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Atul F. Kamath, MD

Atul F. Kamath, MD Physician

Director, Center for Hip Preservation
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kamath is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acetabular Labrum Tear
  • Adolescent Sports Medicine
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implant
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)
  • Cartilage Injuries
  • Cartilage Transplantation
  • Ceramic Hip Replacement
  • Complex Hip Revision Surgery
  • Complex Knee Revision Surgery
  • Congenital Hip Dislocation (CHD)
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Arthroplasty
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Deformities
  • Hip Osteotomy
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Preservation Surgery
  • Hip Reconstructive Surgery
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Preservation Surgery
  • Knee Reconstructive Surgery
  • Knee Revision Surgery
  • Meniscus Tear Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Partial Knee Resurfacing
  • Patellofemoral Arthroplasty
  • Periprosthetic Fractures
  • Sport Related Hip Injury
  • Sport Related Knee Injury
  • Sports Injury
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Unicompartmental Knee Replacement

Description of Clinical Expertise

Joint preservation (hip and knee)
Ganz osteotomy (periacetabular osteotomy - PAO)
Surgical hip dislocation
Direct anterior hip replacement
Hip arthroscopy

Primary and revision hip replacement (arthroplasty); hip reconstruction
Primary and revision knee replacement (arthroplasty); knee reconstruction
Avascular necrosis; core decompression (hip, knee)

Developmental and post-traumatic disorders of hip and knee
Hip dysplasia (DDH, CDH), Hip instability
Sequelae of slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), Legg-Calves-Perthes (LCP) disease

Sports injuries of hip and knee
Labral tears of the hip
Femoroacetabular impingement
Cartilage injury - repair and restoration

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Mayo Clinic


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, National American College of Surgeons, National American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) - Emerging Leader member, National AO Recon, International AO Trauma, International DeForest P. Willard Orthopaedic Society-University of Pennsylania Alumni, Local International Congress for Joint Reconstruction, International J. Robert Gladden Society, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kamath is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Hip preservation; joint preservation strategies for the young
Hip and knee biomechanics
Cartilage biology and restoration
Patient safety in joint replacement surgery
Less invasive techniques in hip and knee surgery
Primary and revision total joint arthroplasty

Selected Publications:

Wagner E., Kamath A.F., Fruth K., Harmsen, S., Berry D.J.: Effect of Body Mass Index on Reoperation and Complications after Total Knee Arthroplasty Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery American : 2016.

Kamath Atul F, Lewallen David G, Hanssen Arlen D: Porous tantalum metaphyseal cones for severe tibial bone loss in revision knee arthroplasty: a five to nine-year follow-up. The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume 97 (3): 216-23,2015.

Bozic Kevin J, Kamath Atul F, Ong Kevin, Lau Edmund, Kurtz Steve, Chan Vanessa, Vail Thomas P, Rubash Harry, Berry Daniel J: Comparative Epidemiology of Revision Arthroplasty: Failed THA Poses Greater Clinical and Economic Burdens Than Failed TKA. Clinical orthopaedics and related research 473 (6): 2131-8,2015.

Kamath Atul F, Ong Kevin L, Lau Edmund, Chan Vanessa, Vail Thomas P, Rubash Harry E, Berry Daniel J, Bozic Kevin J: Quantifying the Burden of Revision Total Joint Arthroplasty for Periprosthetic Infection. The Journal of arthroplasty 30 (9): 1492-7,2015.

Nelson Charles L, Elkassabany Nabil M, Kamath Atul F, Liu Jiabin: Low Albumin Levels, More Than Morbid Obesity, Are Associated With Complications After TKA. Clinical orthopaedics and related research 473 (10): 3163-72,2015.

Vallon Faustine, Reymond Amélie, Fürnstahl Philipp, Zingg Patrick O, Kamath Atul F, Snedeker Jess, Dora Claudio: Effect of angular deformities of the proximal femur on impingement-free hip range of motion in a three-dimensional rigid body model. Hip international : the journal of clinical and experimental research on hip pathology and therapy 25 (6): 574-80,2015.

Kamath Atul F, Courtney Paul M, Bozic Kevin J, Mehta Samir, Parsley Brian S, Froimson Mark I: Bundled Payment in Total Joint Care: Survey of AAHKS Membership Attitudes and Experience with Alternative Payment Models. The Journal of arthroplasty 30 (12): 2045-56,2015.

Wagner Eric R, Kamath Atul F, Fruth Kristin M, Harmsen William S, Berry Daniel J: Effect of Body Mass Index on Complications and Reoperations After Total Hip Arthroplasty. The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume 98 (3): 169-79,2016.

McGrory Brian, Weber Kristy, Lynott John A, Richmond John C, Davis Charles Moore, Yates Adolph, Kamath Atul F, Dasa Vinod, Brown Gregory Alexander, Gerlinger Tad L, Villanueva Tomas, Piva Sara, Hebl James, Jevsevar David, Shea Kevin G, Bozic Kevin J, Shaffer William, Cummins Deborah, Murray Jayson N, Donnelly Patrick, Patel Nilay, Brenton Ben, Shores Peter, Woznica Anne, Linskey Erica, Sevarino Kaitlyn: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline on Surgical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Knee. The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume 98 (8): 688-92,2016.

Kamath Atul F: Bernese periacetabular osteotomy for hip dysplasia: Surgical technique and indications. World journal of orthopedics 7 (5): 280-6,2016.

Lan Roy H, Kamath Atul F: American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons-Endorsed Comorbidity Coding for Total Joint Arthroplasty: How Often Did We Hit the Mark With International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision? The Journal of arthroplasty : 2016.

Courtney P Maxwell, Ashley Blair S, Hume Eric L, Kamath Atul F: Are Bundled Payments a Viable Reimbursement Model for Revision Total Joint Arthroplasty? Clinical orthopaedics and related research : 2016.

Lundgren Daniel K, Courtney Paul M, Lopez Joshua A, Kamath Atul F: Are the Affordable Care Act Restrictions Warranted? A Contemporary Statewide Analysis of Physician-Owned Hospitals. The Journal of arthroplasty 31 (9): 1857-61,2016.

Kamath A.F., Horneff J., Gaffney V., Israelite C., Nelson C.L: Ethnic and Gender Differences in the Functional Disparities after Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)/ ABJS/ ORS Musculoskeletal Healthcare Disparities Research Symposium : 2010.

Kamath Atul F, Chauhan Anil K, Kisucka Janka, Dole Vandana S, Loscalzo Joseph, Handy Diane E, Wagner Denisa D: Elevated levels of homocysteine compromise blood-brain barrier integrity in mice. Blood 107 (2): 591-3,2006.

Citak Mustafa, Dersch Kathrin, Kamath Atul F, Haasper Carl, Gehrke Thorsten, Kendoff Daniel: Common causes of failed unicompartmental knee arthroplasty: a single-centre analysis of four hundred and seventy one cases. International orthopaedics 38 (5): 961-5,2014.

Hosalkar Harish, Pandya Nirav K, Hsu Jason E, Kamath Atul F, Keenan Mary Ann: What's new in orthopaedic rehabilitation. The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume 92 (8): 1805-12,2010.

Milone Michael T, Kamath Atul F, Israelite Craig L: Converting Between High- and Low-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein in the Assessment of Periprosthetic Joint Infection. The Journal of arthroplasty 29 (4): 685-9,2013.

Kamath Atul F, Baldwin Keith, Meade Lauren K, Powell Adam C, Mehta Samir: The increased financial burden of further proposed orthopaedic resident work-hour reductions. The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume 93 (7): e31,2011.

Kamath A F, McAuliffe C L, Gutsche J T, Kosseim L M, Hume E L, Baldwin K D, Kornfield Z, Israelite C L: Intensive care monitoring after total joint replacement. The bone & joint journal 95-B (11 Suppl A): 74-6,2013.

Kamath Atul F, Gutsche Jacob T, Kornfield Zev N, Baldwin Keith D, Kosseim Laura M, Israelite Craig L: Prospective study of unplanned admission to the intensive care unit after total hip arthroplasty. The Journal of arthroplasty 28 (8): 1345-8,2013.

Kamath Atul F, Prieto Hernan, Lewallen David G: Alternative bearings in total hip arthroplasty in the young patient. The Orthopedic clinics of North America 44 (4): 451-62,2013.

Kamath Atul F, Austin Daniel C, Derman Peter B, Israelite Craig L: Unplanned hip arthroplasty imposes clinical and cost burdens on treating institutions. Clinical orthopaedics and related research 471 (12): 4012-9,2013.

Kamath Atul F: Current controversies in bisphosphonate therapy. Orthopedics 32 (7): 473,2009.

Kamath Atul F, Componovo Roger, Baldwin Keith, Israelite Craig L, Nelson Charles L: Hip arthroscopy for labral tears: review of clinical outcomes with 4.8-year mean follow-up. The American journal of sports medicine 37 (9): 1721-7,2009.

Kamath Atul F, Lee Gwo-Chin, Sheth Neil P, Nelson Charles L, Garino Jonathan P, Israelite Craig L: Prospective results of uncemented tantalum monoblock tibia in total knee arthroplasty: minimum 5-year follow-up in patients younger than 55 years. The Journal of arthroplasty 26 (8): 1390-5,2011.

Kamath Atul F, Evangelista Perry J, Nelson Charles L: Total hip arthroplasty with porous metal cups following acetabular fracture. Hip international : the journal of clinical and experimental research on hip pathology and therapy 23 (5): 465-71,2013.

Academic Contact Info

Pennsylvania Hospital
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
800 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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