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Lucian Warth

Orthopedic Surgeon

Lucian Warth, MD, treats his patients as he would his own family, ensuring they’re treated with compassion and the highest quality of care. He enjoys helping patients rebound from debilitating arthritis to regain their independence and quality of life, including a return to active and fulfilling lifestyles.

Dr. Warth developed a passion for orthopedics as a child while playing with the hip and spine models his mother would bring home from the clinic where she worked as an orthopedic nurse. As he grew older, Dr. Warth had the opportunity to interact with several of the orthopedic surgeons at the University of Iowa and quickly gained an appreciation for their ability to have an impact on the lives of their patients. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his three boys and a wide variety of activities and sports, such as hydroponics (a method of gardening without soil), sous vide cooking, baseball, golf and college football.

Areas of Focus

Arthritis | Total Joint Replacement | Hip and Knee Replacement | Hip and Knee Revision | Hip and Knee Infection


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certified
  • Medical License, State of Indiana

Research & Publications

Dr. Warth has an extensive and distinguished publication record that includes the following scholarship:

  • Warth LC, Deckard ER, Meneghini RM. Posterior Cruciate Ligament Resection Does Not Consistently Increase the Flexion Space in Contemporary Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2021 Mar;36(3):963-969.
  • Warth LC, Grant TW, Naveen NB, Deckard ER, Ziemba-Davis M, Meneghini RM. Inadequate Metadiaphyseal Fill of a Modern Taper-Wedge Stem Increases Subsidence and Risk of Aseptic Loosening: Technique and Distal Canal Fill Matter! J Arthroplasty. 2020 Jul;35(7):1868-1876.
  • Warth LC, Hadley CJ, Grossman EL. Two-Stage Treatment for Total Knee Arthroplasty Infection Utilizing an Articulating Prefabricated Antibiotic Spacer. J Arthroplasty. 2020 Mar;35(3S): S57-S62.
  • Inabathula A, Dilley J, Ziemba-Davis M, Warth LC, Azzam KA, Ireland PH, R. Michael Meneghini RM. Extended Oral Antibiotic Prophylaxis in High-Risk Patients Substantially Reduces Primary Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty 90-Day Infection Rate. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2018 Dec 19;100(24):2103-2109.
  • Shofoluwe A, Naveen N, Inabathula A, Callaghan JJ, Ziemba-Davis MM, Meneghini RM, Warth LC. Internet Promotion of Direct Anterior Approach Total Hip Arthroplasty by Members of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. J Arthroplasty. 2017 Aug 23. pii: S0883-5403(17)30738-6.
  • Warth LC, Ishmael MK, Deckard ER, Ziemba-Davis M, Meneghini RM. Do Medial Pivot Kinematics Correlate With Patient-Reported Outcomes After Total Knee Arthroplasty? J Arthroplasty. 2017 Aug;32(8):2411-2416.
  • Carli AV, Warth LC, de Mesy Bentley KL, Nestor BJ. Short to Midterm Follow-Up of the Tritanium Primary Acetabular Component: A Cause for Concern. J Arthroplasty. 2016 Aug 8. pii: S0883-5403(16)30446-6.
  • Warth LC, Noiseux NO, Hogue MH, Klaassen AL, Liu SS, Callaghan JJ. Risk of Acute Kidney Injury After Primary and Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty and Total Knee Arthroplasty Using a Multimodal Approach to Perioperative Pain Control Including Ketorolac and Celecoxib. J Arthroplasty. 2016 Jan;31(1):253-5.
  • Warth LC, Pugely AJ, Martin CT, Gao Y, Callaghan JJ. Total Joint Arthroplasty in Patients with Chronic Renal Disease: Is It Worth the Risk? J Arthroplasty. 2015 Sep;30(9 Suppl):51-4.
  • Warth LC, Callaghan JJ, Liu SS, Klaassen AL, Goetz DD, Johnston RC. Thirty-five-year results after Charnley total hip arthroplasty in patients less than fifty years old. A concise follow-up of previous reports. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Nov 5;96(21):1814-9.



  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA – BS in Biological Sciences, Minor in Philosophy
  • Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago – MD
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – Orthopedic Surgery Residency
  • Adult Reconstruction & Joint Replacement Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City – Fellowship


  • Medical Director, Forté Orthopedic Research Institute
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Member, 2010-Present
  • AAOS Candidate, Resident, Fellow Committee (CRF), Resident Member, 2010-2012
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), Member, 2012-Present
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Industry Relations Committee (IRC), Member, 2016-2018
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Industry Relations Committee (IRC), Chair, 2019-Present
  • American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Resident Leadership Forum, June 2013
  • American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Emerging Leaders Program, 2013-Present
  • Mid-American Orthopaedic Association (MAOA), 2015-Present
  • Assistant Director, Indiana University Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, 2015-2019
  • Fellowship Director, Indiana University Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, 2019-2021
  • Residency Research Committee, Indiana University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2016-2019
  • AAOS/AAHKS Resident Arthroplasty Course, Rosemont, IL, 2015-2018
  • AAHKS Resident Arthroplasty Course, Dallas, TX, November 2019
  • Co-Chair, AAOS/AAHKS Resident Arthroplasty Course, Rosemont, IL, 2021,2022


  • 2012 Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Young Investigator Grant
  • Mid America Orthopedic Association (MAOA) 2015 Carl L. Nelson, MD Physician in Training Award
  • 2015 Clinical Fellow of the Year – Hospital for Special Surgery Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement (ARJR) Fellowship
  • 2016-2017 Mid America Orthopedic Association (MAOA) Traveling Fellowship
My goal is to restore your quality of life, whether you are 16-years old or 95-years old. I like to help my patients decide when they’re ready for surgery and equip them with the knowledge necessary to decide when it’s right for them.
Lucian Warth
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