Dr. David Guelich was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in Park City, Utah. After graduating with honors from the University of Utah, he received his medical doctorate from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University School of Medicine and furthered his training in Houston, Texas. At the prestigious Baylor Sports Medicine Clinic he completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine working with the University of Houston, Houston Texans, and Houston Astros and authoring numerous publications.
Dr. Guelich’s focus is on sports medicine injuries and arthritic conditions; maximizing conservative care and when necessary utilizing the latest in minimally invasive surgical techniques in the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle. Dr. Guelich serves as both a private practice physician and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery for the University of Illinois. As the Associate Director of the UIC Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, Dr. Guelich trains the next generation of Orthopaedic Surgeons in the field of sports medicine. In addition, he is one of only several surgeons in the Chicagoland area who is Board Certified in the field of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, a subspecialty designation. In that role, he has served as a consultant and treating physician for numerous athletes from the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), regional universities and local high schools.
Dr. Guelich says, “I enjoy taking care of active, motivated, healthy patients. I have the benefit of treating a wide range of age groups, from early adolescents to seniors. Our success or failure comes from our ability to communicate with the patients that we see. Each patient has a unique story and goals and our ability to identify what those are, apply all the tools we have to help them achieve those goals is what allows us to be successful.”
Additional Areas of Expertise
Arthroscopic & Reconstructive Surgery
Philosophy of Care
“Our success or failure comes from our ability to communicate with the patients that we see.”
Baylor University School of Medicine
Northwestern University Medical School
Medical College of Wisconsin
Research and Publications
D Marr, Guelich DR The Routine Use of TXA to Reduce Postopreative Effusion in ACL Reconstruction. A randomized control study. (Current Research).
R Parsa, Guelich DR Comparison ofAchilles Tendon Allograft Reconstruction Failure in Trans-tibial vs. Anteromedial Portal Reconstructions.AOAO National Meeting Chicago, (2017).
Zierenberg, Guelich DR; Clinical outcomes of Posterior Labral Repairs in the shoulder (Current Research).
Guelich DR, Xu D, Koh J, Nuber G, Zhang L. Different roles of the medial and lateral hamstrings in unloading the anterior cruciate ligament.The Knee. (2016)
Iturbide P, Guelich DR; Return to Play Considerations in ACL Surgery; can Dynamic Movement Assessment (DMA) improve ACL reinjury rates? (Current Research)
Johnson J, Nam E, Guelich DR; Comparison of Achilles Tendon Allograft Reconstruction Failure in Trans-tibial vs. Anteromedial Portal Reconstructions. (Current Research)
Reshef N, Guelich DR; Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome in Runner -Clinical Update. Clinics in Sports Medicine. (April 2012)
Verdugo A, Guelich DR; Clinical Outcome of Early Mobilization After Bone-bridge Triceps Tendon Repair. Current Research
Leonard J, Guelich DR; Anteromedial Femoral Tunnel Placement and Posterior Wall Implications—a cadaveric study. AANA 2012
Guelich DR, Lowe W, Wilson B; The Routine Culture of Allograft Tissue in ACL Reconstruction. American Journal of Sports Med 35: 1495 – 1499 (2007)
Guelich DR & Lintner D; Arthroscopic Intraosseous Biceps Tenodesis. Operative Techniques in Sports Med 15 (1): 16 – 19 (2007)
Guelich DR & Paulos LE. Ch. 56 Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tensioning. Prodromos CC (Eds) et al., The Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Reconstruction and Basic Science. Philadelphia, PA. Elsevier. (2007)
Deutsch A, Guelich DR, Mundanthanam G, Govea C, Labiss G; The Effect of Rehabilitation on Cuff Integrity and Range of Motion Following Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair: A Prospective, Randomized Study of Standard and Decelerated Rehabilitation Protocol.
Guelich DR, Fung D, Koh J, Nuber G, Zhang L; The Hamstring Muscles and the ACL: A cadaveric model examining the effect of independent loading of the lateral and medial hamstrings on ACL strain.
President, Chicago Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Program Director, UIC Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program,
Assistant Professor Orthopaedic Surgery UIC School of Medicine, 2009-present
Director of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Department of Surgery, St. Joseph
Hospital, Chicago, IL, 2011-present
Fellow, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Fellow, American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
Fellow, International Society of Knee Surgery, Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy