Eldin Karaikovic, M.D., Ph.D.

Eldin Karaikovic, MD , Orthopedic Surgeon

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago
Instructor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Eldin Karaikovic, M.D., Ph.D., started his practice in 2002, after graduating from the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia. As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, he specializes in pediatric and adult spinal deformities, short segment fixation for scoliosis and thoracolumbar fractures, kyphoplasty, artificial discs, and herniated cervical and lumbar discs. Since joining the team at NorthShore University HealthSystem, Dr. Karaikovic has operated on hundreds of patients and earned the Most Dynamic Practice Award for patient loyalty as well as numerous CARE Awards for Excellence in Patient Care.

Dr. Karaikovic also travels the world, training surgeons at highly respected medical centers as well as surgeons at local hospitals in developing world countries. He is one of a handful of surgeons in the United States capable of conducting a technique called short segment spinal instrumentation and fusion surgery. The innovative technique is used to treat adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, a condition that, if left untreated, can lead to sometimes life-threatening medical problems.

Following medical school, Dr. Karaikovic—fluent in English, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian—came to the United States. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship in adult and pediatric spine orthopedics at the University of Missouri, as well as another fellowship in orthopedic trauma at New York University.

In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Karaikovic also conducts research. He focuses on biomechanical studies on spinal instrumentations, such as cervical pedicle screws, and post-graduate teaching. He has co-authored more than 30 papers and book chapters, given more than 90 presentations and been an invited speaker more than 60 times.

Year Started Practice

Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Orthopedic trauma

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Pediatric and adult spinal deformities
  • Short segment fixation for scoliosis and thoracolumbar fractures
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Artificial discs
  • Herniated cervical and lumbar discs
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Sarajevo, Bosnia
  • Internship: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Residency: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Fellowship: New York University, NY (Orthopedic Trauma)
  • Fellowship: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO (Spine)