About the Department

Kasturba Medical College, Manipal situated in the south Indian state of Karnataka is affiliated to Manipal Academy of Higher Education (a Deemed University). The college commenced functioning in 1953 and recognition for the MBBS course was conferred by the Medical Council of India in 1958.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery came into existence under the leadership of the founding Head of the Department, Prof. Varghese Chacko in 1970.  

The department presently, has five units each headed by a Professor, who is assisted by three other faculty members. Thus, there are a total of twenty-five teaching staff members in the department. Each unit has its own area of special interest in Orthopaedics. General Orthopaedic conditions are dealt with by all units.

The Department of Orthopaedics at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, provides excellent patient care and outstanding education in Orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal medicine. The department is committed to advancing knowledge related to the management of musculoskeletal disorders through the sub-specialty units renowned at National and International levels. We focus on patient care in each of these Orthopaedic subspecialties: spine surgery including corrections of scoliosis, knee arthroscopy & sports medicine, complex trauma with foot-ankle, shoulder surgery, complex trauma surgery and joint replacement and pelviacetabular trauma. We have, in addition, rehabilitation support by full-fledged physiotherapy and occupational therapy services. The artificial limb center with an inbuilt workshop and manufacturing facility provides comprehensive orthotic and prosthetic appliances.

Kasturba Hospital, Manipal (KH, Manipal) attached to the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal (KMC, Manipal) provides the clinical material required for undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and training programs. This tertiary referral hospital has a total number of 2,032 beds. Each unit is allotted 30 inpatient beds. 

KH, Manipal is an apex teaching hospital of the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal under the aegis of Manipal University.  Besides meeting the health demands of the western region comprising Goa, coastal Karnataka and Kerala, its health care network extends to the areas of interior Karnataka, primarily through its satellite hospitals as well as unique health care centres. Kasturba Hospital is recognized for treatment by Central and State Government, defence services and public sector companies. Kasturba Hospital is a 2032 bedded, speciality and super-speciality medical and surgical care centre.

The department of Orthopaedics is an integral part of the Trauma Triage. A team of residents from the respective units are posted in the trauma centre on their admission days.

The Artificial Limb Centre is managed by the department of Orthopaedics for the benefit the disabled persons among the local community, the Artificial Limb fitting Centre was started in July 1979. It was partially aided by ALIMCO, Kanpur to start with and provided free orthoses and prostheses for the disabled under the Government of India scheme. It is hailed as one of the best limb fitting centres in south India. It also provides teaching facility to the undergraduates and post-graduates of the medical college.


Adjunct faculty

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Current Position and Engagement


Dr Seyed Behrooz Mostofi

MBBS, MS, FRCS(Tr & Orth), CCT(Trauma & Orthopaedics) 

Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon,   East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters, Kent and Canterbury Hospital Ethelbert Road, Canterburry, Kent, CTI  3NG, UK


Dr Prathiban Vinayakam


Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon,   East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust Headquarters, Kent and Canterbury Hospital Ethelbert Road, Canterburry, Kent, CTI  3NG, UK


Dr Vidyadhara S


Head of the Department of Spine Surgery , Manipal Hospital, 98, Rustom Bagh, Airport Road, Bangalore  560 017


Dr BC Navadgi

MBBS, MRCS(Edn)., M Sc(Orth)., M Ch, MS(ORTH)

Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon, The Great Western Hospital Swindon, United Kingdom


Dr Sandor Csernus

MBBS, MS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Circle Hospital Reading, Circle Partnership, UK                                   


Dr Rohith R Shetty

MBBS, MS, DNB, PG Dip. In (Tr & Ortho), FRCS

Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Whittington Hospital, Magdala Avenue, London, N195NF, UK




Dr. Kishore Mulpuri, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (MBBS Batch 1988 & MS Ortho Batch 1994 KMC, Manipal) is appointed as 76th President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Kishore Mulpuri is the Head of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia, as well as a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at BC Children’s Hospital. He completed his medical and orthopaedic training at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India, prior to pursuing orthopaedic fellowships at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, Australia, the Melbourne Orthopedic Group, and Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Mulpuri also completed a clinical research fellowship in orthopaedics at BC Children’s Hospital.


PhD Awarded/Ongoing

List of current PhD students and PhD awarded by department

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Candidate name




Mrs. Latha T Bhat

Dr. Anil Bhat

PhD Awarded 2018


Mrs. Shubha G. Maiya

Dr. Anil Bhat

PhD Awarded 2020


Mr. Chethan K.N.

Dr. Shyamasunder Bhat N

PhD Awarded 2020


Dr. Arathi P. Rao

Dr. Hitesh Shah

PhD Awarded 2020


Miss Smriti Salian

Dr. Hitesh Shah

PhD Awarded 2020


Mr. Ashwin Devaraj

Dr. Kiran Acharya

PhD Awarded 2020


Mr. Bharath K. Bhat

Dr. Kiran Acharya

PhD Awarded 2021


Mr. Ravishankar Baliga B

Dr. Sharath K. Rao

PhD Awarded 2021


Miss Melanie D'Souza

Dr. Anil Bhat

Registered 2016


Mr. Prince Jacob

Dr. Hitesh Shah

Registered 2018


Mr. Vinyas

Dr. Shyamasunder Bhat N

Registered 2018


Mr. Roshan Naik

Dr. Shyamasunder Bhat N

Registered 2019


Mr. Prabu Raja G

Dr. Shyamasunder Bhat N

Registered 2019


Mr. Krishna Kumar P

Dr. Kiran Acharya

Registered 2019


Miss Garima Gupta

Dr. Shyamasunder Bhat N

Registered 2019


Miss Ushakiran

Dr. Shyamasunder Bhat N

Registered 2019


Mr. Ganesh Balthillaya M

Dr. Shyamasunder Bhat N

Registered 2020


Mrs. Sindhura DN

Dr. Shyamasunder Bhat N

Registered 2020


Mrs. Snigdha Mishra

Dr. Shyamasunder Bhat N

Registered 2020


Miss Prajna

Dr. Hitesh Shah

Registered 2020


Dr. Krishnaprasad P.R

Dr. Hitesh Shah

Registered 2021



Services offered

Unit 1: Spine Surgery

·         Deformity correction, posterior instrumentation and fusion for scoliosis

·         Anterior decompression, posterior instrumentation and global fusion in tuberculosis of the spine

·         Open microdiscectomy and Minimally invasive discectomy

·         Open & Mini TLIF Surgery for spondylolisthesis

·         Stabilization of Fractures of the thoracolumbar spine

·         Anterior cervical discectomy & fusion

·         Reduction, stabilization & fusion of the cervical spine


Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: before and after correction



Unit 2: Knee Arthroscopy & Sports Injuries

·         Arthroscopic Ligament reconstruction of ACL & PCL

·         Complex repairs and reconstructions of multi-ligament injuries of the knee

·         Arthroscopic assisted surgery for recurrent dislocation of the patella

·         Arthroscopic Avulsion fracture Fixations, arthroscopy assisted fracture fixations

·         Arthroscopic meniscal surgeries, including meniscal repair, root repair

·         Deformity correction of knee: High tibial osteotomy

·         Management of Young Arthritic Knee including Orthobiologics

·         Advanced cartilage surgeries, including Autologous Cartilage Implantation

·         Minimally invasive Radiofrequency treatment for Refractory Tennis Elbow, Plantar Fasciitis



Foot and ankle surgery


Unit 3: Complex Trauma & Foot-ankle Services

·         Polytrauma / open fracture / geriatric trauma management

·         Management of pelviacetabular trauma

·         Management of complications of fractures and dislocations

·         Minimal invasive surgery for trauma

·         Limb reconstruction surgeries

·         Ankle Ligament reconstruction for recurrent ankle sprain

·         Management of Ankle & foot injuries and deformities

·         Management of repetitive stress injuries

·         Deformity correction (Hump bump/ Hagland Deformity, Hallux valgus, Hallux rigidus, Claw toes, Hammer toes)

·         Tendon Repair/ Reconstruction (Achilles insertional/ non insertional tendinopathy, Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, Peroneal tendon dysfunction)

·         Heel pain, Protocol based Treatment

·         Adult Acquired Flat foot, Protocol based Treatment

·         Diabetic (Charcot) Arthropathy Management



Unit 4: Sports Injury

·         Complex fracture fixation of shoulder and shoulder replacement; Hemi, Primary and reverse replacement

·         All arthroscopic surgeries of shoulder: recurrent dislocations stabilization, rotator cuff repairs, spinoglenoid notch cyst decompression, acromioclavicular joint stabilization and reconstruction, latarjet procedure, tendon transfers, superior capsule reconstruction

·         Arthroscopic treatment of all conditions around the knee: Arthroscopic Ligament reconstruction of ACL & PCL, multi-ligament injuries and fixations of avulsion fractures, meniscal repairs, root repairs, recurrent dislocation of the patella

·         Deformity correction of the knee: High tibial osteotomy, distal femur osteotomy

·         Advanced cartilage surgeries, including Autologous Cartilage Implantation

·         Sports injuries of ankle: ligament stabilization, osteochondritis dessicans, etc

·         Hip arthroscopy: debridement, treatment of femoroacetabular impingement

·         Elbow arthroscopy: loose body removal, synovectomy, ligament stabilization, tennis elbow


Arthroscopic procedures of various joints



Unit 5: Joint Replacement, Arthroscopy and Pelviacetabular Trauma                         

·         Primary and revision joint replacement surgeries of hip, knee, elbow and shoulder

·         Tumour resection and limb reconstruction with megaprosthesis

·         Management of periprosthetic fracture and prosthetic joint infection

·         Fixation /replacement arthroplasty for fractures around the hip joint

·         Pelviacetabular and periarticular fracture fixation

·         Arthroscopy assisted treatment of knee and shoulder problems

·         Open and arthroscopic ligament reconstruction surgeries

·         Management of late complications of fractures and dislocations

·         Management of polytrauma patients


Support Services

Artificial Limb Centre

The centre offers comprehensive Orthotic and Prosthetic Services. High-quality artificial limbs or prosthetic devices have transformed many disabled people’s lives.


The Physiotherapy outpatient department is equipped with necessary electro therapeutic equipment such as

• Electrical stimulator




• Ultrasound


• Whirlpool

• Wax bath

• Hot packs

• Cold packs

A fully-equipped fitness centre is established for weight reduction and general health in normal and diseased.

Occupational Therapy

The Centre deals with all kinds of pre and postoperative Orthopaedic and trauma conditions with reported functional limitations. The services include

• Instrumentation-Splinting, Assistive and Positioning devices

• Wheelchair training and Modification

• Work Hardening and Retraining

• Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Training

• Biofeedback and functional electrical stimulation Ergonomics and Back care

• Community-based services

• Balance and Coordination training

• House and Work Site Evaluation and Modification

• For Clients with Mental Illness-Group Therapy, Activity Scheduling, Social Skill        Training, Stress Management and Assertive Training





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Title of the grant

Granting agency

Principal Investigator

Duration of the project


Role of Allogenic Stem cell in degenerative osteoarthritis of the knee. A phase II RCT: Stempeutics



Dr. Vivek Pandey

2014- 18


Improvement in condition-specific and generic quality of life outcomes in patients with knee osteoarthritis following single intra-articular injection of Viscosupplementation


Dr. Kiran V Acharya 



Design and development of an image guided intervention system for pedicle screw insertion during spine surgery

Science Engineering Research Board (SERB) – Department of Science & Technology (DST)

Dr. Anitha H



Development and Validation of an Electronic Surveillance System for Surgical Site Infections Developing During Hospital Stay and after Discharge: A Multicentric Study

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Dr. Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay



A randomized, double blind, multicentric, placebo controlled, phase –II study assessing the safety and efficacy of intraarticular ex-vivo cultured adult allogenic mesenchymal stem cells in patients with osteoarthritis of knee: in association with Stempeutics (Phase II clinical trial)

Manipal Acunova 

Dr. Vivek Pandey



Role of Allogenic Stem cell in degenerative osteoarthritis of the knee. A phase III RCT: Stempeutics


Dr. Vivek Panedy







1. Thalengala A, Bhat SN, Anitha H. Computerized image understanding system for reliable estimation of spinal curvature in idiopathic scoliosis. Sci Rep. 2021 Mar 30;11(1):7144. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-86436-3

2. Vinish V, Chakrabarty J, Vijayan S, Kulkarni M, Shashidhara YN, Nayak BS, George A. First responder’s care package on management of road traffic accident victims of Udupi: Study protocol. Journal of advanced nursing. 2020 Jul;76(7):1812-22. DOI: 10.1111/jan.14368

3. Kulkarni MS, Tummala M, Aroor MN, Vijayan S, Rao SK. Suprapatellar nailing in proximal third tibial fractures-Clinicoradiological outcome. Injury. 2020 Aug 1;51(8):1879-86. DOI: 10.1016/j.injury.2020.05.008

4. Pandey V, Gangadharaiah L, Madi S, et al. A retrospective cohort analysis of arthroscopic Bankart repair with or without remplissage in patients with off-track Hill-Sachs lesion evaluated for functional outcomes, recurrent instability, and range of motion. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2020;29(2):273-281. doi:10.1016/j.jse.2019.06.005

5. Mohanty SP, Pai Kanhangad M, Narayana Kurup JK, Saiffudeen S. Vertebral, intraspinal and other organ anomalies in congenital scoliosis. European Spine Journal. 2020 Oct;29:2449-56. DOI: 10.1007/s00586-020-06450-3

6. Mohanty SP, Kanhangad MP, Gulia A. Curve severity and apical vertebral rotation and their association with curve flexibility in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Musculoskeletal surgery. 2020 Apr 22:1-6. DOI: 10.1007/s12306-020-00660-0

7. Banerjee B, Shaw T, Mukhopadhyay C, Bhat NS, Singh BM. Epidemiology, resistance characteristics, virulence determinants, and treatment outcomes of Staphylococcus aureus bone and joint infections: a one-year prospective study at a tertiary care hospital in India. Pathogens and Global Health. 2020 Nov 16;114(8):482-6. DOI: 10.1080/20477724.2020.1823108

8.  Chethan KN, Ogulcan G, Bhat NS, Zuber M, Shenoy BS. Wear estimation of trapezoidal and circular shaped hip implants along with varying taper trunnion radiuses using finite element method. Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 2020 Nov;196:105597. DOI: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2020.105597. 












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