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Biography

Dr. Blank specializes in malignant and benign musculoskeletal growths and performing limb-salvage surgery in adults as well as children. He also treats a number of general orthopedic conditions and performs joint replacement surgery. 

Dr. Blank is originally from Connecticut and attended the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate degree, earning a BA in English Literature.  While there he was a member of the division 1 men's crew team.

He then attended the Chicago Medical School, serving as class president, and earned both his MD and a Masters in biomedical sciences and research. After medical school Dr. Blank completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency in New York City at the prestigious NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases.  He received the Resident Research Award while there for his work on prophylactic surgical treatment for metastatic bone disease.

Dr. Blank then went on to complete a year of training in adult and pediatric musculoskeletal oncology and sarcoma surgery at the renowned Huntsman Cancer Institute and Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Blank has an interest in treating benign and malignant primary growths of the musculoskeletal system, as well as metastatic bone disease. He has published many peer reviewed scientific articles in the field of orthopedic oncology, co-authored a number of textbook chapters, and presented at many internationally attended academic conferences. He also treats a comprehensive set of non-tumor related conditions such as joint reconstruction, fractures and other general orthopedics. 

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Connective Tissue Oncologic Tumor Society (CTOS) and the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS). 

Dr. Blank currently lives in Chicago with his wife, who is pediatrician in the city, their daughter, son and 2 dogs. 

Curriculum Vitae
 

Practice Emphasis

Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic Oncology

Special Procedures 

  • Limb salvage surgery
  • Pediatric and adult cancer surgery complex limb and joint reconstruction
  • Surgery for metastatic bone disease
  • General orthopedics including joint replacement

Research Interests 

  • Osteosarcoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Metastatic bone disease
  • Limb salvage surgery
  • Patient reported outcomes and cost effectiveness in orthopedic oncology

Education / Certifications

  • Medical School
    Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago, IL
  • Residency
    New York University, Hospital for Joint Diseases, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency New York City, NY
  • Fellowship
    Huntsman Cancer Institute at University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

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Hospital / Surgical Locations

Rush University Medical Center

1653 W. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60612

Physician Office Locations

Sofija and Jorge O. Galante Orthopedic Building

1611 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Prairie Medical Center of Westchester

2450 S. Wolf Road
Westchester, IL 60154