Sara Wallace, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Sara Shippee Wallace, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine

Sara Wallace, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in joint care. Dr. Wallace treats a wide range of common and complex hip and knee conditions, performing surgical procedures, such as minimally invasive knee and hip replacements, to restore mobility and reduce joint pain.

Dr. Wallace also has experience managing many causes of arthritis, including osteonecrosis (AVN), post-traumatic arthritis and hip dysplasia. She can help patients who have damaged, painful joints to improve their quality of life. 

In addition to providing comprehensive joint care, Dr. Wallace is an active researcher committed to investigating the newest treatments and surgical techniques for patients with joint pain and arthritis. She has been published in notable peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Arthroplasty,  Orthopaedics and Trauma, and the Journal of Women’s Health.

Dr. Wallace sees patients at Hyde Park, Orland Park and South Loop.


Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Medical Association

Practicing Since

  • 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine; University of Illinois Medical Center Chicago


  • UW Medical Center - Montlake; University of Washington


  • University of Washington School of Medicine; University of Washington


  • Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

News & Research

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Osteoarthritis and Joint Replacement Surgery: Expert Q&A

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, affecting millions of Americans. Dr. Brendon Ross and Dr. Sara Wallace answer your questions about osteoarthritis and joint replacement surgery.

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