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Dr. Nickless was born and raised in the South suburbs of Chicago. He completed his undergraduate training at Loyola University Chicago, where he also played ice hockey. He then went on to obtain his medical degree from Chicago Medical School, and thereafter, completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL where he also served as chief resident. After residency, he completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Rush University Medical Center where he served as a team physician for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Fire, DePaul University, Chicago Steel, and local high school teams. He has also covered events including the Chicago Marathon, Shamrock Shuffle, AVP volleyball tournament, and IGI Chicago Style Gymnastics Meet.

In his free time, Dr. Nickless likes to stay active as a recreational runner, golfer, and he continues to play men’s league ice hockey.  He is an avid sports fan, and enjoys rooting for Chicago sports teams, especially the White Sox and Blackhawks. 

He and his wife currently reside in Northwest Indiana, and they enjoy traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.  

Curriculum Vitae

Special Procedures

  • Sports Medicine
  • Non-operative Orthopedics
  • Ultrasound-guided Injections
  • Pre-participation Sports Physicals
  • Concussion Management
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection

Research Interests

Sports Performance
Preventative Care


Not currently a member of the AAOS

Education / Certifications

  • Medical School
    Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago, IL
  • Residency
    Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL; Family Medicine
  • Fellowship
    Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Primary Care Sports Medicine
  • Certification
    Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine

Dr. John Nickless, M.D. joined Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush on August 2nd, 2017. Patient satisfaction ratings will be published once there is sufficient data.

Physician Office Locations

Munster Indiana Office

9200 Calumet Avenue
Suite 300
Munster, IN 46321