Ryan Pizinger MD, CIME


Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Pizinger completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maine, where he also played football. He attended Dartmouth College for his residency followed by an Orthopedic Sports Medicine fellowship in Colorado. He is the MK Orthopaedics Director of Sports Medicine, overseeing Team Physician Partnerships and acting as Team Physician for The Joliet Slammers baseball team, Plainfield Central High School, Bolingbrook High School and Providence Catholic High School. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pizinger, call 833-4MK-ORTHO.


  • Joint Replacement with Anterior Hip Replacement Option
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Hip, Shoulder & Knee Arthroscopy



Fellowship, Aspen Orthopaedic Associates –Colorado, Sports Medicine Fellowship 2011-2012

Residency, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center – New Hampshire, Orthopaedic Surgery 2006-2011

Medical School, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Virginia 2002-2006

Pre-Med, University of Maine, Bachelor of Science, Minors in Microbiology and Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude, 1998-2002


Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2005 – Inducted to the Brown Sequard Chapter at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Alpha Omega Alpha is the only national honor medical society in the world and elects outstanding medical students, graduates, alumni, faculty and honorary members to its ranks.

Joseph Collins Foundation Scholarship, 2003 – One of two Virginia University School of Medicine students among his class awarded this scholarship. The award is based on a standing in the upper half of the class, demonstration of interest in cultural pursuits outside the field of medicine, and evidence of good moral character.

Virginia Commonwealth University Summer Research Fellowship, 2003 – Research fellow with Dr. Simpson looking at the migration of endothelial cells through an electrospun matrix of collagen. The goal was to show that cells freely penetrate electospun collagen because this material recapitulates essential biological properties of the native collagen fibril, most importantly specific structural features that are important for the regulation of cellular events that underlie cell division, adhesion, and migration.

Dr. Philip L. Gray Scholarship, 2000 – The Health Professions Committee at the University of Maine chooses an outstanding student to receive this award based on scholastic achievement and personal qualifications.

Golden Key National Honor Society, 1999 – This National Honor Society recognizes the top 15 percent of juniors and seniors at leading universities throughout the United States based on scholastic achievement and excellence.


Pizinger RM, Kantor S, Kirkland K, Pober D, Jadczak D, Tomek I. Do current prophylactic antibiotic recommendations adequately protect patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty against their endogenous flora? Submitted January 2011.

Ayres CE, Bowlin GL, Pizinger RM, Taylor LT, Keen CA, Simpson DG.Incremental changes in anisotropy induce incremental changes in the material properties of electrospun scaffolds. Acta Biomater. 2007; 3: 651-661.


Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Total Joint Arthroplasty, October 2010 – Presented residency research project at the annual Dartmouth Orthopaedic Surgery Senior Residents’ Day.

Endothelial Cell Migration on Electrospun Collagen, May 2004 – Awarded second place for a presentation on my research findings in the annual Research Abstract Competition sponsored by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

Extracurricular Activities

College Football Fullback, 1995-1998 – Competed as a member of the University of Maine and Riverside Community College Football teams. Set two weight lifting records in the power clean and dead lift while training with the Riverside Community College team.

Why MK Orthopaedics?

  • Joint Replacement Specialist
  • Spine Fusion
  • Sports Medicine Experience & Expertise
  • One-Stop Comprehensive Care
  • Injury Evaluation Within 24 Hours
  • A Reputation for Real Results