Daniel J. Emerson, M.D.

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Sports Medicine, Total Joint Replacement and General Orthopaedics

Dr. Emerson is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has multiple orthopaedic interests including trauma, adult reconstruction (total joint replacement), shoulder and knee surgery, and general orthopaedics. Dr. Emerson’s special area of expertise is sports medicine as he obtained the ABOS Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine in November 2010.  A common but complicated sports injury that he treats is ACL tears and subsequent reconstruction. Dealing with the very active population during his nine years in the military gave him the opportunity to perform hundreds of ACL reconstructions perfecting the latest advances in surgical management including anatomic graft placement using the anteromedial portal and double bundle through a single tunnel.

Other special interests with additional training and experience include all aspects of workman’s comp injuries and treatments including Causation, Return-to-Work, Permanent Impairments, Depositions, and Independent Medical Examinations.  Particular surgical interests and expertise include management of distal biceps tendon injuries with early and late reconstruction, carpal tunnel syndrome, primary knee and anterior hip replacement, anterior primary total and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty, and all aspects of shoulder and knee arthroscopy.

Dr. Emerson was born and raised in Evansville and attended Central High School. He graduated with honors from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana and earned his medical degree from Indiana University of School of Medicine. Following medical school he served in the Army and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. His final four years in the Army were spent at Fort Benning, Georgia, completing a tour of duty in Iraq in 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and acting as Chief and General Staff of Orthopaedics at Martin Army Community Hospital.

Dr. Emerson is a former NCAA All-American wrestler and is very excited and humbled to be back in our local community and have the opportunity to care for the region’s athletes and local citizens. When not taking care of patients, he enjoys corralling his four children, spending time with his wife and family, traveling, reading, playing guitar and piano, and being outdoors. Dr. Emerson and his wife are a part of the local running community and completed multiple marathons and half-marathons together.


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certification Date: July 2009
Recertification: January 1, 2020

Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Certification Date: November 2010
Recertification: Jan. 1, 2020

Medical Education

July 2002-2007
Madigan Army Medical Center
Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Washington
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

August 1998-June 2002
Indiana University School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine

August 1994-May 1998
Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana
Bachelor of Arts

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Diplomate
  • Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Indiana State Medical Association
  • Vanderburgh County Medical Society


Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery
Martin Army Community Hospital, Ft Benning, GA
January 2009-October 2010

Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery
31st Combat Support Hospital, Camp Cropper, Iraq
February 2008-August 2008

Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon
Martin Army Community Hospital, Ft Benning, GA
August 2007-May 2011

Common Conditions and Surgeries Dr. Emerson treats

Anterior hip replacement
Standard/posterior hip replacement
Total Knee replacement
Partial knee replacement
Primary and Reverse shoulder replacement
ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction and other knee ligament injuries
Distal biceps rupture
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Rotator Cuff Tears
Shoulder Instabiilty
Adhesive Capsulitis
Extremity Fractures
Comprehensive treatment of most shoulder, knee, and hip conditions
Evaluation and work up of any extremity, spine, and Orthopaedic condition