Kantilal H. Sancheti (born 24 July 1936) is an orthopaedic physician who invented India's first indigenous knee implant, the Indus Knee, and founder of Maharashtra's first orthopaedic dedicated specialty hospital.[1]

Early life

Sancheti was born in a Digamber Jain family. He holds the academic degrees and fellowships of M.S. (Ortho), F.R.C.S (Edinburgh) U.K., Ph.D (Ortho), F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S. (U.S.A.).


  • Founder Director and Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon, at Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation (SIOR). SIOR is a hospital specialising in Joint Replacement, Traumatology, Spinal Surgery, Paediatrics, Orthopaedic, Arthroscopy and Sports Injuries, Hand and Plastic Surgery.
  • Chairman, Post Graduate Institute of Orthopaedics, Post Graduate Institute for Physiotherapy and Hospital Management.
  • Hon. Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Governor of Maharashtra and Indian Armed Forces.
  • Hon. Professor, Examiner, and member of several high level core committees of various universities and Health Care related committees of Government of Maharashtra and Medical Council of India.
  • President Indian Orthopaedic Association and Past President of Maharashtra Orthopaedic Association.
  • Professor Emeritus in Orthopaedics, Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sancheti Hospital & Centre for Joint Replacement Surgery, Pune.


The Government of India presented him with its highest civilian awards: the Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2012.[2]

  • Maharana Mewar Award by the Maharana Mewar Foundation - 2003
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburg, United Kingdom - 2004
  • Lifetime Achievement award of The International Medical Integration Council from the Government of Maharashtra - 2004
  • International Award for Medical Excellence by Harvard Medical School (USA) - 2005
  • Jeevan Sadhana Gaurav Puraskar by Pune University 2010 [3]

He organized over 500 health camps for handicapped children all over India. Sancheti also acted in the capacity of hospital design consultant to over 120 hospitals in India.