Dr. Andrew D. Bunta is currently the Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, a position he has held since 1999. As Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery he also functions as Associate Program Director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program affiliated with the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Prior to assuming these positions, Dr. Bunta served for more than 20 years as the Director of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Lutheran General Hospital, a large Chicago suburban facility, where he was also the director of the orthopaedic surgery residency program which was affiliated with Northwestern's program. Thus he has been a member of the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine faculty since 1974. Dr. Bunta completed his pre-medical training at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1963 and received his M.D. Degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1967.
After an internship at Evanston Hospital and two years as a general medical officer in the United States Air Force, he completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Northwestern McGaw Medical Center in 1974. He practiced as a general orthopaedic surgeon with an interest in trauma and joint replacement surgery for many years. Soon after moving to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and joining the full-time faculty at Northwestern's medical school in 1999, he focused his practice on arthritic conditions, including hip and knee joint replacement surgery.
In addition, Dr. Bunta has a special interest in bone health issues and fostered the establishment of Northwestern's Bone Health sub-specialty and its Bone Health and Osteoporosis Program, of which he is the Associate Director. His involvement in this area has resulted in the publication, as a co-author, of numerous articles on the challenges and benefits of an osteoporosis/fracture intervention program in a hospital and out-patient setting. Quality and safety issues, as applied in operating room and inpatient settings, are his other areas of interest. As a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Bunta is also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Additionally he is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA), a leadership organization, and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).Over the years, Dr. Bunta has received recognition and awards in a number of areas including: Physician of the Year at Lutheran General Hospital; teaching and service awards from the Northwestern Orthopaedic Surgery Residency; and service awards from the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine Alumni Association, which he served as president. Also, he established and chairs the Orthopaedic Surgery Oversight Committee at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Currently, he is the chair of the AOA's Own the Bone Steering Committee which directs the association's national effort to treat the osteoporosis of patients with fragility fractures in a timely fashion.