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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 team orthopedic consultant for Purdue University and Wabash College. 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 Firebirds, Former Team Physician
  • Indianapolis Medical Society, Member, 1999-present
  • Phi Rho Sigma, Member, 1988-present
  • Purdue University, Lead Team Orthopedic Consultant, 2002-present
  • Student National Medical Association, Member, 1987-present
  • Wabash College, Orthopedic Consultant
  • Warren Central High School, Orthopedic Consultant
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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MEET THE DOC: As a board certified physician, Dr. Dale Snead specializes in treating athletic injuries and adults with upper extremity disorders. He is a team orthopedic consultant for Purdue Athletics, Wabash College Athletics and the team physician for Warren Central High School.Learn more about Dr. Snead here: bit.ly/3PRB23O#BackToYourForte #sportsmedicine #orthopedics ... See MoreSee Less
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The one thing athletes want most is to get back to their sport after an injury. That is why Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics developed the Return to Play program. Hear more from Sara Myers, athletic trainer, about the program's unique collaboration between physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers at bit.ly/3BSxZ5s.#BackToYourForte #orthopedics #sportsmedicine #injuryrecovery ... See MoreSee Less
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Forté Orthopedic Research Institute hosted their annual golf outing, The Laddie, this week to benefit the medical research and education undertaken by orthopedic surgeons and clinical researchers. Learn more about Forté Orthopedic Research Institute at forteinstitute.org.#BackToYourForte #orthopedics #sportsmedicine #medicalresearch ... See MoreSee Less
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