Thomas Klootwyk

“I believe in providing focused, one-on-one care for each patient. I listen carefully to better understand the patient’s condition—and I’m a better doctor for it.”

Thomas Klootwyk

Orthopedic Specialist in Knee Conditions

Dr. Klootwyk specializes in knee reconstruction, arthroscopic knee surgery, and orthopedic sports medicine.

In addition to serving as a team physician and orthopedic consultant for the Indianapolis Colts since 1999—including their winning Super Bowl XLI season—Dr. Klootwyk enjoys applying his expertise to each patient he sees at Methodist Sports Medicine.

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. 

Internationally-Recognized Expertise
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.

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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.

Areas of Focus

  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction: ACL, PCL, MCL lateral side
  • Treatment of Meniscal and Chondral Knee Injuries
  • Patellofemoral Realignment
  • Sports Medicine

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Clinical Assistants

  • John Darmelio MS, ATC
  • Jeff Gray RN
  • Erica Hills LPN, ATC

“I believe in providing focused, one-on-one care for each patient. I listen carefully to better understand the patient’s condition—and I’m a better doctor for it.”

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Education

  • Indiana University, BA, cum laude
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, MD, magna cum laude
  • Methodist Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • CAQ Sports Medicine, 2012

Awards

  • Indiana University Bruce White Scholar and Merit Scholarship Recipient
  • Indiana University Phi Gamma Delta Education Foundation Award
  • Indiana University Phi Beta Kappa
  • Indiana University School of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Publications

  • 23 articles and chapters in national publications
  • 17+ national presentations on knee surgery, rehabilitation, and ligament reconstruction
  • 70+ national presentations on knee surgery, rehabilitation, and ligament reconstruction

Positions

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Society/Study Group
  • National Football League Physicians Society
  • Indiana Orthopedic Society
  • Indiana Athletic Trainers Association