Roger Chams, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy

Board Certifications
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Practice Locations

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Advocate Condell Medical Center
  • Advocate Surgery Center - Libertyville
  • Hawthorn Surgery Center
  • Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Northwestern Grayslake Surgery Center
  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
  • Red Oaks Surgical Suites

Areas of Expertise


  • Labral Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Ac Sprain
  • Biceps Tendinopathy
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Bursitis
  • Shoulder Calcific Tendonitis
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Complex
  • Shoulder Osteoarthritis
  • Thrower’s Shoulder / Little League Shoulder
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Distal Bicep ruptures
  • Bankart and Reverse Bankart Tear
  • SLAP Tear


  • Collateral And Cruciate Ligament Injuries:
  • MCL and LCL Injuries
  • Meniscus Tear and Repair
  • Patellofemoral Ligament Injuries: Lateral Release and Ligament Reconstruction
  • ACL Injuries
  • Arthrofibrosis of the Knee
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Patellar / Quadriceps Tendonitis
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • Runners and Jumpers Knee
  • Knee Complex
  • Knee Arthritis


Dr. Roger Chams is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine, knee and shoulder disorders. He was fellowship trained at the prestigious Southern California Orthopedic Institute where he received specialized training in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of complex knee and shoulder disorders and sports injuries. After his fellowship, he introduced many of these innovative procedures that had not previously been performed to the area, including cartilage restoration. Dr. Chams has been in practice with the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute for over 20 years where he currently serves as a board member. His extensive Sports Medicine experience includes treating thousands of professional, NCAA, amateur athletes, as well as work-related injuries. He is a longstanding team physician for Lake Forest College, as well as multiple high schools and club sports teams. Dr. Chams has been chosen as a team physician for the US Soccer Federation Men and Women National Teams.

He has presented at national meetings, published multiple journal articles, instructional videos, and has authored a textbook chapter on Advanced Shoulder Arthroscopy. He continues to be active as a member and instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), teaching advanced knee and shoulder arthroscopic surgical technique courses for other orthopedic surgeons. He is an instructor for the Residents / Fellows Advanced Surgical Arthroscopic Shoulder/ Knee Course at the Academy Learning Center and continues to routinely teach medical education courses for physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers.

Dr. Chams has been honored with numerous awards and titles, including “Top Tier MD”, “Chicago’s Top Doctor”, American Registry “Patient’s Choice” and Becker’s Orthopedic Review “Outstanding Knee Surgeons”. He has been selected to “America’s Top Orthopedists “by the Consumer Research Counsel of America for the last 15 years.

Today he brings to IBJI advanced experience in Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, also known as PRP, and is on the cutting edge of stem cell therapy.

To evaluate each patient individually and understand their unique needs and concerns. It is essential to help patients understand their disease process, as well as the rationale behind available treatment options, both non-operative and operative. Together with each patient, Dr. Chams seeks to establish a treatment plan which meets their specific needs, whether sport or work related. He believes that a well educated patient can best participate in their care."

Roger Chams, MD

My Team


Medical School

University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine


University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine- Orthopaedic Residency


Southern California Orthopaedic Institute- Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy

Affiliations and Associations

Team Affiliations

Lake Forest College Foresters

  • Team Physician, US Soccer Federation
  • Team Physician, Lake County Rugby
  • Team Physician, GLSA
  • Team Physician, Vernon Hills High School
  • Team Physician, Lake Forest High School
  • Team Physician, Warren Township High School
  • Team Physician, GLSA
  • Team Physician, Carmel Catholic High School
  • Team Physician, Grayslake Central High School
  • Team Physician, Lakes Community High School
  • Team Physician, EFT Sports Performance
  • Team Physician, Slammers
  • Team Physician, Lake County Fielders Baseball


  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

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  • Chicago Magazine- “Chicago’s Top Doctors”
  • North Shore Magazine- “Top Tier M.D.”
  • American Registry- Patient’s Choice Award
  • Selected as one of “America’s Top Orthopedists”

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“Previous to having surgery done by Dr. Chams, I had two others by another surgeon. For years I experienced pain and instability. My previous surgeon was not listening to concerns after my second surgery. Dr. Chams not only listened but fit me into his schedule as soon as possible. He repaired my labrum about a year ago. My labrum was so destroyed from my first two shoulder surgeries that he had to basically recreate it from shreds. For the last year I have been working with Dr. Chams and a physical therapist near my college to strengthen my shoulder. After previous surgeries, I felt instability after just a month or two, but with this one I feel confident to use my shoulder and I feel hopeful for the things I am still working toward. I am so grateful for Dr. Chams and his team. They corrected the work of a previous surgeon and made a ligament from shreds.” – Abigail H.

“He is the most caring, concerned and best in the field of Orthopedic doctors.”

“I trust Dr. Chams. It’s really great to know a Doctor that truly cares about his surgeries and making sure people can get back to the best possible life.”

“Chams is the best. Always makes me feel important.”

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