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Dr. Ronak M. Patel

Board-certified orthopaedic surgery in Illinois and Indiana

Dr. Ronak M. Patel is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine injuries for adolescents and adults. He offers a full range of care for all problems of the knee and shoulder with a special interest in complex knee disorders. Dr. Patel is among the few physicians in the Midwest performing advanced cartilage restoration and meniscal transplantation procedures. He also performs anatomic ACL reconstruction for optimal performance after knee injuries, patellar stabilization surgeries and numerous other minimally invasive procedures.

I truly believe, the more educated and informed a patient is about their condition, the better the outcome will be. My goal is to clearly explain the patients condition, my treatment recommendations, and answer their questions.  – Dr. Ronak M. Patel

Education and training

Originally from Chicago, Dr. Patel was one of a small group of students selected nationally into Northwestern University’s prestigious Honors Program in Medical Education, allowing him to complete his pre-medical education and B.A. in Economics in three years and then attend Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Engaged in Orthopaedic research and establishing mentors at Northwestern, Dr. Patel stayed at Northwestern for his Orthopaedic Residency. His care of patients, work ethic and teaching abilities earned him the honorable notion of Chief Resident. He completed his fellowship training in Sports Medicine at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, learning the most advanced and innovative surgical procedures, tending to professional athletes from the Cavaliers (NBA), Browns (NFL) and the Indians (MLB), and most importantly, helping patients function without pain. At Hinsdale Orthopaedics, Dr. Patel brings world-renown care back to his hometown.

He is extensively trained in arthroscopic management of shoulder problems including impingement, rotator cuff tears, labral tears and biceps tendonitis. His research in treating shoulder instability has helped surgeons internationally better treat bone loss in patients with chronic instability.

  • Bachelor’s Degree – Northwestern University
  • Medical School – Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Residencies – Northwestern University
  • Fellowship – Cleveland Clinic

Industry leadership

Dr. Patel believes that in sports medicine, it is essential to know when ‘not to operate’. His focus is on prolonging the life of the native joint as long as possible. To that end, he uses cartilage restoration, osteotomies to reduce stress on the joint, and other techniques to promote tissue healing and joint longevity. Favoring non-surgical rehab therapy whenever appropriate, Dr. Patel works closely with therapists to help restore patients to maximal function.

Dr. Patel’s approach to patient care is individualized, based on each patient’s injury and their level of function. He believes in practicing evidence-based Orthopaedic Surgery, giving the patient the best chance for success. Dr. Patel has published over 40 publications and book chapters and has presented his research over 70 times nationally and internationally. Dr. Patel is an Associate editor for The Journal of Cartilage and Joint Preservation. He is also actively involved in research and academic meetings to provide the most current care to his patients.

Dr. Ronak M. Patel – CV