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Michael B. Lilyquist, MD

Michael B. Lilyquist, MD


Specialty:Hand and Upper Extremities (from shoulder to fingertips)
Board Certified:American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Fellowship:State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo
Residency:University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Medical School:University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT – MD
Undergraduate Degree:University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT – BS in Biological Chemistry
Professional Associations:American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Adjunct Professor, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Washoe County Medical Society


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 his undergraduate degree and medical school at the University of Utah. He went on to complete a five-year orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he served as Chief Resident and Orthopedic House Staff Counsel Representative. While there, he was awarded Emergency Room Consultant of the Year and was 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 is fascinated by upper extremity anatomy and understands how important proper function is to ensuring a person's quality of life.

Dr. Lilyquist practices with the most current techniques in total shoulder replacements, and has specialized training in reverse total shoulder and resurfacing total shoulder replacement surgeries. Currently, he is working on a tendon sparing total shoulder technique to decrease recovery time and improve post operative strength. Unique treatments he brings to the Reno area include joint replacement surgery for thumb arthritis and state-of-the-art intramedullary fixation techniques for the wrist and shoulder. These techniques allow for faster recovery and the ability for patients to return to the activities they enjoy. 

Other specialized treatments he offers include Xiaflex injections for in-office nonsurgical treatment of Dupuytren's contracture, minimally invasive endoscopic carpal tunnel release and "wide awake" surgeries of the hand. He is one of a limited number of surgeons in the nation specializing in total elbow replacements. 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 limiting them. He then works with the patient and referring doctor to map out the best course of treatment. 

His commitment to community hasn’t wavered since his Eagle Scout days. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, guiding residents in their training and was named Outstanding Community Preceptor in 2019. At different times in his life, he has volunteered his services for ski patrol, instructor of advanced wilderness medicine, outdoor emergency care, and used his fluency in Spanish to act as an interpreter at various medical facilities.

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 enjoys exploring the Nevada outdoors with his family.

An article by Dr. Lilyquist, "Treatment Comfort Zone," was published in the Cotober 2020 issue of Perspectives, on the American Society for Surgery of the Hand website.

2 years ago- Dr Lilyquist did my right hand surgery - 2 at the same time, actually! Excellent for recovery time. My hand looks great, scar is barely noticeable and I’m very close to having full use. It’s only been just over 3 months! He’s just brilliant! I use the new physical therapy office upstairs for post-op occupational therapy - Cindy Hartman is my hand therapist and I couldn’t have gotten a better therapist! She is just wonderful to work with. I had severe hypersensitivity when I started with her and she has gotten me through this with very innovative treatments! Also, excellent staff here. At both offices. Highly recommended.
Debi Russell
Dr. Lilyquist is literally the nicest doctor who ever has attended me. And I know my situation is frustrating for all of the medical personnel I see, but he still is the most compassionate and calming.
The endoscopic bilateral carpal tunnel release is wonderful. I am getting full functionality again. Thank you, Dr. Lilyquist.
Dr. Lilyquist is absolutely the best orthopedic surgeon in Reno. My whole family loves him! He takes the time to listen to concerns and answer questions and educate the patient. I never feel rushed. His staff is also amazing. He performed surgery on my arm and the entire process went so smoothly. Dr. Lilyquist does impeccable work. And he goes above and beyond—he took an x-ray of my arm and discovered I had some issues with my shoulder as well. He gave me exercises to do at home to help strengthen my shoulder! So grateful for amazing doctors like Dr. Lilyquist! He really cares about the patient. You will not just be another number to him. He's the best.
Julie Riley
It was our absolute pleasure to be treated by Dr. Liliquis for the 2nd time this year with our 17 year old son. The first time was a finger fracture, and the second time was a more serious fracture of his ankle, of which he preformed a flawless surgery. hen my son was getting prepped for surgery, EVERY Dr. and nurse that entered the room whispered "oh you got the BEST Dr". He exhibits such a wonderful bedside manor and treats every patient like he "has all the time in the world". He answers questions and concerns with compassion and skill. Both of my son's injuries impacted his basketball season's and Dr. Liliquist took special care to help him get back playing quickly and with confidence. We felt lucky to be in his care and will wholeheartedly recommend anyone looking for the best.
Denice Myres Rasmussen
Dr. Lilyquist has the best bedside manner and did a great job with my 5-year-old daughter (the patient). He involved her in the treatment and let her be involved in the decisions. He is a fabulous doctor!
Good stuff! Dr. Lilyquist was great. The appointment started rolling a few minutes after expected, but once they called me back it was profoundly efficient. I'm pleased.
Patrick H.
I had wrist surgery (Left Scaphoid Excision with 4- Bone Fusion). Dr. Micheal Lilyquist, Great Basin Orthopaedics was my surgeon. He provided the best medical services possible. He not only a great surgeon, but he is very professional and very caring. He answered every question I had about the surgery, as well as my expectations after surgery.
William S.
Dr. Lilyquist is not only a great Doctor, but a great guy also..!! The staff are very friendly, and ready to assist in any way..!! I am breaking records in my recovery time, from a below the knee amputation, due to the fantastic job in surgery by Dr. Lilyquist..!! Now I have a shoulder that will probably need surgery, and there is no other doctor, I would even consider..!!
Ken Hampton
Dr. Lilyquist has always been very caring and kind. And I never feel like he is rushing to see his next patient. I will highly recommend him to anyone I know that would require his service.
Not only Dr Lilyquist, but the entire staff at Great Basin Orthopedics, is amazing. The care, respect and service is well worth the trip into Reno. From the check in desk to check out, everyone ensures your comfort and care are taken care of. I can’t even begin to say how wonderful it is to have your doctor not only appear to care about you and your situation, but actually show it as well! Dr Lilyquist is just that doctor and, in my opinion, he’s just wonderful from the first meeting to post op and beyond. I can’t thank him nor his staff enough!
Jacque W
Never have I experienced great customer service from start to finish, until now. From the first phone contact to my leaving, everyone, from physicians to staff were respectful, courteous and considerate. Dr. Thomas Fyda saw me first, then Dr. Michael Lilyquist, both of whom were personable, professional and compassionate. They each took time to explain everything, from surgical options to recovery.
A.B. S.
Dr. Lilyquist performed a delicate procedure to remove a cyst from my wrist after a surgeon at another orthopaedic group had attempted the surgery, but closed me up before finishing when the problem looked to be potentially more severe than first indicated. Dr. Lilyquist, the staff at GBO, and the pre- and post-op folks at Renown S. Meadows were all engaged, caring and terrific. High marks across the board. Thanks, Dr. Lilyquist!
Chad Norton
Dr. Lilyquist was extremely knowledgeable and very compassionate. I have had several "not so pleasant" doctors and staff up until this point. I would highly recommend Dr. Lilyquist and his support staff! Such a refreshing change from being treated like a number and rushed to get my appointment over with as I have with other doctors and their staff.
I appreciate that Dr. Lilyquist and his team were attentive and respectful. He looked at me directly while explaining everything and made sure I was not nervous.
Dr. Lilyquist did a total replacement on my right shoulder. He was courteous and respectful from the moment we met. He fully explained the procedure with photographs and made certain that I understood what I would be undergoing. The surgery went well and my recovery was quick and relatively as expected. I recommend him to any and all who are searching for a professional surgeon in whom they can have confidence. Thank you, Dr. Lilyquist
Judy Fanetti