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Michael Bender

Orthopedic Surgeon, Shoulder and Elbow Specialist

Dr. Michael Bender strongly believes in patient-centered decision-making – where patients feel engaged and comfortable in making informed decisions. Whether your case is straightforward or complex, he will help you create the best individual treatment plan to live pain-free. Named Butler University’s head team orthopedic surgeon in 2021, Dr. Bender specializes in disorders of the shoulder and elbow.

In addition to his work with Butler University, Dr. Bender is the team physician for Park Tudor High School and the team shoulder consultant for Indiana State University Athletics. An Indiana native, he and his wife enjoy living and practicing medicine in their home state. They are the proud parents of twin boys and a daughter.

Areas of Focus

Shoulder Replacements (Total, Reverse and Revisions) | Shoulder and Elbow Fractures | Advanced Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery (Rotator Cuff, Labrum, etc.) | Shoulder Instability | Throwing Injuries | Distal Bicep Repairs | UCL Repair and Reconstruction | Open and Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certified - 2020
  • Medical License, State of Indiana, 2018-present
  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Research & Publications

  • Published articles in Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and other peer-reviewed literature
  • Multiple presentations and posters at national and regional meetings
  • Author of a book chapter on rotator cuff repairs
  • Reviewer for Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery


  • Indiana Wesleyan University, BS (Pre-Medicine Biology), 2008 – Valedictorian
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, MD – 2012
  • Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners/Michigan State University, Orthopedic Surgery Residency – 2017
  • Texas Orthopedic Hospital, Houston, Texas – TERFSES Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship, 2018


  • Butler University Head Orthopedic Surgeon (2021-present)
  • Indiana State University, Orthopedic Consultant (2019-present)
  • Park Tudor High School, Head Team Physician (2018-present)
  • Houston Astros, Assistant to the Team Physician (2017-2018)
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Member (2017-present)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Member
  • Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Journal Reviewer
  • Forté Orthopedic Research Institute, Board Member


  • Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society
  • Indiana Wesleyan University, Valedictorian, 2008
  • Lakewood Park Christian School, Valedictorian, 2004
I strive to treat all patients with the same care I would show my own family. I want patients to feel understood, well-informed and involved in the decision-making as to how to get them better.
Michael Bender

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Patient Education

Understanding the Greatest Risks of Injuries to Throwing Athletes

Sep. 07, 2023
Few actions in sports create more drama and excitement than the final pitch or touchdown throw. From youth sports to the pros, you can probably picture it now – a […]
Patient Education

The Truth about Curveballs and Injury Risk

Sep. 07, 2023
Today in the United States, baseball and softball are extremely popular, with about 15 million kids participating annually in “America’s Favorite Pastime.” Many of these young athletes dream of reaching […]

Franciscan Health and Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics will Provide Care for Butler Athletes 

Jan. 28, 2022
INDIANAPOLIS – Butler University's highly respected athletic program has new team members to assist in providing student-athletes with comprehensive medical care. Franciscan Health and Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics (formerly Methodist […]
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