• Sports Medicine
  • Shoulder
  • Hand, Wrist & Elbow

Dr. Snead specializes in disorders of the upper extremity, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.

He currently sees patients at the Carmel-Indianapolis, and Greenwood locations of Methodist Sports Medicine.

Dr. Snead is also seeing Avon patients at a new location in the Indiana University Health West Professional Office Center, Suite 148.

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Born in Gary, Indiana, Dr. Dale completed a one-year fellowship at Methodist Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists and joined the practice during the summer of 1999.

He received his medical degree in 1991 from Wright State University and completed one year of general surgery and one year of family practice residency before completing his orthopedic residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Snead is an orthopedic consultant to Purdue University, Wabash College and team physician at Warren Central High School. He was also the orthopedic consultant and team physician for the Arena Football League’s Firebirds for the three seasons they were located in Indianapolis.

Dr. Snead grew up in Dayton, Ohio, attended Centerville High School and earned his undergraduate degree from Miami (Ohio) University.

He is a father who does weight training, plays golf and enjoys listening to books on tape. He has also gotten great personal satisfaction from working with young athletes as an orthopedic consultant to Purdue University, team physician at Warren Central High School, and orthopedic consultant and team physician for Purdue University.

Areas of Focus

The upper extremities, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, and sports medicine



Professional Associations:
Indianapolis Medical Society, 1999-present
American College of Sports Medicine, 1992-present
Phi Rho Sigma, 1988-present
Student National Medical Association, 1987-present
American Medical Association, 1987-present
Alpha Delta Phi, 1984-present


Snead, D., Barre, P., Bajpai, P.: The Use of Zinc Based Bioceramic as an Osteoconductive Agent in the Rat Model. Colorado Rocky Mountain Biosymposium, 1995.
Porter, D., Snead, D., Mannarino, F.: Primary Repair Without Augmentation for Neglected Achilles Tendon Ruptures in Athletes. Foot and Ankle International, September 1997.
Porter, D., Rettig, A., McCarroll, J., Snead, D.: Potential Risk of Re-rupture in Primary Achilles Tendon Repair with Accelerated Rehabilitation (in review), 1999.
Snead, D.: Overuse Injuries Plague Hands & Wrists, Biomechanics, February 2000.
Snead, D.: Sports Related Hand Injuries, The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine, February 2000.
Rettig, A., Sherill, C., Snead, D.: Nonoperative Treatment of Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries in Throwing Athletes, The American Journal of Sports Medicine, No. 1 Vol 29, Jan/Feb 2001.
Snead, D., Rettig, A., Hand and Wrist Fractures in Athletes, Current Concepts in Orthopedics, Vol 12-No. 2 April 2001.
Snead, D., Rettig, A., Athletic Injuries of the Wrist, The Journal of Musculoskeletal (in review).
Misamore, G., Mallon, W., Snead, D., Denton, P., The Impact of Pre-Operative Smoking Habits on the Results of Rotator Cuff Repair, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Vol 13-No. 2 March/April 2004.

Team Affiliations:

Purdue University
Warren Central High School
Indianapolis Firebirds (AFL), 2001-2004
Arsenal Tech High School
NFL Combine

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