About Chaitanya Mudgal, MD

Dr. Mudgal received his MBBS degree from Bombay University, India in 1983. He completed an Orthopaedic Residency in Bombay (1988) as well as one in Liverpool, UK (1992) 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. He joined the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2004 and is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Mass General, he was responsible for the creation of and was the Director of the Hand Surgery Service at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Mudgal is an expert in upper extremity trauma and has published extensively on fractures, tendon injuries affecting the hand, wrist forearm and elbow. In addition, he is one of the leading minds on the East Coast in surgery for stroke, tetraplegia and traumatic brain injury. He has been AO faculty both nationally and in Latin America, Asia and Europe. In this role, he has lectured extensively on aspects of upper limb trauma in various parts of the world. He teaches Masters level courses at the annual AO courses in Davos, Switzerland. The C.S. Mudgal Hand Surgery Forum is held in his honor annually at the Guigang City People’s Hospital in Guigang, Guangxi Autonomous province, China. He lectures widely across India and is the founding Director of the Annual Indo-US Hand Surgery Conference, held at various sites in India. As a result of his associations in India, over the last 10 years he has been able to facilitate short duration resident and fellow visits to various centers in India. He has also set up a partially funded visitor program, funded by the Tara Mudgal Trust, which allows one young hand surgeon from India the opportunity to visit Mass General for three months.

He is the Chairman of the AO North America Hand Education Committee. In this role, along with the members of the Committee, he has been responsible for the creation and dissemination of web-based educational content (Must know series) (Sage on Stage series) offered by AONA. He has either moderated or participated in multiple webinars in North America as well as in India.

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Orthopaedic Hand Surgery
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
New patients: 617-726-4700
Existing patients: 617-643-7526
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Orthopaedics at Mass General Waltham
52 Second Avenue
Building 52, 1st Floor, Suite 1150
Waltham, MA 02451
Existing patients: 617-643-7526
New patients: 617-726-4700

Medical Education

  • MD, L.T.M. Medical College
  • M.B.B.S., M.S., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Hospital
  • Residency, Children's Hospital
  • Residency, Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Residency, University of Bombay - LTMG Hospital
  • Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

American Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand Surgery, American Board of Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Dr. Mudgal's research focuses on the identification of complex injury patterns, the evaluation of existing treatment methods and the development of new treatments, both surgical and non-surgical, in order to maximize outcomes. He specializes in a wide array of hand and upper arm disorders, from fractures to tendon and nerve injuries to neurologic disorders. Below are selected highlights from Dr. Mudgal’s extensive research and teaching agenda.