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Gregory Brebach, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

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Practice Locations

27401 W. Highway 22
Suite 125
Barrington IL 60010
Fax: 847-381-0811
815 Cog Circle
Suite 1
Crystal Lake IL 60014
Fax: 847-381-0811
406 Front Street
Suite 100
McHenry Illinois 60050
Fax: 847-381-0811

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Meet Gregory Brebach


Dr. Greg Brebach is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon, fellowship-trained in spinal surgery. His practice is limited to disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.

Originally from the Barrington area, he graduated from Barrington High School. He began his practice 2003 after finishing first in his class at Rush Medical College and completing his Spine Fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital near Detroit, Michigan.

Since 2007, Dr. Brebach has been on the Board of Directors of Wellness Place, a cancer recovery and education center.

Dr. Brebach joined Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in 2016 and he lives in the Barrington area with his wife Elissa and their children, Nina and Henry.

Additional Areas of Expertise

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Brebach stresses a conservative approach to spinal care, stating, “The great majority of the patients I see are not surgical candidates. Most people respond to a designed regimen of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, exercise, oral steroid medications, and occasionally epidural steroid injections.” When surgery is necessary, Dr. Brebach employs the latest techniques in spinal surgery to limit recovery times and optimize long-term results. His goal is “to get you where you want to be.”

Affiliations and Associations

  • Lake County Medical Association
  • Illinois Medical Association


William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak MI
Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
Orthopedic Surgery
Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
General Surgery
Medical School
Rush Medical College, Chicago IL

Research and Publications

Lim, TH; Brebach, G; Renner, S; Kim, J; Anderson, G; An, H: Biomechanical Evaluation of an Injectable Calcium Phosphate Cement for Vertebroplasty: Spine, Vol 27, No 12, pp 1297-1302, June 2002
Gitelis, S; Brebach, G: The Treatment of Cronic Osteomyelitis with a Biodegradable Antiobiotic-Impregnated Surgical Grade Calcium Sulfate Implant: J of Orthopaedic Surgery, Vol 10, No 1, pp 53-60, June 2002
Marco, R; Gitelis, S; S; Brebach. G; Healy, JH: Cartilage Tumors: Evalution and Treatment: JAAOS. Vol 8, No 5, September/October 2000, pp 292-304

A Cadaveric Comparison of Grip Forces in the Hand Before and After Hook of the Hamatc Excision: Fifth Annual OREF Midwest Resident Research Competition and Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, May 2002
The Effects of Pedicle Screw-Rod Distraction Posterior Lumbar Interbody Graft Distraction and Interbody Graft Plus Posterior Compression on Lumbar Foraminal Dimensions and Lordosis: NASS, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2000

Brebach G; Montgomery D; Sengupta D: Pedicle Substraction Osteotomy for Flatback Syndrome: A Review of Nine Cases. 2003
Brebach G; Herkowitz H; Montgomery D; Fischgrund J; Truumees E; Femoral Ring Allografts in Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusions: A Review of 32 Cases. 2003
Brebach G;Beck P; Lim T; Kim J; Fernandez J; Cohen M: A Cadaveric Comparison of Grip Forces in the Hand Before and After Hook of the Hamate Excision. 2002
Brebach G; Renner S; Lim T; An H: The Effect of New Calcium Sulfate Cement on the Compression Strength of Vertebroplasty. 2001
Brebach G; Gitelis S; Piasecki P; Segretti J: The Use of Gentamycin Impregnated Calcium Sulfate Beads in the Treatment of Chronic Osteomyelitis: Eight Case Studies, 2001

Orthopaedic Surgery Essentials: Spine: Edited by C Bono and S Garfin, Cervical Spondylosis and Stenosis, G Brebach, J Fishgrund, H Herkowitz, Lippincott, 2004, pp. 106-113
Orthopaedic Surgery Essentials: Spine: Edited by C Bono and S Garfin, Cervical Radiculopathy, G Brebach, H Herkowitz, Lippincott, 2004, pp.114-121
The Adult Pediatric Spine, Edited by J Frymoyer and S Wiesel, Operative Techniques: Interbody Fusion, E Truumees, G Brebach, Lippincott, 2004 pp.1133-1152
The Adult and Pediatric Spine, Edited by J Frymoyer and S Wiesel, Positioning and approaches to the Thoracolumbar Spine: Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Approaches, E Truumees, G Brebach, Lippincott, pp.1061-1080


  • Jorge O. Galante, M.D., Excellence in Research Awarded, Effect of New Calcium Phosphate Cement on the Compression Strength of Vertebroplasty. Rush-Presbyterian-St.Lukes’s Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, June 2001
  • Valedictorian, Rush Medical College, Class of 1997 (1 of 120)
  • Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke’s Medical Staff Prize for Clinical Excellence (1997): Awarded to the outstanding senior medical student as selected by the medical staff
  • Clark-Schmidt Medical Education Scholarship (1997): Awarded by the internal medicine and nursing staffs for demonstrated clinical and academic distinction
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (1996): Vice President, Rush Medical College, Zeta Chapter, elected junior year


  • Vice Chairman, Surgery Department, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
  • Chairman-elect, Surgery Department, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital 2015
  • Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery

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Accepted Insurance

  • Aetna EPO, HMO, PPO, POS, NAP
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage PPO, HMO
  • Aetna Whole Health
  • Beech Street/Concentra/Viant PPO and Workers’ Compensation
  • Blue Advantage PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, BlueChoice PPO, HMO, HMOI, HMO Advantage, Blue Precision HMO, Medicare Advantage, MMAI Plan (some physicians)
  • CareIQ, Rehab for Workers Compensation
  • Cigna HMO, PPO, POS
  • CorVel PPO, Workers’ Compensation
  • Coventry Medicare Advantage PPO, HMO
  • Coventry PPO, Workers’ Compensation
  • Encompass (surgery network for injured workers)
  • First Health PPO
  • Healthcare’s Finest Network PPO, Workers’ Compensation
  • HealthLink Plans HMO, PPO
  • HMO Illinois (some physicians)
  • Humana MMAI, HMO, POS, PPO
  • Imagine Health/Smart Network (MRI/CT Services, Rehab Services, and some Physicians)
  • Longevity Health Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Medicare
  • MedRisk (Rehab services for injured workers)
  • MultiPlan/Private Health Care Systems PPO
  • One Call Medical Network (Imaging services for injured workers)
  • One Call Care Management (Rehab services for injured workers)
  • Orchid Medical (Rehab services for injured workers)
  • PPO Next (aka HealthStar PPO, Preferred Health Network PPO)
  • Preferred Network Access PPO
  • Preferred Plan PPO
  • Premier Comp Solutions (imaging services only)
  • Savility
  • Sunrise Advantage Medicare Advantage Plan
  • Therapy Direct (Rehab services for injured workers)
  • Union Health Service
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO, Open Access, POS, PPO

IBJI providers are participating providers in the following workers’ compensation Preferred Provider Programs (PPP):

  • CorVel
  • Coventry
  • Healthcare’s Finest Network
  • MedRisk (Rehab/Work Comp)

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Additional Patient Feedback

“I was turned down by two well known neurosurgeons in my search to have my neck fixed. Neither of the two neurosurgeons I consulted would operate on me because I have Multiple Sclerosis. A friend referred me to Dr. Brebach who saw that I had done every other thing to relieve the pain and numbness in my neck, arm and hand. He operated on me in September 2020 and the results were immediate! Don’t waste your time going anywhere else!” – Kathryn Y.

“Absolutely fantabulous! Dr. Brebach is truly a gift to his profession! Although I was extremely nervous at the prospect of having a lumbar spinal infusion operation during a National Pandemic, I was in good hands! Dr. Brebach explained what the complexion of the process looked like from the start of surgery through the recovery process. When he noted my apprehensiveness, he worked to set me at ease. His confidence and intimate knowledge helped to calm my fears. Additionally, Dr. Brebach’s medical staff is impressive! They are warm, friendly and pick up the phone when I have called. It’s rare to find a doctor that combines personal touches and care for a patient as a person with outstanding, high-quality medical care. I highly recommend Dr. Gregory Brebach, you won’t be disappointed!” – Anastasia E.

“Dr. Brebach answered all of my questions completely and provided the supporting logic for his recommendations.”

“Great doctor, great team!”

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