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Stephen Ritter

Board-Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Dr. Stephen Ritter focuses on both the surgical and nonsurgical care of spine conditions. He is a leading expert in modern back surgery approaches that prioritize improving outcomes with less pain and collateral damage.

Outside of the office, Dr. Ritter helps educate orthopedic fellows and industry professionals about spine surgery. He has served as a spine surgery consultant for the Indianapolis Colts and the NFL Combine for over a decade. Born and raised in Iowa, Dr. Ritter played NCAA soccer throughout college. These days, he spends his leisure time with family and friends, maintaining fitness and traveling when possible.

Areas of Focus

Spine | Workers’ Compensation

Education

  • Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, MD
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City – Internship and Residency
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Spine Surgery Fellowship

Positions

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • APSS
  • Indianapolis Colts, Spine Surgery Consultant, 2009-present
  • NFL Spine Surgery Consultant, 2009-present
  • North American Spine Society
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgery
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“When you come in, we’re going to treat you with dignity, l listen to your problems, and importantly, deliver a diagnosis. We’re committed to working through the process to give you an individualized treatment plan that has the highest chance for success.”
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Learn more about Forté Fast at https://bit.ly/3aa58zs.

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Since the very beginning, our docs have played an active role in the community through sports. We're proud to see Drs. Michael Bender and Joseph Maratt sharing that same passion with their little athletes.

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As the tactical athletic trainer for Greenwood Police and Fire, Dave Walston keeps police officers and firefighters in top physical shape — which ultimately, makes the community safer. Read more in the story covered by the @DailyJournalNet https://bit.ly/3L9gZKQ

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