William G. Raasch, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Specialty: Sports Medicine
Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery
(414) 805-7422 | 414-805-7345 fax
Dr. William G. Raasch joined the department in 1992 after completing a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1992.
A native Milwaukeean, Dr. Raasch graduated from Marquette University magna cum laude in 1981 with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. He received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Chicago in 1986. At the University of Chicago hospitals, Dr. Raasch served a residency in orthopaedic surgery from 1987 to 1991. He received the Zimmer Fourth Annual Travel Award from the American Orthopaedic Society in 1991.
Dr. Raasch is the Director of the Sports Medicine Division and the Medical Director of the Froedtert/MCW Sports Medicine Center. He is the head team physician for the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Mustangs, Wisconsin Lutheran College and Wisconsin Lutheran High School. He is the company physician for the Milwaukee Ballet Company.
Dr. Raasch is the recipient of the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association's 1996-97 Traveling Fellowship. He has been acknowledged by Baseball Prospectus as one of the Top 10 surgeons nationally.
Clinical interests include the care and treatment of complex knee injuries including ligament reconstruction, meniscal transplant and autologous chondrocyte implantation. In addition, as the head team physician for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball club, Dr. Raasch has exceptional experience in the care and surgical treatment of injuries to the overhead throwing athlete. His surgical approach emphasizes minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment of shoulder, knee, elbow, ankle, and hip injuries.
With a background in engineering, Dr. Raasch has several research interests and is the Medical Director for the Sports Medicine Motion Analysis Lab. The motion analysis system supports clinical research to better understand and prevent athletic injury. The motion analysis lab includes a data base of over 150 professional baseball pitchers defining proper throwing mechanics and allowing comparison for the aspiring young baseball player. In 2007, Dr. Raasch was awarded a research grant by Major League Baseball to analyze the affect of mound height on pitching mechanics. The motion analysis lab is also an integral part in the sports medicine Performance Enhancement Program.
Dr. Raasch has been selected for inclusion in the 2011-2012 Best Doctors in America database. Physicians selected for inclusion in this database represent the top 5% of all US board certified physicians. More Medical College doctors are named to the Best Doctors list than any other Wisconsin group practice or health care facility.