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Dr. Nicholson specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery, utilizing state-of-the-art arthroscopic and open surgical techniques to treat sports-related, traumatic, arthritic, and occupational conditions of the shoulder and elbow. 

A graduate from Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Nicholson completed his internship and orthopedic residency at University Hospital of Cleveland and completed a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at the New York Orthopaedic Hospital at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. 

Dr. Nicholson is involved in the design of an advanced shoulder replacement system. He is a consultant to differing orthopedic companies and has designed instruments and implants for shoulder and elbow surgery. He is the principal investigator for funded studies on rotator cuff repair augmentation, and shoulder arthroplasty. 

He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. 

Dr. Nicholson has been involved with taking care of professional baseball athletes since 1993; first with the Indianapolis Indians AAA team, and since 2004 as one of the team physicians for the Chicago White Sox. He also participates with his partners in the care of the Chicago Bulls. Dr. Nicholson has published multiple papers, book chapters, technique papers and videos on conditions and treatment for problems in the shoulder and elbow. He has been the editor for a DVD series on shoulder instability, textbook editor, and currently is the editor for the upcoming AAOS Orthopaedic Knowledge Update-4 for Shoulder and Elbow.

CC-Top-Docs-color.jpgDr. Gregory Nicholson 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

Shoulder Surgery
Elbow Surgery
Sports Medicine

Special Procedures

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization
Shoulder replacement

Research Interests

Shoulder instability
Rotator cuff repair
Shoulder replacement in cuff-deficient shoulders


AAOS Record of Disclosure 

Clinical Support Staff 

Grace Leon (SEC)
Lindsay Rudhman (PA)
Vanessa Marquez (MA)
Carolina Merchen (ATC)
Michael O'Brien (RC)

Education / Certifications

  • Medical School
    Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Residency
    University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH - Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship
    New York Orthopedic Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY-Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
  • Certification
    Orthopaedic Surgery

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Hospital / Surgical Locations

Gold Coast Surgicenter

845 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 985W
Chicago, IL 60611 

Rush Oak Brook Surgery Center

2011 York Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

Rush Oak Park Hospital

520 S. Maple Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304

Rush University Medical Center

1653 W. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612

Physician Office Locations


1611 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Oak Brook

2011 York Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

Oak Park

610 South Maple Avenue, Suite 1550
Oak Park, Illinois 60304