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Center for Hip & Knee Surgery: Excellence in Orthopedic Care

Nationally recognized for its expertise in total joint replacement and specialized orthopedic care, the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery at Franciscan St. Francis Health - Mooresville, and offices also in Carmel, has helped Hoosiers heal for more than 20 years.

While hips, knees and shoulders may be our focus, our staff is truly dedicated to leading you back to the activities you love best - an afternoon on the golf course, a walk through the park, a slow dance with that special someone. That's our specialty.

Advances in total joint replacement have made pain and limitation from arthritis of the hip, knee and shoulder a distant memory for hundreds of thousands of people.

Founded in 1986 by Dr. Merrill A. Ritter, the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery soon became one of the first orthopedic centers of excellence in the country. Today, approximately more than 40,000 total joint replacements have been performed and its substantial and ongoing body of research, the Center has become one of the leading joint replacement centers in the nation and the world.

Located just a few minutes south of Indianapolis at Franciscan St. Francis Health—Mooresville, the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery is a model for other orthopedic centers throughout the United States and worldwide. Each year, other orthopedic surgeons visit the Center to study our highly successful surgical procedures.

The Center for Hip & Knee Surgery performs about 2,500 joint replacements each year treating patients from all over the Midwest, the nation and the world and instructing hundreds of surgeons in the latest techniques and methods for implantation of joint implants.  Franciscan St. Francis Health – Mooresville has again been honored with Healthgrades’ Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2015 and is rated an America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Total Joint Replacement (2015). As well, Mooresville hospital is a Five Star Recipient for both total hip and total knee replacement as ranked by Healthgrades in 2015.

You and your family can be assured of personalized attention to detail, including pre- and post- surgery education and a thorough pre-surgery history and physical exam. This comprehensive examination by an internist occurs prior to the surgery to help evaluate and manage any underlying or undetected conditions that could affect a patient's successful surgery. IMPACT Center physicians closely manage surgical patients in cooperation with their surgeons, starting with pre-operative assessments and continuing throughout their hospital stay to address any non-surgical issues that may arise.

In addition, specially trained physical therapists and nurses provide inpatient and outpatient therapy, helping to motivate, strengthen and guide each patient to his or her best result. ​


​For more than two decades, the Center has improved patients' lives through cutting-edge surgical techniques, nationally recognized research and dedication to providing care based on each person's physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

The Center's surgeons have:

  • Performed more than 40,000 total joint replacements.
  • Treated patients from all 92 Indiana counties and from around the country.
  • Published more than 400 peer reviewed journal articles and conducted numerous high-profile studies in the field of orthopedics.

You can trust the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery for highly personalized care, backed by the latest advancements in total joint technology. Our physicians are nationally recognized leaders in their field and our entire Center Staff is dedicated to meeting the individual, specialized needs of our patients.

* These physicians are part of Franciscan Physician Network.

** These are independent physicians who chose to practice at Franciscan St. Francis Health and the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery.


The Center for Hip & Knee Surgery has received a number of honors for quality and outstanding outcomes, including:

  • A five-star rating in total knee and replacement for the past 11 years. (Healthgrades 2003-2015)
  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ (Healthgrades, 2015)
  • Top 2% in the Nation for Joint Replacement Surgery (Healthgrades, 2015)
  • Named America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Surgery (Healthgrades, 2015)
  • Top 5 percent in the nation and No. 1 in Indiana for joint surgery. (HealthGrades, 2007-2011)
  • Selected as a teaching and observation site for Ranawat award winners. (2005)
  • Annual host for Insall Fellows top knee surgeons who visit the top 10 knee replacement sites in the world to observe the latest knee replacement techniques.

Franciscan St. Francis Health - Mooresville

1199 Hadley Road
Mooresville, IN 46158
(317) 831-2273 or
(800) 237-7678 

Patient Testimonials

Hear from two of our recent patients and why they chose Center for Hip & Knee Surgery. 

Matt's total hip replacement story

Ruth's knee replacement story​