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Spine, Neck & Back Specialists

Thomas A. McNally, M.D., Medical Director, Chicago Spine Center at Weiss

Thomas A. McNally, M.D., Medical Director, Chicago Spine Center at Weiss

  • Medical Director, Chicago Spine Center at Weiss
    Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

    After graduating from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Thomas A. McNally completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He is fellowship trained at Rush University Medical Center in comprehensive spinal care, the University of Chicago in minimally invasive spine procedures and Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Chicago for pediatric spine and scoliosis management.

    Dr. McNally is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Scoliosis Research Society. He is a member of the North American Spine Society. Dr. McNally is an expert in non-operative and operative care of the spine. He utilizes a team approach to provide his patients with the best support for all aspects of their spine health management.

    Year Started Practice
    2002

    Clinical Specialties

    • Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery

    Board Certifications

    • Orthopaedic Surgery

    Special Interests

    • Adult reconstructions
    • Pediatric and adult scoliosis
    • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Disc herniation
    • Spinal stenosis
    • Adult spine surgery
    • Cervical spine
    • Pediatric spine surgery
    • Thoracolumbar spine
    • Kyphosis
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Workers compensation

    Medical Training

    • Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
    • Internship: University of Chicago Hospitals-Orthopaedic
    • Residency: University of Chicago Hospitals-Spinal
    • Fellowship: University of Chicago Hospitals-Spinal
    • Fellowship: Rush University Medical Center-Spinal
    • Fellowship: Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Chicago

    In the News
    Thomas A. McNally, M.D., Medical Director of the Chicago Spine Center at Weiss, discusses new spine surgery technologies and those spine techniques that have outlived their usefulness on Becker’s Spine Review. Read the article.

    Thomas A. McNally, M.D., Medical Director of the Chicago Spine Center at Weiss, shares his advice for growing professionally as a spine surgeon, on Becker’s Spine Review.Thomas A. McNally, M.D., Medical Director of the Chicago Spine Center at Weiss, shares the best news he receives – that his patients are doing well after surgery, on Becker’s Spine Review.

    Thomas A. McNally, M.D., Medical Director of the Chicago Spine Center at Weiss, discusses the biggest barriers to spine surgery innovation in 2016 on Becker’s Spine Review.

    Thomas A. McNally, M.D., Medical Director of the Chicago Spine Center at Weiss, discusses how he relaxes at the workday’s end, and why he feels it’s important to balance work and family life, as seen on Becker’s Spine Review.

    Thomas A. McNally, M.D., Medical Director of the Chicago Spine Center at Weiss, discusses what is most exciting in spine care for 2016, as seen on Becker’s Spine Review.

    Thomas A. McNally, M.D., Medical Director of the Chicago Spine Center at Weiss, discusses the most significant innovations in spine care, as seen on Becker’s Spine Review.

    Thomas A. McNally, M.D., Medical Director of the Chicago Spine Center at Weiss, discusses ways to improve patient care, as seen on Becker’s Spine Review.

Robert Erickson, M.D.

Robert Erickson, M.D.

Neurosurgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Robert Erickson, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of adult and pediatric neurosurgical patients. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern University and completed his residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals. His special interests include complex and minimally invasive spinal surgery, cerebral aneurysms, brain and spine tumors, chiari malformations, trigeminal neuralgia, and hydrocephalus.

Clinical Specialty

  • Neurological Surgery

Board Certification

  • Neurological Surgery

Special Interests

  • Complex and minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Brain and spine tumors
  • Chiari malformations
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Adult and pediatric neurosurgical patients

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Northwestern University
  • Residency: University of Chicago Hospitals

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

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

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of ChicagoInstructor, University of Illinois at ChicagoEldin 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
2002Clinical 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)

Knee Specialists

Henry Finn, M.D., Medical Director, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Henry Finn, M.D., Medical Director, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Medical Director, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Chairman of Surgery, Weiss Memorial Hospital

Medical Director, Bone and Joint Center at Weiss
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Chicago

Henry A. Finn, M.D., F.A.C.S., is internationally recognized for his skill in hip and knee replacement surgery. With more than 25 years of experience in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Finn specializes in adult reconstructive surgery and has led approximately 10,000 surgical procedures. He is also a leader in devising and applying the latest techniques, including contemporary minimally invasive and rapid-recovery approaches, advanced analgesic techniques, cosmetic wound closure, partial knee replacement and hip resurfacing. In addition to performing hundreds of joint replacements each year, he has combined his knowledge of surgical oncology and joint replacement surgery, prosthetic design, allograft transplantation and soft-tissue reconstruction to address the most difficult “limb salvage” adult orthopedic reconstructive problems affecting the hip and knee.

Dr. Finn was twice listed among America’s Top doctors in Orthopaedic Surgery and Joint Replacement in the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s Guide to America’s Top doctors. Dr. Finn also has received numerous times the distinguished honor from his peers of being named in “Chicago’s Top Doctors” in Chicago magazine.

Many of the devices that Dr. Finn has invented are in wide use at major medical centers in the United States and abroad. He is the designer of the Finn Knee™ System, which is utilized for reconstruction of knees with difficult problems. The Finn Knee™ was recognized as one of the most significant advancements in the field of orthopedics in the last century in the millennium edition of Orthopedics Today, as well as by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as one of the more notable orthopedic innovations in the 75 years of their existence.

Year Started Practice
1986

Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Research Interests

  • Prosthetic design for hip and knee replacement
  • Cementless total hip replacement
  • Skeletal reconstruction for metastatic carcinoma
  • Limb salvage for cancer and limb threatening non-oncologic problems

Special Interests

  • Joint replacement, revision total joint replacement
  • Trauma, bone-cancer metastatic, arthritis
  • Lower extremity surgery, infections, deformities
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Internship: Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency: Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Fellowship: Orthopaedic Oncology, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL

In The News

CCO Medical Director, Henry Finn, M.D., often appears in the news. Following are some recent media appearances:

Henry Finn, M.D., recently helped one man get his life back through knee revision surgery. The build up of extensive scar tissue – called arthrofibrosis – resulted after nine prior surgeries. Read the article on NWITimes.com.

Henry Finn, M.D., discusses the most exciting opportunities for total joint replacement surgeons today. Read the article on Becker’s Orthopedic Review.

With the improvements in technology, recovery, and longevity of today’s implants, many people are getting knee replacements at a younger age to improve quality of life. Watch Henry Finn, M.D., discuss the advances in knee replacement surgery on CNN Health.

Henry Finn, M.D., is featured in The Wall Street Journal video news segment dedicated to new treatment options to prevent and treat arthrofibrosis—the build up of scar tissue—after knee replacement surgery. Watch the video and read the article.

Henry Finn, M.D., discusses a revolutionary hip reconstruction that completely eliminated his patient’s unbearable pain, featured onseveral publications’ websites. Read the article.

Henry Finn, M.D., discusses the risks and benefits of total joint replacement in the management of RA, featured on MedPageToday.com. Read the article.

Henry Finn, M.D., was recently featured on several television news and health segments, discussing the unexpected consequences from hip surgery: uneven limbs.View the segments:

Jeffrey Ackerman, M.D.

Jeffrey Ackerman, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Dr. Jeffrey Ackerman is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee reconstruction and hip preservation. Fellowship trained in complex primary and revision hip and knee replacement procedures, he performs minimally invasive anterior and posterior approach hip replacements. Dr. Ackerman is one of few surgeons trained in hip arthroscopy and open pelvic osteotomy surgery.

Dr. Ackerman treats adolescents, young adults, and athletes with hip disorders including acetabular labral tear, femoroacetabular impingement problems, hip dysplasia, avascular necrosis and sequelae of pediatric hip problems.

A native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, Dr. Ackerman graduated from The University of Michigan and The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine with honors. He completed his residency at William Beaumont Hospital, where he was elected Chief Resident by his colleagues. He completed fellowship training at Washington University in Saint Louis, one of the nation’s top orthopedic centers in adult reconstruction, hip preservation and resurfacing.

Dr. Ackerman believes in the comprehensive care of his patients by providing the highest level of individualized care. He presents all available treatment options, including nonsurgical and surgical procedures to improve patients’ overall health and activity.

Serving as a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Dr. Ackerman published several scientific publications and serves as editorial reviewer for the Journal of Arthroplasty.

Clinical Specialty
• Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certification
• Orthopedic Surgery

Special Interests
• Orthopedic surgery
• Hip and knee reconstruction
• Hip Preservation
• Hip disorders
• Acetabular labral tear
• Femoroacetabular impingement
• Hip dysplasia
• Vascular necrosis
• Pediatric hip problems

Medical Training
• Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine
• Residency: William Beaumont Hospital
• Fellowship: Washington University – St. Louis

James Cohen, M.D.

James Cohen, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Illinois at ChicagoJames Cohen, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Cohen completed his orthopedic residency at Michael Reese Hospital and fellowship at the Rothman Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical Center, where he also completed an internship. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is highly experienced in arthroscopic techniques as well as joint replacement. Dr. Cohen is an avid runner and has completed numerous marathons, including the Chicago and Boston marathons.

Year Started Practice
1988

Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Total joint replacement
  • Shoulder reconstruction
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Pennsylvania Hospital, Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Yasser Farid, M.D., Ph.D.

Yasser Farid, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Chicago Bone Metastases Center
Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics, University of Illinois at Chicago An award-winning researcher and lecturer, Yasser Farid, M.D., Ph.D., specializes in adult reconstructive surgery, revision arthroplasty, treatment of infected joints, orthopedic oncology (including pelvic and extremity tumors, and metastatic disease) and traumatology. He began his practice in 2003 as an Associate Lecturer of Orthopedic Oncology at the Center for Preservation and Transplantation of Musculoskeletal Tissues, at Cairo University Hospitals in Egypt. There, he performed musculoskeletal tumor resections and reconstructions using grafts, allografts, endoprostheses and composites. Listed most recently in the Who’s Who in the World 2010 edition, Dr. Farid has authored several research papers and presentations. In 2000, Cairo University awarded him a grant to conduct a clinical research fellowship in orthopedic oncology at Harvard University, and in 2002 the United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service awarded him 0-1 status as an “Alien of Extraordinary Ability and Achievements. “Dr. Farid earned his medical and doctoral degrees at Cairo University. He then completed multiple fellowships at Harvard University Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Chicago. Dr. Farid speaks English and Arabic. Year Started Practice
2003Clinical Specialties

  • Hip and knee replacement
  • Arthroplasty/Revision
  • Infected total joints
  • Metastatic disease
  • Orthopedic oncology
  • Traumatology

Special Interests

  • Hip and knee replacement, revision arthroplasty and treatment of infected total joints
  • Orthopedic oncology, including pelvic and extremity tumors, and metastatic disease and bone cancer
  • Traumatology, especially pelvic and acetabular fractures
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt (M.D. and Ph.D.)
  • Internship: Cairo University Hospitals, Cairo, Egypt
  • Residency: Cairo University Hospitals, Cairo, Egypt
  • Fellowship: Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA (Orthopedic Oncology)
  • Fellowship: University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (Orthopedic Oncology)
  • Fellowship: University of Chicago, IL (Adult Reconstructive Surgery)

In the News

Yasser Farid, MD, director of the Chicago Bone Metastases Center and orthopedic surgeon at the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss discusses the latest techniques and instruments being used for total joint replacements. Read more on Becker’s Orthopedic Review.

Learn more about Yasser Farid, MD, PhD, director of the Chicago Bone Metastases Center and a practicing surgeon at the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss Memorial Hospital, as seen on Becker’s Orthopedic Review.

Mark Gonzalez, M.D.

Mark Gonzalez, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Professor, Department Head of Orthopaedics, University of Illinois at Chicago

Mark Gonzalez, M.D., is a Professor and Department Head of Orthopaedics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He specializes in hand surgery, microsurgery and joint reconstruction.

Dr. Gonzalez graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and earned his M.D. from the University of Chicago. He completed his surgical internship and orthopedic residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, followed by fellowships in hand surgery at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and University of Louisville in Kentucky. He also completed a fellowship in joint replacement at Ohio State University. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, with an added qualification in hand surgery.

Dr. Gonzalez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the Musculoskeletal Infection Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has published more than 100 abstracts, book chapters and articles. In addition, he has a master’s degree in engineering.
Year Started Practice
1988

Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Hand surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Hip and knee replacement
  • Hand surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Joint reconstruction
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Chicago, IL
  • Internship: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Blodgett Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Fellowship: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Fellowship: University of Louisville, KY

Gabriel S. Levi, M.D.

Gabriel S. Levi, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Gabriel S. Levi, M.D., is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who completed his training in joint reconstruction and sports medicine at the world-renowned Insall Scott Kelly Institute in New York, NY.

Dr. Levi completed his medical school training and residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His specialty training is in joint replacement and arthroscopy of the knee, hip and shoulder. He has a special interest in joint replacement and restoration, which includes various treatment methods for cartilage injuries.

Dr. Levi’s practice at the Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Centers utilizes state-of-the-art orthopedic techniques and a fully staffed physical therapy department. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

Year Started Practice
2010

Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports medicine

Special Interests

  • Joint replacement and reconstruction
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Knee and hip restoration and preservation
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Insall Scott Kelly Institute, New York, NY (Joint Reconstruction and Sports Medicine)

Roberto Levi, M.D.

Roberto Levi, M.D.

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

Roberto Levi, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He trained in orthopedic surgery in the Jewish Hospital in Buenos Aires and then immigrated to the United States, where he received additional training in Orthopedic Surgery at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He completed his residency training in orthopedic surgery at Michael Reese Hospital. Since then, he has been practicing as an orthopedic surgeon in the Chicago area.

Dr. Levi has devoted his entire career to the practice of general orthopedics, and currently performs arthroscopic surgeries, joint replacements, treatment of fractures and surgery of the hands, feet and ankles. Dr. Levi’s practice, the Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Centers, utilizes state-of-the-art orthopedic techniques and a fully staffed physical therapy department. His first language is Spanish, but he also speaks English, French and Italian.

Year Started Practice
1978

Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Shoulder, hand and knee surgery
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Internship: Sinai Hospital, Detroit, MI
    Hospital Israelita, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Residency: Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Durand Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Hand Surgery)

Chadwick Prodromos, M.D.

Chadwick Prodromos, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Chadwick Prodromos, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and knee surgery, stem cell and platelet rich plasma treatment of arthritis, and sports injuries and alternatives to knee and shoulder replacement.

Dr. Prodromos graduated with a bachelor’s degree with honors in biology from Princeton University and earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School. He completed his surgical internship at the University of Chicago and his orthopedic residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, followed by an orthopedic and sports medicine fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Mass General Hospital.

Although Dr. Prodromos maintains a busy surgical practice with excellent published surgical outcomes and publishes frequently on surgical techniques – some of which he has developed – he believes surgery should only be used as a last resort if non-surgical means have failed. To that end, Dr. Prodromos has extensive successful experience using the patient’s own growth factors and anti-inflammatory cytokines in the form of PRP and stem cell treatments as successful alternatives to surgical treatment, and especially as an alternative to surgical joint replacement.

Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Knee ACL surgery
  • Knee cartilage surgery
  • Shoulder rotator cuff surgery
  • Shoulder labrum surgery
  • Other knee and shoulder surgery
  • Stem cell and platelet rich plasma treatment of arthritis and sports injuries
  • Alternatives to knee and shoulder replacement


Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Regenerative medicine


Research Interests

  • The Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Slap (labrum) lesions of the shoulder
  • Stem cell and PRP treatment of arthritis
  • PRP treatment of partial rotator cuff tears
  • Low level laser therapy for arthritis
  • High tibial osteotomy
  • Knee distraction arthroplasty
  • Nutritional supplements for arthritis as alternatives to drugs
  • Non-surgical treatment of biceps disorders of the shoulder


Special Interests

  • ACL, cartilage, rotator cuff and labrum disorders
  • Stem Cell and PRP non-surgical treatment as alternatives to joint replacement and also for rotator cuff and other tendon disorders


Medical Training

Medical School: Johns Hopkins Medical School
Internship: University of Chicago
Residency: Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center
Fellowship: Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Mass General Hospital

Peter Snitovsky, M.D.

Peter Snitovsky, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Peter Snitovsky, M.D., specializes in orthopedic surgery and hand surgery. Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in both, he began practicing in 2003. He is currently a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Snitovsky’s clinical interests include the upper extremities and hand surgery. However, he provides all orthopedic services including arthroscopy, joint replacement and reconstructive surgery, and speaks English, French, Spanish, Hebrew and Polish.

Dr. Snitovsky earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and went on to complete an internship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He served his residency at New York Medical College and his fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center, also in New York.

Year Started Practice
2003

Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Hand surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Hand surgery

Special Interests

  • Upper extremity
  • Hand surgery
  • Knee replacement
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
  • Residency: New York Medical College, Westchester County, NY
  • Fellowship: Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY

Craig Westin, M.D.

Craig Westin, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Craig Westin, M.D., is actively involved in the treatment of professional and Olympic athletes. He is a team doctor with the U.S. Figure Skating Team and has traveled with the U.S. team as far away as China and Russia and is the personal orthopedic surgeon for Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist, Sasha Cohen.

After his orthopedic training at Harvard and a sports medicine fellowship in Europe, Dr. Westin moved to Utah to run the ski clinic at the Alta and Snowbird ski resorts. He says, “There is no other orthopedic practice in the world that could have provided more experience with torn ACLs and injured shoulders than Snowbird.” After 17 years at Snowbird and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Dr. Westin moved to Chicago.

Dr. Westin uses many nonoperative treatments to help his patients recover, including physical therapy, injections, braces, orthotics and other rehabilitation techniques, all of which can provide dramatic improvement for many conditions.

If surgery is needed, Dr. Westin uses the latest arthroscopic techniques to repair joints without large incisions or an overnight stay in the hospital. He has special expertise in reconstruction of ACL tears and kneecap problems. He is a Carticel Certified Surgeon for cartilage repair.

Year Started Practice
1985

Clinical Specialties

  • Sports medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Knee Problems
  • Torn cartilage
  • Torn ligaments or unstable knees
  • Kneecap pain or grinding
  • Arthritis: mild or severe
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Dislocations
  • Tendonitis
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
  • Residency: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Residency: Harvard University, Boston, MA (Orthopedics)
  • Fellowship: Harvard University Cave Traveling, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany (Sports Medicine)

In the News

Craig Westin, M.D., discusses common ACL and MCL knee injuries in athletes. Read the story on Chicago Health.

Craig Westin, M.D., was recently featured in North Shore Weekend about his role as orthopedic consultant for the U.S. Figure Skating Team in Sochi. Read the article.

Craig Westin, M.D., received special recognition from The Winnetka Current for his trip to Sochi to support the U.S. Figure Skating Team. Read the article.

Craig Westin, M.D., was recently interviewed on an NBC 5 Health News segment about his role in the Olympic games in Sochi. View the segment on NBC 5 Health News.

Craig Westin, M.D., discusses injury recovery secrets from behind the scenes at the Joffrey Ballet, on Healthbeat, ABC News at 10 pm. View the segment on ABC News.

Preston Wolin, M.D.

Preston Wolin, M.D.

Surgeon/Director of Sports Medicine, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Director of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago

Preston Wolin, M.D., is the director and founder of the Center for Athletic Medicine, Ltd. Founded in 1991, the center provides multispecialty care to every level of athlete, from children to professionals.

Dr. Wolin has served as a team doctor for DePaul University, Loyola University, University of Illinois at Chicago, the Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer), United States Soccer National Men’s and Women’s Teams and the Windy City ThunderBolts (Frontier League in Professional Baseball). He is also the team doctor for Robert Morris University, St. Rita High School, St. Ignatius College Prep and Chicago State University.

A founding member of the Illinois State High School Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, Dr. Wolin also has been Vice President of the Conference USA Medical Committee and a consultant to the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also has a subspecialty certificate in sports medicine from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

With considerable expertise in workers’ compensation, Dr. Wolin is consulted by workers’ and employers’ attorneys. He has spoken before many workers’ compensation groups, including insurance adjustors, nurse case managers and attorneys. He has served as Chairman of the Illinois State Medical Society’s Workers Compensation Task Force.

Dr. Wolin is the Director of Sports Medicine and Director of Workers Compensation at Weiss Memorial Hospital.

Year Started Practice
1984

Clinical Specialties

  • Sports medicine
  • Orthopedic surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Independent medical examiners

Special Interests

  • Injuries to athletes
  • Workers compensation injuries
  • Shoulder, knee, ankle and elbow injuries
  • Prevention of sports injuries

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Fellowship: Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

In the News

Dr. Preston Wolin discusses a recently performed meniscus transplant that enabled one young man to return to an active, pain-free life. Meniscus transplants are no longer considered experimental and could be a better alternative for younger patients. Learn more on Fox32Chicago.com.

Dr. Preston Wolin discusses arthroscopic surgery as an effective minimally invasive option for joint injuries. Read the article on Chicago Health.

Dr. Preston Wolin, director of sports medicine at the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss, has been a leading advocate for new IHSA pitch count limits. Read more about how baseball players and coaches are adjusting to the new rules on the Northwest Herald.Dr. Preston Wolin continues to discuss the new IHSA proposals on pitch-count limits and mandatory rest periods designed to help reduce the growing number of arm injuries among young baseball pitchers. Read the news stories:
WTTW Chicago Tonight
Chicago Tribune
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Dr. Preston Wolin discusses the new IHSA proposals on pitch-count limits and mandatory rest periods designed to help reduce the growing number of arm injuries among young baseball pitchers. Read the story on the Chicago Tribune.

Dr. Preston Wolin pushed IHSA to enact a pitch-count policy to decrease the number of injuries among young athletes. Read the story on DNAinfo.com.

Dr. Preston Wolin comments on the new 2017 pitch-count limit that intends to lessen overuse injuries among young pitchers. Read the story on ChicagoTribune.com.

Dr. Preston Wolin weighs in on the role of the IHSA in preventing a growing number of injuries sustained by youth in baseball, as seen on ChicagoTribune.com.

During a recent television interview, Dr. Wolin discussed PRP—platelet rich plasma—an innovative new way to repair athletes’ elbows without surgery. Watch “PRP Therapy” for the full story and interview.

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Hip Specialists

Henry Finn, M.D. , Medical Director, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Henry Finn, M.D. , Medical Director, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Medical Director, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Chairman of Surgery, Weiss Memorial Hospital

Medical Director, Bone and Joint Center at Weiss
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Chicago

Henry A. Finn, M.D., F.A.C.S., is internationally recognized for his skill in hip and knee replacement surgery. With more than 25 years of experience in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Finn specializes in adult reconstructive surgery and has led approximately 10,000 surgical procedures. He is also a leader in devising and applying the latest techniques, including contemporary minimally invasive and rapid-recovery approaches, advanced analgesic techniques, cosmetic wound closure, partial knee replacement and hip resurfacing. In addition to performing hundreds of joint replacements each year, he has combined his knowledge of surgical oncology and joint replacement surgery, prosthetic design, allograft transplantation and soft-tissue reconstruction to address the most difficult “limb salvage” adult orthopedic reconstructive problems affecting the hip and knee.

Dr. Finn was twice listed among America’s Top doctors in Orthopaedic Surgery and Joint Replacement in the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s Guide to America’s Top doctors. Dr. Finn also has received numerous times the distinguished honor from his peers of being named in “Chicago’s Top Doctors” in Chicago magazine.

Many of the devices that Dr. Finn has invented are in wide use at major medical centers in the United States and abroad. He is the designer of the Finn Knee™ System, which is utilized for reconstruction of knees with difficult problems. The Finn Knee™ was recognized as one of the most significant advancements in the field of orthopedics in the last century in the millennium edition of Orthopedics Today, as well as by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as one of the more notable orthopedic innovations in the 75 years of their existence.
Year Started Practice

1986
Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Research Interests

  • Prosthetic design for hip and knee replacement
  • Cementless total hip replacement
  • Skeletal reconstruction for metastatic carcinoma
  • Limb salvage for cancer and limb threatening non-oncologic problems

Special Interests

  • Joint replacement, revision total joint replacement
  • Trauma, bone-cancer metastatic, arthritis
  • Lower extremity surgery, infections, deformities
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Internship: Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency: Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Fellowship: Orthopaedic Oncology, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL

In The News

CCO Medical Director, Henry Finn, M.D., often appears in the news. Following are some recent media appearances:

Henry Finn, M.D., recently helped one man get his life back through knee revision surgery. The build up of extensive scar tissue – called arthrofibrosis – resulted after nine prior surgeries. Read the article on NWITimes.com.

Henry Finn, M.D., discusses the most exciting opportunities for total joint replacement surgeons today. Read the article on Becker’s Orthopedic Review.

With the improvements in technology, recovery, and longevity of today’s implants, many people are getting knee replacements at a younger age to improve quality of life. Watch Henry Finn, M.D., discuss the advances in knee replacement surgery on CNN Health.

Henry Finn, M.D., is featured in The Wall Street Journal video news segment dedicated to new treatment options to prevent and treat arthrofibrosis—the build up of scar tissue—after knee replacement surgery. Watch the video and read the article.

Henry Finn, M.D., discusses a revolutionary hip reconstruction that completely eliminated his patient’s unbearable pain, featured onseveral publications’ websites. Read the article.

Henry Finn, M.D., discusses the risks and benefits of total joint replacement in the management of RA, featured on MedPageToday.com. Read the article.

Henry Finn, M.D., was recently featured on several television news and health segments, discussing the unexpected consequences from hip surgery: uneven limbs.View the segments:

Henry Finn, M.D., discusses new ways to tackle failed joint replacements, on WGN TV Channel 9.View the segment.

Jeffrey Ackerman, M.D.

Jeffrey Ackerman, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Dr. Jeffrey Ackerman is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee reconstruction and hip preservation. Fellowship trained in complex primary and revision hip and knee replacement procedures, he performs minimally invasive anterior and posterior approach hip replacements. Dr. Ackerman is one of few surgeons trained in hip arthroscopy and open pelvic osteotomy surgery.

Dr. Ackerman treats adolescents, young adults, and athletes with hip disorders including acetabular labral tear, femoroacetabular impingement problems, hip dysplasia, avascular necrosis and sequelae of pediatric hip problems.

A native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, Dr. Ackerman graduated from The University of Michigan and The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine with honors. He completed his residency at William Beaumont Hospital, where he was elected Chief Resident by his colleagues. He completed fellowship training at Washington University in Saint Louis, one of the nation’s top orthopedic centers in adult reconstruction, hip preservation and resurfacing.

Dr. Ackerman believes in the comprehensive care of his patients by providing the highest level of individualized care. He presents all available treatment options, including nonsurgical and surgical procedures to improve patients’ overall health and activity.

Serving as a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Dr. Ackerman published several scientific publications and serves as editorial reviewer for the Journal of Arthroplasty.

Clinical Specialty
• Orthopedic Surgery
Board Certification
• Orthopedic Surgery
Special Interests

• Orthopedic surgery
• Hip and knee reconstruction
• Hip Preservation
• Hip disorders
• Acetabular labral tear
• Femoroacetabular impingement
• Hip dysplasia
• Vascular necrosis
• Pediatric hip problems

Medical Training

• Medical School: University of Miami School of Medicine
• Residency: William Beaumont Hospital
• Fellowship: Washington University – St. Louis

James Cohen, M.D.

James Cohen, M.D.

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

James Cohen, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Cohen completed his orthopedic residency at Michael Reese Hospital and fellowship at the Rothman Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical Center, where he also completed an internship. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is highly experienced in arthroscopic techniques as well as joint replacement. Dr. Cohen is an avid runner and has completed numerous marathons, including the Chicago and Boston marathons.
Year Started Practice
1988
Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Total joint replacement
  • Shoulder reconstruction
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Pennsylvania Hospital, Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Yasser Farid, M.D., Ph.D.

Yasser Farid, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Chicago Bone Metastases Center
Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics, University of Illinois at Chicago

An award-winning researcher and lecturer, Yasser Farid, M.D., Ph.D., specializes in adult reconstructive surgery, revision arthroplasty, treatment of infected joints, orthopedic oncology (including pelvic and extremity tumors, and metastatic disease) and traumatology. He began his practice in 2003 as an Associate Lecturer of Orthopedic Oncology at the Center for Preservation and Transplantation of Musculoskeletal Tissues, at Cairo University Hospitals in Egypt. There, he performed musculoskeletal tumor resections and reconstructions using grafts, allografts, endoprostheses and composites.

Listed most recently in the Who’s Who in the World 2010 edition, Dr. Farid has authored several research papers and presentations. In 2000, Cairo University awarded him a grant to conduct a clinical research fellowship in orthopedic oncology at Harvard University, and in 2002 the United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service awarded him 0-1 status as an “Alien of Extraordinary Ability and Achievements.

“Dr. Farid earned his medical and doctoral degrees at Cairo University. He then completed multiple fellowships at Harvard University Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Chicago. Dr. Farid speaks English and Arabic.

Year Started Practice
2003
Clinical Specialties

  • Hip and knee replacement
  • Arthroplasty/Revision
  • Infected total joints
  • Metastatic disease
  • Orthopedic oncology
  • Traumatology

Special Interests

  • Hip and knee replacement, revision arthroplasty and treatment of infected total joints
  • Orthopedic oncology, including pelvic and extremity tumors, and metastatic disease and bone cancer
  • Traumatology, especially pelvic and acetabular fractures
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt (M.D. and Ph.D.)
  • Internship: Cairo University Hospitals, Cairo, Egypt
  • Residency: Cairo University Hospitals, Cairo, Egypt
  • Fellowship: Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA (Orthopedic Oncology)
  • Fellowship: University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (Orthopedic Oncology)
  • Fellowship: University of Chicago, IL (Adult Reconstructive Surgery)

In the News

Yasser Farid, MD, director of the Chicago Bone Metastases Center and orthopedic surgeon at the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss discusses the latest techniques and instruments being used for total joint replacements. Read more on Becker’s Orthopedic Review.

Learn more about Yasser Farid, MD, PhD, director of the Chicago Bone Metastases Center and a practicing surgeon at the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss Memorial Hospital, as seen on Becker’s Orthopedic Review.

Mark Gonzalez, M.D.

Mark Gonzalez, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Professor, Department Head of Orthopaedics, University of Illinois at ChicagoMark Gonzalez, M.D., is a Professor and Department Head of Orthopaedics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He specializes in hand surgery, microsurgery and joint reconstruction.Dr. Gonzalez graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and earned his M.D. from the University of Chicago. He completed his surgical internship and orthopedic residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, followed by fellowships in hand surgery at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and University of Louisville in Kentucky. He also completed a fellowship in joint replacement at Ohio State University. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, with an added qualification in hand surgery.Dr. Gonzalez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the Musculoskeletal Infection Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has published more than 100 abstracts, book chapters and articles. In addition, he has a master’s degree in engineering.Year Started Practice
1988Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Hand surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Hip and knee replacement
  • Hand surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Joint reconstruction
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Chicago, IL
  • Internship: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Blodgett Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Fellowship: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Fellowship: University of Louisville, KY

Upper Extremity (Shoulder & Elbow) Specialists

James Cohen, M.D.

Benjamin Goldberg, M.D.

Benjamin Goldberg, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Illinois at ChicagoBenjamin Goldberg, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He specializes in shoulder, elbow and knee surgery, as well as general orthopaedics, limb deformity and fracture care. He performs many upper extremity joint replacements as well as minimally invasive shoulder and elbow surgery.While earning his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University, Dr. Goldberg participated in the Honors Program in Medical Education, combining both programs into six years, and he received his B.S. and M.D. with distinction.Dr. Goldberg completed his surgical internship and orthopedic residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he won an American Orthopaedic Association Residency Award. He additionally had the highest scores in North America on the Orthopedic In-Training Examination (OITE), which measures knowledge among orthopedic surgery residents.After he completed his residency, Dr. Goldberg trained at the University of Washington, where he had advanced training in shoulder and elbow pathology. Additionally, he trained at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, as well as Lyon, France, where he trained with European shoulder experts and learned muscle transfers about the shoulder and reverse shoulder arthroplasty years before the procedure was FDA approved. Dr. Goldberg had additional training in Lecco, Italy, at the Ospidale di Lecco/ASAMI, which specialized in limb deformity correction, limb lengthening and complex fracture management. While in Lecco, he worked with the European pioneers of the Ilizarov method.Dr. Goldberg consults with the orthopaedic industry to design and improve orthopaedic implants, instruments, joint replacements and techniques of the shoulder and elbow. He has instructed orthopaedic surgeons in the surgical treatment of multiple conditions nationally and internationally. He was inducted into the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, which is the premier association of worldwide shoulder and elbow surgeons. Dr. Goldberg has contributed to or authored more than 50 publications and has presented at numerous national and international meetings. He is fluent in Spanish.Year Started Practice
1999Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Rotator cuff repairs without acromioplasty
  • Shoulder and elbow arthritis and joint replacement
  • Tendon transfers for severe weakness of the shoulder and elbow
  • Shoulder and elbow instability
  • Shoulder and elbow stiffness
  • Shoulder and elbow fracture management
  • Shoulder and elbow deformities, nonunion
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Fellowship: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
  • Fellowship: Ospidale di Lecco/ASAMI, Lecco, Italy
  • Fellowship: University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Roberto Levi, M.D.

Roberto Levi, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at ChicagoRoberto Levi, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who received his doctorate in medicine from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He trained in orthopedic surgery in the Jewish Hospital in Buenos Aires and then immigrated to the United States, where he received additional training in Orthopedic Surgery at Sinai Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He completed his residency training in orthopedic surgery at Michael Reese Hospital. Since then, he has been practicing as an orthopedic surgeon in the Chicago area.Dr. Levi has devoted his entire career to the practice of general orthopedics, and currently performs arthroscopic surgeries, joint replacements, treatment of fractures and surgery of the hands, feet and ankles. Dr. Levi’s practice, the Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Centers, utilizes state-of-the-art orthopedic techniques and a fully staffed physical therapy department. His first language is Spanish, but he also speaks English, French and Italian.Year Started Practice
1978Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Shoulder, hand and knee surgery
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Internship: Sinai Hospital, Detroit, MI
    Hospital Israelita, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Residency: Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Durand Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Hand Surgery)

Chadwick Prodromos, M.D.

Chadwick Prodromos, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Chadwick Prodromos, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and knee surgery, stem cell and platelet rich plasma treatment of arthritis, and sports injuries and alternatives to knee and shoulder replacement.

Dr. Prodromos graduated with a bachelor’s degree with honors in biology from Princeton University and earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School. He completed his surgical internship at the University of Chicago and his orthopedic residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, followed by an orthopedic and sports medicine fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Mass General Hospital.

Although Dr. Prodromos maintains a busy surgical practice with excellent published surgical outcomes and publishes frequently on surgical techniques – some of which he has developed – he believes surgery should only be used as a last resort if non-surgical means have failed. To that end, Dr. Prodromos has extensive successful experience using the patient’s own growth factors and anti-inflammatory cytokines in the form of PRP and stem cell treatments as successful alternatives to surgical treatment, and especially as an alternative to surgical joint replacement.

Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Knee ACL surgery
  • Knee cartilage surgery
  • Shoulder rotator cuff surgery
  • Shoulder labrum surgery
  • Other knee and shoulder surgery
  • Stem cell and platelet rich plasma treatment of arthritis and sports injuries
  • Alternatives to knee and shoulder replacement


Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Regenerative medicine


Research Interests

  • The Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Slap (labrum) lesions of the shoulder
  • Stem cell and PRP treatment of arthritis
  • PRP treatment of partial rotator cuff tears
  • Low level laser therapy for arthritis
  • High tibial osteotomy
  • Knee distraction arthroplasty
  • Nutritional supplements for arthritis as alternatives to drugs
  • Non-surgical treatment of biceps disorders of the shoulder


Special Interests

  • ACL, cartilage, rotator cuff and labrum disorders
  • Stem Cell and PRP non-surgical treatment as alternatives to joint replacement and also for rotator cuff and other tendon disorders


Medical Training

Medical School: Johns Hopkins Medical School
Internship: University of Chicago
Residency: Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center
Fellowship: Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Mass General Hospital

Peter Snitovsky, M.D.

Peter Snitovsky, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Peter Snitovsky, M.D., specializes in orthopedic surgery and hand surgery. Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in both, he began practicing in 2003. He is currently a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Snitovsky’s clinical interests include the upper extremities and hand surgery. However, he provides all orthopedic services including arthroscopy, joint replacement and reconstructive surgery, and speaks English, French, Spanish, Hebrew and Polish.

Dr. Snitovsky earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and went on to complete an internship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He served his residency at New York Medical College and his fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center, also in New York.

Year Started Practice
2003

Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Hand surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Hand surgery

Special Interests

  • Upper extremity
  • Hand surgery
  • Knee replacement
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
  • Residency: New York Medical College, Westchester County, NY
  • Fellowship: Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY

Craig Westin, M.D.

Craig Westin, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Craig Westin, M.D., is actively involved in the treatment of professional and Olympic athletes. He is a team doctor with the U.S. Figure Skating Team and has traveled with the U.S. team as far away as China and Russia and is the personal orthopedic surgeon for Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist, Sasha Cohen.

After his orthopedic training at Harvard and a sports medicine fellowship in Europe, Dr. Westin moved to Utah to run the ski clinic at the Alta and Snowbird ski resorts. He says, “There is no other orthopedic practice in the world that could have provided more experience with torn ACLs and injured shoulders than Snowbird.” After 17 years at Snowbird and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Dr. Westin moved to Chicago.

Dr. Westin uses many nonoperative treatments to help his patients recover, including physical therapy, injections, braces, orthotics and other rehabilitation techniques, all of which can provide dramatic improvement for many conditions.

If surgery is needed, Dr. Westin uses the latest arthroscopic techniques to repair joints without large incisions or an overnight stay in the hospital. He has special expertise in reconstruction of ACL tears and kneecap problems. He is a Carticel Certified Surgeon for cartilage repair.

Year Started Practice
1985

Clinical Specialties

  • Sports medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Knee Problems
  • Torn cartilage
  • Torn ligaments or unstable knees
  • Kneecap pain or grinding
  • Arthritis: mild or severe
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Dislocations
  • Tendonitis
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
  • Residency: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Residency: Harvard University, Boston, MA (Orthopedics)
  • Fellowship: Harvard University Cave Traveling, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany (Sports Medicine)

In the News

Craig Westin, M.D., discusses common ACL and MCL knee injuries in athletes. Read the story on Chicago Health.

Craig Westin, M.D., was recently featured in North Shore Weekend about his role as orthopedic consultant for the U.S. Figure Skating Team in Sochi. Read the article.

Craig Westin, M.D., received special recognition from The Winnetka Current for his trip to Sochi to support the U.S. Figure Skating Team. Read the article.

Craig Westin, M.D., was recently interviewed on an NBC 5 Health News segment about his role in the Olympic games in Sochi. View the segment on NBC 5 Health News.

Craig Westin, M.D., discusses injury recovery secrets from behind the scenes at the Joffrey Ballet, on Healthbeat, ABC News at 10 pm. View the segment on ABC News.

Preston Wolin, M.D.

Preston Wolin, M.D.

Surgeon/Director of Sports Medicine, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Director of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Illinois at ChicagoPreston Wolin, M.D., is the director and founder of the Center for Athletic Medicine, Ltd. Founded in 1991, the center provides multispecialty care to every level of athlete, from children to professionals.Dr. Wolin has served as a team doctor for DePaul University, Loyola University, University of Illinois at Chicago, the Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer), United States Soccer National Men’s and Women’s Teams and the Windy City ThunderBolts (Frontier League in Professional Baseball). He is also the team doctor for Robert Morris University, St. Rita High School, St. Ignatius College Prep and Chicago State University.A founding member of the Illinois State High School Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, Dr. Wolin also has been Vice President of the Conference USA Medical Committee and a consultant to the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also has a subspecialty certificate in sports medicine from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.With considerable expertise in workers’ compensation, Dr. Wolin is consulted by workers’ and employers’ attorneys. He has spoken before many workers’ compensation groups, including insurance adjustors, nurse case managers and attorneys. He has served as Chairman of the Illinois State Medical Society’s Workers Compensation Task Force.

Dr. Wolin is the Director of Sports Medicine and Director of Workers Compensation at Weiss Memorial Hospital.

Year Started Practice
1984

Clinical Specialties

  • Sports medicine
  • Orthopedic surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Independent medical examiners

Special Interests

  • Injuries to athletes
  • Workers compensation injuries
  • Shoulder, knee, ankle and elbow injuries
  • Prevention of sports injuries

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Fellowship: Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

In the News

Dr. Preston Wolin discusses a recently performed meniscus transplant that enabled one young man to return to an active, pain-free life. Meniscus transplants are no longer considered experimental and could be a better alternative for younger patients. Learn more on Fox32Chicago.com.

Dr. Preston Wolin discusses arthroscopic surgery as an effective minimally invasive option for joint injuries. Read the article on Chicago Health.

Dr. Preston Wolin, director of sports medicine at the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss, has been a leading advocate for new IHSA pitch count limits. Read more about how baseball players and coaches are adjusting to the new rules on the Northwest Herald.

Dr. Preston Wolin continues to discuss the new IHSA proposals on pitch-count limits and mandatory rest periods designed to help reduce the growing number of arm injuries among young baseball pitchers. Read the news stories:
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Chicago Tribune
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Dr. Preston Wolin, M.D., discusses the new IHSA proposals on pitch-count limits and mandatory rest periods designed to help reduce the growing number of arm injuries among young baseball pitchers. Read the story on the Chicago Tribune.

Dr. Preston Wolin pushed IHSA to enact a pitch-count policy to decrease the number of injuries among young athletes. Read the story on DNAinfo.com.

Dr. Preston Wolin comments on the new 2017 pitch-count limit that intends to lessen overuse injuries among young pitchers. Read the story on ChicagoTribune.com.

Dr. Preston Wolin weighs in on the role of the IHSA in preventing a growing number of injuries sustained by youth in baseball, as seen on ChicagoTribune.com.

During a recent television interview, Dr. Wolin discussed PRP—platelet rich plasma—an innovative new way to repair athletes’ elbows without surgery. Watch “PRP Therapy” for the full story and interview.

Hand & Wrist Specialists

Mark Gonzalez, M.D.

Mark Gonzalez, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Professor, Department Head of Orthopaedics, University of Illinois at ChicagoMark Gonzalez, M.D., is a Professor and Department Head of Orthopaedics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He specializes in hand surgery, microsurgery and joint reconstruction.Dr. Gonzalez graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and earned his M.D. from the University of Chicago. He completed his surgical internship and orthopedic residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, followed by fellowships in hand surgery at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and University of Louisville in Kentucky. He also completed a fellowship in joint replacement at Ohio State University. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, with an added qualification in hand surgery.Dr. Gonzalez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the Musculoskeletal Infection Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has published more than 100 abstracts, book chapters and articles. In addition, he has a master’s degree in engineering.Year Started Practice
1988Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Hand surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Hip and knee replacement
  • Hand surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Joint reconstruction
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Chicago, IL
  • Internship: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Blodgett Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Fellowship: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Fellowship: University of Louisville, KY

Alfonso Mejia, M.D., M.P.H.

Alfonso Mejia, M.D., M.P.H.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Illinois at Chicago
Program Director, Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, University of Illinois at ChicagoAlfonso Mejia, M.D., M.P.H., is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also is the Program Director for the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at UIC. He specializes in hand surgery and microsurgery, as well as general orthopedics and fracture care.Dr. Mejia earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from the University of Illinois. While earning his M.D., he concurrently completed a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in epidemiology, also at UIC. Dr. Mejia completed his surgical internship at UIC, where he was honored as Intern of the Year, and then completed his orthopedic residency, also at UIC. He then trained in hand surgery and microsurgery during a fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute at the University of Louisville. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, with an added qualification in hand surgery.Dr. Mejia is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and has served on several national committees for the AAOS. He is a member and current regional representative for the Illinois Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, a member of the Chicago Medical Society and Illinois State Medical Society, and former committee member for Continuing Medical Education and Public Health. He serves as a Tactical Emergency Medical Support doctor for the South Suburban Emergency Response Team and is a member of the Illinois Tactical Officers Association.Dr. Mejia has lectured nationally on numerous subjects including: care of the burned hand, informed consent, distal radius fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand fractures, flexor tendon injuries and common injuries of the hand. Dr. Mejia is fluent in Spanish.Year Started Practice
1996Clinical Specialties

  • Hand surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery

Board Certifications

  • Hand surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Distal radius fractures
  • Hand fractures in children and adults
  • Hand surgery
  • Hand trauma
  • Nerve injuries of the upper extremity
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Problems of the distal radioulnar joint
  • Sports injuries of the hand and wrist
  • Tennis elbow
  • Upper extremity tendon transfers
  • Workers compensation injuries
  • Wrist injuries

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Kleinert Hand and Microsurgery, Louisville, KY

Peter Snitovsky, M.D.

Peter Snitovsky, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Peter Snitovsky, M.D., specializes in orthopedic surgery and hand surgery. Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in both, he began practicing in 2003. He is currently a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Snitovsky’s clinical interests include the upper extremities and hand surgery. However, he provides all orthopedic services including arthroscopy, joint replacement and reconstructive surgery, and speaks English, French, Spanish, Hebrew and Polish.

Dr. Snitovsky earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and went on to complete an internship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He served his residency at New York Medical College and his fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center, also in New York.

Year Started Practice
2003

Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Hand surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Hand surgery

Special Interests

  • Upper extremity
  • Hand surgery
  • Knee replacement
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
  • Residency: New York Medical College, Westchester County, NY
  • Fellowship: Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY

Lawrence S. Zachary, M.D.

Lawrence S. Zachary, M.D.

Medical Director, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Weiss
Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Associate Professor of Surgery, University of ChicagoLawrence S. Zachary, M.D., is Medical Director for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital. He is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in body contouring and breast augmentation after massive weight loss (lifts and liposuction), breast reconstruction after breast cancer, breast reduction, facial plastic surgery, hand surgery, skin cancers and reconstructive surgery for traumatic defects. For numerous years, he has appeared on the Chicago magazine’s list of Chicago’s “Top Doctors” for the field of plastic surgery.In the reconstructive surgery and body contouring field, new and innovative techniques are being developed for post-gastric by-pass patients. Dr. Zachary’s support group helps to address patient concerns with up-to-date information disseminated by trained professionals in their field and patient-to-patient interaction. Additionally, Dr. Zachary has had great success in treating patients who suffer from Raynaud’s Phenomenon caused by scleroderma or other collagen vascular diseases.Dr. Zachary also is involved in the care of patients with orthopedic surgeons. He works closely with the joint replacement surgeons who specialize in the treatment of patients with previously infected knee or hip prostheses. He is involved in the soft tissue coverage of the knee or hip.Year Started Practice
1986Clinical Specialties

  • Hand surgery
  • Plastic surgery

Board Certifications

  • Plastic surgery
  • General surgery
  • Hand surgery

Special Interests

  • Microsurgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Body contour after weight loss
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Raymond Curtis Hand Center, Baltimore, MD

Sports Medicine Specialists

Danielle Bass, M.D.

Danielle Bass, M.D.

Physician, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

An athlete since her youth, Danielle Bass, M.D., turned her love of sports into a career as a general medicine doctor with a focus on sports medicine. While completing her undergraduate degree she was a member of the University of Florida Women’s 1998 National Championship Soccer Team. She earned her medical degree from Florida State University, served as a family medicine resident at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn and completed a sports medicine fellowship at O’Connor Hospital in California.

Dr. Bass is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and has presented research on lower extremity injuries in runners. She gives lectures on primary care sports injuries along with non-operative treatments for athletes.

Dr. Bass has served as team doctor for the Women’s Professional Soccer League and the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team at the World’s Championship in Turkey. She is the team doctor for St. Rita High School, St. Ignatius College Prep, and Chicago State and Robert Morris universities. She evaluates sports injuries and works with children and adults to help them return to their sport non-operatively.

Year Started Practice
2010

Clinical Specialties

  • Family Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Family Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

Special Interests

  • Runners’ injuries
  • Lower extremity injuries
  • Primary care and wellness for children and families
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Residency: MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, IL
  • Fellowship: O’Connor Hospital, San Jose, CA

In the News
Sports medicine doctor Danielle Bass, M.D., offers her advice on post-workout recovery rituals. Read the article on Prevention.com.

Dr. Danielle Bass, primary care sports medicine specialist for the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss, shares tips to prevent and reduce muscle stiffness with the Chicago Tribune. Read the article.

CCO primary care sports medicine specialist, Danielle Bass, M.D., recently discussed the serious repercussions of the Female Athlete Triad: osteoporosis, stress fractures and infertility. Read the article.

James Cohen, M.D.

James Cohen, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Illinois at ChicagoJames Cohen, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Dr. Cohen completed his orthopedic residency at Michael Reese Hospital and fellowship at the Rothman Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical Center, where he also completed an internship. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is highly experienced in arthroscopic techniques as well as joint replacement. Dr. Cohen is an avid runner and has completed numerous marathons, including the Chicago and Boston marathons.Year Started Practice
1988Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Total joint replacement
  • Shoulder reconstruction
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Pennsylvania Hospital, Rothman Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Ari Kaz, M.D.

Ari Kaz, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at ChicagoAri Kaz, M.D., is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle conditions. A Chicago native, Dr. Kaz completed his general surgery internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, followed by his orthopedic surgery residency at Indiana University Medical Center. He went on to complete a foot and ankle fellowship at the prestigious Idaho Foot and Ankle Fellowship program.Dr. Kaz is dedicated to complete orthopedic treatment of the foot and ankle, including total ankle replacements, arthritis of the foot and ankle, deformity correction and painful flatfoot correction. He also treats tendon disorders, bunion and hammertoe deformities, ligament injuries, fracture care, and sports medicine with a special interest in arthroscopy and minimally invasive surgery. He is the author of numerous papers published in major orthopedic journals, and he is a frequent speaker at national and international meetings.Year Started Practice
2007Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Sports medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Total ankle replacement
  • Arthritis of the foot and ankle
  • Deformity correction
  • Tendon disorders of the foot
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • Fellowship: Idaho Foot and Ankle Surgery, Boise, ID

Jeannette Kelly, D.O.

Jeannette Kelly, D.O.

Physician, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Jeannette Kelly, D.O., is a non-surgical, osteopathic sports medicine physician. She cares for patients of all ages, from the pediatric to geriatric population, whether it be sprained ankles, fracture care, or arthritis management. Dr. Kelly takes a holistic approach to medicine, embracing osteopathic philosophies. She routinely practices Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) on her patients, as another treatment option to help manage pain, and to prevent injuries. OMM can also be used to treat chronic headaches, pregnancy-related pain, carpal tunnel symptoms, as well as common colds.

Dr. Kelly is board certified in Family Medicine and in Sports Medicine. Along with treating patients in the clinic, she is a team physician for Windy City Thunderbolts and Schaumburg Boomers, South Suburban College, Robert Morris University, Saint Ignatius College Prep and Saint Rita of Cascia High School. She continues to participate in organized sports and endurance activities, and finds these experiences to be beneficial in serving her patients.

Dr. Kelly is currently accepting patients with musculoskeletal complaints, from sporting or work injuries to aches and pains. Patients are also welcome to see her for OMM treatments, weight loss management, exercise prescriptions and more.

Clinical Specialties

  • Primary Care
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Family Medicine
  • Primary Care Sports Medicine

Special Interests

  • Non-surgical sports medicine
  • Osteopathic Manual Medicine for pain and to prevent injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injections
  • Athletic injuries
  • Work and overuse injuries
  • Concussion management
  • Fracture management
  • Weight loss and nutritional counseling
  • Exercise prescriptions (including expecting mothers looking to start an exercise program during pregnancy)

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI
  • Residency: Family Medicine, West Suburban Medical Center, Oak Park, IL
  • Fellowship: Primary Care Sports Medicine, MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, IL

Chadwick Prodromos, M.D.

Chadwick Prodromos, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Chadwick Prodromos, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and knee surgery, stem cell and platelet rich plasma treatment of arthritis, and sports injuries and alternatives to knee and shoulder replacement.

Dr. Prodromos graduated with a bachelor’s degree with honors in biology from Princeton University and earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School. He completed his surgical internship at the University of Chicago and his orthopedic residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, followed by an orthopedic and sports medicine fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Mass General Hospital.

Although Dr. Prodromos maintains a busy surgical practice with excellent published surgical outcomes and publishes frequently on surgical techniques – some of which he has developed – he believes surgery should only be used as a last resort if non-surgical means have failed. To that end, Dr. Prodromos has extensive successful experience using the patient’s own growth factors and anti-inflammatory cytokines in the form of PRP and stem cell treatments as successful alternatives to surgical treatment, and especially as an alternative to surgical joint replacement.

Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Knee ACL surgery
  • Knee cartilage surgery
  • Shoulder rotator cuff surgery
  • Shoulder labrum surgery
  • Other knee and shoulder surgery
  • Stem cell and platelet rich plasma treatment of arthritis and sports injuries
  • Alternatives to knee and shoulder replacement


Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Regenerative medicine


Research Interests

  • The Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Slap (labrum) lesions of the shoulder
  • Stem cell and PRP treatment of arthritis
  • PRP treatment of partial rotator cuff tears
  • Low level laser therapy for arthritis
  • High tibial osteotomy
  • Knee distraction arthroplasty
  • Nutritional supplements for arthritis as alternatives to drugs
  • Non-surgical treatment of biceps disorders of the shoulder


Special Interests

  • ACL, cartilage, rotator cuff and labrum disorders
  • Stem Cell and PRP non-surgical treatment as alternatives to joint replacement and also for rotator cuff and other tendon disorders


Medical Training

Medical School: Johns Hopkins Medical School
Internship: University of Chicago
Residency: Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center
Fellowship: Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, Harvard Medical School/Mass General Hospital

Craig Westin, M.D.

Craig Westin, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Craig Westin, M.D., is actively involved in the treatment of professional and Olympic athletes. He is a team doctor with the U.S. Figure Skating Team and has traveled with the U.S. team as far away as China and Russia and is the personal orthopedic surgeon for Olympic Figure Skating Silver Medalist, Sasha Cohen.

After his orthopedic training at Harvard and a sports medicine fellowship in Europe, Dr. Westin moved to Utah to run the ski clinic at the Alta and Snowbird ski resorts. He says, “There is no other orthopedic practice in the world that could have provided more experience with torn ACLs and injured shoulders than Snowbird.” After 17 years at Snowbird and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Dr. Westin moved to Chicago.

Dr. Westin uses many nonoperative treatments to help his patients recover, including physical therapy, injections, braces, orthotics and other rehabilitation techniques, all of which can provide dramatic improvement for many conditions.

If surgery is needed, Dr. Westin uses the latest arthroscopic techniques to repair joints without large incisions or an overnight stay in the hospital. He has special expertise in reconstruction of ACL tears and kneecap problems. He is a Carticel Certified Surgeon for cartilage repair.

Year Started Practice
1985

Clinical Specialties

  • Sports medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Knee Problems
  • Torn cartilage
  • Torn ligaments or unstable knees
  • Kneecap pain or grinding
  • Arthritis: mild or severe
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Dislocations
  • Tendonitis
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
  • Residency: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Residency: Harvard University, Boston, MA (Orthopedics)
  • Fellowship: Harvard University Cave Traveling, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany (Sports Medicine)

In the News

Craig Westin, M.D., discusses common ACL and MCL knee injuries in athletes. Read the story on Chicago Health.

Craig Westin, M.D., was recently featured in North Shore Weekend about his role as orthopedic consultant for the U.S. Figure Skating Team in Sochi. Read the article.

Craig Westin, M.D., received special recognition from The Winnetka Current for his trip to Sochi to support the U.S. Figure Skating Team. Read the article.

Craig Westin, M.D., was recently interviewed on an NBC 5 Health News segment about his role in the Olympic games in Sochi. View the segment on NBC 5 Health News.

Craig Westin, M.D., discusses injury recovery secrets from behind the scenes at the Joffrey Ballet, on Healthbeat, ABC News at 10 pm. View the segment on ABC News.

Preston Wolin, M.D.

Preston Wolin, M.D.

Surgeon/Director of Sports Medicine, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Director of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Illinois at ChicagoPreston Wolin, M.D., is the director and founder of the Center for Athletic Medicine, Ltd. Founded in 1991, the center provides multispecialty care to every level of athlete, from children to professionals.Dr. Wolin has served as a team doctor for DePaul University, Loyola University, University of Illinois at Chicago, the Chicago Fire (Major League Soccer), United States Soccer National Men’s and Women’s Teams and the Windy City ThunderBolts (Frontier League in Professional Baseball). He is also the team doctor for Robert Morris University, St. Rita High School, St. Ignatius College Prep and Chicago State University.A founding member of the Illinois State High School Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, Dr. Wolin also has been Vice President of the Conference USA Medical Committee and a consultant to the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also has a subspecialty certificate in sports medicine from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.With considerable expertise in workers’ compensation, Dr. Wolin is consulted by workers’ and employers’ attorneys. He has spoken before many workers’ compensation groups, including insurance adjustors, nurse case managers and attorneys. He has served as Chairman of the Illinois State Medical Society’s Workers Compensation Task Force.Dr. Wolin is the Director of Sports Medicine and Director of Workers Compensation at Weiss Memorial Hospital.Year Started Practice
1984Clinical Specialties

  • Sports medicine
  • Orthopedic surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Independent medical examiners

Special Interests

  • Injuries to athletes
  • Workers compensation injuries
  • Shoulder, knee, ankle and elbow injuries
  • Prevention of sports injuries

Medical Training

  • Medical School: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Fellowship: Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

In the News

Dr. Preston Wolin discusses a recently performed meniscus transplant that enabled one young man to return to an active, pain-free life. Meniscus transplants are no longer considered experimental and could be a better alternative for younger patients. Learn more on Fox32Chicago.com.

Dr. Preston Wolin discusses arthroscopic surgery as an effective minimally invasive option for joint injuries. Read the article on Chicago Health.

Dr. Preston Wolin, director of sports medicine at the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss, has been a leading advocate for new IHSA pitch count limits. Read more about how baseball players and coaches are adjusting to the new rules on the Northwest Herald.

Dr. Preston Wolin continues to discuss the new IHSA proposals on pitch-count limits and mandatory rest periods designed to help reduce the growing number of arm injuries among young baseball pitchers. Read the news stories:
WTTW Chicago Tonight
Chicago Tribune
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Dr. Preston Wolin pushed IHSA to enact a pitch-count policy to decrease the number of injuries among young athletes. Read the story on DNAinfo.com.

Dr. Preston Wolin comments on the new 2017 pitch-count limit that intends to lessen overuse injuries among young pitchers. Read the story on ChicagoTribune.com.

Dr. Preston Wolin weighs in on the role of the IHSA in preventing a growing number of injuries sustained by youth in baseball, as seen on ChicagoTribune.com.

During a recent television interview, Dr. Wolin discussed PRP—platelet rich plasma—an innovative new way to repair athletes’ elbows without surgery. Watch “PRP Therapy” for the full story and interview.

Foot & Ankle Specialists

Jennifer Connor, M.D.

Jennifer Connor, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

After completing a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at the Foundation for Orthopaedic, Athletic and Reconstructive Research in Houston, Texas, Dr. Connor joined the Chicago Center for Orthopedics. She has served as team doctor for Rice University Athletics and assisted in the foot and ankle care of the Houston Texans, Rockets and Astros athletic teams. Dr. Connor specializes in operative and non-operative foot and ankle care, including trauma, sports-related injuries, tendon injuries, arthritis and deformities. She graduated from the Rush University Medical College and completed her residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Year Started Practice
2011

Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Foot and ankle care
  • Trauma
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Tendon injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Deformities

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Rush University Medical College, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: Foundation for Orthopaedic, Athletic and Reconstructive Research, Houston, TX

Ari Kaz, M.D.

Ari Kaz, M.D.

Surgeon, Chicago Center for Orthopedics
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at ChicagoAri Kaz, M.D., is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle conditions. A Chicago native, Dr. Kaz completed his general surgery internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, followed by his orthopedic surgery residency at Indiana University Medical Center. He went on to complete a foot and ankle fellowship at the prestigious Idaho Foot and Ankle Fellowship program.Dr. Kaz is dedicated to complete orthopedic treatment of the foot and ankle, including total ankle replacements, arthritis of the foot and ankle, deformity correction and painful flatfoot correction. He also treats tendon disorders, bunion and hammertoe deformities, ligament injuries, fracture care, and sports medicine with a special interest in arthroscopy and minimally invasive surgery. He is the author of numerous papers published in major orthopedic journals, and he is a frequent speaker at national and international meetings.Year Started Practice
2007Clinical Specialties

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Sports medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic surgery

Special Interests

  • Total ankle replacement
  • Arthritis of the foot and ankle
  • Deformity correction
  • Tendon disorders of the foot
  • Workers compensation

Medical Training

  • Medical School: Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL
  • Internship: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Residency: Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • Fellowship: Idaho Foot and Ankle Surgery, Boise, ID

In the News

A fracture and ligament damage grounded high school athlete Danny Gleaves. But with the help of CCO foot and ankle specialist, Ari Kaz, M.D., Danny got back in the game and is headed to Michigan State University next year with a baseball scholarship. Read the article on The Herald-News.

Pain Management Specialists

Nidal Elbaridi, M.D., P.T.

Nidal Elbaridi, M.D., P.T.

Anesthesiologist, Interventional Orthopedics and Pain Medicine, Chicago Center for Orthopedics

Dr Elbaridi is Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School graduate in interventional pain management.

Clinical Specialties

  • Physical Therapy
  • Anesthesiology
  • Interventional Pain Management


Special Interests

  • Ultrasound and X-ray based treatments
  • Acute and chronic pain management
  • Cancer pain management
  • Opioid de-escalation and addiction treatment
  • Personal, auto accident and workers compensation injury management
  • Sports and athletic performance
  • Anti Aging and functional medicine

Selected Procedures

  • Epidural interventions
  • Nerve block interventions
  • Radiofrequency nerve ablation
  • Muscle, Joint and Ligament interventions
  • Spine compression fracture treatment
  • Spine and bone cancer treatment
  • Spinal cord stimulator trials and implantation
  • Lumbar stenosis treatment
  • Opioid and baclofen pump trials and implantation
  • Ketamine and lidocaine treatment for depression and chronic pain
  • IV therapy
  • Migraine and headache treatment
  • Varicose and spider vein treatment
  • Bone marrow and stem cell treatment
  • Prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments

Medical Training

  • Physical Therapy School: Indiana University
  • Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine in Miramar, Florida
  • Internship: Stroger Hospital of Cook County
  • Residency: Stroger Hospital of Cook County
  • Fellowship: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School (Pain Management)