About Mr Chitnavis

I am a senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon based in Cambridge, England. My practice is dedicated to managing knee problems in both adults and children.

I  work independently, managing The Cambridge Knee Clinic, having resigned from the NHS in 2010 after 25 years of service.

All orthopaedic work from first consultation to any surgery required and subsequent follow-up is undertaken by myself.

However, I cannot function without the skills of a wonderful, hand-picked team.

Any required operations on my patients are performed by me at either The Spire or The Nuffield Hospitals in Cambridge, with the assistance of specially trained staff. My anaesthetists are highly experienced Consultants, from Papworth Hospital, with whom I have worked for over 10 years.

I hold outpatient clinics at The Nuffield or Spire Hospitals every week. Nuffield Clinics on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Spire Clinics on Thursday afternoons, Wednesdays evenings and Tuesday mornings.

Scans of knees are reviewed by  specialist radiologists from Cambridge and London. Physiotherapy is provided by a network of known practitioners.

The Cambridge Knee Clinic has an independent office run by a dedicated medical secretary. We are always contactable.

Testimonials (unsolicited) from satisfied patients are available upon request. No surgeon escapes complications and a list of these is also available upon request.


From 2002 to 2010, I was a Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge where my very busy practice was dedicated to knee surgery.
The creation of The Cambridge Knee Clinic in 2010 enhanced my ability to provide a more organised, personal and continuous service for patients.


My training over the last thirty years has been an on-going journey involving periods in Cambridge, London, Oxford and Sydney under the supervision of some outstanding mentors in whose debt I will always remain.

In 2001 I spent a year as Fellow in Knee Surgery and Sports Medicine to Dr. Merv Cross in Sydney, Australia. During the Fellowship, I worked as surgical assistant to Dr. Leo Pinczewski, mastering techniques of ligament reconstruction. I was doctor to a rugby league team in Sydney.

Prior to my Fellowship, six years were spent in Orthopaedic training in Oxford. During my time there, I completed award-winning research culminating in a Master of Surgery Thesis on osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.

I began as an undergraduate in Medical Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1982, prior to undertaking clinical training in Westminster, Charing Cross and surrounding Hospitals in the London area.

Despite being in medicine for over three decades, I am still learning. There will always be scope for improvement and innovation in surgery.

Teaching, Education and Research

The Cambridge Knee Clinic hosts annual teaching seminars for doctors and physiotherapists. The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Study Day is held in Cambridge every October. I continue to teach trainee orthopaedic surgeons on the East Anglian Orthopaedic Rotation.
In addition to my orthopaedic clinical work, I teach Anatomy.
I am Senior Demonstrator in Anatomy at The University of Cambridge and Supervisor in Anatomy at Trinity Hall. My remit includes learning and teaching anatomy to undergraduates and surgical trainees.

At The Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, at Cambridge University, I undertake and supervise research projects for third year undergraduates.

Medico-legal Practice: For many years I have served as a medical expert, writing reports in cases of musculo-skeletal injury. I prefer to take instruction directly from solicitors specialising in personal injury.


I am on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council (No. 3352054) and I undergo annual appraisal and regular revalidation. I am also a member of the British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK), the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA), European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA) and The Girdlestone Orthopaedic Society (Oxford).

Fellow-Commoner in Medicine, Trinity Hall Cambridge.

In addition, I am a reviewer for publications submitted to The Bone and Joint Journal and an assessor for Fellowship applications sent to The Royal College of Surgeons of England. A compilation of some of the published work I have helped with is attached.

I am Cambridge Secretary of the Cambridge Medical Graduates’ Society.


Jai Chitnavis L.M.S.S.A. (London) 1988
B.Chir (Cambridge) 1988
M.B. (Cambridge) 1989
M.A. (Cambridge) 1991
F.R.C.S. (England) 1993
F.R.C.S. (Edinburgh) 1993
M.Chir (Cambridge) 2000
FRCS (Tr & Orth) (England) 2001
ATLS 2012