Photo: Eric K. Szczesniak, M.D.

Eric K. Szczesniak, M.D.


Joint Replacement & Revision, Ankle, Elbow, Hand, Hip, Knee, Orthopedic Trauma, Shoulder, Sports Medicine, Wrist


Adult Reconstruction and Joint Preservation

Patient Reviews

Verified Patient Rating: 5 (9 patient reviews and ratings)
“I believe that I have been receiving great care from the surgery of my femur and the knee replacement. In my opinion, Dr. Szczesniak is a wonderful...”
– Helene C.
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Born and raised in the Midwest, fellowship-trained joint replacement and revision surgeon Dr. Eric Szczesniak joined Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute in 2016. He offers first-time hip and knee replacements, complex primary joint replacements, joint preserving procedures, partial knee replacements, and revision joint replacement.

Wanting a career focused on the service of others, Dr. Szczesniak attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, Illinois, for his undergraduate education. Much of that early education was spent in engineering courses. While attending Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, his mechanical background and engineering passion led him to an orthopedic surgery specialty. 

Dr. Szczesniak continued his training through an orthopedic surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. There, he developed a strong interest in total joint replacement, which proved to be the ideal field to combine a highly technical engineering proficiency with the ability to improve a patient’s quality of life. Dr. Szczesniak then completed his fellowship at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics in Baltimore, Maryland, where he learned from the most challenging cases and honed his skills. 

In his free time, friends and family are a priority, but he still finds time for his interest in aviation and related hobbies as well as running to stay active.

Clinical Staff: Melanie Wengel, R.N.
Direct Phone Line: (219) 250-5011


Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
  • Doctor of Medicine: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
  • Adult Reconstruction and Joint Preservation Fellowship: Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, Baltimore, MD

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Hospital/Surgery Center Affiliations

  • Franciscan Health Michigan City
  • Franciscan Health Woodland Surgicenter, Michigan City
  • Lakeshore Surgicare
  • Porter Regional Hospital
  • Shoreline Surgery Center
“Dr. Szczesniak was great. I was easily able to talk with him about my injury, and he not only understood my feelings but talked to me, man to man.”
– Robert M.
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