Dr. Thomas N. Lindenfeld MD


Dr. Thomas N. Lindenfeld, a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and other orthopaedic problems, is from St. Joseph, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan for both undergraduate and medical school. At the University of Louisville, Dr. Lindenfeld completed his first two years of residency in general surgery. He then went on to complete his orthopaedic residency at the University of Iowa where he also completed fellowships for both sports medicine and hand surgery.

In 1984, Dr. Lindenfeld joined Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center. He has extensive experience with knee, shoulder, and hip surgery, including ligament reconstruction, meniscal (cartilage) repair, total joint replacement, rotator cuff repair and shoulder stabilization and hip arthroplasty. He continues to practice sports medicine and general orthopaedics and performs total joint replacement of the hip and knee. Dr. Lindenfeld has developed a special interest in upper extremity problems with the shoulder and elbow. He has written original articles on elbow arthroscopy and has developed new techniques for stabilization after shoulder dislocation. Through his interest in the shoulder, he has found that many problems may be handled through physical therapy and not surgery.

Dr. Lindenfeld stays busy outside the Center as well. Recently, Dr. Lindenfeld was elected into the prestigious American Orthopaedic Association (AOA). The association elects new members each year based on their significant contribution to education, research and the practice of orthopaedic surgery. The AOA currently has 580 active members from the 23,243-board certified orthopaedists in the country. In 1988 and 2001, Dr. Lindenfeld was the recipient of the prestigious O’Donoghue Award given annually by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for outstanding research. He has been a visiting professor at several medical universities, has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, is a reviewer for four orthopaedic journals and presents at national orthopaedic conferences. He has served as a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Education Committee and Clinical Committee on Sports Medicine. Dr. Lindenfeld has also served as a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery’s Recertification Examination committee. He has also served on the NFL’s Safety Committee.

Among other areas of research at Cincinnati SportsMedicine, Dr. Lindenfeld has studied the relationship between serious knee injury and hormonal fluctuations in female athletes, the strength and thickness of structures in the posterior capsule of the shoulder to help understand each structure’s role in stabilizing the capsule; and the evaluation and treatment of impingement syndrome. He is currently working on a project to carefully measure range of motion in the shoulder and its relationship to upper extremity injury.

Each physician at the Center is very active in education. Dr. Lindenfeld plays an integral role in the Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center sports medicine Fellowship Program and is often an invited guest speaker at schools and community groups to address injury prevention topics, orthopaedic treatment advances and sports medicine.

Dr. Lindenfeld sees patients both young and old.  Dr. Lindenfeld has a special interest in treating shoulder problems, especially in swimmers, having been a competitive swimmer himself for many years. Dr. Lindenfeld is the team physician for Badin High School and helps with Queen City Gymnastics.

Practice Names & Titles

Mercy Health – Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center

Core Faculty – Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center Sports Medicine Fellowship





Sports Medicine

Office Locations

3050 Mack Road, Suite 200,
Fairfield, Ohio 45014

10663 Montgomery Road,
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

Liberty Township
6770 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite 105,
Liberty Township, Ohio 45044



Additional Information

Conditions Treated

Conditions Treated

Knee Instability

  • Nonoperative and operative treatment for injuries to the ACL

Knee Arthritis

  • Nonoperative and operative treatment for knee arthritis including total knee replacement

Rotator Cuff

  • Nonoperative and operative treatment including arthroscopic rotator cuff repair

Hip Arthritis

  • Nonoperative and operative treatment including total hip replacement

Surgical Interest

Surgical Interest

Knee Instability, Arthritis

Shoulder Instability, Arthritis

Hip Arthritis

Board Certification

Board Certification

Board Certified, Orthopaedic Surgery



Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan (M.D.)

Residency: University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky (General Surgery)

Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa (Orthopaedics)

Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa (Sports Medicine, Hand Surgery)

Awards & Honors

Awards and Honors

  • O’Donoghue Award – AOSSM (1988)
  • O’Donoghue Award – AOSSM (2001)

Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Association

Research Activities

Research Activities

  • Glenohumeral Shoulder Rotation and Arch of Motion in Overhead Athletes
  • Comparison of Shoulder Internal Rotation Measurement Techniques



  • McCormack MA, Lindenfeld TN, Barber-Westin SD: Comparing two devices used to regain full range of motion following arthroscopic subacromial decompression for shoulder impingement. J Athletic Training Sports Health Care, 4(1): 21-28, 2012.
  • Ramsey JA, Aboka AM, Lindenfeld TN. Complex Regional Pain Syndromes.  In: DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine 4th Edition.  Miller MD, Thompson SR (eds.).  Elsevier/Saunders, Philadelphia, 2014, pp. 254-266.
  • Lindenfeld TN, Fleckenstein CM, Levy MS, Grood ES, Frush TJ, Parameswaran AD. Reliability of a new clinical instrument for measuring internal and external glenohumeral rotation.  Sports Health, 2015, 7(4): 312-317.

Book Chapters

Book Chapters

  • Saxton D, Lindenfeld TN, Noyes FR.  Diagnosis and treatment of complex regional pain syndrome.  Noyes Knee Disorders: Surgery, Rehabilitation and Clinical Outcomes, Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD (eds.), Saunders, Philadelphia, 2009, pp. 1116-1133.

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