Comprehensive state-of-the-art orthopaedics in Chicago's southwest suburbs since 1968

Nirav A. Shah, MD

Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee, Shoulder, Elbow

Dr. Shah is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, a specialty within orthopaedic surgery that treats injuries to bones, joints, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Dr. Shah is also one of the few orthopaedic surgeons in the area with subspecialty board certification in sports medicine. He specializes in minimally invasive techniques and arthroscopy to treat complex injuries of the shoulder, knee, and elbow.

Dr. Shah’s extensive training and experience includes caring for athletes, weekend warriors, injured workers and treating common orthopaedic problems ranging from pediatric injuries to fractures and other injuries of the musculoskeletal system. This expertise, combined with his philosophy of personalized care, allows him to develop the most appropriate plan of treatment—either surgical or nonsurgical—based on the needs, goals and desires of each individual. His patients include little league, high school, collegiate and professional athletes, as well as the injured worker (workman’s compensation) and weekend warriors—all receiving the same expert level of care.

Read Dr. Shah’s CV here.


During his fellowship at The Methodist Hospital and Baylor Clinic in Houston, Texas. Dr. Shah trained with physicians whose advice and treatment was sought by athletes from across North America. He was a team physician for the Houston Astros Major League Baseball team, accompanying the team for spring training. Dr. Shah was also a team physician with the Houston Texans NFL team, the Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer team, University of Houston athletic teams, and several Houston area high school football teams. He trained with team doctors for the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Fire, and Northwestern University athletic teams while in residency at Northwestern University.

Dr. Shah’s personal involvement in numerous sports medicine activities includes coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the NBA pre-draft camp and the Joffrey Ballet, as well as performing athletic physicals and football game physician coverage for Chicago Public Schools. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Shah is an associate master instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Dr. Shah keeps extra hours and a streamline process for getting injured athletes into his office on a same day basis including Athlete Injury Clinics on Saturdays and throughout the week. Dr. Shah keeps a rapid and open communication line with all of the area high school and college athletic trainers.

Dr. Shah is considered an expert by his peers and has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of shoulder and knee injuries. He is also published in multiple peer review journals in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Shah is a clinical instructor for the University of Illinois College of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery department, where he helps train and educate future orthopaedic surgeons that are currently in training. Additionally Dr. Shah has helped to develop newer minimally invasive techniques for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery, and has lectured and taught other orthopaedic surgeons around the country these new techniques that lead to better outcomes and less pain. Dr. Shah is also an inventor and innovator with patents in the area of cartilage repair and regeneration. On this note, Dr. Shah is currently a consultant to the Northwestern University Department of Materials and Science and Engineering at the Institute for Bionanomedicine where he consults for the leading engineers and scientists in the world on clinical translation of innovative nanotechnology and additive manufacturing (3D Printing) of biomaterials and how they can be instituted to improve patient outcomes and revolutionize medicine.

Since coming to Southwest Suburban Chicago, Dr. Shah has become heavily involved in treating athletes at Trinity Christian College as well as from area high schools including Marist HS, Tinley Park HS, Shephard HS, Sandburg HS, Brother Rice HS, St. Rita HS, Providence HS, St. Ignatius HS, and many others. He has developed a close working relationship with all of the area’s athletic trainers, which allows for coordinated care of the athletes he treats.

Dr. Shah also treats many injured workers. Dr. Shah gives multiple lectures throughout the Chicagoland area to case managers, workmans compensation adjustors, and physical therapists. Dr. Shah takes extra effort to coordinate the injured workers care with the case manager, adjustor, attorneys, and therapists to provide a safe, efficient and successful return to work plan with minimally invasive operative and non-operative treatment modalities.

Educational Background
Northwestern University
B.S. Biomedical Engineering
Evanston, Illinois

University of Illinois College of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Shah is affiliated with Advocate Christ Medical Center, Palos Community Hospital, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Palos Surgery Center, and Orland Park Surgery Center. He is currently accepting new patients, second opinions, and workman’s compensation patients”

Orthopaedic Surgery
Northwestern University
McGaw Medical Center
Evanston, Illinois

Methodist and Baylor Sports Medicine Institutes
Houston, Texas

Board Certification
Diplomate American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery as well as Board Certified in Sports Medicine
Certificate of Added Qualification (The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery)

Research & Awards
Northwestern University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Preceptors Gordon Nuber, MD & Samuel Stupp, PhD
Articular Cartilage Regeneration in aRabbit Model using TGF-Beta Binding
Self-Assembling Peptide Amphiphiles.

Northwestern University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Preceptors Steven Levin, MD & Li QunZhang, PhD
Cadaveric Biomechanical Analysis of Two Proximal Biceps Tenodesis Techniques

Baylor and Methodist Sports Institutes
Preceptors David Lintner, MD & Philip Noble, PhD
Progressive Cyclical Load to Failure of Soft-Tissue ACL Graft Fixation Devices

Research Grant Award – Arthrex, Inc.
First Place Orthopaedic Research Education & Foundation (OREF) Basic Science Paper
Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Research Scholarship
Illinois General Assembly Scholar – Full Tuition Scholarship
Health Professions Research Travel Scholarship

Professional Activities &Memberships

  • International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS)2008-Current
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association (MAOA),2007-Current
  • Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS),2008-Current
  • International Society of Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA), 2007-Current
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons(AAOS), 2003-Current
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), 2008-Current
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), 2008-Current
  • Lab Assistant, Multiple Courses – Orthopaedic Learning Center (AAOS), 2004-2008
  • Genzyme Articular Cartilage Implantation Certified, 2008.
  • Annual Fellows Articular Cartilage Course, 2009
  • Oxford Uni Compartmental Knee Arthroplasty Certification Course, 2009.

Team & Event Coverage

  • Chicago Public School Football Game Orthopaedic Coverage, 2004-2007
  • Chicago Public School Team Sports Physicals,2004-2007
  • Lasalle Bank Chicago Marathon Coverage,2003-2005
  • NBA Pre-Draft Camp Orthopaedic Coverage,2003-2004
  • Houston Astros Assistant Team Physician,2008-2009
  • Houston Texans Assistant Team Physician,2008-2009
  • Houston Dynamo Assistant Team Physician,2008-2009
  • Clements High School Football Team Physician,2008
  • University of Houston Assistant Team Physician,2008-2009
  • Major League Soccer Draft Combine, Jan 2009.Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Houston Astros Spring Training, March 2009.Kissimmee, FL
  • NCAA Division II Wrestling/Swimming/Diving National Championship Event Coverage, 2009, Houston, TX
  • Marist High School Team Physician 2009 – 2010
  • Trinity College Team Physician,Current

Society Memberships
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
International Cartilage Repair Society
International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty
Orthopaedic Research Society
Mid-America Orthopaedic Association

Selected Publications

Shah NA, LoweWR, Noble PC, Lintner DM. “Incremental Cyclical Load to Failure & FootprintAnalysis of a Novel Single Tunnel Double Bundle Femoral Tunnel Device.”Submitted AJSM, Under Review.

Shah NA, CapitoRM, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Accelerated and Enhanced Articular CartilageRegeneration with Novel Self-Assembling Nano-Engineered Three DimensionalBioactive Scaffolds.” American Journal of Sports Medicine. Submitted, UnderReview.

CapitoRM, Shah NA, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Bioactive Binding Epitopes EnhanceArticular Cartilage Regeneration with Endogenous Recruitment on NovelSelf-Assembling Peptide Amphiles.” Proceedings of the National Academy ofScience (PNAS). Publication Pending.

Shah NA.”Basic Science Review.” Orthopaedic Surgery Review: Questions and Answers.Ed. Mark J. Sokolowski. Theime: New York, 2008. 245-290.

Merk BR, Minihane KP, Shah NA.”Scapulothoracic Dissociation with Acromioclavicular Separation: A Case ReportOf a Novel Fixation Method.” J. Orthop Trauma. Sept. 2008; 22(8): 572-5.

Shah NA, Ghate RS, Stulberg SD. “ReducedHeterotopic Ossification with Less Invasive TotalHip Arthroplasty.” Journal of Arthroplasty. Accepted, Publication Pending.

Shah NA, Levin SD. “MusculoskeletalManifestations of Bioterrorism.” Emergency Bioterrorism. Ed. Leikin J.New York: McGraw-Hill. In Press: August 2007.

Shah NA. “Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Review:Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 8, Knee and Leg – Bone Trauma.” Eds. Sarwark JF, Grana WA. American Academyof Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2006.

BachG, Shah NA, Mejia A, Gonzalez MH. “Upper Extremity Dog Bite Wounds& Infections.” Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances. 2005Winter; 14(4): 181-4.

Selected Presentations

Shah NA, LoweWA, Noble PC, Lintner DM. “Anatomic ACL Hamstring Aperture FixationWithstands Patholaxity During Cyclic Loading to Failure.” AmericanAssociation of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting. PodiumPresentation: March 2010. New Orleans , LA.

Shah NA. “Updateon Soft Tissue Fixation in ACL Reconstruction.” Advanced Concepts inOrthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Faculty Lecture: September 2009. LasVegas, NV.

Shah NA. “ShoulderPain & Function: Diagnosis & Treatment Options.” Advocate Christ MedicalCenter Community Eductaion Program: October 2009. Oak Lawn, IL.

Shah NA, CapitoRM, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Accelerated and Enhanced Articular CartilageRegeneration with Nano-Engineered Scaffolds in Microfracture.” AmericanOrthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Annual Meeting. PodiumPresentation: July 2009. Keystone, CO.

Shah NA, CapitoRM, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Self-Assembling Peptide Amphiphiles (PA) as anAdjunct to Microfracture for Articular Cartilage Regeneration.” 8thWorld Congress of the International Cartilage Repair Society. PodiumPresentation: May 2009. Miami, FL.

Shah NA, CapitoRM, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Self-Assembling Peptide Amphiphiles as anAdjunct to Microfracture for Articular Cartilage Regeneration: A RabbitModel.” 55th Annual Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)Meeting. Podium Presentation: Feb 2009. Las Vegas, NV.

Shah NA, CapitoRM, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Self Assembling Peptide Amphiphiles as an Adjunct toMicrofracture for Articular Cartilage Regeneration: An In Vivo NanotechnologyRabbit Model.” International Meeting on Early Intervention for KneeArthritis (IMUKA). Poster Presentation: Feb 2009. Maastricht, TheNetherlands.

Shah NA, CapitoRM, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Self-Assembling Peptide Amphiphiles as anAdjunct to Microfracture for Articular Cartilage Regeneration: A RabbitModel.” Orthopaedic Research & education Foundation (OREF) Midwest Research Symposium. First Place Scientific Paper Presentation: May 2008.Chicago, IL

CapitoRM, Shah NA, Nuber GW, Stupp SI. “Self–Assembling Peptide Amphiphilesfor Articular Cartilage Regeneration.” Tissue Engineering and RegenerativeMedicine International Society Conference (TERMIS). Podium,June2008. Porto, Portugal.

Shah NA,Ghate RS, Stulberg SD. “Lower Incidence and Severity of HeterotopicOssification with lessInvasive Total Hip Arthroplasty.” InternationalSociety for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA). Poster, October 2007.Paris, France.

Shah NA, Stulberg SD. “Gender Specific Femoral Anteversion Variation inPatients Undergoing Total Hip Arthroplasty.” ISTA. Podium, October2007. Paris, France.

Shah NA, GhateRS, Stulberg SD. “Less Invasive Total Hip Arthroplasty Reduces Incidenceand Severity of Heterotopic Ossification.” Mid-America OrthopaedicAssociation. Podium, April 2007. Boca Raton, FL.

Shah NA, Stulberg SD. “Gender Specific Femoral Anteversion Variation in PatientsUndergoing Total Hip Arthroplasty.” Mid-America Orthopaedic Association.Podium, April 2007. Boca Raton,FL.

GonzalesMH, Shah NA. “Upper Extremity Dog Bite Wounds & Infections.” 12thAnnual Musculoskeletal Infection Society. Podium, August 2002.Snowmass, CO.

“ShoulderInjuries in the Throwing Athlete.” Accelerated RehabilationConference. Presentation, July 2009. Palos Heights, IL

“CurrentUpdate on ACL Injury and Reconstruction.” Accelerated RehabilitationConference. Presentation, July 2009. Palos Heights, IL

“Elbow Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction and Review in the Overhead Athlete.” BaylorSports Medicine Institute. Presentation, January 2009. Houston, TX.

“Lesionsof the Superior Labrum and Bicpes.” Baylor Sports Medicine Institute. Presentation, September 2008. Houston, TX.

“OrthopaedicTrauma.” Northwestern University Feinberg School Of Medicine. Presentation,May 2008. Chicago, IL

“Current Update on Foot and Ankle Athletic Injuries.” Northwestern University Dept.of Orthopaedic Surgery Chairman’s Conference. Presentation, March2008. Chicago, IL.

“Current Updates in ACL Reconstructive Surgery.” Northwestern University Dept. ofOrthopaedic Surgery Chairman’sConference. Presentation,December 2007. Chicago, IL.

“Current Updates in Total Knee Arthroplasty.” Northwestern University Dept. ofOrthopaedic Surgery Chairman’sConference. Presentation, December2007. Chicago, IL.

“Pediatric Elbow Fractures.” Northwestern University Dept. of Orthopaedic SurgeryChairman’s Conference. Presentation, April 2006. Chicago, IL

Patient Information

Here’s what patients are saying about Dr. Shah:

“Dr. Shah, Nate and Lauren have made my experience so positive. I felt genuinely cared for and appreciated as a patient. They always have answers to my questions and took their time explaining everything in great detail.”

“Everyone has been great at answering questions and helping me get through my injury. I would recommend Dr. Shah to anyone.”

“Dr. Shah is very thorough at all of my appointments.”

“Dr. Shah is thoughtful and listens to my complaints for my medical problems, and he is an excellent surgeon. I did much better after my ACL surgery with him compared to some of my friends who went to other doctors. Nate is very helpful as well.”

“Dr. Shah and Nate the PA and their assistants are excellent.”

“The staff has been very helpful and understanding. Dr. Shah is very caring and respectful. He takes his time and answers all of my questions. I would highly recommend Parkview Orthopaedics.”

“Highly satisfied with Dr. Shah.”

Injuries treated by Dr. Shah

Knee: ACL, Meniscus, Ligament, Cartilage, MCL, PCL, Sprain, Strain, Arthritis, Osteochondritis Dessicans (OCD). Pediatric, Adolescent, Athlete, Workman’s Compensation Injuries

Shoulder: Rotator Cuff, Ligament, Instability, Labrum, Cartilage, Arthritis, AC Sprain, Shoulder Dislocation, Bankart, SLAP Lesion, Biceps Tendonitis, Throwing Shoulder injuries. Pediatric, Adolescent, Athlete, Workman’s Compensation Injuries

Elbow: Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Biceps, OCD, Ligament

Surgical Procedures

Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee: ACL Reconstruction, ACL Repair, Meniscus Repair, Partial Meniscectomy, Patellar Stabilization, Reconstruction Surgery of the Knee, MCL Repair and Reconstruction, Cartilage Transplant, OATS, Allograft, Autograft, Knee Dislocation Reconstruction.

Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder: Rotator Cuff Repair, Labrum Repair, Stabilization, SLAP Repair, Decompression, Impingement, AC Joint Arthritis, Total Shoulder Replacement, Resurfacing Arthroplasty, Cartilage Repair, Biceps Tenodesis, Biceps Tenotomy, Throwing Shoulder (Pitchers, etc) Repair, AC Joint Reconstruction.