Tamara K. Pylawka, M.D.


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My education includes a dedicated sports medicine fellowship completed at Harvard Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior this I completed my orthopaedic residency training at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. While training at Penn State, I was also able complete a dedicated orthopaedic research fellowship which focused are cartilage injury and repair and obtained a Post-Baccalaureate in Academic Education. I completed a combined degree during my medical school training at Rush Medical College in Chicago obtaining and MD and a Masters in Science (masters in anatomy and cell biology). My Undergraduate education was completed at the University of Illinois Champaign- Urbana resulting in a double major in Honors Biology and Biochemistry.

One of the most important aspects of my work in ensure each patient has a unique tailored treatment plan that best fits that individual. I also ensure that patients understand their injury and fully comprehend all treatment plans available to them both operative and non-operative. I enjoy educating my patients about their musculoskeletal problems so they can participate in a more shared decision making process. One of the most rewarding aspects of orthopaedic medicine is relieving discomfort and helping people obtain better daily quality of life.

Board Certified by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in orthopaedic surgery as well as Sports Medicine specialty board Certified. 


  • AAOS: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • ANNA: Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • AOSSM: American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • ICRS: International Cartilage Repair Society
  • AMA: American Medical Association

In my spare time I do enjoy outdoor activities including, kayaking, hiking, biking, horseback riding.   I also enjoy attending live music events of all types. I enjoy volunteering my time with people and animals.  I enjoy art and do paint, charcoal sketch.

I will be practicing at The South Bend Clinic Main campus.