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Aravind Athiviraham, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

A specialist in orthopaedic sports medicine, Aravind Athiviraham, MD, cares for patients with athletic and overuse injuries, including anterior or posterior cruciate ligament tears, meniscus or cartilage injury, patellar or shoulder instability, and elbow ulnar collateral ligament tears. He is skilled in minimally invasive and arthroscopic procedures of the knee, shoulder, and elbow. In addition, he has received advanced training in complex procedures of the knee and shoulder, including revision knee ligament reconstruction, cartilage restoration, meniscal transplantation, open treatment for recurrent shoulder instability, and robotic-assisted knee reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Athiviraham's current research interests include establishing a cadaveric biomechanical study for superior capsular reconstruction using human dermal allograft, studying biologic enhancement of meniscal injury in a rat model; and the role of orthobiologics to enhance tendon repair and ligament reconstruction, to optimize patient recovery from surgery and allow early return to sports activity. Dr. Athiviraham was also recently involved in a study sponsored by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery for studying the use of virtual arthroscopic simulators in resident training.

An active contributor to medical literature, Dr. Athiviraham has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters on cartilage restorative procedures of the knee and shoulder, and has presented at major national and international orthopaedic conferences. He has served as faculty at several arthroscopic shoulder and knee courses organized by the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He is also a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine and a member of the Editorial board for Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery. He was selected to be a member of American Orthopedic Association Emerging Leaders Program, Sports Medicine Evaluation Committee for American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; and the Education Committee for American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. In addition, he is part of the medical team for the WNBA Chicago Sky, and serves as a team physician for Concordia University, Hillcrest High School and Bremen High School.

Dr. Athiviraham is dedicated to the care of his patients and stays up-to-date on the latest techniques in sports medicine. He enjoys getting to know his patients and working with them to choose the best treatment option, by fostering a combined patient-physician decision making approach.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

University of Chicago Medicine Center for
Advanced Care at Orland Park
14290 S. La Grange Rd 
Orland Park, IL 60462

University of Chicago Medicine Center for Advanced Care at South Loop
1101 S. Canal Street, Suite 201 and 202
Chicago, IL 60607

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical School

McGill University, Montreal

Internship and Residency

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario


Cleveland Clinic (orthopaedic sports medicine)
Insall Scott Kelly Institute, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York (knee reconstruction and sports medicine)


American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
Arthroscopy Association of North America

Languages Spoken


Office Phone

 (773) 834-3531 

Office Fax

(773) 702-0554

Office Postal Address

Aravind Athiviraham, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3079
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

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Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Athiviraham's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.