Born on April 14, 1915
Gary, IN
April 7, 2011.
Inducted On
June 12, 2014
Location Inducted
Indianapolis, IN (Posthumously)
Region Number
Gary Emerson
Merit - Team Physician
Gary Emerson
Gary College, Gary, IN; Central Y.M.C.A. College (Night School), Chicago; Indiana University 1935; Indiana University Medical School
Played basketball and baseball.
Member of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, International Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Traumatologists, and American College of Sports Medicine; clinical professor, Indiana University School of Medicine; developed Research and Education Department of Methodist Sports Medicine due to interest in research and innovative techniques for safely returning injured athletes to sports sooner than previously thought possible; authored numerous publications, studies, and presentations on orthopaedic injuries, care, and prevention of injuries; American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine established the Thomas A. Brady Award in 1999, given annually to an orthopaedic surgeon dedicated to excellence in sports medicine at the local level.
Wife, Jane (deceased); children, Thomas (Holly), Jane (Jack), and Patricia (Jeff); 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren.
Merit Contributor - Team Physician: Served as team physician for Third Air Force Football Team 1944; orthopaedic consultant for Indiana High School Athletic Association, various central Indiana high schools, Ball State, Butler, DePauw, Indiana Central College (now U of Indianapolis), Indiana State, IU, and Wabash; orthopaedic consultant at professional level for Indiana Pacers (basketball), Indianapolis Bears (football), Indianapolis Capitols (hockey), and Indianapolis Indians (baseball); practiced orthopaedic surgery in Indianapolis 1947 until mid-1980's; regarded as "Father of Sports Medicine" in Indiana; in early 1980's established a Saturday morning walk-in clinic at Methodist Hospital for inner city high school athletes, at no charge, to treat Friday night injuries; attended as many as 3 Friday night football games to insure athletes had good care; organizer and chairman of committee on Sports Medicine for Indiana State Medical Association 1969; upon retirement in 1984, was orthopaedic consultant to 16 public, 5 Catholic, and 1 private high school in Indianapolis, as well as for DePauw University and Indiana Central College.