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Dr. Kern Singh has an international reputation in the area of minimally invasive spinal surgery. He frequently teaches minimally invasive techniques to neurosurgeons and spinal surgeons from around the world and most recently was an invited guest lecturer to Saudi Arabia. He is also extensively involved in designing new minimally invasive spinal instrumentation for cutting-edge spinal surgery.  He is one of the few surgeons in the United States performing Endoscopic Spine Surgery.

In 2024, Dr. Singh was appointed to Vice-Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at RUSH. He is also the Director of the Division of Spine Surgery at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH.

Dr. Singh's clinical interests include the minimally invasive treatment of complex degenerative disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Dr. Singh also specializes in the minimally invasive treatment of spinal tumors and adult spinal deformities. 

Dr. Singh is known for his excellent outcomes and his use of cutting-edge procedures. He is an award-winning researcher and has published his findings in major medical journals (more than 200 publications, presentations and book chapters). He most recently won awards for his research including Best Paper at the North American Spine Society (NASS) and Society of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery (SMISS) International Meetings in 2013. He frequently trains surgeons who observe his newly advanced surgical techniques in the operating room. He is also the principal researcher in several FDA clinical trials involving cervical disc replacements and motion-preserving spinal technology. 

Dr. Singh is listed in Becker's Orthopedic Spine and Pain Management as one of the nation's Top 100 spine surgeons and specialists. He was also awarded the "Top 10" Doctor Award, Most Compassionate Doctor, and Patient's Choice Award from Dr. Singh was also appointed to serve as the chair of the Spine Program Committee for the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting from 2017-2020.

A graduate of Jefferson Medical College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, Dr. Singh completed his training at Emory University in a combined Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical spine fellowship.

Visit Dr. Singh's Website Curriculum Vitae

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Practice Emphasis 

Outpatient Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Special Procedures 

  • Endoscopic Spine Surgery (Suture-less spine surgery)
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
  • Motion Preserving Spinal Surgery
  • Failed Back & Neck Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Spinal Disc Replacement
  • Microscopic Surgery
  • Non-Narcotic Based Spinal Surgery

Research Interests

Minimally Invasive, Motion Sparing Spinal Technology
Spinal Disc Degeneration
Lumbar Disc Replacement


AAOS Record of Disclosure 

Clinical Support Staff 

  • Daniela Perez (SEC)
  • Ivonne Sanchez (SEC)
  • Christopher McGee (PA)
  • Patrick Stagg (PA)
  • Ariel Claeys (RN)
  • Nadia Hrynewycz (RC)
  • Veronica Herrera (MA)

Education / Certifications

  • Medical School
    Jefferson Medical College
  • Residency
    Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
  • Fellowship
    Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Certification
    Orthopaedic Surgery

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Hospital / Surgical Locations

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital

155 E. Brush Hill Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126 

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 SurgiCenter, LP

1725 W. Harrison Street, Suite 556
Chicago, IL 60612

South Suburban Surgical Suites

9200 Calumet Ave suite e-100,

Munster, IN 46321

Physician Office Locations


1611 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612


963 129th Infantry Drive, 

Joliet, Illinois 60435


9200 Calumet Avenue, Suite 300
Munster, IN 46321

Oak Brook

2011 York Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523