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K. Donald Shelbourne MD

Pioneering knee treatment and research for 30 years

Donal Shelbourne
Dr. Shelbourne has dedicated his career to the treatment of knee problems for 30 years. He also pioneered the contralateral ACL
reconstruction technique for torn anterior cruciate ligaments and developed the accelerated ACL reconstruction rehabilitation protocol utilized around the world. Dr. Shelbourne’s specialties include orthopaedic and arthroscopic knee surgery, knee ligament reconstruction, patella realignment, and rehabilitation.

Dr. Shelbourne began his orthopaedic practice in 1982. He established the Shelbourne Knee Center in 2004, which includes the clinic, surgery, physical therapy, and a research department. His research has focused on advancing the surgical treatment and rehabilitation of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Dr. Shelbourne has performed more than 6000 ACL reconstructions.  The progress and results of surgical patients are closely monitored through this research, which Dr. Shelbourne has shared through the publication of over 150 journal articles and 40 book chapters. He has also given presentations and speeches across the globe to share his knowledge with orthopaedic surgeons worldwide.

Through his ongoing research, Dr. Shelbourne is able to provide up-to-date treatment and knee rehabilitation methods for patients worldwide. In 1994, Dr. Shelbourne began offering the option of using the patellar tendon graft from the non-injured (contralateral) knee. This advancement in treatment offers patients the ability to rehabilitate their knee faster with more predictable results. Over 2,000 patients have undergone this procedure and most athletes return to their sport by 5-6 months after surgery.



Honorary Doctor of Science Degree
Wabash College

Sports Medicine Fellowship
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
Indiana University Hospital

Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana

Indiana University Medical School
Indianapolis, Indiana

Wabash College
Crawfordsville, Indiana
B.A. Degree, Chemistry, 1972


Teaching Positions/Elections

Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


Editorial Boards

Physician and Sports Medicine
Sports, Exercise and Injury
American Journal of Sports Medicine
Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine



Herodicus Society
Member, 1988 – present

ACL Study Group
Member, 1988 – present

The American Orthopaedic Association
Member, 1995 – present

American College of Sports Medicine

Marion County Medical Society

Indiana Bone and Joint Club

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Member, 1984

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Diplomate, July 27, 1984

Arthroscopy Association of North America

National Athletic Trainers’ Association

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member, 1986

International Arthroscopy Association

Mid-America Orthopaedic Association

Indiana State Medical License


Private Practice

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
The Shelbourne Knee Center
Indianapolis, Indiana, 2004-present

Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Methodist Sports Medicine Center
Indianapolis, Indiana, 1982-2004


Sports Team Coverage

The Indianapolis Colts
1984 to 1998

Pro Bowl
Hawaii, February, 1997, 1990

Cathedral High School

North Central High School

Warren Central High School


Orthopaedic Consultant

Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Wabash College
Crawfordsville, Indiana



American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Hall of Fame Inductee, July 8, 2016
For outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of sports medicine.

The 2012 T. David Sisk Award for Best Review Paper, presented by AOSSM
“Osteoarthritis after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: The Importance of Regaining and Maintaining Full Range of Motion.”
K. Donald Shelbourne, Heather Freeman, Tinker Gray.
Sports Health. Jan/Feb 2012;pp.79-85.

The 2010 Hughston Award, presented by AOSSM
only individual to receive the prestigious Hughston Award a second time
“Minimum 10-Year Results After ACL reconstruction: How the loss of normal knee motion compounds other factors related to osteoarthritis after surgery.”
K. Donald Shelbourne, MD, Tinker Gray, MA
The American Journal of Sports Medicine, March 2009, pp. 471-480

The 2000 Hughston Award, presented by the AOSSM
“The Natural History of Acute, Isolated, Nonoperatively Treated Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries: A Prospective Study.”
K. Donald Shelbourne, MD, Thorp Davis, MD, Dipak Patel, MD
The American Journal of Sports Medicine, May/June 1999, pp. 276-283

Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame
Inducted 2011

President’s Challenge Award
National Athletic Trainers’ Association

Spirit of the Monon Bell, Man of the Year

The Indiana Football Hall of Fame
Inducted 2000