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UNC Department of Orthopaedics was pleased to welcome Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Arvind Narayanan, MD, in September 2022 as the newest member of the Division of Joint Replacement clinical faculty team. After finishing his residency at UNC Orthopaedics (2016-2021), Dr. Narayanan completed a one-year fellowship in Adult Lower Extremity Reconstruction (2021-2022) at Scripps Clinic (La Jolla, CA). Dr. Narayanan will provide patient care at UNC Health as a subspecialist in Adult Joint Reconstruction. 

Dr. Narayanan’s record of scholarship as an author on multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, and poster presentations throughout his training in both basic science and clinic research shows promising signs of future achievement as he enters academic orthopaedics.  He received a Bachelor of Business Administration with Distinction from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He earned his medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine, where he graduated with Honors with Distinction in Research. During his training years, Dr. Narayanan presented Grand Rounds lectures and spoke at multiple podiums at specialty (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) and subspecialty (American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons) national conferences.

Dr. Narayanan also established himself as a leader in various roles during medical school and residency. At CWRU School of Medicine, he was elected by his peers to serve on the Admissions Committee as well as chosen to sit on the design committee for CWRU’s new medical education building. Dr. Narayanan served on the UNC Orthopaedics Residency Recruitment Committee and was selected by the department to attend the American Orthopaedic Association Resident Leadership Forum as a chief resident.  He was additionally honored with the Resident Teaching Award as a Musculoskeletal Course instructor for the UNC School of Medicine and received the Chief Resident Research Award for excellence in research during his time in residency.

As the Department welcomes its newest Hip and Knee Adult Reconstruction subspecialist, Dr. Narayanan notes a wide range of interests in patient care, teaching, and research entering academic medicine.

He stated: “I want to assist in returning patients to their desired level of function. Some live with severe pain and disability, and I’m interested in utilizing the promising technological advances in the field of joint replacement for procedural care. I also want to involve myself in research endeavors to identify factors of peri-operative surgical care that affect patient outcomes.

Being at UNC allows me to be part of the advancement of our field through both education and research. I’m looking forward to this exciting opportunity to provide individualized care for patients to support them in their journey to help improve their lives, whether through surgical or non-surgical means.”