Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Daniel Ivankovich of Chicago's The Bone Squad

Written by Laura Dyrda | December 23, 2010 | Print  |
Daniel Ivankovich, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with The Bone Squad in Chicago, is known for his work with the city's underserved populations and his contributions to the relief effort in Haiti after the Jan. 2010 earthquake. Weeks before other medical personnel arrived, Dr. Ivankovich made rounds in the Haitian tent cities and helped transport patients with spinal cord injuries to a military hospital in Port-au-Prince, according to a Chicago Magazine report. He also arranged for two patients to fly back for treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Chicago Magazine
recently named Dr. Ivankovich as one of the "Chicagoans of the Year 2010" for his work with underprivileged patients. He has also been named the 2010 Public Citizen of the Year by the National Social Workers Association. He regularly accepts uninsured or Medicare patients in his practice and performs operations at Chicago's safety-net hospitals, which don't usually have specialists onsite.

"I decided to intercept the problem at the source instead of waiting until these people are in a nursing home or crippled," he said in the report. "I understand I make less money _ I've got to work twice as hard to make half as much — but there is a fantastic opportunity to do good."

Dr. Ivankovich founded the Chicago Musculoskeletal Initiative, which has an organized goal of making healthcare for the poor population a basic human right. He has also established an orthopedic outreach and patient education program at nearly all of Chicago's safety-net hospitals and raises the funds every year for growing the clinics and providing the staffing.

Dr. Ivankovich has trained at several institutions, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University, Cook County Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. In addition to his medical career, he is a well-known blues musician and performs at venues across the city.

Learn more about Dr. Daniel Ivankovich.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Frank Acosta of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Steven Dorsky of New Jersey Spine Center

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