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Chicago Fire FC Midfielder Stanislav Ivanov Undergoes Successful Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair Procedure

Chicago Fire FC today announced that midfielder Stanislav Ivanov has undergone successful arthroscopic surgery in his left knee to repair a medial meniscus tear.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Brian Forsythe M.D. and assisted by Dr. Adam Yanke M.D. PhD from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush at the Gold Coast Surgery Center in Chicago. Ivanov is expected to return to training in four months.

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Valparaiso man planning to hike Grand Canyon after successful cartilage transplant

It's one of his favorite activities to do despite ongoing knee pain issues that started when he was only 14.

"It's hard to explain, but when I go there I experience some kind of epiphany. I look at it as the poor man's Mount Everest," Hall said.

Hall hopes to hike the Grand Canyon a sixth time - maybe next year - this time without the pain in his right knee that had him popping up to eight Advil a day and taking other prescription pain medications.

Hall, a retired electrician due to disability, two years ago underwent a little-known procedure called a cartilage transplant to treat his debilitating knee pain.

The procedure is typically performed on younger patients with cartilage loss due to osteoarthritis, said Hall's physician, Dr. Adam Yanke.

Yanke, who sees patients in the Munster office of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, said Hall was an excellent candidate for this procedure, which uses cadaver tissue in the damaged part of the knee joint.

It allows patients a faster, gentler recovery than a knee replacement, Yanke said.

"I'm pain free for the first time in 40 years. You go through 40 years of aching so bad that you can't sleep that pain-free is foreign," Hall said.

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Dr. Adam Yanke has been recognized as a “TOP DOCTOR” in Chicago 2019 & 2020


Clinical Perspectives - My Patellar Cartilage Treatment Algorithm


Treating patellar cartilage issues brings with it many unique challenges including; repair/reconstruction options, surgical technique, contour/topography, even insurance coverage and reimbursement. During this event, Dr. Yanke will focus on specific options for treatment of the patella.


Through this webinar you will gain:

  • Thought-leading surgeon perspectives on treating the patella
  • Clinical decision-making insight
  • Better understanding of patient factors and indications
  • Insight into the role of allografts within “treating the joint as an organ”
  • Understanding of common concomitant procedures
  • Pearls regarding the role of adjunctive biologic treatments
  • Data regarding clinical outcomes and return to work/sport
  • Information which will allow you to better serve your surgeons!

Webinar Dates

Dr. Adam Yanke
Monday, May 18th
6:00 PM MST

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Tibial tubercle more posteriorly positioned in patients with patellar cartilage lesions vs intact cartilage

New data showed the tibial tubercle was more posteriorly positioned in patients with patellar cartilage lesions compared with patients with intact patellar cartilage.

Researchers retrospectively reviewed 17 patients who underwent patellofemoral cartilage restoration or repair procedures, 20 control patients who underwent partial meniscectomy with normal patellar cartilage and 15 patients with asymptomatic patellar chondrosis who underwent partial meniscectomy with patellar cartilage wear. Preoperative axial They used T2 MRI sequence to measure the sagittal tibial tubercle–trochlear groove (sTTTG) distance. The nadir of the anterior trochlear cartilage was the first point and the second point was the anterior tibial tubercle. Investigators compared the patient groups with analysis of variance testing with Bonferroni corrections.

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HealthWatch: Knee Pain Relief from A Woman’s Womb?

About 54 million Americans suffer from the aches and pains of arthritis. Treatments range from pain meds to injections to surgery. But now there’s a new option and it comes from the fluid that surrounds a baby in a woman’s womb.

Running is what keeps 77-year-old Marty Ciesielczyk feeling young.

Adam Yanke, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, told Ivanhoe, “It’s like a tire, and as you slowly lose rubber on the tire, it wears away. You might need to have the tire replaced at some point.”

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Knee Pain Relief from A Woman’s Womb?

About 54 million Americans suffer from the aches and pains of arthritis. Treatments range from pain meds to injections to surgery. But now there’s a new option for knee pain and it comes from the fluid that surrounds a baby in a woman’s womb.

Adam Yanke, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, told Ivanhoe, “It’s like a tire, and as you slowly lose rubber on the tire, it wears away. You might need to have the tire replaced at some point.”

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Doctors Say There’s Now A New Way to Stop Knee Pain

Amniotic fluid might now be used to alleviate knee pain in patients suffering from osteoarthritis, according to doctors at Rush hospital. NBC 5’s Lauren Petty has the details.

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Joint Preservation of the Knee

A Clinical Casebook

I am happy to announce the release of our new textbook on Joint Preservation of the Knee. I would like to thank all of my co-authors on their amazing contributions that made this book possible. I would also like to thank my mentor for helping co-edit this book as well.

What To Know About Victor Oladipo’s Quad Injury

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo suffered a torn quadriceps tendon in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the NBA season, the team announced Thursday. Surgery will be required to repair the tendon.

Dr. Adam Yanke, a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon and head team physician for the Windy City Bulls answers three questions about the injury and expected recovery.

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Cartilage Procedures: Indications, Trends, and Complication Rates

Adam Yanke, M.D., Ph.D., assistant director of the Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush and co-author on the study, explained the rationale to OTW, “As we learn more regarding the treatment of articular cartilage defects, we are beginning to understand that not every treatment works for every lesion. This can mean that both lesion characteristics such as size and location, as well as patient characteristics such as age, BMI [body mass index], and activity level may have a significant effect on patient outcomes. Understanding the best indications for cartilage restoration should help improve our outcomes and overall success rates of these procedures.”

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Dr Aaron Krych demonstrates MACI Surgical Technique, moderated by Dr Adam Yanke

Dr. Aaron Krych performs a MACI surgical demo on a femoral condyle at the AANA 2017 Cartilage Course. Dr. Krych and Dr. Yanke discuss the benefits of third generation ACI compared to earlier generations.

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Integrating Biologics and Clinical Ultrasound
into Your Practice

  • Hands-on Tissue Harvesting and Processing
  • Ultrasound Guided Injection Laboratory

October 12–13, 2018
OLC Education and
Conference Center
Rosemont, IL

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Dr Adam Yanke Addresses Pitch Count for Baseball Players

Using Stem Cells to Improve Healing During Rotator Cuff Repair

2017 Chicago Sports Medicine Symposium

Bulls Pregame Live C Block

Dr. Yanke Co-Chairs AAOS Resident Arthroscopy Course

Dr. Yanke recently co-chaired the AAOS Resident Arthroscopy Course with Dr. Dan Wascher in Rosemont. This course bring residents from all over the country to learn basic operative skills in the shoulder and the knee to help supplement their residency training. Over 30 faculty members were present as well to aid in instruction and guidance ranging from knot tying to complex reconstructions.

We have some exciting events coming up for the IWCI Northwest Chapter!

Dr. Adam Yanke will discuss What’s New in Rotator Cuff Injuries at the IWCI Northwest Chapter’s September 27th Luncheon. We’re appreciative of Theratech for sponsoring this luncheon. Please be sure to visit their table!

SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendars for our November seminar. We’ll host a Cocktail Hour on November 15th followed by the IWCI Northwest Chapter Seminar on November 16th. Stay tuned for more details on this upcoming event at the Blue Chip Casino!

Register Now for September’s Luncheon!

Interview on ESPN Sports Medicine Weekly

Dr Adam Yanke was interviewed recently for ESPN Radio’s Sports Medicine Weekly show.

Dr. Yanke discussed about non-surgical treatment with Dr. Brian Cole & Steve Kashul.

Sports Medicine Weekly ESPN Saturday, August 19th, at 8:30AM

Radio appearance on EPSN sports medicine weekly to review current treatments in biologics

ESPN studio on August 4th at 4:45PM CST

8th Annual DePaul Sports Medicine Symposium

July 28, 2017, 12:00pm – Biologic Improvements and Treatments for the Knee – Dr. Yanke

NovaCare Rehabilitation
Course Coordinator
1002 W. Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

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Saline Injections for Knee OA: Likely Therapeutic

New work presented at the recent meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons indicates that intra-articular normal saline (IA-NS) injections may indeed have a therapeutic effect. The meta-analysis, entitled, “The Therapeutic Effect of Intra-articular Normal Saline Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis,” appeared in the December 27, 201+ edition of The American Journal of Sports Medicine.

The authors, Bryan M. Saltzman, M.D., Timothy Leroux, M.D., Maximilian A. Meyer, B.S., Bryce A. Basques, M.D., Jaskarndip Chahal, M.D., F.R.C.S.C., M.Sc., Bernard R. Bach, M.D., Adam B. Yanke, M.D., Brian J. Cole, M.D., M.B.A., were from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and the University of Toronto in Canada.

Dr. Yanke commented to OTW, “Increasingly, new injection products are coming to market for the treatment of symptomatic osteoarthritis. The concern is that while many injections have been proven to be safe, we have a paucity of data on the efficacy of these treatments. Typically the highest level of study to evaluate this is a randomized prospective study with a known control or existing treatment. While in some ways, proving new treatments are better than existing treatments may be adequate, many trials have a placebo control to the study. This placebo treatment is typically saline only and theoretically should have no therapeutic effect. In reality, some treatments are demonstrating that they do not yield more improvement than placebo, but this is not for the reasons one may expect. When you drill down deeper, it turns out the saline groups show clinically meaningful improvement in their symptoms as well. As more trials are developed to try to bring new products to market it is important to make sure we are truly using the negative control that we believe we have.”

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Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the U.S., affecting nearly 27 million adults. It is currently an incurable disease in which the joints deteriorate. Now, a therapy that has been used in eye surgery and to heal the skin of burn victims is being used for the first time in knees. This new form of treatment involves stem cells from amniotic fluid.

As a professional photographer, climbing up step ladders and walking down stairs are part of the daily grind for 65-year-old Linda Schwartz.

“There’s constant activity; you’re moving the whole time, really,” Schwartz told Ivanhoe.

Adam Yanke, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, explained, “It’s like the rubber on the tire. So as you start to lose the rubber in your tire and the rim hits the road, that’s what happens when you have bone on bone arthritis and you’ve lost all the cartilage in your knee.”

Dr. Yanke enrolled Schwartz in an experimental new therapy that involved injecting amniotic fluid that contained stem cells donated by healthy mothers into the knees of osteoarthritis patients.

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Dr Yanke recently participated in a discussion on the Role of a Head Physician which will be aired on Saturday, October 29th, 8:30AM on Sports Medicine Weekly ESPN AM1000

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Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Physicians Named Windy City Bulls Team Doctors

Chicago, IL, October 19 2016 – Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush sports medicine physicians, Dr. Jeremy Alland and Dr. Adam Yanke, will serve as team physicians for the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls NBA D-League team). Dr. Alland is a primary care sports medicine physician and Dr. Yanke is a knee, shoulder and elbow surgeon, and specializes in cartilage restoration.

“It’s an honor to have an opportunity to be a part of this new team,” explains Dr. Alland. “I really enjoy working with professional athletes to promote good health, prevent and treat injuries and provide support so that they can perform at their best.”

As a former collegiate baseball pitcher, Dr. Alland has a strong passion for both sports and medicine. He specializes in the care of the entire athlete and is also a team physician for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Fire Soccer Club.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting a new group of Chicago pro athletes,” explains Dr. Yanke. “One of our key initiatives will be helping them with injury prevention strategies, in addition to providing medical advice and treatment for injuries.”

Dr. Yanke has experience playing competitive sports and treating athletes of all levels. In addition to performing surgery, he is trained in advanced joint arthroscopy, shoulder arthroplasty and cartilage restoration techniques. He is also a team physician for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Fire Soccer Club.

The full schedule for the Windy City Bulls inaugural season can be found here.

About Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) offers comprehensive, unparalleled, orthopedic services. MOR physicians are team physicians for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Fire Soccer club. They are known for treating patients with orthopedic conditions, ranging from the most common to the most complex. The group’s reputation as a leader in specialized orthopedic patient care, education and research has been recognized by many national publications. U.S. News & World Report ranks the orthopedic program at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, as No. 4 in the nation and it is the highest ranked program in Illinois. MOR has offices at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago; Oak Park; Westchester; Winfield; and Northwest Indiana. For more information or to make an appointment, visit Follow us on Twitter @mor_docs.

Windy City Bulls hire Bobby Lutz and A.J. Guyton as assistant coaches

The Windy City Bulls, who are the Chicago Bulls’ D-League affiliate, have announced the remainder of their coaching and basketball operations staff as well as team medical personnel for the 2016-17 season.

Arnold Lee has been named certified athletic trainer while Dr. Adam Yanke and Dr. Jeremy Alland of Midwest Orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center will serve as team physicians. Additionally, Dr. Brian Cole and Dr. Kathleen Weber of Midwest Orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center will serve as consulting team physicians.

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Ranked #4 in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report; Highest Ranked Orthopedic Program in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan.

A hospital’s overall Orthopedics score is based on various data categories, including volume of high-risk patients, nurse staffing and patient survival. The 50 top-scoring hospitals are nationally ranked. See the full U.S. News national rankings in Orthopedics or hospital ratings in knee replacement and hip replacement.

No.4 in Adult Orthopedics Hospitals

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Score Values: Dr. Adam Yanke

Dr. Adam Yanke joined Kevin this week to talk about Kyle Schwarber’s ACL injury, tips for keeping the ACL healthy and more. He also discussed the surgery to repair

Rush Generations

A Healthier Today and a Vital Tomorrow

Everyone knows exercise is good for your body, mind and spirit. But as life goes on, your body recovers and repairs itself more slowly, and you begin to have less energy.

That doesn’t mean you should stop being active. In fact, the opposite is true: Lifelong physical activity helps keep you healthy and strong. The older we get, though, the more careful we need to be about preventing injuries.

Learn more about Rush Generations

How to Be a Safe Weekend Warrior

These strategies will help keep you in the game

Everyone knows exercise is important – and necessary – for your body, mind and spirit.

But if you’re a weekend warrior with a competitive streak, you might push yourself too far, too fast and end up sidelined by a sports injury – ranging from a sprained ankle to a torn meniscus.

Over time, life changes. An athlete who had a successful college career might now have an office job, house and kids, limiting time for sports. “The problems come when you were active, stop for awhile, then restart really fast and really hard,” says Adam Yanke, MD, a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon at Rush University Medical Center.

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Game over

How and why a sports injury can happen to you

You’re driving hard down the court, getting ready to shoot the perfect basket, when you hear a pop and a searing pain shoots up your leg. You’ve ruptured your Achilles tendon. In sports, the thrill of playing can quickly turn into the agony of injury.

Learn more about knee injuries from Dr. Yanke

Eye-Opening Treatment for Knee Arthritis

Study evaluates stem cell treatment used in eye surgery

By Deb Song

Orthopedic physicians at Rush are studying whether a remarkable treatment that’s been used in eye surgery for the past decade also can help alleviate osteoarthritis in the knees. Rush is the only medical center in Illinois and one of seven centers in the U.S. offering the new therapy.

The doctors are analyzing the effectiveness of a new form of biologic stem cell therapy that combines components of amniotic membrane tissue and amniotic fluid. Amniotic membrane is the inner layer of the placenta, and amniotic fluid is the fluid surrounding a fetus in the uterus. Both are a natural byproduct of childbirth, and the tissues and cells used in this treatment are harvested in the course of healthy, elective cesarean sections.

Amniotic fluid includes hyaluronic acid, which is commonly known as rooster comb or “gel injections” that are currently available. In addition to this, there is a cellular component that acts as an anti-inflammatory.

“Amniotic membrane has been shown to potentially increase tissue healing and decrease inflammation,” says Adam Yanke, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Rush and the principal investigator of the study. “We also know from past studies that it is safe and that patients’ bodies do not reject the donor stem cells.”

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Shoulder Pain Seminars

Doctors from Midwest Orthpaedics at Rush, which is set to open an office in Munster early next year, are holding two seminars on reducing shoulder pain in Northwest Indiana this month. They will discuss everything from stem cell injections for rotator cuff injuries to reverse shoulder replacement.

The first seminar is at 7 p.m. today at Briar Ridge Country Club, 123 Country Club Drive in Schererville. The second seminar is at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Sand Creek Country Club, 1001 Sand Creek Drive in Chesterton.

Drs. Nikhil Verma, Brian Forsythe and Adam Yanke, sports medicine physicians who are team doctors for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls, will discuss shoulder pain treatment options for adults looking to regain a pain-free, active and fulfilling life. To register, call (630) 986-8749 or send an email to

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Know your knee’s needs

Fall sports can wreak havoc on knees. Find out from sports medicine specialist Adam Yanke, MD, how to protect those knees and, if injured, ways to treat them so you can get back on your feet and on the field.

Upcoming Talk

Knee Injuries: Maintenance and Repair
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Rush Oak Park Hospital

Patients who experienced symptomatic relief did not complete autologous cartilage implantation

CHICAGO — Almost half of patients scheduled to undergo autologous cartilage implantation did not complete both stages of the procedure due to symptomatic relief, according to results presented here.

“We found that, at a mean follow-up of 3.6 years, about 45% of patients did not complete both stages of [autologous cartilage implantation],” Jonathan C. Riboh, MD, said in his presentation at the International Cartilage Repair Society Annual Meeting. “That is because the majority of the patients had symptomatic relief from the creation of stable vertical edge to their chondral lesions and debridement of any loose cartilage.”

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International Cartilage Repair Society Selects Dr. Yanke to Participate in “Aging Cartilage” Summit

Dr. Adam Yanke, a Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush sports medicine physician who specializes in cartilage restoration, recently attended the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) summit in Zermatt, Switzerland. This year’s topic was “Aging Cartilage.” As one of the selected individuals, he participated in roundtable discussions on the current understanding of cartilage aging and its differentiation from joint degeneration.

Throughout his orthopedic training, Dr. Yanke has also pursued a Ph.D. in the Rush department of biochemistry. This work has resulted in a new method for analyzing cartilage activity with comparisons between normal, aged, and damaged cartilage. Through collaboration with the department of biochemistry, Dr. Yanke continues to perform both basic science and clinical research in an effort to develop techniques that translate directly to improved patient care.

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Avoid winter injuries with tips from Dr. Adam Yanke

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 07:05AM

CHICAGO (WLS) — Dr. Adam Yanke, a sports medicine physician from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Immediate Ortho Care Clinic and team doctor for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and DePaul Blue Demons, shares advice about how to avoid injury this winter.

Shoveling Snow

Dr. Yanke said the good news is 15 minutes of is considered good moderate physical activity. It can be a great work out. The bad news is that shoveling can cause sprains and strains, particularly in the back and shoulders. Snow blowing can cause lacerations and finger amputations if not operated correctly.

Use the right shovel. Don’t use a shovel that is too heavy or too long for you. The ergonomic shovels are great for reducing back strain.

Push the snow, don’t lift. If you must lift, squat with your legs apart, knees bent, and back straight. Lift with your legs. Don’t bend at the waist. Scoop small amounts of snow and don’t put too much weight on your spine. Never remove deep snow all at once.

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Dr. Adam Yanke Talks Cartilage on Bulls TV

Dr. Adam Yanke, orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, was a guest on Bulls TV when the Chicago Bulls took on the Milwaukee Bucks last Saturday night. Dr. Yanke, who specializes in cartilage restoration, discussed the important role that healthy cartilage plays in the body.

Host Steve Kashul and Dr. Yanke also talked about injuries that can occur to the meniscus and the treatment that follows particular knee injuries. Dr. Yanke highlighted clinical trials and research that himself and other physicians at Midwest Orthopaedics and Rush and Rush University Medical Center are currently engaged in with the hope of developing new methods for treating injuries or damage to the body’s cartilage.

Matthew Colman, M.D., Adam B. Yanke, M.D. Join “Rush”

Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Thu, September 11th, 2014

As of August 31, 2014, Matthew W. Colman, M.D. and Adam B. Yanke, M.D. have joined the team of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) in Chicago. Dr. Colman is a graduate of University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and Adam B. Yanke, M.D. is a graduate of Rush Medical College.

Dr. Yanke did his fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center and holds a special interest in advanced arthroscopy, shoulder replacement (with a special focus on patellofemoral dysfunction) and cartilage restoration.

Dr. Yanke told OTW, “I am very excited to get started at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. After training here for nearly 12 years, I’m happy to finally grow roots and start a practice here in Chicago.”

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Drs. Matthew Colman, Adam Yanke join Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago added Matthew W. Colman, MD, and Adam B. Yanke, MD, to its medical staff.

Dr. Colman focuses on spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology. He has completed two fellowships – one in musculoskeletal oncology at Harvard University in Boston and one in orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery at the University of Utah in Salt lake City.

Dr. Yanke has a professional interest in advanced arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder, with a special focus on patellofemoral dysfunction, shoulder replacement and cartilage restoration in the shoulder and knee. He was a fellow in orthopedic sports medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, during which time, provided medical coverage to professional sports teams, including the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox.

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Top-Ranked Hospitals for Orthopedics

No.1 in Illinois and No.6 in the nation

You can find information here about 1,646 hospitals in Orthopedics. All treat significant numbers of difficult patients – a hospital is listed only if it treated at least 338 such inpatients in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The 50 top-scoring hospitals are ranked. The rest are listed alphabetically.

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