Dr. Tad Gerlinger, MD

Dr. Tad Gerlinger, MD

Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 50
Dr. Tad Gerlinger, MD is a joint replacement & reconstruction orthopedic specialist in Chicago, IL and has been practicing for 13 years. He graduated from Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences in 1994 and specializes in joint replacement & reconstruction orthopedics and orthopedic surgery.Read his story

1611 W Harrison St Ste 300

Chicago, IL 60612

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Knee Replacement
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Knee
very high
more than 99% of peers
Knee Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Gerlinger's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Gerlinger "COL(Ret) Gerlinger was commissioned from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York and awarded a Bachelor of Science degree. He graduated from medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences(USUHS), Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Gerlinger completed a Transitional Internship at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington, and a Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. His military education includes the Army Medical Department Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Army Flight Surgeon Course(Distinguished Honor Graduate), Navy Undersea Medicine Course, Jumpmaster School(Honor Graduate), Airborne and Air Assault School. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College.COL(Ret) Gerlinger served as the Program Director, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium(SAUSHEC) Orthopaedic Surgery Residency from 2008 to 2013, and as Chief of Adult Reconstruction, San Antonio Military Medical Center(SAMMC) since 2005. The SAUSHEC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency is the largest Orthopaedic Residency in the Department of Defense(DoD) and SAMMC is the DoD's only Level I Trauma Center. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Rush University.COL(Ret) Gerlinger deployed to Kosovo with Task Force Falcon, Operation Joint Guardian, in 2001. He served with the 274th Forward Surgical Team (Airborne), the first FST deployed into Afghanistan, for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001. Dr. Gerlinger served with the Joint Special Operations Task Force in the initial actions of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003. He returned to Afghanistan in 2011 with the 936th Forward Surgical Team, serving with the Norwegian Provincial Reconstruction Team at Forward Operating Base Meymaneh.COL(Ret) Gerlinger's decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal(with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal(with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal(2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. He has also been awarded the Combat Medical Badge twice, Expert Field Medical Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault badge, and Australian, Romanian and Egyptian Parachutist Badges. COL Gerlinger is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, is a Ridder, Den Blodrøde Bondasjes Orden (Knight, Order of the Blood Red Bandage-Norway), has been awarded the Surgeon General's 'A' Proficiency Designator, and is an Eagle Scout.COL(Ret) Gerlinger is a Past President of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons and is the Co-Program Director for the SOMOS/AAOS/OTA Disaster Response Course. He has served as a Representative, Board of Specialty Societies, and on the Education Committee for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Gerlinger currently is a Consultant on the International Committee Disaster Preparedness Project Team and serves on the Central Instructional Course Committee and Educational Track Committee for the AAOS. He is also a reviewer for Military Medicine and the Journal of Arthroplasty, and is the originating online co-editor for the 'Disaster Preparedness Toolbox'. Currently he serves as a Co-director of the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at Rush."


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This content was provided by Dr. Gerlinger "Dr. Gerlinger specializes in Adult Hip and Knee reconstruction. This entails procedures designed to reconstruct the arthritic hip and knee as well as treat hips and knees that have been previously replaced but are failing due to wear, infection, and other conditions. We employ a very personalized approach to your care with responsive administrative support and skilled nursing. This team approach ensures the shortest possible hospital stay and recovery to include same day discharge to home/outpatient surgery. Our goal is to quickly return you to the activities that you value most."

2  Specialties

  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

8  Conditions Treated

  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Hip Fracture
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

10  Procedures

  • 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 Replacement Surgery
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • United States Military Academy
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1990
  • Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • Tripler Army Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Madigan Army Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2001
  • Rush University Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2005

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Gerlinger's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Gerlinger to family and friends
92 total reviews (50 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (92)

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Dr. Gerlinger's Performance

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  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


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  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (50)

Dr. Gerlinger performed a spectacular total knee replacement on Monday. Tuesday afternoon I was on my way home. In-home therapy started Wednesday. I was back at work the second week. By the 3rd week my in-home therapy was finished. I was told that I don't have to take outpatient therapy as I am...more
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If you need a knee replacement or revision, this is your dr. I had a complicated total knee replacement with Dr Gerlinger barely 3 weeks ago. I cannot believe how quickly I am returning to my former state of active, good health and mobility. It is no exaggeration to say that Dr Gerlinger has...more
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I had hip surgery January 22 2018.. I had this pain for 2 years .. my kids finally pushed me to go .. I researched by my friends and family who tohave my surgern.. Dr Tad Gerlinger was the perfect choice. He explain very carefully and his team was fantastic.. I was in the hospital overnite and...more
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Having Dr. Gerlinger replace my knee is one of the best decisions I've ever made. I woke up from surgery with ZERO pain, went home the next day - walking unassisted. 5 weeks after surgery I walked 5 miles enjoying a winter weekend in MI - with no pain. I've met my first goal - to be able to...more
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Hip replacement surgery turned out to be quite easy: very little pain and a quick recovery. From fairly disabled prior to surgery I was back to all activities including athletics six weeks post-surgery.
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