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Dr. Denis Nam is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee reconstruction, replacement, revision, partial knee replacement, and minimally invasive surgery. 

Dr. Nam received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and pre-medicine from Yale University, New Haven, CT and his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. He went on to complete his residency and adult reconstruction and joint replacement fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY. He then completed a Master's of Science degree in Clinical Research and Investigation while at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. 

He has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and 8 book chapters. Throughout his career, Dr. Nam has received numerous honors and awards including in 2013: Hospital for Special Surgery Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Clinical Excellence Award; Philip D. Wilson, MD Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery Research; International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty HAP Paul Award; 2014: ORS/OREF Travel Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society; Washington University Clinician Research and Training Center Outstanding Citizenship Award; 2015: Mark Coventry Award from the Knee Society; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting Best Poster Award; and 2016: Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation/Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Clinical Practice Award; Best Paper Award at the Annual Meeting of the Musculoskeletal Infection Society, and many others. 

Dr. Nam is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Nam has also been appointed a member of the AAOS Hip, Knee, & Adult Reconstruction Evaluation Committee, the AAOS Adult Reconstruction Knee Program Committee and a member of the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction Digital Media Committee. Most recently, Dr. Nam was accepted into the Knee Society during his first year eligible for membership.  This is a prestigious, members only organization with a national and international membership of approximately 100 surgeons recognized for their contributions to advancing knee arthroplasty.

Dr. Nam has a special interest in clinical outcomes research following hip and knee arthroplasty with prior investigations focusing on thromboembolism prophylaxis following joint replacement and the implementation of new technologies and surgical techniques in total knee arthroplasty. Outside the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his wife Anna, son Henry, and daughter Alice.

Curriculum Vitae

Practice Emphasis 

  • Hip Reconstruction and Replacement
  • Knee Reconstruction and Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Mini-Posterior and Anterior Approach Total Hip Arthroplasty

Research Interests 

Computer navigation in total joint arthroplasty
Osteolysis and implant wear in total joint replacement
Unicondylar knee replacement


AAOS Record of Disclosure

Support Staff

  • Norma Hernandez (AA)
  • Melissa Gorman (AA)
  • Joanna Ortiz (SEC)
  • Regina Barden (RN)
  • Kristen Mayer (PA)

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Education / Certifications

  • Medical School
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Residency
    Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY Orthopedic Surgery
  • Fellowship
    Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement
  • Certification
    Orthopaedic Surgery

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Hospital / Surgical Locations

Munster Specialty Surgery Center, LLC

9200 Calumet Avenue, Suite S-100
Munster, IN 46321

Rush University Medical Center

1653 W. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612

Franciscan Health Munster

701 Superior Drive

Munster, IN 46321

Physician Office Locations

Sofija and Jorge O. Galante Orthopedic Building

1611 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Munster Indiana Office

9200 Calumet Avenue
Suite 300
Munster, IN 46321