Brian L. Ratigan, M.D.Dr Brian Ratigan, orthopedic surgery south bend indiana

Dr. Ratigan Practices at:

South Bend Office: 53880 Carmichael Drive
Mishawaka Office: 60160 Bodnar Boulevard (Off Elm Road)

Participating Hospitals and Surgery Centers

Memorial Hospital of South Bend
Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center – Mishawaka Campus
Allied Physicians Surgery Center, South Bend

Undergraduate

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

Medical School

Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA

Residency

4.7 Star Rating: Recommended

4.7 out of 5
433 Patient Ratings
134 Patient Comments
Updated 2/17

 

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship in Sports Medicine

Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Los Angeles, CA

Board Certification

Diplomate of American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical Society Memberships

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
Indiana State Medical Association
Indiana Orthopaedic Society
Notre Dame Orthopaedic Society

Team Physician Experience

Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles Galaxy
Los Angeles Sparks
Los Angeles Avengers
Anaheim Ducks
University of Southern California Football
Fullerton College Football
Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Eagles

University of Notre Dame

Team Physician – Football
Team Physician – Baseball

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider-related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Friendliness/courtesy of care provider
4.8  
4.8 Star Rating: Recommended

 


Care provider’s explanation of problem/condition
4.8  4.7 Star Rating: Recommended

 


Care provider’s concern for questions/worries
4.8  4.7 Star Rating: Recommended

 


Care provider’s efforts to include me in decisions
4.7  4.7 Star Rating: Recommended

 


Care provider’s information about medications
4.6  4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

 


Care provider’s instructions for follow-up care
4.6 4.6 Star Rating: Recommended

 


Care provider spoke using clear language
4.8  4.7 Star Rating: Recommended

 


Time care provider spent with me
4.5  4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

 


My confidence in care provider
4.8  4.8 Star Rating: Recommended

 


Likelihood of recommending care provider
4.8  4.7 Star Rating: Recommended

 


Patient Comments

Patient Comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Satisfaction Survey. Patients are not identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

SBO Patient 1/17

I am a 67 year old male that had a Lt shoulder replacement. Brian Ratigan has to be the best Dr. I have ever been associated with. I would highly recommend him to anyone and have.

 

SBO Patient 1/17

As always, Dr. Ratigan is amazing and explains everything clearly and completely. I couldn't imagine entrusting another provider with my care.

 

SBO Patient 1/17

Dr Ratigan is always very caring, takes time to explain issues and listen to & respond to concerns.

 

SBO Patient 1/17

A truly caring doctor!!!!   He gave me the time to ask questions and thoroughly explained to me the procedure that I need.

 

SBO Patient 1/17

Doc Ratigan is simply the best.  Not just for skill, but for giving appropriate time, clarity and understanding of options.

 

SBO Patient 12/16

Dr Ratigan is great. Worth the wait.

 

SBO Patient 12/16

No bad experiences other than I was not blessed with good shoulders!

 

SBO Patient 12/16

We love Dr. Ratigan and recommend him whenever possible.  My extended family has seen him for broken arms and rotor cuffs (x3 family members).

 

SBO Patient 11/16

Dr. Ratigan is always very considerate of my concerns and took the time to explain my condition and upcoming surgery in detail. He never seems rushed even though he is such a busy physician.

 

SBO Patient 11/16

Dr. Ratigan...Excellent Doctor! :)

 

SBO Patient 11/16

Third visit so far with Dr. Ratigan and he is far superior to other otho docs with concerns, communication skills, and is reassuring .

 

SBO Patient 10/16

Already have recommended Dr. Ratigan to several people.

 

SBO Patient 10/16

Dr. Ratigan was very friendly.

 

SBO Patient 10/16

This is my 4th injury with Dr. Ratigan and I will always seem him! He takes his time to explain everything and to get to the root of your problem.

 

SBO Patient 10/16

Absolutely love Dr. Ratigan. I would recommend him to everyone. He is very knowledgeable.

 

SBO Patient 10/16

I would have liked more info on the details of my MRI report in simple language.  Dr. covered a couple of points on the Report but did not mention some of the other points on the report.

 

SBO Patient 9/16

Dr. Ratigan was great!  I will refer him and see him in the future when needed!

SBO Patient 8/16

Dr. Ratigan’s explanation of his work performed by far gave me the confidence to know what was done, and the fight to rehabilitate!

SBO Patient 8/16

Dr. Ratigan was awesome!

SBO Patient 8/16

Dr Ratigan is wonderful as a Dr and a very caring person. He is the best.

SBO Patient 8/16

Dr. Ratigan was great! He was very engaging and funny while explaining everything including how the injury occurred, to how arthroscopic surgery works and the possibilities, recovery, and some therapy I can do now to make recovery easier later.  I would definitely recommend him to friends and family (which I already have)!

SBO Patient 8/16

Brian Ratigan makes you feel like you're the only patient he is seeing that day.  The extra time he spends (which may only be a minute or so) with you is appreciated and creates a bond between you and the doctor.

SBO Patient 7/16

Doctor Ratigan is one of the most kind and knowledgeable doctors I've ever had.

SBO Patient 7/16

Love Dr. Ratigan.

SBO Patient 7/16

I love Dr Ratigan, I always recommend him to others and that's why I came back to him.

SBO Patient 7/16

Dr. Ratigan is an amazing physician. Although wait times are rarely less than an hour, you have his undivided attention as soon as he sees you. He never makes you feel rushed even though he's clearly behind schedule. He explains all issues in a very thorough manner and makes sure you have a complete understanding. He's well worth the wait.

SBO Patient 5/16

Dr. Ratigan was great. He used a model to show me what my injury looked like, showed me the MRI images, and explained very thoroughly. He made recommendations for treatment based on my personal preferences and medical history. I wish I'd gotten a little more information on follow-up and better written instructions.

SBO Patient 5/16

I have already recommended this doctor to others!

SBO Patient 5/16

Will recommend Doctor Ratigan but will tell about long wait lines.

SBO Patient 4/16

Dr. Ratigan was excellent in communicating, both visually and verbally what was going on. He was awesome!

SBO Patient 4/16

Dr. Ratigan is the BEST: he gives options, he informs with words/models that I can understand, he knows what to suggest when therapy is not going as well as anticipated, his surgeries are effective, and he is kind and smiles.

SBO Patient 4/16

Dr. Ratigan was thorough in his testing and in describing options for treatment. I appreciated his fun personality and concern in getting me back to pain-free use of my shoulder.

SBO Patient 4/16

Dr. Ratigan is always very personable and easy to understand. He is very knowledgeable and honest. Both my son and husband have seen Dr. Ratigan and we are always pleased with our visits.

SBO Patient 4/16

Brian Ratigan is knowledgeable, professional and personable. It is a pleasure having an appointment with him. Good listener and answers questions using words I understand.

SBO Patient 4/16

Dr. Ratigan was running behind so when he came in the room I thought he was talking fast because he was rushing but after the encounter at the surgery center with him, I realized he just talks fast!

SBO Patient 4/16

Have made multiple recommendations - one is having a total knee tomorrow!

SBO Patient 2/16

Best Orthopedic around! He has changed my life.

 

SBO Patient 2/16

Dr. Ratigan is very attentive and personable.   He takes the time to make sure you understand.... even though he is overbooked.

 

SBO Patient 1/16

Dr. Ratigan is an excellent and outstanding doctor. Very courteous, very concerned, answers any questions, shows compassion, and is extremely skilled and knowledgeable.

 

SBO Patient 1/16

Dr. Ratigan’s reputation is stellar.  I live closer to other ortho clinics, but I wouldn't go to anyone else.

 

SBO Patient 1/16

Dr Ratigan is the best physician I have ever had the pleasure to work with or be a patient of.  Great personality, great sense of humor, very personable and caring.  Again, there is no way we would have waited through the wait times if the clinician quality were any less.

 

SBO Patient 12/15

Very impressed with the doctor - kind, friendly, took time to explain things, personable, knowledgeable.

SBO Patient 10/15
Dr. Ratigan was amazing. He very clearly explained everything and walked me through the different surgical options. I feel confident moving forward with surgery because of his thoroughness.

SBO Patient 10/15
Dr. Ratigan took time to explain the cause and various options. Pleasant Dr. visit!

SBO Patient 10/15
Brian is awesome. A true treasure for our community.

SBO Patient 9/15
Dr. Ratigan was very friendly, and willing to work with me and take time out of his busy day in order to make sure I know what the surgery consists of, and what exactly happened to me.

SBO Patient 9/15
I absolutely loved my surgeon. He is a great doctor and has a great bedside manner and I would and have recommended him to others. My only issue was when I called for more pain medication I felt I was cut off too soon from it. There were still days I was in A LOT of pain and I couldn't get anything else. I know the reason is to prevent addiction but this was like 3 weeks out of surgery and felt I still needed more especially when I decreased myself from Percocet to Norco because I didn't need Percocet anymore but was still needing Norco. Caused for some very painful days and sleepless nights.

SBO Patient 9/15
We as parents felt very comfortable with the treatment because all was explained thoroughly. Better yet, Doc explained to our child and had her full attention. He explained at a level she could understand in terms of age, gender and non-athlete status. That's impressive.

SBO Patient 9/15
Only issue is the inconvenience. But that's my experience there every time.

SBO Patient 9/15
No problems

SBO Patient 8/15
Dr. Ratigan will be doing shoulder surgery on me when I get my PTO bank built back up.

SBO Patient 7/15
The doctor had clearly dealt with this kind of injury many times and knew what he was looking at. However, this my first time with a knee injury and I have little experience with such things. I felt quite ignorant and as though my numerous questions were silly and a bit of a waste of his time. He wasn't rude, simply anxious to wrap up and move onto the next patient.

SBO Patient 7/15
Dr. Ratigan Always goes above and beyond, truly cares about his patients

SBO Patient 7/15
Dr Ratigan is outstanding.

SBO Patient 7/15
Excellent Doctor!!!

SBO Patient 7/15
Dr. Ratigan is such a kind and compassionate doc. Parents and 16 yr. old son have much respect for him.

SBO Patient 7/15
Dr. Ratigan is the best but the wait time to see him was really bad.

SBO Patient 6/15
Dr. Ratigan is a fantastic dr. he's very nice as well as very knowledgeable. I was pleased that he wanted to explain my MRI and what it meant going forward. He spent the time needed to make sure I was comfortable and well informed. His bedside manner is outstanding.

SBO Patient 6/15
Again, I would give a 5 for recommendation if it wasn't for the consistent problem of 45 to 90 minute waits for an appointment.

SBO Patient 6/15
Already have recommended.

SBO Patient 5/15

Brian Ratigan has been wonderful working with me regarding my knee replacement. He is kind, listens, sits down when talking with me and answers my questions. I think he is very skilled as a surgeon and I was confident I would have a positive outcome.

SBO Patient 5/15

Dr. Ratigan is the BEST!!!!!!! He talked to my 16 yo daughter like she was an adult which she really appreciated. He calmed her fears and has been just wonderful throughout her whole injury.

SBO Patient 5/15

Very professional and empathetic to my needs.  Explained wellness plan and schedule

SBO Patient 5/15

I am extremely grateful to have found dr. Ratigan. I would have left my previous ortho physician (whom I had seen for 20 yrs before he retired) to be part of Dr. Ratigan's practice and I never thought I would have said that.

SBO Patient 5/15

Dr Ratigan was awesome!

SBO Patient 3/15

Thank you for the kindness.

SBO Patient 3/15

Satisfied with everything.

SBO Patient 2/15

Dr. Ratigan is an excellent physician. We choose to go to him whenever we have orthopedic issues.

SBO Patient 1/15

He is awesome!  He really cares about his patients!

SBO Patient 12/14

Great doctor!!!!!

SBO Patient 12/14

Since the doc was running late, he was rushing to get caught up. The appt was very fast and to the point.

SBO Patient 11/14

Dr ratigan is a wonderful ortho. As a past elite level triathlete and two sport college athlete, I was scared I wouldn't be able to compete again. He has me on the road back.

SBO Patient 11/14

I tend to be skeptical about physicians but I was pleasantly surprised.

SBO Patient 11/14

He was great.

SBO Patient 11/14

Good. Told me exactly what to expect.

SBO Patient 11/14

I have been under the care of three current doctors in your organization. I would recommend them to anyone needing orthopedic care. I have no reservations regarding these doctor's skills, knowledge, and talents.

SBO Patient 10/14

Dr Ratigan is top notch. Well respected in his area but can relate to patients on a down to earth level

SBO Patient 10/14

Doctor explained my problem n gave me choices.  He always makes sure that I have options n input in the decision to be made.

SBO Patient 10/14

Doctor Ratigan is one of a kind, he chose the right profession for his life.

 SBO Patient 10/14

Dr Ratigan explains everything very well and takes time to answer all questions.

SBO Patient 9/14
Dr. Ratigan seems to care that I’m a triathlete and want to run again. Spent a great amount of time going through options and scenarios

SBO Patient 8/14
He was very kind and concerned. Made me feel so much better and like there was hope

SBO Patient 8/14
Dr. Ratigan was very personable, answered my questions, gave me good feedback. I have a lot of confidence in him.

SBO Patient 8/14
Dr. Ratigan rocks!!! I would recommend him to anyone who asks me for a referral!

SBO Patient 7/14
Dr Ratigan remembered my son from the previous year, which really showed a lot about his care for his patients. My son is 6 years old and Dr Ratigan took the time to talk to, show and explain his injury to him in a way he could understand

SBO Patient 6/14
I have already recommended SBO to friends. Dr Ratigan was very friendly and thorough and gave me complete confidence in his ability to operate successfully on me. I know that I was fortunate to have SBO within an hour of my summer cottage when I had the injury. I wish I had SBO in Florida as they are the best I will see the doctor again on August 15th and am looking forward to good news

SBO Patient 6/14
While time in waiting room seemed long, once I saw the doctor he took all the time necessary to thoroughly explain my options & answer all questions. It was obvious he wanted me to understand the condition & to be comfortable with options. He instilled confidence & conveyed genuine caring for me.

SBO Patient 6/14
Dr. did a very good job of explaining everything. I felt that he cared about me as a patient.

SBO Patient 6/14
Dr. Ratigan was an exceptional provider throughout the entire process of my surgery and follow-up. He was particularly good at explaining my diagnoses, treatment plan, answering questions, etc. He went into far more detail than I expected, making sure I understood everything about my surgery and why he had done what he had. In retrospect on this, I do wish he would have been that thorough in his explanation of what he would be doing before the surgery as well, but quite honestly, that is being extremely picky. He seemed to have exceptional technical skill, I felt as though he really understood my condition and was able to identify it with ease. I appreciated how he connected with me by explaining he had undergone a similar injury. He made sure I understood everything, the whole step of the way, and since my surgery I have been ahead of schedule. I really trust Dr. Ratigan for any future care I might need, and will be sure to recommend him. Dr. Ratigan is an asset to your practice, and is hands-down one of the best doctors I have ever seen.

SBO Patient 6/14
I was very happy with the explanations and care I received by the nurses and doctors.

SBO Patient 6/13
Dr Ratigan was great. He explained everything very well. Having worked in health care, that is what I was looking for. I would certainly recommend him.

SBO Patient 5/14
Best Doctor I have ever visited. Very caring and interested in me getting back to my active lifestyle.

SBO Patient 5/14
Dr Ratigan is fantastic.

SBO Patient 5/14
Dr. Ratigan has been outstanding in every way since our initial contact back in September, 2013. His explanations have been clear and thorough, the surgery he performed was excellent based on my recovery of full range of motion within less than 5 months. The PT he recommended was also great and contributed to my rapid progress. I tell everyone who asks that Dr. Ratigan and SBO is the only way to go!

SBO Patient 5/14
Good experience.

SBO Patient 5/14
Dr. Ratigan was a pleasure to have as a doctor! Being a very active person, it was wonderful to talk and work with another athlete and get his opinion on my problem.

SBO Patient 5/14
My only gripe has been the waiting.

SBO Patient 3/14
Good.

SBO Patient 3/14
Dr Ratigan treated my son with great concern, he is a boon to your practice. I was amazed at the amount of time he spent examining him. He definitely connects with young athletes. I have already recommended him to several friends and family members with orthopedic issues and concerns.

SBO Patient 2/14
Dr Ratigan explained everything , took time with us, and included me in what the best treatment would be. Very through, thoughtful and I would and do highly recommend him to others.

SBO Patient 2/14
Unfortunately, I went elsewhere years ago to have the first knee replacement. I coded, and went to ICU for recovery after resuscitation. The right leg has never been totally healed as should be. Dr. Ratigan recently replaced the left knee. It is already more advanced than the old surgery and doing very well. Was hospitalized the first time for a week----this time for 26 hours!

SBO Patient 2/14
I was very impressed with Dr Ratigan. I wish I would've seen him for my prior shoulder problems.

SBO Patient 1/14
Doctor answered my questions and explained the x-rays. I did not feel that I was able to talk to previous and have my questions answered.

SBO Patient 1/14
I think Dr. was affected by the fact that he was running very late and trying to make up lost time.

SBO Patient 1/14
Dr. Ratigan is great!!! Just hate having to wait so, so long to see him. Willing to wait since he's so good, but hate having to always wait a couple hours to see him!

SBO Patient 12/13
He is a very good Dr. and I have had both my knees replaced by him over the last two years. I am a little hesitant to recommend him, any more, to others because of the wait times now.

SBO Patient 10/13
Dr. Ratigan is outstanding! His knowledge and full attention that he gave to my son was second to none. He understood what my son was going through and explained everything in detail that we could understand. Top notch!

SBO Patient 9/13
Dr. Ratigan came as a recommendation to me and I will be passing that on to those who ask for a recommendation. He is very detailed oriented.

SBO Patient 8/13
Dr. Ratigan has a very good bedside manner and is, in my experience, an excellent surgeon. The surgery went as promised and recovery was better than expected.

SBO Patient 8/13
Good.

SBO Patient 8/13
Many of the above questions were not applicable to my visit. I was not informed of follow-up care and was not really given any time for questions.

SBO Patient 7/13
Dr. Ratigan is the best. I have already recommended him to several other people. I also wear the SBO t-shirt to my rehab so that anyone who asks where I had my work done can see right away.

SBO Patient 7/13
I am very happy with results of appointment and Dr.

SBO Patient 7/13
I just recommended dr. Ratigan to another high school coach yesterday.

SBO Patient 7/13
Everyone I dealt with was/is very professional.

SBO Patient 5/13
I have told several people about Doc Ratigan and how good his patient/doctor talk is, and that he seems to know what is right for you.

SBO Patient 5/13
Very nice people.

SBO Patient 4/14
I recommend Dr Ratigan all the time! He is a great doctor.

SBO Patient 4/13
Very good.

SBO Patient 3/13
Brian Ratigan is a wonderful person and doctor. He is caring, compassionate, courteous and very competent.

SBO Patient 3/13
Dr Ratigan is a very nice Dr. He explains everything to you that you understand and answers all your questions. I would definitely tell others to come to him.

SBO Patient 2/13
Dr Ratigan was amazing, very happy with him.

SBO Patient 2/13
From the very beginning, I felt at ease, and, comfortable, with the doctor, and, his staff.

SBO Patient 2/13
Dr. Ratigan was a caring doctor. If we had to see an Ortho again we would see him!