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Vasili Karas, MD, MS, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in rapid recovery hip and knee replacement and complex reconstruction surgery. He is committed to empowering his patients to overcome their pain and resume the activities they love.

A Chicagoland native with the goal of giving back to his community, Dr. Karas earned his medical degree at Rush University’s Medical College in Chicago. He then went to North Carolina to complete his residency training at Duke University Medical Center. After that, he returned to Chicago to finish his fellowship training in hip and knee replacement surgery at Rush University Medical Center.  

Dr. Karas’ approach to medicine involves spending time with his patients, fostering good communication, and offering the latest advances in medical technology. He has over 40 peer reviewed publications and is a committee member of the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). Through physical therapy, joint injections, and surgical procedures, he strives to get patients back on their feet as quickly as possible without compromising technique. He works closely with patients throughout their road to recovery and is highly skilled in addressing the full spectrum of concerns when it comes to hip or knee joints.

Whether a patient is continuing to have pain after a previous joint replacement, needs a second opinion, or is seeking the best surgeon to perform a knee or hip replacement for osteoarthritis, Dr. Karas feels privileged to care for his patients whether they be Chicago natives or come from anywhere in the world.

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Curriculum Vitae

Practice Emphasis

Dr. Karas specializes in rapid recovery surgery but also is happy to take on complex cases and revision, or re-do joint replacements. Whether it be surgical approach, length of stay, use of technology, or any special needs you may have, Dr. Karas is committed to offering patients the options they need to have an excellent patient experience and a successful joint replacement.

Special Procedures:

  • Minimally invasive surgery, rapid recovery surgery, same day joint replacement
  • Complex joint reconstruction, revision surgery, infection surgery
  • Robotic assisted hip and knee replacement, Computer navigation assisted hip and knee replacement
  • Second opinion for existing painful total joints
  • Non-operative and conservative treatment for hip and knee pain

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics of the knee and of joint replacement
  • Sports and activity after joint replacement
  • Advanced technology in joint replacement

Clinical Support Staff

  • Alex Cuban (AA)
  • Sheila Sanders (RN)

Second Language

Greek (Fluent)



Education / Certifications

  • Undergraduate Degree
    Bachelors of Science, University of Notre Dame, South Bend IN
  • Medical School
    Rush University Medical Center, Chicago IL
  • Residency
    Orthopaedic Residency, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC
  • Fellowship
    Adult Reconstruction, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Patient responses are scored and represented on a 1-to-5 star scale, where 5 stars is a perfect score.

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) is committed to better understanding what patients think of our care, to help us continually improve the quality of our care.

MOR patients receive surveys via email to complete after certain types of office visits. Our survey is administered by an independent third party, Universal Research Solutions, LLC. This data encompasses patient feedback for physicians from the past year (where available).

The response options for the questions, except where otherwise indicated, are:
Yes, Definitely
Yes, Somewhat

Hospital / Surgical Locations

Rush Oak Park Hospital

520 S. Maple Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304

Rush SurgiCenter, LP

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

Rush University Medical Center

1653 W. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612

Physician Office Locations


1611 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Oak Park

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