NWI Orthopedic and Spine Center



Pouya Alijanipour, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Pouya Alijanipour, MD, is a highly skilled and revered orthopedic spine surgeon. He provides exceptional clinical and surgical care as part of the team of providers at The Methodist Physician Group Specialists, which has three state-of-the-art clinics conveniently located in Merrillville, Indiana.

Dr. Alijanipour earned his medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences School of Medicine in Tehran, Iran. He completed his orthopedic residency in Spain, where he received a scholarship from the Spanish Society of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology (SECOT) and was named a qualified resident for overseas clinical fellowship by the Andalusian Society of Orthopedic Surgery (SATO).

Dr. Alijanipour also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Jefferson School of Medicine, where he was the recipient of the Sigma Xi Research Competition Award. He also completed fellowships at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami. He’s a two-time winner of the Eastern Orthopedic Association’s Resident/Fellow Award.

In his practice, Dr. Alijanipour specializes in degenerative cervical disease, thoracic spine disorders, degenerative lumbar disorders, adult spinal deformity, minimally invasive spinal procedures, ankylosing spondylitis, spinal trauma, and spinal tumors. He takes a rich and varied approach to patient care, drawing from a number of different schools of thought in spinal surgery. He believes in collaborating with his patients and respecting their pivotal role in the decision-making process of treatment while bringing to the table his own invaluable insights and expertise in modern techniques and technologies.

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Alfred Bonjean , MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Alfred Bonjean, MD with the Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center in Merrillville, Indiana is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with more than 35 years experience in the field. Dr. Bonjean began his medical education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. While serving in the military, he took up the specialty of orthopedics and, today, he has a certification from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He’s also a fellow of the American College of Surgeon and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Bonjean believes that orthopedic surgery offers many people a path to a better life. By specializing in conditions such as internal derangement of the knee, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff syndrome and intervertebral disc degeneration, he provides a service that leads to a life with less pain and improved patient outcomes. Dr. Bonjean offers state of the art diagnostic techniques and advanced treatment options for those living with chronic pain.

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Elian Shepherd, MD

Spine Surgeon

As a 1970 graduate from the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Elian Shepherd, MD with the Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center in Merrillville, Indiana has been providing top-notch orthopedic care to patients for almost half a century. He’s fellowship-trained at Northwestern University and a board-certified specialist in spinal surgery. Dr. Shepherd is the current medical director of the Spine Care Center and a member of the Scoliosis Research Society and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

At the Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center, Dr. Shepherd works with patients suffering from spinal deformities such as scoliosis, spine tumors and herniated discs. He picked this particular specialty after witnessing patients suffering from spinal ailments. He works with the Center to provide their patients with the most advanced technology and focused treatment techniques for improving outcomes. His hope is to offer comprehensive care plans that improve the lives of the people he serves.

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Vineet P. Shah, DO

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Vineet P. Shah, DO with the Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center in Merrillville, Indiana specializes in joint replacement surgeries, among other things. Dr. Shah's expertise focuses on advanced reconstructive techniques for anterior hip replacement, carpal tunnel release, knee arthroscopy, and orthopedic trauma. He believes in using both surgical and non-surgical methodologies to provide his patients with safe and progressive healing options.

With fellowship training in joint replacement, Dr. Shah works with state-of-the-art precision equipment used in minimally-invasive arthroscopic procedures like hip and knee repairs and the newest implant devices. Dr. Shah understands that treating the patient as if they were family improves their healing and medical outcomes. With that in mind, he serves the patients at the Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center with the utmost care and compassion. He takes pride in helping them find their way to less pain and better quality of life with effective orthopedic care plans.

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Judson Wood Jr., MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

As a board-certified specialist in orthopedic surgery with the Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center in Merrillville, Indiana, Dr. Judson Wood, Jr., MD finds dealing with the repair of bones a natural fit. After graduating from Howard University College of Medicine in 1985, Dr. Wood completed his fellowship training in Orthopedic Trauma and is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Wood has advanced training, as well, in the use of the precision equipment necessary to do minimally-invasive arthroscopy surgery.

Although he treats a variety of orthopedic conditions, his areas of expertise are in reconstructive procedures such as total joint replacement, especially knee and hip, and the repair of difficult fractures. When working with patients at the Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center, Dr. Wood believes in providing compassionate and focused care. He treats his patients the way he would expect to treat his own family members.

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 video testimonials



    Mike Scamihorn had both hips and knees replaced by Dr. Vineet Shah, Orthopedic Surgeon. Mike and his wife, Debbie are now living life on their terms and enjoying every minute.



    Joanna Robinson has worked in the Gary Public School System for 30 years. She was born with hip dysplasia, this caused severe arthritis in her hip joints. Dr. Judson Wood, Orthopedic Surgeon performed two hip replacements and Joanna is living a happy healthy life.


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  • Methodist NWI Orthopedic and Spine Center


    Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus

    Pavillion A, 3rd Floor

    101 E 87th Ave

    Merrillville, IN 46410

    Phone: 219-359-4747

    Monday - Friday: 9AM - 5PM

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