John Lindstrom, MD., got his first experience in the operating room as a scrub nurse. “I had a chance to see what surgery was all about,” he said, noting he saw many surgical specialties. “That’s probably where I first fell in love with orthopedics.”
Dr. Lindstrom has been a board-certified orthopedic physician/surgeon for 34 years. He began seeing patients in July at ThedaCare Orthopedic Care, located in New London Family Medical Center. He joined Terry Dietrich, MD, bringing a combined 70 years of expertise.
“It gives ThedaCare Orthopedic Care a consistent presence in New London,” he said, noting that he can also fill in for Dr. Dietrich when he is on missionary trips to Haiti.
Dr. Lindstrom is no stranger to the area. He came to Appleton in 1979 after two years in the U.S. Air Force and practiced with Valley Orthopedic Clinic for 12 years. He was in solo orthopedic practice until 2007 and worked for the Marshfield Clinic in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls before returning to the Valley.
“It’s nice to be back,” said Dr. Lindstrom. His family – three adult children and wife of 36 years, Ann – maintained a home in the area. “It’s nice not commuting quite as much.”
Dr. Lindstrom was trained as a general orthopedic surgeon with special interests in arthroscopic techniques in the knee and shoulder, along with interest in total hip and knee replacements. He believes in life-long learning and studies new and evolving orthopedic treatments on the surgical and non-surgical side.
He enjoys working with patients and educating them on their medical options. “My patients rightfully expect me to provide excellent care and I, in turn, ask them to do the same for themselves by being active participants and working diligently to better their health,” he said. “I believe it is my responsibility to determine a patient’s diagnosis based on the symptoms and then explain the treatment options to cure or improve the condition. From there, I will share the risks and benefits of various approaches, make sure all information is thoroughly understood, and help each patient decide which course of action is the best choice.”
Dr. Lindstrom earned his undergraduate degree from Denison University of Ohio and received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his internship and residency training at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Dr. Lindstrom is a member of several professional affiliations including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the Wisconsin Medical Society.
In his off-time, he enjoys being outdoors. “I grew up in an outdoor-oriented family,” said Dr. Lindstrom, noting activities such as gliding, skiing, hunting, fishing, golfing and scuba diving.