Mr Karthik Karuppaiah

Mr Karthik Karuppaiah

M.B.B.S., M.S Orth, MRCS, MSc-Evidence Based
Ortho(UK), MCh Orth(UK), FRCS (Tr&O)

Orthopaedic and Upper Limb Surgeon (Shoulder, Elbow, Hand
and Wrist)

Special Interests:

  • Upper limb – Complex trauma and Sports injuries
  • Dupuytren’s disease, neuropathies (carpal tunnel/cubital tunnel syndrome)
  • Hand and wrist – arthritis, ligament injuries, fractures, tendinitis, lumps
  • Elbow – Tendinitis (Tennis & Golfer’s elbow), arthritis, stiffness, ligament injuries
  • Shoulder – Rotator cuff problems/tear, dislocation/instability, impingement syndrome, tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, frozen shoulder
  • Fractures – Clavicle, Shoulder, humerus, elbow, Radius/ulna, Distal radius, scaphoid and hand
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Mr Karuppaiah joined as a Consultant in King’s College Hospital, London, in 2014 following completion of his advance training in shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist surgeries.

With this experience, he manages a wide range of orthopaedic conditions affecting the shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist. His clinical expertise is comprehensive evaluation and management of sports injuries, arthritis, nerve and tendon problems in the upper limb. He also treats multiple injured patients, at King’s College Hospital, one of the busiest Major Trauma Centres in the UK and also provides tertiary referral service for complex upper-limb conditions.

He regularly lectures both nationally and internationally at leading conferences and training courses and continues to teach the modern orthopaedic techniques to trainees. He is intensely involved in teaching and training the trainees from SE Thames Orthopaedic rotation.

He is a faculty member in King’s FRCS intense revision course, Hand surgery FRCS (Orth) revision course and Medway Upper-limb course and is a clinical and educational supervisor for foundation year and specialty training doctors. He is a keen teacher who teaches orthopaedics to undergraduate students at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical Schools.

He has a brilliant academic career and has published more than 30 articles in peer reviewed indexed journals. He has special interests in upper-limb research and has won several research accolades both at the national and international levels. His research work is cited by numerous authors, journals and orthopedic textbooks. He is a member of the editorial board and is also a reviewer of various international scientific orthopaedic journals.


Mr. Karuppaiah had his orthopaedic training in two of the leading institutes in the world, namely King’s College Hospital, London and Ganga Hospital, India. He was also trained in various hospitals in southeast London and northeast England.

He completed his master’s degrees in orthopaedics, from the Teesside University, UK and Madras Medical College, India. He is also a member & fellow of Royal College of Surgeons. His master’s degree on Evidence-Based Medicine in Orthopaedics, fine-tuned his clinical approach to patients to provide with best available and up-to-date evidence-based cutting-edge care.

He has extensive experience in managing upper limb conditions and knows when surgical management will be successful. He recommends non-surgical management where possible and would not do surgery unless absolutely necessary.

International Presentations

19th EFORT congress, 30 May to 01 June 2018, Barcelona, Spain

Wrist Arthrodesis: Comparison Of Outcomes And Complications

Ali, Zaid, Karruppaiah, Karthik, Poon, Henry

19thEFORT congress, 30 May to 01 June 2018, Barcelona, Spain

Outcome Following Management Of Comminuted Unstable Lateral End Clavicle Fractures With Locking Plate And Coracoclavicular Ligament Reconstruction With Coracoid Anchor

Karthik Karuppaiah, Ahmed Bilal, Toby Colegate-Stone, Joydeep Sinha, Adel Tavakkolizadeh

World Trauma Congress 2016, 15-20th August, New Delhi, India

Disparities in Trauma Care Between India and UK

Saini AK, Anoop A, Karuppaiah K, Kavarthapu V

FESSH 2016, 22-25 June 2016, Santander, Spain

Metacarpal fragility fractures: Cross-sectional study on epidemiology and predictive value of further fragility fractures

Edwin, A. Sinha, S. Sait, D. Baskaran, K. Karuppaiah

17th EFORT Congress, 1-3 June 2016, Geneva, Switzerland

Audit Of NHS Staff Perception And Knowledge Of Adverse Incident

2. John Edwin, Joanna Bovis, Chris Bano, Jonathan Compson, Karthik Karuppaiah

13th ICSES , 18-20 May 2016, ICC, Jeju, Korea

Long Term Outcome Of Three & Four Part Proximal Humeral Fractures Treated With PHILOS Plate And Avascular Necrosis Of Humeral Head

Arya A,Karuppaiah K, Sinha J

SICOT 2015, 17-19th Sep, Guangzhou,China

Arthroscopic versus open dorsal wrist ganglion excision: a 7 years’ retrospective study to compare the rates of recurrence

Altaf Ahmed, Mohamad Hachem, Karthik Karuppaiah

15th EFORT Congress, London, 4-6 June 2014

Role Of Synthetic/Biologic Scaffolds In The Management Of Rotator Cuff Tears– A Systematic Review

Karthik Karuppaiah, Adel Tavakkolizadeh, Joydeep Sinha

15th EFORT Congress, London, 4-6 June 2014

From Recurrent Motor Branch Of Median Nerve Presenting As A Thenar Mass

Karthik Karuppaiah, Charles Godavitarne, Jonathan Compson Naevolipoma

15th EFORT Congress, London, 4-6 June 2014

Robotic Surgery In Trauma And Orthopaedics – Systematic Review

Karthik Karuppaiah, Adel Tavakkolizadeh, Procar Dasgupta, Joydeep Sinha

15th EFORT Congress, London, 4-6 June 2014

Management Of Scapular Spine Stress Fractures: Our Experience In A Patient With Bilateral Fracture And Review Of The Literature

Karthik Karuppaiah, Jason Lau, Joydeep Sinha, Adel Tavakkolizadeh

15th EFORT Congress, London, 4-6 June 2014

Calcific Tendonitis Of The Long Head Of Biceps - An Unusual Cause Of Shoulder Pain

Olivia Ashman, Karthik Karuppaiah, Adel Tavakkolizadeh

12th International Congress on Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 2013, April 10-12, Nagoya, Japan

Copeland Humeral Head Resurfacing - A Long term Study analysing the functional outcome

Karthik Karuppaiah, Ayeshah Gordon Dixon, Jenn Shiunn Wong, William Alexander Scot

AAOS 2012, 8th Feb, San Francisco, USA

Analysis of the Causes and Outcome After Hypothenar Fat Pad Flap for Recurrent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Karthik Karuppaiah, Rajesh Nanda, John Stothard

12th EFORT Congress, June 2011, Copenhagen.

Functional outcome after repair of rotator cuff using knotless suture anchor fixation system

Karthik Karuppaiah, S Balasubramanian, Professor Amar Rangan

12th EFORT Congress, June 2011, Copenhagen

Role of whole body CT scan in the evaluation of polytrauma patients

Karthik Karuppaiah, Paul Baker, Kyee Han, Anthony Hui

11th International Congress on Shoulder and Elbow, 2010 Edinburgh, UK.

Reconstruction of proximal humerus using Intramedullary Strut Allograft in Complex Proximal Humeral Fractures

Karthik Karuppaiah, Vijay Kamath, Professor Amar Rangan

SICOT 2010, Gothenberg, Sweden

Primary Cemented Hemiarthroplasty For Unstable Intertrochanteric Fractures In Elderly Osteoporotic Patients

Karthik Karuppaiah, Manju Ramappa, Prof. Mayilvahanan Natarajan

SICOT 2010, Gothenberg, Sweden

Mini Open In-Situ Decompression Of Ulnar Nerve At The Cubital Tunnel: Early Results Of A Prospective Study

Karthik Karuppaiah, Rajesh Nanda, John Stothard

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