Meet Our Team

Richard A. Berger, MD

Assistant Professor Rush University Medical Center

Practice Emphasis:  Minimally Invasive Hip and Knee Replacement

Medical School:  Tufts University School of Medicine

Residency:  University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA – Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship:  Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL – Joint Replacement

Board Certification:  Orthopaedic Surgery

Special Procedures:  Minimally invasive hip and knee replacement

Research Interests:  Minimally invasive surgery

Curriculum Vitae Clinical Support Staff:

  • Jessica Decker
  • Sheila Sanders
  • Jennifer Russell
  • Lyndsey Johnson
  • Kimberly North

 

Dr. Berger has pioneered minimally invasive hip and knee replacement

Allowing patients to recover faster with less pain than patients undergoing traditional hip and knee replacement surgery. His surgery is unique because of his advanced techniques which allow him to perform the surgery without cutting any muscle, ligaments or tendons, on the patient.  These advances allow most of Dr. Berger’s patients to walk independently and leave the hospital the same day of surgery. His mechanical engineering background has also helped him to design gender-specific implants that fit and perform better for active patients. Dr. Berger was fellowship trained in adult reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Berger also conducts research on hip and knee replacements. As part of his pioneering role in minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Berger has developed specialized instruments and techniques for surgery, as well as knee and hip implants. As the developer, Dr Berger, receives royalties and payments from the manufacturers of these devices. Additional information regarding these manufacturers, devices and instruments will be provided to you upon request.

Dr. Berger’s Experienced and Dedicated Staff

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Medication, Pain, Nursing Questions

Sheila, RN – Nurse Clinician

Sheila graduated from Valparaiso University, College of Nursing in 1999. She started her career at Rush in 1998, first working for the float pool resource staff. She transferred to the orthopaedic floor, worked for the Department of Anesthesia pain service, and ultimately came to work with Dr. Berger in 2002. She obtained her Orthopaedic Nurse Certification (ONC) in 2005. Sheila has helped with research articles and paper presentations and has published articles in relation to minimally invasive surgery. She is an integral part of the pre-operative teaching for patients undergoing surgery.

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Medication, Pain, Nursing Questions

Lyndsey, RN – Nurse Clinician

Lyndsey obtained her nursing degree from Indiana University in 2008. She joined Dr. Berger’s team in July of 2013 after working for five years in cardiac-transplant intensive care units.  As Dr. Berger’s nurse, Lyndsey assists with pre-operative and post-operative appointments, pain management, and phone triage. She is also responsible for monitoring patients in the recovery room post-surgically, ensuring that they are physically ready to be discharged from the hospital, and helping them to understand the recovery process after they leave the hospital. Lyndsey finds that the most rewarding aspect of her job is talking with her patients and learning about their goals for their new life post-joint replacement.

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Administrative Assistant

Arisha – Administrative Assistant

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New Patient Liaison and Marketing Coordinator

Kylie – New Patient Liaison

 

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Medication, Pain, Nursing Questions

Jenny, RN – Nurse Clinician

Jenny obtained her nursing degree from Purdue in 2007. She joined Dr. Berger’s team in December of 2008 after working for a year as an OR Nurse at Rush Hospitals. As Dr. Berger’s nurse, Jenny assists with pre-operative and post-operative appointments, pain management, and phone triage. She is also primarily responsible for monitoring patients in the recovery room post-surgery, and ensuring that they are physically ready to be discharged from the hospital. Jenny finds that the most rewarding aspect of her job is working with such a dynamic and talented team.

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Medication, Pain, Nursing Questions

Jennifer, RN – Nurse Clinician

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Home Physical Therapy and Nursing Care Arrangement

Jessica – Discharge Liaison

 

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Public Relations and Marketing

Courtney, PR/Marketing Coordinator

 

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Clinic Liaison

Emily, Clinic Liaison

 

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Medication, Pain, Nursing Questions

Kimberly, RN – Nurse Clinician

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Wendy, Physician Assistant

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Initial Consultations, Follow-up Appointments, and Blood Orders

Andrea – Administrative Assistant

Andrea has been working as Dr. Berger’s Senior Administrative Assistant since 1999. Prior to her work for Dr. Berger, Andrea worked as an administrative assistant for an oncology physician at Rush. Andrea is responsible for ensuring a holistic and cohesive surgical experience for patients by providing patients with all information they may need prior to surgery. Andrea is Dr. Berger’s point-person for new patient inquires and scheduling initial consultations. Additionally, she manages Dr. Berger’s tight surgical schedule and serves as a liaison between Dr. Berger’s practice and the Rush surgical department. Overall, Andrea enjoys the opportunity she has to help patients.

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Dr. Berger has office hours at the following location:
Rush University Medical Center, 1611 West Harrison Street.

For an appointment with Dr. Richard Berger please call Kylie at (312) 432-2557, or Andrea at (312) 432-2343.

 

Outpatient Hip and Knee Replacement • www.outpatienthipandknee.com • 1611 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60612 • 312-432-2557