Douglas R. Dirschl, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Douglas R. Dirschl, MD

Lowell T. Coggeshall Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine Chair, 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.

Areas of Expertise

  • Bone Fragility
  • Acetabular (Socket) Fractures
  • Acquired Extremity Deformities
  • Amputation
  • Arm and Leg Fractures
  • Bone & Joint Infections
  • Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Foot & Ankle Trauma
  • Limb Deformities
  • Orthopaedic Trauma/Injuries
  • Pelvis Fractures
  • Periarticular Fractures (Adjacent to Joints)
  • Traumatic Knee Dislocations

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

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

Practicing Since

  • 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Oregon Health and Science University


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • University of North Carolina Health Care

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