David M. Kalainov, MD

Northwestern Medical Group
  • Orthopaedics


Dr. David Kalainov is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and hand surgeon who specializes in treating disorders of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. He has been affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital since 1997 and holds the rank of Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Kalainov received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and his orthopedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell Medical Center. He subsequently finished a highly regarded fellowship in hand surgery at The Philadelphia Hand Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Dr. Kalainov is an active member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has published more than 30 chapters and articles pertaining to the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, and shoulder. He is an active teacher at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Medical students, plastic surgery residents, and orthopedic surgery residents often accompany him to the office and operating room. He lectures frequently at local and national medical meetings and he serves as an Associate Editor for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand On-Line Journal Club.

Dr. Kalainov has been selected as one of America's Top Surgeons by the Consumers' Research Council of America and as an Outstanding Physician by the Chicago Consumers' Checkbook. He is the hand and upper extremity consultant for the Chicago Fire Professional Soccer Team. His practice philosophy is to treat each patient as he would want someone to treat a close member of his family.


  • Medical Education
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - 1991
  • Residency
    Hospital for Special Surgery - 1966
  • Fellowship
    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital - 1997


  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Surgery of the Hand


Northwestern Center for Hand Surgery

737 N. Michigan Ave.


Chicago, IL 60611

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Hand Surgery
  • Reconstructive Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Surgery


  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna US Healthcare HMO
  • BCBS Blue Advantage PPO
  • BCBS Classic Blue
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Choice Supervalu PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cofinity PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • HFN-Healthcares Finest Network
  • Hlth Mrktng Inc (Super PPO)
  • Humana ChoiceCare PPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PNA (Preferred Network Access)
  • Preferred Plan PPO
  • TriCare(US Military Insurance)
  • Unicare PPO
  • Unicare PPO(Wellpoint Network)
  • UnitedHealthcare Choice
  • UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus
  • UnitedHealthcare Options PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Select
  • UnitedHealthcare Select HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Select Plus