Dr. Christopher Sliva, MD

Dr. Christopher Sliva, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 45
Dr. Christopher Sliva, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Rockford, IL and has been practicing for 19 years. He graduated from Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ in 1999 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, orthopedic spine surgery, and more.Read his story

2902 McFarland Rd Ste 300

Rockford, IL 61107

Contact Information

(815) 316-2100

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Coventry Health Care
  • ECOH
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • Mercy Care
  • Physicians' Care Network
  • The Alliance

*Please verify this information when scheduling an appointment.

Learn about Dr. Sliva

Be confident in your decisions by checking out your provider's top areas of care, education, patient reviews and more. Learn about finding the right doctor for you.

Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Sliva performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Low Back Pain
very high
more than 98% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 97% of peers
Herniated Disc
very high
more than 95% of peers

Dr. Sliva's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Sliva's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Sliva "Dr. Christopher Sliva is a board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon specializing in treatment of herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis and degenerative diseases of the spine. In addition, Dr. Sliva has extensive experience in the treatment of spinal tumors, infections, and trauma in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. His interests and expertise also include spinal deformity such as scoliosis and kyphosis in adults and children. As one of the partners of Rockford Spine Center, Dr. Sliva and his colleagues are often called upon to perform complex revision spinal surgery. "We have considerable experience in providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment of complex spinal conditions," says Dr. Sliva. The Spine Center is one of the premier centers for revision spinal surgery in the region. Dr. Sliva completed his fellowship in spinal surgery at the prestigious William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Sliva's goals in patient care are to fully diagnose the spinal condition, ensure understanding of all the treatment options, and reach a shared decision as to the best treatment plan. He encourages his patients to gather as much information about their diagnosis and treatment as possible, so the patient is the "driver of their treatment plan." We want to provide a predictable and successful surgical plan, with the least amount of risk, and a quick recovery. Dr. Sliva's patients often characterize his bedside manner as caring and compassionate; a direct reflection of his core values is to treat others with honesty, act with integrity, and provide the highest level of surgical care available. The idea of pursuing medicine started while he was growing up in a small central Illinois town after sustaining an athletic related knee injury. "Surgery has been a fascinating science to me from a young age, but your surgeon also needs to understand who benefits from surgery, and that is the art," says Dr. Sliva. Dr. Sliva is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society, Winnebago County Medical Society and Illinois State Medical Society. Dr. Sliva volunteers his time providing orthopaedic care for the children at the Walter Lawson Children's Home in Loves Park, Illinois. He gains humility in caring for children with such complex health conditions. On weekends and evenings, Dr. Sliva can be found shuttling his children to various school and sporting events. He and his wife enjoy supporting their children's community, school and church functions. He is an avid collegiate sports fan. You might also see him shooting a round of golf with friends, kicking a soccer ball with his daughter, skiing with his oldest son, or on the running trails with his wife."
Read Less

5  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Spine Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

75  Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hernia
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
Read Less

17  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Paracentesis
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ
    Medical School | Graduated 1999
  • University of Iowa
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • University of Iowa
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • William Beaumont
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Sliva has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

Dr. Sliva does not have any memberships or affiliations listed. If you are Dr. Sliva and would like to add memberships or affiliations, please update your profile.

Dr. Sliva's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Sliva to family and friends
186 total reviews (33 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (186)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Sliva's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (33)

I was experiencing severe pain in my head and neck, along with numbing in my hands and left arm. Dr. Sliva removed a bone spur that was adjacent to my spinal cord, freed up a nerve that was being pinched and inserted a bone graph to replace the disc that had worn down. He explained everything in...more
Was this helpful? thumbs up icon option0thumbs down icon option0
Flag this
I have had two fusion surgeries in my neck in the past three years. Both procedures were performed by Dr Sliva. The best thing is once I woke up from both of my surgeries the symptoms were gone. Dr Sliva takes the time along with Bradley Wolf his PA-C to let you know exactly what to expect...more
Was this helpful? thumbs up icon option0thumbs down icon option0
Flag this
Many people say the smart thing to do in any case of having a medical procedure done you should seek no less than 2-3 opinions, and I agree fully with this and stand by this. This I must tell you, I did not even think to seek a second or a third opinion do to Dr. Sliva's through knowledge and...more
Was this helpful? thumbs up icon option1thumbs down icon option0
Flag this
Last month I finally had surgery with Dr. Sliva from the Rockford Spine Center. I had low back pain and pain radiating down both legs for over a year. Physical therapy didn't make it better, and steroid epidurals only helped sometimes. Dr. Sliva did a double TLIF on my lumbar spine, and as soon as...more
Was this helpful? thumbs up icon option2thumbs down icon option0
Flag this
Dr. Sliva performed Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion on me February 1st. The surgery was a complete success and the pain I had been feeling for months before was totally gone. When I visited Dr. Sliva for my post-op appointment last week prognosis was superb. I would highly recommend Dr....more
Was this helpful? thumbs up icon option1thumbs down icon option0
Flag this
Image of Dr. Sliva
Are you Dr. Sliva?
Make it easy for patients to share their feedback. Also manage your personalized profile!

Nearby doctors with similar experience

Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic Hand Surgery
Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic Hand Surgery
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Orthopedic Trauma Surgery