Diego Villacis, MD, joined Northshore University Health System after completing his clinical fellowship at Columbia University and the Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine. As a member of the Northshore Orthopaedic Institute, in conjunction with University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, he educates residents and fellows to be caring and diligent surgeons. Dr. Villacis and his team place a priority on always putting the patient first. Dr. Villacis specializes in complex primary and revision shoulder and elbow repair, reconstruction, and replacement. He utilizing all-arthroscopic, arthroscopic-assisted, and open surgical techniques to relieve patients of their pain, restore their function, and improve their quality of life. His personal mission is simple—Dr. Villacis strives to provide compassionate, quality, world-class care to adults, adolescents, and athletes at all levels who have sustained injuries of the shoulder or the elbow. During his clinical fellowship, Dr. Villacis assisted in the care of athletes from the New York Yankees (MLB), New York City Football Club (MLS), and Columbia University Athletics (NCAA). He is dedicated to providing comprehensive and individualized patient-centered care in a collaborative, team-based approach for all of his patients. Dr. Villacis enjoys spending time with his wife, Katie, and their young son.
My goals are simple - all my patients leave clinic with a complete understanding of their diagnosis, being fully aware of the treatment plan, and having all questions answered. My clinical specialty is performance of arthroscopic and open shoulder, elbow, and knee surgery on patients ranging from the elite athlete to those hoping to return to the activities of daily life without pain. Despite being a surgeon, the reality is most orthopaedic conditions can be successfully treated without surgery. I evaluate many patients who come for 2nd opinions where we can successfully manage their condition without an operation. If conservative managment has failed or is not appropriate I will discuss with the patient the best surgical procedure for their diagnosis and help them understand what to expect, the risks, the benefits, and alternatives.
Dr. Villacis' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Villacis' Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
Arthritis of the Elbow
Arthritis of the Shoulder
Complications of Joint Prosthesis
Rotator Cuff Tear
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
Minimally Invasive Rotator Cuff Repair
Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Illinois.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 2005
Nwu Fienberg Sch Of Med
Medical School | Graduated 2010
University Of Southern California / Keck School Of Medicine
Internship Hospital | Completed 2011
University Of Southern California / Keck School Of Medicine
Residency Hospital | Completed 2015
Columbia University / College Of Physicians and Surgeons
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2016
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Villacis has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
California Orthopedic Association, Member
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