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Jonathan Erulkar, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

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Practice Locations

2101 Waukegan Road
Suite 110
Bannockburn IL 60015
Fax: 847-914-9009
1919 Skokie Valley Road
Highland Park IL 60035

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Evanston Hospital - NorthShore University Health System
  • Glenbrook Hospital - NorthShore University Health System
  • Highland Park Hospital - NorthShore University Health System
  • Ravine Way Surgery Center
  • Skokie Hospital - NorthShore University Health System

Meet Jonathan Erulkar


Dr. Jonathan Erulkar is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in non-operative and operative management of cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), and lumbar (lower back) conditions.

In providing care, Dr. Erulkar tailors his treatments to the individual patient by correlating and considering medical history, physical examination, diagnostic imaging as well as work/social circumstances. He strives to guide and educate his patients through non-operative treatments as well as considering their surgical options.

He is experienced in performing microdiscectomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion and instrumentation surgeries. In many cases, these can be performed using minimally invasive techniques which can reduce post- operative strain on the patient and minimize recovery times. Dr. Erulkar has performed a series of Mobi-C Cervical Disc Replacements and is happy to offer it as an option to patients.

Dr. Erulkar completed a combined Spine Surgery Fellowship at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston where he assisted and trained with a leading team of orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons. This has given him a deeper appreciation for the two disciplines as they relate to spine care.

He is the father of three children and learned of IBJI-Bannockburn through his wife who is a nurse practitioner and was a patient of IBJI-Bannockburn herself when she was a tennis player for Lake Forest High School and Boston College.

Additional Areas of Expertise

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Erulkar tailors treatments to the individual patient by correlating and considering medical history, physical examination, diagnostic imaging as well as work/social circumstances.


New England Baptist Hospital, Boston
Spine Surgery
Yale New Haven Hospital
Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical School
Yale School of Medicine

Research and Publications

  • Bertagnoli R. Yue JJ. Fenk-Mayer A., Erulkar JS, Emerson JW. Treatment of symptomatic adjacent-segment degeneration after lumbar fusion with total disc arthroplasty by using the prodisc prosthesis: a prospective study with 2-year minimum follow up. Journal of Neurosurgery Spine.2006, 4(2):91-7.
  • Erulkar JS, Grauer JN, Patel TCh, Panjabi MM. Kinematic analysis of posterolateral fusions in a New Zealand white rabbit model. Spine, 2001, 26: 1125-1130.
  • Patel TCh, Erulkar JS, Grauer JN, Troiano NW, Panjabi MM, Friedlaender GE. OP-1 overcomes the inhibitory effect of nicotine on posterolateral lumbar fusion. Spine, 2001, 26: 1656-1661.
    Grauer JN, Patel TCh, Erulkar JS, Troiano NW, Panjabi MM, Friedlaender GE. Evaluation of OP-1 as a graft substitute for posterolateral lumbar fusion. Spine, 2001, 26:127-133.
  • Grauer JN, Erulkar JS, Patel TCh, Panjabi MM. Biomechanical evaluation of the New Zealand white rabbit lumbar model. Eur Spine J., 2000, 9:250-255.
  • Erulkar JS, O’Brien DA, Saunders JC. Hair bundle morphology on surviving hair cells of the chick basilar papilla exposed to intense sound. Scanning Microscopy, 1996; 10: 1127-1142.
  • Doan DE, Erulkar JS, Saunders JC. Functional changes in the aging mouse middle ear. Hearing Research, 1996; 97: 174-177.
  • Erulkar JS, Kim DH. The management of spine fractures in patients with DISH/AS. In Pediatric and Adult Spine Trauma. Kim DH, Ludwig SC, and Vaccaro AR (eds). (Submitted 11/05)
  • Erulkar JS, Grauer JN, Vaccaro AR, Friedlaender GE. Spinal fusion and the role of Bone Grafts and Substitutes. In: Am Acad Orthop Surgeons Monograph on Bone Fusion. Friedlaender GE, Mankin HJ, Goldbeg VM, ed. , AAOS, 2006, 49-55.
  • Erulkar JS, Grauer JN. Cervical Approaches. In: Complications of Spine Surgery. An HS, Jenis LA (eds.) Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2006., 3-10.
  • Altman DA, Gallo RA, Flynn JM,Erulkar JS, Yue JJ. Spinal Trauma Special Considerations: Pediatric Spine Trauma and Ballistic Trauma to the Spine. In: Trauma Orthopedic Knowledge Update III. Baumgaertner MR, Tornetta III, P (eds.) Am. Acad Orthop Surgeons, 2005, 349-361.
  • Erulkar JS, Grauer JN, Patel TCh, Friedlaender GE. Experience with OP-1 in Rabbit Model of Lumbar Fusion. In: Advances in Spinal Fusion: molecular science, biomechanics, and clinical management. Lewandrowski KU, Wise FL, Trantolo DJ, Yasemski MJ, White AA, (eds) Marcel Derrek, 2004, 117-133.
  • Patel TCh, Grauer JN, Erulkar JS. Evaluation of OP-1 in a Rabbit Model of Lumbar Fusions. In Bone Morphogenetic Proteins: From Laboratory to Clinical Practice. Vukicevic S, Sampath KT ( eds.) 2002, 207-222.
  • Grauer JN, Patel TCh, Erulkar JS, Panjabi MM. OP-1 as a bone graft alternative for posterolateral fusion. In: Advances in Skeletal Reconstruction Using Bone Morphogenetic Proteins. Lindholm TS (ed.) World Scientific Publishing Co., 2002, Ch. 26, 439-452.


  • Louis H. Nahum Prize for Outstanding Medical Degree Thesis
    Yale University School of Medicine. 2001
  • Farr Scholar Award, Yale University School of Medicine. 2000, 2001
  • Recipient, Yale University School of Medicine Research Fund. 1999-2000
  • Rose Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research, University of Pennsylvania. 1996
  • Highest Departmental Honors for Thesis (Biology), University of Pennsylvania. 1996
  • Nassau Undergraduate Research Fund, University of Pennsylvania. 1995-96
  • Howard Hughes Research Initiative Immunology Traineeship, University of Pennsylvania. 1994


  • Clinical Instructor: Section of Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics, Tufts School of Medicine, New England Baptist Hospital Boston MA 2006-2007
  • Clinical Instructor: Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
    Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 2005-2006
  • American Academy of Orthopedics
  • American Medical Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Lake County Medical Society

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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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