Christopher R. Chuinard, MD, MPH

Christopher Chuinard


  • Shoulder and Elbow Surgery including Primary & Revision Joint Replacement
  • Sports Medicine
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel
  • Shoulder and Elbow Fracture and Reconstruction
  • Pediatric Shoulder and Elbow Care
  • General Orthopaedics


  • Medical School: Louisiana State University, MD/MPH, 1999
  • Undergraduate: Southern Methodist University, 1993


  • Fellowships:
    • Shoulder and Sports Medicine, Professor Pascal Boileau, Nice, France, 2005-2006
    • Elbow Surgery, Visiting Clinician, Mayo Clinic, 2006
    • AANA Traveling Fellow, 2010
  • Residency:
    • University of Missouri, Kansas City, 2005

Board Certification

  • Board Certified, The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications, Sports Medicine


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Association, Emerging Leaders
  • Association of Clinical Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons (President, 2012)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America


Dr. Chuinard is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, specializing in shoulder and elbow surgery and has a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine. His advanced training includes a shoulder fellowship with professor Pascal Boileau in Nice, France, traveling fellowships to other shoulder centers in Europe and the United States, and a Visiting Clinician in Elbow Surgery at Mayo Clinic. In 2010, he was awarded the AANA Travelling Fellowship.
He has performed over 1000 shoulder replacements, and has been instrumental in developing and bringing new technologies in open and arthroscopic surgery to market including pioneering arthroscopic nerve releases. Dr. Chuinard has patents for shoulder arthroplasty implants that have been used around the world. His outcomes data have been reported internationally, and have been used in FDA studies. His experience with these techniques resulted in his being selected as one of only a few surgeons in the West to teach these techniques in Asia.
His peers have selected him for membership in the American Orthopedic Association (AOA), American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES), the Association of Clinical Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons (ACESS), and the European Shoulder and Elbow Society (SECEC). He has served on the Value Committee of the ASES, and is a Past President of ACESS. He served as a question writer and reviewer for the Shoulder and Elbow section of the ABOS board exam and sub specialty exams, and he has served as a reviewer for several orthopedic journals.
He has authored multiple book chapters and papers on both open and arthroscopic techniques of the shoulder and elbow. His expertise has led him to be an invited speaker and lecturer around the world, including performing live surgery. He routinely serves as a faculty instructor at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Chicago, teaching other orthopedic surgeons advanced techniques of shoulder and elbow surgery. Furthermore, he has been a “key opinion leader” for several orthopedic companies for arthroscopic implants, shoulder replacements, and elbow replacements.
Dr. Chuinard continues his teaching interests by sponsoring clinical outcomes research rotations for medical students from both U of M and Michigan State.
When not working or travelling, Dr. Chuinard enjoys cycling, yoga, and fly-fishing. But his favorite pastime is spending time with his wife and two daughters.


  • Hip & Knee

  • Total Joint & Total Joint Revision

    “I had a total knee replacement on my left knee 5 years ago and the right 4 years ago. I was back playing tennis 4 months after the first surgery and at age 73 I’m still playing completely pain free. What a blessing. Thank you so much. (Belated)”
  • Shoulder & Elbow

    “Dr. Reineck repaired my Lt shoulder in February 2020. He has also repaired my Rt Shoulder. Without a doubt, he has added much quality and renewed energy to my life through these surgeries! Dr. Reineck also goes above and beyond the role of a surgeon. He truly cares about his patients and is very personable […]

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