Geoffrey Van Thiel, MD

Geoffrey Van Thiel, MD

Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel’s orthopedic practice focuses on minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee, and shoulder. He has received extensive training from international experts and published significant literature regarding hip arthroscopy, cartilage restoration techniques, complex knee ligament surgery, and a variety of arthroscopic shoulder procedures.

Dr. Van Thiel attended UCLA Medical School in pursuit of his medical degree and concurrently completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the UCLA School of Business. Following medical and business school, Dr. Van Thiel completed his orthopedic and sports medicine training at one of the top programs in the country at Rush Medical Center in Chicago under the guidance of some of the country’s leading sports medicine surgeons. He remains a faculty member at Rush for both research and resident education.

Over the years, he has collaborated with world-renowned surgeons on research and development projects in a multitude of areas including hip arthroscopy and new techniques to treat labral tears; a comprehensive involvement with cartilage restoration and joint preserving surgical techniques of the knee, hip, and shoulder; as well as cutting edge procedures in shoulder arthroscopy. He has also had the opportunity to educate other surgeons in these specialty areas, and is currently a member of the Multicenter Arthroscopic Study of the Hip ( along with other prominent surgeons from around the country.

Dr. Van Thiel’s commitment to athletics and an active lifestyle is evident in both his personal belief that activity leads to better health, and his involvement with sports teams. While at Rush, Dr. Van Thiel was an assistant team physician for the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and Chicago White Sox (MLB). He is currently affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks Medical Network and is the head team physician for the AHL Ice Hogs. He is also a team physician with the US National Soccer Teams.

Dr. Van Thiel continues to have a passionate interest in research and education. He has authored over 60 textbook chapters and journal articles. His research has been included in over 80 international presentations with topics including: hip arthroscopy, hip labral tears, cartilage restoration, shoulder instability repair, rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction, and complex knee ligament reconstruction. Dr. Van Thiel currently sits on the editorial board of two major orthopedic sports medicine journals.

Although cutting edge care is essential for excellent patient outcomes, Dr. Van Thiel also believes that cutting edge care cannot be completed without compassion and humility.

“Great results can only be achieved if a patient has a thorough understanding of their condition and the treatment options available to them.  In many cases, there are multiple right answers and the goal of effective care is for the patient to arrive at the option that will provide the best and quickest return to activity.”

BACHELOR’S DEGREE University of Wisconsin
RESIDENCY Rush University Medical Center
SPORTS MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP Rush University Medical Center

Insurance Questions?

Dr. Van Thiel and Ortho Illinois accept multiple insurance providers. To see a list of insurances accepted click here. Contact your insurance carrier for you specific plan details.


  • Board certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Team Physician

  • Chicago Blackhawks Medical Network
  • Rockford Ice Hogs – The AHL
  • US National Soccer Teams

Hospital Affiliations


Posted: 2019-02-20
I've already referred another family to Dr Van Thiel

Posted: 2019-01-19
Dr. Van Thiel is so thorough, attentive to my worries and concerns; we made best decisions for me together. He explained the MRI in detail. I never felt that he was rushed.

Posted: 2019-01-19
very good experience

Posted: 2019-01-19
Van Thiel and his PA are excellent.

Posted: 2018-12-31
Dr Van Thiel has operated on me twice. I came from Florida, where I live, to see him about an upcoming surgery on my knee. He's my Go To Guy.

Posted: 2018-12-19
Dr Van Thiel has been amazing since day one. He has been very informative and compassionate.

Posted: 2018-12-19
Great experience

Posted: 2018-12-07
Good. Very personable.

Posted: 2018-12-07
Doctor Van Thiel was very nice.

Posted: 2018-11-17
Love Dr. Van Thiel and assistant Jordan!

Posted: 2018-11-17
The Doctor is great. His assistants are wonderful!

Posted: 2018-11-17
Dr. Van Theil is awesome.

Posted: 2018-11-06
Dr. Van Theil was very courteous and thorough in explaining what my health problem was caused by and options to fix it.

Posted: 2018-10-22
Both Dr. Van Thiel and Dr. Earhart were pleasant and easy to communicate with. I am very pleased with the treatment I'm getting.

Posted: 2018-09-16
Dr. Van Theil always listens and gives me options for treatment. I never feel rushed.

Posted: 2018-09-12
I would and have highly recommended OrthoIllinois to many people already. including Dr. Van Thiel and his PA. They are very caring and polite and draw it on paper if they have to for you to understand.

Posted: 2018-08-14
Dr Van Thiel was awesome.

Posted: 2018-08-04
Dr Van Thiel did an awesome job with my daughter. He was very detailed and attentive. I will highly recommend him.

Posted: 2018-07-30
Dr. Van Thiel was excellent

Posted: 2018-07-26
I'm new to this area and the overall experience was easy and the people are very good at accommodating my schedule.