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Steven Rochell, MD

Healthgrades 4.7 Stars out of 5 out of 5 with 62 ratings

Specialties: Hip & Knee, Sports Medicine

My path to becoming an orthopedic surgeon was grounded in a natural interest in engineering and architecture, combined with a competitive high school and college athletic career. This included earning state champion honors as a gymnast in the ring competition for two successive years during high school, and an All-American designation as a gymnast at Stanford University. This keen interest in the mechanics and capabilities of the human body led naturally into a desire to repair and restore function for those suffering from musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.

In my practice, I emphasize conservative management of degenerative arthritis as an alternative to surgery. Oral medications, topical agents, viscosupplementation, cortisone injections, physical therapy and bracing are all methods frequently used with the goal of relieving pain and restoring function.

When conservative methods no longer offer successful results I utilize my experience of over 3,000 joint replacements and the latest surgical technologies . This includes using pre-operative MRI of the affected joint to determine specific guides customized for each patient to optimize implant orientation and restore the full mechanical axis and movement of the joint. This customizing offers my patients a less invasive surgery and implies longevity and durability of the implant. I have also completed additional training and certification to perform partial knee replacements that preserve much of the patient’s own joint and offers a faster return to full function within a 4-6 week period.

Outside of medicine, my interest in supporting area high school athletics remains strong. In 1993 I joined forces with the Northwest Herald to establish an annual financial award to the athletic departments of those schools attended by the named “Athlete of the Year.” Annually since 1993 I have given $2,500 each to the home schools of the named male and female winners, with over $100,000 donated to date.

My goal is to provide you with the best medical care possible to allow your return to a pain-free and active lifestyle. I look forward to meeting you.
Steven Rochell, MD

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate – Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • Medical School – Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago, Illinois
  • Residency – Orthopedic Surgery, Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
  • Fellowship – Knee Surgery and Sports Medicine, Douglas W. Jackson, MD, Long Beach, California
  • Board certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS:  Algonquin Road Surgery Center, Centegra Hospital–Woodstock, and Centegra Hospital–McHenry.

Here's what my patients are saying:

Dr. Rochell has treated 3 generations of my family. He has always been caring and conscientious. He has an excellent reputation as a surgeon. We keep coming back.

C. Martin

"The technique he used for my right knee is state-of-the-art in total knee replacement.  I appreciate his "no holds barred" explanation regarding the orthopedic issues I have had."

"Great care!  Love Dr. Rochell.  I am feeling good and back to all my activities!" - Anonymous review on

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