Mr Kartik Hariharan

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon


Year of first medical qualification: 1985

Professional profile

Mr Hariharan is an internationally recognised Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Wales specialising in the treatment of pathological conditions of the foot and ankle such as; bunions, arthritis of the ankle, big toe, complex foot deformity, fractures of the foot and ankle, sports injuries of the foot and ankle, joint replacement of the foot and the ankle, keyhole surgery (arthroscopy) of the foot and ankle, ankle soft tissue injuries amongst others.

He is well known for his expertise with sports injuries of the foot and ankle, diabetic and rheumatoid foot disorders and sees patients from many parts of the world and is actively involved in the treatment of professional and elite athletes in the country.

Well known for his expertise with sports injuries of the foot and ankle, diabetic and rheumatoid foot disorders, he sees patients from many parts of the world and is actively involved in the treatment of professional and elite athletes in the UK. Mr Hariharan is Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at St Joseph's Hospital and the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport.

Mr Hariharan (or Hari as he is often referred to by his patients) undertook his undergraduate medical training at the prestigious Madras Medical College and his orthopaedic training in Wales. He then completed an observer fellowship in foot and ankle surgery, visiting many parts of the United States.

Hari sees patients from many parts of the United Kingdom and other countries and has a large tertiary referral practice both on the NHS and in his private practice for complex foot and ankle problems, failed foot and ankle surgical patients and those who want a second opinion on their foot and ankle problems. He was the foot and ankle surgeon for the Newport Gwent Dragons and also consults/operates on professionals in rugby, football, cricket, athletics, racket sports, and professional dancers. He was the honorary medical director for Newport County Football Club, and the Newport Cricket Club.

Hari been a consultant since 1994 and is based at the Royal Gwent Hospital Newport South Wales, a sub-regional specialist Centre, and established the Foot and Ankle Centre at the state-of-the-art Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Hospital with his colleagues. Hari's private patients are seen and treated at St Joseph’s Private Hospital in Newport.

Hari is a past president of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (BOFAS) one of the larger orthopaedic subspecialist societies representing foot and ankle surgeons in the entire country. He was a member of the Wales Orthopaedic Surgical training programme and is a clinical teacher at The University of Wales, College of Medicine. He is a national teacher for the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. He is also a visiting member of faculty for the University of Dundee on their Mch (Orth) programme. He has been a specialist adviser for MTP joint replacement with The National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

He also featured as the lead foot and ankle surgeon in a highly acclaimed BBC 4 production feature entitled: Dissected: The Incredible Human Foot.

The British Orthopaedic Association in 2015 awarded him the prestigious Naughton Dunn oration.

The Rowland Hughes Oration was awarded to him by the Welsh Orthopaedic Society in 2016. 

In 2017 he received the award of the Ram Janam Sulakshana Pandey Oration from the Indian Foot and Ankle Society. 

In 2019 he has been conferred the highest honour of the Indian Orthopaedic Association the Honorary Fellowship of the Association for his services to the field of Orthopaedic postgraduate education.

To discover more about Mr Hariharan and his specialist areas of interest visit his website.

British Orthopaedic Association
British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
European Foot and Ankle Society
Honorary life member Indian Foot and Ankle Society
General Medical Council
Royal Society for Medicine
Association of Personal Injury lawers

Foot and Ankle

Bunion surgery for primary complex and recurrent bunions: minimally invasive surgery for mild to moderate symptomatic bunions 

All lesser toe deformity corrections

Ankle, subtalar and toe joint arthroscopy, including minimally invasive keyhole fusion of joints in the foot and ankle

Minimally invasive hindfoot surgery

Tendoscopy and ligament reconstruction in the foot and ankle

Sports injuries, including dancer’s injuries of the foot and ankle, minimally invasive ankle sprain surgery

Ankle and Cartiva toe joint replacements

Complex lower limb deformity correction,

Computer-assisted deformity correction, including congenital deformity post-traumatic deformity and post-surgical deformity of the tibia, ankle, hindfoot,

Management of diabetic foot problems and Charcot joint disease/deformity,

Rheumatoid foot surgery,

Achilles’ tendon plantar fascia and other heel pain problem treatment, including Shockwave treatment and platelet-rich plasma injection. 

Mr Hariharan has extensive research interests with a large portfolio of presentations to distinguished foot and ankle audiences. His main research interests are foot biomechanics, anthropology of the human foot, arthroscopic foot and ankle surgery and foot and ankle trauma.

He has spoken at numerous international conferences and is an invited speaker to many national and international centres for the last 15 years. He has pioneered many techniques and has brought many ‘firsts’ in orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery to Wales.

Manual of AO trauma 2019

Kulkarni’s textbook of orthopaedics.

Conditions and Treatments

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