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William J. Petersilge MD

Specializes in hip and knee joint replacement surgery
Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery.
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. William J. Petersilge is a board certified orthopedic surgeon Who has over twenty years of experience specializing in adult hip and knee joint reconstruction.

He is a graduate of Ohio State Medical School and Case Western University Orthopedic Residency. Additional fellowship training in Joint Replacement was completed at Scripps Clinic.

He has been named one of Cleveland’s “Top Docs” for over 5 years ina row.

Dr. Petersilge has performed over 6,000 joint replacement surgeries in his career. He is the division chief of Orthpedic Surgery at University

Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center. To provide the best care and recovery during your stay at University Hospitals, Dr. Petersilge promotes a comprehensive approach, including an experienced team of anesthesiologists

Click on below links to know more about Dr. Petersilge.


  • Fellowship
    • Adult Reconstructive Surgery
      (Total Joint Replacement)
      Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation
      La Jolla, California
      1992 – 1993
  • Orthopedic Surgical Residency
    • Case Western-Reserve University
      Cleveland, Ohio
      1988 – 1992
  • Surgical Internship
    • Case Western-Reserve University
      Cleveland, Ohio
      1987 – 1988
  • Medical School
    • Ohio State University
      Columbus, Ohio
      1983 – 1987
  • College
    • Miami University
      Oxford, Ohio
      B.A. in Chemistry, Cum Laude
      1979 – 1983

Awards and Scholarships

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    • Ohio State University College of Medicine
      junior year 1986
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Miami University 1982
      junior year
  • Phi Sigma Award
    • Miami University 1983
      for biological research
  • Culler Prize
    • Miami University 1981 & 1982
      top chemistry student
  • Alumni Scholarship
    • Miami University 1982
  • Robert Stalzer Memorial Scholarship
    • Miami University 1981
      excellence in chemistry
  • Carter-Makley Teaching Award
    • University Hospital 2000 & 2009
      Department of Orthopedic Surgery


  • Petersilge WJ, Oishi CS, Kaufman KR, Irby SE, Colwell CW. The effect of trochlear design on patellofemoral shear and compressive forces in total knee arthroplasty. Clin Orthop 1994 Dec;309: 124-130.
  • Petersilge WJ, D’Lima DD, Walker RH, Colwell CW. Prospective study of 100 consecutive Harris-Galante porous total hip arthroplasties. 4 – 8 year follow-up study. J Arthroplasty 1997 Feb:12(2):185-193.
  • Petersilge CA, Haque MA, Petersilge WJ, Lewin JS, Lieberman JM, Buly R. Acetabular labral tears: evaluation with MR arthrography. Radiology 1996 Jul;200(1):231-235.
  • Buehler KO, D’Lima DD, Petersilge WJ, Colwell CW Jr, Walker RH. Late deep venous thrombosis and delayed weightbearing after total hip arthroplasty. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1999 Apr;(361):123-30.
  • D’Lima DD, Oishi CS, Petersilge WJ, Colwell CW, Walker RH. 100 cemented versus 100 noncemented stems with comparison of 25 matched pairs. Clin Orthop 1998 Mar; 348:140-8.
  • Unnanuntana A, Murphy JE, Petersilge WJ. J Med Case Reports. Management of chronic lateral instability due to lateral collateral ligament deficiency after total knee arthroplasty: a case report.2010 May 21;4:144
  • Wera GD, Gillespie RJ, Petty C, Petersilge WJ, Kraay MJ, Goldberg VM. Revision of hip resurfacing arthroplasty. AM J Ortho (Bell Mead, NJ) 2010 Aug;39(8):E78-83 PMID:20882208
  • Bauer J, Lui RW, Kean TJ, Dennis JE, Petersilge WJ, Gilmore A. A Comparison of five treatment protocols for contaminated bone grafts in reference to sterility and cell viability. Bone Joint Surgery AM. 2011 Mar 2;93(5):439-44 PMID:21368075

Scientific Presentations

  • The effect of trochlear design on patello-femoral shear and compressive forces following total knee arthroplasty, Knee Society, New Orleans, February 1994.

Invited Lectures

  • Mobile Bearing Knees, Cleveland Orthopedic Club, Insall traveling fellowhip, September, 2005
  • Clinical aspects of osteonecrosis of the hip, Orthopedic Grand Rounds, Case Western Reserve University, November 1997.
  • Reconstructive surgery for arthritis, Robinson Memorial Hospital, Grand Rounds, June 1995
  • Advances in Orthopedics, Southwest General Hospital, October 1995
  • Total Joint Update, Surgery Today, Video Lecture, June 1994.
  • Design in total joint arthroplasty, Scripps Clinic Grand Rounds, June 1993.

Research Experience

  • Mechanical testing of patello-femoral forces in total knee replacements using the Oxford knee rig, Biomechanics Laboratory, Scripps Clinic, 1992 – 1993 .
  • Analysis of emissions from common building materials using gas chromatography/mass spectrophotometry, Owens-Corning Fiberglass, 1982.
  • Separation of crayfish Hepatopancreatic cells, Department of zoology, Miami University, 1982 – 1983.
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