Dr. Nikhil Verma

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DR. NIKHIL VERMAOrthopedic Surgeon

Chicago orthopedic surgeon Dr. Verma specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, elbow, knee and all sports related injuries. Voted by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” every year since 2007, Dr. Verma ensures he provides unique, quality care to each patient. Dr. Verma puts an emphasis on:


  • Fellowship Director, Professor and Chief of Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center
  • Shoulder, Elbow and Knee Surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
  • Head Team Physician for Chicago White Sox & Team Physician for Chicago Bulls and Nazareth Academy
  • Advanced Arthroscopic Reconstructive Techniques and Cartilage Restoration expertise
  • Voted Top 10-15% of Top Doctors in America® by U.S.News & World Report and Castle Connolly
  • Associate Editor of the Arthroscopy Journal and Editorial Board Member of Journal of Knee Surgery


A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Verma completed his orthopaedic residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. While in New York, he served as an assistant team physician for the St. John’s University Athletic Department. He also received specialized training in treatment of shoulder and elbow disorders in the overhead throwing athlete.

Currently, Dr. Verma maintains an active clinical practice performing over 600 procedures per year. In addition he serves as the head team physician for the Chicago White Sox and team physician for the Chicago Bulls and Nazareth Academy. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Verma is actively involved in orthopaedic research with interests in basic science, biomechanics and clinical outcomes, and has recently received funding for his work from Major League Baseball. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts in major orthopaedic and sports medicine journal, numerous book chapters, and routinely serves as teaching faculty for orthopedic courses on advanced surgical technique. He frequently serves as an invited speaker or guest surgeon for national and international orthopaedic sports medicine meetings.

On the academic front, Dr. Verma serves as Associate Editor of the Arthroscopy journal, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Knee Surgery. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Shoulder and Elbow Society, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Major League Baseball Team Physician Association, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has been elected by his peers to “Best Doctors in America” every year since 2007.

Dr. Verma has agreements regarding the development and licensing of certain sports medicine implants and instruments for which he receives payment from manufacturers. He also has consulting agreements with Smith and Nephew Endoscopy and Arthrosurface. In addition, he receives research support from multiple companies within the orthopaedic industry. Additional information regarding these relationships, manufacturers, devices and instruments will be provided upon request.

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by Patricia Bonkalski on Nikhil N. Verma, MD

I must say Dr. Verma saved my shoulder from a failed shoulder repair. He did a reverse shoulded replacement and was so successful I have almost a 100% mobility and no pain at all. It's been a year sense the surgery and all has been well. The inconvience of a shoulder immobilizer for six weeks after surgery was the most discomfort I experienced. I had very little post surgery pain and that was controled with Naproxen 220mg twice dail. I'd highly recommend Dr. Verma.