15 Hip Specialists to Know

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Here are 15 hip surgeons and specialists to know.

Charles Bush-Joseph, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago). Dr. Bush-Joseph is an arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine specialist at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, located in Chicago, where he is one of the busiest hip arthroscopic surgeons in Illinois. He is currently a professor at Rush University Medical Center and the associate director of the Rush Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Bush-Joseph received his medical degree from the University of Michigan College of Medicine in Ann Arbor, Mich., and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Bush-Joseph is the head team physician for the Chicago White Sox and associate team physician for the Chicago Bulls. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Craig Della Valle, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago). Dr. Della Valle specializes in lower extremity total joint and hip arthroplasty at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago. He also serves as an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Rush University Medical School and as director of the adult reconstructive fellowship program at Rush University Medical Center and Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Della Valle received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York. He completed a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at Rush University Medical Center and Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Della Valle is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Wayne M. Goldstein, MD (Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, Morton Grove, Ill.). Dr. Goldstein is a specialist in hip, as well as knee, reconstruction and revision surgery, at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in Morton Grove, Ill., and is its president and founder. He was an innovator in minimum incision total hip MITH surgical procedures, which reduces the incision in this procedure to an average minimum of four inches long as compared to the standard 12-16 inch incision. Dr. Goldstein received his medical degree from the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine in Chicago, and he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery from the University of Illinois Hospital. He completed a fellowship in arthritic reconstructive surgery from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Dr. Goldstein is board certified and is the chief of the division of orthopedic surgery at North Shore University Health System's Skokie (Ill.) Hospital.

Alejandro Gonzalez Della Valle, MD (Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, N.Y.). Dr. Gonzalez Della Valle is an expert in adult reconstructive surgery of the hip at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He also specializes in hip and knee replacement procedures as well as hip and knee early and late osteoarthritis, congenital hip dysplasia, sequelae of hip conditions such as Perthe's disease and slipped capital femoral epiphysis and surgical procedures including arthroplasty and non-arthroplasty. Dr. Gonzalez Della Valle graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and received training from the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Italian Hospital in Buenos Aires. He is a member of various professional societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

William L. Griffin, MD (OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, N.C.). Dr. Griffin specializes in hip replacement at OrthoCarolina, a 70-physician practice in the Charlotte, N.C., region. He also performs knee replacement surgery. Dr. Griffin is president of the OrthoCarolina Research Institute and has focused his research on the design and testing of hip replacement components. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville (Ky.) School of Medicine, where he also completed an internship in general surgery. Dr. Griffin completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and completed a fellowship in reconstructive total joint arthroplasty at the National Hospital of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in Washington, D.C.

Edward J. Hellman, MD (OrthoIndy, Indianapolis).
Dr. Hellman is an orthopedic surgeon with OrthoIndy in Indianapolis where he specializes in arthroscopic surgery and the hip. He also has expertise in knee and total joint replacement. Dr. Hellman has authored many articles on hip arthroplasty. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan College of Medicine in Ann Arbor, Mich., and completed his residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He completed a fellowship in adult reconstructive orthopedic surgery at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.

James C. Kudrna, MD, PhD (Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, Glenview, Ill.).
Dr. Kudrna specializes in the treatment of diseases of the hip joint at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in Glenview, Ill. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and received his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. Dr. Kudrna received his medical degree from the Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Northwestern. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association.

Carlos J. Lavernia, MD (Mercy Hospital, Miami).
Dr. Lavernia is the medical director of the Orthopaedic Institute at Mercy Hospital in Miami. He also serves as the second vice president for the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Lavernia is an adjunct clinical professor in orthopedic surgery and bioengineering at the University of Miami (Fla.). He received his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico and completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of California in Oakland, Calif. He completed a fellowship in lower extremity reconstruction at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Lavernia has published numerous studies on hip surgery and treatment of the hip.

David M. Mochel, MD (OAD Orthopaedics, Warrenville, Ill.). Dr. Mochel is a board-certified hip and knee specialist with OAD Orthopaedics in Warrenville, Ill. He has special interests in adult reconstructive and total joint replacement surgery, arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive procedures, computer-assisted surgery and fracture care. Dr. Mochel served as a board member for Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., and also served as chair of its orthopedic department. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, Ill., and completed his postgraduate training at the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program. He is a fellow of the American College of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons.

Mary I. O'Connor, MD (Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.).
Dr. O'Connor is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and specializes in the hip. She serves in the role of first vice president of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. O'Connor received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She completed her residency in orthopedic surgery and a fellowship in orthopedic oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Dr. O'Conner is the member of numerous professional societies, including the American Orthopaedic Society, the American Orthopaedic Association and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons.

Scott Sporer, MD (Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago).
Dr. Sporer is a hip, knee and joint replacement specialist at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago. He has special practice interests in primary and revision arthroplasty surgery and minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Sporer is an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center and is board certified in orthopedic surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Sporer completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H. and completed a fellowship in adult reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Association for Arthritic Hip and Knee Surgery and the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association.

S. David Stulberg, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago).
Dr. Stulberg is the director of joint reconstruction and implant surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He is the author of Arthritis of the Hip & Knee: The Active Person's Guide to Taking Charge and specializes in hip and joint reconstruction surgery. Dr. Stulberg received his medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, Mich., and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Harvard University Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program.

Thomas Vail, MD (University of California, San Francisco). Dr. Vail is the chair of the department of orthopedic surgery for the University of California and specializes in hip and total joint replacement as well as surgical treatment of arthritis and osteonecrosis. He is the third vice president of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Vail received his medical degree from the Loyola University School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery and fellowships in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery from Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Erik N. Zeegen, MD (Valley Hip & Knee Institute, Tarzana, Calif.). Dr. Zeegan is the associate medical director of Valley Hip & Knee Institute in Tarzana, Calif., where he specializes in hip replacement surgery, including the revising of hip replacements that have failed. He received his medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Zeegen completed a fellowship in orthopedic oncologic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital and a fellowship in joint replacement at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Medical Association.

James M. Zurbach, MD (Premier Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Associates, Philadelphia).
Dr. Zurbach is an orthopedic surgeon with Premier Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Associates in Philadelphia, where he specializes in treating the hip. He received his medical degree from Penn State University and completed his residency in orthopedics at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif. He completed a fellowship in the internal fixation of fractures with the AO/ASIF in Bremen, Germany. Dr. Zurbach pursued further specialized education and training in surgical preservation of the hip with Professor Reinhold Ganz in Bern, Switzerland, in 1998. He is a member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society.

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