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Robert Semba, MD

General Orthopaedic Surgery and Trauma


Dr. Robert Semba is a general orthopaedic surgeon at Parkview Orthopaedic Group. He treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues, ranging from simple fractures to congenital disorders to wear-and-tear problems typically found later in life. His practice focuses on both nonoperative solutions like physical therapy and steroid injections, as well as arthroscopic surgery, trauma surgery, and joint reconstruction and replacement.

Dr. Semba grew up in Minneapolis. Raised in a family of physicians, he says he was destined for the medical field. He moved to the west coast to attend Stanford University for his undergraduate studies, then returned to the Midwest to pursue his M.D. at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In 1987, he completed his residency in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Semba’s goal for patients is a quick and safe return to normal activity and function, and he works cooperatively with every patient to make sure that goal is met.

He is currently accepting new patients in our New Lenox and Joliet office locations.


Common conditions treated

  • Baker’s cyst
  • Dislocation/subluxation of knee joints (Kneecap instability)
  • Fractures of the knee
  • Bursitis of the knee
  • Knee ligament injuries & tears (ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL)
  • Meniscus tears / Internal derangement of the knee
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Runner’s knee - Chondromalacia & IT band syndrome

Common procedures performed

  • Arthroscopy of the knee
  • Cortisone (Steroid) Injections
  • Joint manipulation of the knee
  • Meniscectomy & meniscus repair (arthroscopic)
  • Surgical treatment of knee fractures
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Viscosupplementation or “Gel Shots”

Common conditions treated

  • AC joint separation
  • Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen shoulder)
  • Dislocation/subluxation of shoulder joints (Shoulder instability)
  • Fractures of the shoulder
  • Impingement syndrome (Rotator cuff tendonitis)
  • Labral tears
  • Osteoarthritis of the shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tears

Common procedures performed

  • Cortisone (Steroid) Injections
  • Shoulder hemiarthroplasty
  • Surgical treatment of shoulder fractures

Common conditions treated

  • Dislocation/subluxation of hip joints
  • Fractures of the hip & pelvis
  • Osteoarthritis of the hip
  • Sprains and strains of the hip/thigh
  • Trochanteric bursitis

Common procedures performed

  • Fluoroscopic-guided hip steroid injections
  • Surgical treatment of hip fractures
  • Total Hip Arthroplasty

Common conditions treated

  • Bursitis of the elbow
  • Fractures of the elbow/forearm
  • Lateral epicondylitis (“tennis elbow”)
  • Medial epicondylitis (“golfer’s elbow)

Common procedures performed

  • Cortisone (steroid) injection
  • Surgical treatment of elbow/forearm fractures

Common conditions treated

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fractures of the hand/wrist
  • Sprains and strains of the hand/wrist

Common procedures performed

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Surgical treatment of hand/wrist fractures



    • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN | 1983-1987
    • Internship, Department of Surgery, Hennepin County Medical Center | Minneapolis, MN | 1981-1983
    • M.D., University of Minnesota Medical School | Minneapolis, MN | 1981
    • B.S., Biological Sciences & B.A., Political Science, Stanford University | Palo Alto, CA | 1976

Certifications & licensure

    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons | July 1989

Professional memberships

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • American College of Surgeons
    • American Medical Association
    • Illinois State Medical Society
    • Chicago Medical Society
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