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Richard L. Illgen II, MD Print Friendly Page

Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Illgen is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) and has completed specialized training in adult reconstructive surgery (hip and knee replacement). He currently serves as co-director of the Arthritis and Joint Replacement Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and as the clinical director of surgery at UW Health at The American Center.


His expertise includes primary and revision hip and knee replacements, partial knee replacement (unicompartmental knees), and hip resurfacing. He has pioneered robotic-assisted hip and knee replacement and serves as a regional and national expert in these techniques. He has particular expertise and experience regarding the care of young patients with hip and knee arthritis and offers care including joint preservation and joint replacement for this high demand group of individuals. These interests reflect a treatment philosophy that emphasizes the application of scientific analysis and innovative techniques to optimize care for patients requiring hip and knee replacement.


Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health


Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Orthopedic Surgery
Fellowship Massachusetts General Hospital
Residency Harvard University
Internship Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
Medical School University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1993

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

Programs & Conditions

  • Knee Pain

Dr. Illgen has clinical and basic science research interests in the molecular biology of osteolysis, osteonecrosis, fracture healing, and bone ingrowth into porous-coated joint implants.

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