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Chaitanya S. Mudgal, MD

Hand & Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Surgeon

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Mudgal is a recognized hand, wrist and elbow surgeon, working to help patients regain functionality and improve their quality of life.

Department of Orthopaedics


  • Cancer Center
  • Sarcoma and Connective Tissue Oncology
  • Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer)
Clinical Interests
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Trigger finger
Hand, wrist, elbow, finger, tendon pain and injuries
Nerve injuries, paralytic disorders, stroke & brain injuries
Inflammatory disorders causing hand dysfunction,
Fractures and dislocations of the hand, wrist and elbow
such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, etc.
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Waltham: Mass General West
Medical Education
MBBS, M.S., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Hospital
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Board Certifications
Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Surgery of the Hand, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients

BiographyDr. Mudgal received his MBBS degree from Bombay University, India. He completed an Orthopaedic Residency in Bombay as well as one in Liverpool, UK, leading to his MS (Orth.) and MCh(Orth.) degrees. Dr. Mudgal went on to complete an additional Orthopaedic Residency in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program in Boston, and a Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Mudgal's clinical interests include a comprehensive array of hand and upper extremity disorders such as fractures, tendon and nerve injuries and paralytic disorders of the upper limb and arthritic conditions. He is also extremely interested in surgery of the upper limb in patients who have suffered strokes or traumatic head injuries.

Prior to joining MGH faculty Dr. Mudgal was the founding Director of the Hand Service at the Cambridge Health Alliance, in Cambridge MA.

Watch Dr. Mudgal's Grand Rounds presentation on Tendon Transfers in the Upper Limb.


Dr. Mudgal's research interests include identification of injury patterns and methods of treating them to maximize outcomes. Dr. Mudgal's research evaluates existing treatment methods or devises new methods of treating complex injuries.

PublicationsRecent publications:
Neuhaus V, Badri O, Ferree S, Bot AG, Ring DC, Mudgal CS. Radiographic Alignment of Unstable Distal Radius Fractures Fixed With 1 or 2 Rows of Screws in Volar Locking Plates. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Dec 22.

Berg PW, Mudgal CS, Leibman MI, Belsky MR, Ruchelsman DE. Quantitative 3-Dimensional CT Analyses of Intramedullary Headless Screw Fixation for Metacarpal Neck Fractures. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Nov 28.

Neuhaus V, Christoforou D, Cheriyan T, Mudgal CS. Evaluation and treatment of failed carpal tunnel release. Orthop Clin North Am. 2012 Oct;43(4):439-47.

Bruijnzeel H, Neuhaus V, Fostvedt S, Jupiter JB, Mudgal CS, Ring DC. Adverse events of open A1 pulley release for idiopathic trigger finger. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Aug;37(8):1650-6.

Dawson CK, Mudgal CS. Fascial augmentation tenorrhaphy for extensor tendon lacerations in the forearm. Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2012 Jun;16(2):72-4.

Lindenhovius AL, Doornberg JN, Brouwer KM, Jupiter JB, Mudgal CS, Ring D. A prospective randomized controlled trial of dynamic versus static progressive elbow splinting for posttraumatic elbow stiffness. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Apr 18;94(8):694-700.

Brouwer KM, Lindenhovius AL, Dyer GS, Zurakowski D, Mudgal CS, Ring D. Diagnostic accuracy of 2- and 3-dimensional imaging and modeling of distal humerus fractures. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2012 Jun;21(6):772-6.

Neuhaus V, Alqueza A, Mudgal CS. Open reduction and temporary internal fixation of a subacute elbow dislocation. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 May;37(5):1011-4.

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