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New York 10003
Claudette Lajam MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon - Adult Reconstruction Special
Orthopaedic Surgeon - Academic
Primary Practice: NYU Langone Orthopedics
Primary Hospital: NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital

Clinical Expertise

Total Knee Replacement Total Hip Replacement Revision Knee Replacement Revision Hip Replacement Robotic Surgery Quality Value-Based Care Health Disparities


Claudette M. Lajam, MD, FAAOS, FAOA, FAAHKS is an adult reconstructive surgeon specializing in primary and revision hip and knee replacement. She is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, System Chief of Orthopedic Quality and Integration, Chief of Quality for the Division of Arthroplasty, and member of the Executive Committee of the Medical Board at NYU Langone Health and the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Dr. Lajam completed her residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine. She is the first woman and first orthopedic surgeon to receive the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award. She went on to Adult Reconstruction fellowship at the Insall Scott Kelly Institute in New York. Claudette serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) through her role as 50th Chair of the AAOS Board of Councilors. She served as Chair of the Central Program Committee for the 2021 AAOS Annual Meeting. Dr. Lajam remains the only woman to be named to the AAOS Advocacy Wall o' Fame. She is Past President of the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society. Claudette is a founding member of the American Association of Latino Orthopedic Surgeons. Claudette has served on the AAOS Communications Cabinet, the Education Council, Committee Appointment Program, Quality Council, and Executive Committee. She has served on the Board of Directors of the NY State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons. She is actively involved in American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Women in Arthroplasty and Advocacy Committees. She served on the Annual Meeting Committee for the National Hispanic Medical Association in 2022. Claudette was born in Queens, NY. She is first-generation Dominican- American. She has spoken nationally and internationally about hip and knee replacement, value-based care, health disparities, resident education, and technology.
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Primary Practice

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Primary practice
NYU Langone Orthopedics

Hospital Affiliations

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NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital
(212) 598-6000

Education & Training

Lenox Hill Hospital
Mayo Medical School
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