Dr. Nickolas Garbis, MD

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Dr. Nickolas Garbis, MD
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.

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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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Loyola Outpatient Center2160 S 1st Ave
Maywood, IL 60153
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Dr. Garbis' Performance
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    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
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    EXCELLENT
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    EXCELLENT
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    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
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.
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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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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.

Dr. Garbis' Care Philosophy

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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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hip Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Orthopedic Disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Sclerosis

Education

  • Medical School
    University of Illinois At Chicago / College of Medicine

    Graduated in 2007

  • Internship Hospital
    Rush University Medical Center

    Completed in 2008

  • Residency Hospital
    Rush University Medical Center

    Completed in 2012

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Johns Hopkins University Hospital

    Completed in 2013

  • Undergraduate School
    Northwestern Center Feinberg School of Medicine

    Graduated in 2003

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Greek
  • Spanish

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Specialties

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

Procedures Performed

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • 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, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • 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
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • 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
  • Wrist Replacement