Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center Turns 50

IHTSC 50th Anniversary

Indianapolis, IN. – February 1, 2022 – Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center (IHTSC) celebrates 50 years of providing non-operative and surgical treatments for hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries, disorders, and conditions. 

As leaders and advocates in upper extremity and hand care, our practice’s expert surgeons, skilled hand therapists, advanced practice providers, clinical, and non clinical staff have provided the high-quality care that each and every patient needs and deserves for over a half-century.

IHTSC by the Numbers

  • 11 surgeons (including two ASSH presidents)
  • 10 offices and 11 surgical locations
  • Over 260 hand surgery fellows trained

A Brief History of IHTSC

We’ve come a long way over the last fifty years. 

IHTSC began with one surgeon focused on serving only patients with hand surgical disorders. As the brightest surgeons from across the country joined our practice, IHTSC grew from that single-location office in Indianapolis to an integrated network of 10 locations providing coordinated care to patients across central Indiana, all around the Midwest, and throughout the United States. 

From our home base in Indianapolis, we now provide care not only to the hand but the entire upper extremity. 

“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center has much to be grateful for. We thank the entire Indiana community and our referral colleagues—locally and nationwide—for continuing to recognize IHTSC’s commitment to providing the highest standards of care.”—F. Thomas D. Kaplan, M.D., FAAOS, Managing Partner

From 1972 to 2022, our mission has remained the same: we are committed to excellence and passionate about our work. That’s why today IHTSC continues to lead the way in treating upper extremity care. 

Achievements & Leadership

Our 11 physicians, who have a combined over 150 years of training and experience, are nationally-recognized for their innovation and unsurpassed expertise. IHTSC is proud of the extensive academic contributions made by our physicians, such as their: 

  • Hundreds of peer-review scientific publications in the hand and upper extremity literature
  • Enumerable textbook chapters and manuscripts
  • Thousands of lectures, workshops, and presentations given locally, nationally, and worldwide
  • Countless patented surgical instruments and equipment designs
  • Many surgical techniques in hand and upper extremity surgery now used worldwide

Hand Fellowship Program

To date, IHTSC has trained over 260 hand surgeons in an intensive one-year fellowship. These fellows have gone on to practice at universities, hospitals, and private practices all across the nation.

Hand Rehabilitation Center

IHTSC’s Hand Rehabilitation Center—started in 1976 as a branch of our practice—has grown to be one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world, supported by 21 hand therapists who provide the highest quality rehabilitation services.

Every two years since 1984, the Indiana Hand Center and Hand Rehabilitation Center of Indiana organizes and presents a Hand Care Conference for occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, and nurses with a special interest in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. Its purpose is to provide a way to share clinical knowledge and advance the practice of hand therapy and the quality of patient care—nationally and internationally.

Excellence in Hand Therapy

The academic interests of IHTSC’s certified hand therapists parallel the committed academic interests of our surgeons. They give lectures across the country and share their learnings in the Diagnosis and Treatment Manual for Physicians and Therapists

Now in its fifth edition, this valuable resource is used by hand therapy professionals worldwide as a guide to rehabilitating disorders and injuries of the shoulder to fingertip.

The Next 50 Years

Over its first 50 years IHTSC has done a lot of good, but our work to provide the most advanced orthopedic solutions to the community is not done. 

It’s now up to us to build on our strengths and expand the availability of IHTSC’s sophisticated, integrated medical care so that it’s an option for even more people in need. 

“Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center has created governance and succession plans to develop next-generation innovations in care and caregiving.”—Thomas Fischer, M.D., Partner

IHTSC is an extension of the community that supports us. 

We are indebted to our partners, patients, and friends who have fostered IHTSC’s growth, and we thank our dedicated professionals for their ongoing commitment to championing patients' health.

Angie Stevenson
(317) 471-4489

High-resolution images of the surgical team are available upon request.