Meet Dr. Anthony A. Romeo

Dr. Anthony A. Romeo is a world-renowned specialist in the surgical management of shoulder and elbow problems. Patients from adolescents with loose shoulders to seniors with arthritis and tendon tears, as well as professional athletes, heavy demand workers, and those who desire to participate in recreational sports, seek out his advice for the best non-surgical treatments available, and the most advanced, minimally-invasive, outpatient operations when conservative care does not provide the desired result.   His goals for each patient—no matter how complex their problem—are focused on reducing pain, restoring function, and improving quality of life. 

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

With more than 450 peer-reviewed publications and 2000 lectures behind him, Dr. Romeo has contributed to ongoing innovation in treating shoulder arthritis, rotator cuff tears, elbow ligament tears, fractures, and more. He travels the world to demonstrate his expertise through live surgical procedures, lectures, and educational opportunities.

As a double board-certified surgeon in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine who has worked in Chicago for more than 25 years, Dr. Romeo:

  • Treats many high school, professional, NCAA, MLB, and Olympic level athletes
  • Served as a team physician to the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls
  • Past President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • Consults as an active member of the Major League Baseball Research Committee
  • Serves as Chief Medical Editor of Orthopaedics Today

Dr. Romeo has been voted by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America many years in a row and recognized as a Top Doctor for more than 20 years. He is one of fewer than 6% of physicians selected to receive the Patient’s Choice Award routinely. 

Current Hospital Appointments

  • Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale Hospitals
  • Elmhurst Hospital, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Westmont Surgery Center, Westmont, Illinois
  • Edward Hospital, Naperville, Illinois
  • Lombard Surgery Center, Lombard, Illinois

Boards, Societies & Honours

  • Member of Research Committee, Major League Baseball (2019-Present)
  • Medical Advisor, Big East Conference, New York NY (2019-20)
  • Team Physician,Philadelphia Phillies (Major League Baseball) (2018-20)
  • Team Physician, Chicago White Sox, Chicago, IL (2004-18)
  • Team Physician, Chicago Bulls, Chicago, IL (2005-18)
  • President, American Shoulder & Elbow Society (2017-18)
Top Doctor Award for Dr Romeo
Top Doctor Award


1983B.S degree in Pre Professional Studies
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
1987Medical Degree
St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
1987-1988Internship, Department of General Surgery
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
1988-1992Residency, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
1993-1993Sports and Elbow Fellowship, Department of Orthopedics
Frederick A. Matsen, III, M.D., Director Chairman University of Washington, Seattle, WA


In order to stay current with the latest technological advancements in shoulder surgery and treatments, Dr. Romeo is actively involved in research pertaining to total shoulder replacements, reverse total shoulder replacements, rotator cuff repairs, shoulder instability, and other associated procedures. We aim not only to treat your shoulder injuries and pain, but also to determine why specific injuries may occur, to whom they occur most frequently, and how to actively prevent them, if possible. This research will continue to improve treatment methods for you and future patients both presently and in the future for years to come.


Teaching Positions 

2021-PresentAdjunct Clinical Professor
PA Program
Midwestern University – Downers Grove, IL
2021-PresentVisiting Clinical Professor
Department of Orthopaedics
University of Illinois College of Medicine – Chicago, IL
2021-PresentSite Director, FH Residency Training
Department of Orthopaedics
Franciscan Health – Olympia Fields, IL 
2009-2018Professor, Division of Sports Medicine
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Rush University Medical Center – Chicago, IL

Associate Professor, Division of Sports Medicine,
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Rush University Medical Center – Chicago, IL
1993-2001Assistant Professor, Section of Sports Medicine
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Rush University Medical Center – Chicago, IL
1992-1993Acting Instructor, Shoulder and Elbow Service
Department of Orthopaedics
University of Washington – Seattle, WA

Professional Society Memberships


  • International Society of Arthroscopy Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Congress of the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and the Elbow (SECEC-ESSSE)


  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • Active Member, American Shoulder and Elbow Society (Past President)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Medical Association
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomat
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society
  • Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society
  • Notre Dame Orthopaedic Society, Founder and Past President


  • Herodicus Society
  • Illinois Orthopaedic Society
  • Chicago Medical Society
  • Illinois State Medical Society
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
  • St. Louis University Medical School Alumni Association

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