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Nirav Shah, MD

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine / Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee, Shoulder & Elbow

Introduction

Dr. Shah is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, a specialty within orthopaedic surgery that treats injuries to bones, joints, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Dr. Shah is also one of the few orthopaedic surgeons in the area with subspecialty board certification in sports medicine. He specializes in minimally invasive techniques and arthroscopy to treat complex injuries of the shoulder, knee, and elbow.

Dr. Shah’s extensive training and experience includes caring for athletes, weekend warriors, injured workers and treating common orthopaedic problems ranging from pediatric injuries to fractures and other injuries of the musculoskeletal system. This expertise, combined with his philosophy of personalized care, allows him to develop the most appropriate plan of treatment—either surgical or nonsurgical—based on the needs, goals and desires of each individual. His patients include little league, high school, collegiate and professional athletes, as well as the injured worker (workman’s compensation) and weekend warriors—all receiving the same expert level of care.

During his fellowship at The Methodist Hospital and Baylor Clinic in Houston, Texas, Dr. Shah trained with physicians whose advice and treatment was sought by athletes from across North America. He was a team physician for the Houston Astros Major League Baseball team, accompanying the team for spring training. Dr. Shah was also a team physician with the Houston Texans NFL team, the Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer team, University of Houston athletic teams, and several Houston area high school football teams. He trained with team doctors for the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Fire, and Northwestern University athletic teams while in residency at Northwestern University.

Dr. Shah’s personal involvement in numerous sports medicine activities includes coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the NBA pre-draft camp and the Joffrey Ballet, as well as performing athletic physicals and football game physician coverage for Chicago Public Schools. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Shah is an associate master instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Dr. Shah keeps extra hours and a streamlined process for getting injured athletes into his office on a same-day basis, including Athlete Injury Clinics on Saturdays and throughout the week. Dr. Shah keeps a rapid and open communication line with all of the area high school and college athletic trainers.

Dr. Shah is considered an expert by his peers and has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of shoulder and knee injuries. He is also published in multiple peer review journals in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Shah is a clinical instructor for the University of Illinois College of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery department, where he helps train and educate future orthopaedic surgeons that are currently in training. Additionally, Dr. Shah has helped to develop newer minimally invasive techniques for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery and has lectured and taught other orthopaedic surgeons around the country these new techniques that lead to better outcomes and less pain. Dr. Shah is also an inventor and innovator with patents in the area of cartilage repair and regeneration. On this note, Dr. Shah is currently a consultant to the Northwestern University Department of Materials and Science and Engineering at the Institute for Bionanomedicine where he consults for the leading engineers and scientists in the world on clinical translation of innovative nanotechnology and additive manufacturing (3D Printing) of biomaterials and how they can be instituted to improve patient outcomes and revolutionize medicine.

Since coming to southwest suburban Chicago, Dr. Shah has become heavily involved in treating athletes at Trinity Christian College, as well as from area high schools including Marist, Tinley Park, Shephard, Sandburg, Brother Rice, St. Rita, Providence, St. Ignatius, and many others. He has developed a close working relationship with all of the area’s athletic trainers, which allows for coordinated care of the athletes he treats.

Dr. Shah also treats many injured workers. Dr. Shah gives multiple lectures throughout the Chicagoland area to case managers, workers’ compensation adjustors, and physical therapists. Dr. Shah takes extra effort to coordinate the injured workers care with the case manager, adjustor, attorneys, and therapists to provide a safe, efficient and successful return to work plan with minimally invasive operative and non-operative treatment modalities.

Dr. Shah is currently accepting new patients in our Palos Heights office location.

DR. SHAH’S SPECIALTIES

Common conditions treated

  • ACL
  • Meniscus
  • Ligament
  • Cartilage
  • MCL
  • PCL
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)

Common procedures performed

  • Arthroscopic surgery of the knee
  • ACL Reconstruction
  • ACL Repair
  • Meniscus Repair
  • Partial Meniscectomy
  • Patellar Stabilization
  • Reconstruction Surgery of the Knee
  • MCL repair and reconstruction
  • Cartilage transplant
  • OATS
  • Allograft & autograft for bone grafting
  • Knee dislocation reconstruction 
  • Ultrasound-guided cortisone (steriod) injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Viscosupplementation or "gel shots"

Common conditions treated

  • Rotator cuff
  • Ligament
  • Instability
  • Labrum
  • Cartilage
  • Arthritis
  • AC sprain
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Bankart
  • SLAP lesion
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Throwing shoulder injuries

Common procedures performed

  • Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Labrum repair
  • Stabilization
  • SLAP repair
  • Decompression
  • Impingement
  • AC joint arthritis
  • Total shoulder replacement
  • Resurfacing arthroplasty
  • Cartilage repair
  • Biceps tenodesis
  • Biceps tenotomy
  • Throwing shoulder (Pitchers, etc.) repair
  • AC joint reconstruction

Common conditions treated

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Biceps
  • OCD
  • Ligament

News

Education

    • Fellowship, Sports Medicine, Methodist and Baylor Sports Medicine Institutes | Houston, TX | 2009
    • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center | Evanston, IL | 2008
    • M.D., University of Illinois College of Medicine | Chicago, IL | 2003
    • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University | Evanston, IL | 1999

Certifications & licensure

    • Diplomate American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery | July 2011
    • Board Certified in Sports Medicine | October 2013
    • Certificate of Added Qualification (The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery)

Team affiliations

    • Trinity College Team Physician | Current
    • Marist High School Team Physician | 2009 – 2010
    • NCAA Division II Wrestling/Swimming/Diving National Championship Event Coverage | Houston, TX | 2009
    • Houston Astros Spring Training | Kissimmee, FL | March 2009
    • Major League Soccer Draft Combine | Fort Lauderdale, FL | January 2009
    • University of Houston Assistant Team Physician | 2008 – 2009
    • Houston Astros Assistant Team Physician | 2008 – 2009
    • Houston Texans Assistant Team Physician | 2008 – 2009
    • Houston Dynamo Assistant Team Physician | 2008 – 2009
    • Clements High School Football Team Physician | 2008
    • Chicago Public School Football Game Orthopaedic Coverage |2004 – 2007
    • Chicago Public School Team Sports Physicals | 2004 – 2007
    • Lasalle Bank Chicago Marathon Coverage | 2003 – 2005
    • NBA Pre-Draft Camp Orthopaedic Coverage | 2003 – 2004

Professional activities

    • International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) | 2008 – current
    • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association (MAOA) | 2007 – current
    • Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) | 2008 – current
    • International Society of Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA) | 2007 – current
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) | 2003 – current
    • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) | 2008 – current
    • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) | 2008 – current
    • Lab Assistant, Multiple Courses – Orthopaedic Learning Center (AAOS) | 2004 – 2008
    • Genzyme Articular Cartilage Implantation Certified | 2008
    • Annual Fellows Articular Cartilage Course | 2009
    • Oxford Uni Compartmental Knee Arthroplasty Certification Course | 2009

Professional memberships

    • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • Arthroscopy Association of North America
    • International Cartilage Repair Society
    • International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty
    • Orthopaedic Research Society
    • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association

Publications, presentations and research

    • Northwestern University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
      Preceptors Gordon Nuber, MD & Samuel Stupp, PhD
      Articular Cartilage Regeneration in aRabbit Model using TGF-Beta Binding Self-Assembling Peptide Amphiphiles
    • Northwestern University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
      Preceptors Steven Levin, MD & Li QunZhang, PhD
      Cadaveric Biomechanical Analysis of Two Proximal Biceps Tenodesis Techniques
    • Baylor and Methodist Sports Institutes
      Preceptors David Lintner, MD & Philip Noble, PhD
      Progressive Cyclical Load to Failure of Soft-Tissue ACL Graft Fixation Devices
    • Research Grant Award – Arthrex, Inc.
    • First Place Orthopaedic Research Education & Foundation (OREF) Basic Science Paper
    • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Research Scholarship
    • Illinois General Assembly Scholar – Full Tuition Scholarship
    • Health Professions Research Travel Scholarship

Selected Publications

    • Shah NA, Lowe WR, Noble PC, Lintner DM. “Incremental Cyclical Load to Failure & Footprint Analysis of a Novel Single Tunnel Double Bundle Femoral Tunnel Device.” Submitted AJSM, Under Review.
    • Shah NA, Capito RM, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Accelerated and Enhanced Articular Cartilage Regeneration with Novel Self-Assembling Nano-Engineered Three Dimensional Bioactive Scaffolds.” American Journal of Sports Medicine. Submitted, Under Review.
    • Capito RM, Shah NA, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Bioactive Binding Epitopes Enhance Articular Cartilage Regeneration with Endogenous Recruitment on Novel Self-Assembling Peptide Amphiles.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). Publication Pending.
    • Shah NA. “Basic Science Review.” Orthopaedic Surgery Review: Questions and Answers. Ed. Mark J. Sokolowski. Theime: New York, 2008. 245-290.
    • Merk BR, Minihane KP, Shah NA. “Scapulothoracic Dissociation with Acromioclavicular Separation: A Case Report Of a Novel Fixation Method.” J. Orthop Trauma. Sept. 2008; 22(8): 572-5.
    • Shah NA, Ghate RS, Stulberg SD. “Reduced Heterotopic Ossification with Less Invasive Total Hip Arthroplasty.” Journal of Arthroplasty. Accepted, Publication Pending.
    • Shah NA, Levin SD. “Musculoskeletal Manifestations of Bioterrorism.” Emergency Bioterrorism. Ed. Leikin J. New York: McGraw-Hill. In Press: August 2007.
    • Shah NA. “Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Review: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 8, Knee and Leg – Bone Trauma.” http://www.aaos.org. Eds. Sarwark JF, Grana WA. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2006.
    • Bach G, Shah NA, Mejia A, Gonzalez MH. “Upper Extremity Dog Bite Wounds& Infections.” Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances. 2005 Winter; 14(4): 181-4.

Selected Presentations

    • Shah NA, Lowe WA, Noble PC, Lintner DM. “Anatomic ACL Hamstring Aperture Fixation Withstands Patholaxity During Cyclic Loading to Failure.” American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting. Podium Presentation: March 2010. New Orleans, LA.
    • Shah NA. “Update on Soft Tissue Fixation in ACL Reconstruction.” Advanced Concepts in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Faculty Lecture: September 2009. Las Vegas, NV.
    • Shah NA. “Shoulder Pain & Function: Diagnosis & Treatment Options.” Advocate Christ Medical Center Community Education Program: October 2009. Oak Lawn, IL.
    • Shah NA, Capito RM, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Accelerated and Enhanced Articular Cartilage Regeneration with Nano-Engineered Scaffolds in Microfracture.” American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Annual Meeting. Podium Presentation: July 2009. Keystone, CO.
    • Shah NA, CapitoRM, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Self-Assembling Peptide Amphiphiles (PA) as an Adjunct to Microfracture for Articular Cartilage Regeneration.” 8thWorld Congress of the International Cartilage Repair Society. Podium Presentation: May 2009. Miami, FL.
    • Shah NA, Capito RM, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Self-Assembling Peptide Amphiphiles as an Adjunct to Microfracture for Articular Cartilage Regeneration: A Rabbit Model.” 55th Annual Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)Meeting. Podium Presentation: Feb 2009. Las Vegas, NV.
    • Shah NA, Capito RM, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Self-Assembling Peptide Amphiphiles as an Adjunct to Microfracture for Articular Cartilage Regeneration: An In Vivo Nanotechnology Rabbit Model.” International Meeting on Early Intervention for Knee Arthritis (IMUKA). Poster Presentation: Feb 2009. Maastricht, The Netherlands.
    • Shah NA, Capito RM, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Self-Assembling Peptide Amphiphiles as an Adjunct to Microfracture for Articular Cartilage Regeneration: A Rabbit Model.” Orthopaedic Research & education Foundation (OREF) Midwest Research Symposium. First Place Scientific Paper Presentation: May 2008. Chicago, IL.
    • Capito RM, Shah NA, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Self-Assembling Peptide Amphiphiles for Articular Cartilage Regeneration.” Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society Conference (TERMIS). Podium, June 2008. Porto, Portugal.
    • Shah NA, Ghate RS, Stulberg SD. “Lower Incidence and Severity of Heterotopic Ossification with less Invasive Total Hip Arthroplasty.” International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA). Poster, October 2007. Paris, France.
    • Shah NA, Stulberg SD. “Gender Specific Femoral Anteversion Variation in Patients Undergoing Total Hip Arthroplasty.” ISTA. Podium, October 2007. Paris, France.
    • Shah NA, Ghate RS, Stulberg SD. “Less Invasive Total Hip Arthroplasty Reduces Incidence and Severity of Heterotopic Ossification.” Mid-America Orthopaedic Association. Podium, April 2007. Boca Raton, FL.
    • Shah NA, Stulberg SD. “Gender Specific Femoral Anteversion Variation in Patients Undergoing Total Hip Arthroplasty.” Mid-America Orthopaedic Association. Podium, April 2007. Boca Raton, FL.
    • Gonzales MH, Shah NA. “Upper Extremity Dog Bite Wounds & Infections.” 12th Annual Musculoskeletal Infection Society. Podium, August 2002. Snowmass, CO.
    • “Shoulder Injuries in the Throwing Athlete.” Accelerated Rehabilitation Conference. Presentation, July 2009. Palos Heights, IL.
    • “Current Update on ACL Injury and Reconstruction.” Accelerated Rehabilitation Conference. Presentation, July 2009. Palos Heights, IL.
    • “Elbow Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction and Review in the Overhead Athlete.” Baylor Sports Medicine Institute. Presentation, January 2009. Houston, TX.
    • “Lesions of the Superior Labrum and Biceps.” Baylor Sports Medicine Institute. Presentation, September 2008. Houston, TX.
    • “Orthopaedic Trauma.” Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Presentation, May 2008. Chicago, IL.
    • “Current Update on Foot and Ankle Athletic Injuries.” Northwestern University Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery Chairman’s Conference. Presentation, March 2008. Chicago, IL.
    • “Current Updates in ACL Reconstructive Surgery.” Northwestern University Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery Chairman’s Conference. Presentation, December 2007. Chicago, IL.
    • “Current Updates in Total Knee Arthroplasty.” Northwestern University Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery Chairman’s Conference. Presentation, December 2007. Chicago, IL.
    • “Pediatric Elbow Fractures.” Northwestern University Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery Chairman’s Conference. Presentation, April 2006. Chicago, IL.
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