William Vitello, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon Fellowship Trained in Hand and Upper Extremity

Phone: 773-777-9900

Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Practice Locations

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Lincoln Park Center for Advanced Orthopedic Surgery
  • Presence Saint Joseph Hospital

Areas of Expertise

  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Hand & Wrist Tendinitis
  • Hand & Wrist Fractures
  • Hand & Wrist Pain
  • Hand & Wrist Injuries


Dr. William Vitello was born and raised in Northwest Ohio and attended the University of Toledo where he graduated cum laude with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology (B.A. 1987-1992). He earned his Degree in Medicine (M.D. 1992-1996) from Wright State University School of Medicine. He continued his training at Wright State University School of Medicine where he completed two years of General Surgery training as well as the five year orthopedic surgery program (1996-2003). Dr. Vitello did his fellowship training (2003-2004) at the renowned Indiana Hand Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. There, he received sub-specialized training in Hand, Microvascular, and Upper-Extremity conditions.

Dr. Vitello has extensive experience in the conservative and operative treatment of Hand and Upper-Extremity related injuries and chronic conditions. He has also authored numerous journal and text book articles. He has given numerous presentations at the National and International Orthopaedic Society Meetings throughout his career. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and Hand Surgery.

Dr. Vitello’s treatment philosophy is to understand the unique needs of every patient as well as their concerns. He then educates the patient on the diagnosis along with their surgical and non-surgical options and provides them the optimum care they deserve.

I educate my patients on their diagnosis and address any concerns that they may have."

William Vitello, MD


Medical School

Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI


Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL


Baylor University School of Medicine, Houston, TX

Affiliations and Associations

  • Fellow, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
  • Fellow, International Society of Knee Surgery, Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy

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Dr. Vitello as heard on the Medical Minute on WBBM

Patient Feedback

“I just wanted to express my utmost gratitude having the privilege of being under the care of Dr. William Vitello, for not one but two very extreme injuries. I endured a fairly devastating left wrist injury back in 2014 and pretty much shattered it. The injury was extreme but I was quite fortunate that I ended up under Dr. Vitello’s care, as today I am able to enjoy almost 100% full motion in my wrist, despite the severity of the injury. I had two surgeries in the process; to implant two medal rods, one being temporary and therefore required a second surgery to be removed. Both surgeries went off without a hitch, as well as the healing process. Dr. Vitello is extremely knowledgeable and his confidence feels very reassuring while I was going through these difficult and vulnerable times. Fast forward 6 years (November 2020) I sustained a severe fracture (almost a full break) of my right radius in a bicycle accident. Due to some issues with my health care provider as well as the extensive pre-op process imposed by COVID-19 restrictions I ended up having to wait 12 days to have the actual surgery, but I was determined to be under Dr. Vitello’s care; and to my benefit, once again Dr. Vitello executed a perfect surgery and my recovery time was far quicker than what I initially expected. The healing process was indeed a very challenging one because it was my dominant hand/arm and there was a roughly 6 inch metal permanent plate set in place; I was looking at a lot of time and therapy. I had some serious concerns about the potential outcome of my recovery, however Dr. Vitello kept me inspired and motivated with his style of encouragement and technical expertise. I was extremely diligent about following his post-op instructions and therapy, and much to my delight not only did my arm heal perfectly but it did so in far less time then expected. On top of everything else both injuries (2014 and 2020) took place in the winter time, yet I experienced almost no cold irritation from the metal implants. Dr. Vitello is someone who I will hold in high personal and professional regard as I truly believe that he is at the pinnacle of his medical specialty; his organization runs a highly efficient operation and I will/would recommend Dr. Vitello to anyone and everyone in this situation!!! Thanks for everything!!” – Dejan S.

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