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Geoffrey S. Van Thiel, MD

OrthoIllinois - Roxbury

324 Roxbury Road
Rockford, Illinois 61107
ph: (815) 398-9491
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Medical Education: University of California at Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

Internship(s): Orthopedic Surgery - Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center (Chicago, IL; 2006-2007)

Residency: Orthopedic Surgery - Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center (Chicago, IL; 2007-2011)

Fellowship(s): Orthopedic Sports Medicine - Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center (Chicago, IL; 2011-2012)

Areas of Expertise: Cartilage Reconstruction, Complex Knee Ligament Reconstruction (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL), Femorolacetabular Impingement (FAI), Hip Arthroplasty, Labral Tears, Rotator Cuff Injuries, Shoulder Tears

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America


Associated with: OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel’s orthopedic practice focuses on minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee, and shoulder. He has received extensive training from international experts and published significant literature regarding hip arthroscopy, cartilage restoration techniques, complex knee ligament surgery, and a variety of arthroscopic shoulder procedures. Dr. Van Thiel attended UCLA Medical School in pursuit of his medical degree and concurrently completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the UCLA School of Business. Following medical and business school, Dr. Van Thiel completed his orthopedic and sports medicine training at one of the top programs in the country at Rush Medical Center in Chicago under the guidance of some of the country’s leading sports medicine surgeons. He remains a faculty member at Rush for both research and resident education. Over the years, he has collaborated with world-renowned surgeons on research and development projects in a multitude of areas including hip arthroscopy and new techniques to treat labral tears; a comprehensive involvement with cartilage restoration and joint preserving surgical techniques of the knee, hip, and shoulder; as well as cutting edge procedures in shoulder arthroscopy. He has also had the opportunity to educate other surgeons in these specialty areas, and is currently a member of the Multicenter Arthroscopic Study of the Hip ( along with other prominent surgeons from around the country. Dr. Van Thiel’s commitment to athletics and an active lifestyle is evident in both his personal belief that activity leads to better health, and his involvement with sports teams. While at Rush, Dr. Van Thiel was an assistant team physician for the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and Chicago White Sox (MLB). He is currently affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks Medical Network and is the head team physician for the AHL Ice Hogs. He is also a team physician with the US National Soccer Teams. Dr. Van Thiel continues to have a passionate interest in research and education. He has authored over 60 textbook chapters and journal articles. His research has been included in over 80 international presentations with topics including: hip arthroscopy, hip labral tears, cartilage restoration, shoulder instability repair, rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction, and complex knee ligament reconstruction. Dr. Van Thiel currently sits on the editorial board of two major orthopedic sports medicine journals. Although cutting edge care is essential for excellent patient outcomes, Dr. Van Thiel also believes that cutting edge care cannot be completed without compassion and humility. “Great results can only be achieved if a patient has a thorough understanding of their condition and the treatment options available to them. In many cases, there are multiple right answers and the goal of effective care is for the patient to arrive at the option that will provide the best and quickest return to activity.”