Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel, MD

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OrthoIllinois 324 Roxbury Rd Rockford, IL 61107 Get Directions
Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel, MD
Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel's orthopedic practice focuses on minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee, and shoulder. He has received extensive training from international experts and published significant literature regarding hip arthroscopy, cartilage restoration techniques, complex knee ligament surgery, and a variety of arthroscopic shoulder procedures. Dr. Van Thiel attended UCLA Medical School in pursuit of his medical degree and concurrently completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the UCLA School of Business. Following medical and business school, Dr. Van Thiel completed his orthopedic and sports medicine training at one of the top programs in the country at Rush Medical Center in Chicago under the guidance of some of the country's leading sports medicine surgeons. He remains a faculty member at Rush for both research and resident education. Over the years, he has collaborated with world-renowned surgeons on research and development projects in a multitude of areas including hip arthroscopy and new techniques to treat labral tears; a comprehensive involvement with cartilage restoration and joint preserving surgical techniques of the knee, hip, and shoulder; as well as cutting edge procedures in shoulder arthroscopy. He has also had the opportunity to educate other surgeons in these specialty areas, and is currently a member of the Multicenter Arthroscopic Study of the Hip (www.mashstudy.com) along with other prominent surgeons from around the country. Dr. Van Thiel continues to have a passionate interest in research and education. He has authored over 50 textbook chapters and journal articles. His research has been included in over 60 international presentations with topics including: hip arthroscopy, hip labral tears, cartilage restoration, shoulder instability repair, rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction, and complex knee ligament reconstruction. Dr. Van Thiel currently sits on the editorial board of two major orthopedic sports medicine journals. Dr. Van Thiel's commitment to active patients and his belief in keeping people active is exemplified in his involvement with professional athletics. He is currently a member of the Chicago Blackhawks Medical Network and serves as a team physician for the US National Soccer Teams.

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Dr. Van Thiel's Care Philosophy

Dr. Van Thiel's commitment to athletics and an active lifestyle is evident in both his personal belief that activity leads to better health, and his involvement with sports teams. While at Rush, Dr. Van Thiel was an assistant team physician for the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and Chicago White Sox (MLB). He is currently affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks Medical Network and is a team physician for the US National Soccer Teams. Although cutting edge care is essential for excellent patient outcomes, Dr. Van Thiel also believes that cutting edge care cannot be completed without compassion and humility. "Great results can only be achieved if a patient has a thorough understanding of their condition and the treatment options available to them. In many cases, there are multiple right answers and the goal of effective care is for the patient to arrive at the option that will provide the best and quickest return to activity."

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OrthoIllinois324 Roxbury Rd
Rockford, IL 61107
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based on 87 total reviews (15 with comments)
Dr. Van Thiel Says:

Thank you for providing feedback that will be shared with others.  Your feedback is valued as we continuously strive to improve our practice and our patients' experience.  Please feel free to contact us directly at 815-398-9491 if you have any concerns.  Thank you.  Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel

Dr. Van Thiel's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (15)
in Belvidere, il |
Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel is by far the most professional doctor i have ever had the pleasure in meeting with, any questions i had he answered, any problems i had he helped me through by advising me in what can be done to help, i would recommend him to anyone and everyone i know or meet.
crystal lake, il |
We have met with Dr. Van Thiel twice and so far we couldn't be happier. Dr. Van Thiel is extremely knowledgeable, personable and very patient. We appreciate how thorough and thoughtful he is while explaining my sons treatment options. He answers all of our questions and we never feel rushed. His staff is awesome as well!
in Lanark Il. |
Great Dr. and wonderful support staff
Rockford, IL |
Dr. Van Thiel took the time to listen to my complaint about a bad knee I had since 1980. With age it had gotten arthritic from the fracture I had gotten in 80. It would give out an finally he did a knee arthroscopy an found several loose bodies. I have had no new problems in years! Smooth recovery an back to work!!! So very happy.....can' t say enough about Dr. Van Thiel!!!!!!
Winnebago, IL |
Dr Van Thiel and his staff are by far the most amazing, caring and professional staff I have ever dealt with. I would recommend him highly. Everything was explained in great detail to me before and after surgery so I knew what I was getting into.
Winnebago, IL |
Dr.Van Thiel is a great is an excellent orthopedic. I love the way he explains things and informs me well of what to do to streghthen my knee. He has repaired both my ACLs and I've been able to go back to soccer with no worries.
in Rockford, IL |
Dr. VanThiel diagnosed the problem with my hip in 15 minutes. Something another Orthopedic surgeon (outside the practice) couldn't do for 2 years!! Thank you! I wouldn't see anyone else!
Rockford, IL |
Great job!!!
in Rockford, IL |
Dr. Van Thiel was very informative and explained my condition thoroughly. He has a great supporting staff, they even contacted me over the weekend when there was a concern. I wanted to get back to golfing asap after surgery and within 10 weeks post op I was at the range with no pain! I would highly recommend Dr. VT!
in Crystal Lake, IL |
Excellent patient care! Highly knowledgeable. From start to finish Dr Van Thiel was the best choice for us for ACL patellar reconstruction!
in Beloit, WI |
Dr. Van Thiel is a Very Caring, Thoughtful and Genuine doctor. He cares very highly about his patients. I was looking for a doctor to do a correction on my shoulder that another out of state doctor did. He had to redo my left shoulder replacement I had done out of state. He ended up doing a Reverse Total Shoulder on me. This surgery was a big one. I could of not got a better doctor any where to do. Other doctors refused. Doctor Van Thiel is better than Best. He Is totally Awesome. Thumbs Up!!
in Rockford, IL |
After suffering a rupture of my quadriceps tendon, Dr. Van Thiel and his Physician Assistant, Carly Jackson provided extremely prompt diagnosis and surgery. He gave me a very clear assessment and prognosis for my injury. Dr. Van Thiel is a caring and attentive doctor. I was informed with each step along the way for treatment. I am very grateful for the care provided to me by Dr. Van Thiel and the staff at OrthoIllinois. I would highly recommend Dr. Van Thiel for orthopedic issues.
in Elkhorn, WI |
I would definitely recommend anyone to Dr. Van Thiel because he is very thorough and trustworthy. He helped me figure out what was wrong with my knee and he knew the rare diagnosis right away! He helped me get back to sports and I can't thank him enough. Definitely see Dr. Van Thiel if you want the right diagnosis, no matter how big or small the problem is.
Rockford, IL |
He was really great and knowledgeable and he had me referred to a great doctor that could help me.
in Mchenry, IL |
Horrible medical treatment. Horrible morals and he has no ethics! Stay far away from this doctor and his associate Dr. Daniels.
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Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel's orthopedic practice focuses on minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee, and shoulder. He has received extensive training from international experts and published significant literature regarding hip arthroscopy, cartilage restoration techniques, complex knee ligament surgery, and a variety of arthroscopic shoulder procedures.

Dr. Van Thiel attended UCLA Medical School in pursuit of his medical degree and concurrently completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the UCLA School of Business. Following medical and business school, Dr. Van Thiel completed his orthopedic and sports medicine training at one of the top programs in the country at Rush Medical Center in Chicago under the guidance of some of the country's leading sports medicine surgeons. He remains a faculty member at Rush for both research and resident education.

Over the years, he has collaborated with world-renowned surgeons on research and development projects in a multitude of areas including hip arthroscopy and new techniques to treat labral tears; a comprehensive involvement with cartilage restoration and joint preserving surgical techniques of the knee, hip, and shoulder; as well as cutting edge procedures in shoulder arthroscopy. He has also had the opportunity to educate other surgeons in these specialty areas, and is currently a member of the Multicenter Arthroscopic Study of the Hip (www.mashstudy.com) along with other prominent surgeons from around the country.

Dr. Van Thiel continues to have a passionate interest in research and education. He has authored over 50 textbook chapters and journal articles. His research has been included in over 60 international presentations with topics including: hip arthroscopy, hip labral tears, cartilage restoration, shoulder instability repair, rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction, and complex knee ligament reconstruction. Dr. Van Thiel currently sits on the editorial board of two major orthopedic sports medicine journals.

Dr. Van Thiel's commitment to active patients and his belief in keeping people active is exemplified in his involvement with professional athletics.  He is currently a member of the Chicago Blackhawks Medical Network and serves as a team physician for the US National Soccer Teams.

Dr. Van Thiel's Care Philosophy

Dr. Van Thiel's commitment to athletics and an active lifestyle is evident in both his personal belief that activity leads to better health, and his involvement with sports teams. While at Rush, Dr. Van Thiel was an assistant team physician for the Chicago Bulls (NBA) and Chicago White Sox (MLB). He is currently affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks Medical Network and is a team physician for the US National Soccer Teams.

Although cutting edge care is essential for excellent patient outcomes, Dr. Van Thiel also believes that cutting edge care cannot be completed without compassion and humility.

"Great results can only be achieved if a patient has a thorough understanding of their condition and the treatment options available to them.  In many cases, there are multiple right answers and the goal of effective care is for the patient to arrive at the option that will provide the best and quickest return to activity."

Dr. Van Thiel says...

Thank you for providing feedback that will be shared with others.  Your feedback is valued as we continuously strive to improve our practice and our patients' experience.  Please feel free to contact us directly at 815-398-9491 if you have any concerns.  Thank you.  Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel

Dr. Van Thiel's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage Damage
  • Cartilage Degeneration
  • Cartilage Disorders
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hip Flexor Strain
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Muscle Strain
  • Hip Socket Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Ligament Tears
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Muscle Strain
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sports Injuries of the Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Strain of Hamstring Muscle
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Torn Cartilage

Education

  • Medical School
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

    Graduated in 2006

  • Internship Hospital
    Rush University Medical Center

    Completed in 2005

  • Residency Hospital
    Rush University Medical Center

    Completed in 2011

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Rush University Medical Center

    Completed in 2012

  • Undergraduate School
    UCLA Anderson School of Management - MBA

    Graduated in 2006

    Univ of WI at Madison

    Graduated in 2001

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Knee Shaving
  • Arthroscopic Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Articular Cartilage Repair
  • Cartilage Implantation
  • Cartilage Regeneration
  • Cartilage Repair
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Labrum Repair
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Surgery
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Implantation
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Cartilage Treatment
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Labrum Repair
  • Meniscal Allograft Transplant
  • Meniscus Transplantation
  • Mini Knee Surgery
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Shoulder Cartilage Treatment
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Shoulder Replacement