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Faculty, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Richard Illgen II, MD

  • Orthopedic Surgery
Richard L. Illgen II, MD


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, and partial knee replacement (unicompartmental knees). 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.

Languages spoken
  • English

Practice locations

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Orthopedic Surgery
Medical School
  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Program, Boston, MA
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA


Additional conditions and treatments
  • Gender-Specific Knee Replacement (For Women)
  • Joint Replacement Revision Surgery
  • Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction and Replacement
  • Robotic Partial Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Hip Replacement (Arthroplasty)
  • Unicompartmental Knee Replacement (MAKOplasty)

Research & publications

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.