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Christopher C. Kaeding, MD


Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Department of Orthopaedics
Executive Director, OSU Sports Medicine
Director, Division of Sports Medicine in Orthopaedics
Director, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
Head Team Physician, Ohio State Athletics

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 Education and Background

  • Bachelor of Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL,1979
  • Medical Doctorate, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 1983
  • General Surgery Internship, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. 1984
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. 1988
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland OH. 1989

Experience & Interests

Dr. Christopher Kaeding is currently the Judson Wilson Professor of Orthopaedics at OSU where he is Executive Director of OSU Sports Medicine, the orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship director and Head Team Physician for the Athletic Department. Arriving at OSU in 1991, he helped establish the OSU Sports Medicine Center and recently served as the Interim Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics from 2006 -2009.

Raised in Decatur Illinois, Dr. Kaeding was accepted into the 6 year Honors Medical Program at Northwestern University which combined his undergraduate and medical education programs. After graduating with honors from medical school, he remained at Northwestern for his orthopaedic surgical training. He then completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic after which he was recruited to OSU to help develop a sports medicine center. After assuming a leadership position at the Center in 2005, the OSU Sports Medicine Center has seen rapid growth in the breadth and depth of its education, research and clinical programs.

Dr Kaeding has served as a team physician for the US Olympic Committee, spending time at the Lake Placid training facility as well as serving as the team physician for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams to the Beijing World University Games. Past clinical experience includes being the head team physician for the Ohio Glory of the World league of American Football and orthopaedic consultant to the Columbus Chill hockey team. In his current role at OSU, he has direct involvement with many outdoor field sports with primary responsibility for football.

His research interests include stress fractures, ACL reconstruction and clinical outcomes studies. He is a founding member of the MOON group (Multi-center Orthopaedic Outcomes Network) which is a NIH funded multi-center ACL reconstruction outcomes research consortium. Having over 60 peer reviewed publications, Dr. Kaeding has made over a 100 presentations at national and international meetings. In addition to belonging to numerous national societies, Dr. Kaeding is a member of the international ACL Study Group and has been selected as a “Best Doctor” both locally and nationally.