Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Arthur Rettig of Indianapolis' Methodist Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists

Written by Laura Dyrda | October 26, 2010 | Print  |
Arthur Rettig, MD, a sports medicine physician with Methodist Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists, has earned several honors for his work as team physician for various Indiana teams. This past year, the Indiana Football Coaches Association inducted Dr. Rettig into its Hall of Fame.

Dr. Rettig, who is both the son and father of sports medicine physicians, has a professional interest in treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to the upper extremities. He is currently the team physician and orthopedic surgeon with the Indianapolis Colts. He is also affiliated with the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis athletic program, the Indiana University basketball program and North Central High School athletics.

"One of my heroes, the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, once said, 'Sports do not build character, they reveal it'," said Dr. Rettig on the Methodist website. "As a practicing orthopedist and sports medicine specialist for the past 28 years, I consider myself fortunate to witness up close the strength of character and level of determination exhibited by professional athletes and normal human beings as they work to recover from injury. The human spirit is a magnificent thing to watch."

Dr. Rettig has also served as the Washington Township Little League Football vice president and as volunteer physician with Olympians. In 2003, Dr. Rettig was earned the Indiana State Medical Association Team Physician Award and the Jerry "Hawk" Rhea Outstanding NFL Team Physician of the Year from the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society.

Before practicing with Methodist, Dr. Rettig served as NAS Flight Surgeon at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. He currently serves as a clinical instructor at Wishard Memorial Hospital and clinical professor at the Indiana University Medical Center, both in Indianapolis. He is an adjunct professor at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and at Butler University in Indianapolis.

In addition to his practice, Dr. Rettig serves as the secretary and treasurer of the National Football League Physician's Society. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Association of Hand Surgery.

Dr. Rettig earned his medical degree from Yale University in New Haven, N.J., and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of California-Irvine. He also completed sports medicine fellowships at Long Beach (Calif.) Memorial Hospital and at the Indiana Hand Center in Indianapolis.

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