By JOHN R. PULLIAM GateHouse News Service
Aug 08, 2008 GALESBURG — Dr. Myron Stachniw is celebrating his 30th year
practicing in Galesburg.
Stachniw had his first office hours here on July 5, 1978. He earned his
bachelor’s degree from what was then the University of Illinois Chicago Circle
in 1969, then graduated from medical school in Wisconsin in 1973. Stachniw did a
surgical internship and a four-year orthopedic residency at the University of
Illinois Hospitals, completing that in 1978, the same year he obtained his
Stachniw, a native of Racine, Wis., who attended high school in Chicago,
admitted he had never heard of Galesburg before being asked by the Elks Club to
do a Crippled Children’s clinic here.
The Elks had an agreement with the University of Illinois to send residents to
various cities to conduct the clinics.
"I came here for the first time as a second-year resident and loved Galesburg so
much that I kept on asking to do the clinics," Stachniw said. "I kept returning
and, eventually, Cottage Hospital made me an offer to set me up in practice and
I jumped at that chance."
His practice is now known at Midwest Orthopedic Services and is located in
Cottage Medical Plaza, 834 N. Seminary St., Suite 406.
Stachniw feels Galesburg is the ideal size.
"Galesburg is a wonderful place to live and to practice," he said. "I can do as
sophisticated medicine and surgery as I like, but yet enjoy the small town
Stachniw said he has had offers over the years to join orthopedic groups in
larger cities but has not been tempted.
"I plan to retire here," he said. "I would like to practice full time for
another five years and then do part time, as long as I am healthy. I plan to
retire in Galesburg but hope to travel."
Working in a smaller city has not limited his opportunities over the years. He
said he developed an interest in joint replacements and has been able to take
part in several clinical trials. He has helped design instruments and components
for joint replacements.
"I was invited to be a clinical investigator for the hip resurfacing study and
was one of 18 surgeons in North America" who first did the procedure.
Hip resurfacing is sometimes used as an alternative to hip replacement. It is a
type of orthopaedic surgery that replaces a damaged or arthritic joint with
something better or by remodeling or realigning the joint.
"I have had patients come to Galesburg from almost every state in the union, as
well as Trinidad, West Indies, for hip surgery. I have also taught hip surgery
in Chicago, Las Vegas and Memphis," he said.
Stachniw has continued teaching, helping other surgeons learn hip resurfacing
"Along with my wife, Reva, who is a nurse, I have conducted studies for the past
18 years for pharmaceutical companies, doing clinical trials on various
medications associated with orthopedics. These are studies done for the FDA," Stachniw said.
Shortly after beginning his practice here, Stachniw had another opportunity, one
he probably would not have minded missing. A traffic accident offered him the
chance to show he truly believed in the quality of medical care here.
"When I was involved in a severe automobile accident in Chicago in 1980, I
wanted nothing more than to return to Galesburg to get good health care," he
Stachniw has had an office party and a party with his family to mark his three
decades of practicing medicine in Galesburg. He has never looked back.
"I have always felt that Galesburg has provided an exceptionally high quality of
health care and that has continued to be the case," Stachniw said.