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Michael J. Chmell, MD

Healthgrades 4.7 out of 5 out of 5 with 112 ratings

Specialties: Hip & Knee

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


Although some may consider me a man of few words, I like to let my patients do all the talking. I was always pretty quiet as a kid. I guess I was just too busy figuring out ways to fix things, so I didn’t seem to talk much. Just my nature. I really like solving problems and getting things to work like they were supposed to.

So naturally I thought something like engineering would probably be the most logical career for me to pursue, until my older brother graduated from medical school. He was going to be an orthopedic surgeon. I didn’t know what that meant, but he told me he was going to help fix people. Right then, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life! So I studied hard all through high school and college, and then medical school. To specialize my skill, I spent an extra year after my residency in fellowship training for joint replacement at Harvard University. Then, finally, I started practicing as an orthopedic surgeon, as well.

Today, I treat primarily knee patients here at OrthoIllinois. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction knowing that I’ve helped someone return to a healthy, normal and active lifestyle. Helping people is just about the most rewarding thing I can think of. What more can I say?

Education and Training:

  • Undergraduate, University of Notre Dame, 1985
  • Medical Degree, University of Chicago Medical School, 1989
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Vanderbilt University, 1994
  • Primary and Revision Joint Replacement Surgery Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard University Medical School, 1995
  • Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1997
  • Fellow, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois – College of Medicine, Rockford
  • Member, College of Engineering Advisory Council – University of Notre Dame
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Jason Kadar

Assisted by:

Jason Kadar, PA-C

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

Here's what my patients are saying:

Dr. Mike Chmell is not only a great surgeon, but he becomes your friend. He really cares. I had both knees done by him at the same time at age 74. It turned out great. I am doing triathlons, biking, and everything I did before  the surgery. Wait no longer; go see him. You will be glad you did.

Chuck T.

I had osteoarthritis in my hips at a fairly young age. Dr. Chmell replaced first the right then the left. I got back to normal daily activities quickly!

Can't say enough good things about Dr. Chmell! He is a great doctor and has helped to improve my lifestyle tremendously.

Linda Z.

"Dr. Chmell is an excellent surgeon who takes every possible precaution to make sure his patient will remain infection-free and get the physical therapy they must have for complete success.  I would, and do, recommend him to any one who asks!"

"He gave me my life and my knee feels great. I was unable to stand on my leg for 10 years and now I am marching!" Anonymous Review on

"Within two weeks I was walking without a walker and was experiencing only minor discomfort.  He is an excellent surgeon and took very good care of me.  Most importantly, the results are exceptional!  I would recommend Dr. Chmell to anyone."  Anonymous review on

"I had heard Dr. Chmell was the best around and I can now personally attest to that.  He explained the process thoroughly and had great patient care.  I went through post-op with minimal pain or any complications.  I would highly recommend Dr. Chmell to anyone."  Dale F. - review

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