Meet Dr. Wierks
Dr. Wierks specializes in sports medicine and hip arthroscopy, and understands the unique needs and challenges that active people face. Dr. Wierks first looks for non-surgical solutions. If they aren’t possible, Dr. Wierks next turns to minimally invasive techniques including arthroscopy of the shoulder, hip and knee.
“My goal is to provide my patients with the best care and recommendations that I possibly can to get them back to their peak performance as quickly as possible – whether that means they can run their next race or chase the grandkids through the park,” Dr. Wierks said.
CARL H. WIERKS, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon
Physician for US Ski and Snowboard Teams
Undergraduate Degree: Kinesiology, concentration in athletic training and sport physiology — Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Medical Degree: Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL
Internship/Residency: Orthopedics — Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Fellowship: Steadman Hawkins — Sports Medicine, Vail, CO
Board Certifications: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Memberships: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Michigan Orthopedic Society and the Christian Medical Association.
- Two awards – Maryland Orthopedic Association Resident Research Award, Loyola Surgical Grand Rounds Research Award
- Seven peer-reviewed journal articles
- Nine book chapters
- Six presentations, including one at an annual American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons meeting
Training with the best
Dr. Wierks completed a world-renowned fellowship at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO, where he trained with J. Richard Steadman, M.D. Steadman is credited with popularizing the microfracture technique of the knee -- the most common treatment for knee cartilage damage. Dr. Wierks helped Dr. Steadman to treat professional athletes from around the world with complex knee problems such as revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction.
During his sports fellowship, Dr. Wierks also worked with Marc Philippon, M.D., an international leader in the emerging field of hip arthroscopy.
“Learning from and working with some of the best orthopedic specialists in the country inspired me to always push myself to be the best I can be and to continually look for new and better approaches to treat my patients,” Dr. Wierks said. “That’s what they need and deserve.”
Before specializing in sports medicine, Dr. Wierks completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, MD, -- consistently ranked as the No. 1 hospital in the country by U.S. News and World Reports. During his residency, Dr. Wierks developed a strong foundation to deal with general orthopedic problems including pediatric disorders and traumatic injuries.
“My time at The Johns Hopkins Hospital was insightful as well as intense,” Dr. Wierks said. “It opened my eyes to all possible problems with and the treatments for the body’s muscoskeletal system.”
On-going commitment to excellence
Dr. Wierks understands that to stay on top of his game, he needs to approach medicine as a lifelong study. Dr. Wierks has been committed to research throughout his professional life. His studies have resulted in seven peer-reviewed journal publications and nine published textbook chapters.
Dr. Wierks’ research quality has been recognized twice with awards. His research also has been accepted for presentation at several orthopedic meetings, including the annual American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons meeting.
His Hip Sport Test – a functional test to assess the ability to return to sports training after hip arthroscopy – is currently under review.
Caring for others around the world
Recognizing the need to use his skills for the greater good, Dr. Wierks also has participated in philanthropic medical trips to Zambia, Africa; Cuenca Ecuador and Manta, Ecuador, where he has worked to provide much-needed medical attention to the underprivileged in these developing countries.
“In the United States, as a surgeon, I’m privileged to have access to the latest advances to treat my patients,” Dr. Wierks said. “By helping in these other countries, I get a better appreciation for everything that I might otherwise take for granted.”