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John Bottros, MD

Healthgrades 5 Stars out of 5 out of 5 with 121 ratings

Specialties: Hip & Knee

NOW OFFERING OUTPATIENT TOTAL HIP AND TOTAL KNEE PROCEDURES.  Recover in your own home safely and comfortably!


Growing up in a family of physicians has instilled within me that a career in medicine is a way of life, not just a job. The path to a medical career became even more focused through my interest in the biomechanics of the human body and in particular, joint function and movement. That intrigue led me to pursue advanced orthopedic training as part of my surgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation after obtaining my medical degree at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University.

While in residency, I had the unique opportunity to concentrate my interests in adult reconstructive surgery by participating in a research year dedicated solely to joint surgery and studying the mechanics of the hip. As a result, I believe our research has contributed new knowledge to the field of orthopedics that could ultimately lead to clinical changes in the management of hip conditions.

Before establishing my own practice, I elected to pursue a fellowship in adult reconstructive orthopedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center. A fellowship is the highest level of training an orthopedic surgeon can obtain, offering the opportunity to spend an additional year honing surgical skills and technique in a specific sub-specialty of orthopedics under the guidance of some of the country’s top surgeons in the field.

My practice at OrthoIllinois specializes in adult reconstructive surgery of the knee and hip, with a special interest in complex primary and revision total joint replacement, rapid recovery and perioperative pain management after joint replacement.  I am also trained in and have performed a significant number of out-patient total joint procedures that have allowed my patients to have a hip or knee replaced and recover from the convenience of their own home that same day.

I remain actively involved in continuing education and orthopedic research and have been invited to present to peers at various lectures, as well as authored numerous publications.

In addition to my extensive medical commitments, I enjoy traveling abroad, scuba diving, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, CrossFit, playing soccer and participating in sprint triathlons.

I am looking forward to meeting you. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to further improve your experience at OrthoIllinois. My goal is to provide you the best medical care available.

Education and Training:

  • Undergraduate – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Medical School – State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse
  • Residency – Cleveland Clinic Foundation Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship – Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
  • Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Tim Gilbertson

Assisted by:

Tim Gilbertson, MPAS, PA-C

Assisted by:

Amanda Pumilia, APN

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS:  Centegra Hospital – McHenry, Centegra Hospital – Woodstock, OrthoIllinois Surgery Center, OSF Sain Anthony Medical Center, Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center, Mercy Rockford Hospital, SwedishAmerican Hospital, Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital

Here's what my patients are saying:

I've had a wonderful experience with OrthoIllinois and Rockford Memorial Hospital. From the knee replacement surgery performed by Dr. Bottros and Tim Gilbertson through my therapy with Lisa Paulson, Lindsay Randles and Manuel Molina. I have dealt with knee pain for 35 years and now I can walk 18 holes without pain.

Don F.

"Dr. Bottros has been great to work with for my knee replacement.  He takes whatever time is needed to make sure all of your questions/concerns are being addressed.  He even provides you with a cell phone number so you can call him anytime with questions or concerns.  His skill as a surgeon is top level, and his reputation among other medical professionals I spoke with is excellent."  Mike Y.

"Very easy to communicate with and clearly takes concerns of the patients to heart.  I would highly recommend Dr. Bottros to family and friends." Anonymous review on

"Dr. Bottros exceeded the normal limits of the surgeons I've had in the past.  He's very knowledgeable and was willing to listen and answer my questions.  He's a true ambassador for orthopedic surgery."  Anonymous review

"This man gave me my life back.  I have been disabled for a year.  Dr. Bottros revised my hip replacement and I barely had any pain since, even post op."  Anonymous review on

"Dr. Bottros did a great job.  I have no pain from the surgery and would recommend him to anyone.  He truly changed my life and gave me the ability to do normal activities again."  Pamela W. - review

"Dr. Bottros has changed my life for the better.  From pre-op to post-op my experience was five star.  Dr. Bottros is thorough, compassionate, intelligent and explains everything in detail.  I chose the best."  Roxanne, review

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