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S. David Stulberg, MD Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon Hip & Knee Reconstruction

S. David Stulberg, MD

Dr. S. David Stulberg is a Board Certified orthopaedic surgeon, concentrating in total joint replacement of the knee and hip. He is on the staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and North Shore Skokie Hospital. He is the Founder and Original Director of the Joint Reconstruction and Implantation Service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is also on the staff at Rush North Shore University Healthcare System.

A pioneer in computer-assisted minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr. Stulberg is universally recognized as being one of the world's top orthopaedic surgeons, including mentions by Marquis Who's Who in America-Top Physicians, Best Doctors in America, and Chicago Magazine. He has taught, influenced, and inspired thousands of physicians and surgeons from all over the world.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Stulberg is a Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and is an award-winning researcher and biomedical inventor who holds several patents on surgical instruments. His honors include the Maurice E. Muller Award for Excellence and Lifetime Achievement in Computer Assisted Surgery.

He is a member of the Hip Society and the Knee Societies of America, a co-founder of the International Society for Technology in Arthoplasty, a founding member of the International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, and a member of the Board of Directors of Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Dr. Stulberg is also the co-author of hundreds of professional publications on arthritis and joint reconstruction of the hip and knee. He lectures frequently on these topics in America and abroad. In addition, he's a co-author of Arthritis of the Hip and Knee: The Active Person's Guide to Taking Charge.

Dr. Stulberg is especially proud of his leadership role with Operation Walk Chicago, through which hundreds of total joint replacements are annually preformed free of charge in disadvantaged areas throughout the world.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, completing several fellowships in the areas of both orthopaedics and biomechanics.


  • Sept. 1961
  • Harvard College
  • B.A. (Cumlaude - June 1965 Economics)
  • Sept. 1965‑ June 1969
  • The University of Michigan Medical School
  • M.D.

Internship and Residencies

  • July 1969 ‑ June 1970 Philadelphia, PA
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Mixed‑Surgical
  • July 1970 ‑ June 1971
  • Massachusetts General Hospital - Boston, Mass
  • Assistant Resident General Surgery
  • Jan. 1972 - Dec. 1974
  • Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency, Boston, Mass. Massachusetts General Hospital Boston Children's Hospital Medical Center Peter Bent Brigham Hospital Robert Breck Brigham Hospital Beth Israel Hospital New England Baptist Hospital
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
  • Jan. 1975 ‑ June 1975
  • Mass. General Hospital Harvard Medical School
  • Clinic Assistant Orthopaedic Surgery


  • June 1964 - Sept. 1964
  • National Institutes of Health (Heart)
  • Catecholamine Release and Uptake
  • June 1966 ‑ Sept. 1966
  • University of Michigan (In Conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Team)
  • The Cardiorespiratory Effects of High Altitude Athletic Performance
  • Jan. 1969 ‑ June 1969
  • United States Naval Medical Research Unit No. II, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Bone Changes in Leprosy
  • July 1971 ‑ Dec. 1971
  • Harvard Medical School (Melvin Glimcher, M.D., advisor) Boston, MA
  • Joint Transplantation
  • July 1974 ‑ Dec. 1974
  • Harvard Medical School (William Harris, M.D., Advisor) Boston, MA
  • The Relationship Between Develop- mental Deformities and Osteoarthritis of the Hip
  • July 1975 - June 1976
  • Hospital for Sick Children Children, University of Toronto (Robert B. Salter, M.D., Advisor) Toronto, Ontario
  • The Relationship Between Childhood Hip Diseases and the Development of Osteoarthritis of the Hip

Awards and Honors

Otto Aufranc Award: Outstanding paper dealing with patient care and management of hip problems.
The Hip Society. San Francisco, California, 1975.

Second Prize: American Orthopaedic Association Residents' Papers Meeting.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, - May, 1975.

Berg‑Sloat Traveling Fellowship ‑ Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. England, 1977.

Elven J. Berkheiser Prize ‑ Best thesis for original research work in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery,
1979. The Institute of Medicine of Chicago

Frank Stinchfield Award ‑ Outstanding paper. The Hip Society. Atlanta, Georgia, 1980.

Research Fellowship (First Annual Award) ‑ the Hip Society, "The Natural History of Perthes' Disease. Relationship to Osteoarthritis of the Hip", 1980‑81.

Docteur Honoris Causa of the University of the Mediteranean, Marseilles, France. October, 1997.

Knee Society Award: Best Paper. American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. New Orleans, LA February, 2003.

Marquis Who’s Who in America – Top Physicians. 2002 – Present

Best Doctors in America – 2003 – Present

Chicago Magazine: Top Docs in Chicago – 2000 - Present

Maurice E. Muller Award for Excellence and Lifetime Achievement in Computer Assisted Surgery. Helsinki, Finland. June, 2005.

Visiting Professor, West China Hospital of Sichuan University. 2006 – Present.

12th Annual Insall Award for the best work on a Clinical Subject or Outcomes Report. Pain and Depression Influences Outcome 5 Years After Knee Replacement Surgery. AAOS February, 2007.

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