Daniel J Emerson, MD

Daniel J Emerson
Joint Replacement
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American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Indiana University School of Medicine, 2002


Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA


Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA


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

Additional Information

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 hundred’s 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, chronic hip bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, primary knee and hip replacement, primary total and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty, and all aspects of shoulder and knee arthroscopy.

Dr. Emerson was born and raised in Evansville. 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 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, Dr. Emerson enjoys corralling his four children, spending time with his wife and family, traveling, reading, playing guitar, and being outdoors.  His wife convinced him to run a marathon with her and he recently completed his first marathon up in Chicago with a time of 3:28:05!