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A board certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Chris DeWald is a member of several professional organizations. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on advanced techniques in spinal surgery. Living and studying abroad has given Dr. DeWald a progressive perspective of this surgical specialty. Moreover, he is admired by his patients for his sensitivity to their needs. 

A graduate of Knox College, cum laude, Dr. DeWald lettered in varsity football and played Lacrosse. He went on to medical school at Rush Medical College and fulfilled a five-year orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Illinois Hospital. During this period, Dr. DeWald's experience included training at Cook County Hospital, West Side Veterans Hospital, Shriner's Hospital for Children, Michael Reese Hospital, and the University of Illinois Hospital. 

To further enhance his knowledge of spinal surgery, he served as a fellow in the elite Chicago Spine Fellowship with responsibilities to both Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center and Shriner's Hospital for Children. Dr. DeWald developed an international understanding of spinal surgery through fellowship training in Germany, France, England, and Japan.

Dr. DeWald has several videos on topics relating to Adult and Pediatric Scoliosis. Please visit our Spinal Deformity and Scoliosis section to view them.

CC-Top-Docs-color.jpgDr. Christopher DeWald was voted among the top 10-15% 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

Spine Surgery

Special Procedures

Thoroscopic spine surgery
Adult spinal reconstruction
Scoliosis surgery

Research Interests

Fusionless scoliosis surgery


AAOS Record of Disclosure

Clinical Support Staff

Sue Mrow (AA)
Stephanie Klein (NP)

Education / Certifications

  • Medical School
    Rush Medical College, Rush University, Chicago, IL
  • Residency
    University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics-Orthopaedic Surgery Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship
    Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center/Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, Chicago, IL - Spinal Surgery and Research University of Hidelberg, Karlsbad-Lagensteinbach, Germany Institut Calot, Berck Plage, France Hokkaido University School of M
  • Certification
    Orthopaedic Surgery

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Hospital / Surgical Locations

Rush University Medical Center

1653 W. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612

Physician Office Locations


1611 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612


2450 S. Wolf Road
Westchester, IL 60154