Michael B. Lilyquist, MD

Michael B. Lilyquist, MD

Training Highlights
  • Orthopaedic Specialty:
    Hand and upper extremities (from the shoulder to the fingertips)
  • Fellowship:
    State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo
  • Residency:
    University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Medical School:
    University of Utah
  • Professional Associations:
    American Society for Surgery of the Hand: Candidate Member
    American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Joining the GBO team in August 2016.

Dr. Lilyquist’s decision to pursue medicine, and ultimately orthopaedics, came when he was serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in Guayaquil, Ecuador. A non-profit surgical group came to the rural town he lived in and offered free surgeries to children with limb deformities. He was able to witness first-hand the profound impact on his adopted community, and he decided then to seek medical training and volunteer opportunities. Dr. Lilyquist has already made good on this promise, and has been back to Ecuador twice to perform orthopaedic surgeries with Project Perfect World.

A Salt Lake City native, Dr. Lilyquist completed medical school at the University of Utah and a five-year orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he served as Chief Resident; Orthopedic House Staff Counsel Representative; while also being awarded Emergency Room Consultant of the Year and being selected to join the AOA Emerging Leaders program. His training in Kansas City included nine months of pediatric orthopaedics at Children’s Mercy Hospital, where he served as Chief Orthopaedic Resident. He then completed his hand and upper extremity fellowship at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. 

While Dr. Lilyquist is qualified to treat all areas of the body, he is especially interested in the hand and upper extremities. He says he’s fascinated by the anatomy, but also understands how important this area of the body is to quality of life.

Dr. Lilyquist is one of a limited number of surgeons in the nation specializing in total elbow replacements. He practices with the most current techniques in total shoulder replacements, and has specialized training in reverse total shoulder and resurfacing total shoulder replacement surgeries. He offers minimally invasive endoscopic carpal tunnel release, nonsurgical treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture with Xiaflex injections and “wide-awake” surgeries of the hand. Additionally, Dr. Lilyquist offers fracture treatment and management in both the adult and pediatric population. He is also fluent in Spanish. 

Dr. Lilyquist takes pride in getting to know his patients before determining their treatment. He wants to understand their goals and how their pain or injury is keeping them from accomplishing these goals. He then works with the patient and referring doctor to map out the best course of treatment.

His commitment to community hasn’t waivered since his Eagle Scout days. At different times in his life, he has volunteered his services for ski patrol, instructor of advanced wilderness medicine, outdoor emergency care, and using his fluency in Spanish to act as an interpreter at various medical facilities. Once settled in Reno, he plans to continue his community involvement.  

Dr. Lilyquist moved to Reno in August 2016 with his wife, Mindy, and their four young children. An avid skier, mountain biker, kayaker and rock climber, he is looking forward to exploring the Nevada outdoors with his family.