Scott Trenhaile, MD

Scott Trenhaile, MD

As an innovator with extensive knowledge in shoulder, knee and elbow injuries, Dr. Trenhaile has earned a renowned national and international reputation among his peers.  He is frequently sought to give lectures globally at conferences and medical summits on issues related to orthopedic procedures and sports injury management.  Since 2009, groups of surgeons from the United States, Europe, and Asia have traveled to Rockford, Illinois to observe Dr. Trenhaile’s practice and learn his advanced surgical techniques.  The state-of-the-art facilities at Ortho Illinois, including a dedicated cadaver lab and Ortho Illinois Surgery Center, enable him to host a variety of educational events and surgical courses.

Dr. Trenhaile serves on the AANA Copernicus Initiative Committee for Shoulder Evaluation Development and recently served as an expert surgeon for determining the benchmark of protocol for ACL Knee Reconstruction.  He holds a number of patents for surgical instruments and techniques that are used throughout the world to allow surgeons to perform minimally invasive arthroscopic orthopedic procedures that were previous “open techniques.”

Currently Dr. Trenhaile serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine: Rockford, and Assistant Professor at Rush University Medical Center Medical Collage in Chicago, Il.  He is a member of many prestigious national and international societies and associations, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopic Association of North America, and most recently the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, whose invitation-only membership is limited to fewer than 550 physicians world-wide.

BACHELOR’S DEGREE Iowa State University
MEDICAL DEGREE University of Iowa College of Medicine
RESIDENCY St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center / Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
FELLOWSHIP Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine Fellowship, Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
CERTIFICATION Certificate of 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 Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Member, the Arthroscopic Association of North America
  • Member, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois – College of Medicine, Rockford
  • Assistant Professor, Rush University Medical Center Medical College, Chicago
  • Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Midwestern University
  • Involved with the NIU ATC Student Teaching Program at Rockford University

Team Physician

  • Affiliated with the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Blackhawks Medical Network
  • Rockford IceHogs AHL Hockey
  • Team physician for several local sports teams at the high school and college levels

Hospital Affiliations

  • Ortho Illinois Surgery Center
  • OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
  • Mercy Rockford Hospital
  • SwedishAmerican Hospital


Posted: 2018-10-30
DR was great

Posted: 2018-10-25
Dr. Trenhaile always explains what's going on and the course of treatment and always asks if that sounds good to me or if I would like to try something else. Makes me feel extremely comfortable and confident that he knows what he's doing

Posted: 2018-10-25
excellent explanations & reassurances in identifying options & procedures

Posted: 2018-10-03
Best Dr in the region for shoulder injury repairs.

Posted: 2018-09-30
Dr. Trenhaile and his team work together seamlessly.

Posted: 2018-09-26
Dr Trenhail is a very good doctor that I will highly recommend to a friend or family member.

Posted: 2018-09-19
Dr Trenhaille did my shoulder surgery several years ago and I got an excellent result. He's a skilled surgeon and compassionate, attentive doc. Rockford is blessed to have the highly skilled surgeons at OrthoIllinois.

Posted: 2018-07-26
My experience was excellent. Dr. Trenheile listened patiently to my questions and answered them thoroughly.

Posted: 2018-07-19
Excellent have already recommended this doctor and OrthoIllinois to several people.

Posted: 2018-07-09
This Dr. and his staff are all wonderful I cant' say enough about them. Everyone is always very helpful and most of all compassionate

Posted: 2018-06-23
I have only good things to say about the doctors. Very knowledgeable, professional, pleasant, and capable. I would trust my life with them, that is how confident I am about their knowledge and abilities.

Posted: 2018-06-06
It was a very positive experience

Posted: 2018-05-11
Friendly and professional.

Posted: 2018-04-29
Very informative.

Posted: 2018-04-19
Dr. Trenhaille came highly recommended by my doctor. He provided recommendations, outcomes, and gave us time to make arrangements to come to a decision as to when we could schedule surgery. We really like him a lot!

Posted: 2018-04-01
Dr. Trenhaile was very thorough and very pleasant to my son! He was also quite informative, explaining the medical information in such a way that my son could understand.

Posted: 2018-03-26
It is my opinion that Dr. Trenhaile is an excellent surgeon

Posted: 2018-03-24
Dr. Trenhaille was very informative about my injury and actually got rid of my pain immediately with an injection.

Posted: 2018-03-22
Dr. Trenhaile is one of the best doctors I have been treated by. He is personable, professional and fully informative of any pertinent information he feels the patient needs to know. I would recommend him to anyone for shoulder surgery.

Posted: 2018-03-21
Pleasant, caring clinic.