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Methodist Sports Medicine Hires Neurosurgeon Joel Boaz

INDIANAPOLIS (May 5, 2017) – Dr. Joel Boaz, a board-certified neurosurgeon, has joined Methodist Sports Medicine’s remarkable team of surgeons. Dr. Boaz will be seeing concussion patients at Methodist Sports Medicine.

Growing up, Dr. Boaz lived across the street from a general surgeon. Throughout high school and college, Dr. Boaz worked with Dr. Herschel Moss in the operating room, and Dr. Moss had a major influence on Dr. Boaz becoming a surgeon.

Dr. Boaz is an Indianapolis native, completing his neurosurgery residency at Indiana University (IU) and his pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Before medical school, he attended undergraduate at Manchester University where he majored in physics.

After his two-year fellowship at Riley, he joined the faculty and practiced there for more than 25 years. Now retired from Indiana University, Dr. Boaz became interested in concussion management when his son suffered a concussion while playing rugby. Methodist Sports Medicine’s Dr. Terry Horner treated Dr. Boaz’s son during his injury.

Dr. Boaz is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He’s also board-certified in pediatric neurosurgery. He was a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, and has taught for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Boaz is married and has one daughter and one son.

WNBA Legend Tamika Catchings To Serve as Keynote Speaker at 2017 Brady Sports Achievement Awards and Dinner


  • The 2017 Brady Sports Achievement Awards and Dinner, which is hosted by the Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation and the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), will be held on Thursday, April 20. Tamika Catchings, who is universally regarded as one of the greatest players in Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) history, will serve as the keynote speaker.
  • Former Columbus North High School basketball standout Josh Speidel, who suffered severe brain injuries following a tragic car crash in February 2015, is one of four student athletes who will be presented with a Brady Comeback Award this year.
  • Catchings will be awarded with the Brady Lifetime Achievement Award, along with former Purdue University and National Football League (NFL) player Leroy Keyes.

Event Information

Four brave student athletes who have distinguished themselves by overcoming adversity and injuries will be recognized at this year’s 12th Annual Brady Sports Achievement Awards and Dinner, along with the two winners of the Brady Lifetime Achievement Award.

The event, which is hosted by the Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation and the Indiana High School Athletic Association, will be held on Thursday, April 20 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, located in downtown Indianapolis next to the Embassy Suites Hotel and across from the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The Ballroom’s main entrance is located on Washington Street.

Indiana Fever legend and Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings will serve as the keynote speaker. The event includes an opening reception, silent auction and dinner. Physicians Rehab Solution is the presenting sponsor and WTHR-13 in Indianapolis is the media sponsor for the event. Rich Nye, sports reporter at WTHR-13, will serve as the emcee.

Brady Comeback Awards

“An athlete with every reason to quit found every reason to compete.”

Mike Armstrong, the Perry Meridian High School cross country coach, couldn’t have put it any better.

Each year, the Brady Comeback Awards recognize four high school or college student athletes – two males and two females – who have sustained injuries or faced adversity yet returned and excelled beyond expectations in their respective sport.

This year’s recipients include former Columbus North High School basketball star Josh Speidel, Franklin Community High School three-sport athlete Blake Dicken, Perry Meridian High School cross country runner Caroline Kavanaugh and Taylor University volleyball player Kayla Springer. Each athlete will be presented with a $1,000 scholarship.

Speidel had committed to the University of Vermont to play basketball before a severe car crash changed everything in February 2015. Instead of shooting hoops and dunking baskets, Speidel was learning how to walk and talk again due to a brain injury sustained in the crash. Now, more than two years after the accident left him in critical condition, Speidel is at the University of Vermont as a key member of the Catamounts basketball team. The 6-foot-7 Indiana standout travels and practices with the team thanks to the University of Vermont honoring his original scholarship and the NCAA granting Speidel an exemption from using up his eligibility while on the team.

“We’ve won 21 games in a row,” said University of Vermont basketball coach John Becker. “We knew we were going to be good, but this season is magical and I think Josh has something to do with that magic.”

Dicken, who shined on the basketball court, baseball diamond and football field all while maintaining a 3.50 GPA, also suffered from injuries sustained in a traumatic car crash. He suffered from a brain injury and neck fracture, but was back to participating in all three sports two years later.

Springer was diagnosed with a Stage 3 case of Spondylolisthesis, a severe condition in which a vertebra slides over the bone below it causing severe pain and numbness in one or both legs. After receiving the diagnosis following her commitment to play volleyball at Taylor University, she underwent a spinal fusion surgery. Just as she was regaining her strength back, she was involved in a car crash that set her back again. However, Springer is now thriving on the volleyball team and will graduate with honors and a Sports Marketing degree this spring.

Kavanaugh was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in fourth grade, but that didn’t stop the teen from discovering a passion for running. She joined the cross country team at Perry Meridian High School, but in 2015 doctors told Kavanaugh her tumor was growing. She underwent chemotherapy and later, surgery, but that didn’t stop her from running. Kavanaugh’s coaches said she never missed a workout and never once complained. She currently ranks ninth in her class of 600 students and is part of the National Honor Society and the vice president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Brady Lifetime Achievement Award

Also being presented at the event are the winners of the Brady Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes individuals who, through their connection to Indiana, have made outstanding contributions in the field of athletics, and have consistently demonstrated the ideals of sportsmanship over many seasons during their lives.

Indiana Fever legend and Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings is the winner of the 2017 Brady Lifetime Achievement Award. Universally regarded as one of the greatest players in WNBA history, Catchings was named the 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) and led the Fever to the league championship in 2012. Catchings will also serve as the keynote speaker during the awards dinner.

Leroy Keyes, former Purdue University and National Football League (NFL) standout, will also be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Keyes was named the Big Ten MVP in 1967 after helping Purdue win the Rose Bowl against University of Southern California (USC). Following his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, he returned to Purdue University as an assistant football coach.

Both the Brady Comeback and Brady Lifetime Achievement Awards are named after Dr. Thomas A. Brady, known as “the father of sports medicine in Central Indiana.” Dr. Brady developed many innovative techniques for returning athletes to their sports quickly and safely, along with establishing a walk-in clinic in the basement of Methodist Hospital that eventually grew into Methodist Sports Medicine.

C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship

Deserving student athletes will also be award with the C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship at the awards banquet. The Centennial Scholarship program was initiated in 2003-04 as a part of the IHSAA’s centennial celebration. This year, the program has been renamed in tribute to former IHSAA Commissioner C. Eugene Cato, who served from 1983-95. His passion for athletics and his belief in the intrinsic value of athletic competition on the formation of a child’s character enabled him to positively impact generations of young men and women with his well-known “Firm, Fair, and Friendly” approach to caring for others. Cato passed away in October of 2008.

For more information about the 2017 Brady Awards, please click here. If you can’t make it to this year’s awards dinner, but still want to contribute, please click here.
About Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation
A separately incorporated not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation embraces a crucial long-term role in the advancement of orthopedic medicine.

With generous contributions from donors, we strive to support and enhance the research, educational, outreach and care activities that the surgeons and physicians of Methodist Sports Medicine undertake on an ongoing basis.

Overall, the foundation’s goal is to support the practice’s mission: “Leading advances in orthopedic care and sports medicine through research and education to improve patients’ quality of life.”

Methodist Sports Medicine Retains LST Marketing as Agency of Record

INDIANAPOLIS (April 4, 2017) – Methodist Sports Medicine, Indiana’s premier provider of orthopedic services and the team physicians for the Indianapolis Colts since the professional football team arrived in Indianapolis in 1984, announced today that LST Marketing has been named its official agency of record (AOR).
By partnering with LST Marketing – a sports marketing, experiential and events firm based in Indianapolis – Methodist Sports Medicine will continue to expand and diversify within the Central Indiana community. LST Marketing will lead the sports sponsorship, account management, media, digital support, public relations, social media and marketing efforts for the orthopedic specialists.
“Methodist Sports Medicine was looking for an agency with strong brand and sponsorship experience, plus a full understanding of the sports and entertainment space, to build a relationship with and we quickly saw that LST Marketing was the perfect fit,” said Marty Rosenberg, CEO of Methodist Sports Medicine. “We’re looking forward to partnering with LST Marketing to write the next chapter in Methodist Sports Medicine’s sports sponsorship with the Indianapolis Colts and expanding health care involvement within Central Indiana.”
Not only are the elite sports medicine specialists the official physicians for the Colts, as well as more than a dozen Indiana high schools and universities including Indiana University, Purdue University, Indiana State University and the University of Indianapolis, they also perform all medical examinations for the hundreds of professional athletes involved in the National Football League (NFL) Combine. Methodist Sports Medicine has participated in this prestigious professional sporting event, which is hosted in downtown Indianapolis, since 1989.
“Although we work with thousands of student and professional athletes, it’s important for the community to know that we provide care to anyone who leads a healthy and active lifestyle,” Dr. Mark Ritter, president of Methodist Sports Medicine. “At Methodist Sports Medicine, we pride ourselves on being a high-quality provider and focus on quality, access, service and outcomes. It’s the best place to get care and the best place to give care.”
The group of highly trained orthopedic specialists also has a special partnership with Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), providing the association with medical services and partnering to put on the Brady Sport Achievement Awards Dinner annually. Methodist Sports Medicine is also the official medical provider of Grand Park, the 400-acre sports campus in Westfield, Ind. and founders of the non-profit organization – Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation.
The group’s team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons are leaders in new technologies, procedures and research, plus Methodist Sports Medicine includes a cutting-edge team of physical therapists and athletic trainers at all four of its locations in Indianapolis/Carmel, Greenwood, Avon and Tipton.
“Methodist Sports Medicine is nationally renowned and the level of care and expertise is second to none,” said John Lopes, CEO of LST Marketing. “LST Marketing is looking forward to beginning this new partnership and we’re honored to be working with them.”

Grand Park announces partnership with Methodist Sports Medicine

WESTFIELD, IN — Grand Park has announced that Methodist Sports Medicine will become the official sports medicine provider for the campus, a sports destination developed by the City of Westfield that hosts major sporting events and attracted nearly 2 million visits last year.

As part of the new partnership, all sporting events at Grand Park will be staffed by medical personnel from Methodist Sports Medicine, including athletic trainers and orthopedic physicians. Methodist Sports Medicine is best known as the official team physicians for the Indianapolis Colts, plus many other college, high school and professional teams throughout Central Indiana.

In addition, Methodist Sports Medicine will establish a permanent clinic for athletes and patients on the second floor of the Grand Park Events Center. The 3,000-square-foot facility, set to open in Spring 2017, will be staffed by athletic trainers, physical therapists and an orthopedic doctor. It will have X-ray capability and sell durable medical equipment such as crutches and braces.

“Grand Park attracts more than 750,000 visitors a year, and ensuring their health and safety on and off the field is a top priority. This partnership with Methodist Sports Medicine will not only maintain our focus on safety, but offer our athletes top quality care while at Grand Park,” said Grand Park Executive Director William Knox.

Opened in 2014, Grand Park includes 400 acres of championship-grade playing fields, including 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, as well as the Grand Park Events Center with three full-size indoor soccer fields. The facility attracted 1.9 million total visits in 2016, surpassing projections.

More than 300 sporting events were held at the campus last year, highlighted by the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament, for a total estimated economic impact of $162.6 million.

“We are incredibly proud and humbled to have been selected by Grand Park as their sole sports medicine providers. This is already an important sports venue that will only continue to grow in its impact,” said Dr. Mark Ritter, President of Methodist Sports Medicine. “The entire team at Methodist Sports Medicine pledges to give athletes who compete at Grand Park the highest level of medical care possible. And we’re thrilled to launch a permanent orthopedic clinic to serve tournament athletes and our patients in the Westfield area.”

“The city is excited to embark on a partnership with Methodist Sports Medicine,” Westfield Mayor Andy Cook said. “When the citizens group envisioned Grand Park years ago, a quality sports medicine partnership was always a part of that vision. We are excited that Methodist Sports Medicine recognizes the need for high quality care for Grand Park athletes.”

Patient Profile: Jason Chappell

Jason Chappell has been a jock all his life – played four sports in high school and three in college, then went into coaching and eventually became Athletic Director at Liberty Christian High School in Anderson, Ind., 11 years ago. Through it all, from the takedowns in soccer to the pounding of basketball and tennis, he’s been remarkably injury-free. No broken bones, no tears, nothing worse than a few bruises and rolled ankles.

Then, when the boys’ basketball team won their regional championship in March 2016 on a last-second shot by one of his players, Coach Chappell leaped into the air to celebrate – and blew out his Achilles tendon.

“It felt like I’d been kicked in the back of the leg really hard,” he said. “I kept celebrating, sort of wobbling around.”

Luckily, the team’s athletic trainer was Rob Craig, Director of Outreach Services for Methodist Sports Medicine. He immediately noticed something was wrong with the coach. “I think your Achilles is gone,” Craig said.

Beyond the pain and frustration of the injury, Jason’s mind was already on something else: coaching his team through the rest of the state tournament. He was determined to be there for his athletes, no matter what.

After being examined by Dr. David Porter at Methodist Sports Medicine and discussing his options, Jason was fitted with a protective boot so he could continue to guide his team – which he did, all the way to the state championship.

Jason was even able to enjoy a long-planned family vacation afterward, savoring the basketball team’s triumph. Then his Achilles surgery took place after he returned. He appreciated the way Dr. Porter and the rest of his team talked him through every step of the process, allaying any concerns. At age 43, it was the first surgery of his life.

The procedure came off without a hitch, and there was no question who he would turn to for his rehabilitation: Rob Craig. Jason made a remarkable recovery under his care, and was soon walking and then running. He was even scrimmaging with his son’s basketball team by November.

Based on his own experience, Jason has referred a number of students with injuries to Methodist Sports Medicine for treatment, with similarly outstanding results. One female athlete tore her ACL in July, but was still able to make it back by the end of volleyball season, and is currently playing basketball.

Jason’s right leg isn’t quite as strong as the left, but he continues to make progress and believes that with exercise and therapy he’ll be as good as new. And he has his athletic trainer close at hand to monitor his progress.

“Rob is awesome,” Jason said. “He really takes care of us. He watches over us. If anything happens, he’s always there to pitch in. He’s the best athletic trainer in the area.”

Methodist Sports Medicine to hold free injury screenings

Methodist Sports Medicine will hold free injury screenings on Saturday, January 21 in partnership with BlueMile in Greenwood. The event is open to the public and will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the store location at the Greenwood Park Mall, 1251 U.S. Highway 31 N.

An athletic trainer will be on hand to provide a screening for injuries to anyone who comes into the sporting goods store. Participants can receive a free evaluation and, if necessary, a referral to a doctor or for further tests.

This is a new partnership between BlueMile and Methodist Sports Medicine, with additional free screenings to take place monthly.

“This is a great opportunity for people to receive a free, expert evaluation for sports injuries or any other type of impairment,” said Rob Craig, Director of Outreach Services for Methodist Sports Medicine. “We’re proud to offer this service to the Greenwood community in partnership with our friends at BlueMile.”

Methodist Sports Fellow inducted into CSU Hall of Fame

Former Methodist Sports Medicine Fellow Dr. Paul Nitz has been inducted into the Central State University Athletic Hall of Fame. The recognition goes to individual athletes, coaches, teams and contributors who made a major impact on Marauder Athletics. They keynote speaker at the event was ESPN’s Chris Broussard.

“We are proud of the inductees and appreciate all they have done for Central State University,” Vice President of Athletics Jahan Culbreath said. “The induction ceremony is an opportunity for all of our Central State alumni, friends and family to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of Marauder athletics. The event is a true celebration of Central State University, its rich history, and those who have contributed to our athletic success over the years.”

Dr. Nitz has served CSU as the athletic department’s primary team physician since 1992. He was also recognized for the success of the Marauders’ fall football camp and improvements to the athletic facilities. He received his fellowship training in sports medicine at Methodist Sports Medicine.

Congratulations, Dr. Nitz!

Methodist Sports clinics closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Methodist Sports Medicine clinics will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-26. This includes the walk-in clinics. Please enjoy a healthy and happy holiday! We look forward to helping you with your medical needs upon resuming our normal schedule.

Dr. John G. Peters joins Methodist Sports Medicine

John G. Peters, M. D. has joined Methodist Sports Medicine, bringing more than 30 years of expertise in spinal injuries and conditions. He will practice out of their Greenwood location.

Peters received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Indianapolis. He earned his medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine, serving his internship at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center and his residency at Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. This was followed by a fellowship in spinal surgery at Case Western Reserve.

He practiced for 20 years primarily on the south side of Indianapolis, and became a frequent lecturer on spinal treatment. His patients included children with scoliosis, deformities and stress fractures of the spine as well as the elderly with degenerative conditions of the neck and back, tumors and fractures. From 2008 to 2011 Peters served as medical director for Medtronic Spine in Memphis, Tenn., interacting with surgeons and medical centers all over the world to bring groundbreaking technology to producing bony fusion in the spine.

Peters retired in 2011, but continued his education to keep current with the newest medical trends. His duties will include evaluating patients for surgery in conjunction with Dr. Steve Ritter, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon.

“Returning to clinical medicine to care for patients at Methodist Sports Medicine is a thrill,” he said. “This group of doctors is unsurpassed in orthopaedics, especially in the treatment of sport injuries. I am looking forward to working with patients with spinal disorders in their south Indianapolis/Greenwood office and being a small part of such a prestigious assembly of professionals.”

Methodist Sports Medicine has seven ‘Top Docs’

Indianapolis Monthly has released their annual survey of “Indy’s Top Doctors,” and once again Methodist Sports Medicine was featured prominently on the list.

Seven physicians from Methodist Sports Medicine made the list as among the best in their respective fields. The ratings are based on peer reviews and recommendations from other physicians. Among other things, the survey asks doctors who they would turn to for medical treatment themselves.

The Methodist Sports Medicine physicians named “Top Docs” are:

John Hur – Orthopedic surgery

Dr. Hur specializes in orthopedic adult hip, knee reconstruction and trauma. He serves as Medical Director of Orthopedics and Joint Replacement as well as Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Indiana University North Hospital.

Thomas Klootwyk – Sports Medicine

Dr. Klootwyk specializes in knee reconstruction, arthroscopic knee surgery and orthopedic sports medicine. Since 1999, he has served as a team physician and orthopedic consultant for the Indianapolis Colts. He serves a similar role at Fishers High School and Indiana State University.

Gary Misamore – Orthopedic surgery

Dr. Misamore specializes in sports medicine and disorders of the shoulder. He has served as orthopedic consultant for the Indianapolis Colts since 1999 and currently holds the same role with Hamilton Southeastern High School. He also served as team physician for Butler University for two decades.

Arthur Rettig – Sports Medicine

Dr. Rettig specializes in sports medicine and disorders of the upper extremities. He is the team physician and lead team orthopedist for the Indianapolis Colts, and also the orthopedic consultant and team physician to IUPUI and North Central High School.

Lance Rettig – Hand Surgery

Dr. Lance Rettig specializes in disorders of the hand, wrist and elbow and treats acute and chronic conditions of the upper extremity. He also specializes in orthopedic sports medicine. He has served as orthopedic consultant for Indiana State University since 2004 and currently holds the same role with Lebanon High School.

Mark Ritter – Orthopedic sports medicine

Dr. Mark Ritter specializes in orthopedic sports medicine and trauma, particularly the shoulder and knee. He honed his skills as a team physician working in the American Hockey League, and continues to treat injuries and conditions for both professional athletes and patients who may never have set foot on a field or court. He serves as team physician at the University of Indianapolis and Lebanon High School.

Peter Sallay – Sports Medicine

Dr. Sallay specializes in shoulder and knee reconstruction, arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. He is the team physician and orthopedic consultant for Cathedral High School athletics, and served a similar role for Hanover College and the Indy Tennis Championships.

“It is very gratifying to see so many of our physicians make the ‘Top Docs’ list again,” said Marty Rosenberg, CEO of Methodist Sports Medicine. “These are recommendations from other doctors, so it just shows what a fine team of expert physicians we have assembled here.”