Douglas R. Dirschl, MD

Lowell T. Coggeshall Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine

Douglas R. Dirschl, MD, is a highly accomplished surgeon and an expert in orthopaedics. He specializes in caring for patients with musculoskeletal trauma and fractures, as well as other injuries and diseases of the bones, joints and muscles.

Dr. Dirschl's research focuses on the assessment of factors that influence reliability in classifying fractures. He has studied the quality of radiographs, as well as the use of decision-making strategies to enhance reliability (the extent to which various physicians classify a fracture in the same way). Dr. Dirschl also studies the biological basis of surgery, including the relationship between hemorrhage in pelvic fractures and pelvic bleeding. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

A leader in medical education and health policy, Dr. Dirschl teaches medical students, residents and physicians about orthopaedic trauma, musculoskeletal pathophysiology and fractures. He has authored three books, more than 30 book chapters, and more than 75 peer-reviewed scholarly articles. In addition, Dr. Dirschl sits on editorial and review boards for several notable scientific journals, including the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Dr. Dirschl previously served as president of the American Orthopaedic Association.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical School

Oregon Health Sciences University


University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill (general surgery)


University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill (orthopaedic surgery)


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Association
Foundation for Orthopaedic Trauma
Interurban Orthopaedic Society
North Carolina Orthopaedic Association
Orthopaedic Trauma Association

Language Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 834-1634

Office Fax

(773) 702-4384

Office Postal Address

Douglas R. Dirschl, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3079
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

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Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Dirschl's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.