About Us

About Us

Continuing a Legacy of Orthopedic Excellence 

The origins of Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute began more than 50 years ago when Dr. Albin Jahns opened a practice in Gary, Indiana. Doctors Olson and Alvarez later joined him; the three doctors soon moved to a larger space in Merrillville.

In 1975, the practice founded the Valparaiso Orthopedic Clinic on the north side of Valparaiso, and shortly thereafter, Dr. James A. Malayter joined the group.    In 1990, with three more orthopedic specialists, they undertook a major expansion of their Valparaiso offices.  Their vision was to provide stellar orthopedic care in Northwest Indiana. 

It took little time to grow out of the Valparaiso clinic and the need for a total makeover became apparent.  A changeover took form and started with a change in name. Valparaiso Orthopedic Clinic became Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute.  The goal was to create a comprehensive orthopedic bone and joint center that would serve Porter County and the surrounding Northwest Indiana communities. The partner physicians made a commitment to create a complete orthopedics care center that would better serve the orthopedic need of the patients of Northwest Indiana under one roof.

In 2003, ground was broken in Chesterton’s Coffee Creek Center with completion of the two-story, 35,000 square foot building in May of 2004. The exam rooms are arranged in pod configuration.  6 doctors can practice from one location and get patients in quickly and efficiently.  Since the opening in Chesterton, additional Northwest Indiana locations were opened to reach out to the community and better serve the patients with a higher level of care.

Our founders and most of the current partners are from Northwest Indiana and Chicago. Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute employs more than 150 healthcare and support staff.  Close, convenient, stellar care.  


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.


Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute will provide:

Clinical Excellence

Provide optimal outcomes for our patients; restore, maintain and enhance health. Using an integrated approach, we are dedicated to providing quality surgical and non-surgical care to our patients.

Service Excellence

Strive to meet and exceed expectations for those we are dedicated to serve – our patients, their families and the referral sources that trust their patients to our care.

Teamwork Excellence

Recognize that cooperation between ourselves, our clinical and business partners will be essential in providing outstanding healthcare services. Build a network of resources that will combine into an integrated seamless system of musculoskeletal care to our patients.


Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute was found by:

  • Albin A. Jahns, M.D. Founder - deceased
  • L. Dale Olson, M.D. - deceased
  • Paul Alvarez, M.D. - deceased

Northwest Indiana Community Support

  • Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute doctors are team physicians for:
    • Valparaiso University
    • Calumet College of St. Joseph
    • Andrean High School
    • Chesterton High School
    • Kankakee Valley High School
    • Portage High School
    • Valparaiso High School
    • Wheeler High School
  • We offer a Saturday Sports Clinic at Chesterton Office.  Hours during the school year are 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute is proud to support the following local organizations in Northwest Indiana:
    • Boone Grove High School Athletic Department
    • Boys and Girls Club of Porter County
    • Chesterton Firefighters Golf Outing
    • Chesterton High School Athletic Department
    • Chicago Fire Juniors NW Indiana Soccer Club
    • The Courts of Northwest Indiana
    • Crown Point High School Athletic Department
    • LaPorte Hospital Foundation
    • Opportunity Enterprises
    • Portage High School Athletic Department
    • Portage Little League
    • Portage Parks Dept. Volleyball Program
    • Robbie Hummel Basketball Camp
    • State Park Little League
    • Valparaiso Americans  Home Run Sponsor
    • Valpo Pop Warner Sponsor
    • Valparaiso University Athletics – Corporate Sponsor
    • Valparaiso Vikings Quarterback Club
    • Washington Township Golf Outing
    • Wheeler High School Athletic Department


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