Dr. Nickolas Garbis, MD

Dr. Nickolas Garbis, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 35
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Dr. Nickolas G. Garbis is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery. He has interests in complex reconstruction of the shoulder, including reverse and total shoulder replacement. Dr. Garbis grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, with a concentration in Biomaterials. While at Northwestern, he rowed for the Varsity Crew team. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and then completed his Orthopedic Surgery residency training at Rush University Medical Center. After residency, he spent a year at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. While there, he received fellowship specialty training in advanced shoulder and elbow surgery, including complex reconstruction, replacement, and arthroscopy. Dr. Garbis was also an assistant team physician for the Baltimore Orioles while in Baltimore. After his time at Johns Hopkins, he completed two 2-week independent observerships in advanced elbow surgery – one at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and the other at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre in London, Ontario. Dr. Garbis joined the Department of Orthopaedics at Loyola University Medical center in 2013, and became the chief of the Shoulder and Elbow Division in 2016. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In addition to being a member of several professional societies, he was also recently elected as a member of the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society. He is involved in clinical and basic science research and has presented his research at numerous regional, national, and international meetings. Dr. Garbis is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program. He is also the author of several book chapters and regularly teaches at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Rosemont, IL. Dr. Garbis is currently one of the head team physicians for the University of St Francis Fighting Saints. He works with up to 20 different teams there and sees a variety of different sports injuries. Additionally, he is an assistant team physician for the Loyola University Ramblers. He has experience treating athletes at all levels, from high school to professional athletes. As a former collegiate athlete himself, he understands the rigors of competitive sports and will work with coaches, staff, and trainers to get the injured athlete back into the game safely.

2160 S 1st Ave

Maywood, IL 60153

Contact Information

(888) 584-7888

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
very high
more than 99% of peers
Shoulder Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers
Joint Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Garbis "When visiting Dr. Garbis, he and his staff will work with you to make sure that you are getting the correct treatment individualized to your unique situation.  It's important to factor in all aspects of a patient's life to arrive at the correct treatment.  Treatment can include, physical therapy, rest, injections, and surgery.  If you are a candidate for surgery, you can rest assured that our office will strive to make you better. "


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  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Orthopedic Disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Torticollis
  • Wrist Fracture


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  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Wrist Replacement


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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.


  • Northwestern Center Feinberg School Of Medicine
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2003
  • University Of Illinois At Chicago / College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2007
  • Rush University Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2008
  • Rush University Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2012
  • Johns Hopkins University Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2013

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Greek
  • Spanish

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Dr. Garbis' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Garbis to family and friends
based on 10 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Garbis' Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
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  • Average wait time
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Patient Comments (4)
in Chicago, Ill |
Dr. Garbis is highly committed and a good guy. He is there to help and is very professional. He found a problem in my shoulder 6 other doctors couldn't so he thinks outside the box and I highly recommend.
Dislocated my elbow and Dr Garbis is making this a tolerable injury by explaining my recovery in physical therapy and being realistic about the time it will take. He is very thorough and fortunately giving me pointers on everything to do to avoid surgery. Gives me hope!
in Chicago, il |
It is my pleasure to write a review about Dr. Garbis. He operated on my right primary arm shoulder to repair 3 completely torn rotator cuffs. Prior to my surgery, he took the time to thoroughly explain my sutgery in a professional and personable manner, and I knew that I was in good hands. My progress since surgery has been remarkable, and I truly feel this is reflective of the superior surgical skills of Dr. Garbis. I highly recommend Dr. Garbis and thank him for his care and genuine concern!
in Libertyville, IL |
Dr Garbis is very professional and personable. He is patient in listening to my questions and concerns and quite thorough in his answers and explanations. I particularly appreciate the time he takes reviewing my status including showing me the X-rays of the before and after surgery and subsequent followup evaluations. My treatment has been excellent and I feel I could not be in better care.
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Hospitals where Dr. Garbis has admitting privileges

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
701 W North Ave
Melrose Park, IL 60160
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Loyola University Medical Center
2160 S 1st Ave
Maywood, IL 60153
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