Jon Whitehurst, M.D.Fellowship Trained Orthopedic SurgeonSports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery
Dr. Whitehurst studied medicine at Pritzker School of Medicine University of Chicago followed by advanced orthopedic training as part of his residency program. He completed a fellowship in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute (SCOI). He offers general orthopedic care and has a special interest in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Whitehurst is an active team physician for professional and amateur athletes.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you more about myself and my experience in healthcare. I am originally from Evanston, Illinois, and I earned my B.S. degree in chemical engineering with a biomedical emphasis from Northwestern University in 1985. Following graduation from college, I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy, serving as a Naval Flight Officer from 1985 to 1992. After graduating first in my flight school class, I was assigned to an aircraft carrier- based F-14 TOMCAT Squadron. Continuing with high achievements, I was selected to attend TOPGUN, the Navy Fighting Weapons School and served during Operation Desert Shield.
I resumed my studies at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, following Honorable Discharge from active duty in 1992. I obtained my medical degree in 1996, and subsequently completed advanced orthopedic training as part of my residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals in 2001.
In 2002, I completed a fellowship in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute (SCOI). My subspecialty training focuses specifically on minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder, knee, ankle, elbow, wrist and sports medicine. While at SCOI, I produced award- winning research in shoulder instability and worked with research projects in knee ligament reconstruction. As an advocate for continuing medical education, I have authored numerous journal articles and presentations on arthroscopic surgery. I am a Clinical Assistant Professor of surgery at the University of Illinois – College of Medicine in Rockford. I have lectured on orthopedic subjects to the residents and medical students of the University of Illinois. Previously I lectured, in conjunction with the University of Chicago, to practicing primary care physicians, and I coordinated a similar lecture series with multiple physicians later in Rockford. I have also served as an instructor to other orthopedic surgeons teaching advanced arthroscopic techniques through the Arthroscopy Association of North America.
My practice is focused on general orthopedics with special interest in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. I am a team orthopedic physician for the Rockford IceHogs and I am also active in several local high school and college sport programs. I enjoy the opportunity to work with athletes on a regular basis.
In addition to my extensive medical commitments, I enjoy spending time with my family, biking, golfing, hiking, and boating.
It is my mission to provide you excellent service, as well as compassionate care. I always strive to provide you the same quality of orthopedic care I would offer to a member of my family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to further improve your experience at Ortho Illinois.
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EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT
Major: Chemical Engineering with Biomedical Emphasis
Degree: B.S.; June 1985
United States Naval Flight Officer (1985 – 1992)
Assigned to aircraft carrier-based F-14 TOMCAT Squadron
Honorable Discharge, 1992
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Degree: M.D.; June 1996
University of Chicago Hospitals
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery
Chicago, Illinois; 1996 – 2001
Southern California Orthopedic Institute
Fellowship in Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine
August 2001 – August 2002
August 2002 – Present
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Illinois College of Medicine - Rockford 2003- Present
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Part I Passed July 13, 2001
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Part II Passed July 11, 2004
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certified July 2004
- Certificate of Additional Qualification: Sports Medicine Certified November 2008
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Recertification Recertified January 1, 2015
- Certificate of Additional Qualification: Sports Medicine Recertified January 1, 2015
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Arthroscopy Association of North American Fellow Research Essay Scholarship Award for “Arthroscopic Pan Capsular Plication for Multidirectional Shoulder Instability 2001
- Omega Chi Epsilon Award for excellence in Chemical Engineering 1985
- American Society of Military Engineers ROTC Gold Medal Award 1985
- Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society 1984
- Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society 1984
- Dow Outstanding Junior Chemical Engineer Award 1984
- Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lamda Delta Honor Societies 1982
- Naval Achievement Medal with 2 Gold Stars Awarded for outstanding leadership and achievement 1992
- Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star 1991
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) 1991
- National Defense Service Medal Awarded for service in Operation Desert Shield 1991
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 1990
- TOPGUN Graduate 1989 Squadron selectee for the Navy Fighter Weapons Schoo 1989
- Commodore’s List (ranked first in flight school class)1986
- Qualified Submarines “Silver Dolphins” - USS Ohio Class1983
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
- 1st Annual Primary Care Symposium, Coordinator and Presenter: “Shoulder Injuries.” Rockford, Illinois 2012
- “AAOS Presenter for Webinar Series: Are You ready to Take the EMR Plunge in 2011?”- Part 3: Pre-post Implementation issues. December 2010
- “AAOS Presenter for Practice Forward: Managing Your Practice Ahead of the Curve”. Guide to Successful Implementation of EMR into your Practice. September 2010.
- “AAOS Presenter for “Shoulder, an Arthroscopic Odyssey.” Arthroscopic Portals. 2007
- Whitehurst, JB, Snyder SJ, Karzel RP, Loren GJ. “Arthroscopic Pan Capsular Plication for Glenohumeral Multidirectional Instability”. Presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Arthroscopy Association of North America.
- Millstein ES, Whitehurst JB, Fox JM. “Arthroscopically Assisted Quadruple Bundle Hamstring ACL Reconstruction: 10-15 Year Follow-up”. Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2004.
- University of Chicago Primary Care Orthopaedics Course, Faculty Member: “Common Lower Extremity Sports Injuries”, Chicago, Illinois 2003, 2004.
- Lab Master Instructor, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy Course, Rosemont, Illinois 2002, 2004.
- “WebMD/EMedicine, Sports Medicine section for Continuing Medical Education.
- Grand Rounds, University of Illinois, SwedishAmerican Hospital, “Pediatric Sports Medicine: Diagnosis and Treatment”, Rockford, Illinois, March 2003.
- OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center 64th Annual May Day Clinic Faculty Member: “Update on Sports Medicine”, May 16, 2003.
- Whitehurst JB, Fox JM: “Allograft versus Autograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: 5 to 12 Year follow-up”. Presented at SCOI Fellow’s Day, June 1, 2002.
- Whitehurst, JB, Snyder SJ, Karzel RP, Loren GJ. “Arthroscopic Pan Capsular Plication for Glenohumeral Multidirectional Instability”. Presented at SCOI Fellow’s Day, June 1, 2002.
- Draganich LF, Whitehurst JB, Chou, LS, Piotrowski, GA, Pottenger LA, Finn HA: “The Effects of the Rotating Hinge Total Knee Replacement on Gait and Stair Stepping.” The Journal of Arthroplasty; Vol. 14:743-755, 1999.
- Brage, M, Bennett C, Whitehurst J, Getty P, Toledano A, “Observer Reliability in Ankle Radiographic Measurements”, Foot and Ankle International Vol. B, 324-329, 1997.
- Presented at the 62nd Annual Meeting of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (1995), Orlando, FL
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 1996 – Present
- American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 2002
- Arthroscopy Association of North America 2002
- Winnebago County Medical Society 2002
SPORTS MEDICINE PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
- Team Physician, Rockford Ice Hogs Professional Hockey Team 2003 - part of the Blackhawks Medical Network since 2007
- Team Physician, Rockford Lightning Professional Basketball Team 2002 - 2005
- Team Physician, Rockford RiverHawks Professional Baseball Team 2004 - 2008
- Team Physician, Guilford High School 2003 - 2005
- Team Physician, Rockford Boylan High School 2004 – 2018
- Chairman, Rockford Memorial Hospital 2007 - 2010