Meet OrthoIndy Physician
Dr. Dietz graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1979 with a concentration in civil engineering as a distinguished scholar. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1984. He then completed an internship in general surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington in 1985 and a residency in orthopedic surgery at Madigan in 1991. He was named “Outstanding Resident Teacher” at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1988. He also completed a fellowship in spine surgery at Swedish Hospital Medical Center in Seattle, Washington in 1991.
Dr. Dietz is an inventor and has been awarded patents on surgical instruments used in endoscopic spine surgery. He has authored many articles published in medical journals and has presented at numerous national meetings of orthopedic surgeons.
A former Army orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Dietz is still active in the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is also active in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the North American Spine Society and the Scoliosis Research Society. Since 1999, Dr. Dietz has served on the OrthoIndy Board of Directors. He also served as chairman of the OrthoIndy Hospital Board from 2002 to 2013. In 2013, Dr. Dietz received the national Spine Leadership Award from Becker’s Hospital Review. Since 2007, he has served on the Board of Physician Hospitals of America.
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Dr. Dietz became a physician because he wanted to be like his mentor. He’s a civil engineer and wanted to apply the laws of physics to solve bone, joint and nerve problems. Dr. Dietz’s favorite hobby is flying his Beechcraft Bonanza. “My favorite thing to do in Indy is to fly over the city at night. The city lights, the stadium and the downtown buildings are beautiful at night,” he says. He also plays the upright bass. With his family, he enjoys basketball, cookouts and traveling.
His favorite team is the Gonzaga Bulldogs Basketball team, his favorite actor is Jimmy Stewart, his favorite movie is North by Northwest , The Talking Heads is his favorite band and his favorite book is The Hunt for the Red October.
Favorite Quote: "Our common standard is Excellence. Our Common inspiration is Duty, Honor, Country." General Andrew J. Goodpaster
Practice focus: Spine, Scoliosis, Spine Trauma, Cervical Spine, Minimally Invasive Surgery
United States Military Academy
Duke University School of Medicine
Madigan Army Medical Center
Swedish Hospital Medical Center
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