Jerome L. Kolavo, MD

Jerome L. Kolavo, MD

4.8 
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Primary Specialty

Spine Surgery

Secondary Specialty

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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
Kishwaukee Hospital
Northwestern Medicine Surgery Center

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.8
4.8 

394 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 17, 2022

5.0

Dr K took time to explain my MRI and review the digital pictures. He listened and provided feedback. After a through consultation, he provided an action plan that consisted of a different medication and physical therapy. He also asked Dr Papagiannopoulous office to move up my epidural steroid shot that was scheduled 2 weeks out.

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March 16, 2022

4.0

Good score for a doctor who is trying to have good bed side manners

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March 16, 2022

5.0

Explains well

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March 15, 2022

5.0

Competence

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February 25, 2022

5.0

Listened to my problem and seemed to want to help get me better .

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February 20, 2022

5.0

Good doctor

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February 18, 2022

5.0

He listened to my long list of complaints. He was very helpful. We arrived at a plan. He was recommended by many friends.

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February 16, 2022

5.0

He was knowledgeable m, concerned and made me feel he was interested in solving the problem.

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February 15, 2022

5.0

He is great

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February 15, 2022

5.0

It’s good to know that there are Doctors Out there that you can feel safe and have trust in.

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February 12, 2022

5.0

he's very knowledgeable and no nonsense

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February 11, 2022

5.0

He explain things to me & thanks

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February 08, 2022

5.0

He is determined to find the reason for my pain

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February 01, 2022

5.0

Excellent surgeon! I’m having great results from my back surgery.

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January 27, 2022

5.0

Best

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January 26, 2022

4.0

It was a first visit, but he was very nice.

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January 18, 2022

5.0

Well I believe he truly cares about his patients. I’m very fortunate that he was my surgeon; because, he is the BEST!

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January 18, 2022

5.0

Very thorough and explains a diagnoses clearly.

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January 16, 2022

5.0

He showed true concern for my problems and is very knowledgeable.

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January 15, 2022

5.0

Very thorough and takes the time to explain everything

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January 14, 2022

5.0

Excellent patient care

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January 14, 2022

5.0

Bedside manner and experienced knowledge.

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January 13, 2022

5.0

Cares for his patients

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January 13, 2022

5.0

He’s the most qualified spine surgeon I know of

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January 12, 2022

5.0

Competent and thoughtful surgeon

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January 12, 2022

5.0

Experience and knowledge

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January 10, 2022

5.0

He is very easy top talk to and explains all details of test results even prints me copy of my x-rays which I think is very import to carry with you in case of emergency. I like the fact that he personally knows my other doctors. And that he would also inform his personal opinion about my test results to my other doctors who know about my conditions. It always better to have a group knowledge when making a decision on what's best for the patient.

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January 08, 2022

5.0

Excellent surgeon

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January 02, 2022

5.0

He was careful and methodical about assessing my pain. I felt he also was listening to what I had to say.

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December 29, 2021

5.0

Dr.Kolavo very experienced doctor and knows what he's doing shows you your test results what is wrong with you and what could be fixed how long recovery time will he is a straightforward doctor and seems very professional

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December 23, 2021

5.0

Dr Kolavo is very good, knowledgeable, and professional!

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December 22, 2021

5.0

He was extremely thorough and kind

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December 21, 2021

5.0

He fixed me

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December 21, 2021

5.0

He gives superior care in a friendly caring way

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December 21, 2021

5.0

Kind, great at teaching and explaining test results

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December 19, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kolavo in my opinion is a very good spine surgeon with many years of experience. I am living proof of his surgical expertise.

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December 17, 2021

5.0

I'm walking, which is a testament to his expertise as a good spine surgeon.

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December 11, 2021

5.0

Feel is is good surgeon and knowledgable in his field

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December 08, 2021

5.0

He is a complete doctor.

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December 07, 2021

5.0

Easy to talk to. He explains everything.

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December 04, 2021

5.0

Great Doctor

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December 03, 2021

5.0

He’s honest, professional and very knowledgeable about the function and repair of the spine. He’s helped me in so many ways.

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December 02, 2021

5.0

Very kind, honest and took a lot of time reviewing my previous scans. Answered all of my questions and was as gentle as possible during my exam. Dr was willing to explain the issues to me and my husband and answered all my questions regarding the testing that is needed. Very knowledgeable and not willing to jump to conclusions.

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November 30, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kolavo listens and he is a pro.

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November 21, 2021

5.0

He's a straight shooter I asked him to tell me that he did and I want to know what they're going to do how they're going to do it and how long it will take to recover and all that was answer and I appreciate that kind of professionalism thank you again

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November 18, 2021

5.0

Experienced , Interested in me

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November 17, 2021

5.0

The best

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November 16, 2021

5.0

Exceptional doctor and visit!

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November 12, 2021

5.0

Excellent patient care

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November 11, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kolavo is a very skilled, experienced, kind and caring surgeon who doesn't rush things.

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October 31, 2021

5.0

So caring and takes time to listen

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October 26, 2021

5.0

Great doctor

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October 22, 2021

5.0

He is kind and attentive.

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October 22, 2021

5.0

Excellent explanation of my injury and next steps

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October 20, 2021

5.0

Kind, full assessment

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October 13, 2021

5.0

Very knowledgeable and caring.

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October 13, 2021

5.0

He is knowledgeable, takes time to explain, caring and concerned

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October 12, 2021

5.0

Excellent surgeon

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October 05, 2021

5.0

Explained to me what we need to do to treat my case. Very courteous.

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October 01, 2021

5.0

Excellent patient cate

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September 28, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kolavo's experience and skill put me at ease.

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September 17, 2021

5.0

I can read people and he is the real deal

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September 11, 2021

5.0

Tells you his thoughts and listens to yours

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September 09, 2021

5.0

He very informative, he listens.

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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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