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 and I hold patient appointments at our Algonquin, Elgin, and Rockford clinic locations.  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
  • Ascension Saint Joseph – Elgin
  • Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital
  • Northwestern Medicine McHenry / Huntley / Woodstock Hospitals
  • Ortho Illinois Surgery Center
  • OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
  • UW Health Northern Illinois  / SwedishAmerican Hospital
  • Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center