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Dale Snead

Upper Extremity Injury Specialist

Dr. Dale Snead always knew he wanted to be a doctor. His grandmother suffered from leukemia when he was a child, and her diagnosis inspired him to go to medical school so that he could serve people in need. In addition to athletic injuries, Dr. Snead specializes in treating adults with upper extremity disorders.

Dr. Snead is a head team orthopedic surgeon for Purdue University and assistant head team physician for the Indianapolis Colts. Dr. Snead enjoys spending time with his three children and his wife Betsy. In his leisure time, he enjoys weight training, boating, golfing and traveling.

Areas of Focus

Shoulder Replacement/Reconstruction | Advanced Arthroscopic Techniques | Rotator Cuff Repair, Instability, Capsular Reconstruction | Instability of the Shoulder | Fractures of the Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand | Ligament and Tendon Injuries of the Elbow and Wrist | Carpal Tunnel, Trigger Fingers


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certified
  • Upper Extremity Surgery, Fellowship Trained

Research & Publications

  • Nine articles and chapters in national publications


  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio – BS
  • Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio – MD
  • Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio – Orthopedic Residency
  • Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, Fellowship


  • Alpha Delta Phi, Member, 1984-present
  • American College of Sports Medicine, Member, 1992-present
  • American Medical Association, Member, 1987-present
  • Indianapolis Colts Assistant Head Team Physician, 2022-present
  • Indianapolis Firebirds, Former Team Physician
  • Indianapolis Medical Society, Member, 1999-present
  • Phi Rho Sigma, Member, 1988-present
  • Purdue University, Orthopedic Consultant, 2002 - 2017
  • Purdue University, Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon, 2017-present
  • Student National Medical Association, Member, 1987-present
  • Wabash College, Team Orthopedic Surgeon
There is nothing more rewarding than working with patients and watching them excel. My biggest hope is that by partnering with my patients to implement a personalized plan, together we can get them back to doing the activities they enjoy.
Dale Snead

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New Board President, Officers Elected to Lead Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics

Jan. 05, 2023
CARMEL, Ind. (January 5, 2023): Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, previously known as Methodist Sports Medicine, announces the election of a new board president and officers, effective as of Jan. […]

Franciscan Health Named Exclusive Medical Services Provider of Purdue Athletics

Nov. 07, 2022
WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue Athletics has entered into a partnership with Franciscan Health designating the regional health care organization as the exclusive medical services provider for the Boilermakers.

Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Physician Named New Colts Head Team Physician

Aug. 02, 2022
15-year hip and knee specialist Dr. Peter Maiers to serve Colts players, lead medical team CARMEL, Ind. – The Indianapolis Colts are once again turning to Forté Sports Medicine and […]
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