• Sports Medicine
  • Shoulder
  • Knee
  • Hand, Wrist & Elbow


Dr. Arthur C. Rettig specializes in sports medicine and disorders of the upper extremities. Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. Rettig received his medical degree from Cornell University in 1967. He was an intern at San Francisco General Hospital in San Francisco, California, and served a second post-doctoral year at the University of California-Berkeley. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of California- Irvine in 1976. He completed fellowships in sports medicine at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, California, and at the Indiana Hand Center in Indianapolis. His special areas of interest are the care and rehabilitation of injuries to the hand, wrist, elbow and knee, as well as arthroscopic surgery.

The practice of medicine is in the blood of the Rettig family. Dr. Rettig’s father was a physician and Dr. Rettig’s son, Lance, is also an orthopedist at Methodist Sports Medicine. As the team physician and lead team orthopedist for the Indianapolis Colts, Dr. Rettig gets to indulge his deep love for sports just about year round. He is also the orthopedic consultant and team physician to IUPUI and North Central High School.

In 2003, Rettig was honored with the Jerry “Hawk” Rhea award given annually by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society to an NFL physician for outstanding service to NFL players and the NFL Physician’s Society. He was also a co-recipient of the Indiana State Medical Association’s Commission on Sports Medicine 2003 Team Physician of the Year Award. The Indiana Football Coaches Association inducted Dr. Rettig into its Hall of Fame in 2010.

Dr. Art Rettig gets to live what most guys only dream about. As team physician and lead team orthopedist for the Indianapolis Colts, he and his stethoscope are literally at the heartbeat of the NFL. He also gets to help guide the futures of up-and-coming players as orthopedic consultant and team physician to IUPUI and North Central High School.

A lifelong sports fan, Dr. Rettig ranks the Colts winning the Super Bowl right up there with getting married and the birth of his two sons.

Areas of Focus

  • Disorders of the Upper Extremities
  • Care and rehabilitation of injuries to the hand, wrist, elbow and knee
  • Arthroscopic Surgery


1970 Ohio State Medical License
1977 Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery
1977 Oklahoma State Medical License
1980 Indiana State Medical License


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
2001 Emageon MVP NFL Physician of the Year
2003 President’s Invited Lecturer AAHS Annual meeting
2003 Indiana State Medical Association Team Physician Award
2003 Jerry “Hawk” Rhea Outstanding NFL Team Physician of the Year
2010 Indiana Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Professional Appointments:

Clinical Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Wishard Memorial Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Clinical Assistant Professor, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
Secretary/Treasurer, National Football League Physician’s Society
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health, Kinesiology, and Leisure Studies at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Adjunct Professor College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN


American Medical Association
Indiana State Medical Association
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine
International Arthroscopy Association
American Association of Hand Surgery
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
National Football League Physicians Society
Herodicus Society

Team Affiliations:

Indianapolis Colts
Indiana University, Basketball Program, 1979-1991
North Central High School
Washington Township Little League Football
Pan Am Games
U.S. Olympic Festival
Olympic Training Center

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