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William Baylis, DO, DPM

Hand, Wrist & Elbow Surgery

INTRODUCTION

Dr. Baylis is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who joined Parkview in September 1994. His subspecialty training is in hand, wrist and elbow surgery, though he has a breadth of experience in treating various orthopaedic injuries and conditions. Today, he focuses primarily on treating upper extremity injuries—most commonly nerve compression problems, such as carpal tunnel; tendonitis problems, such as trigger digits; and general trauma. Dr. Baylis is passionate about his practice and is committed to partnering with each patient in his or her care. As he says,

“I believe it is imperative that there is cooperation between patient and doctor. This is key to getting the best clinical outcome for every patient.”

Dr. Baylis’ extensive training began with earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. He went on to receive his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, and then a few years later earned his D.O. at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Baylis completed additional subspecialty training via a fellowship in upper extremity surgery at The Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Kentucky. He joined Parkview Orthopaedic Group after completing his fellowship.

Dr. Baylis is currently accepting new patients in Palos Heights and New Lenox.

DR. BAYLIS’ SPECIALTIES

Common conditions treated

  • Boutonniere deformity
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Dislocation/subluxation of hand/wrist joints
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Fractures of the hand/wrist
  • Ganglion cysts of the hand/wrist
  • Hand lacerations
  • Mallet finger
  • Osteoarthritis of hand/wrist
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis in the hand/wrist
  • Rupture of tendons in the hand
  • Synovitis and tenosynovitis of the hand
  • Tendon/nerve lacerations
  • Thumb Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury
  • Trigger finger

Common procedures performed

  • Arthroscopy of wrist
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Cortisone (Steroid) Injections
  • De Quervain’s release surgery
  • Dupuytren’s realease (Fasciectomy)
  • Excision of hand tumors/ganglion cysts
  • Finger felon drainage
  • Joint fusion surgery (arthrodesis) for the hand/wrist
  • Repair UCL tear of the thumb
  • Surgical treatment of hand/wrist fractures
  • Tendon, nerve, or artery repair
  • Trigger finger release

Common conditions treated

  • Bursitis of the elbow
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar nerve entrapment)
  • Distal biceps/triceps tendon injuries
  • Dislocation/subluxation of elbow joints
  • Fractures of the elbow/forearm
  • Lateral epicondylitis (“tennis elbow”)
  • Medial apophysitis (“pitcher’s elbow”)
  • Medial epicondylitis (“golfer’s elbow”)
  • Osteoarthritis of the elbow
  • Synovitis and tenosynovitis of forearm
  • Ulnar collateral ligament injury of the elbow

Common procedures performed

  • Cortisone (Steroid) Injections
  • Cubital tunnel release
  • Distal biceps repair
  • Surgical treatment of elbow/forearm fractures
  • Ulnar collateral ligament repair

Common conditions treated

  • Biceps/triceps tendon injuries & tears
  • Bursitis of the shoulder
  • Dislocation/subluxation of shoulder joints (Shoulder instability)
  • Fractures of the shoulder
  • Impingement syndrome (Rotator cuff tendonitis)
  • Osteoarthritis of the shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tears

Common procedures performed

  • Cortisone (Steroid) Injections
  • Repair ruptured tendon
  • Surgical treatment of shoulder fractures

Common conditions treated

  • Fractures of the foot/ankle
  • Sprains and strains of the foot/ankle

Common procedures performed

  • Surgical treatment of foot/ankle fractures

Education

    • Fellowship, The Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery | Louisville, KY | 1993-1994
    • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Chicago Osteopathic Hospital & Medical Center | Chicago, IL | 1989-1993
    • Internship, Chicago Osteopathic Hospital & Medical Center | Chicago, IL | 1988-1989
    • D.O., Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine | Downer’s Grove, IL | 1984-1988
    • Residency, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine | Cleveland, OH | 1981-1982
    • D.P.M., Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine | Cleveland, OH | 1977-1981
    • B.S., University of Connecticut | Storrs, CT | 1973-1977

Certifications & licensure

    • Recertified, Orthopaedic Surgery | 2015
    • Recertified, Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery | 2006
    • Recertified, Orthopaedic Surgery | 2005
    • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery | 1998
    • Board Certified, American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery | 1996
    • Board Eligible, American Board of Podiatric Surgery | 1983
    • Illinois Licensure, Physician and Surgeon | 1990
    • Illinois Licensure, Podiatrist | 1984
    • Ohio and Connecticut Licensure, Podiatrist | 1981

Work experience

    • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine | Downers Grove, IL | 1998-present
    • Partner, Parkview Orthopaedic Group | Palos Heights, IL | 1994-present
    • Staff Podiatrist, Dept. of Surgery, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group | Cleveland, OH | 1982-1984
    • Adjunct Clinician, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine | Cleveland, OH | 1982-1984

Hospital appointments

    • Chairman, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery | Advocate Christ Medical Center | 2014-present
    • Vice-Chairman, Dept. of Orthopaedics | Advocate Christ Medical Center | 2009-2013
    • Chairman, Performance Improvement Committee, Dept. of Orthopaedics | Advocate Christ Medical Center | 2005-present
    • Performance Improvement Committee, Dept. of Surgery | Advocate Christ Medical Center | 2011-present
    • Chairman, Credentials Committee, Dept. of Orthopaedics | Advocate Christ Medical Center | 2009-2014
    • Orthopaedic Credentials Committee | Advocate Christ Medical Center | 2009-present
    • Chairman, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery | Little Company of Mary Hospital | 2006-2012
    • Member, Medical Executive Committee | Little Company of Mary Hospital |2006-2012

Publications, presentations and research

    • Baylis WJ. Diabetic Neuroarthropathy, PGY-5 Annual Paper, 1993.
    • Baylis WJ. Tibialis Anterior Tendon Rupture, PGY-4 Annual Paper, 1992.
    • Baylis WJ. Tibialis Posterior Dysfunction Syndrome, PGY-3 Annual Paper, 1991.
    • Baylis WJ. Subcalcaneal Pain, PGY-2 Annual Paper, 1990.
    • Baylis WJ and Rzonca EC. Functional and Structural Limb Length Discrepancies, Evaluation and Treatment. Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery July 5: 509-520, 1988.
    • Baylis WJ and Rzonca EC. Common Sports Injuries to the Foot and Leg. Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, July 5: 591-612, 1988.
    • Baylis WJ and Rzonca EC. Common Sports Injuries to the Knee. Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, July 5: 571-589, 1988.
    • Baylis WJ. Section on Peripheral Vascular Disease. Clinical Handbook of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, 147-167. Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, 1982.
    • Wang W, Miller Crain G, Baylis W and Tsai T. Outcome of Digital Nerve Injuries in Adults. Journal of Hand Surgery 1996, 21A: 138-143.
    • Gupta A, Wang A, Baylis W and Bredienback W. Anterior Transposition of the Posterior Interosseous Artery Flap through the Interosseous Membrane. Journal of Hand Surgery 1997, 22B: 1: 32-33.
    • Rauschenbach K, Schlueter R and Baylis W. Use of the Ulson Device in Management of Unstable Fractures of the Distal Radius. Journal of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics 36: 59-62 1999. 37: 7, 2000.

Awards & honors

    • Fellow, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics | 2011
    • Sandoz Award for Salutatorian, Class of 1988 | Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine | 1988
    • Departmental Award in Orthopaedic Surgery | Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine | 1988
    • Sigma Sigma Phi – Osteopathic Medical Honor Society | 1986
    • Basic Science Award in Anatomy | Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine | 1985
    • Chi Hsuin U. Chu, Ph.D. Memorial Award in Anatomy, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine | 1981
    • Alumni Association Award for Clinical Proficiency, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine | 1981
    • Theodore E. New Award of Salutatorian, Class of 1981 | Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine | 1981
    • Pi Delta – Podiatric Medical Honor Society | 1979

Professional memberships

    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | 2006
    • American Society for Surgery of the Hand | 2000
    • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society | 2000
    • American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics | 1992
    • American Osteopathic Association | 1984
    • American Medical Association | 1984
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