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Gregory L. Primus, M.D. — Orthopedic Surgeon & Founder

Dr. Gregory L. Primus is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon and founder of The Chicago Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery. He played three seasons in the NFL, one with the Denver Broncos and two with the Chicago Bears. As a former professional athlete, Dr. Primus has a unique understanding of the needs of sports medicine patients. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Primus and the staff at The Chicago Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
believe in a team-oriented approach to patient care. Some of the services offered include on-site physical therapy, x-ray, and MRI, as well as assistance from athletic trainers. The facility also houses a fitness center and personal trainers for an entire sports medicine experience.
In addition to his sports medicine training, which focuses on arthroscopic surgery and reconstruction of all the major joints, Dr. Primus also
specializes in arthritis reconstruction of the knee and shoulder, with a focus on ligament sparing joint arthroplasty.

Dr. Primus completed his pre-medical microbiology degree at Colorado State University and then entered the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. There, he earned his medical degree and completed his orthopedic surgery residency. He then went on to complete a fellowship at the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine.

Dr. Primus is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, previous journal reviewer for the Arthoscopy Association of North American and current Associate Master Instructor for Arthoscopy, National Medical Association and Cook County Physicians Association, J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society, and the retired branch of the National Football League Players Association.

Dr. Primus and his medical staff are the team physicians for Roosevelt University and Whitney Young High School in Chicago, and Homewood
Flossmoor High School and Crete-Monee High Schools in the south suburbs. Having the Chicago Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery allows him to treat athletes and injured workers throughout Chicagoland.

Philosophy of Care

“My philosophy of care is centered around patient information and
patient understanding. I embody this team concept, which means
treatment decisions are made by the collective understanding of the
patient and family, primary care physician and the surgeon. When
everyone is on the same page, the patient is empowered and allows for a speedy and more effective recovery.”


  • Fellowship: Southern California Center for Sports Medicine
    Long Beach, CA | Sports Medicine and Knee/Shoulder
    Arthroplasty ’07
  • Residency: University of Chicago Hospitals | Chicago, IL
    Orthopedic Surgery ’06
  • Medical: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
    Chicago, IL | M.D. ’01
  • Undergraduate: Colorado State University | Ft. Collins, CO
    B.S., Microbiology ’93


  • Anatomical: Arm, Elbow, Foot and Ankle, Hand and Wrist, Hip, Knee,
    Low Back, Neck, Shoulder, Spine
  • Treatment: Arthritis, Arthroscopic Surgery, Disability, Joint
    Replacement, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Trauma/Fractures
  • Age Groups: Adult, Teen, Pediatrics.

Society Memberships

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • J. Robert Gladden Society
  • Cook County Physicians Association
  • National Medical Association
  • National Football League (NFL) Retired Players Association