Todd McKinley’s career in orthopaedic surgery started as a dream of becoming an astronaut.
McKinley attended medical school with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronaut/Aerospace Engineering Technology from the University of Minnesota. He completed a two-week rotation in orthopaedic surgery during his senior year of medical school at the University of Minnesota, and the experience rooted him in the subspecialty.
Following his residency, he was named a finalist in the 1998 NASA selection process. He bookended that experience with two orthopaedic fellowships – the first was a research fellowship, the second a trauma fellowship.
A job offer years later brought him to Indiana University School of Medicine, where he now serves as a professor of orthopaedic surgery.
Helping mold young medical minds is a rewarding venture, especially seeing how residents and fellows mature emotionally and academically over time. He hopes his students learn from him how important it is to get to know their patients, to understand them on all levels, and not see them as simply clinical cases.
McKinley's clinical interests include polytrauma, pelvic and acetabular surgery, infection and young-adult hip deformity. He has performed more than 400 periacetabular osteotomies.
He has been the principal investigator on six peer-reviewed grants, including three major grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. He was appointed chairman of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Research Committee and is a member of the Orthopaedic Research Society.