Dr. Joseph Hecht

Dr. Joseph Hecht is one of the leading joint replacement surgeons in the Munster, Indiana area, providing superior knowledge and expertise in the area of general orthopedics, foot and ankle, hand, hip and knee conditions and treatment options.

Dr. Hecht, a University of Chicago Medical School graduate, specializes in general orthopedic conditions and treatments, with an emphasis on reconstructive surgery of the hip and knees and completed his residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals, in Chicago, Illinois.

He possesses a passion for orthopedic care and is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

POST GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT:
July 1997 – present
Orthopedic Specialists of Northwest Indiana, P.C.

July 1990- July 1997
Solo Private Practice Orthopedic Surgeon

August 1990 – 1995
University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics
Part Time Faculty
Assistant Professor Orthopedic Surgery
Clinical Track IV

July 1989 – August 1990
University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics
Chicago, IL

Full Time Faculty

Assistant Professor Orthopedic Surgery
Clinical Track III

July 1984 – June 1994
University of Chicago Hospital
LaRabida Children’s Hospital
Chicago, Illinois

July 1989 – Aug. 1990
Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital
An Affiliate of the University of Chicago Hospitals
Chicago, IL

July 1984 – July 1989
The Hammond Clinic
Multi-specialty Group Practice
7905 Calumet Ave.
Munster, Indiana

Full Partner 1985-1989
General Orthopedic Surgery Practice

STAFF PRIVILEGES:

July 2000 – Present
Community Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center (CSC)
901 MacArthur Blvd; Munster, IN 46321

July 1984 – present
The Community Hospital
901 MacArthur Blvd; Munster, IN 46321

July 1984 – present
Franciscan Alliance (St. Margaret Hospital/North Campus)
5454 Hohman Ave.; Hammond, IN46320
Franciscan Alliance (St. Margaret Hospital/South Campus)
24 Joliet Street; Dyer, IN 46311

January 2008 – present
Franciscan Physicians Hospital
701 Superior Avenue; Munster, IN 46321

December 2004 – present
St. Catherine’s Hospital
4321 Fir Street; East Chicago, IN 46312

July 1993 – July 2009
Munster Medical Center Surgicenter
761-45th Street; Munster, IN 46321

July 1984-1994
The University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics
Bernard Mitchell Hospital
Wyler Children’s Hospital
LaRabida Children’s Hospital
Louis Weiss Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL

EDUCATION:

July 1980 – June 1984
University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics – Orthopedic Surgery Residency

Jan 1983 – June 1983
Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children Pediatric Orthopedic Residency, 6 month rotation

July 1979-June 1980
University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics Surgical Internship

July 1975-June 1979
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL 60637

Class of 1979; Degree: M.D.

Oct 1970 – June 1974
Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri

Class of 1974;
Degree: A.B.
Major: Biology

Sept 1966 – June 1970
Lane Technical High School

Class of 1970;
Honors Program
Technical training in Wood, Electric and Machine Shop
2501 W. Addison
Chicago, IL 

BOARD CERTIFICATION:   

American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons

July 26, 1986
Recertified 1993 (1996-2006)
Recertified 2003 (2006-2016)
National Board of Medical Examiners
Part I      (1977)
Part II    (1979)
Part III   (1980)

MEDICAL LICENSURE:

State of Indiana
License Number 036-061534
License Number 01033257

July 1984 – present
DEA; AH9769918

1984 – Present
State of Illinois
License Number 036-061534

July 1980 – 1995
Currently inactive in Illinois

MEDICAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS:     

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery;
Fellow since 1987

Indiana State Medical Association
Lake County, Indiana Medical Society

Indiana Orthopedic Society
American Medical Association; 1984-1997

MEDICAL LEADERSHIP COMMITTEES:

Orthopedic Specialists of
Managing Partner (2003-2012)
Northwest Indiana

The Community Hospital
Chairman Orthopedic Surgery
Munster, IN
(1996 – 2012)
Committee Positions (1 yr terms)
Dept. of Surgery QA Committee
Library Committee
Emergency Medicine Committee

St. Margaret’s Hospital
Committee Positions (1 yr terms)
Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee
Dyer, IN
Coordinating Committee Member
Hammond, IN
Physical Therapy Committee Member

The Hammond Clinic
Executive Committee (1986-1989)

Weiss Memorial Hospital
Operative Procedures Committee

Medical Records Committee

CME/CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION AWARDS/ACTIVITY:

American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award
1987-1990
1990-1993

Orthopedic Educational Achievement Program
1987-1990

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Achieved over 150 hours of CME to qualify for Recertification Exam 1993

Achieved over 150 hours of CME to qualify for Recertification Exam 2005

Average annual CME for Hospital Credentialing of 40 hours (1984 – present)

MEDICAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

Washington University 1974-75
Protein amino acid sequencing in the biochemistry laboratories of Drs. R.A. Bradshaw and M.A. Schlesinger

University of Chicago 1976-77
Protein amino acid sequencing in the biochemistry lab of Dr. R.L Heinrikson

University of Chicago 1980 – 84
Study of proteoglycan and cartilage biochemistry in the laboratory of Dr. L.A. Pottenger

MAJOR PRESENTATIONS:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Meeting; February 1981, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Presented paper entitled “Invasion of Joints by Primary Bone Sarcomas in Adults.”

Authors: M.A. Simon and J.D. Hecht

Orthopedic Research Society Meeting; January 1982, New Orleans, LA.

Presented a poster session entitled “The Effect of Mechanical Disruption on Normal Human Articular Cartilage with Comparison to Osteoarthritic Cartilage.”

Authors:  J.D. Hecht, L.A. Pottenger, S.D. Stulberg, and N.B. Lyon.

Orthopedic Research Society Meeting, March 1983, Anaheim,

Presented a paper entitled, “The Effect of Cartilage Fragment Size on Sequential Associative-Dissociative Extraction of Normal Human Articular cartilage Proteoglycans.”

Authors: J.D. Hecht, L.A. Pottenger, N.B. Lyon, and J.E. Webb

Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, Chicago Unit. Monthly Orthopedic Conference, May 1983.

Presentation entitled, “The Mucopolysaccharidoses. The Shriner’s Hospital Experience.” 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

1.  Heinrikson, R.L., Keim, P. and Krueger, E.:  Amino acid sequence of Phospholipase A2  from the Venom of Crotalus adamanteus.  The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 252: 4913-4921, 1977.   (jdh contributor)

2.   Simon, M.A. and Hecht, J.D.:  Invasion of Joints by Primary Bone Sarcomas in Adults.  Cancer, 50:  201-207, 1982.

3.  Pottenger, L.A., Lyon, N.B., Hecht, J.D., Neustadt, P.M. and Robinson, R.A.:  Influence of Cartilage Particle Size and Proteoglycan Aggregation on

Immobilization of Proteoglycans.  The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 257:  11479-11485, 1982.

4.  Pottenger, L.A., Lyon, N.B. and Hecht, J.D.:  Immobilization of Cartilage Proteoglycans within an Inert Matrix.  Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society 7:  p.208, 1982.

5.  Hecht, J.D., Pottenger, L.A., Stulberg, S.D. and Lyon, N.B.:  The Effect of Mechanical Disruption on Normal Human Articular Cartilage with Comparison to Osteoarthritic Cartilage.  Transactions of the Orthopaedic Society 7:  P.215, 1982.

6.  Hecht, J.D., Pottenger, L.A., Lyon, N.B. and Webb, J.E.:  The Effect of Cartilage Fragment Size on Sequential Associative-D associative Extraction of Normal Human Articular Cartilage Proteoglycans.  Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society   8:  p.200, 1983.

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