OrthoIllinois - Riverside
5875 E. Riverside Boulevard
ph: (815) 398-9491
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University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana, IL)
Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellow - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
My name is Mark Barba and I would like to take this opportunity to tell you more about myself, and how I became committed to healthcare. I am a sub-specialized orthopedic surgeon with a practice in joint replacement and a special interest in replacements of the hip joint.
When I was growing up, I had a garage full of automotive tools and a father who patiently taught me how they worked. He was also very concerned that I properly cared for the tools and remained disciplined and organized. A place for everything and everything in its place was his lesson - boring for a child, but a great foundation for a surgeon.
I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. I could not understand how a kid would want to be anything else. I needed stitches three times while growing up and loved every visit to the emergency room! In medical school I chose to focus on orthopedics; the instruments just felt natural in my hand, and no one had to tell me which way to tighten a screw.
I chose to further subspecialize in joint replacement because I have a hard time with failure and replacement of an arthritic joint is almost always a victory. I did not see this in any other aspect of medicine I studied. I love it even more now than ever.
Joint replacement implants have evolved to provide amazing results. I especially focus on devices that now allow people to return to even higher levels of activity. Ask me about the Birmingham Hip and the Oxford Knee and I think you will be impressed with how far the science of joint replacement has progressed.
No matter what the reason for your appointment, I look forward to our visit because it is people that are my motivation. Otherwise, I would probably be working on cars.