David H. Garelick, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Sports Medicine

Phone: 773-777-9900

Board Certifications
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualification, Sports Medicine
  • Spanish

Practice Locations

Affiliated Hospitals

  • 25 East Same Day Surgery Center
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Lincoln Park Center for Advanced Orthopedic Surgery
  • Presence Saint Joseph Hospital

Areas of Expertise

  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Fracture Care
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Independent Medical Evaluations (IME)


Dr. David Garelick is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He provides excellent comprehensive care for shoulder and knee conditions. His shoulder expertise includes caring for rotator cuff, labral tears, and degenerative arthritis. For the knee, Dr. Garelick provides a wide spectrum of care ranging from ligament injuries and meniscal tears to total knee replacement. He performs most of his surgeries arthroscopically and with other minimally invasive techniques which accelerate healing and help to diminish pain.

Dr. Garelick is active in resident and fellowship education, serving as a faculty member of the University of Illinois Orthopaedic Sports Medicine fellowship as well as the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship through Presence Resurrection Medical Center. He has also served as a team physician for U.S. Soccer, and currently serves as the team physician for St. Patrick High School. In addition, he has designed medical products and holds two patents, including a hand brace used for treating Boxer’s fractures.

What Patients Should Know About Me

Dr. Garelick takes pride in his ability to communicate with the patient about their problem. He steadfastly believes that outcomes and patient satisfaction are maximized when the patient has a better understanding of their condition. Dr. Garelick makes himself available to patients, personally returning phone calls and answering questions or concerns which may arise. While each situation is unique, he believes that most orthopedic conditions can be successfully treated conservatively and without surgery.

As a sports medicine physician and former U.S. soccer team doctor as well as team physician for a Division III University and a local high school, I am accustomed to caring for a wide range of patients encompassing elite athletes, weekend warriors and everyone in between, all with the same goal: to return to their sport as quickly and as safely possible. I spend time with each patient in order to provide customized, individual care. I don’t operate on pictures, images or tests; I operate on patients."

David H. Garelick, MD


Medical School

Indiana University - School of Medicine


Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL- General Surgery


Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL- Orthopaedic Surgery


University of California at San Diego - Kaiser Permanente Medical Center- Orthopaedic Sports Medicine


  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • National Honor Society
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Alpha Lambda Delta
  • Golden Key

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