Jerome L. Kolavo, MD

Jerome L. Kolavo, MD

4.8 
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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
Physician Category:
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
On Medical Staff At:
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Hospital
Kishwaukee Hospital
Northwestern Medicine Surgery Center

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.8
4.8 

382 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

August 27, 2021

5.0

Very knowledgeable Experienced Cares about his patients

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August 27, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kolavo did a good job answering all my questions and concerns .. and smiled😊which someone like me needs to see.. since this was a very scary surgery for me.

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August 25, 2021

5.0

Excellent reputation

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August 19, 2021

5.0

Very thorough I have three back surgeries and I’m still here !

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August 19, 2021

5.0

Time spent explaining procedure that I am going to under go.

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August 18, 2021

5.0

He seems to be a very caring doctor, and he gave me information that can help right now.

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August 17, 2021

5.0

I think he is a nice doctor who explains everything thoroughly, just felt comfortable with him!

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August 10, 2021

5.0

I respect his knowledge and his candid feedback. But most of all I truly appreciate the time he took to explain my diagnosis.

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August 04, 2021

4.0

communication

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August 03, 2021

5.0

Excellent clinician

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August 03, 2021

5.0

He is an excellent practitioner.

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August 03, 2021

5.0

Trust in Dr, Kalavo's opinion and explanation of findings.

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July 28, 2021

5.0

Excellent in taking time to explain to my injuries and future options

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July 27, 2021

5.0

Dr Kolavo is thorough. Most impressive was the first visit.

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July 27, 2021

5.0

Very professional and caring about your issues

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July 21, 2021

5.0

Doesn’t sugarcoat anything & easy to talk to.

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July 20, 2021

0.0

I got stuck in the elevator for 30 min the firementook longer to get me out because they couldn’t locate the key there and when it was found it was bend! My anxiety is still real high I can’t go to sleep! Why wasn’t there a key at the front desk?

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July 15, 2021

5.0

comes right to the point

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July 13, 2021

5.0

Top notch clinician and surgeon

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July 13, 2021

5.0

He explained everything in detail and answered my questions

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July 10, 2021

4.0

Dr. Kovalo performed thorough examination and made several non-surgical suggestions for relieving my back pain. The only significant negative is that he prescribed Valium for my MRI, but the information sheet that came with the drug said I should not be taking it if I'm already taking an opioid, which I am.

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July 06, 2021

5.0

If someone has a back problem I would strongly recommend him.

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July 05, 2021

5.0

Dr Kolavo took as much time as I needed to help me understand all the possible outcomes for my spine surgery. He didn’t give me any unrealistic expectations.

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June 22, 2021

5.0

I feel very at ease with Dr. Kolavo, he takes his time to talk to me and doesn't rush any decisions.

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June 16, 2021

5.0

Highly reputable, spend time answering all of my questions, gave me clear details and recommendations about my diagnosis

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June 01, 2021

5.0

Dr Kolavo explained all the issues I am having thoroughly, and set up a plan of pain management along with PT to get me feeling better. I appreciate his conservative approach and even hope to avoid surgery.

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May 24, 2021

1.0

Explained above

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May 23, 2021

4.0

Cooperative Well explained Well experienced Good way of explaining

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May 22, 2021

5.0

Great doctor great guy

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May 09, 2021

5.0

Very through in explaining things and giving you options.

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May 09, 2021

4.0

Friendly & informative.

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May 08, 2021

4.0

My impression of Dr. Kolavo is that he is competent and trustworthy. I would be confident to have him treat my lumbar spine problem. But to diagnose and treat other related issues that may be be part of a larger problem, not so much.

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May 06, 2021

5.0

Professional & knowledgeable

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April 27, 2021

5.0

He was very thorough and explained everything.

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April 27, 2021

5.0

Doctor calavo listens to USA patient tries a lot of options before update for surgery

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April 25, 2021

5.0

I felt the doctor is listening to me and is trying to help figure out what is wrong with me.

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April 24, 2021

0.0

After waiting more than 30 min in waiting room and spending more than an hour and 15 min over all, I was told to walk more (I already walk 2-3 miles per day) I was told to go to a PT outside of Northwestern, even though I said my hmo covers NM and I had appointments set up at OAD NM already. So no help at except to tell me to do what I was already doing, said he wouldn’t operate on my severely bulging disk, so waste of my time.

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April 20, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kolavo's care and concern shows every visit I have with him.

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April 17, 2021

5.0

great doctor

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April 16, 2021

5.0

Lots of trust

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April 10, 2021

4.0

He is a great listener and answers questions well. Spends time needed on your visit.

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April 09, 2021

4.0

He appears to be adept & the exam was well done.

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April 07, 2021

5.0

Professional, thorough, timely, got me in for an appointment quickly.

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April 04, 2021

3.0

I only saw him once.

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April 04, 2021

5.0

Dr Kolavo was great at assessing what needed to be done and did so promptly. He really listened to my concerns and questions and addressed them as best as he could.

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March 31, 2021

5.0

Doctor Kolavo has been very conservative in his approach and makes sure that all other forms of treatment for an injury are exhausted before recommending surgery. He and his staff are very helpful in getting medical paperwork completed for such things as family medical leave and short term disability for an employer.

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March 30, 2021

4.0

Only met the doctor once... was knowledgeable

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March 26, 2021

5.0

He listens and try’s to find the answers. He doesn’t just dismiss me. He is very thorough!

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March 24, 2021

5.0

He has a lot of knowledge and experience. He took the time to make sure I understood the treatment options prior to my fusion surgery and as I go through my healing process!

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March 23, 2021

5.0

This was my first consultation with Dr Kolavo. He is knowledgeable and thorough. I know he has my best interests at heart.

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March 21, 2021

5.0

Very professional

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March 19, 2021

5.0

I trust him and value his what he is telling me

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March 16, 2021

1.0

he came off a bit rude. constantly tells me i need more exercise when i told him i exercise five days a week but stopped because i was in pain with ever movement. very dismissive. would hardly let me speak and dismissed my questions with “more exercise�.

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March 13, 2021

5.0

explains Feel like he has used information.

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March 13, 2021

5.0

He spent a lot of time listening and responding to my concerns and allowed my husband to listen & respond on speaker phone since he couldn't attend with me.

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March 13, 2021

5.0

Highly

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March 13, 2021

5.0

He clearly knows what he is doing

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March 08, 2021

0.0

Dr Kolavo does not show any compassion for his patients. He comes off as superior and arrogant. My visit was a waste of time and money. When a doctor tells you "we need to find a way for you to live with your pain", I don't think he is doing all he can.

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March 05, 2021

5.0

Very competent

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March 02, 2021

4.0

Seems negative

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February 27, 2021

5.0

Excellent evaluation and treatment plan.

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February 23, 2021

5.0

Good surgeon and communicator

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February 23, 2021

5.0

He listens.

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February 16, 2021

5.0

I like him

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February 15, 2021

5.0

Thorough; patient;respectful

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February 14, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kolavo is a great doctor/surgeon.

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February 12, 2021

5.0

Attentive and clear about treatment.

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February 11, 2021

5.0

I've been working with Dr. Kolavo for the past year. Pre surgical, surgical, and post surgical. At all times he took the time to explain and answered my questions. If I had another issue with a different part of my body he helped me find a Dr. for that issue. I felt safe with all the care I had with Dr. Kolavo and would see him again if something else crops up.

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February 10, 2021

5.0

You took the time to explain my mother’s condition and gave me enough time to translate to her. Very impressed with Dr. Kovalo services.

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February 09, 2021

5.0

He is very thorough and friendly

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February 04, 2021

5.0

Good Doctor knows his profession very well. Explained my problem to me in detail so I understood what I needed to know.

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February 01, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kolavo knows what he is talking about, he takes the time to listen, answer all questions and make you at ease with your concerns, pain, what needs to be done and what he can do to help you. Highly Recommend!

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January 21, 2021

5.0

He listens! He had turned a bad outcome from another spine surgeon into a great one. This was years ago.. but he still has the same caring and assessing properties that will keep me from going to another doctor.

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January 19, 2021

5.0

Him and his staff are fantastic!

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January 05, 2021

5.0

Experience and skill

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January 02, 2021

5.0

He is a kind thorough Dr and he cares

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December 26, 2020

5.0

I had lumbar fusion surgery this year and I am so happy I had him as my surgeon! He did a great job of making sure I knew all of the risks and never forced my decision. Very professional and knowledgeable!

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December 09, 2020

5.0

Jerry Kolavo is a great guy. Has a good manner. Well respected in his field

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December 04, 2020

0.0

The doctor was rude during the exam and refused to offer any new treatment. He even accused me of lying to him during my exam despite having one of my issues he was testing being verified already.

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December 02, 2020

5.0

The whole office is kind and patient and I trust the doctor and the decisions he has made.

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December 02, 2020

0.0

Absolutely no help whatsoever. I came in rating eight out of 10 on my pain and the nurse barely ever let me finish a sentence. I also think the fact that some of your own staff/physicians have such antiquated views on medication and their lack of study with medical marijuana indicate that some of your physicians probably have hit the retirement age. I would suggest you audit every single doctor you have in your healthcare network. I am beyond pissed off with how everything has going on with Northwestern orthopedics. Not only could I not get a specific diagnostic test done, I was ridiculed. I was questioned so much that it violated my privacy, and then I was sent home and told to work with my primary on my back. You may not like this, but this is straight up bull****. The only good person there was the athletic trainer, Matt. He’s the only decent human being that I interacted with the entire time. Thanks for basically just telling me that my spine is ****** and you guys really don’t want to lift a finger to do any surgery other than the most extreme which would be fusion surgery. Thanks a lot, you talk about how you are at the forefront of a lot of medicine. This network isn’t at the forefront of ****. I’m going to make sure the public knows.

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November 24, 2020

4.0

Short wait listens tells you honestly what he thinks

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November 24, 2020

5.0

He is a great doctor and he tell you the truth

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November 22, 2020

5.0

Compassionate and explains thoroughly. He cares very much for his patients and wants to do all that is possible to help them.

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November 06, 2020

5.0

Dr. K. is a skilled surgeon. He also informs his patients, offers suggestions, treats them like a person wants to be: kind, knowledgeable, and no-nonsense.

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November 06, 2020

5.0

Dr. K. is a skilled surgeon. He also informs his patients, offers suggestions, treats them like a person wants to be: kind, knowledgeable, and no-nonsense.

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November 04, 2020

5.0

Excellent surgeon!Totally took care of my problem and no more pain!

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November 04, 2020

5.0

Very concerned and listens to your problems.Then the staff and surgeon are knowledgeable and caring. Easy to talk with and answer questions.

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November 03, 2020

5.0

Actually takes time with his patients and explains the x-rays and the MRI

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November 03, 2020

5.0

The staff is amazing

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November 02, 2020

5.0

Dr was very informative, thorough and had great bed side manners.

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October 31, 2020

5.0

He tells you exactly how it is and explains why. Very nice mam

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October 31, 2020

5.0

The whole staff is very accommodating and kind.

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October 30, 2020

5.0

Excellent doctor. Attentive, reassuring, wise, and very knowledgeable

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October 29, 2020

5.0

He is an excellent diagnostician.

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October 29, 2020

5.0

The care team at RMG Ortho is excellent. They are caring, great listeners and time efficient.

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October 27, 2020

5.0

Muchos a?±os de experiencia profesionalExcelente trato al pacienteBuenas relaciones humanas

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October 27, 2020

5.0

Buenas atencionesBuen trato personalUna excelente combinaci??n entre lo profesional y humano.

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October 21, 2020

5.0

Great doctor

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October 21, 2020

5.0

Great team of doctors and nurses

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