• Spine
  • Workers’ Compensation

Dr. Stephen Ritter is the first spine specialist to practice at Methodist Sports Medicine.

Dr. Ritter specializes in the treatment of injuries and conditions of the spine, including cervical, thoracic and lumbar deformities and degenerative abnormalities. Dr. Ritter has tailored his practice to benefit his patients, utilizing various options for minimal access surgery. He is also skilled in some newer lateral approach surgeries through small incisions, which can reduce operating time, blood loss and recovery time by minimizing the collateral damage induced by traditional spine surgery.

A native of Davenport, Iowa, Dr. Ritter played for the Luther College varsity soccer team and currently practices with his brother Mark, who is also a member of the Methodist Sports Medicine practice. Dr. Ritter is a member of the Society of Lateral Access Surgery, the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

As someone who enjoys soccer, skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, golf and travel, Dr. Ritter understands the importance of working hard to keep your life in motion.

Areas of Focus

Injuries and degenerative conditions of cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine


Indiana License # 01062442A
CSR # 01062442B
2001 Spine Education and Research Institute Course, Denver, Colorado
2005 AO Resident and Fellow Spine Course, Las Vegas, Nevada
2005 DePuy Resident and Fellow Spine Course, St. Louis (May 2005)
2006 AO Spine Course, Cleveland, Ohio
2006 Principles of TLIF, Medtronic, Orlando, Florida


Team captain, champion intramural soccer, 1998
Honors Surgery Program, 1990-2000
Medical Student Ambassador Program, 1997-99
University of Iowa Scholarship, 1996
Medical Student Tutor Program, Neuroscience, 1999
Varsity Soccer Letter, 1992-1996
Adidas Scholar Athlete, 1995
Phi Rho Sigma Service Fraternity, 1993-1994
Tutor: biology, chemistry, genetics, 1993-1996
Regent’s Scholarship, 1992-1996
Howard Hughes Grant, Research Fellowship, 1992
Professional Associations
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Society of Lateral Access Surgery
North American Spine Society

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