Robert J. Thorsness, MD

Robert J. Thorsness, MD

Fellowship Trained Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon

Board Certifications
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Practice Locations

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Plainfield Surgery Center
  • Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet
  • Salt Creek Surgery Center
  • Silver Cross Surgery Center
  • UChicago Medicine AdventHealth La Grange

Areas of Expertise

  • Anatomic Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Elbow Arthroscopy & Reconstruction
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder & Elbow
  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy & Reconstruction
  • Management of Work-related Injuries


Dr. Thorsness’ clinical expertise focuses on shoulder and elbow surgery and sports medicine with an emphasis on shoulder and elbow reconstruction and replacement. Most commonly, he treats patients for rotator cuff disorders, shoulder dislocations and instability, labral tears, arthritis, fractures and sports injuries, using minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. For management of shoulder arthritis, he utilizes anatomic total shoulder and reverse total shoulder replacement using the most modern, bone preserving techniques. He believes in a team-oriented approach to treatment, which often involves physical and occupational therapists to maximize functional outcomes for his patients. He received a Doctorate of Medicine from Washington University in St. Louis, followed by residency training in orthopaedic surgery at University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. Dr. Thorsness went on to complete a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at Rush University in Chicago, a top U.S. hospital and one of Chicago’s finest academic medical centers.

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My Team


Medical School

Washington University, St. Louis, MO- Doctor of Medicine


University of Rochester, Rochester, NY- Orthopaedic surgery


Rush University, Chicago, IL- Shoulder & Elbow Surgery

Affiliations and Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)


  • Partner, Hinsdale Orthopaedics
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