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B. Israel Yahuaca, M.D.

B. Israel Yahuaca, M.D.

fellowship-trained & board certified Shoulder & elbow surgeon

Dr. B. Israel Yahuaca is a fellowship-trained orthopedic shoulder surgeon serving patients in Michigan City, Indiana. He has undergone extensive surgical training and specializes in treating injuries and conditions of the shoulder and elbow, as well as the wrist, hand, ankle, and knee. Dr. Yahuaca also treats traumatic orthopedic injuries, such as fractures.

His expertise includes total shoulder replacement, reverse shoulder replacement, complex revision shoulder replacement, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, complex rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic instability repair, and elbow surgery. In his practice, Dr. Yahuaca's number-one goal is to provide his patients with the compassionate orthopedic care they need to get back to their highest level of function.

After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from the University of Illinois in Chicago, Dr. Yahuaca attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, graduating with his Doctor of Medicine degree. He completed a general surgery internship and his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia. Following his residency, Dr. Yahuaca underwent additional training through a shoulder and elbow surgery fellowship at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute in Tampa.

Dr. Yahuaca is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Yahuaca also participates in multiple mentoring platforms, and serves on scholarship committees, with focus on increasing the number of under represented minorities in medicine and in particular in the field of orthopedics.

When Dr. Yahuaca is not seeing patients, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching and participating in mixed martial arts, playing volleyball, doing carpentry, and sketching and painting. Dr. Yahuaca is also bilingual in Spanish.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, IL
  • General Surgery Internship: University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
    • Department of Orthopedic Surgery Barry J. Gainor MD Resident Award in Education
    • Outstanding Orthopedic Resident Award
    • Lynn O. Litton MD Resident Award for Academic Excellence
  • Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowship: Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Tampa, FL


Professional Associations

Hospital/Surgery Center Affiliations

  • Franciscan Health Michigan City
  • Woodland Surgery Center


  • 2021 St. Luke Award Recipient

    The award recognizes physicians who have an outstanding rapport with nurses, patients and their families; show respect for the nursing profession; provide education and act as a resource to staff; serve as a role model; and exhibit a team approach to care.

  • 2018 Lynn O. Litton MD Resident Award for Academic Excellence

    The award is given to the graduating resident who best exemplifies the professionalism and academic excellence that defined Lynn O. Litton, MD.

  • 2018 Barry J. Gainor MD Resident Award in Education

    The award is given to the resident who demonstrates the best teaching qualities and abilities and most exemplifies Dr. Gainor.

  • 2017 Outstanding Orthopaedic Resident Award

    The award recognizes a senior orthopaedic resident who exemplifies outstanding interdisciplinary communication, patient- and family-centered care, collaboration, and the principles of professionalism.

Research & Publications

  • 2012- 2014 Self-Reported Injury Patterns In Mixed Martial Arts Fighters.Tudor, Gregory, MD. Hafner, John, MD. Ross, David, DO. Yahuaca, Bernardo Israel, M3. Peoria, IL
  • 2016-2017 Ch. 23; Surgical Management of Capsulolabral and Rotator Cuff Injuries in Throwing Athletes. Seth L. Sherman, MD, B. Israel Yahuaca, MD, Derek Stokes, Jeffrey Freyder, MD, Patrick A. Smith, MD
  • Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in Athletes: Prevention, Treatment, and Return to Sport. Robert A. Arciero, Frank A. Cordasco and Matthew T Provencher.
  • 2016-2018 Safety and efficacy of hyperosmolar irrigation solution in shoulder arthroscopy. Nicholas Capito, M.D., James Cook, D.V.M., Ph.D. B.Israel Yahuaca MD, Seth Sherman, M.D.,Jonathan Fech,B.S., Marie Capito, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., Matthew Smith, M.D.
  • 2018 Superior capsular reconstruction: Who, what, and when? Primary care physician newsletter 2018 Tampa, FL. B. Israel Yahuaca MD,Mark Mighell MD.
  • 2019 Chronic distal biceps repair with allograft reconstruction: Outcomes. B. Israel Yahuaca MD, Benjamin Lindbloom MD, Allen Gorman MD, Mark Mighell MD.
  • 2019 Acute surgical management of proximal humerus fracture;ORIF vs Hemiarthroplasty vs Reverse shoulder arthroplasty. B. Israel Yahuaca, MD; Shaan Patel, MD; Kaitlyn N. Christmas, BS, CCRC; Peter Simon, PhD; Mark A. Mighell, MD; Mark A. Frankle, MD
B. Israel Yahuaca, M.D.
  • 1225 E Coolspring Ave
    Suite 200

    Michigan City, IN 46360

  • 770 Indian Boundary Road
    Suite 202

    Chesterton, IN 46304

Michigan City Office
1225 E Coolspring Ave
Suite 200, Michigan City, IN 46360

Chesterton Office
770 Indian Boundary Road
Suite 202, Chesterton, IN 46304

Mon - Thur: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Fri: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sat & Sun Closed