Samuel D. Stulberg, M.D.

Samuel D. Stulberg, M.D.

Samuel D. Stulberg, M.D.

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Personal Bio

Treatment Philosophy

My goal is to return patients to the active lifestyle that they enjoyed before arthritis pain. I collaborate with the physical therapist, and rehabilitation doctor to craft a comprehensive treatment plan for each individual patient.

Conditions & Procedures


Computer Assisted Hip Surgery, Computer Assisted Knee Surgery, Custom Hip Replacement, Custom Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Minimally Invasive Hip Techniques, Minimally Invasive Knee Techniques

General Information




NorthShore Medical Group


Knee Replacement/Revision, Hip Replacement, Hip Diseases & Injuries



Board Certified

Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Service

Education, Training & Fellowships

Medical School

University of Michigan Medical School, 1969


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1970


Harvard Medical School - Massachusetts General Hospital, 1971
Harvard University, 1975


Harvard University, 1972
Hospital for Sick Children, 1976



NOI NorthShore Orthopedics Chicago

680 N Lake Shore Dr
Ste 924
Chicago, IL 60611
312.664.6848 866.954.5787 fax Get Directions This location is wheelchair accessible.


Commercial Plans
  • Aetna Choice POS
  • Aetna Elect Choice EPO and EPO
  • Aetna Health Network Options
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Managed Choice
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO (Aetna HealthFund)
  • Aetna QPOS
  • Aetna Savings Plus
  • Aetna Select
  • Beechstreet PPO Network
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - PPO Products
    Not Contracted Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Choice PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Advantage
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield HMOI
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna LocalPlus
  • Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP)
  • Cigna Open Access Plus with CareLink (OAPC)
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cofinity PPO (an Aetna Company)
  • Coventry Health Care Elect Choice EPO
  • Coventry Health Care First Health PPO
  • Galaxy Health PPO Network
  • Great West PPO/POS
  • Healthcare's Finest Network (HFN)
  • Humana - All Commercial Plans (including Choice Care)
  • Humana - NorthShore Complete Care
  • Humana/ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan and PHCS PPO Network (Including PHCS Savility)
  • NorthShore Employee Network
  • Preferred Plan PPO
  • Three Rivers Provider PPO Network (TRPN)
  • Tricare
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare - All Commercial Plans
    Not Contracted United Healthcare Core
    Not Contracted United Healthcare Navigate
Exchange Plans
  • Aetna Whole Health Chicago
  • Not Contracted Blue Cross Blue Shield - PPO Products
    Not Contracted Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Choice PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Precision HMO
  • Coventry (PPO)
  • Harken Health - an Affiliate of United Healthcare
    Verify physician participation and out of pocket expenses with Harken
  • Land of Lincoln Health Traditional PPO
  • Not Contracted United Healthcare Compass
  • Illinois Department of Public Aid (IDPA)
  • Illinicare ICP
  • Community Care Partners
Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Aetna Medicare (SM) Plan (HMO)
  • Aetna Medicare (SM) Plan (PPO)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage PPO Plan
  • Cigna-HealthSpring Advantage HMO
  • Cigna-HealthSpring Premier HMO-POS
  • Cigna-HealthSpring Primary HMO
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana Gold Plus PFFS
  • HumanaChoice PPO
  • United Healthcare - All Medicare Plans
Medicare Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) Plans
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Community
  • HealthSpring
  • Humana
  • Illinicare Health Plan
  • Meridian Complete


  • The Role of Potentially Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filters in High-Risk Patients Undergoing Joint Arthroplasty.

    Journal of clinical and diagnostic research : JCDR 2015 Dec

    Authors: Dhand S, Stulberg SD, Puri L, Karp J, Ryu RK, Lewandowski RJ
    Some patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty are at increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of prIVCF in preventing PE in patients undergoing joint replacement surgery who are at high-risk for VTE.
    In this prospective, IRB-approved study, prIVCF were placed in consecutive patients who met specific high-risk criteria (history of VTE or hypercoaguable state) prior to total joint arthroplasty. Patients were followed until the IVC filter was removed. Outcomes and complications were recorded per Society of Interventional Radiology guidelines.
    One hundred and nine potentially retrievable IVC filters were placed in 105 patients, who all subsequently underwent joint arthroplasty. One hundred eight IVC filters (98.9%) were retrieved successfully in a mean time of 44.1 days (range 13-183 days). There was 1 failed IVC filter retrieval attempt (0.9%) at 46 days post implantation. Two patients (1.9%) presented with recurrent PE and were successfully treated with anticoagulation prior to IVC filter retrieval. There were no fatalities from perioperative PE. In 1 patient (0.9%), a fractured filter leg had embolized during retrieval.
    Potentially retrievable IVC filters are safe and effective for prophylaxis against PE in patients at high-risk for VTE undergoing joint arthroplasty.
    PMID: 26816965 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Radiographically Silent Loosening of the Acetabular Component in Hip Arthroplasty.

    American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.) 2015 Sep

    Authors: Patel AR, Sweeney P, Ochenjele G, Wixson R, Stulberg SD, Puri LM
    Polyethylene wear and subsequent osteolysis are major obstacles to the long-term success of total hip arthroplasty (THA). We conducted a study to determine the incidence of loose acetabular components that did not show frank signs of loosening on either plain radiography or computed tomography (CT), or radiographically silent loosening (RSL). In this retrospective study, we evaluated patients who underwent revision THA and were evaluated with plain radiography and CT between 2000 and 2012. Any patient with imaging that showed signs of component movement was excluded. Of the 104 patients who met the study inclusion criteria, 17 (16.3%) met the criteria for RSL of the acetabular shell. Patients with RSL presented at a similar age (P = .961) and with a similar sex profile (P = .185) compared with patients with stable acetabular components and were more likely to present with pain (P = .0487). Acetabular components may be loose even if there is no evidence of component migration on radiographic studies. Surgeons should be aware of the incidence of RSL and the potential of RSL to affect patient care and potential surgical options.
    PMID: 26372749 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Which Tibial Tray Design Achieves Maximum Coverage and Ideal Rotation: Anatomic, Symmetric, or Asymmetric? An MRI-based study.

    The Journal of arthroplasty 2015 Oct

    Authors: Stulberg SD, Goyal N
    Two goals of tibial tray placement in TKA are to maximize coverage and establish proper rotation. Our purpose was to utilize MRI information obtained as part of PSI planning to determine the impact of tibial tray design on the relationship between coverage and rotation. MR images for 100 consecutive knees were uploaded into PSI software. Preoperative planning software was used to evaluate 3 different tray designs: anatomic, symmetric, and asymmetric. Approximately equally good coverage was achieved with all three trays. However, the anatomic compared to symmetric/asymmetric trays required less malrotation (0.3° vs 3.0/2.4°; P < 0.001), with a higher proportion of cases within 5° of neutral (97% vs 73/77%; P < 0.001). In this study, the anatomic tibia optimized the relationship between coverage and rotation.
    PMID: 25976595 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Does Implant Design Influence the Accuracy of Patient Specific Instrumentation in Total Knee Arthroplasty?

    The Journal of arthroplasty 2015 Sep

    Authors: Goyal N, Patel AR, Yaffe MA, Luo MY, Stulberg SD
    PSI software adjusts preoperative planning to accommodate differences in implant design. Such adjustments may influence the accuracy of intraoperative jig placement, bone resection, or component placement. Our purpose was to determine whether implant design influences PSI accuracy. 96 and 123 PSI TKA were performed by a single surgeon using two different implant systems and identical PSI software. Femoral coronal alignment outliers were greater for Implant 1 (23.9% Implant 1 vs. 13.4% Implant 2; P=0.050). Tibial coronal alignment outliers were greater for Implant 2 (10.9% Implant 1 vs. 22.7% Implant 2; P=0.025). There was no difference in overall mechanical axes. Differences in implant design can influence bone resection and component alignment. PSI software rationale must align with surgeons' intraoperative goals.
    PMID: 25861920 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Evaluating the Precision of Preoperative Planning in Patient Specific Instrumentation: Can a Single MRI Yield Different Preoperative Plans?

    The Journal of arthroplasty 2015 Jul

    Authors: Goyal N, Stulberg SD
    If PSI preoperative planning were perfectly precise, a single MRI would give rise to one preoperative plan. Our purpose was to determine whether a single MRI inputted into two different PSI software yielded differences in preoperative alignment determination, component sizing, and bone resection within the preoperative plan. This prospective comparative study evaluated 40 preoperative plans generated by two PSI software given identical MRI. Femoral and tibial component sizes differed between software in 37.5% and 30.0% of cases, respectively. The maximum difference in bone resection between software ranged from 2.2mm to 5.1mm. Surgeons should be prepared to intraoperatively deviate from PSI selected size by 1 size. It may be necessary to fine tune soft tissue balancing when using a PSI system.
    PMID: 25762454 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Short stem metaphyseal-engaging femoral implants: a case-controlled radiographic and clinical evaluation with eight year follow-up.

    The Journal of arthroplasty 2015 Apr

    Authors: Chow I, Patel RM, Stulberg SD
    A prospective comparison of 148 hips in 139 consecutive patients treated with an off-the-shelf uncemented metaphyseal engaging (91-105 mm) stem and 69 hips in 61 patients treated with a custom uncemented metaphyseal engaging short stem was conducted to evaluate the mid-term clinical and radiographic results of an off-the-shelf metaphyseal-engaging short stem implant. All implants were radiographically stable with proximal bony in-growth. There was no significant difference in post-operative HHS (P <. 001) or WOMAC scores (P < .001) between cohorts. An off-the-shelf short femoral stem designed to fit and fill the metaphysis provides reliable fixation up to eight years with equivalent clinical and radiographic results to a customized implant.
    PMID: 25680446 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Femoral component rotation in total knee arthroplasty: an MRI-based evaluation of our options.

    The Journal of arthroplasty 2014 Aug

    Authors: Patel AR, Talati RK, Yaffe MA, McCoy BW, Stulberg SD
    Proper femoral component rotation is crucial in successful total knee arthroplasty. Rotation using anatomic landmarks has traditionally referenced the transepicondylar axis (TEA), Whiteside's Line (WSL), or posterior condylar axis (PCA). TEA is thought to best approximate the flexion-axis of the knee, however WSL or PCA are common surrogates in the operating room. This study evaluated 560 knees using MRI-based planning software to assess the relationship of WSL and PCA to the TEA and determine if the relationships were influenced by pre-operative coronal deformity. Results showed the WSL-TEA relationship has more variability than PCA-TEA and that the PCA is more internally rotated in females and valgus knees. Axis options and historical assumptions about axis relationships may need to be reassessed as imaging technology advances.
    PMID: 24746490 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Clinical, functional, and radiographic outcomes following total knee arthroplasty with patient-specific instrumentation, computer-assisted surgery, and manual instrumentation: a short-term follow-up study.

    International journal of computer assisted radiology and surgery 2014 Sep

    Authors: Yaffe M, Luo M, Goyal N, Chan P, Patel A, Cayo M, Stulberg SD
    The purpose of this study was to evaluate clinical, functional, and radiographic outcomes following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) performed with patient-specific instrumentation (PSI), computer-assisted surgery (CAS), and manual instruments at short-term follow-up.
    122 TKAs were performed by a single surgeon: 42 with PSI, 38 with CAS, and 40 with manual instrumentation. Preoperative, 1-month, and 6-month clinical and functional outcomes were measured using the Knee Society scoring system (knee score, function score, range of motion, and pain score). Improvements in clinical and functional outcomes from the preoperative to postoperative period were analyzed. Preoperative and postoperative radiographs were measured to evaluate limb and component alignment.
    Preoperative, 1-month postoperative, and 6-month postoperative knee scores, function scores, range of motion, and pain scores were highest in the PSI group compared to CAS and manual instrumentation. At 6-month follow-up, PSI TKA was associated with a statistically significant improvement in functional score when compared to manual TKA. Otherwise, there were no statistically significant differences in improvements among PSI, CAS, and manual TKA groups.
    The higher preoperative scores in the PSI group limits the ability to draw definitive conclusions from the raw postoperative scores, but analyzing the changes in scores revealed that PSI was associated with a statistically significant improvement in Knee Society Functional score at 6-month post-TKA as compared to CAS or manual TKA. This may be attributable to improvements in component rotation and positioning, improved component size accuracy, or other factors that are not discernible on plain radiograph.
    PMID: 24337791 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • The rationale for short uncemented stems in total hip arthroplasty.

    The Orthopedic clinics of North America 2014 Jan

    Authors: Patel RM, Stulberg SD
    Uncemented femoral implants of various designs have proved to provide stable initial and long-term fixation in patients who undergo total hip arthroplasty. Challenges in primary total hip arthroplasty have led to the evolution of short stem designs. These challenges include proximal/metaphyseal and distal/diaphyseal mismatch; facilitation of less-invasive surgical exposures, especially the direct anterior approach; and bone preservation for potential revision surgery.
    PMID: 24267204 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • The short stem: promises and pitfalls.

    The bone & joint journal 2013 Nov

    Authors: Stulberg SD, Patel RM
    Conventional uncemented femoral implants provide dependable long-term fixation in patients with a wide range of functional requirements. Yet challenges associated with proximal-distal femoral dimensional mismatch, preservation of bone stock, and minimally invasive approaches have led to exploration into alternative implant designs. Short stem designs focusing on a stable metaphyseal fit have emerged to address these issues in total hip replacement (THR). Uncemented metaphyseal-engaging short stem implants are stable and are associated with proximal bone remodeling closer to the metaphysis when compared with conventional stems and they also have comparable clinical performances. Short stem metaphyseal-engaging implants can meet the goals of a successful THR, including tolerating a high level of patient function, as well as durable fixation.
    PMID: 24187354 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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