Dr. Jerome Kolavo, MD

Dr. Jerome Kolavo, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
60 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Jerome Kolavo, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Dekalb, IL and has been practicing for 35 years. He specializes in orthopedic surgery and orthopedic spine surgery.

Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

5 Kish Hospital Dr Ste 203

Dekalb, IL 60115
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthLink
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • LifeSynch
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Private HealthCare Systems

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Top Care Areas

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Spine Fractures, Traumatic
more than 87% of peers
Spine Disorders
more than 83% of peers
Spinal Stenosis
more than 81% of peers

Dr. Kolavo'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.

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kolavo ""Better people means better experiences. Our care team is committed to delivering results that change lives." "

2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

68  Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Head and Neck Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • 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
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy


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9  Procedures

  • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Surgery

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.


  • University Of Illinois At Chicago College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • University Of Illinois Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Northwestern University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Rush University Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kolavo has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kolavo's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kolavo to family and friends
8 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (8)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Kolavo's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

Completely rude and unprofessional. Told me to "join a gym" and "get some exercise" to help my pain when I have had multiple spinal surgeries. Didn't even bother to do an MRI. Pathetic. Would not recommend him to anyone.
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I was referred by my primary Doctor, I had an MRI done that showed L4 ruptured disc with nerve displacement, severe narrowing & L5-S1 ruptured with nerve displacement also severe narrowing, loss of function on left side extremities. He told me there was nothing wrong this is normal and that I am...more
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