Jerome L. Kolavo, MD

Jerome L. Kolavo, MD

4.9 
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Primary Specialty

Spine Surgery

Secondary Specialty

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Practice Focus Areas

Education

Medical Education:
MD, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine - 1983
Internship:
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago - 1984
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 1985
Residency:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 1989
Fellowships:
Rush University Medical Center - 1990

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery (Certified)

Faculty Profile

Health System Clinician, Feinberg School of Medicine

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Practice Groups and Affiliations

Medical Group:
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
Alignment Category:
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
On Medical Staff At:
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Hospital
Northwestern Medicine Surgery Center

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.9
4.9 

343 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

85 Reviews

Reviews from Patients

85 Reviews

August 29, 2023

5.0

Great surgeon. Explains all the options. Doesn’t rush. Respectful.

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August 11, 2023

5.0

Dr. Kolavo is knowledgeable and explained my condition very thoroughly

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August 10, 2023

5.0

He is an awesome and amazing doctor. He is a great surgeon who listens to his patients.

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August 08, 2023

5.0

He did exactly what he said he'd do.

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July 28, 2023

5.0

Excellent Dr. Explained things in terms I could understand. Has a very good bed-side manor

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July 23, 2023

5.0

Listened to symptoms and what treatment to help were covered in detail Explained what x-rays showed

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July 22, 2023

5.0

Dr. Kolavo is very experienced, well respected by his peers, takes the time to listen to your medical issues and questions, and provides well thought out medical conclusion and options for treatment.

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July 20, 2023

5.0

He has more experience

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July 18, 2023

5.0

He is smart , caring and super easy to talk to

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July 17, 2023

5.0

Dr. Kolavo is very experienced and takes time to explain all options.

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July 12, 2023

5.0

His knowledge, thorough exam. Always is concerned for your welfare.

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July 11, 2023

5.0

He spent a lot of time talking to me and explained everything very well.

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June 30, 2023

5.0

Great dr thank you

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June 30, 2023

5.0

Dr Kolavo has walked with me on scoliosis diagnosis, surgery and now 8 years later with compassion, experience and skill.

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June 28, 2023

5.0

Knowledgeable and tells you directly what you need to do

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June 24, 2023

5.0

He gives excellent guidance helping me make decisions about my problems. He takes time to answer all my questions and concerns

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June 06, 2023

1.0

His lack of compassion, understanding and care for me was totally why.

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June 02, 2023

5.0

Answered all my questions and a professional, and easy to understand why I left there feeling like I learned a lot about my condition

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May 26, 2023

5.0

Dr. Kolavo is extremely caring and listens very patiently to any questions explaining very throughly his answers . He is very motivating to do the recommended treatment as well because he explains everything so well and is very caring .

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May 26, 2023

5.0

knowledgeable, pleasant

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May 23, 2023

5.0

Tells it like it is

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May 14, 2023

5.0

Dr. Kolavo did a thorough exam and took the time to explain everything and answer my questions.

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May 12, 2023

2.0

1. Your inquiry is premature. Until I follow up on Dr. Kolavo's recommendations, I can't really evaluate the services I received from him. 2. Dr. Kolavo's "bedside manner' is abysmal. He delivered bad news in a manner totally devoid of warmth or compassion. He offered several options for treatment but did not give me nearly enough information to meaningfully compare the ramifications of each, and I was too overwhelmed by the diagnosis to come up with appropriate questions on the spot.

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May 11, 2023

5.0

Good manners

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May 09, 2023

5.0

The doctor was very explicit in his diagnosis.

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May 02, 2023

5.0

Very nice and upfront doctor

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April 25, 2023

5.0

Very person friendly and informative of your situation

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April 10, 2023

5.0

I nave confidence in him

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April 07, 2023

5.0

concern , caring , explains clearly

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April 06, 2023

5.0

He carefully explained all of my options

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April 04, 2023

5.0

Dr. was friendly and interested, in what I had to say. He explained his reasoning for his recommendations. He explained the images to me in detail.

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April 04, 2023

5.0

Dr. Kolavo’s treatment of my back resulted in a full recovery. His surgical expertise and skills are excellent.

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April 03, 2023

5.0

He suggested an alternative to surgery that was thoroughly explained and much welcome.

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March 30, 2023

5.0

Finally got answers and full information on what needs to be done with regards to getting help with back pain

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March 24, 2023

5.0

The Dr. Takes time with the patient and reviews the concern and process of treatments. Nurse was excellent and teams well with the Dr. Answers questions and is caring.

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March 05, 2023

5.0

Very good testing plan to assess problem

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March 02, 2023

5.0

The best doctor I have ever met, very clear to talk to the patient, thank you doctor.

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March 02, 2023

5.0

The best doctor ever, thank you.

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March 02, 2023

5.0

Took time to listen Explained issues well Set up a plan

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February 21, 2023

5.0

Good performance with other family member as well.

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February 16, 2023

5.0

He had x-rays taken and explain them thoroughly to me. Did some in office exams in explain my situation. Or the test and then we will meet back again after the test.

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February 04, 2023

5.0

Dr. Kovalo takes the time to thoroughly explain a patient’s diagnosis and treatment options. He is pleasant and knowledgeable, all that you would want and a doctor.

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January 31, 2023

5.0

He is an Amazing Dr. With great knowledge and explanation of care and makes you feel informed and so comfortable I never felt this way 💯 percent he has my best interest before anything else. God Bless you Dr. K

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January 27, 2023

5.0

Very Knowledgeable and direct. Listened to my concerns patiently and answered my questions. Thank you!

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January 27, 2023

5.0

Very thorough

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January 20, 2023

5.0

Very professional, caring and great surgeon

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January 13, 2023

5.0

Dr. Kolavo had a pleasant bedside Maner, ask pertinent questions, and seemed very efficient Knowledgeable.

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January 10, 2023

5.0

He is very knowledgeable

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January 08, 2023

5.0

He’s taken care of my spine for more than 20 years. So far so great.

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January 05, 2023

5.0

Takes time to explains the problem and works with you to find the right solution

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January 04, 2023

5.0

Very thorough

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December 30, 2022

5.0

Knowledgeable Explained well Thorough

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December 27, 2022

5.0

Is the doctor did a very good job

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December 25, 2022

5.0

He is one of the best.

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December 21, 2022

5.0

He took time to explain everything and didn’t seem rushed when I had a lot of questions.

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December 21, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kolavo was so knowledgeable and thorough. It was the most thorough exam I have had in over a year. He knew what to look for to distinguish between hip and back pain. He put my doubts to rest. He also addressed my pain and gave me a plan to get through the holidays and beyond.

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December 18, 2022

5.0

He explains things in language you can understand and does not prescribe unnecessary medication.

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December 13, 2022

5.0

Same answer as previous question. He really cares.

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December 13, 2022

5.0

Dr is very knowledgeable and talks about options for me as the patient to decide on the path of my care. Dr takes the time to explain those options and potential outcomes, good & bad, of each.

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December 06, 2022

5.0

Dr Kolavo has been our surgeon and doctor for 30 years. We trust him! He is very thorough, explains things well and outlines a treatment plan considering all options.

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December 02, 2022

5.0

He cares !

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November 23, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kolovo is a brilliant physician and takes time with his patients to explain his diagnosis.

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November 18, 2022

5.0

D. Kolavo is an excellent surgeon with years of experience. Very thorough and explains everything. Very pleased and grateful to him for my successful spinal surgery. Would highly recommend him.

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November 18, 2022

5.0

Dr Kolavo is listens and cares

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November 09, 2022

5.0

Very knowedgable and thorough.

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November 09, 2022

5.0

Dr.J. Kolavo is very knowledgeable and explained things in simple way to understand. He is very easy to talk too and his available for any follow-ups guestions or concerns.

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November 04, 2022

5.0

explained options was very understanding to my concerns

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November 01, 2022

5.0

He explained what I needed to know in a very informative mannor that I could understand.

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October 30, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kolovo is a very knowledgeable Doctor and a great Diagnostician. I would always seek him out for his opinion!!!

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October 26, 2022

5.0

Very polite and concerned about the patient condition and to make it much better vary good person vary careful in the words he uses i believe he is vary much on target

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October 26, 2022

5.0

Excellent patient interaction….sincere in his communications with myself and my Husband.

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October 24, 2022

5.0

He took time explaining my issues

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October 21, 2022

5.0

Caring , clear explanations

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October 21, 2022

5.0

He’s very knowledgeable

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October 19, 2022

5.0

He takes the time to explain your circumstances and listens to your feedback.

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October 02, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kolavo is an excellent surgeon, very thorough with years of experience..

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September 30, 2022

5.0

He listened to my situation; explained the MRI and X-rays; suggested a realistic plan for my care.

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September 30, 2022

5.0

He is very thorough

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September 27, 2022

5.0

Dr Kolavo a Great surgeon !!!

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September 25, 2022

5.0

Dr kolavo was very everything during office visits and talking about the surgery facts about the surgery the outcome of a surgery what you'll need to do before and after surgery and what to expect very thorough I very much like that situation Dr kolavo is a great surgeon and that's why I went to him and I think him so much for what he does

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September 23, 2022

5.0

Clinical and surgical expertise

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September 21, 2022

5.0

Well treated

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September 12, 2022

5.0

He is very caring

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September 09, 2022

5.0

Dr. Explained my MRI results & showed me all detail results & recommended daily care & keep up with walking & exercise

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September 07, 2022

5.0

Very patient oriented and knowledgeable

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