About Dr. Nam

Dr. Denis Nam performs over 1,000 hip and knee replacements and revisions annually including some of Rush University Medical Center’s most complex cases. His minimally invasive techniques reduce pain during recovery and have patients walking the same day.

Minimally-Invasive Treatments

Chicago Hip and Knee Replacement

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Dr. Denis Nam

Dr. Denis Nam is an internationally-renowned joint replacement surgeon with expertise in total and partial joint replacement surgery. Where others shy away, he excels—successfully performing some of the most complex replacement and reconstruction surgeries at Rush University Medical Center, named the top orthopedic program in IL, and fifth in the nation by US News and World Report. With a special interest in robotic-assisted total joint replacement, Dr. Denis Nam is among the first to master cutting-edge Makoplasty robotic replacements. Throughout his education and career, Dr. Nam has been recognized for his outstanding contributions and achievements in the orthopedic field.

Dr. Nam received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and pre-medicine from Yale University, New Haven, CT, where he graduated with the Edward M. Wright ’70 Award for Leadership in Academics and Athletics and Malcolm G. Chace Award for Sportsmanship, Spirit, and Ability as a member of the Yale Hockey Team.  He served as the sole captain of the team during his senior year. Dr. Nam continued his education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, where he was elected president of Northwestern’s Patient Perspectives Program.

Dr. Nam completed his residency and adult reconstruction and joint replacement fellowship at the esteemed Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, named the top Orthopedic hospital by US News and World Report for over a decade. He took home many accolades during his time including the Hospital for Special Surgery Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Clinical Excellence Award. He then completed his Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Research and Investigation while at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, where he received numerous honors including the Washington University Clinical Research and Training Center Outstanding Citizenship Award.

During his first eligible year, Dr. Denis Nam was invited into the prestigious, members-only Hip and Knee Societies. These societies comprise the top 100 joint replacement surgeons for the hip and knee respectively, who are recognized for their clinical skill and for advancing the field of total joint arthroplasty. He also serves on the board of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and numerous committees for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Since joining Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, Dr. Denis Nam has helped lead the way in clinical research and innovation. To date, Dr. Nam has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles and ten book chapters. He also 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 of work, Dr. Nam enjoys spending time with his wife, Anna, and children Henry, Alice, and Theodore, and playing ice hockey and the guitar.

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Key Leadership + Honors

  • Board Member, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Member, Knee Society
  • Member, Hip Society
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Hip, Knee, & Adult Reconstruction Evaluation Committee
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Knee Program Evaluation Committee
  • Board Member, Chicago Arthritis Foundation Leadership Committee
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Our Team

Your experience is as important to us as the end result. That’s why our knowledgeable team takes the time to get to know you, educates you on the process, and makes you feel comfortable and cared for from start to finish.
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Kristen Cocagne

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Regina Barden

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Catherine Joung

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Norma Hernandez

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Joanna Ortiz

Administrative assistant

Maria Urena

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