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John J. Fitzgerald, MD

  • Position: Physician Emeritus
  • Gender: Male

About Dr. Fitzgerald

Dr. John J. Fitzgerald joined Center for Pain Management in 2004. He has practiced medicine in Indiana for more than 30 years, and he has lectured on interventional pain management throughout the United States. He enjoys getting to know his patients and creating individualized treatment plans.

Dr. Fitzgerald specializes in radiofrequency ablation – RFA – a procedure in which a radio wave heats a nerve ending to decrease pain signals. This treatment helps alleviate pain that originates in the spine.


Dr. Fitzgerald previously served as the chair of anesthesiology at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was also a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service – a role that helped him see the true impact of chronic pain and motivated him to pursue pain management as a career focus.

Personal Life

A native of Lake County, Indiana, Dr. Fitzgerald has lived with his wife in Indianapolis for more than 20 years. His interests include forestry, farming, history, and philosophy.

Individual Societies
  • Medical Director, West Colbert Health Clinic, Cherokee, AL.: 1984-1985
  • National Health Service Corps Recognition Award: 1985
  • Chairman, Anesthesiology Section, Department of Surgery, Methodist Hospital of Indiana, Indianapolis: 1995
Medical Societies
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • American Academy of Pain Management
  • American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
  • Indianapolis Medical Society
  • Indiana State Medical Associations

I became a physician because I wanted a career that combined caring and science.

  • Medical School
  • MD Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • Internship
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Residency
  • Pain Management, Pediatric Anesthesiology Indiana University Medical Center, Department of Anesthesiology
    Indianapolis, IN
  • Board Certification
  • Anesthesiology American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine American Board of Pain Medicine
  • American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine
  • Undergraduate Studies
  • BS, Biosciences & English Literature (Summa Cum Laude) Hillsdale College
Medical Interests Research Interests:
  • Guest Lecturer, University Hospital of Maastricht, The Netherlands: 1998
  • Lecturer at Inaugural Meeting, American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine and Surgery: 1999
  • Lecturer at various spinal medicine, medical and osteopathic conferences in Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, and Tennessee: 1999-2006