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Chaitanya S. Mudgal, MD

  • Hand & Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School


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



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.
Medical Education
  • MBBS, M.S., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Hospital
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Surgery of the Hand
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Waltham: Mass General West
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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Dr. 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.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

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.

Recent 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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News & Events

  • MGH performs its first hand transplant

    On Oct. 26, 19 days after becoming the MGH's first hand transplant recipient, Joe Kinan showed how his unwavering commitment to having a positive attitude has paid off – he wiggled the fingers on his left hand for the first time in public.


Orthopaedic Hand Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-4700617-643-3945
Fax: 617-724-8532

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