Douglas Chonko

Douglas Chonko, DO

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Adult Reconstructive
  • Osteopathic Physician

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

Insurances We Accept


About Me

I’m a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacements. I focus on complex hip and knee problems, in particular patients who develop infections involving their replacements. Patients from all over the state of Ohio and surrounding states see me after experiencing stiffness, pain, decreased range of motion, inability to walk distances and other issues following surgery. Many times, an infection is the underlying cause.

Ohio State is one of only a few centers in the United States that has a Musculoskeletal Infection and Periprosthetic Joint Infection Program. Our team includes physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners from multiple disciplines, including orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, microbiology, infectious disease, pharmacy and internal medicine. Working together, we ensure the best and most up-to-date diagnosis, treatment and management of such musculoskeletal problems.

My goal is to give you quality of life and the ability to participate in everything that you enjoy. Patients can expect to receive world-class treatment, up-to-date knowledge and utilization of the most advanced techniques delivered in a compassionate and supportive environment. I will treat you like a member of my family and be attentive to every detail regarding your recovery.

I enjoy many things about working in the orthopedic surgery department at Ohio State. Our collaborative team works closely together, and that allows each patient to receive the best orthopedic care anywhere in the world. We have a national reputation as one of the best orthopedic surgery programs and one of the best hospitals in the country.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my three wonderful children and beautiful wife. I’m an avid skier and enjoy sports. I love to travel internationally and experience different cultures. I also love to cook when I find the time on the weekend.
  • Speaks nationally on topics including periprosthetic joint infections, the best approach for total hip replacement and treatment of periprosthetic hip fractures
  • Has more than 15 years of experience performing hip and knee replacements
  • Performs research and teaches medical students, orthopedic surgery residents and fellows
  • Has won numerous awards for patient satisfaction throughout career, including the highest surgeon satisfaction scores at two separate hospitals
  • Has held the roles of chief of Orthopedics, chief of Surgery and chairman of the Physician Leadership Group

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Musculoskeletal Diseases
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative
  • Knee Injuries
  • Hip Fractures
  • Joint Deformities, Acquired
  • Fractures, Bone
  • Orthopedics
  • Hip Dislocation, Congenital
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphyses

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA
8/1/1994 - 5/1/1998


Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

7/1/1998 - 6/30/1999


Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

7/1/1999 - 6/30/2003


Lombardi Implant Surgeons, New Albany, OH

7/15/2003 - 7/15/2004

Academic Information

My Department


Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 09/30/2022, Dr. Chonko has reported no relationships with companies or entities.