Omar H. Akhtar, MD, FAAOS, FAAHKS

Omar H. Akhtar

Contact Information

PCI Medical Pavilion 1

202 10th Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Driving directions

Primary: (319) 247-3010


Special Interests

  • Hip Joint Replacement
  • Knee Joint Replacement
  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Direct Anterior Hip Approach
  • Robotics and Robot-assisted Orthopedic Surgery



  • Undergraduate - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Master of Science - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • MD - Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ


  • Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI


  • Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Association

Patient/Provider Philosophy

I put the patient first before all else. The trust of a patient is a responsibility I take personally and very seriously. I use shared decision making by incorporating my patient’s needs and desires along with my experience and expertise to arrive at a treatment plan that will enable my patients to reach their goal. Not everyone needs an operation and I use surgical intervention as a last resort and only when it is the best course of action.

More about Dr. Akhtar

While I am a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and I evaluate and treat all conditions of the
musculoskeletal system, my expertise is in joint replacement of the hip and knee.
I perform:

  • Partial and total knee replacements
  • Total hip replacement including using the direct anterior approach
  • Complex revision (or “do-over”) surgery for worn out, broken, infected, and failed joint replacements.

I am also an expert at utilizing robotics and the latest technology in order to customize the fit and position of the implant in order to improve outcomes and lessen the risk of complications.

Prior to coming to Cedar Rapids, I was in private practice in Austin, Texas, and I was also clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Texas- Dell Medical School where I was involved with educating the next generation of surgeons. While in Austin, I also received visiting surgeons who came to learn surgical techniques. I also continue to travel around the country teaching other surgeons how to perform robotic assisted joint replacement of the hip and knee.

Year Joined PCI

September 2021

Personal Interests

Photography, hiking, fitness