Carl Wierks, MD

Carl Wierks, MD

Dr. Wierks specializes in the treatment of hip, knee and shoulder pain in active people. His interest in hip preservation techniques, including hip arthroscopy, has set him apart as a “destination” provider in western Michigan.

Dr. Wierks completed his medical training at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine and his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr Wierks finished his medical training with a renowned sports fellowship at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. He started his practice in western Michigan in 2010.

Dr. Wierks is a physician to the U.S. Snowboard teams, and is an avid snowboarder himself. He has also provided sideline coverage to the Baltimore Orioles baseball team and local high school and college sports teams.


The Bone & Joint Center, Holland, MI
Private Practice
Orthopaedic Surgeon Sept 2010


Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, Vail, CO
Sports Medicine Fellow
Aug 2009-July 2010


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
2004-Present House Staff


Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL
Honors: Alpha Sigma Nu Honors Society


Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
B.S. in Kinesiology
Areas of Concentration: Athletic training, Sport Physiology
Minor: Biology
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Academic Honors Scholarship



Maryland Orthopaedic Association Resident Research Award 2007

Loyola Surgical Grand Rounds Research Award 2002



Update in Adolescent Orthopaedics: Discussion of Common Hip Conditions, Nowicki PD, Wierks C, Maskill L. Adolesc Med 2013 (24) 185-205.


Biomechanical evaluation of open suture anchor fixation versus interference screw for biceps tenodesis, Papp DF, Skelley NW, Sutter EG, Ji JH, Wierks CH, Belkoff SM, McFarland EG. Orthopedics 2011 Jul 7;34(7).


Comparative systematic review of the open dislocation, mini-open, and arthroscopic surgeries for femoroacetabular impingement, Matsuda DK, Carlisle JC, Arthurs SC, Wierks CH, Philippon MJ. Arthroscopy. 2011 Feb;27(2):252-69.


Reverse total shoulder replacement: intraoperative and early postoperative complications, Wierks C, Skolasky RL, Ji JH, McFarland EG, Clin Orthop Relat Res 2009;467(1):225-34.


What’s your diagnosis? Osteoid Osteoma, Wierks C, Lomasney LM, Demos TC, McCarthy RM. Orthopedics 2004;27:1124, 1205-1208.


Microcirculatory changes parallel the clinical deterioration of chronic venous insufficiency, Labropoulos N, Wierks C, Oh D, et al. Phlebology 2004;19(2):81-86.


Noninvasive Carotid Imaging, Wierks CH, Labropoulos N. Perspectives in Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. 2004;16(2):89-99.


Synthesis and Unusual Stability of Pyridine and N-Methyl Pyridinium 1,3-Dioxolanes, Hobson ST, Boecker JD, Gifford JH, Nohe TL, Wierks CH. J. Heterocyclic Chem. 2003;40:277-282.


Intermittent pneumatic compression for the treatment of lower extremity arterial disease: a systematic review, Labropoulos N, Wierks C, Suffoletto B. Vasc Med. 2002 May;7(2):141-148.



Wierks C, Cosgarea AJ. Lateral Retinacular Release in: Operative Techniques: Sports Knee Surgery. Philadelphia: Elsevier Eds. Miller M, Cole B, Cosgarea A, Sekiya J. 2008


Wierks C, Hobbs B: Meniscus tear. In Frassica FJ, Sponseller PD, Wilckens JH (eds): 5-Minute Orthopaedic Consult, Ed 2, pp 252-253. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.


Wierks C, Cameron M: Quadriceps tendon rupture. In Frassica FJ, Sponseller PD, Wilckens JH (eds): 5-Minute Orthopaedic Consult, Ed 2, pp 350-351. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.


Wierks C, Hobbs B: Popliteal cyst in the adult. In Frassica FJ, Sponseller PD, Wilckens JH (eds): 5-Minute Orthopaedic Consult, Ed 2, pp 334-335. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.


Wierks C, Hostin E: Subtrochanteric fracture. In Frassica FJ, Sponseller PD, Wilckens JH (eds): 5-Minute Orthopaedic Consult, Ed 2, pp 428-429. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.


Wierks C, Solacoff D: Knee supracondylar fracture. In Frassica FJ, Sponseller PD, Wilckens JH (eds): 5-Minute Orthopaedic Consult, Ed 2, pp 222-223. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.


Jeng CL, Wierks C: Metatarsal fracture. In Frassica FJ, Sponseller PD, Wilckens JH (eds): 5-Minute Orthopaedic Consult, Ed 2, pp 258-259. Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.


Wierks C, Wilckens JH: Surgical interventions in hip and pelvis injuries. In Seidenberg PH, Bowen JD (eds): The Hip and Pelvis in Sports Medicine and Primary Care, pp 317-335. New York: Springer, 2010.


Wierks C., Cosgarea, A. Arthroscopic Lateral Retinacular Release in: Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Ed Wiese S. Section Editor Mark Miller, M. In Press, 2009.



Wierks C, et al. The Knee and Hip Sport Tests. Poster presentation, Michigan Orthopaedic Society. 6/2012.


Associate Master Instructor AANA hip arthroscopy course, Rosemont, IL. 7/2011; 8/2010


Co-Instructor for Arthrex hip arthroscopy course. April 9th, 2011 Milwaukee, WI. May 3rd, 2011 Naples, FL.


Wierks C. Hip Arthroscopy. Grand Rapids Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds. 5/11/11


Wierks C. Hip Injuries in the Athlete. Hope College Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine. 4/11/11.


Carlisle JC, Wierks C, Souza B, Briggs K, Philippon MJ.Radiologic Predictors of THR following Hip Arthroscopy for Femoroacetabular Impingement. Presented at AAOS, San Diego, 2011.


Wierks C, Millet P. Pectoralis Major tendon repair. Surgical technique using suture anchor fixation. A video demonstration showcased at AAOS, San Diego, CA, 2/2011.


Papp DF, Skelley NW, Wierks CH, Ji JH, Belkoff S, McFarland EG. Biomechanical evaluation of open suture anchor fixation versus interference screw for biceps tenodesis. Presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, New Orleans, LA, 2010.


Wierks C, McFarland E. “Intraoperative and early postoperative complications of reverse total shoulder replacement: experience of one surgeon.” Clinical Orthopaedic Society annual meeting in Annapolis, MD, Sept 27, 2008.


Wierks C, McFarland E. “Intraoperative and early postoperative complications of reverse total shoulder replacement: experience of one surgeon.” American Shoulder and Elbow Society open meeting in San Francisco, CA, March 8, 2008.


Wierks C, McFarland. “Intraoperative and early postoperative complications of reverse total shoulder replacement.” Maryland Orthopaedic Association 2007 Annual Business and Research Meeting, Baltimore, MD. April, 2007.


Wierks C, Labropoulos N. “Planimetric evaluation of carotid artery stenosis.” Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine Grand Rounds Research Meeting, Maywood, IL. October, 2002.



Board certified in orthopaedic surgery 8/2012


Physician for the United States Ski and Snowboard teams (2010-present)


Associate Master Instructor for the AANA Hip Arthroscopy Masters Course, 10/2010, and 8/2011, Chicago, IL


Instructor for Arthrex hip arthroscopy course, Milwaukee, WI, 4/9/11, Naples, FL 5/3/11


Oakstone Medical Publishing, review and summarize current orthopaedic articles. This is a subscription service which surgeons may use for CME credit. (7/07 to 2013)


Maryland Orthopaedic Association (11/06 to 8/09)


Education Committee, Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (7/06 to 7/09)


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (7/04 to present)


Arthroscopy Association of North America (2010)


American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (2010)


Christian Medical Association (10/99 to present)

Student Trustee 2003

Student Delegate 2002



Zambia, Africa 7/1998 (3 weeks) I observed surgeries and assisted hospital workers in a 100-bed hospital in a rural area.


Cuenca, Ecuador 7/2001 (2 weeks) I assisted in surgeries and clinics in a hospital for the poor.


Manta, Ecuador 10/2006. I worked with an orthopedic surgeon from Ecuador in a city where specialized orthopedic care was not available. We held a free clinic and performed surgeries.