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David H. Garelick, MD

2019-04-30T15:56:01-05:00October 20th, 2017|

David H. Garelick, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Sports Medicine

Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualification, Sports Medicine
Additional Language:
  • Spanish

To Make an Appointment

Call 773-777-9900 or complete our online form to request an appointment

Practice Location

Chicago-Avondale Physician Offices
2923 N California Ave
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60618

Phone: 773-777-9900

Fax: 773-777-5927

Affiliated Hospitals

  • 25 East Same Day Surgery Center
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Community First Medical Center
  • Presence Saint Joseph Hospital


Dr. David Garelick is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He provides excellent comprehensive care for shoulder and knee conditions. In the shoulder, his expertise includes caring for rotator cuff injuries, 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.

Additional Areas of Expertise

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


Philosophy of Care

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.

“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.”

What Patients Should Know About Me

“As a sports medicine physician and U.S. Soccer Team doctor, 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.”


Medical School

Indiana University - School of Medicine


General Surgery

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


Orthopaedic Surgery

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


Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

University of California at San Diego - Kaiser Permanente Medical Center


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

Curriculum Vitae

See my Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

See a general list of health plans in which our providers participate.

PLEASE NOTE: While many of IBJI’s providers participate in various plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna,Cigna, Humana, United Healthcare and others, IBJI strongly encourages you to contact your specific health plan to ensure your chosen doctor is in-network.



  Dr. Garelick as heard on WBBM & WSCR, Part 1

"illinois bone and joint dr gar". Released: 2018.

  Dr. Garelick as heard on WBBM & WSCR, Part 2

"illinois bone and joint dr gar". Released: 2018.