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Paul D. Alley, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dennis J. Beck, Jr., M.D.
Dennis J. Beck, Jr., M.D.
Anthony P. Czaplicki III, M.D.
Daniel J. Emerson, M.D.
James E. Goris, M.D.
J. Michael Gruenwald, M.D., F.A.C.S
David H. King, M.D.
Townes R. Leigh, DO
Douglas J. Lowery, M.D.
Gary R. Moore, M.D.
James A. Rang, M.D., M.B.A.
Robert T. Vraney, M.D.

meet our surgeons

Paul D. Alley, M.D., F.A.C.S. Daniel J. Emerson, M.D.
Sports Medicine, Adult Reconstruction & General Orthopaedics

Dr. Emerson is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has multiple orthopaedic interests including trauma, adult reconstruction (total joint replacement), shoulder and knee surgery, and general orthopaedics. Dr. Emerson’s special area of expertise is sports medicine as he obtained the ABOS Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine in November 2010.  A common but complicated sports injury that he treats is ACL tears and subsequent reconstruction. Dealing with the very active population during his nine years in the military gave him the opportunity to perform hundreds of ACL reconstructions perfecting the latest advances in surgical management including anatomic graft placement using the anteromedial portal and double bundle through a single tunnel.

Other special interests with additional training and experience include all aspects of workman’s comp injuries and treatments including Causation, Return-to-Work, Permanent Impairments, Depositions, and Independent Medical Examinations.  Particular surgical interests and expertise include management of distal biceps tendon injuries with early and late reconstruction, chronic hip bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, primary knee and hip replacement, primary total and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty, and all aspects of shoulder and knee arthroscopy.

Dr. Emerson was born and raised in Evansville and attended Central High School. He graduated with honors from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana and earned his medical degree from Indiana University of School of Medicine. Following medical school he served in the Army and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. His final four years in the Army were spent at Fort Benning, Georgia, completing a tour of duty in Iraq in 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and acting as Chief and General Staff of Orthopaedics at Martin Army Community Hospital.


Dr. Emerson is a former NCAA All-American wrestler and is very excited to be back in our local community and have the opportunity to care for the region’s athletes and local citizens. When not taking care of patients, he enjoys corralling his four children, spending time with his wife and family, traveling, reading, playing guitar, and being outdoors. Dr. Emerson and his wife are a part of the local running community and completed the Chicago marathon together.



American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Certification Date:  July 2009


Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Certification Date: November 2010


Medical Education

July 2002-2007

Madigan Army Medical Center

Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Washington

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency


August 1998-June 2002

Indiana University School of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine


August 1994-May 1998

Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana

Bachelor of Arts



Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery

Martin Army Community Hospital, Ft Benning, GA 

January 2009-October 2010


Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery

31st Combat Support Hospital, Camp Cropper, Iraq 

February 2008-August 2008


Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon

Martin Army Community Hospital, Ft Benning, GA 

August 2007-May 2011


Professional Memberships

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Diplomate

Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Medical Association

Indiana State Medical Association

Vanderburgh County Medical Society





Operation Iraqi Freedom:  An Orthopaedic Perspective

Presenter - OA Symposium:  Updates in Office Orthopaedics

Evansville, Indiana


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:  In and Out of the Workplace

Presenter:  Case Management Conference

Evansville, Indiana


Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma in Thirty Minutes

Presenter - OA Symposium:  Updates in Office Orthopaedics

Evansville, Indiana


Operation Iraqi Freedom:  An Orthopaedic Perspective


Evansville, Indiana


Field Orthopaedics


Gibson County, Indiana


Deadly Falls:  Morbidity and Mortality Following Hip and Femur Fractures in the Elderly


Evansville, Indiana







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