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Meet Chaitu Malempati, DO

  Chaitu Malempati, DO is an orthopaedic surgeon and assistant professor with UK HealthCare Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville University, and completed residency training at Michigan State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine, Garden City Hospital. He is fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Malempati serves as Head Team Physician and Medical Director for Western Kentucky University Athletics.

Practice Areas: Sports Medicine, Advanced Arthroscopic Surgery, Complex Knee Surgery, Shoulder and Knee Reconstructive Surgery, Advanced Cartilage Restoration, Knee Joint Preservation.

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To schedule an appointment, call Medical Center Orthopaedics at (270) 780-2750.


Research and Publications

“The Early Osteoarthritic Knee: Implications for Cartilage Repair”. Malempati CS, Jacobs CA, Lattermann C. Clin Sports Med. 2017 Jul;36(3):587-596.

“Responsiveness of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures After Shoulder Instability Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”.
Unger RZ, Burnham JM, Jacobs, CA, Gammon L, Malempati CS, Howard JS, Lattermann C, Makhni EC. Orthop J Sports Med. 2017 Jul; 5(7 suppl 6)

“Lower Mental Component Scores are Associated with Lower Return-to-Work Rates after Patellofemoral Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation”. Jacobs CA, Burnham JM, Whale C, King PM, Jochimsen KN, Howard JS, Malempati CS, Mattacola CG, Lattermann C. Orthop J Sports Med. 2017 Jul; 5(7 Suppl 6).

Allograft Augmentation of Hamstring Autograft for Younger Patients Undergoing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”. Jacobs CA, Burnham JM, Makhni E, Malempati CS, Swart E, Johnson DL. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Mar;45(4):892-899.

“Anatomic Femoral and Tibial Tunnel Placement During Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Anteromedial Portal All-Inside and Outside-In Techniques”. Burnham Jm, Malempati CS, Carpiaux A, Ireland ML, Johnson DL. Arthrosc Techniques. 2017 Apr; 6(2): e275-e282.

Single Bundle Anatomic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Surgical Technique Pearls and Pitfalls”. Malempati CS, Metzler AV, Johnson DL. Clin Sports Med. 2017 Jan; 36(1):53-70.

Current Rehabilitation Concepts for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery in Athletes”. Malempati C, Jurjans J, Noehren B, Ireland ML, Johnson DL. Orthopedics. 2015 Nov; 38(11):689-696.

Current Arthroscopic Concepts In Repairing Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tibial-Sided Avulsions”. Malempati C, Felder J, Elliott M, Brunkhorst J, Miller M, Johnson DL. Orthopedics. 2015 Sep;38(9):563-569.

Return To Sport Significantly Worse Following Patellofemoral Articular Cartilage Procedures than Tibiofemoral Procedures: A Systematic Review”. Jacobs CA, Malempati CS, Lattermann C. Submitted to KSSTA.

A Systematic Review of Return To Sport Following Arthroscopic Treatment of Labral Tears in Competitive Athletes”. Jochimsen K, Malempati CS, Jacobs CA, Duncan S. Submitted to Orthopedics.

Anatomic Meniscal Root Repair Using Sutures and A Trans-Tibial Tunnel” Malempati CS, Burnham JM, Johnson, DL. Submitted to Knee Surgery.

Arthroscopic Biceps Sling Repair For Throwing Athletes With Anterior Shoulder Pain” Malempati CS, Deering S, Wilson B, Mair S. Submitted to Orthopedics.

National and International Professional Presentations

“Mid-America Orthopaedic Annual Meeting, April 2017

  • “Patient Reported Outcome Scores in Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair”
  • Amelia Island, Florida

Orthopaedic Research Society, March 2017

  • “Comparison of Early Revision Rates With Inlay Versus Onlay Patellofemoral Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review” Poster
  • San Diego, California

Orthopaedic Research Society, March 2017

  • “Potential Errors in Tibial Tubercle-Trochlear Groove Measurements Associated With Valgus and Rotational Alignment Are Not Clinically Meaningful” Poster
  • San Diego, California

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting, March 2017

  • “Anatomic Femoral and Tibial Tunnel Placement in ACL Reconstruction With Hamstring Autograft and Semitendinosus Allograft” Video Theater
  • San Diego, California

SOA Southeastern Conference (SEC) Sports Medicine Update Annual Meeting, March 2017

  • “Management of Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries”
  • Nashville, Tennessee

Orthopaedic Summit 2016 – Evolving Techniques, November 2016

  • “To Augment Or Not? Clinical Cost Analysis of Routine Allograft Augmentation In Select Young Patients Undergoing ACLR With Hamstring Autograft”
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

International Cartilage Repair Society Annual Meeting, September 2016

  • “Large Bone Bruises With Local Articular Cartilage Pathology Associated With Inferior Outcomes 6 Years After ACL Reconstruction”
  • Sorrento, Italy

Scottsville, KY Chamber of Commerce, September 2016

  • “What Is Sports Medicine?”
  • Scottsville, Kentucky

Kentucky Orthopaedic Society (KOS) Annual Meeting, July 2016

  • “Management of Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tibial-Sided Avulsions”
  • Lexington, Kentucky