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Dr. Fernandez has created and innovated some of the advanced surgeries currently popularized in the treatment of the hand, wrist, and elbow. His original research has led to techniques minimizing surgical trauma while maximizing outcomes. As an inventor, he holds patents in some of the very implants developed for these minimally invasive surgeries. 

As director of microsurgery for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, he has performed hundreds of successful microsurgical procedures. These have included replantation of amputated arms, hands, and digits, as well as complex reconstructions for deformity and wounds. 

Born in the Midwest, his family originates from Spain. He completed an advanced accelerated program from Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine, graduatingmagna cum laude, and was Salutatorian of his medical school class. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and was bestowed the honor of editor of the Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal. Dr. Fernandez then went on to the acclaimed Indiana Hand Center for his fellowship in hand and microsurgery. 

He is a board certified member of the ABOS and holds the highest distinction in hand surgery with a certificate of added qualification in hand and microsurgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Association for Hand Surgery as well as the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. 

Currently Dr. Fernandez serves as one of the team physicians for the Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Bulls, and the Chicago Steel. Academically, he has published articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks used as contemporary references. He serves on teaching faculty at national and international courses and presents his expertise to audiences of his peers. He is active in the teaching of residents and fellows, and is the proud recipient of the "Golden Apple Teaching Award." 

In addition to his medical and academic contributions, Dr. Fernandez has diverse interests including the restoration of vintage trucks and cars, pistol target shooting, scuba diving, climbing, and running. He also has volunteered his time serving medical missions in Haiti and Africa.

Curriculum Vitae

Practice Emphasis

Hand Surgery
Wrist Surgery
Elbow Surgery

Special Procedures

Hand surgery

Research Interests

Hand mechanics
Wrist mechanics
Elbow tendon repair

Second Language



AAOS Record of Disclosure

Clinical Support Staff

  • Joanna DeJesús-Melara (SEC)
  • Gabriela Fuentes (SEC)
  • Melissa Kulikauskas, PA
  • Lauren Reineke, PA

Education / Certifications

  • Medical School
    Northeastern College of Medicine
  • Internship
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA - General Surgery
  • Residency
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA - Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship
    Indiana Hand Center, Indianapolis, IN - Hand and Microvascular Surgery
  • Certification
    Orthopaedic Surgery

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Hospital / Surgical Locations

Gold Coast Surgicenter

845 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 985W
Chicago, IL 60611 

Rush Oak Brook Surgery Center

2011 York Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

Rush Oak Park Hospital

520 S. Maple Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304

Rush SurgiCenter, LP

1725 W. Harrison Street, Suite 556
Chicago, IL 60612

South Suburban Surgical Suites

9200 Calumet Ave suite e-100,

Munster, IN 46321

Physician Office Locations


1611 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Oak Brook

2011 York Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523