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Annual Report

Colleagues and Friends,

We hope you will enjoy this 2022 annual report as it represents some of the many accomplishments by our talented group of providers, researchers and staff in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. We once again excelled in each area of our mission—clinical care, research and education—despite the formidable challenges over the past two years.

2022 Annual Report

Download the Annual Report to read about the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery's work in 2022, or read each story below.

Highly skilled and compassionate care continues to be the hallmark of our department. With over 86,000 annual visits and 11,500 surgical cases, our clinical footprint and spectrum of musculoskeletal care continues to expand.

With 42 surgeons and 27 advanced practice providers representing all orthopaedic subspecialties, we provide comprehensive spectrum of care while achieving our goal of timely patient access across the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area and serving a quaternary referral destination for patients with unique conditions throughout Indiana and its borders.

Our research enterprise has been robust in both basic science, translational and clinical investigations with a record number of proposals, grant awards and publications. We have four basic science labs and strong collaboration with other members of the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health. The result of this effort has led to our recognition as one the most productive orthopaedic research teams in the country receiving generous grant support from multiple sources including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, industry and others. Primary areas of investigation include orthopaedic trauma, bone healing and regeneration, biomechanics, joint replacement and musculoskeletal cancer.

For more than 60 years, our department has prioritized the education of learners at all levels of training. As musculoskeletal conditions represent a significant percent of all health care diagnoses, we provide novel and comprehensive education for medical students while training the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons. Our full-time and adjunct faculty are dedicated to this task. As a result, our residency program scored 94th and 93rd percentile on the in-service training exam over the past two years, and we continue to graduate exceptionally skilled orthopaedic surgeons. We are committed to excellence in the education of those who will provide the very best of care for our patients.

In summary, 2022 was another highly productive year. As we move forward into 2023, we are anticipating further clinical growth and remarkable academic achievement. I am grateful to be a part of this amazing team. On behalf of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, thank you for your continued support.


L. Daniel Wurtz, MD
Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine

A Look Inside the Annual Report

Dr. Brian Mullis working in the operating room with two residents

2022 Clinical Care Update

Our world-class faculty members are highly trained in an array of orthopaedic subspecialties and are committed to the continuation of orthopaedic excellence.

Dr. Melissa Kacena works in her lab with a student-researcher.

2022 Research Update

Under the direction of accomplished research faculty and through the generous support of grants, the department has many active basic science studies. 

Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Laura Bess, MD, looks over an x-ray on a computer screen in an exam room.

2022 Education Update

The department has attracted the best and brightest medical students, residents and fellows who will become the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons.

Inside the annual report

Stories from 2022

Olatundun Awosanya works in the Kacena Lab with another researcher
Bone Healing in Space

Grad Student Earns F31 Grant

A PhD student in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery earned a grant from the National Institutes of Health that will allow her to continue researching the impacts COVID-19 has on bone health.

Paul DeRosa, MD, and James Strickland, MD

Department remembers two former faculty members

T he Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2022 lost two of its most celebrated former faculty members. James W. Strickland, MD, and G. Paul DeRosa, MD, died in April and October, respectively. Both gentlemen were alumni of IU School of Medicine who then joined the faculty and made notable impacts while training a new generation of orthopaedic surgeons.

Jan Szatkowski, MD, and and Patrick Siparsky, MD
Faculty News

Orthopaedic divisions welcome new leadership

Two clinical divisions in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery appointed new leaders in 2022. These changes mark an exciting new era for the department and underlie continued commitments to excellent patient care and medical education. Jan Szatkowski, MD, was appointed director of the trauma division, and Patrick Siparsky, MD, took on the role of sports medicine division director.

Vimal Patel was an orthopaedic surgery patient at IU Health

Accident victim grateful to be standing on his own two feet

Vimal Patel told the team at IU Health Methodist Hospital he was there for hope when he arrived from California. A little more than a week earlier, the 46-year-old had shattered both of his heels in a car accident, and the doctors who initially treated him saw only one course of treatment.

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