David M. Kalainov, MD

David M. Kalainov, MD

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Primary Specialty

Hand Surgery

Secondary Specialty

  • Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Insurance

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Practice Focus Areas

  • Arthroscopic Surgery - Elbow
  • Arthroscopic Surgery - Shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Distal Biceps Repair
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Hand Reconstructive Surgery
  • Shoulder Surgery

Education

Medical Education:
MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine - 1991
Internship:
Johns Hopkins University - 1992
Residency:
Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell Medical Center - 1996
Fellowships:
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/TJUH - 1997

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Board Certifications

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

Faculty Profile

Clinical Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine

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Practice Groups and Affiliations

Medical Group:
Northwestern Medical Group
Alignment Category:
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
On Medical Staff At:
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.9
4.9 

954 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 31, 2022

5.0

Personable Concise and clear information

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March 31, 2022

5.0

The whole team was excellent! Everyone involved in the process. I'm trully grateful of being in good hands

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March 31, 2022

5.0

He takes time and is committed to my recovery.

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March 30, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kalainov was very thorough with his exam, and provided honest feedback about my options.

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March 28, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kalainov takes the time to really explain the path of care he recommends and always has time to address any of your question and concerns. I would not be as comfortable with anybody else.

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March 28, 2022

4.0

Not as good as I remember him in previous years.

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March 28, 2022

5.0

Explained what my injury was and how we could get it fixed

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March 21, 2022

5.0

Thorough

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March 18, 2022

5.0

He is very good at explaining your injury and the treatments

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March 18, 2022

5.0

Listens to patient concerns and addresses all issues

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March 18, 2022

5.0

His knowledge of his profession and willingness to listen.

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March 18, 2022

5.0

listens, asks questions, takes time with patient

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March 16, 2022

5.0

Prompt. Took the time to sit down with me and fully explain my diagnosis and potential options, with pros and cons.

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March 16, 2022

5.0

He obviously has great experience in his area of practice and knowledge of the hand.

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March 14, 2022

5.0

Dr. K. evaluated my arthritic condition and performed a successful surgery that mitigated many of my symptoms and dysfunctions.

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March 14, 2022

5.0

Gave all info for an informed decision. Very good manner

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March 14, 2022

5.0

Knowledgable, personable; answers all my questions to my satisfaction. Explained my condition and interprets the x-rays and treatment options and outcomes at initial appointment and again at follow-up so I left with a good understanding of next steps.

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March 14, 2022

5.0

Very professional Dr Kalainov cares about his paitants.

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March 13, 2022

5.0

Incredibly knowledgeable and professional with excellent care and skills for the surgery

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March 13, 2022

5.0

Excellent service and extremely personable. Not to mention, a great surgeon.

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March 10, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kalainov offers extraordinary care and expertise on all orthopaedic injuries. My injury specifically has to deal with tendon, and nerve damage. And the path to recovery wouldn’t be possible without Dr Kalainovs program and careful planning of occupational therapy.

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March 07, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kalainov is terriffic. One of the best.

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March 07, 2022

5.0

Very knowlegable and caring.

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March 07, 2022

5.0

Very friendly doctor who is not only detail oriented but willing to present you the facts and options in a clear and concise manner that is easy to follow and place trust in to. It took me a long time to find a hand surgeon I trust and Dr. K made it very easy. No long wait times, you’re in there for a friendly and efficient experience. Seamless, perfect. No better words to describe.

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March 07, 2022

5.0

Very knowledgeable and friendly.

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March 03, 2022

5.0

Certainly professional and knowledgeable in his area. Keeps me aware of everything he's doing and why. Easy to talk to.

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February 28, 2022

5.0

Great Physician!

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February 28, 2022

5.0

Very thorough, amazing bedside manner.

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February 24, 2022

5.0

He was informative and helpful but also to the point. He considered all sides of the problem.

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February 23, 2022

5.0

Efficient, competent, great bedside manner

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February 23, 2022

5.0

He’s a good doctor. Listens better than most.

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February 21, 2022

5.0

Professional, explains medical issues clearly, on time, warm and engaging.

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February 20, 2022

5.0

Impressive knowledge, communication and demeanor

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February 17, 2022

5.0

Dr Kalainov put my forearm back together after a severe laceration and I am forever thankful for all of his hard work and contributions to the medical community. Dr. Kalainov is a class act, and always listens to his patients and makes sure they are safe and comfortable during their program rehab and treatment.

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February 17, 2022

5.0

He is the best of the best. Always explaining thoroughly, the issue and never rushing.

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February 16, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kalainov is kind, attentive, thoughtful, efficient and obviously very intelligent and skilled.

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February 14, 2022

5.0

He’s personable, very knowledgeable, easy to talk to and a great listener. Great sense of humor as well.

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February 14, 2022

5.0

Fixed my trigger thumb and relieved the cramping in my right hand with steroid shots. Careful, conservative approach. Respected my decision to wait on carpal tunnel surgery to play out efforts at physical therapy and steroid shots, even though it's turning out that surgery will be the only remaining option soon. Personable, informative, and thorough.

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February 10, 2022

5.0

Nice guy, highly competent, shows up prepared

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February 10, 2022

5.0

He’s #1.

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February 10, 2022

5.0

Takes time and us an excellent surgeon.

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February 03, 2022

5.0

Very thorough and did not rush explanations

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February 03, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kalainov is a caring engaged Dr. He's always upbeat which gives you confidence in him and his diagnosis.

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February 01, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kalainov answered every question and concerns completely. Everything went well. I gave complete confidence in his procedures and directives.

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January 31, 2022

5.0

seems to have sense of humour

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January 27, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kalainov is knowledgeable and friendly. He gave me every confidence that he assessed my condition correctly.

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January 26, 2022

5.0

Consummate professional.

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January 26, 2022

5.0

Very thorough and knowledgeable

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January 20, 2022

5.0

He and his asst are a great team. Great communication and follow through.

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January 17, 2022

5.0

I like his enthusiasm and the fact he doesn't just jump right into surgery but tries other options first.

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January 17, 2022

5.0

He is very professional, helpful and friendly

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January 12, 2022

5.0

Provide a clearer information and listen to my concerns

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January 10, 2022

5.0

excellent physician and person, truly thoughtful and proficient

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January 09, 2022

5.0

Great doctor that actually listens.

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December 27, 2021

5.0

he is competent and approachable.

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December 26, 2021

5.0

Detailed but straight forward

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December 24, 2021

5.0

Dr. K was extremely efficient, but not hurried. He took the time and interest to establish rapport on my first visit, which will make me comfortable returning in the future. Nice to know that he shares my exact same ailment, in the exact same location. Instant credibility in my book.

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December 24, 2021

5.0

He is able to communicate effectively with knowledgeable but understandable terms.

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December 23, 2021

5.0

Knowledge and professionalism

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December 23, 2021

5.0

He is a great Dr.

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December 22, 2021

5.0

Great doc, very to the point, let’s see how the surgery goes.

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December 20, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kalainov is fantastic. He answers all of my questions and explains the plan for my care really well. I have great confidence in his management and he has excellent bedside manner which the importance and impact of that cannot be understated. I would recommend him to my family and friends.

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December 16, 2021

5.0

Very knowledgeable, compassionate and has a wonderful sense of humor.

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December 16, 2021

5.0

Was professional in doing his job.

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December 16, 2021

5.0

Concern over my medical problem. Breadth of coverage in dealing with the problem. Bed-side manner.

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December 16, 2021

5.0

Very straight forward and responsive.

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December 13, 2021

5.0

Great doctor, talks a bit fast but writes everything down in visit notes.

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December 12, 2021

5.0

I like Dr. Kalinov's enthusiasm. He take his time with the exam and really listens to what you are saying.

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December 06, 2021

5.0

Friendly, professional, and took the time to explain procedure. I’m very confident in him to perform the procedure successfully.

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December 01, 2021

5.0

Very thorough, willing to answer questions, good communication

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November 26, 2021

5.0

Gave me good information and next-step recommendations in a candid, professional way. Answered all my questions. Good visit.

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November 24, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kalainov sets the patient at ease from the start of the consultation without being condescending nor overly friendly. He was to the point, clear in his diagnosis and treatment recommendations. I would have given him a 10, except I am not in the habit of giving out a perfect score in my first visit. But he won my trust as a medical professional in the first round.

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November 19, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kalainov has given me a clear understanding of my problem and a verity of treatment options. I might need surgery but it will only be after all other option are tried.

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November 18, 2021

5.0

Expertise and onowledge

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November 18, 2021

5.0

Took his time explaining my problem. Answered my questions, very thorough.

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November 17, 2021

5.0

Very nice man who clearly knew his business. Showed me my problem and had a plan.

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November 15, 2021

5.0

Dr. K is very efficient and knowledgeable.

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November 15, 2021

5.0

He’s a great doctor that takes time with you. He gentle and compassionate.

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November 10, 2021

5.0

Direct and clear explanation and diagnosis and he explained a few options for my particular problem

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November 10, 2021

5.0

The Doctor was thorough, fast, professional and easy to speak with. The PA was also attentive, engaged and professional as well.

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November 09, 2021

5.0

Dr Kalainov was very helpful and has an excellent bedside manner.

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November 08, 2021

5.0

Great bedside manner, made me laugh and was very honest.

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November 08, 2021

5.0

He is very caring and has helped me so much.

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November 06, 2021

5.0

My opinion he is a very good doctor

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November 05, 2021

5.0

He's a great Dr!

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November 03, 2021

5.0

He’s very knowledgeable in his field.

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November 03, 2021

5.0

Him and his staff are great

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November 02, 2021

5.0

Patiently explained injury and healing steps. Clearly acknowledged my questions about sports activity as it related to protecting the injury.

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October 31, 2021

5.0

Very comfortable and confident with the service and treatment provided. have had surgery and treatment in past with Dr Kalainov and would recommend him highly to friends/family.

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October 28, 2021

5.0

Took time to go over my issues and explain options and treatment with me.

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October 27, 2021

5.0

Caring, knowledgeable, detailed & great sense of humor!

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October 21, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kalainov reviewed my prior records and procedures before meeting with me. He understood my current concerns and issues with my hands/arm, he suggested options that could help, administered two injections and provided me with a comprehensive packet of information about my conditions, which included recommendations. He spent a significant amount of time on my behalf. All persons in the office including the Doctor worked quickly, but never at the expense of the patient. All were great listeners, took my concerns seriously, and compassionately provided care. The only comment I have, I was not provided with the potential side affects of the injections I received before I received them. Before leaving the office I asked someone, who took the time to tell me what to expect.

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October 18, 2021

5.0

He is knowledgable, makes sure I understand any issues and good about addressing my questions and concerns

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October 18, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kalainov was knowledgeable & personable.

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October 15, 2021

5.0

.My care was excellent. Dr Kalainov was very professional and caring.

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October 14, 2021

5.0

It's so easy to speak well on your doctor when you've been treated well. It goes without saying. Dr. Kalainov deserves the 10+

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October 13, 2021

5.0

Very knowledgeable and courteous.

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August 26, 2021

5.0

Thorough care . Candid explanation.

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August 26, 2021

5.0

Explained the procedure, listened to my concerns and answered my questions satisfactorily

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August 24, 2021

5.0

Seems to know his field well. Nice guy

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