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Dinesh Patel, MD

  • Emeritus Chief, Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School


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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.



Clinical Interests
  • Knee injuries
  • Disorders of the knee (other than arthritis)
  • Meniscus tear
  • Patella pain
  • Knee tendinitis
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Shoulder tendinitis
  • Synovitis (Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Shoulder arthritis
Medical Education
  • MD, Gujarat University Medical College
  • Residency, Boston Children's Hospital|Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital|Residency, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont|Residency, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Foreign Languages
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • 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
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - other
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • United Healthplan (non-HMO) - other
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Dr. 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.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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.


Select Publications:

  • 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.

News & Events

  • Celebrating the sun: MGH employees come together for Diwali

    Hospital employees gathered in the East Garden Room Nov. 8 to rejoice and wish each other a happy Diwali.

  • Simulation session

    Young visitors to the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation got the chance to simulate arthroscopic knee surgery under the guidance of MGH orthopædic surgeon Dinesh Patel, MD.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


Dinesh Patel, M.D., Inc
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 3G
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-3555
Fax: 617-726-5349

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