Title Director, Center for Hip Preservation
Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Anterior approach total hip replacement
  • Anterior Total Hip Replacement
  • Arthroscopy Knee Surgery
  • Birmingham Resurfacing Procedure of the Hip
  • Bone Marrow Concentrate Hip
  • Care of the Young Athlete
  • Cartilage Repair
  • Cartilage Transplantation
  • Clinical Trials
  • Complex Pelvic Surgery
  • Complex Primary Hip Arthroplasty
  • Complex Primary Knee Arthroplasty
  • Core Decompression Surgery
  • Deformity Correction
  • Distal femoral osteotomy (DFO)
  • Femoral osteotomy/derotational osteotomy
  • Ganz Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO)
  • Hamstring repair
  • High tibial osteotomy (HTO)
  • Hip & Knee Surgery
  • Hip Abductor Gluteus Repair
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Cartilage Repair
  • Hip Enthesopathy
  • Hip Osteotomy
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Surgery
  • Joint Preservation
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Joint Preserving Hip Surgery
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Joint Replacement Of The Knee
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Labrum Tears
  • Management Of Early Hip Disease
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Joint Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Joint Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Patello-femoral Knee Surgery
  • Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO)
  • Platelet Poor Plasma (PPP)
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)
  • Primary And Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Primary And Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Hip
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Knee
  • Resurfacing Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Robotic Assisted Hip Replacement
  • Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Assisted Partial Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Knee and Hip Arthroplasty
  • Second Opinion
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Subchondroplasty (Hip/ Knee)
  • Surgical Hip Dislocation (SDH)
  • Surgical Treatment Of Arthritis Of The Hips And Knees
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Viscosupplementation Injections
  • Women's Sports Health
View all 63 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Hip
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Knee
  • Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome
  • Developmental Dislocation of the Hip
  • Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement
  • Hip Cartilage Injury
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Instability
  • Hip Labral Tears
  • Hip Osteoarthritis
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Fractures
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Lower Extremity Deformity
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Meniscal Tears
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries In Athletes
  • Osteoarthritis Of The Hips And Knees In The Elderly
  • Pediatric And Adolescent Hip Disorders
  • Pelvic Disorders
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
  • Sports Injuries
View all 31 Specialties +


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About Atul Kamath, MD

Atul Kamath, MD holds appointments in the Center for Hip Preservation, Center for Sports Health, Center for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, and Adult Hip and Knee Surgery within the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He is the Director for the Center for Hip Preservation and staff surgeon in the Orthopedic and Rheumatologic Institute.

Dr. Atul Kamath completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard College, where he was accepted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He then attended Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kamath underwent general and orthopedic surgical training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Dr.Kamath completed fellowship training in hip and knee reconstruction at the Mayo Clinic, where he was selected for the Mark B. Coventry Adult Reconstructive Surgery Award. He then pursued advanced fellowship training in hip preservation, restoration, and reconstruction at centers in Europe through awards from the Maurice Müller Foundation, Charnley Foundation, and the Hip Society. He completed an additional fellowship in health policy through the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). He is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. 

Dr. Kamath joined the Clinic in 2018 following a faculty appointment at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Kamath was recruited to serve as the Director of the Center for Hip Preservation, a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of hip pain in adolescent, young adult, and adult patients. Dr. Kamath has expertise in joint preservation strategies and surgical techniques. These techniques include arthroscopy of the hip, treatment of avascular necrosis (AVN), periacetabular Ganz osteotomy (PAO), femoral osteotomy, deformity correction, and safe surgical hip dislocation. He has also extensive experience in cartilage repair and restoration techniques.

Dr. Kamath specializes in adolescent and young adult surgery of the hip and knee. His practice accepts patient as young as 10 years old for hip conditions, and up to any age for hip and knee conditions. Dr. Kamath has a unique background, with advanced training in young adult surgery of the hip and knee, as well as hip and knee reconstruction and joint replacement. He treats professional athletes, performers, and artists, as well as weekend warriors.

This joint preservation work complements Dr. Kamath’s surgical management of arthritis across the spectrum of hip and knee pathology. He performs a large number of primary and revision total hip and total knee arthroplasty procedures, including anterior total hip replacement, resurfacing, robotic surgery, and minimally-invasive surgical options.

Dr. Kamath pursues research on patient safety after joint replacement, as well as issues of satisfaction and cost measures associated with hip and knee conditions. Other active research interests focus on less invasive surgical techniques and joint preservation strategies for the young. He seeks to evaluate the success of hip preservation techniques in improving clinical outcomes in the management of developmental hip disorders, as well as traumatic and degenerative hip conditions. Dr. Kamath serves as the Co-Director for Adult Reconstruction Research to advance all facets of hip and knee outcomes research.

Dr. Kamath is the author of more than 145 peer-reviewed publications and chapters, and he serves either as a reviewer or on the editorial board of multiple orthopedic journals. He is an active member on multiple national academic committees, including an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Adult Reconstructive Orthopedics
Rochester, MN USA

Residency - University of Pennsylvania Health System
Orthopedic Surgery
Philadelphia, PA USA

Medical Education - Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA USA

Additional Training

  • Maurice Muller Foundation - Fellowship in Hip Reconstruction Europe 2013

Professional Highlights

  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, CCLCM/ CWRU
    Board-certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
    American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons - Evidence-Based Quality and Value committee


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

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), Primary and revision knee replacement (arthroplasty), 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

Awards & Honors

  • Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
    American Orthopedic Association (AOA) Emerging Leader
    Fellow, Health Policy, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons 
    Marvin E. Steinberg Award for Excellence in Adult Reconstruction
    Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation (OREF) / Current Concepts in Joint Replacement (CCJR) Clinical Practice Award 
    Mark B. Coventry Adult Reconstructive Surgery Award, Mayo Clinic
    Hip Society Rothman-Ranawat Traveling Fellowship


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
    American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
    Anterior Hip Foundation
    International Congress for Joint Reconstruction
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 3/2/2020, Dr. Kamath has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Kamath receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Zimmer, Inc.
  • Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc.
  • Waldemar Link Gmbh & Co.KG

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

243 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

Everyone I encountered were polite, office was clean. Dr. Kamath, & Dr. Scarcelli were Very attentive.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Dr. Kamath was exceptional. I just wish all areas of concern were addressed at one time.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Great experience with Dr Kamath!

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

Just a long time to get an appointment with provider - I am an established pt. in this practice.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

the complexity of my case was in depth. 4th surgery, and Dr Kamath was and is a knowledgeable, caring and a true miracle worker. Recommended the Cleveland Clinic and Dr Kamath to multiple friends and family.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

very happy with Dr Kamath. Had reviewed all my info and tests before my appt and was able to talk about how to fix my problem

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Kamath has been very kind, understanding, patient and helpful during this whole process.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

Dr. Kamath did not make me feel rushed and took his time answering all of my questions. his relaxed, caring manner was reassuring. Dr. Kamath always returns all emails within 24 hours or sooner. I've never experienced such organization, professionalism and caring in a physician/surgeon like I have with Dr. Kamath!

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

Made an appointment with Dr Klamath to explore options for a total knee replacement. X-rays were taken prior to the visit andthey showed severe arthritis in both knees and bone on bone. Dr Klamath showed a professional understanding and concernfor my problem, but due to the arthritic condition of the knees was not able to recommend gel injections, but suggested physical therapy. He wanted to make sure that I understood his diagnosis and displayed true professionalism during my visit.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Dr. Kamath spent a lot of time answering my questions and helping me make decisions about how to proceed. He gave very good advice.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Doctor Kamath and his staff have met all my needs

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

Great experience working with Dr. Kamath

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

highly recommend Dr. Kamath

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Dr Kamath was great. From the first appointment though surgery and rehab he has been excellent. I would strongly recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

excellent provider

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

Dr Kamath was on time, polite and explained every detail fully.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Excellent doctor. Very efficient process. I love MyChart.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

I was so impressed with Dr Kamath the minute I first met him & subsequent visits were the same. I've never been so impressed with a doctor. He smiles, looks & listens to you & makes you feel as though you're his only concern for that day...all while making you secure you're in the best medical hands. A confident but attentive and personable.... what more would you want in your doctor!

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

I needed more explanation. I left with questions. However Dr Kamath answered promptly through MyChart.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

dr Klamath was exceptional at explaining solutions to my problem. we were very impressed

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Every time I had a question & made a phone call, I got a returning call from Dr. Kamath's office promptly. I appreciate the promptness of the response.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Dr. Kamath did an excellent job on my hip replacement. I'm much better now than before the surgery. I can see & feel my improvement everyday. I am happy I had this surgery, that saved me from many months's pain I had suffered before. Now I have much less pain & am on my way to recovery. I can walk better & less limping. I appreciate Dr. Kamath very much. He is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

*Dr. Kamath PA and staff outstanding they made sure I was cared for in every way. Thank-you.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

The staff and Dr. Kamath were friendly and engaging

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

this doctor was great ! very attentive and caring about what I was there for. definitely recommend

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

the doctor was very kind

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

*Dr. Kamath was kind & empathetic. He did not rush me at all. He expressed concern for my well-being.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

everyone was so professional and pleasant. I would recommend anyone to come here. Dr. Kamath was excellent

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Dr was excellent

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

After second visit with Dr Kamath, confirmed my opinion Cleveland Clinic has again provided an excellent choice. His professional caring manner convinced me I was in good hands - a friendly cheerful health care well grounded in his specialty field

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Dr. Kamath and his PA/NP (I apologize for not remembering which) were attentive, showed care and described very clearly what my MRI's showed and what the surgical plan would include.

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Dr. Kamath was my 3rd opinion... and they person who finally took the time to explain what I was experiencing and why a new hip would be beneficial. He has given superb care.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

nice Doctor polite and good manners

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

I feel very at ease and in wonderful hands with the Dr.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

The woman who check me in at the front desk was excellent. I was schedule for X-rays but already had them on the disk so she asked the doctor to review before additional xrays were done. Dr accepted what I had saving me hundreds in additional imaging and radiation exposure.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019

in all my years of interaction with medical professionals I honestly left Dr Kamath feeling he truly was interested in my concerns... AND he actually listened to me! We set some plans in action and I feel very confident he will guide me through my medical concerns. It's so comforting to find a doctor who sees me as a person and not a number!

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

Dr Kamath was excellent... took his time and explained everything... I felt very comfortable with him and will plan surgery with him

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

My doctor is always concerned about my progress and my physical therapy at home. He asks about my pain level and recommends the next course of treatment and exercises to help me get stronger.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019

Dr. Kamath was polite and articulate, obviously prepared for my initial visit and never condescending. He was patient with my questions and thoughtful in his responses. Very impressive as an office doctor. Obviously, I have no experience with him as a surgeon at this point.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

I had no idea of what to expect and I had no knowledge of the Dr. I was seeing. However, both the doctor and his assistant (fellow/residen?)) made me feel comfortable, They genuinely respected my opinions and clearly answered my questions. Even on my way out, after my appointment, they were concerned about my safety: suggested and provided me with a cane.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

She was wonderful and very patient. Her question were appropriate and wrote everything down and explained my needs and concerns accurately to the doctors. she seemed genuinely concerned about why I was there.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

felt a little rushed !!!!! not too happy when a resident takes more time with the patient then the actual care provider.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

Both the nurse and Doctor were very professional.

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