Dr. Steven Wardell, MD

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Age 53
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Dr. Steven Wardell, MD
Dr. Steven Wardell, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Palos Heights, IL. He is 53 years old and has been practicing for 27 years. Dr. Wardell is affiliated with Palos Community Hospital and Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center.

7600 W College Dr Ste 3

Palos Heights, IL 60463

Contact Information

(708) 361-0600

Dr. Steven Wardell, MD

Dr. Steven Wardell, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Worker's Compensation

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Care Philosophy

Dr. Wardell received his orthopedic surgical training at the highly ranked Northwestern University. He has a specialty practice in hip and knee joint replacement as well as revisions. Dr. Wardell joined Parkview Orthopaedics in 1996, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as well as the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Currently, Dr. Wardell consults in the development of new surgical techniques and instrumentation, as well as computer navigation. Dr. Wardell has performed nearly 4,000 of joint replacement procedures. In January of 2009, computer assisted navigation was incorporated into all of his knee surgeries.
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Dr. Wardell's Experience

Dr. Wardell's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Reconstruction Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Joint Replacement Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Fractured Lower Leg
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Metatarsal Fracture
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Tendonitis
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Tibia or Fibula Stress Fracture
  • Toe Fractures
  • Trigger Finger


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  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Computer-Assisted Total Knee Replacement
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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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.


  • University Of Illinois At Champaign-Urbana
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1986
  • University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago
    Medical School | Graduated 1990
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • Northwestern University, Department Of Orthopedic Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Otto Aufranc Joint Reconstruction Fellowship, Tufts University, New England Baptist Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1996

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Palos Community Hospital, 2002
  • James Scholar Medical Honor's Program, University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1990
Media & Publications
  • Wardell SR. Management of Acetabular Deficiency with a Bipolar Prosthesis at Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty: Bono JV, McCarthy JC, Thornhill TS, Bierbaum BE, Turner RH (eds): Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty, 1999 New York: Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1999: 44: 298-301.,
  • Wardell SR. Salvage Arthrodesis, Resection Arthroplasty, and Amputation in the Treatment of The Failed Knee Replacement. James V. Bono, M.D., and Richard D. Scott, M.D. (eds). Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty. Springer-Verlag New York. 1999,
  • Bono JV, and Wardell SR. Salvage Knee Surgery: Arthrodesis and Resection Arthroplasty In: Craig EV, Padgett DE (eds): Textbook of Orthopaedic Surgery. Baltimore: Lipincott Williams & Wilkins. 1999: Section V (52): 660-671,
  • McCarthy JC, Wardell SR, Mason JB. Arthroscopy of the Hip. In: Callaghan JJ, Rosenberg AG, Rubash H (eds); The Adult Hip. Philadelphia: Lippincott Raven. 1998: 43 (volume 1): 721-736, 1998
  • Is Hip and Knee Pain Slowing You Down?, Dec 2011
  • Viscosupplementation and Non-operative Treatment of Knee Pain, 2008
  • Is Hip and Knee Pain Slowing You Down?, 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Wardell's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Wardell to family and friends
based on 36 total reviews (19 with comments)
Dr. Wardell's 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 (19)
in Homer Glen, IL |
Informative, compassionate and no rushing. Excellent surgeon and conversationist .
500 characters is no where near enough for me to sing Dr Wardell's praises! He has been my surgeon for both hips & both knees over the course of 4 years. Recuperation was always problem free. He is compassionate & takes the time to listen. No question is too bothersome for him. He is very competent & efficient. He has always greeted me with a smile. So many times in talking to others who have had joint replacements - his name surfaces as an excellent surgeon!! I would very highly recommend.
lemont, il |
I had a hip replacement two years ago, am very happy with the results. My follow-up visits went well, would highly recommend Dr. Wardell for anyone needing the surgery.
in Orland Park, IL |
Had both knees replaced by Dr. Wardell....I now have straight legs no bow leggedness! My walk is totally different and my pain is gone! We are retired and have visited Alaska and Italy and the Florida beaches. Without this surgery I never would have been able to travel and walk the excursions. I am forever grateful to the gentleman Dr. Steve Wardell.
in Chicago, IL |
Dr. Wardell has operated on my knees four times, two scopes and two total replacements . He is the best and I have recommended him to friends in the past and will do so again in the future. In addition to being a great doctor and surgeon he is a really great person
in Palos Heights, IL |
Excellent doctor...patient on answering questions. Was very pleased and happy with the surgery and results. Had one knee done first and 2 months later the other knee done. Recovery went very well.
in Frankfort, IL |
Dr. Wardell is awesome. I had a ton of questions, and he took the time to answer them all. He made drawings, showed me on the x ray and and used examples. He took the time to make sure I made the right decisions regarding my treatment. I have had several visits with him and would not hesitate to recommend him to friends and family.
in Orland Park, IL |
Orland Park, IL |
I've had both knees replaced by Dr. Wardell in the last few months. In my humble opinion he is both a brilliant and gifted surgeon. He answered all my questions and was honest with me about what I needed to do to have optimal results. Both surgeries went well with no complications. I was home in two days and able to return to work in two weeks. I have nothing but the highest praise for Dr. Wardell and would recommend him to anyone needing medical advice. Don't live with chronic pain!
in Bridgeview, IL |
Dr Wardell wonderful surgeon. Had hip replacement a few years back and have been very satisfied with the outcome of the surgery. Looking possibly at knee replacement in near future and will not hesitate as to having Dr Wardell perform the surgery.
in Westmont, IL |
I felt very well cared for by Dr. Wardell during my two complete knee replacements, 15 weeks apart. Palos Hospital and Dr. Wardell took a very conservative approach to avoid complications, and I had none. Recovery a bit of a struggle, but physical therapists and others commented on how "good" my scars looked and how well the knees were healing. My knees are now strong, mostly pain free, and I have a much better quality of life. I would strongly recommend Dr. Wardell to family and friends.
in Orland Park, IL |
Dr Wardell is the best! I researched hip doctors when I discovered I would need replacement and I am glad I chose him. The outcome could not have been better. I would recommend him to anyone looking for this type of replacement in the area. His expertise and manner in which he communicates to the patient is excellent.
in Hickory Hills, IL |
I was very pleased with my hip surgery outcome. I walk perfectly and can bend to the floor with no problem. Dr Wardell is the best in my opinion and I used to be an RN. He is personable, down to earth and has an excellent knowledge base. He is gentle, kind and answers questions and explains things so anyone can understand. I barely have a scar as well. You will be pleased.
Orland Hills, Il |
Dr Wardell is very pleasant and put my immediate concerns at ease. He is taking a conservative approach to my condition which is very welcome as well. His assistant, Lauren, was very friendly and helpful as well.
in Joliet, IL |
five stars says it all...
in New Lenox, Il |
Very good results from surgery and followup
in Homer Glen, IL |
I had my total hip replacement surgery in October 2016. I am so pleased with the results. I would recommend Dr. Wardell 100%. His expertise is tops in my book! I have never felt better!
Palos Hills, IL |
I had a total knee replacement and wound up getting an infection in the knee. He sent me to another doctor to do the reconstruction instead of doing it himself. He never called me to see how I was doing. It is 2 years later and I am still in pain everyday.
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Dr. Wardell accepts 13 insurance carriers
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana
  • Medicare
    Special Needs Plan SNP
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

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Hospitals where Dr. Wardell has admitting privileges

Palos Community Hospital
12251 S 80th Ave
Palos Heights, IL 60463
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Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center
4440 W 95th St
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
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