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Michael Vender MD

Dr. Michael I. Vender is among the most experienced hand and wrist surgeons practicing in Illinois and beyond. He is a recognized leader in the field with decades of treating patients suffering from hand and wrist injuries and conditions. Most notably, Chicago Magazine lists Dr. Vender in Chicago's Top Surgeons.

Background and Education

Dr. Vender graduated with Distinction from Stanford University. He then achieved his M.D. degree from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, participating in the James Scholar Program. His residency at Northwestern University was in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.  He continued his education with fellowship training in Hand Surgery at the Connecticut Combined Hand Services in Harford, Connecticut.

Board Certifications

Dr. Vender is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and certified as having Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand.

  • Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Board-Certified in Surgery of the Hand, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the Chicago Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Honors & Awards

Published Author

As a highly accomplished author and educator, Dr. Vender has:

  • Published several articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Authored several book chapters in his area of expertise
  • Presented at scientific and medical conferences, training seminars, and symposiums
  • Written chapters in books on Hand Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, and Occupational Medicine

Dr. Vender’s practice is limited to hand, wrist, shoulder, and elbow surgery.

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