Dr. Cynthia Kahlenberg is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee reconstruction, including primary hip and knee replacement, partial knee replacement, and complex revision hip and knee replacement. She performs both anterior and posterior hip replacement. Dr. Kahlenberg uses computer navigation and minimally invasive techniques to achieve individualized patient treatment goals while utilizing the latest surgical techniques, technology, and research to provide the best possible care and outcomes for her patients.
As an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, Dr. Kahlenberg was a member of the National Ski Patrol, which sparked her interest in orthopedics. She obtained her MD from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed a Master of Public Health degree at Harvard University. Dr. Kahlenberg completed her orthopedic surgical residency at HSS and then completed an additional year of specialized training at HSS focusing on robotic and computer navigated joint replacement, minimally invasive joint replacement, partial knee replacement, and complex revision surgery of the hip and knee. She served as Chief Fellow during this time.
Dr. Kahlenberg is actively engaged in research focused on increasing patient satisfaction with primary total hip and knee replacement and partial knee replacement. As a resident, she was awarded the Lewis Clark Wagner MD Chief Resident Award for Excellence in Orthopedic Clinical/Translational Research. Her research has been presented at orthopedic surgery meetings worldwide. She is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).
Anterior approach/Direct anterior hip replacement
Hip and knee replacement
Minimally invasive hip replacement
Partial (unicompartmental) knee replacement
Robotic and computer navigation surgery
Revision hip and knee replacement
Total knee replacement
Treatment of hip and knee arthritis
Anterior approach total hip replacement
Computer-assisted total hip replacement
Hip fracture surgery
Minimally invasive total hip replacement
Robotic total hip replacement
Revision hip replacement
Computer-assisted total knee replacement
Revision knee replacement
Robotic partial knee replacement (MAKOplasty)
Robotic total knee replacement
Total knee replacement
If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.
Assistant Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Instructor in Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, Board Eligible
Lewis Clark Wagner MD Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Clinical/Translational Research, 2021
AOA Emerging Leaders Program, 2021
Eastern Orthopaedic Association Founders' Award, 2019
AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Career Development Program, 2019
Current Concepts Foundation Resident Scholarship, 2019
Hospital for Special Surgery Surgeon-in-Chief Research Grant Award, 2017
Insall Scott Kelly Abstract Award of Excellence, 2012
Dartmouth College, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Internship: Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery
Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery, Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement
My office is located at The Pavilion, 541 East 71st Street. The main entrance to The Pavilion is on the north side of 71st Street underneath the sky bridge that connects the main hospital to the Belaire Building.
Dr. Kahlenberg performs surgery at the following locations:
Kahlenberg CA, Ast MP. "Technology & TKA: Accelerometers." In Essentials of Cemented Knee Arthroplasty. KlausDieter Kuhn and Erik Hansen, eds. Springer: Berlin, 2022.
Premkumar A, Kahlenberg CA, Morse K, Wang VX, Cross MB. "Triflange Cup and 3-D Printing in THA." In Advances in Specialist Hip Surgery. Drescher WR, Koo KH, Windsor RE, eds. Springer: Switzerland, 2021.
Glenday J, Vigdorchik J, Lipman J, Sculco P, Kahlenberg CA, Mayman D, Wright T, Quevedo Gonzalez F. The initial fixation of cementless TKA is associated with the AP translation during gait: a computational study. Podium presentation at 2022 AAOS Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois. March 22-26, 2022.
Kahlenberg CA, Gibbons JA, Mehta B, Antao V, Lai Y, Do H, Russell L, Sculco PK, Figgie MP, Goodman SM. Satisfaction with Process versus Outcome of Care in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Poster presentation at 2022 AAOS Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois. March 22-26, 2022.
Chalmers BP, Elmasry S, Mayman DJ, Sculco PK, Kahlenberg CA, Wright TM, Westrich GH, Imhauser C, Cross MB. "A Constrained Insert Reduces Midflexion Laxity after Joint Line Elevation." Poster presentation at the 2021 AAHKS Annual Meeting. Dallas, Texas. November 11-14, 2021.
Driscoll DA, Moore HG, Kahlenberg CA, Figgie MP, Sculco PK. "Complications Associated with Simultaneous versus Staged Bilateral Total Hip Arthroplasty." Poster presentation at the 2021 AAHKS Annual Meeting. Dallas, Texas. November 11-14, 2021.
Gibbons JA, Kahlenberg CA, Jannat-Khah D, Goodman SM, Mandl LA, Sculco PK, Goodman SB, Figgie MP, Mehta B. Use of Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients Under 21 Years Old: A U.S. Population Analysis. Poster presentation at the ACR Convergence 2021. Virtual conference. November 5-9, 2021.
Gibbons JA, Kahlenberg CA, Mehta B, Antao V, Lai Y, Do H, Russell L, Sculco PK, Figgie MP, Goodman SM. Satisfaction with Process versus Outcome of Care in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Poster presentation at the ACR Convergence 2021. Virtual conference. November 5-9, 2021.
Wei C, Gu A, Fassihi SC, Quan T, Kahlenberg CA, Thakkar SC, Della Valle AG, Sculco PK. " Neural Network Prediction of Same-Day Discharge Following Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty Based on Pre-Inclusion Variables." Poster presentation at The American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting. San Diego, California. August 31- September 3, 2021.
Elmasry S, Kahlenberg CA, Gandhi S, Sculco P, Xiang W, Wright T, Pearle A, Cross M, Mayman D, Westrich G, Imhauser C. Quantifying Intraoperative Decision-making of Knee Balance in Total Knee Arthroplasty. Poster presentation at the Orthopaedic Research Society 2021 Annual Meeting. Long Beach, California. February 13-16, 2021.
Elmasry S, Chalmers B, Kahlenberg CA, Sculco P, Westrich G, Mayman D, Wright T, Cross M, Imhauser C. Additional Distal Femoral Resection Increases Mid-Flexion Laxity in a Computational Model of Posterior Stabilized TKA with Flexion Contracture. Poster presentation at the Orthopaedic Research Society 2021 Annual Meeting. Long Beach, California. February 13-16, 2021.
Kahlenberg CA, Garvey M, Blevins JL, Sculco PK, Figgie MP. High Satisfaction and Activity Levels for Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients Under 21. Poster presentation at the HSS 32nd Annual Holiday Hip and Knee Course. Virtual Event. December 3-5, 2020.
Dr. Kahlenberg's research focuses on optimizing patient outcomes and satisfaction with primary total hip and knee replacement as well as partial (unicompartmental) knee replacement. She is active in both clinical and biomechanical research in these areas, with the ultimate mission of making advances to achieve the best possible outcomes with these procedures.
HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.
As of April 19, 2023, Dr. Kahlenberg reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.
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