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

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Specializing in treatment of the shoulder, hip and knee. Special focus and experience in advanced, minimally invasive techniques including hip arthroscopy, and robotically assisted surgery. Most common injuries treated: ACL and meniscus tears, hip labrum tears, FAI (hip impingement), shoulder rotator cuff and labrum tears, as well as shoulder and knee arthritis. 

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 has a particular interest in minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. He subspecializes in several areas, including advanced shoulder arthroscopy, knee ligament/cartilage reconstruction, and hip arthroscopy. Dr. Antkowiak performs the innovative, robotically assisted partial knee replacement. He has co-authored recent articles on topics including hip arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction, and orthopedic trauma. Dr. Antkowiak is a respected and sought-after speaker, he is involved in surgeon education and product development for some of the world’s largest orthopedic manufacturers. He also serves as team physician to several high school and college programs and has cared for numerous professional athletes.

Dr. Antkowiak is an experienced, board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy. Often referred to as “Dr. A,” he prides himself on exceptional patient care and surrounds himself with a team that is warm, caring, and compassionate. Dr. A brings his exceptional sports medicine and orthopedic surgical skills to OAK after having completed a sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Southern California Orthopedic Institute in 2013. 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 is also recognized as an "Emerging Leader" in the field by the American Orthopaedic Association.

Dr. Antkowiak’s 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 enjoys spending time with his wife and three young boys, and when additional time permits, playing golf or skiing. Dr. Antkowiak is fluent in Polish and conversant in French.

Dr. Antkowiak is available to see patients in the Frankfort, Westmont, and Bradley offices. Please call (815) 469-3452 to schedule an appointment and ask for “Dr. A.”

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


  • 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
  • Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery

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“Dr. Antkowiak and Taylor were very thorough and answered all of my questions. I appreciated them getting to know me, not just my medical diagnosis.”
– Melanie S.
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