James Mok, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

James Mok, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spine conditions, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease. He also cares for patients with cervical stenosis or myelopathy -- conditions in which the spinal cord and nerves become compressed in the neck. In addition, Dr. Mok has expertise in cervical and lumbar disc replacement.

As a clinician and researcher, Dr. Mok emphasizes the importance of compassionate, evidence-based care. His research interests focus on the comparison of different tests and procedures in order to provide patients with the highest quality of care.

After completing his fellowship, Dr. Mok served as a major in the United States Army, where his duties included caring for members of elite special operations units. He also deployed as the orthopaedic surgeon for a Combat Support Hospital in Iraq. He received notable military awards for his service, including the Meritorious Service Medal.

Dr. Mok is an accomplished author and has been invited to present his work at national and international conferences on spine diseases and orthopaedic surgery. In 2010, he received the Norman T. Kirk Award for best scientific paper from the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Practice Locations

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

University of Chicago Physicians at Matteson
4749 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 500
Matteson, IL 60443

University of Chicago Orthopaedics
11456 S. Broadway
Crown Point, IN 46309

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical School

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York

Internship and Residency

University of California San Francisco


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons

Languages Spoken




Office Phone

(773) 702-6937

Office Fax

(773) 702-4765

Office Postal Address

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

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Clinical Interests

  • Spine care
  • Degenerative disorders of the spine
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis (pars fracture)
  • Radiculopathy
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylosis
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Disc replacement

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Learn More About Dr. Mok

Listen to an interview with Dr. Mok about spine conditions and spine care that was featured on Chicago's WVON radio.

Selected Publications

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