Chitranjan Singh Ranawat

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Chitranjan Singh Ranawat is a hip surgeon. He lives in New York, United States, and is of Indian origin. He is a winner of Padma Bhushan, which is one of the highest civilian honours of India.[1][2][3] He has also authored over 200 papers on orthopaedics.[4]

He had operated on former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s knee.[5] He is the Director of the Orthopeadic Surgery and Centre for Total Joint Replacement in New York.[6] Dr Ranawat reportedly uses a cemented total knee replacement in which the components are fixed with a bone cement called methy-methacrylate. Dr Ranawat uses the PFC Modular Knee system he has developed after years of research with thousands of cases. He is the co-developer of the Total Condylar Knee and the PFC Sigma High flexion knee. Dr. Ranawat also helped design the Ranawat-Burstein Total Hip System and Accolade Hip System. Dr. Ranawat is a consistent frontrunner on New York magazine's list of top 100 orthopedic surgeons in the country. Dr Ranawat was born in Mewar. He studied in India and in the mid-sixties migrated to USA.

He is also a philanthropist and runs a public trust Ranawat Foundation Trust, meant to render services for humanity. The trust has recently provided aid to a local hospital in Pune. Doctors, who have worked with him described the noted surgeon as one of the best in the world with a healing touch.

Dr. Ranawat, born in Sarwania, a subsidiary thikana of Shahpura-Mewar (descendants of Maharana Amar Singh's son Surajmal) India, began his medical education and Orthopaedic residency training in India. His training continued in the United States with fellowships in reconstructive and hand surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery from 1966 to 1969. He became an attending Orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in 1969 and practiced at that institution until 1994 when he moved his practice to Lenox Hill Hospital. There, Dr. Ranawat served as The James A. Nicholas Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Director of the Ranawat Orthopaedic Center at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Currently, Dr. Ranawat is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and is an Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He also continues his position as Director of the Ranawat Orthopaedic Center at Lenox Hill Hospital as well as at the Hospital for Special Surgery.


  • Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons, Canada, 1965
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1969
  • Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 1994


  • MBBS, MS, MGM College, Indore, India
  • Master of Surgery, Vikram University, Ujjain, India

Research Activity[edit]

  1. Established Ranawat Foundation May 12, 1986
  2. 92 Publications/Hip
  3. 89 Publications/Knee
  4. 92 Publications on Other Topics, including Hand, Wrist, Shoulder, Cervical Spine


Leadership Positions[edit]

  • President, New York Academy of Medicine, Orthopedic Section
  • President, New York Hand Society
  • President, Alumni Association, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Founding President, American Knee Society (2 years)
  • President, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • President, Eastern Orthopaedic Association
  • President, Eastern Orthopaedic Education Foundation
  • President, Medical Strollers of New York City


  1. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  2. The Hip Society
  3. The Knee Society
  4. The New York Society for Surgery of the Hand
  5. American Rheumatological Society
  6. Chairman, Operating Room Committee, Lenox Hill Hospital

Special Awards[edit]

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, NYC Chapter, Arthritis Foundation
  • Fellow, Indian Orthopaedic Association
  • Sushruta Award, Associations of Indians in America
  • Distinguished Honor Award, NY Chapter, Association of Indians in America
  • Life Time Excellence Award, Daly College, India


  1. Total Hip System
  2. Total Knee System
  3. Total Wrist System
  4. Total Elbow System
  5. Total Hip, Knee, Wrist


  1. ^ "AWARDS AND DECORATIONS". Online Webpage of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  2. ^ "With new knees". Online Edition of The Frontline, Volume 18 - Issue 13, Jun. 23 - Jul. 06, 2001...NOTE: No such article in issue referenced, see: Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  3. ^ "Special arrangements at Bombay hospital". Online Edition of The BBC, dated 2000-10-09. 2000-10-09. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  4. ^ The Stiff Knee: Ankylosis and Flexion, Chitranjan S. Ranawat and William F. Flynn (2003), Jr. Book: Knee Anthropology, Second Edition, authors:Paul A. Lotke, Jess H. Lonner, publisher:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, ISBN 0-7817-3166-6. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  5. ^ "Lata Mangeshkar given Bharat Ratna". Online Edition of the Hindu, dated 2001-03-22. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  6. ^ "Reticent Dr Ranawat is a master of his craft". Online Edition of The Retrieved 2007-11-29. 

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