With more than 45 years of industry experience, Samuel David Stulberg, MD, currently works as a surgeon with Northwestern Memorial Hospital at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. He also founded and has served as director of the joint reconstruction and implant service at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital since 1986. Furthermore, Dr. Stulberg has held the position of professor of clinical orthopedic surgery with the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago since 1994.

A leader in the development of computer-assisted orthopedic surgery, Dr. Stulberg has also been instrumental in the development of techniques and tools for minimally invasive orthopedic procedures and has designed multiple joint replacement systems, including the Columbus Knee System and the MicroLoc Knee System. Furthermore, he is not only responsible for the development of sensors to evaluate joint function before and after surgery, but he is the inventor of the surgical systems for robotic and computer-assisted surgery as well. Dr. Stulberg holds several patents for methods and instruments for performing radial impaction grafting for hip surgery.

Prior to embarking on his career, Dr. Stulberg pursued an education at Harvard College at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, earning a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in 1965. Following this accomplishment, he obtained his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical School at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1969. Completing an internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1969 to 1970, he also completed residencies in both general surgery and orthopedic surgery between 1970 and 1974. Additionally, Dr. Stulberg was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy from the Aix-Marseille University in France in 1997.

In addition to his primary career responsibilities, Dr. Stulberg has participated in numerous other professional endeavors. In 2006, he founded Operation Walk Chicago, where he presently serves as director. Additionally, he is managing director of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty, an organization that he co-founded in 1982. He has also served as a board member for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois since 1986 and on the board of directors for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, since 1996. A regular contributor of articles to professional journals and chapters to books, Dr. Stulberg authored the book “Arthritis of the Hip & Knee: The Active Person’s Guide to Taking Charge” in 1998.

In an effort to remain up to date with his field, Dr. Stulberg has maintained affiliation with various professional organizations, including the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, the Hip Society, The Knee Society, the American Orthopaedic Association and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Active as president of the International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery from 2003 to 2004, Dr. Stulberg is also an elected fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.

Recipient of a number of awards throughout his career, Dr. Stulberg was most recently presented with the 12th Annual Insall Award for the best work on a clinical subject or outcomes report by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 2007. He also received the Maurice E. Muller Award for excellence and lifetime achievement in computer assisted surgery in 2005 and the Elven J. Berkheiser Prize for best thesis for original research work from the Institute of Medicine of Chicago in 1979, among many others. Dr. Stulberg has been named to Best Doctors in America since 2003 and to Chicago Magazine’s Top Docs in Chicago since 2000.

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