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Specialties: 
Ankle, Elbow, Hip, Joint Replacement, Knee, Orthopedic Trauma, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Dr. Antkowiak brings his exceptional sports medicine and orthopedic surgical skills to OAK Orthopedics after completing a sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Southern California Orthopedic Institute. Prior to his fellowship, Dr. Antkowiak graduated cum laude from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York, and was inducted as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. This was followed by his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Davis Medical Center (UCDMC), an institution renowned for outstanding orthopedic care and training. During his time at UCDMC, Dr. Antkowiak was honored to be selected co-chief resident and received the outstanding achievement award for Top Resident in Orthopaedic Trauma. He was also recognized as an "Emerging Leader" in the field at the 2011 meeting of the American Orthopaedic Association.

Dr. Antkowiak's patient care goals are simple: to provide every patient with the highest level of care and compassion possible, just as he would desire for his family and for himself. He strives to get patients safely back to doing the things they love by providing thorough evaluations, appropriate treatment options, and high quality surgical interventions when necessary. Dr. Antkowiak has a particular interest in minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. He sub-specializes in several areas, including advanced shoulder arthroscopy, knee ligament/cartilage reconstruction, and hip arthroscopy. Dr. Antkowiak performs the innovative and less invasive anterior total hip replacement and computer-navigated partial/total knee replacement. He has co-authored recent articles on topics including hip arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction and orthopedic trauma. Dr. Antkowiak has lectured on topics that include cartilage restoration techniques in the knee, hip, and ankle, as well as on the use of MRI for the diagnosis of hip injuries. He has served as team physician to several high school and college programs and has participated in the care of numerous professional athletes.

Dr. Antkowiak is excited to join the Sports Medicine Division of OAK Orthopedics. His knowledge and extensive training, coupled with his engaging style and dedication will be apparent upon one's first meeting. His passion for sports medicine is further strengthened by his own experience as a Division I collegiate athlete at McGill University, where he served as team captain of the men's volleyball team. Dr. Antkowiak will serve as the team physician for Lincoln-Way West High School and assist as a team physician at Olivet Nazarene University. Dr. Antkowiak enjoys spending time with his wife and young boys, and when additional time permits, playing golf or skiing. Dr. Antkowiak is fluent in Polish and conversant in French; he is available to see patients at both the Frankfort and Bradley offices.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: McGill University, Montreal, Québec
  • Master of Science in Neurobiology: McGill University, Montreal, Québec
  • Doctor of Medicine: Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
  • Surgery Internship: University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
  • Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship: Southern California Orthopedic Institute, Van Nuys, CA

Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Illinois State Medical Society

Team Affiliations

  • Lincoln-Way West High School
  • Lincoln-Way North High School
  • Lincoln-Way East High School
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Manteno High School

Hospital Affiliations

  • Silver Cross Hospital
  • Riverside Medical Center
  • Presence St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Oak Surgical Institute

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– Marsha B.