad in Gujrat, India. He completed his Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School in December 1971 and has been on the faculty at Mass General Hospital ever since.

In 1982, Dr. Patel was named the Chief of Arthroscopic Surgery at MGH. He played a key role in showing that arthroscopic technology could reduce healthcare costs by improving safety and quality and decreasing a patient's postoperative period of disability. His efforts were instrumental in making MGH a world-renown center for Arthroscopy and Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Patel is a founding member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Association of Arthroscopy. With his focus on improving safety and quality, Dr. Patel has trained surgeons around the world, specifically in developing nations, where Arthroscopy is valuable because of the reduced risk of infection. In 2001, he established Asia's first Psychomotor Skills Lab in Ahmedabad, India. The lab is a partnership among the public, private and academic sectors and trains surgeons and students in India and Southeast Asia in arthroscopic surgery.

Dr. Patel has served as a member and Chairman of the Board of Registration in Medicine, as well as a member of the Board of Directors and the Strategic Planning and Executive Committees of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). In April 2003, the FSMB honored Dr. Patel with the John H. Clark, MD Leadership Award. That same year, he was also named Commissioner of the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation by the Bush Administration.

On June 14 2010, MGH unveiled the Dinesh G. Patel, MD, Arthroscopic Learning Laboratory to teach trainees in this discipline.


Dr. Patel has been a pioneer of arthroscopic surgery at MGH and around the world. He helped develop instrumentation for this field, and he has trained and taught countless surgeons his techniques.

Outside of arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Patel is interested in improving the safety and quality of care for his patients and the public.


Trauner K, Patel D. Pulsed Holmium: Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet (Ho:YAG) LaserAblation of Fibrocartilage and Articular Cartilage. Am J Sports Med 1990; 18.

Patel D., Guhl J. The Use of Bovine Knees in Operative Arthroscopy. Clinical Orthopedics, 1983, Vol 6/ No 9-pp.1119-1124

Patel D. Complications of Arthroscopy. Arthroscopy Association of North America, 1982.

Patel D. Proximal Approaches to Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee. Am J Sports Med 1981; Vol 9 pp 296-303.

Patel D. Arthroscopy of the Plicae-Synovial Folds and their Significance. Am J Sports Med 1978; 6.

One man's medical care journey at the MGH allows him to run the marathon

Running a marathon was Alfred Buccilli's dream growing up in Revere, Mass.

MGH hosts president of Latvia

MGH Hotline 10.08.10 Hundreds of clinical and research fellows train at the MGH each year and go on to achieve great things in their careers. One former fellow, who trained in the MGH Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the early 1990s, is the current President of the Republic of Latvia Valdis Zatlers.

Celebration of a journey

Patel, chief of Arthroscopic Surgery and pioneer in the field, shared his insights and experiences during celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month hosted by the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners (AMMP) in the Trustees Room.

Dinesh Patel, M.D., Inc
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