Dr. Forsythe is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive techniques in sports medicine, arthroscopic shoulder, knee, and elbow surgery, as well as shoulder replacement surgery. His patient care philosophy centers on communication and accessibility. He believes that patients come first in the patient-doctor relationship and that clinical problem-solving begins with careful listening, observation, and examination. The goal is to return patients and athletes to the highest levels of activity and competition through specialized treatments or surgery.
His practice includes advanced techniques in arthroscopic shoulder instability, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder replacement surgery. He also focuses on knee ligament reconstruction (ACL/PCL), articular cartilage reconstruction, meniscal transplantation, joint-preserving osteotomies, and patella-femoral realignment and resurfacing procedures. Dr. Forsythe performs elbow ligament reconstruction, as well as proximal hamstring tendon repairs. He applies the latest technologies in Orthobiologics.
After graduating from medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Forsythe pursued his surgical training at the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Surgical Residency Program. He then completed subspecialty training in shoulder and sports medicine surgery at the world-renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Sports Medicine. Dr. Forsythe has since been actively involved in education and surgical training of surgical residents, fellows, and practicing orthopedic surgeons.
Dr. Forsythe is currently the Head Orthopedic Officer for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club (MLS,) and a team physician for the Chicago White Sox (MLB) and Chicago Bulls (NBA.) He has also served as a team physician for U.S. Soccer, which involves international competitions and travel. His former team coverage includes the Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL), Chicago Bears training camp, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) and the New England Revolution Soccer (MLS). He has provided game coverage for numerous high schools and universities.
In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Forsythe is actively involved in research. He is an Associate Professor of orthopedic surgery at Rush and he has authored over a hundred peer-reviewed scientific articles, along with numerous book chapters and textbooks. His work has been presented at national and international meetings.
He serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine and the Orthopedic Journal, Arthroscopy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.
Dr. Forsythe's athletic interests have helped define his career goals. He played Division 1 soccer at Brown University and he still enjoys playing, when not spending time with his wife and family.
- Arthroscopic shoulder instability
- Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
- Shoulder replacement surgery
- Reverse shoulder replacement surgery
- Knee ligament (ACL/PCL) reconstruction
- Patellofemoral instability procedures and resurfacing
- Cartilage reconstruction
- Meniscal transplantation & joint preserving osteotomies
- Elbow ligament reconstruction
- Proximal hamstring tendon repair
- Biomechanics and optimization of anatomic ACL and PCL knee ligament reconstruction
- Clinical outcomes of shoulder instability, labral and rotator cuff repair surgery
Clinical Support Staff
- Lee DeDore (PA-C, ATC)
- Abbey Colclasure (ATC)
- Deanna Cozzi (ATC)
- Jennifer Applequist (PA-C)
- Maryellen Gebien (AA)
- Saul Lopez (PL)
Education / Certifications
University of Pennsylvania
Harvard Combined Orthopedic Surgical Residency Program
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Sports Medicine
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