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Lance Rettig

Hand, Wrist and Elbow Specialist

Dr. Lance Rettig specializes in upper extremity disorders, including traumatic injuries, degenerative conditions, and peripheral nerve diseases of the hand, wrist and elbow. Additionally, Dr. Rettig specializes in orthopedic sports medicine, with a focus on elbow injuries in throwing athletes.

While earning a BS in biology at Indiana University, Dr. Rettig was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with honors in 1993. He was awarded his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1997 and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Indiana University in 2002. He completed his post-graduate training with a fellowship in surgery of the hand and upper extremity at the renowned Raymond T. Curtis National Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, from 2002 to 2003.

Dr. Rettig returned to Indianapolis in 2003 to join Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. He currently serves on the Indianapolis Colts medical staff as a team physician. He also serves as an orthopedic consultant for Indiana State University and is the head orthopedic team physician for North Central High School. He has previously served as associate team physician for the Indiana University football team and as an orthopedic upper extremity consultant for Indiana University Athletics in Bloomington. Dr. Rettig has been named to Indianapolis Monthly’s “Top Doctors” list for 15 consecutive years.

Dr. Rettig has a strong commitment to research and education. He has given numerous local, regional and national lectures and has been published in multiple journals.

A native of Indianapolis, Dr. Rettig graduated from North Central High School, where he played tennis. When he’s not working, he and his wife enjoy spending time with their three daughters. Dr. Rettig also enjoys running, golfing and snow skiing.

Areas of Focus

Hand, Wrist and Elbow Surgery | Acute and Chronic Conditions of the Upper Extremity | Elbow Injuries in Throwing Athletes | Fractures of the Elbow, Wrist and Hand | Ligament and Tendon Injuries of the Hand, Wrist and Elbow | Occupational-Related Upper Extremity Disorders | Peripheral Nerve Disorders | Sports Medicine


  • Board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications, Hand, 2007
  • Medical License, State of Indiana, 1997
  • Medical License, State of Maryland, 2001

Research & Publications

  • Author of several articles and chapters
  • 60+ presentations at local, regional and national level


  • Indiana University, BS, magna cum laude
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, MD
  • Indiana University, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
  • Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland – Raymond T. Curtis National Hand Center, Hand Surgery Fellowship


Memberships and Service

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Member
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), Member
  • ASSH Elite Athletes Study Group
  • American Association for Hand Surgery, Member
  • The NFL Physicians Society
  • Indiana Orthopaedic Society, Member


  • Volunteer Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Marion University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Associate Team Physician, Indianapolis Colts
  • Orthopaedic Upper Extremity Consultant, Indiana State University
  • Head Team Physician, North Central High School, Indianapolis
  • Assistant Team Physician, Indiana University Football Team (2017-2021)
  • Orthopaedic Upper Extremity Consultant, Indiana University Athletics, Bloomington (2017-2021)
  • Head Team Physician, Lebanon High School, Lebanon, IN (2003-2010)

patient Success Stories

Kevin Wilson

Hand Patient and Local Artist

Kevin developed pain in his hands after a lifetime of sketching. After surgical repair performed by Dr. Lance Rettig, Kevin is creating award-winning art and living his passion, pain-free.

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