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Dr. Bernard Bach retired on December 18th, 2021. 

Dr. Bernard Bach was one of the first sports medicine orthopedic surgeons in Chicago. In 1986, he pioneered the sports medicine program for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR), which today is one of the nation's most well-respected programs. Dr. Bach is a knee and shoulder orthopedic surgeon. He held the position of Director for the Division of Sports Medicine for 30 years and was the Sports Medicine Fellowship Director for 28 years at Rush University Medical Center. He is also team physician for the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. 

Dr. Bach serves on numerous national sports committees and editorial boards and is an educator and mentor for residents and fellows. He has been president for several organizations, including the Quigley and Herodicus Sports Medicine Societies and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He also served on boards for the Illinois Special Olympics and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. He has authored more than 600 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters, was the editor for the Journal of Knee Surgery, and is on the editorial board for Orthopaedics Today

Dr. Bach has been repeatedly honored as one of Chicago Magazine's "Top Doctors." In 1995, he was inducted into the Illinois Athletic Trainer's "Hall of Fame." Dr. Bach received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, where he also played intercollegiate football and baseball. He attended the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College of Medicine and completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He then went on to complete a sports medicine fellowship at the Hospital of Special Surgery, New York. 

Even with his busy lifestyle, Dr. Bach makes time for his passions. In the evenings and on weekends, when he isn't spending time with his family, he is in his personal workshop, creating works of art. His artistic talents include woodworking, woodcarving, glassblowing and creating wall art. Some of his work is on display at MOR.

CC-Top-Docs-color.jpgDr. Bernard Bach was voted among the top 1% of Top Doctors in America® by U.S.News & World Report and Castle Connolly. The Top Doctors list is widely regarded as a high-quality reference guide to the medical profession.

Curriculum Vitae

Practice Emphasis

ACL Surgery
Shoulder Surgery
Sports Medicine

Special Procedures

Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
Meniscal surgery
Minimally invasive orthopedic surgery
Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization

Research Interests

Outcome studies of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction


AAOS Record of Disclosure

Clinical Support Staff

Valencia Robinson-Jordan (AA)
John Bojchuk (AT)

Dr. Bach sees patients every Wednesday at the Prairie Medical Center of Westchester location.

Education / Certifications

  • Medical School
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Residency
    Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, Boston, MA
  • Fellowship
    Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
  • Certification
    Orthopaedic Surgery

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