Photo: Eric K. Szczesniak, M.D.

Eric K. Szczesniak, M.D.

Specialties:

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

Fellowship:

Adult Reconstruction and Joint Preservation

Patient Reviews

5
Verified Patient Rating: 5 (13 patient reviews and ratings)
“I had a total knee replacement in February and it went terrific. Dr. Szczesniak explained everything in detail and has gone over what to expect...”
– Joanna W.
Patient Rating:
5

Born and raised in the Midwest, fellowship-trained and board-certified 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.

Dr. Szczesniak is available to see patients at our Chesterton, Portage, and Valparaiso – Cumberland offices.

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

Certification

  • Board Certfiication: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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 did a full knee replacement on my right knee in February. Couldn't have gone better! Hardly an swelling and the incision healed with no scar tissue. Therapy afterward went wonderful. It's been four months and the knee feels almost normal! Unfortunately, I have a left knee replacement in my future but I plan on waiting at least a year to make sure the right one is completely healed.”
– Joanna W.
Patient Rating:
5