Dr. Keith Pitchford

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Specializing In Hand & Wrist, Hip,
Knee & Sports Medicine


Dr. Keith Pitchford

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hand & Wrist, Hip,
Knee & Sports Medicine

Dr. Pitchford is founder, president and CEO of Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, P.C. In addition to his private practice as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Pitchford is Adjunct Assistant Professor for Orthopedic Surgery at Midwestern University and team physician for the Gary SouthShore Railcats and the Chi-Town Shooters.

Dr. Pitchford graduated in 1986 from the University of Illinois, Urbana with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology. He received his medical degree from Midwestern University (formerly Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine), where he also served his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery.

He completed a sports medicine fellowship with renowned surgeon Dr. Bernard Cahill at the University of Illinois, before accepting a position as staff orthopedic surgeon at Sports Med-Wheaton Orthopedics, during which time he was orthopedic consultant to the Illinois High School Association. From there, Dr. Pitchford returned to the region and began Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

Physician Resources

JOURNEY◊ II Active Knee Solutions – Implant Wear

Implant materials can impact durability

Virtually all total knee replacement systems use a combination of metal and plastic components to replace the surfaces of a damaged knee. Metal is typically used to replace the surfaces of the bone, while plastic is most commonly used to replace the joint’s cartilage.

Unfortunately, the metal and plastic surfaces of an implant can wear down over time. The primary cause of this “implant wear” is the friction created when the upper, metal, part of an implant – called the femoral component – rubs against the plastic insert. Even with pristine implants, over time, this friction can cause tiny particles of the insert to wear away. If the metal component becomes scratched for any reason, this destructive process can be increased dramatically. In fact, this type of implant wear is a leading cause of premature knee replacement failure.

Fortunately, implant wear can be offset by using advanced, wear-reducing materials during the creation of the implant.

Learn More >>


Crown Point Location

Great Lakes Orthopedics &
Sports Medicine Clinic – Crown Point
10215 Broadway Avenue
Crown Point, IN 46307.
Phone: 1.219.365.0220
Fax: 1.219.365.0226
Map It

St. John Location

Great Lakes Orthopedics &
Sports Medicine Clinic – St. John
9615 Keilman Street
St. John, IN 46373
Phone: 1.219.365.0220
Fax: 1.219.365.0226
Map It

Lowell Location

Great Lakes Orthopedics &
Sports Medicine Clinic – Lowell
1020 E. Commerical Ave.
Lowell, IN 46356
Phone: 1.219.696.6353
Fax: 1.219.696.6368
Map It


upper extremity surgery

sports injuries

joint reconstruction

board certification

hand surgery

orthopedic surgery

Hospital Affiliations

Bridgeport hospital

St. Vincent’s Medical Center – Bridgeport, CT


  • Fellowship, Hand Surgery, Emmanuel B. Kaplan Fellowship, Hospital For Joint Diseases, New York, NY
  • Fellowship, Joint Reconstruction Hospital For Special Surgery, New York, NY
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Internship, Surgical, University of California,San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA
  • M.D., Temple University School of Medicine,Philadelphia, PA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery



  • Division Chief of Orthopaedics, St. Vincent’s Hospital
  • Bridgeport Hospital, Yale New Haven Health System


  • US News & World Report Top Orthopedic Doctors
  • Top Doctor, Orthopaedics
  • Castle Connelly Top Orthopedic Doctors – 10+ Years
  • New York Magazine – Top Orthopedic Doctors
  • Connecticut Magazine – Top Orthopedic Doctors