At the St.Vincent Orthopedic Center, we are committed to providing extraordinary individualized care for you and your family. Your care team is made up of many players–some of whom you will see every day and some who work behind the scenes. It takes a lot of people working together to help you regain your ability to participate more fully in life!
St.Vincent partners with, The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, patients from across Indiana, and throughout the United States, have placed their trust in our care—specialized care from Hand to Shoulder.
At the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center physicians combine expertise with compassion to help ease your pain and restore function. The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center physicians are patent-holders, authors, university professors, fellowship-trained, and clinic instructors, all of whom are committed to excellence.
The following personnel are involved in your care:
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William B. Kleinman, M.D., is one of the original founders of The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center. He has been in the practice of hand and upper extremity surgery at the Center since the completion of his post-residency Fellowship training in 1978.
He earned his doctorate degree in medicine from Cornell University/New York Hospital in New York City in 1972. He completed a two-year general surgery residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver in 1974, followed by a return to New York City to complete his three-year residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1977. His formal one-year Fellowship training in Hand Surgery was also completed at Columbia-Presbyterian, under the tutelage of his legendary mentor, Dr. Robert E. Carroll. Dr. Kleinman's training in microvascular reconstruction followed at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.
He is a full Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Much of his work at the I.U. Medical Center throughout his career has been in children with hand and upper extremity birth defects. Services have been provided through the Congenital Hand Deformities Clinic at the Riley Children's Hospital, where he served as founder and director from 1978 to 1995. His work with birth deformities continues at The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, where a good portion of his practice focuses on birth deformities and injuries. He continues to care for children with birth palsies at both Riley Hospital and St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
Dr. Kleinman has been passionate about teaching throughout his 33-year career. At the time of this writing, he has given 363 formal international, national, and regional lecture presentations on hand and upper extremity reconstruction. He has been an invited speaker to societies and institutions 78 times. He has published 34 scientific articles in peer-review journals. He is written 23 chapters in academic textbooks, and has developed six teaching videotapes for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has been involved and committed to teaching, lecturing, and administrative activities of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery since becoming an active member of both organizations in the early 1980s. In 1985, he received the coveted Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship Award from the ASSH. In addition to being chairman of many committees of the ASSH, he served from 2000-2003 on its Executive Council. He was an associate editor for the American Journal of Hand Surgery for five years, and a consultant for the Journal for an additional ten years.
Most of Dr. Kleinman's research and teaching in hand surgery has been focused on injuries and diseases of the wrist (including: scaphoid fractures, wrist arthritis, Kienbock's disease, fractures of the distal radius, and disorders of the triangular fibrocartilage at the distal end of the ulna). He has also focused on cubital tunnel syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as birth palsies and congenital deformities.
He is Board-Certified in orthopedic surgery, and continues to hold a current Certificate of Additional Qualifications in surgery of the hand. Dr. Kleinman was elected to the prestigious American Orthopaedic Association in 1995, an organization committed to the highest standards of orthopaedic surgery. He is also a charter member of the International Congenital Hand Studies Group, and is an active member of numerous national and local professional associations. He has also been made an honorary member of the Argentinean Hand Society.
Dr. Kleinman is passionate about giving the highest level of care to his patients. He values above all the doctor-patient relationship, and the quality of services he – and his nine partners at The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center – deliver to each of our patients.
Hill Hastings II, M.D., has been in practice at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center since 1981, having completed Orthopaedic surgery training at Harvard University. He is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Indiana University Medical Center. Dr. Hastings has special expertise in arthroscopy, reconstruction and replacement surgery of the elbow, wrist and hand.
His special interests also include fracture management, elbow and wrist reconstruction, and the treatment of paralytic upper extremity disorders and arthroscopic treatment of shoulder problems.
Dr. Hastings is co-inventor of the Biomet Discovery™ Elbow Replacement System. He designed and invented, in collaboration with the AO Hand Study Group, the AO Wrist Fusion Plate, now the gold-standard method for wrist fusion. He helped develop in collaboration with the AO Hand Study Group the Distal Radius Plating System, the current AO Modular Hand Set, and the Phalangeal Percutaneous Screw Fixation System. For these developments, he received the AO/ASIF Innovation Prize. He has consulted on the Combi Distal Radius Plating System and currently is working with industry collaboration in the development of additional clavicle and upper extremity fracture systems. Much of his research has centered on the biomechanics of the PIP joint, which now forms the basis for dynamic external fixation of the PIP joint and other methods for treating complex proximal interphalangeal joint fractures and dislocations. He designed the Hemi-Hamate Resurfacing Arthroplasty, which is now widely used in reconstruction for complex volar fracture/dorsal dislocations. In 1994 he was awarded the Sumner L. Koch award by the Chicago Society for Surgery of the Hand and also the Emanuel B. Kaplan award by the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand for his investigations on the vascularity of the distal radius and vascularized techniques for bone grafting to the carpus. These contributions were judged to have "the greatest future clinical application to the practice of hand surgery." His research in treatment of complex elbow contractures led to his co-development of the Lateral collateral preserving Approach to the Elbow for Release of Complex Contractures. This has become one of the gold-standard methods for open surgical correction of complex elbow contractures. His research also has led to a New Classification System for Primary Osteoarthritis of the Elbow.
Dr. Hastings is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, past member of the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the International College of Surgeons, as well as other local, national, and international societies. He has been awarded honorary memberships to the Canadian Hand Society, the Venezuelan Hand Society, and the Hellenic Society for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Hastings is also a Medical Consultant for the USA Gymnastics National team. He is a consultant and developer for Biomet in its new "Intellifit" fracture repair solutions for the clavicle, elbow and wrist.
Over the past twenty-five years, Dr. Hastings has organized and chaired multiple instructional courses for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand [ASSH] pertaining to internal fixation of the hand and upper extremity. In 1989, he received the prestigious honor to represent the ASSH as the Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellow. In 2003 Dr. Hastings organized the annual meeting of the ASSH program as the Program Chair. His academic research and lectures has taken him all over the world for training and educating of other physicians. Dr. Hastings has over 100 publications to his credit, and has given over 500 national and international presentations.
Dr. Hastings competed in three sports in college. He enjoys a number of outdoor activities including hiking and mountain climbing, horseback riding, skiing, biking, scuba diving, kayaking/stand up paddle boarding, photography and international travel with his wife Bettie of 33 years. When not working he and Bettie are involved in training their two Portuguese Water dogs and horses and enjoying friends and contributing to the community of Telluride, Colorado. They have two daughters, one in a PhD program in Grief and Trauma Counseling and the other in Medical School.
Thomas J. Fischer, M.D., is our only native Hoosier (graduated from Butler University), earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his Orthopaedic training at the University of Washington in Seattle.
After his hand fellowship at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, he requested an additional six months of microvascular surgery training at Duke University, and six months of hand education at multiple centers in Switzerland and Germany before joining us in practice.
Dr. Fischer is a master educator, with a primary focus on skeletal fixation. Residents from the Indiana University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery rotate with Dr. Fischer for their hand surgery exposure. In addition, he is an active and highly visible part of our fellowship training program.
In addition to publications in scientific journals and presentations before physicians, Dr. Fischer has been recognized for his written and spoken contributions to industry, insurance company and safety organizations alike.
Currently, Dr. Fischer is the Department Chairman of Hand Surgery at St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services. He is also a Trustee Board member at Butler University. Dr. Fischer serves on numerous committees such as: North American Hand Education Committee starting in February of 2008; American Orthopaedic faculty member starting in April of 1990; and Hand Expert Group starting in January of 2005.
Dr. Fischer and his wife, Maribeth have four children who are their pride and joy. He loves spending time with them watching Butler sports, camping, hiking, fishing, and his most favorite, bike riding. Along with those activities, Dr. Fischer is an avid photographer.
He sees patients in Indianapolis and Terre Haute.
James J. Creighton, Jr., M.D., received his medical degree and orthopaedic residency training from State University of New York. Dr. Creighton also did further training in head trauma and stroke rehabilitation and surgery at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, California.
Dr. Creighton completed a fellowship in hand surgery at The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center. In 1988, Dr. Creighton joined The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center after practicing in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Creighton is the Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. Since 2008 Dr. Creighton has served on the Advisory Council for the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Creighton has written and published scientific articles, book chapters, scientific abstracts, and has given presentations at local, national, and international conferences, with special interst in Workers Compensation issues facing the medical profession.
Alexander D. Mih, M.D., joined The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center staff in 1990 and is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He specializes in disorders of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.
His special interests are in microsurgery and treatment of arthritis at Indiana University Hospital and pediatric hand problems at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
Dr. Mih is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Kiros Society for Hand Research, and the Christian Medical and Dental Society.
He has written numerous scientific articles and frequently speaks at national and local meetings, as well as teaching conferences within the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center.
He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Mih completed his hand surgery fellowship at The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center.
Dr. Baltera earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University. He was valedictorian of his medical school class at the State University of New York Health Science Center, where he completed an internship in general surgery and his residency in orthopaedic surgery.
In 1991, Dr. Baltera completed his fellowship training in hand and microvascular surgery at The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center. He is Board Certified by The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and holds a Certification of Added Qualification in hand and microvascular surgery.
Dr. Baltera maintains a faculty appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Indiana University School of Medicine. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has received numerous honors for his academic and research accomplishments and continues to serve as an educator in his field.
Dr. Baltera is currently the Managing Partner of the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center.
Dr. Baltera has special interests in the treatment of arthritis, fractures, post-traumatic reconstruction, nerve compression syndromes, and sports-related injuries of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.
Dr. Greenberg earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Grinnell College in 1980. He remains an active alumnus having served as President of the Alumni Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees. He earned a master's degree in human anatomy from Ohio State University in 1982, followed by a medical degree with honors from George Washington University.
His general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency were completed at the State University of New York at Syracuse. Dr. Greenberg was an Indiana Hand Center fellow in 1992 and joined the practice in 1993.
Dr. Greenberg's specialty interest include surgery of the wrist and shoulder. He has great interest in arthroscopic treatment and participates annually on the teaching faculty for the AAOS and ASSH wrist arthroscopy courses. Dr. Greenberg continues to be actively involved in scientific research, writing and teaching. His research on a new method for biceps tendon repair led to a new surgical technique. In addition to his teaching activities at The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, he holds a clinical teaching appointment at Indiana University. He is actively involved with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, serving on a variety of committees and coordinating academic sessions and scientific presentations. Dr. Greenberg presently serves as the Fellowship Director for the Hand Fellowship Program at The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center.
Dr. Greenberg is married and has two daughters. His outside interest includes golf (serving on the golf committee at Crooked Stick Golf Club), fishing, woodworking and home remodeling.
F. Thomas D. Kaplan, M.D., has been with the practice since 2003. He treats all conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder, and has special interest in shoulder arthroscopy and reconstruction, fracture care, and Dupuytren's disease.
His practice philosophy is to provide both time-tested and state-of-the-art care in a way that emphasizes the patient's goals while taking time to understand the patient, and make sure the patient understands their condition and options. "My goal is to listen to, and hear, what patients are telling me, clarify the options available, and then tailor treatment to their individual needs."
Dr. Kaplan comes from Baltimore, MD, where he graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of his medical school class. He trained in orthopaedics at NYU / Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City, then pursued sub-specialty training in hand, microvascular, and upper extremity surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in 2001. Dr. Kaplan is very involved in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and was selected as a Young Leader by the Society in 2007. He has subsequently served on and chaired multiple committees, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery.
Dr. Kaplan has a strong commitment to research and education. He has been integrally involved as a lead investigator in research on collagenase injection for Dupuytren's contracture, culminating in FDA approval and publication in the New England Journal of Medicine. He has given numerous national and international lectures, and has been published in multiple journals. Dr. Kaplan is also actively involved in our fellowship program, a cornerstone to the mission of the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center. He assists Dr. Greenberg in managing the fellowship and strives to continually improve it.
Greg A. Merrell, MD received his medical degree from Yale University. He continued at Yale for his orthopaedic residency. Dr. Merrell received his fellowship training in upper extremity and microvascular surgery from Brown University.
Dr. Merrell has special interests in wrist arthritis, fracture care, minimally invasive surgery of the elbow and wrist, as well as conditions of the shoulder. He has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters on the minimally invasive treatment of fractures. Dr. Merrell has an active research program established.
Dr. Merrell is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery, and a member of the clinical trials and outcomes committee for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.
His research interests include the study of bone healing. Dr. Merrell won the Marshall Urist American Orthopaedic Association award for his research on bone healing. He has written a number of journal articles and book chapters on minimally invasive treatment of scaphoid fractures. He was the invited author from the Journal of Hand Surgery to describe his minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of tennis elbow. Dr. Merrell served as team physician for the 2002 Search for Genghis Khan Expedition to Mongolia. This expedition was featured on a Discovery Channel documentary.
Dr. Merrell resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Melissa, and two children Ethan and Connor.
Dr. Knox earned his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. He was awarded his medical degree at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School in 2004, where he was on the Dean's Honor Roll. Following medical school he remained in New Jersey for his general surgery and plastic surgery training at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey . Dr. Knox was an Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center fellow in 2010 and became the first plastic surgeon to join the practice in 2011.
Dr. Knox's specialty interests include upper extremity and microvascular surgery. He is also very involved in medical volunteerism and has participated in numerous surgical missions to Bangladesh and Nicaragua.
Dr. Knox continues to be actively involved in scientific research and writing. He has written and published scientific articles, book chapters, scientific abstracts, and has given presentations at local, national, and international conferences. He is enthusiastic about his role as an educator in the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center fellowship program.
Dr. Knox was also a member of the University of Pittsburgh baseball team. Outside of the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, Dr. Knox enjoys sports, travel, politics, and spending time with his family. Dr. Knox will be seeing patients at the Harcourt Road, Bloomington and Fishers offices.