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Orthopedics and Spine Care Team

Dr. Alfred Bonjean, Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Bonjean has been practicing orthopedic surgery in Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years. His areas of expertise include knee and hip arthritis and replacement, as well as general orthopedic surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a fellow at the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

101 E. 87th Ave., Pavilion A, Merrillville • 219-738-6670


Dr. Robert Coats, Orthopedic Surgeon, Hand & Upper Extremity Specialist

Dr. Robert Coats, II, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of traumatic, degenerative and congenital conditions of the hands and upper upper extremities. His practice is based on the principle of shared decision making, and he strives to achieve the best possible outcomes by educating his patients on all aspects of diagnosis and treatment, while learning about their needs and wants.

101 E. 87th Ave., Pavilion A, Merrillville • 219-738-6670


Dr. Omar Perez, Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist

Dr. Omar Perez is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, who has successfully treated world-class athletes from the NFL, NBA, NCAA and Major League Baseball, as well as youth and adult recreational athletes. He was an orthopedic sports medicine fellow at Baylor/University of Texas in Houston. His passion is preserving and restoring motion because movement is often the best medicine for creating positive change in a person’s physical, emotional state.

1275 E. North St., Crown Point • 2269 W. 25th Ave., Gary
• 101 E. 87th Ave., Pavilion A, Merrillville • 219-738-6670


Dr. Vineet P. Shah, Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Vineet Shah is an experienced orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee reconstruction, hand treatment and orthopedic trauma. He enjoys working with his patients to manage their orthopedic problems. If a patient does require surgery, he has an established reputation of providing safe, effective results using less invasive techniques, effective pain management, and proven, state of the art implants. Dr. Shah is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Fellowship trained in Joint Replacement.

2269 W. 25th Ave., Gary • 101 E. 87th Ave., Pavilion A, Merrillville • 219-738-6670


Dr. Elian Shepherd, Spine Surgeon

Dr. Elian Shepherd is an accomplished spine surgeon who specializes in spine deformities (including scoliosis), spine tumors and herniated discs. He chose spine surgery after witnessing the agony so many people were enduring with spine ailments. Dr. Shepherd strives to provide the best diagnosis and address the problem using the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques. Dr. Shepherd is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Fellowship trained at Northwestern University.

101 E. 87th Ave., Pavilion A, Merrillville • 219-738-6670


Dr. Judson Wood, Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Judson Wood specializes in total knee and total hip replacement. He provides excellent orthopedic care with a compassion and personal touch, treating patients like family. Dr. Wood also provides expertise in treating difficult fractures. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Fellowship trained in Orthopedic Trauma.

2269 W. 25th Ave., Gary • 101 E. 87th Ave., Pavilion A, Merrillville • 219-738-6670


Free Scoliosis Screenings

Having your child screened for scoliosis is quick and painless and can prevent future health problems from happening.

Southlake Campus
Pavilion B, NeuroScience Institute
200 E. 89th Ave, Merrillville

By appointment only. For information call 219-738-4930


Northwest Indiana Orthopedic-Spine Center at Methodist Hospitals

Southlake Campus: 101 East 87th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Merrillville, IN 46410 • 219-738-6670

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