Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute


Excellence in Motion


At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, our mission is to provide excellence in musculoskeletal care to all of our patients, using state-of-the-art technology, with integrity and a spirit of compassion that encompasses all that we do.

Our experience and compassion come together to deliver quality care for your orthopedic problems. Our team includes orthopedic surgeons with a range of specialists, and we offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, and advanced imaging options, all on-site. Read about our services.

We provide specialized, comprehensive care throughout Northwest Indiana, with offices in Chesterton, Valparaiso, Portage, Michigan City, and Crown Point, Schererville, LaPorte and Knox. See all locations.

Notice To All Patients about Pain Medication Refills 

Dear Patient,

Pursuant to recent DEA regulations, the manner in which we handle your prescriptions may be changed.  Please note that we are no longer able to call in your refills to the pharmacy for certain medications.  You will need to obtain a new written prescription each time.

Drugs such as Vicodin, Norco and Lortabs have also been elevated to this category that now requires a new prescription. 

All practitioners at LBJI must comply with the new regulation. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you and we thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Dr. Eric K Szczesniak

 Dr. Eric K Szczesniak

We are excited to announce that Dr. Szczesniak will be joining Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute in August 2016.

Trained in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Preservation, Dr. Szczesniak received his Fellowship at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedic in Baltimore, Maryland.  He will be treating pediatric and adults patients with a wide range of diagnoses: fractures, trauma, hip and knee replacements, sports injuries, hip dysplasia, and much more. 

Dr. Szczesniak will be seeing patients in our Chesterton, Valparaiso, and Portage offices; call our office at 219.250.5011 to schedule an appointment at one of these convenient locations.



Dr. Hamad I Farhat, Neurosurgeon


Dr. Hamid I Farhat

Dr. Farhat joined Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute (LBJI) in May 2016.

Dr. Farhat loves the practice of Neurosurgery and the fact that he can use his unique skills to help people. When a patient has an injury or condition involving the brain, they look to someone who has the experience and skill to take them from a critical situation to recovery; from fear to relief. It’s important to be able to trust the person who will diagnose and correct a condition of the brain. Dr. Farhat enjoys the confidence that people have in him to perform the needed treatment, he enjoys when he can communicate with his patients and their families in a way that they can understand what is occurring, and ultimately he enjoys watching their tension subside. This is why he went into medicine and into this most distinctive specialty.

Dr. Farhat currently has privileges at Porter Regional Hospital and LaPorte Hospital; he currently practices at the Chesterton LBJI Office.

Please call 219-250-5028 to schedule an appointment


Saturday Sports Clinic

LBJI is proud to provide our communities with a Saturday morning Sports Clinic

This includes a complimentary initial evaluation and x-ray for student athletes who have not yet been treated for an injury incurred during an organized school or intramural sporting event.    

If your injury falls outside of these parameters, or if you have already received treatment for this injury, we would be happy to schedule an appointment for you during our regular office hours Monday through Friday.

To schedule an appointment please call 219-921-1444. 

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