Sports Medicine, General Orthopaedics
“I like to treat patients as if they’re my relatives. I like them to feel empowered, to ask questions, and to be educated on their condition.”
Dr. Fuentes is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and joint replacement. He is highly trained in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, including rotator cuff repair and ACL reconstruction, as well as total hip and knee replacement and partial knee replacement.
Dr. Fuentes was born in Colombia, South America. He grew up and attended high school in Chicago, and then his family relocated back to Colombia. There he received his medical degree from the University of Cartagena. He completed three years of general surgery residency—two at Louisiana State University and one at Cook County Hospital. Dr. Fuentes then completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Cook County Hospital and University of Illinois at Chicago, followed by a year of fellowship training in Sports Medicine at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.
Today, Dr. Fuentes treats athletes of all ages in the community. He has served as the Football Team Physician for several local high schools, including Tinley Park High School (14 years), Lincoln Way West High School (4 years), and, presently, Brother Rice High School (since 2014). Dr. Fuentes also proudly served as Tournament Physician for the Illinois High School Association Individual Wrestling Finals for 19 years, between 1991 and 2013. In April 2011, Dr. Fuentes was named one of the “Top Docs for Jocks” by Chicago Magazine.
Fluent in both English and Spanish, Dr. Fuentes is able to communicate with and care for a wide patient demographic. This is essential to his practice, as his philosophy revolves around discussing treatment options with his patients and letting them ultimately choose their plan of care.
M.D. | University of Cartagena
Cartagena, Colombia 1980-1982
General Surgery | Louisiana State University
New Orleans, LA 1983-1985
Orthopaedic Surgery | Cook County Hospital
Chicago, IL 1985-1989
Orthopaedic Surgery | University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 1989-1990
Sports Medicine Fellowship | St. Francis Medical Center
Peoria, IL 1990-1991
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Illinois Orthopaedic Society
Football Team Physician at Brother Rice High School
2014 to present
Here’s what patients are saying about Dr. Fuentes:
“I love Dr. Fuentes and would recommend him. I have recommended him to friends.”
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Dr. Fuentes’ Hospital Affiliations
Silver Cross Hospital
1900 Silver Cross Boulevard
New Lenox, IL 60451
Presence St. Joseph Medical Center
333 North Madison Street
Joliet, IL 60435
12251 South 80th Avenue
Palos Heights, IL 60463