The Department of Orthopaedics at the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal is India’s premier orthopaedic program. The department was started by Dr Varghese Chacko in 1967 with a mandate to create knowledge, advance learning, and improve the musculoskeletal health at the community, provincial, national, and international levels.

A career in orthopaedics at KMC is an extraordinary opportunity; offering world-class education to both medical students from across the world in our undergraduate program, to physicians from across the world in our Residency program, to orthopaedic surgeons from around the globe who can visit as observers and to colleagues from sub-continent and beyond in our Continuing Medical Education Programs.

orthopaedics sub-specialization allows intense focus of our Faculty in the areas of Hand, Upper Extremity & Microsurgery, Paediatric orthopaedics, Spine, Reconstructive Orthopaedics, Arthroscopy and sports injuries, joint replacement and Trauma providing outstanding treatment to all.

The faculty is comprised of much sought after clinicians, teachers, and researchers who choose to contribute large blocks of their time to increase knowledge in the areas of clinical orthopaedics, musculoskeletal science as well as applied biomedical engineering. This focus allows the department to be at the forefront of postgraduate teaching and exciting new developments in the areas of hand, wrist and upper limb, improved paediatric musculoskeletal care, advanced techniques in spinal surgery, innovative arthroscopic techniques, improved biomaterials and implants in joint replacements and trauma surgery. With our increasing focus on scientific discovery and knowledge translation, we strive to play a major role in musculoskeletal research over the coming years.


Core competencies:

  • Spine Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Joint replacement
  • Complex trauma.



  • Unit I: Spine surgery unit
  • Unit II: Knee Arthroscopy and sports injuries
  • Unit III: Complex trauma and foot and ankle unit
  • Unit IV: Sports injury unit
  • Unit V: Joint replacement, Arthroscopy and pelviacetabular trauma unit.


The Department of Orthopaedics, KMC Manipal offers the following program:


Master of Surgery - Orthopaedics


PG Medical Diploma - Orthopaedics



Individual departments under KMC are supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure for research and clinical experience.


Laboratories supplement classroom teaching with practicals


Libraries have excellent resources for reference and study


Teaching in hospitals give students hands-on learning

Department Publications

The areas of research include different sub-specialities of orthopaedics.