Meet Dr. Scott Waterman, board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Central Indiana Orthopedics Muncie office. Dr. Waterman is sub-specialty certified in sports medicine and specializes in shoulder and knee injuries. He joined CIO in 2015.
Dr. Waterman grew up in an army family, so he’s lived in several areas throughout the United States and Europe. Following in his family’s footsteps, Dr. Waterman joined the military after completing medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He went on to complete his residency in orthopedic surgery at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, and a specialty fellowship training in sports medicine at the Keller Army Community Hospital in West Point, New York, and the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
As part of Dr. Waterman’s time spent in the military, he had the opportunity to take care of wounded warriors and deployed to Afghanistan for six months. “Collaboration is definitely something you come away with from the military, and I’ve incorporated a team-based approach when caring for my patients,” Dr. Waterman said. “While I can offer or recommend treatment options, a patient’s wants and wishes are definitely incorporated into those decisions. Whether you’re in Afghanistan, Washington DC, wherever you are, we’re in it together.”
Something else Dr. Waterman came away with from his time in the military is a love of cooking and making pizza for his family. “At our base in Afghanistan, we were stationed with over 500 Italians,” Dr. Waterman shared. “In our downtime, they would teach us how to cook pizza in the wood-fired oven. At the time, we had limited ingredients, but now back home, I enjoy trying different recipes, and pizza nights have become a tradition for my family. My son claims the best pizza in Muncie is made in our backyard.”
Being a resident of Muncie, Dr. Waterman enjoys giving back to the Muncie community and taking his practice outside the physical walls of the building. He’s been serving as a team physician of Ball State Athletics for 7 years and at Yorktown High School for 5 years. “I enjoy reading about my patients in the newspaper or seeing them on the field return to what they love,” Dr. Waterman said. “If a patient is able to make a full recovery and get back to doing what they enjoy, that’s rewarding for the both of us.”
What excites Dr. Waterman about coming to work is he believes each patient is unique and there isn’t any one exact approach. “I work with each patient to create a comprehensive plan and customize it to meet their needs,” Dr. Waterman said. “We end up talking about all the options appropriate for them, and the goal is to get patients to meet or exceed those goals and make a full recovery.”
When Dr. Waterman is not practicing medicine, he is an avid cyclist and runner and also enjoys cooking. Watch Dr. Waterman’s video interview below, or learn more at https://ciocenter.com/physicians/scott-m-waterman-md/. To make an appointment, call 800-622-6575.