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Kurt P. Spindler, MD


Vice-Chair of Research, Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute (ORI)
Co-Director Musculoskeletal Research Center
Director, Clinical Outcomes, Orthopaedics
Academic Director, Cleveland Clinic Sports Health
Professor CCLCM of CWRU
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, Ohio
Adjoint Professor, Orthopaedics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Dr Spindler graduated for Rutgers College as Henry Rutgers Scholar in Zoology with Highest Distinction. He completed medical school and an orthopaedic residency, including one year of translational research training, at the University of Pennsylvania.  He then completed a one-year orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.                       

He then spent 22.5 years at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where for over a decade he was Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. He led the development of Vanderbilt Sports Medicine as the Director  since 1993 as well as served since 1992 was the Head Team Physician for Vanderbilt University’s SEC Division I athletic program. He was awarded the Schermerhorn Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics and was recognized as the SEC team physician of the year in 2007.

In January of 2014 he moved to Cleveland Clinic as Vice-Chair of Research and Director of Orthopaedic Outcomes to further develop a scientifically valid, cost-effective and scalable clinical outcome tracking system, OME, to transform clinical practice. A goal was to build research funding, especially NIH research in musculoskeletal diseases for the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute. He continues to develop Cleveland Clinic as a leader in Musculoskeletal Multicenter Research.

Dr. Spindler has been and is an active member and a leader in numerous regional, national, and international orthopaedic and sports medicine professional organizations He has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications and presented over 600 talks principally on clinical outcomes, evidence-based medicine, and knee ligament healing. He has received the Kappa Delta award in 2012, 2019 and the AOSSM O’ Donahue award in 2001, 2014, 2017. He is a NIH funded researcher since 2006 with five competitively funded grants and has been active reviewer for the NIH and served as a permanent member of two NIH on study sections.

His clinical expertise includes the evaluation and treatment of all sports medicine injuries, with specific surgical focus on arthroscopic knee surgery especially ACL reconstruction.