Ryan E. Harold, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon with Fellowship Training in Shoulder & Elbow and Hand Surgery

Phone: 847-832-6675

Board Eligible
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Practice Locations

Affiliated Hospitals

  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
  • Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Ravine Way Surgery Center, LLC

Areas of Expertise

  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Anatomic Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision (Re-do) Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Replacement for Shoulder Fracture
  • Complex Shoulder Surgery and Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Instability, Labrum Repair,  Dislocations
  • Acromioclavicular, Sternoclavicular Joint Injuries
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Elbow Arthritis and Fractures
  • Total Elbow Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Arthritis of Hand & Wrist
  • Nerve, Tendon, and Artery Injuries
  • Hand, Wrist, and Forearm Fractures


Ryan Harold, MD is an orthopedic surgeon who is dual-fellowship trained in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery and Hand Surgery. He specializes in shoulder and elbow conditions including rotator cuff tears, shoulder arthritis, elbow fractures, and elbow dislocations. Through his extensive training, he developed expertise in minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder surgery, including massive rotator cuff tears, shoulder replacement surgery, complex shoulder reconstruction, and elbow replacement surgery. He also treats acromioclavicular, sternoclavicular, and scapulothoracic conditions. He has a specific interest in cutting-edge custom 3D-printed shoulder replacement implants, preoperative 3D planning software, and computer-assisted navigation for shoulder replacement surgery. He also specializes in hand conditions, including arthritis, fractures, nerve, tendon, and artery injuries.

Dr. Harold grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He attended Purdue University where he received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

He completed a one-year Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery fellowship at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis followed by a second one- year subspecialty fellowship training in Shoulder & Elbow arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Harold’s goal in taking care of patients is to provide the highest level of care to each individual, whether it be through surgical or non-surgical approaches such as injections, physical therapy, or bracing. He strives to provide personalized care to each patient and decide on a treatment plan together, after discussing different options. Although many treatment options are often available, a patient’s specific activities, lifestyle, and personal preferences often serve as a guide to selecting the best treatment option.

Dr. Harold is an outdoor and technology enthusiast. He is an avid runner, snow skier, and golfer, and has a personal interest in 3D printing in orthopedic surgery. His wife is a pediatrician and together they have a daughter and a son.

Dr. Harold serves as a journal reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (JSES) and the Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS).

Learn More About Ryan E. Harold, MD

My mission in taking care of patients is to help develop an individualized treatment plan for each person, after first understanding their unique needs, goals, and preferences.”

Ryan E. Harold, MD


Medical School

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL- Doctor of Medicine


Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL- Orthopedic Surgery


Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL- Orthopedic Surgery


Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, Indianapolis, IN- Hand & Upper Extremity


Washington University, St. Louis, MO- Shoulder & Elbow

Affiliations and Associations

  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (ASES) 2020-present
  • American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) 2019-present
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) 2018-present
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2015-present
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society 2014-present
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2004-present

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