Michael B. Lilyquist, MD

Michael B. Lilyquist, MD

Training Highlights
  • 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 says he’s fascinated by the anatomy, but also understands how important this area of the body is to 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 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 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 using 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.