Nirav K. Patel, M.B.Ch.B., M.D., M.S.

Nirav Kirit Patel, M.B.Ch.B., M.D., M.S.

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  • Associate Professor (PAR) of Orthopaedic Surgery

Languages: English, French, Gujarati, Spanish


Arthroplasty, Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Hip, Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Knee, Core Decompression for Avascular Necrosis of the Hip, Hip Arthritis, Hip Arthroscopy, Hip Bursitis, Hip Conditions, Hip Dislocations, Hip Dysplasia, Hip Fractures, Hip Injuries, Hip Surgery, Hyaluronic Acid Injection, Image-Guided Interventional Procedures, Joint Pain, Joint Reconstruction, Knee Arthritis, Knee Injuries, Knee Joint Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, Ligament Injury, Meniscus Tears, Partial Knee Replacement, Patellar Fracture (Broken Kneecap), Platelet-Rich Plasma, Prosthetic Joint Infections, Revision Hip Surgery, Revision Knee Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Sports Injuries, Tendon Injuries, Torn Cartilage, Total Hip Replacement, Total Knee Replacement more

Research Interests

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS); Pre-Operative Optimization; Return to Sport After Arthroplasty; Opioid Sparing Surgery; Arthrofibrosis more

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Appointment Phone: 240-762-5100
6420 Rockledge Drive
Suite 2200
Bethesda, MD 20817
Fax: 410-367-2237
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Appointment Phone: 240-762-5100
5255 Loughboro Road NW
Washington, DC 20016
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Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663
8600 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Nirav K. Patel, M.D., M.S., F.R.C.S., is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement, with expertise in sports medicine. He has experience in treating young and older adults who have hip and knee injuries, arthritis, fractures and related conditions, as well as in performing a variety of joint replacement and more complex revision procedures.  

Dr. Patel earned his medical degree with honors from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom (U.K.), and he completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Imperial College London. He then traveled to the U.S., where he completed several orthopaedic fellowships, including an adult reconstruction fellowship at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, an orthopaedic trauma fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center in Richmond and a sports medicine fellowship at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. After finishing his training, Dr. Patel returned to VCU, where he was an orthopaedic hip and knee surgeon and was heavily involved in resident and fellow education. He obtained a promotion there to associate professor of orthopaedic surgery. 

Dr. Patel also has a master’s degree in sports medicine from the University of Bath in the U.K., and he has more than 10 years of experience in providing medical coverage for sports events and teams. In the U.K., he was an event doctor for races and soccer teams. In the U.S., Dr. Patel was an assistant team physician in Philadelphia for the Eagles (NFL), Flyers (NHL), Phillies (MLB) and 76ers (NBA).  

Dr. Patel’s research focuses on minimizing risks associated with hip and knee surgery, with an emphasis on preoperative optimization and enhancing recovery, including risk management techniques such as opioid-sparing surgery and strategies to help patients return to sports after joint replacement. He co-authored numerous research publications on these topics, and he has received awards for presenting his findings during national and international conferences. He is a member of the editorial board for The Journal of Arthroplasty, and he was the co-chair of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society annual meeting in 2023. Dr. Patel is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, among other professional organizations. more


  • Associate Professor (PAR) of Orthopaedic Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; University of Birmingham Medical School (2005)


  • Core Surgery; Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (2009)
  • Orthopaedic Surgery; Imperial College London (2015)


  • Sports Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery); Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (2018)
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery; Sinai Hospital (2016)
  • Orthopaedic Trauma (Orthopaedic Surgery); Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (2017)

Board Certifications

  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (Orthopaedic Surgery) (2017)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Yeramosu T, Wait J, Patel, NK, Golladay, GJ., Satpathy, J. Prediction of Non-Home Discharge Following Total Hip Arthroplasty in Geriatric Patients. Geriatr Orthop Surg Rehabil 2023 (in press).

Sowers CB, Carrero AC, Cyrus JW, Ross JA, Golladay GJ, Patel NK. Return to Sports After Total Hip Arthroplasty: An Umbrella Review for Consensus Guidelines. Am J Sports Med 2023 Jan;51(1):271278. 

Wyatt PB, Nelson CT, Cyrus JW, Goldman AH, Patel NK. The Role of Cryotherapy After Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review. J Arthroplasty 2022 Dec 8:S0883-5403(22)01059-2. 

Gouldin AG, Patel NK, Golladay GJ, Puetzer JL. Advanced glycation end-product accumulation differs by location and sex in aged osteoarthritic human menisci. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 2023 Mar;31(3):363-373.

Satalich JR, Lombardo DJ, Newman S, Golladay GJ, Patel NK. Cementation in total hip arthroplasty: history, principles, and technique. EFORT Open Rev 2022 Dec 7;7(11):747-757.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Fundamentals of Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Course for Orthopaedic Residents, AAOS, AAHKS, Knee and Hip Societies, Baltimore (2016-2018)
  • Imperial MSk Lab 2nd Femoral Nailing Simulation Course for trainees, Charing Cross Hospital, London, United Kingdom
  • Imperial MSk Lab 2nd External Fixation Course for trainees, Charing Cross Hospital, London, United Kingdom

Activities & Honors


  • Preferred Provider, WebMD 2023
  • Most Cited Physician, Doximity 2022
  • Most Published Physician, Doximity 2022
  • Outstanding Teacher Award for ‘Best Teacher: Class of 2024 Applied Medical Sciences and Movement Course,’ VCU 2021
  • Residents/Fellow Best Paper (2nd Place), Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Sports Society Meeting (POSSM) 2018
  • AAOS Best Papers Highlights Symposium: AAOS Annual Meeting 2017
  • Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Orthopaedic Surgery), 2017
  • Charnley Latta Travelling Fellowship Award, United Kingdom 2015
  • Zimmer Fellowship Award - Adult Reconstructive in Hips and Knees 2015
  • Norman Capener Travelling Fellowship Award 2015
  • Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of England (Orthopaedic Surgery), 2014


  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), 2016
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), 2017 - 2019

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board and Elite Reviewer, Journal of Arthroplasty
  • Program Co-Chair, Virginia Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting, 2023
  • Journal Reviewer, Arthroplasty Today, The Bone and Joint Journal, American Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Committee Member, Arthroplasty Association of North America (AANA), 2017-21

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Prediction of same day discharge following revision total knee arthroplasty
    Oral Presentation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Las Vegas, 2023
  • Pre-operative optimization and enhanced recovery after surgery for TJA.
    Oral Presentation, Session 19 - Fellows Online, American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), Learning (FOCAL), 2020
  • Pre-operative optimization prior to Total Joint Arthroplasty.
    Oral Presentation, America Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS, Orlando, 2020
  • Tranexamic acid and tourniquet use in total knee arthroplasty.
    Oral Presentation, International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty, Toronto (Canada), 2019
  • Total knee arthroplasty following previous ligamentous knee surgery.
    Oral Presentation, Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie (SICOT), Montreal (Canada), 2018
  • Do Press Ganey scores correlate with total knee arthroplasty-specific outcome questionnaires in post-surgical patients?
    Oral Presentation, Dallas, 2016
    American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
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