The Orthopaedic Research Foundation, Inc. (ORF) functions as the research and education arm for the physicians of OrthoIndy. Founded in 1986, its mission is, “To advance the scientific body of knowledge associated with musculoskeletal disorders, for the scientific and public communities, through research and education.” The ORF represents the research interests of more than 75 physicians. Currently, more than 25 nationally and internationally recognized physicians participate in over 30 investigational studies, resulting in the publication of more than 15 peer review scientific manuscripts annually.

The president of the ORF is Dr. David Fisher, an orthopaedic surgeon and past president of OrthoIndy.

By participating in these studies, OrthoIndy physicians consistently look for the best procedures and devices that will improve their patient’s outcomes. The ORF allows OrthoIndy surgeons to not only organize and participate in multicenter FDA research projects, but also provide the best technology for OrthoIndy and the Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital’s (IOH) patients.

Click here to learn more about specific studies/trials conducted at OrthoIndy and IOH or check out our publications.

OrthoIndy offers fellowship opportunities in sports medicine, spine and trauma.

Sports Medicine Fellowship
OrthoIndy's ACGME accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship is the only fellowship of its kind in the state of Indiana. The fellowship is 12 months in length and the fellow assists with both clinic and surgery as well as completes one research project during his/her time here. Our faculty physicians concentrate on the shoulder, knee, foot and ankle, as well as, specializing in cartilage restoration, osteotomies and meniscal replacements. Our fellow works closely with our program's director, Jack Farr, who is one of the world's leading physicians in cartilage restoration. The fellow works alongside operative and non-operative physicians, physiatrists, physician assistants, athletic trainers and physical therapists.

In addition to weekly meetings consisting of academic discussion and discovery, the fellow is encouraged to present material at local and state meetings. He/she is responsible for designing and developing one research project during the fellowship. He/she will also have the opportunity to work with physicians who cover professional teams in Indianapolis including the Pacers, Fever, Indians, Indianapolis Ice, IndyRacing League and Naptown Roller Girls, in addition to area high schools, preparatory schools, colleges and universities including Butler University.

We regret that we are unable to accept applications from international medical graduates.

Interested in a sports medicine fellowship at OrthoIndy? Click here or email us.


Spine Fellowship
The OrthoIndy Spine Fellowship is a one-year experience designed to combine an exceptionally strong clinical experience with a number of research opportunities.

Training will include operative and nonoperative treatment of spinal pathology at all levels of the spine from C1 to the sacrum in both adult and pediatric patients. Exposure will include treatment of degenerative cervical and lumbar disease, pediatric and adult spinal deformity and trauma at all levels of the spine.

Several of the OrthoIndy Spine surgeons utilize minimally invasive surgical techniques and surgical navigation.

Roughly 1,200 cases a year are performed between our six spine surgeons.

The fellows will rotate with each of the six fellowship-trained surgeons and will work closely with the orthopaedic spine surgeon and their staff. During each rotation, the fellow will learn and participate in the clinical decision making and operative procedures. At the end of each rotation, the fellow is evaluated by the teaching surgeon and the fellow evaluates his/her experience during that rotation.

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Interested in a spine fellowship at OrthoIndy? Email us

Trauma Fellowship
OrthoIndy offers a fellowship in trauma at the St.Vincent Trauma Center.

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Interested in donating to the Orthopaedic Research Foundation? For more information on how to donate or participate in our annual ORF golf outing, email us.