- Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
- Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center
Areas of Expertise
Dr. David Raab is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and one of the founding physicians of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. His practice is based on a comprehensive team approach to patient education and care. Dr. Raab utilizes advanced, state-of-the-art techniques in combination with ethical decision making to ensure exceptional orthopedic care for his patients. His strong commitment to patient safety and his warm and friendly interaction with his patients make them feel like family.
Dr. Raab specializes in sports medicine in both adult and pediatric patients and provides treatment for injuries involving the rotator cuff, labrum, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus, and knee ligament reconstruction. He also performs total knee replacements and total hip replacements. He performs arthroscopic (minimally invasive) procedures, which reduce patient discomfort, side effects, and recovery times.
The son of a physician, Dr. Raab was inspired by his father’s dedication to helping people and decided to become a doctor at a young age. He educates patients and relies on the latest medical evidence to make sound, ethical treatment recommendations and regards surgery as a last option after non-surgical treatments have been tried.
Dr. Raab is an avid athlete and plays competitive tennis and paddle tennis on a regular basis. His love of sports and maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle is something he shares with his family, including his four children. His longstanding participation in these activities gives Dr. Raab an added understanding and appreciation of the importance of healthy bones and joints and helps fuel his determination to improve his patients’ conditions.
There’s nothing more gratifying for me than helping my patients get back to the sports and activities they love."David Raab, MD
Northwestern University Medical School
Northwestern University Medical School- General Surgery
Northwestern University Medical School- Orthopaedic Surgery
Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center- Sports Medicine
- Raab, D.; Fischer, D.; Smith, J., “Comparison of Arthroscopic and Open Reconstruction of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Early Results.” American Journal of Sports. Vol. 21:680-684, January 1993.
- Raab, D.; Fischer, D., “Lunate and Perilunate Dislocation in Professional Football Players: Five- Year Retrospective Analysis.” American Journal of Sports Medicine. Vol. 22, No. 6,?November 1994.
- Raab, D.; Fischer, D., “Lunate and Perilunate Dislocation in Professional Football Players: Five- Year Retrospective Analysis.” NFL Team Physicians Scientific Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, February 7, 1991.
- Gryzlo, S.; Nuber, G.; Raab, D.; Lautenschlager, E., “Posterior Shoulder Stability: The Contribution of the Capsule to Posterior Glenohumeral Joint Stability.” Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, Palm Springs, CA, April 1991.
- Raab, D.; Fischer, D.; Smith, J., “Comparison of Arthroscopic and Open Reconstruction of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Early Results.” American Academy of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Meeting, San Diego, CA, July 1992.
- Raab, D.; Fischer, D., “Lunate and Perilunate Dislocations in Football Players: Five-Year Retrospective Analysis.” American Academy of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Meeting, San Diego, CA, July 1992.
- Bailie, D.; Goldstein, W.; Raab, D., “Total Knee Arthroplasty after Hauser Procedure: A Report of Three Cases in Two Patients and Description of the Surgical Technique.” Poster Exhibit, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 1995.
- Goldstein, W.; Stine, J.; Butler, A.; Carlson, S.; Raab, D., “Clinical and Cost Analysis of the Extended Care Facility after Total Joint Arthroplasty: The Cost of Medicare Patient after DRG209.” Poster Exhibit, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orlando, FL, February 1995.
- Collinge, C.; Raab, D., “Reduction of Supracondylar and Intracondylar Femur Fractures with a Pelvic Reduction Clamp.” Poster Presentation, Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, October 1995.
- Stine, J.; Goldstein, W.; Raab, D.; Patek, R.; MacGregor, L., “A Clinical and Cost Analysis of the Hip Fracture Medicare Patient: DRG Cost Effectiveness of an Implemented Case Management Algorithm.” Scientific Exhibit, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, February 13-17, 1997.
- Kramer, A.; Raab, D.; Kelikian, A.; Goldstein, W., “New Technique for High Tibial Osteotomy: Distraction Valgus Osteotomy with External Fixator.” Scientific Exhibit, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, February 13-17, 1997.
- Comisar, R.; Goldstein, W.; Raab, D.; Jimenez, M., “Unilateral Versus Bilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty in Patients 75 Years of Age and Older.” Scientific Exhibit, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, February 13-17, 1997.
- Raab, D.; Kelikian, A.; Kramer, A.; Goldstein, W., “New Technique for High Tibial Osteotomy: Distraction Valgus Osteotomy with External Fixation.” Video and Electronic Media Program, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA,?March 19-23, 1998.
- Kramer, A.; Raab, D.; Kelikian, A.; Goldstein, W., “New Technique for High Tibial Osteotomy: Distraction Valgus Osteotomy with External Fixator: Two to Five Year Follow-up.” Mid-American Orthopaedic Association 16th Annual Meeting, Acapulco, Mexico, April 22-26, 1998.
- Goldstein, W.; Raab, D.; Gleason, T.; Branson, J.; Berland, K., “Why Posterior Cruciate Retaining and Substituting Total Knee Arthroplasty Have Similar Range of Motion: The Importance of Posterior Condylar Offset and Cleanout of Posterior Condylar Space.” 73rd Annual Meeting, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, University of Illinois and Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, Chicago, IL March 22-26, 2006.
- Class Honors/Dean’s List: 1978-1981
- William Barnstrom Freshman Award: 1978
- James B. Angell Scholar: 1980
- Honors College Program: 1980-1981
- Phi Beta Kappa: 1981
- Assistant Professor, Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School: 1991-2010
- Clinical Associate, University of Chicago Department of Surgery, Chicago IL: 1991-1997
- Associate Master Instructor, Arthroscopy Association of North America
- Instructor, Arthroscopy Association of North America Orthopaedic Learning CenterShoulder and Knee Arthroscopy Courses Rosemont, IL
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"In 2017, Dr. Raab replaced my left knee using the Visionaire knee replacement system. Surgery started at 9am, in Morton Grove, and I was home watching TV at 2pm. This knee replacement was the result of a 1979 sports injury. Last year I played left field for a 60-65 year old 12″ softball team and we won the AAA National Championship. I could not have hoped for a better outcome, as I worked my way through rehabilitation. Originally, I searched the top 25 orthopedic surgeons in the US; Dr. Raab was one of two in the Chicago area. I really enjoy meeting with him on an annual basis, as he reviews how I’m doing. He deserves one of our championship jerseys, as he enabled me to play at 100 percent. Thanks Dr. Raab!” – Dennis S.
"Dr. Raab and his PA were very thorough when explaining diagnosis. They were professional, courteous, kind and empathetic. Would definitely recommend them."
"Dr Raab and his staff is very informative and if you have questions or need them to respond to you it is within the same day you leave a message!"