Dr. Pitchford is founder, president and CEO of Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, P.C. In addition to his private practice as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Pitchford is Adjunct Assistant Professor for Orthopedic Surgery at Midwestern University and team physician for the Gary SouthShore Railcats and the Chi-Town Shooters. Dr. Pitchford also serves as the medical director of the Sports Medicine Institute of St. Anthony Medical Center, which is currently located at Franciscan Point in Crown Point, Indiana.
Dr. Pitchford graduated in 1986 from the University of Illinois, Urbana with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology. He received his medical degree from Midwestern University (formerly Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine), where he also served his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery.
He completed a sports medicine fellowship with renowned surgeon Dr. Bernard Cahill at the University of Illinois, before accepting a position as staff orthopedic surgeon at Sports Med-Wheaton Orthopedics, during which time he was orthopedic consultant to the Illinois High School Association. From there, Dr. Pitchford returned to the region and began Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.
In addition to his ongoing orthopedic lectures to residents at Midwestern University, Dr. Pitchford has written numerous papers and has been featured speaker at seminars on the topic of sports medicine, treatments and injury prevention.