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Richard P. Driessnack, M.D.

Hip & Knee Joint Replacement Hip/Pelvis Knee
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Certification & Education

A Michigan native, Dr. Driessnack is a caring professional who has spent the majority of his career in Peoria. He spent a short time in Nashville, TN (2008–2010) as Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In addition to instructing orthopaedic surgery residents, Dr. Driessnack practiced adult reconstruction and cared for hip and knee reconstruction problems such as dysplasia of the hip and post-traumatic hip and knee problems. Additionally, while at Vanderbilt, Dr. Driessnack trained in the techniques of the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure for use in the younger and more physically-active population. Learn more at Peoriajointreplacement.com.

A regular attendee at hip and knee meetings each year, Dr. Driessnack participated in a multi-center national clinical study comparing two types of knee prosthesis designs, and presented the findings at an international meeting in 2009. He has several publications in national journals.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society.  In 2008 and 2012 Dr. Driessnack received a “Best Doctors in America” award.  Most recently, Dr. Driessnack has been interested in the use of 3-dimensional CT imaging technology to develop a new custom-fit knee replacement prosthesis, and has been using this custom knee since 2015 with very successful results.

After working in Peoria from 1988-2008 and then moving to Nashville, TN in 2008, Dr. Driessnack and his wife, Jan, moved back to Peoria in late 2010. They have raised three children here and they all are now married.  He and his wife are happily enjoying their eight grandchildren, as well as singing in the church choir. He has served the needy in Jamaica and Mexico in the past on Medical Missions trips.  He is currently trying to use media opportunities in the Peoria area to help educate the public on arthritis of the hip and knee.


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Board Certification:

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Fellowship 1987–1988

  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (Denver, CO) – Arthritis and Adult Reconstructive Surgery

Residency 1981–1985

  • Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit, MI) – Orthopaedic Surgery

Internship 1980–1981

  • William Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, MI) – Flexible Internship

Medical School 1976–1980

  • Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit, MI) – Doctor of Medicine

Undergraduate 1972–1976

  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) – Bachelor of Science
  • Honors / Awards – Graduated Magna cum Laude

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