Dr. Jerome Kolavo, MD

Dr. Jerome Kolavo, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
62 y/o

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Dr. Jerome Kolavo, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Dekalb, IL and has been practicing for 36 years. He specializes in orthopedic spine surgery and orthopedic 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


Insurance accepted

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Aetna EPO
Aetna HMO
Aetna POS
Aetna PPO
Managed Choice POS
Open Choice PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Advantage
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Blue Precision HMO
Behavioral Health
Cigna HMO
Cigna POS
Great West Healthcare-Cigna HMO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna POS
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Worker's Compensation WC
Coventry Health Care
Coventry Health Care HMO
Coventry Health Care POS
Coventry Health Care PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
HealthLink HMO
HealthLink POS
HealthLink PPO
Worker's Compensation WC
Choice Care
Choice PPO
Humana HMO
Humana POS
Humana PPO
Behavioral Health
MultiPlan PPO
Private HealthCare Systems
Private HealthCare Systems PPO
UniCare HMO
UniCare POS
UniCare PPO
Choice Plus
United Behavioral Health
United Healthcare POS

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Illinois
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Kolavo's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kolavo treats Thoracic Spine Myelopathy more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Kolavo treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Spinal Stenosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kolavo treats Spinal Stenosis more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Kolavo treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Spine Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kolavo treats Spine Disorders more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Kolavo treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Degenerative Spine Diseases
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Pediatric Spinal Tumor
  • Progressive Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Progressive Spinobulbar Muscular Atrophy
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Dysostosis, Anhalt Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Ryukyuan Type
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Scapuloperoneal
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type I
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type II
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type III
  • Spinal Tuberculosis

Dr. Kolavo's conditions and procedures:

  • 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)
  • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Head and Neck Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Lupus
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy

About Me

Care Philosophy

"I follow a thoughtful and conservative approach to treating spinal conditions. It is important that I personally manage care and use my experience to provide the advanced level of spine specialization my patients need and deserve."


  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications


Rush University Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
Northwestern University Medical Center
Residency Hospital
University of Illinois Hospital
Internship Hospital
University Of Illinois At Chicago College Of Medicine
Medical School


  • Spanish
  • English


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What People Say About Dr. Jerome Kolavo, MD
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I had major back surgery on July 12th, we highly recommend Dr. Kolavo. He explains everything, answers questions, and concerns. I am feeling great. Doing therapy, going real good. Entire staff great to work with. The PA Michelle Buck also highly recommended.
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Professional, responsible, and cautious regarding pursuit of surgical treatment modalities - exploring for any relief through nonsurgical options first. I'm shocked at all this negative feedback about Dr. Kolavo's personality. While I did find him to be mostly very reserved, I greatly appreciated his directness and honesty and will be forever grateful to him for all he has done for me!
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My daughter saw Dr. Kolavo as her scoliosis was beginning to develop. She had some curvature & an 8 degree rib hump. He was rude and dismissive. He would not take an x-ray because he thought it was premature. He said to wait a year & see if the curve got worse. 1 year later her curves were 12 degrees & 24 degrees. Bad advice. We wasted a year "waiting" when we could have been proactively treating her with non surgical methods. He seems to care only if you have an immediate surgical need. $$$
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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 diabetic, I have high blood pressure, severely "Fat Obese". Well I'm not Diabetic, No high blood pressure, he misdiagnosed me, I'm now permanently disabled I don't recommend this doctor to anyone...
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