Orthopedic Technologists

Orthopedic Technologists (OTs) are specifically trained to assist our orthopedic surgeons as an extension of the physician in the care of patients. Specifically, Orthopedic Technologists are experts in plaster and synthetic cast application and possess the skill to remove casts with care and gentleness. They can also set up specific types of traction requested by the orthopedic surgeon and are able to assess patients in traction, detect deficiencies in the apparatus, and make adjustments as necessary.

Orthopedic Technologists also serve as an assistant to the orthopedic surgeon in the operating suite, preparing for surgical procedures and preparing the fracture table to the specifications of the orthopaedic surgeon. They fit and adjust canes, crutches and walkers, as well as give patient instruction on the use of these walking aids. Other important responsibilities of our Orthopedic Technologists are the ability to apply simple braces, prosthetics, perform minor adjustments and repairs, as well as fabricate splints for various conditions under the direction of the orthopedic surgeon. Orthopedic Technologists with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush are certified by the State of Illinois.

  • Virginia Espinal
  • Alonzo Chatman
  • Joe Ghorbanian
  • Darrius Johnson
  • Marcos Montes
  • Kelly Simmons
  • Tom Troutwine