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Michael Chmell, MD

Michael Chmell, MD

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 hip and knee patients non-operatively here at Ortho Illinois and serve as Medical Director for both OrthoIllinois and OrthoIllinois Surgery Center. 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?

BACHELOR’S DEGREE University of Notre Dame
MEDICAL DEGREE University of Chicago Medical School
RESIDENCY Vanderbilt University
FELLOWSHIP Primary and Revision Joint Replacement Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard University Medical School

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  • 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

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