Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel, MD

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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.

324 Roxbury Rd

Rockford, IL 61107

Contact Information

(815) 398-9491

Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel, MD

Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • ECOH
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Guardian
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Joint Pain
very high
more than 93% of peers
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
more than 90% of peers
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
more than 88% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Van Thiel "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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  • 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

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • 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
  • Herniated Disc
  • 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
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Ligament Tears
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • 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


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  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • 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
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • 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 Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Shoulder Replacement


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • UCLA Anderson School of Management - MBA
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2006
  • Univ of WI at Madison
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2001
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Medical School | Graduated 2006
  • Rush University Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Rush University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2011
  • Rush University Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2012

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Van Thiel's Reviews

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based on 98 total reviews (17 with comments)
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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
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  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
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  • Office environment
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  • Average wait time
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Patient Comments (17)
in Crystal Lake, IL |
I just recently had surgery to repair a torn hip labrum. Dr. Van Thiel was very informative on what to expect before during and after surgery. His entire team has been wonderful. I would highly recommend him.
in Taylor Ridge, IL |
After 5 surgeons denied my surgery saying "there's nothing I can do" for almost 2 years, I was referred to Dr. Van Thiel by another surgeon and he took one look at the mess in my hip and said with confidence "I can fix that". Leaving with pre-surgical papers finally gave me hope. Not to mention, coming from another facility to see me after hours and personally E-mailing me to thank me for the previous scan pictures spoke volumes. Surgery went amazing, and his professionalism is second to none!
Belvidere, IL |
If I could give him 110%I would he's a great doctor and his assistant Carly is great too. Great teamwork
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
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. Van Thiel accepts 21 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • ECOH
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Guardian
  • HealthLink
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Principal Financial Group
  • The Alliance
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