Dr. Joel Williams, MD

Dr. Joel Williams, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Dr. Joel Williams, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Chicago, IL and has been practicing for 11 years. He graduated from Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of Ny Univ in 2007 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, orthopedic fracture care, and more.Read his story

1611 W Harrison St Ste 300

Chicago, IL 60612

Contact Information

(312) 432-2496

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Top Care Areas

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Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
more than 82% of peers
Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
more than 80% of peers
more than 73% of peers

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Dr. Williams' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Williams "Dr. Joel C. Williams brings seven years of training and passion for complex fracture care, post-traumatic deformity, pelvis and acetabular surgery, and complex hip surgery to Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Williams is a native of Michigan and graduated from the Michigan State University Honors Program. He then attended medical school at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. There, he was awarded a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship and spent a year doing basic science research. Dr. Williams' surgical training began at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, where he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. While a resident, he did a research fellowship and was awarded a grant from the Orthopaedic Trauma Association to investigate fracture healing. Additionally, he was awarded a traveling fellowship from the AO Trauma Foundation to study orthopedic traumatology in Chur, Switzerland with Dr. Cristoph Sommer. After residency, Dr. Williams stayed at UC Davis for his trauma fellowship and learned how to care for acute fractures, multiply-injured patients (polytrauma), fractures that do not heal (nonunions) or heal incorrectly (malunion) from a world-class team. After completing his trauma fellowship, he went to Seattle, WA to learn from Keith Mayo, M.D. and Tania Ferguson, M.D. There, he continued to expand his trauma, nonunion and malunion skill sets, and developed his complex hip surgery techniques. Along with being a member of the Emerging Leaders Program with the American Orthopaedic Association, Dr. Williams continues to be a proactive member within the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and AO Trauma North America. He has given numerous lectures and presentations across the United States, and has written for many publications such as Orthopedics, Injury (International Journal of the Care of the Injured), and The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma."


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3  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Williams does not have any board certifications listed.

49  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Sprain
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia


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32  Procedures

  • Acetabulum Surgery
  • ACL Surgery
  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Arm Surgery
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Osteotomy
  • Pelvic Surgery
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy


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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.


  • Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of Ny Univ
    Medical School | Graduated 2007
  • University Of California Davis Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Swedish Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed
  • University Of California Davis Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Williams has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Williams has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Williams' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Williams to family and friends
14 total reviews (11 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (14)

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Dr. Williams' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (11)

Dr. Williams is a spectacular surgeon with great bedside manner! I’m impressed with the outcome of my surgery. I’ve even had other surgeons compliment the post-op images. In addition, I was highly satisfied with the efficient team that works with Dr. Williams (residents, office staff).
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Dr. Williams and his team at Rush are top notch in every category. I’m a relatively young guy for a broken hip but it happened. From consultation to surgery to post op, I was very impressed by Dr. Williams, both personally and professionally. I was up again and moving like a relatively young guy...more
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Dr. Williams was very knowledgeable and spent the appropriate amount of time to help patient. He answered all my questions and made me feel like he cared and explained and listened appropriately, as well as his staff.
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I was lucky to have had Dr. Williams as my surgeon. I do not think I would have recovered as quickly without his expert care. After a severe injury to my ankle after a motorcycle crash he had me in the surgical suite two days after I limped into the ER. The procedure was minimally invasive for the...more
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Dr Williams has been instrumental in getting me back on my feet. After suffering a motorcycle injury to the tibula and knee, Dr Williams has rid me of infection once left by a the original surgeon on call in a different hospital. Love this mans bedside manor,and his most competent staff. Dr...more
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