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Monday, October 14, 2013

Franciscan St. Francis Health physician to be in Arthritis Foundation spotlight

INDIANAPOLIS – Philip Faris, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with the Center for Hip & Knee Surgery at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville, will be the Arthritis Foundation’s honoree at its annual Bone Bash on Saturday, Oct. 26, at The Indiana Roof Ballroom.
Each year at this Halloween fundraising gala, the foundation honors an orthopedic surgeon for his or her efforts to "fix" what arthritis so often steals from its victims, mobility.
The Bone Bash raises funds for the Arthritis Foundation in support of ongoing research about the disease  and its disastrous effects on the body. The event features a live and silent auction, dinner, dancing, games and a costume contest. More than 500 people attend, most of them in the orthopedic field.
    A native Hoosier, Faris, a member of Franciscan Physician Network,  graduated from Madison Heights High School in Anderson where he lettered in four sports before tearing his ACL, MCL and medial meniscus playing football his senior year. He underwent three surgeries to correct it.
“That injury and the care I received were what made me want to become a physician,” Faris said. “That care allowed me to play four years of college football.”
Faris played cornerback and wide receiver at Ball State University where he lettered in the sport three years running. He was named All Conference three years and MVP his senior year. He was named to Ball State’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and then honored with the Distinguished Alumni award in 2004.
He later completed his medical degree and orthopedic residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in total knee replacement at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York where he worked with the legendary Dr. John Insall.
Faris has been with the Mooresville hospital for more than 25 years, specializing in knee and hip replacement surgery. He is an honorary member of Alpha Omega Alpha, a professional medical organization that recognizes excellence in the profession of medicine.

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