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    Claudette Lajam, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.

    Dr. Claudette Lajam is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with special interest in joint replacement, revision joint replacement, and sports medicine/arthroscopy. She is Chief Orthopedic Safety Officer, Master High Reliability Organization Trainer, and Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital and the Center for Musculoskeletal Care. 

    She performs primary and revision total knee replacement, total hip replacement,  and arthroscopy of knee and shoulder. Dr. Lajam also performs partial knee replacement and minimally invasive total joint surgery.  She is familiar with all approaches to the hip. She is the first female surgeon in the World to perform robot-assisted partial knee replacement.

    She completed her residency training at the world-famous Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  There, she was involved in cutting edge surgical techniques and research.  She has publications on the topics of Quality and Safety, Healthcare disparities, Ethics, Knee replacement, hip arthroscopy, hip joint replacement and sports surgery.   Dr. Lajam has spoken about Quality, Value Based Care, Total Joint Replacement and sports medicine at national conferences. She is also involved with community outreach and community lecture series.

    Dr. Lajam is fellowship-trained, having completed her post residency training at the Insall Scott Kelly Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.  She participated in the care of professional athletes from the NBA and WNBA.

    Dr. Lajam attended medical school at Cornell University Medical College, where she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor society and received various academic and leadership awards. 

    Dr. Lajam is an original host on The Orthopedic Show for SIRIUS/XM Doctor Radio.  You can listen to her on some Monday evenings from 6-8 pm, EST on SIRIUS XM 110. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, ABC News with Diane Sawyer, Al-Jazeera English and other national and international television news shows.  She has appeared in O Magazine, Vogue, and The New York Times.

    Dr. Lajam is a cyclist and CrossFit athlete. She has been a physician for USA Cycling and has spoken at national conferences about cycling medicine.  She served on the Board of Directors of the New York Cycle Club and has been a major sponsor of an amateur cycling race team. She cares for recreational and elite cyclists, endurance athletes and CrossFit athletes with a goal of return to sport for athletes of all ages and abilities. She has won the Patient's Choice Award several years in a row and is a NY Super Doctor.

    Dr. Lajam is dedicated to service.  She serves as Chief Safety Officer atNYU Langone Orthopedics.  She is President of the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society, Chair of the AAOS Advocacy Resources Committee, and former member of the AAOS Communications Cabinet. Dr. Lajam was selected as an AAOS Leadership Fellow, and serves on the AAOS Obesity Task Force.  She volunteers and has served on medical missions to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.   Dr. Lajam her husband are active in their community, serving on the Community Emergency Response Team in Westchester county, NY.  Dr. Lajam has completed several national disaster response courses through FEMA.

    Dr. Lajam is in practice in Manhattan and Queens, NY.  She performs surgery at The NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital/Hospital for Joint Diseases and also at Northwell Forest Hills Hospital.  Born in Queens, NY, of Dominican ancestry, she is fluent in the Spanish language and is proud to care for patients of all cultural backgrounds.

    To make an appointment with Dr. Lajam, call 212-598-7650 or 718-544-1543. She accepts most insurance plans.