Jon Whitehurst, MD

Jon Whitehurst, MD

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you more about myself and my experience in healthcare. I am originally from Evanston, Illinois, and I earned my B.S. degree in chemical engineering with a biomedical emphasis from Northwestern University in 1985. Following graduation from college, I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy, serving as a Naval Flight Officer from 1985 to 1992. After graduating first in my flight school class, I was assigned to an aircraft carrier- based F-14 TOMCAT Squadron. Continuing with high achievements, I was selected to attend TOPGUN, the Navy Fighting Weapons School and served during Operation Desert Shield.

I resumed my studies at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, following Honorable Discharge from active duty in 1992. I obtained my medical degree in 1996, and subsequently completed advanced orthopedic training as part of my residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals in 2001.

In 2002, I completed a fellowship in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute (SCOI). My subspecialty training focuses specifically on minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder, knee, ankle, elbow, wrist and sports medicine. While at SCOI, I produced award- winning research in shoulder instability and worked with research projects in knee ligament reconstruction. As an advocate for continuing medical education, I have authored numerous journal articles and presentations on arthroscopic surgery, and I am a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois- College of Medicine in Rockford, lecturing on orthopedic subjects in conjunction with the University of Chicago. I also serve as an instructor to other orthopedic surgeons for advanced arthroscopic techniques.

My practice is focused on general orthopedics with special interest in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. I am a team orthopedic physician for the Rockford IceHogs and I am also active in several local high school and college sport programs. I enjoy the opportunity to work with athletes on a regular basis.

In addition to my extensive medical commitments, I enjoy spending time with my family, biking, golfing, hiking, and boating.

It is my mission to provide you excellent service, as well as compassionate care. I always strive to provide you the same quality of orthopedic care I would offer to a member of my family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to further improve your experience at Ortho Illinois.

I am looking forward to meeting with you.

For more about Dr. Whitehurst


BACHELOR’S DEGREE Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University
MEDICAL DEGREE University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
RESIDENCY University of Chicago
FELLOWSHIP Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports, Southern California Orthopedic Institute
CERTIFICATE Additional Qualification in Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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  • Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Member, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Member, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Member, Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford

Team Physician

  • Affiliated with the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Blackhawks Medical Network
  • Rockford IceHogs AHL hockey
  • Boylan High School

Hospital Affiliations

  • Advocate Sherman Hospital
  • Algonquin Road Surgery Center
  • Ortho Illinois Surgery Center
  • OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
  • Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Mercy Rockford Hospital
  • SwedishAmerican Hospital


Posted: 2019-02-14
Both the doctor and physician assistant were very good, concerned aware and on the same page. They both explained the problem, the possible treatment and described what was happening to my shoulder and what was causing the pain. I felt very comfortable with both of them.

Posted: 2018-12-17
I have already recommended Dr. Whitehurst to friends. I'm very happy with my experiences with him.

Posted: 2018-12-07
Dr.Whitehurst is one of my favorite people over and above his compentence as a surgeon in that he has rebuilt both of my shoulders and is a fellow naval aircraft carrier veteran.He is one of my veteran friends.

Posted: 2018-11-17
Dr. Whitehurst is AMAZING. I researched doctors within a reasonable distance from home and I would've drove to Rockford to see him. Luckily that was not the case. He had availability in Algonquin which was much closer.

Posted: 2018-10-30
I've dealt with this issue for years now but have never had a doctor or nurse take the time to explain and answer questions like the staff has at OrthoIllinois. This was both in office and over the phone.

Posted: 2018-10-25
Dr. Whitehurst took the time to discuss with me the various treatment options. I was greatly appreciative of feeling being part of a team.

Posted: 2018-09-18
I have confidence in Doctor Whitehurst's judgments.

Posted: 2018-08-29
Dr Whitehurst is amazing

Posted: 2018-07-26
Can't say enough good things about Dr. Whitehurst - I have a great deal of confidence in him...

Posted: 2018-07-23
Dr Whitehurst is out standing and concerned. listens to my questions.

Posted: 2018-07-19
I have tremendous confidence in Dr. Whitehurst and his staff

Posted: 2018-07-14
This is the second time I have used Dr. Whitehurst for surgery. He is the best and is always very polite and caring. I recommend him to everyone I know that needs to see an orthopedic Dr.

Posted: 2018-06-15
I recommend going here to all my friends and family

Posted: 2018-06-12
Dr. Whithurst is very knowledgeable and has very good demeanor.

Posted: 2018-05-23
Again! The staff is excellent!!