Beginning with his own high school sports career, Dr. Klootwyk took an interest in the science of recovery. Now, as an experienced physician, Dr. Klootwyk continues to focus on each patient’s unique story to build the best plan of treatment.
A native of Bloomington, Indiana and a high school football and basketball athlete, Dr. Klootwyk developed an early interest in sports-related injuries and the science involved in the healing and recovery from those injuries. That interest led to a career in sports medicine spanning more than twenty-five years.
While earning a double AB in Biology and Chemistry at Indiana University, Dr. Klootwyk was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with honors in 1982. He attended medical school at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated with high honors in 1986.
Dr. Klootwyk completed his orthopedic residency from 1986-1991 at the SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. He continued additional training with a year-long Sports Medicine Fellowship with a concentration in the care of the athletic knee injury at our own Methodist Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Klootwyk joined the practice at the end of his training in 1992.
Dr. Klootwyk is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has a Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopedic Sports Medicine.
From 1992–1998, Dr. Klootwyk served as team physician for Manchester College and from 1992–2017 he was the lead team physician for Indiana State University. Since 1999 Dr. Klootwyk has served as one of the team physicians for the Indianapolis Colts and has been the Head Team Physician as of 2017.
Dr. Klootwyk is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Dr. Klootwyk’s expertise in treating knee injuries earned him a place on the ACL Study Group, a selection of 150 knee surgeons who gather from all over the world for a one-week discussion about advancements in the treatment of ACL injuries.
The most current research regarding ACL injuries, treatment, and rehabilitation are presented at their bi-annual meeting. He is also a member of the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association and the NFL Physicians Society.
Dr. Klootwyk has been married for 36 years and has 3 daughters. He stated that he applies the good listening skills a man naturally develops from living with four women to every conversation that he has with his patients.
His work as a team physician for high school, college and professional sports also has given him many opportunities to bring his knowledge and expertise to each individual patient that he sees.