James R. Bresch, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Sports Medicine

Phone: 847-824-3198

Board Certifications
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Practice Locations

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
  • Golf Surgical Center
  • Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center
  • St. Alexius Medical Center


James Bresch, MD is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with fellowship training in Sports Medicine, specializing in arthroscopic surgery, shoulder and knee care. He also performs total knee replacements, and unicompartmental knee replacements. Dr. Bresch completed his medical degree at Loyola University in Chicago and then fulfilled his internship and residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Following residency, Dr. Bresch completed additional training with a Sports Medicine fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedics in Inglewood, CA.

Dr. Bresch has worked with many professional and collegiate sports teams in his 25 plus years of experience and continues to fill the role of Division Director of Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at Lutheran General Hospital. Additionally, he is a current member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

An inventor at heart, Dr. Bresch has worked with many partners in developing advancements in orthopedic devices and surgical systems, including holding a patent for a surgical needle redesign that won him the US Army’s Invention Award.

When not seeing patients, Dr. Bresch enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He has participated in triathlons, marathons, and duathlons, and is an avid woodworker and beekeeper.

My Team


Medical School

Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine


Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center – NMH- Department of General Surgery


Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center – NMH- Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Inglewood, California- Sports Medicine Fellowship

Affiliations and Associations

  • Professional Team Coverage as Fellow:
    • Los Angeles Dodgers
    • Los Angeles Lakers
    • Los Angeles Kings
    • Los Angeles Rams
    • Anaheim Angels
    • Anaheim Mighty Ducks
  • College Team Coverage:
    • Loyola Marymount University – All teamsUSC Football Program
  • Teams covered as a resident:
    • Chicago Cubs
    • Chicago Bulls
    • Chicago Bears
  • Consultant: New York City Rockettes Chicago performances1999 - 2008
  • Red Wings hockey organization - current
  • Bresch, J.R., S.H. Park, C.L. Shields: “The Effects Of Laser Energy on the Shoulder Ligament.” Fifth World Biomaterials Congress (A).
  • Pinzur, S.M., Litooy, F., Daniels, J., Arney, C., Bresch, J.R.: “Multi-Disciplinary Pre-Operative Assessment and Late Function in Dysvascular Amputees,” Archives of Surgery (A).
  • Schweitzer, E.J., Hauer, J.M., Swan, K.G., Bresch, J.R.: “Use of the Heimlich Valve in a Compact Autotransfusion Device,” Journal of Trauma, 1987 May; 27(5): 537-42.
  • Schweitzer, E.J., Bresch, J.R.: “ Suture Needle Holder,” United States Patent, Patent Number: 4,580,567, April 8, 1986.
  • Lillimoe, K.D., Harmon, J.W., Cogen, M., Bresch, J.R., Schweitzer, E.J.: “Cromolyn Sodium Inhibits Pentagastrin and Carbachol Stimulated Acid Secretions,” Gastroenterology, 84:1231, 1982.
  • Lillimoe, K.D., Harmon, J.W., Johnson, M.N., Bresch, J.R.: “Indomethacin Protects Against Acid-Induced Esophagitis in Rabbits,” Gastroenterology, 82:1118, 1982.
  • Phi Sigma, Biology Honor Society Marquette University Chapter, 1985
  • Invention Award Department of United States Army, United States Patent No. 4,580,567 1986
  • Best Video Presentation – AAOS annual meeting, 1996. “Posterior Rotatory Elbow Instability”
  • Associate Clinical Instructor – University of Chicago Department of Orthopaedics – 2010 – present
  • Division Director of Sports Medicine within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital – April 2011 - present.
  • Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center – Co-founder/Board member Chairman – 2006 – present
  • Global Med Choices – Chief Medical Officer and Founding Board Member – 2010 - present
  • Knee Advisory Board; Smith & Nephew – 2009 – present
  • Clinical Instructor – University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics - 1999 – Present
  • Clinical Instructor – Northwestern University Medical School Department Of Orthopaedics - 1995 – 1999Good Shepherd Hospital – Surgery Steering 2001-2003, Surgery Case Review, Risk Management 1997-2001
  • Lutheran General Hospital – IPA Board, February 2002 to April 2004
  • Golf Surgical Center – Chairman Executive Committee, January 2004 – 2008Management Committee, January 2001 – December 2003

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