By: 17 August 2021
Kurt P. Spindler, MD becomes 50th President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Kurt P. Spindler, MD, was installed as the 50th president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) at the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine – Arthroscopy Association of North America Combined 2021 Annual Meeting held in Nashville. 

He succeeds Michael G. Ciccotti, MD, who served as AOSSM’s 49th President.

Currently, Dr. Spindler serves three roles at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Westin, Fla.  He is the director, Clinical Research and Outcomes; co-director; Musculoskeletal Research Center; and professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia where he also completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Spindler then completed a fellowship in sports medicine and orthopaedics at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland. Dr. Spindler is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and he has also earned additional certification in sports medicine from ABOS.

Dr. Spindler has earned several prestigious awards, including the Henry Rutgers Scholar in Zoology with Highest Distinction and Highest Honours (top 2%) Graduating Class (Class Rank–7th). He won the Dr. IS Ravdin Prize at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and the DeForest Willard Award during his residency at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Spindler has made a significant impact on the safety of professional football, having served on several National Football League committees, including the Safety Council, The NFL Charities Grant Review Committee, the Musculoskeletal Committee, and the Research and Innovation Committee.

He has contributed to more than 600 presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles and served as co-editor, Sports Medicine Digest. And, he has contributed to three dozen grants and several innovations developed at Cleveland Clinic, including a cost and effectiveness tracking system and a knee and shoulder surgery tracking system.

A former long-distance runner, athlete, and Eagle Scout, Dr. Spindler has completed several marathons.