Dr. K Shelbourne, MD

Dr. K Shelbourne, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 67
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Dr. Shelbourne has dedicated his career to the treatment of knee problems for 30 years. He also pioneered the contralateral ACLreconstruction technique for torn anterior cruciate ligaments and developed the accelerated ACL reconstruction rehabilitation protocol utilized around the world. Dr. Shelbourne's specialties include orthopaedic and arthroscopic knee surgery, knee ligament reconstruction, patella realignment, and rehabilitation. Dr. Shelbourne began his orthopaedic practice in 1982. He established the Shelbourne Knee Center in 2004, which includes the clinic, surgery, physical therapy, and a research department. His research has focused on advancing the surgical treatment and rehabilitation of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Dr. Shelbourne has performed more than 6000 ACL reconstructions. The progress and results of surgical patients are closely monitored through this research, which Dr. Shelbourne has shared through the publication of over 150 journal articles and 40 book chapters. He has also given presentations and speeches across the globe to share his knowledge with orthopaedic surgeons worldwide. Through his ongoing research, Dr. Shelbourne is able to provide up-to-date treatment and knee rehabilitation methods for patients worldwide. In 1994, Dr. Shelbourne began offering the option of using the patellar tendon graft from the non-injured (contralateral) knee. This advancement in treatment offers patients the ability to rehabilitate their knee faster with more predictable results. Over 2,000 patients have undergone this procedure and most athletes return to their sport by 5-6 months after surgery.

1500 N Ritter Ave Ste 500

Indianapolis, IN 46219

Contact Information

(317) 924-8636

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • 22 More

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ACL Surgery
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more than 99% of peers
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Osteoarthritis of Knee
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Shelbourne "At Shelbourne Knee Center, the doctors and physical therapists work as a team for a full understanding of your knee condition. This access has proven to be very valuable to our patients' overall recovery, helping athletes get back to playing in as little as 3 months after surgery.

Our treatments are based on more than 30 years of continual research and are tailored to meet each patient's condition and needs. Our physical therapy department has proven rehabilitation techniques to decrease pain and increase function. In addition, our rehabilitation program can prevent unnecessary surgery for many knee injuries and conditions.

If surgery is needed, you can be reassured by research that has proven Dr. Shelbourne's surgical techniques and rehabilitation programs to be the most effective and progressive treatments available. Our onsite, fully equipped rehabilitation gym and X-ray department provide both efficiency and convenience during your appointments."


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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Cancer
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gout
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture


  • ACL Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Wabash College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1972
  • Indiana University / School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1976
  • Methodist Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1977
  • Ind University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1981
  • University Of Wisconsin Madison
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1982

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Shelbourne has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Shelbourne's Reviews

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We appreciate the opportunity for feedback. Specific questions and concerns can be addressed by calling Shelbourne Knee Center: 317-924-8636.

Dr. Shelbourne's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (1)
Michigan |
Our son appreciated Dr. Shelbourne's honesty and willingness to answer all of his questions about his injury, his surgery and his rehab, as well as his ability to play football in college. It's been 18 months since his surgery and he's back to playing the sport he loves.
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Dr. Shelbourne accepts 31 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • HealthLink
    HealthLink PPO
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Medica
  • Medicaid
  • Medico
  • Meritain Health
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    Kaiser PHCS Network PPO
    MultiPlan Formost PPO
    MultiPlan Wellmark PPO
    PHCS Network
    PHCS Network EPO
    PHCS Network POS
    PHCS Network PPO
    PHCS Open Access PPO
    Worker's Compensation WC
  • Sagamore Health Network
    Sagamore Plus
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • Tricare
    Tricare South
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital
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