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Gary Gettelfinger

Anesthesiologist and Chronic Pain Specialist

A true Hoosier at heart, Dr. Gary Gettelfinger has been practicing in Bloomington, Indiana, for more than 20 years. Born in New Albany, Indiana, he served in the United States Navy following his residency. He started a pain clinic in Okinawa, Japan, and continued it in Camp Pendleton, California, before returning home to the Hoosier State.

Dr. Gettelfinger has four beautiful children and a wonderful wife, Karen Hrisomalos, who practices dentistry in Bloomington. He loves spending time hunting, skiing, traveling with his family and helping with his church.

Areas of Focus

Anesthesia | Chronic Pain Medicine | Pain Management


  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Pain Medicine, Pain Medicine


  • Indiana University, BA
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, MD
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Residency


  • Bloomington Anesthesiologists, PC, Surgical Anesthesiologist
  • United States Navy
Having been in practice for 30 years, my treatment philosophy is to help patients identify the cause of their pain so that they can make changes in their lives to help prevent future injuries.
Dr. Gary Gettelfinger
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