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 Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Center for Musculoskeletal Care.
She performs primary and revision total knee replacement, total hip replacement, hip arthroscopy, arthroscopic ACL reconstruction and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair for the shoulder. Dr. Lajam also performs partial knee replacement and minimally invasive total joint surgery, including the direct anterior approach total hip replacement. 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 knee reconstruction, hip arthroscopy, joint replacement and sports surgery. She has also published on medical ethics, healthcare economics and quality. Dr. Lajam has spoken about 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 a host on The Orthopedic Show for SIRIUS/XM Doctor Radio. You can listen to her on 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.
Dr. Lajam is dedicated to service. She serves as Chief Safety Officer at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. She is Treasurer and in the Presidential Line of the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society, is member-at-large of the AAOS Communications Cabinet, 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 and has helped raise money and awareness for injured cyclists. 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 Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan and North Shore Forest Hills hospital. Of Dominican ancestry, she is fluent in the Spanish language.