Richard L. Illgen II

Richard L. Illgen II, MD

4602 Eastpark Blvd
The American Center
Madison, WI 53719


  • Bachelor of Science
    University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, 1989
  • Medical Doctorate
    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1993
  • Internship
    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1993-1994
  • Residency
    Harvard University Combined Orthopedic Program, Boston, MA, 1993-1999
  • Fellowship
    Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1999-2000

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Illgen is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS) and has completed specialized training in adult reconstructive surgery (hip and knee replacement at Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital). He currently serves as co-director of the Arthritis and Joint Replacement Program at The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His expertise includes primary and revision hip and knee replacements, partial knee replacement (unicompartmental knees), and hip resurfacing. 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. Recent advances include the introduction of robotic-assisted hip and knee replacement surgery.

Professional Activities

  • Co-Director of the University of Wisconsin Arthritis and Joint Replacement Program
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta (national pre-medical honor society)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (national medical honor society)
  • American Academy for Orthopedic Surgery (fellow)
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Leadership Fellows Program, AAOS
  • Madison Orthopedic Society
  • Mid-America Orthopedic Association
  • Orthopedic Research Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • The University of Notre Dame Orthopedic Society

Research Interests

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. He is involved in implant development and design for hip replacements, knee replacements, and robotic-assisted joint replacement.
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