UPDATE: Telehealth Appointments Now Available

Methodist Sports Medicine is now offering telehealth appointments. We understand under the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, injuries still occur and joint and musculoskeletal pain just doesn’t stop. Telehealth appointments allow our physicians to provide you the care you deserve and the convenience you need during this time. Click here or call one of our triage specialists for more information at 317-817-1200 .


Some MSM locations are closed due to COVID-19. Click here or call for more details at 317-817-1200If you are symptomatic with flu like symptoms, we ask that you reschedule your appointment via telehealth or for a later date.

Stephen Ritter

Stephen Ritter

Board-Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Born and raised in Iowa, Dr. Stephen Ritter played NCAA soccer throughout college. He attended the University of Iowa for medical school, the University of Utah for his orthopedic surgery residency, and completed his training with a spine surgery fellowship at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. 

In 2008, Dr. Ritter became a partner at Methodist Sports Medicine, where he has built a busy practice primarily focused on both the surgical and nonsurgical care of degenerative and deformity spine conditions.

During his years of private practice as a back doctor, Dr. Ritter has become a leading expert in the adoption and refinement of modern back surgery approaches that prioritize improving outcomes with less pain and collateral damage than those from traditional techniques and treatments. 

Outside of the office, Dr. Ritter helps educate orthopedic fellows and industry professionals about spine surgery. He has served as a spine surgery consultant for the Indianapolis Colts and for the NFL combine for the past 10 years. He is also the co-founder of a software company delivering improved care to post-surgical patients. 

Dr. Ritter spends his leisure time with family and friends, maintaining his fitness, and traveling when possible.

Areas of Focus

  • Spine
  • Workers’ Compensation


Physician Assistant

Clinical Assistants

  • Alex Franklin
  • Brian Murphy

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  • Luther College
  • University of Iowa, MD
  • University of Utah, Internship & Residency
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Spine Surgery Fellowship


  • AO Resident and Fellow Spine Course (2005/Las Vegas, NV)
  • AO Spine Course (2006/Cleveland, OH)
  • DePuy Resident and Spine Course (2005/St. Louis, MO)
  • Principles of TLIF, Medtronic (2006/Orlando, FL)
  • Spine Education and Research Institute Course (2001/Denver, CO)


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • APSS
  • Indianapolis Colts, spine surgery consultant (2009–present)
  • NFL, spine surgery consultant (2009–present)
  • North American Spine Society
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgery