Dr. Ashok Rajgopal
An acknowledged orthopaedic surgeon with over 32 years of experience in knee surgery along with vast experience of trauma surgery as well. A PadmaShri recipient, Dr. Ashok Rajgopal was appointed Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon to the then President of India, HE Mr KR Narayanan, in 1997.Dr. Ashok Rajgopal is a proud member of several bodies of knee surgeons who have exhibited supreme levels of commitment towards the advancement of knee surgeries.
Dr Rajgopal holds the unique distinction of performing 28 Total Knee Replacement surgeries in under 12 hours. In February 2016, Dr. Rajgopal touched another milestone of completing 25,000 Total Knee Replacement surgeries in thirty years of practice.
He possesses impeccable expertise in the most advanced cement less implants such as Trabecular Metal implants. The innovative surgical procedure tends to carry a high strength to weight ratio with superb mechanical characteristics of surviving physiological stress. Its compressive strength and elastic modules are very much similar to real bone in comparison to other prosthetic load bearing materials.
Dr. Rajgopal has the honour of performing the first Bilateral Total Knee Replacement surgery in India in April 1987 and the first MIS Unicompartmental surgery in March 2002. He also became the first orthopaedic surgeon in India who has carried virtual total knee replacement employing patient-specific instruments. In this procedure, precise alignment holds the key to durability and proper functionality of the knee joint. This next-generation advanced surgery counts on superior advancements in instrument technology along with stated orthopaedic alignment principles to ensure the most perfect setting.
He is also a coveted member of Global Persona Developer Team, engaged into the development of advanced knee implants, the newest being “PERSONA” knee system. Dr. Ashok Rajgopal has played a key role in the designing of the PERSONA Knee system. The PERSONA KNEE SYSTEM was launched in September 2013 in India and has effectively transfigured the concept of knee replacement surgery by developing an almost personalized knee replacement system.
Dr. Rajgopal has helped sportsperson of international repute like P. Gopichand (Badminton), Sushil Kumar(wrestling), Baichung Bhutia (Football) successfully recover from knee related sports injuries
Rajgopal Foundation- dedicated to the Joy of Walking, is a nation wide NGO established by Dr. Rajgopal. Rajgopal Foundation is committed to bringing disadvantaged people back to their feet by offering subsidized treatment to individuals from economically weaker section. The foundation is also engaged in educating the girl child in order to make her self sufficient.
An avid traveller, he has travelled to both the Arctic Circle and Antarctica. His passion in music has prompted him to actively promote talented young musicians. As a fine arts collector he has a vast collection of paintings and famous art works especially of the Bengal school.
- Indian Orthopaedic Association Life Member
- Indian Arthroplasty Association Life Member
- Indian Arthroscopy Society President
- International Medical Science Academy Awarded Fellowship
- I S A K O S Active Member
- Asia Pacific Arthroplasty Society Founder Secretary, Past President
- General Medical Council (UK) Permanent Registration
- Indian Hip and Knee Society Founder member Vice-president and President Elect
Dr. Ashok Rajgopal was awarded the Padmashri by H. E. The President of India on the eve of our 65th Republic Day on 25th Jan, 2014
Dr Rajgopal has been awarded the Honorary FRCS by the Royal College of Surgeons 11 Mar,2010
Bharat Shiromani Award for the year 2008-2009 for professional excellence in the field of Orthopaedics
Knee Surgery” a book edited by Dr. Ashok Rajgopal was released at the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) meeting in New Orleans, USA on 12th March 2014,
Dr Ashok Rajgopal has also published several articles in international journals and chapters in Orthopaedic textbooks.
He is on the editorial board of the KSSTA (Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy).
He has chaired several orthopaedics conferences both in India and abroad.