Richard Olson, MD

Richard Olson, MD

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you more about myself and my experience in healthcare. I am originally from Rockford, Illinois, and I earned my undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I continued my studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, obtaining my medical degree. Following my graduation, I pursued training in internal medicine as part of my residency at Boston City Hospital. In addition, I completed a subspecialty training program, or fellowship, in Rheumatology at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.

My practice is focused on Rheumatology. I have special interest in osteoporosis and the evaluation and management of musculoskeletal disorders and autoimmune diseases, including Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. I am regularly involved in national and international clinical research studies on prospective new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis in which OrthoIllinois participates. It is my mission to provide you excellent service, as well as compassionate care. I always strive to provide you the same high quality of medical care that I would offer to a member of my family

I am actively involved in continuing medical education, and I am the Rheumatology Course Director for medical students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford. I am actively involved in Rockford community activities and frequently give informational lectures on osteoporosis, alternative medicine, and other topics related to Rheumatology. In addition to my extensive medical commitments, I serve on the boards of the Goldie B. Floberg Center and Second Congregational – First Presbyterian Church Foundation and am Chairman of the OSF Institutional Review Board..

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to further improve your experience at Ortho Illinois. My goal is to provide you the best medical care available.

I am looking forward to meeting with you.


I just wanted to let you know what a great experience we had this week with Dr. Olson; our daughter went to see him on Wednesday.  I was so impressed with our visit; he took a lot of time and explained everything so well.  This was impressive enough on its own, but today, he personally called to let me know about the test results.  I don’t know of too many specialists (or primary care’s for that matter) that would take the time to call and I so appreciated that.  It’s very evident that he cares about his patients (and their nervous parents).  – Frank D.

BACHELOR’S DEGREE University of Illinois
MEDICAL DEGREE University of Michigan
RESIDENCY Internal Medical, Boston City Hospital
FELLOWSHIP Rheumatology, Boston University

Insurance Questions?

Dr. Olson 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.



Hospital Affiliations

  • OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
  • Mercy Rockford Hospital
  • SwedishAmerican Hospital


Posted: 2019-02-26
Dr. Olson does a great job of listening to any concerns I may have. He also is super at explaining everything.

Posted: 2019-02-20
Dr Olson and his nurse, Beth, are very caring and excellent in meeting my needs.

Posted: 2019-02-06
Dr Olson is very accommodating. I had so much pain in my shoulder and I asked him if he could give me a cortisone injection today and he first took xrays. Explained the X-ray results and worked me in for for an injection. My shoulder feels so much better. Dr Olson is the best.

Posted: 2019-02-02
Dr. Olson thoroughly explained my test results, and options for future treatment.

Posted: 2019-01-29
Dr. Olson is very kind and compassionate. Was extremely knowledgeable of my condition and treatment.

Posted: 2019-01-23
Dr. Richard Olson rocks! in every possible way! best rheumatologist I have had in 40 plus years receiving care in this field.

Posted: 2019-01-19
Dr. Olson is GREAT. He listens and seems to genuinely care about me and my overall care. I have recommended him and Ortho Illinois many times.

Posted: 2019-01-17
I really like Dr. Olson. It has been a year since I first got sick and he has kept my symptoms under control. He explains to me in a way that I can understand.

Posted: 2019-01-09
Dr. Olson is amazing. I have been seeing Dr. Olson for a long time. I trust his judgment.

Posted: 2018-12-06
Dr Olson is very professional and detailed. He really cares about you!!!!

Posted: 2018-11-16
Doctor Olson is very knowledgeable about my condition

Posted: 2018-10-25
Such a friendly, down to earth, considerate & kind Dr.!

Posted: 2018-10-25
Dr. Olson is very efficient and compassionate

Posted: 2018-08-14
Dr Olson was very detailed in discussing the changes that I have noticed in my body since my previous visit. He spent time explaining the causes, and he was very helpful in making suggestions to make my pain less. I left my appointment thankful that I have such a good doctor and nursing staff as part of my medical team.

Posted: 2018-07-26
Good service.

Posted: 2018-07-18
Appreciated having the orders for my upcoming blood tests done at the lab during this appointment.