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Dr. Farr received his undergraduate degree in biological engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in 1975, where he was also awarded an honorary doctorate of biological engineering. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University in 1979. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Indiana University Medical Center in 1986. 

Dr. Farr's knee subspecialty focuses are joint preservation, cartilage regeneration, orthobiologics/regenerative medicine and patellofemoral problems in patients from 14 to 60. As patients over the age of 60 may need the expertise of a knee replacement surgeon, the patient would first be evaluated by the knee replacement team. This will save 95% of patients an office visit with Dr. Farr and subsequent referral to them. If the knee replacement surgeon feels orthobiologics are appropriate, the patient would then follow up with Dr. Farr for discussion and treatment.

His numerous appointments and affiliations include a voluntary clinical full professorship in orthopedic surgery at Indiana University Medical Center, a board position with the Cartilage Research Foundation, the International Cartilage Repair Society general board (Meetings and Education Committee Chair) and Patellofemoral Foundation Vice President.  

As a leading U.S. cartilage restoration specialist, Dr. Farr has written numerous articles, book chapters and has completed and edited two cartilage books published in 2013. He serves as associate editor for the journals Cartilage and American Journal of Orthopedics. For a full listing of publications, please visit the publications page. He lectures both nationally and internationally and participates in several ongoing articular and meniscal cartilage clinical trials. He was also a design surgeon for a meniscal allograft transplant system and two knee patellofemoral osteotomy systems. 

Dr. Farr worked as a design surgeon for a current partial knee replacement system (Sigma High Performance Partial Knee Replacement) for patients with knee changes too advanced for restoration.

Dr. Farr is actively affiliated with OrthoIndy Hospital and Community Hospital South. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, the International Cartilage Repair Society, International Patellofemoral Study Group, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery & Arthroscopy.


Practice Focus

  • Knee Restoration: Meniscal Repair/Transplantation/Scaffolds and Implants, Carticel (Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation), Allograft (Fresh Osteochondral Grafts), Ligament Reconstruction, Patellar Transplantation/Realignment, Knee Arthroplasty Partial Knee Replacement
  • Sports Medicine: ACL Reconstruction (option of all Arthroscopic), Patellar Instability and Cartilage Surgery, Meniscal Repair and Transplantation


Dr. Farr provides care in Greenwood at OrthoIndy South.