Elizabeth A. Dailey, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Area of Practice
Hip and Knee Replacement

Dr. Dailey is dedicated to getting her patients back to the activities they love. She is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon whose practice is focused on arthritis care and treatment of knee and hip disorders, including joint replacement surgery.

Dr. Dailey was born and raised in Moline, Illinois and attended the University of Notre Dame undergraduate with a dual-major degree in Government and Pre-professional Studies (Pre-Med). Between undergraduate and medical school, she worked for one year as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in San Antonio, Texas.  Returning to the Midwest, she performed orthopaedic research as a technician in the Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Research Lab at the University of Chicago. Orthopaedic surgery combines her passion for helping others with her love of musculoskeletal biomechanics.

After medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago, she completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, during which time she presented papers at orthopaedic meetings and led resident education programs. She then completed a fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  Following fellowship training, Dr. Dailey operated in private practice in Marin County, California for six years. There, Dr. Dailey served as Medical Director for Total Joint Replacement, Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, and provided care through the local community clinic to underserved patients.  Dr. Dailey and her husband, Dave, a University of Michigan alumni, are grateful to return home to the Midwest to be closer to family.

Dr. Dailey develops treatment plans based on individualized planning and shared decision making with each patient.  Her research interests include outcomes of total joint replacement, resident education, and quality improvement for surgical patients.

Areas of Interest

  • Total and Partial Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Revision surgery of total joint replacements
  • Accelerated Rehabilitation Protocols & Minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Fracture Surgery around Total Joint Replacements
  • Total Joint Replacement Infection Prevention and Treatment

Special Expertise

  • Direct Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Arthritic knee pain following arthroscopic or fracture surgery
  • Hip arthritis, dysplasia, osteonecrosis and other hip disorders
  • Complex knee replacement and revision
  • Painful total joint replacement evaluation and treatment
  • Complex hip and knee replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Partial and total knee replacement
  • Outpatient or short-stay total joint replacement
  • Alternative therapies for arthritic knee and hip pain
  • Hip labral tears, Hip impingement, Hip dysplasia
  • Rapid recovery protocols with minimal narcotic use
  • Short- and long-term outcomes of total joint replacement
  • Total Joint Replacement Quality Improvement
  • Payment structures for total joint replacement
  • Finance instruction for residents, medical students