After completing his orthopedic training at The University of Chicago, he spent an additional year completing a fellowship with a primary focus on sports medicine and shoulder and knee reconstruction. He was exposed to a high volume of surgical and nonsurgical athletic injuries. He treated all types of athletes, including professional, collegiate, high school, and weekend warriors. He was also afforded the opportunity to treat complex shoulder problems, including rotator cuff tears, instability, and arthritis. Because of his fellowship, he had the opportunity to care for patients who needed a second opinion and, often times, revision surgeries.
Dr. Levenda is an expert in the field of shoulder reconstruction. This includes a wide variety of shoulder disorders, including labral tears; instability; rotator cuff tears, both standard and massive; and arthritis. He is a skilled arthroscopist who has developed surgical techniques using grafts and other biologics to augment rotator cuff repairs. Many patients come to him for a second opinion because of his experience. He performs a high number of shoulder replacements, including reverse total shoulder and revision surgeries.
As the head team doctor for Valparaiso University and several local high schools, Dr. Levenda works closely with each school’s athletic trainers and physical therapists to provide the safest and best treatment options for every individual athlete. “Getting Back In The Game” is not only a philosophy for the athletes in an organized sport but also a philosophy Dr. Levenda applies to all of his patients. He believes an athlete is not defined by sport or by age but by a state of mind. Whether you get paid to throw a ball for a living or you want to play catch with your grandchild, you are an athlete.
A way to provide the best care for your patients is by staying up to date with the most advanced and research-proven treatments. Dr. Levenda does just that. He is actively involved in research to improve the quality of life of patients. He has developed and published surgical techniques using biologic grafts in massive rotator cuff tears to improve patients' outcomes of pain control and function. He has been an instructor and speaker at orthopedic courses, educating current and future orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Levenda works with the bioengineering department at Valparaiso University studying ways to improve athletic performance and injury prevention. He serves as a Volunteer Associate Professor at Indiana University Northwest Medical School and is a mentor to students interested in the medical field. Medical students and physician assistant students rotate through his practice throughout the year.
Dr. Levenda is a pioneer in the region for performing outpatient total joint replacements. Studies show that the outcomes of joint replacements performed in an outpatient setting are the same, if not better, than those performed in an inpatient setting. He uses a multimodal approach to pain management for joint replacements, which has helped to decrease and nearly eliminate the use of postoperative narcotics.
Dr. Levenda knows patients have a choice in deciding their doctor. He thanks you for choosing him and entrusting him with your care.
Rebeka Reichard, ATC
Taylor Marler, Scheduler
Natalie Fox, PA-C
- Rotator cuff tears
- Labral tears
- Cartilage injuries
- ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears
- PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) tears
- Multi-ligament injuries
- Meniscal tears
- Cartilage injuries
- Labral tears
Outpatient Joint Replacements:
- Shoulder arthroplasty
- Reverse shoulder arthroplasty
- Knee arthroplasty
- Partial knee arthroplasty