Dr. Gary Shapiro is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating spine problems in adults and children. He has particular interest in sports related spinal injuries and has treated professional athletes from around the world, including serving for three years as the official spine surgeon for the Chicago Bears.
In many cases, Dr. Shapiro is able to treat patients with non-surgical methods. When surgery is needed, he often is able to perform minimally invasive procedures, which decrease patient discomfort and speed recovery times.
The combination of his interest in science and his desire to help people led Dr. Shapiro to become a doctor. His care is marked by his empathy for patients and true commitment to their best interests.
His dedication to excellence is reflected in Dr. Shapiro’s work as the chairman of the professional staff risk management committee and Spine Division quality committee representative at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dr. Shapiro is a clinical assistant professor of orthopaedics at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine.
He is conducting research studying factors that could shorten the length of a patient’s hospital stay following surgery and is participating in a multi-center study assessing the effectiveness of a technique in lumbar spinal fusion. Dr. Shapiro also has been involved in the development of new medical products, and holds a patent for a cage used for spinal reconstruction.
Additional Areas of Expertise
- Degenerative Spine Conditions
- Disc Herniation and Microdecompression
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Spine Abnormalities & Deformities in Adults and Children
- Independent Medical Evaluations (IME)
Philosophy of Care
I believe it is very important to place the patient and his/her needs as the first priority. Additionally, my conservative approach to treatment will exhaust all non-operative measures prior to surgery. I have the ability to tailor both non-surgical and surgical options to the patients’ specific needs, and will work with the patient to determine the proper course of treatment.
Children's Hospital San Diego
Thoracoscopic Deformity Surgery Training
Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery
The New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center
Health Science Center at Syracuse
Research and Publications
- Peter O Newton and Shapiro GS. Congenital Deformity in Essentials in Orthopaedics: Spine, 1st edition.
- Shapiro GS, Bostrom MPG. Heterotopic Ossification and Charcot Neuroarthropathy. in Chapman Operative Orthopaedics, 3rd edition.
- Shapiro GS and Weiland AJ. Distal Radius Malunion: The Use of the Locon T Plate in Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: The Wrist, 2nd edition.
- Newton PO, Faro FD, Farnsworth CL, Shapiro GS, Mohammad F, Parent S, Fricka K, Amiel D. Multilevel spinal growth modulation with an anterolateral flexible tether in an immature bovine model. Spine, In press.
- Shapiro GS, Sheth N, Mintz DN, Bush H, Sculco TP. Occlusion of a vascular graft after TKA: a case report. American Journal of Orthopedics. In Press.
- Kelly BT, Shapiro GS, DiGiovanni CW, Buly RL, Potter HG, Hannafin JA. Vascularity of the hip labrum: a cadaveric investigation. Arthroscopy 21:3-11, 2005.
- Huang R, Shapiro GS, Sandhu H, Lutz G. Cervical epidural abscess after epidural steroid injection: a case report. Spine 29:E7-9, 2004.
- Shapiro GS, Markel DC, Weiland D, Padgett DE, Sculco TP, Pellicci PM. The use of a constrained acetabular component: follow up of at least 2 years. J Arthroplasty 18:250-8, 2003.
- Shapiro GS, Boachie-Adjei O, Taira G. Results of surgical treatment of adult idiopathic scoliosis with low back pain and spinal stenosis: a study of long-term clinical and radiographic outcomes. Spine 28:358-63, 2003.
- Shapiro GS, Boachie-Adjei O, Dhalikar S, Maier L. The use of Epoetin alfa in complex spine deformity surgery. Spine 27:2067-71, 2002.
- Shapiro GS and Weiland AJ. Degenerative osteophyte causing lateral epicondylitis. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 11:383-5, 2002.
- Shapiro GS, Markel DC, Weiland D, Padgett DE, Sculco TP, Pellicci PM. The use of a constrained acetabular component: follow up of at least 2 years. Instructional Course Lectures 50:281-7, 2001.
- Shapiro GS, Millett PJ, DiCarlo EF, Mintz DN, Gamache FW, Rawlins BA. Spinal epidural hemangioma related to pregnancy. Skeletal Radiology 30:290-4, 2001.
- Shapiro G, Green DW, Fatica NS, Boachie-Adjei O. Medical complications in scoliosis surgery. Curr Opin Pediatr 13:36-41, 2001.
- Diminick M, Shapiro GS, Cornell CN. Acute compartment syndrome of the triceps and deltoid. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 13:225-7, 1999.
- Shapiro GS, Frelinghuysen P, Sanchez P, Rawlins B, Boachie-Adjei O. Revision pediatric deformity. Submitted: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
- Foundation for Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS): 2000-current
- Chicago Bears NFL Football Team Spine Consultant: 2005-2007
- Northwestern University Medical School: 2003-2009
- University of Chicago Medical School: 2009-current
See my Curriculum Vitae
- 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
- CCN POS
- CCN PPO
- 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
- 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)
- 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):
- Healthcare’s Finest Network
- MedRisk (Rehab/Work Comp)
Enjoyed a Three Week Bicycle Trip Without Back Pain: Jim’s Story
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Additional Patient Feedback
“I have returned to Dr. Shapiro because of the fine result from the first surgery he did on my back. I was not certain what was wrong this time, but after consultation, Dr. Shapiro gave me his best course of action advice. At this time, surgery is not indicated but the injection he gave me was painless and is helping. Both Dr. Shapiro and his staff are professional, personable, and always available to answer any of my questions. I highly recommend him. -Terri R.”
“Thank you all so much for the incredible care you provided to me. My back is so much better! You not only provided this relief, you had amazing support along the way, always explaining everything that would happen, what to expect, etc. And then you called, and called again, making sure I was ok – amazing!”
“Dr. Shapiro was great. Told us what we needed to know and was concise and to the point. Excellent staff as well.”
“Dr Shapiro is so patient focused and an extraordinary physician. The support staff should also be commended!”
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