Spine, sports medicine specialists to practice in DeKalb

Regional Medical Group orthopedic physicians Dr. Brian M. Babka and Dr. Jerome Kolavo will soon begin seeing patients in DeKalb. Both doctors will practice in the Medical Office Building at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital.

Babka is board certified in family medicine and sports medicine. He has clinical interests in sports medicine, overuse injuries, sports performance and sports concussion care. As a medical staff member of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital since 2001 and a member of Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, Babka has been instrumental in building a strong sports concussion and sports medicine program in the western suburbs. He serves on the faculty of Northwestern University Feinburg School Medicine, and he is team physician for DeKalb High School, Elgin High School, Waubonsee Community College and Kishwaukee College.

He has also served as a team physician for the United States Soccer Federation, and he has worked with United States Olympic Committee and several United States national teams. Babka completed medical school at Loyola University of Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine, his residency and fellowship at Lutheran General Hospital.

Kolavo is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has specialized interest in multiple spine surgeries including microsurgery of lumbar and cervical spine, reconstructive spinal surgery, spinal deformity surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. Kolavo treats patients with both conservative and surgical solutions for degenerative conditions, chronic back and neck pain, injuries, and numbness in arms and legs. He treats all, from common conditions to complex surgeries to reduce pain, restore movement and improve quality of life.

Kolavo completed medical school at University of Illinois College of Medicine, his residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and his fellowship at Rush University Medical Center.

To learn about these physicians, visit and To make an appointment with Dr. Babka or Dr. Kolavo, call 815-748-5843.

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