Kristopher R. Karvelas, MD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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  • 800,000+ outpatient visits each year
  • 5,000+ inpatients treated each year, system-wide
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  • 182-bed inpatient hospital in the heart of Chicago
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  • Only rehabilitation hospital with eight federally designated research centers
  • 370+ active research projects in neuroscience, bionics, robotics, and musculoskeletal medicine
  • Academic home of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Kristopher R. Karvelas

Kristopher R. Karvelas, MD

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Clinical Interests

Ankle Pain, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Arthritis, Oseonecrosis, Back Pain, Bone Health, Bursitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Chearleading, Coccydynia, Dance, Degenerative Disc, Elbow Pain, EMG, Exercise In Pregnancy, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, Falls, Female Athlete Triad, Fibromyalgia, Figure Skating, Foot Pain, Fractures, Gait Disorders, Gymnastics, Hand Pain, Headaches, Herniated Discs, Hip Injury/Replacement, Injections, Knee Injury/Replacement, Kyphosis, Lumbar Disk/Strain, Muscle Strains, Musculoskeletal, Myofascial Pain, Neck Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Orthopedic, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Osteoporosis, Overuse, Patellofemoral Pain, Performing Arts (Dance, Musician), Pregnancy, Radiculopathy, Repetitive Motion, Rotator Cuff, RSD, Running, Sacroiliac Joint, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Shin Splints, Shoulder, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylolysis, Sports Medicine, TMJ, Upper Limb Weakness, Whiplash, Work-Related, Wrist Pain

Education, Residency and Internship


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, Bachelor of Arts in International Relations
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, Doctor of Medicine


University of Chicago at Northshore University Health System, Evanston, IL, Internal Medicine


McGaw Medical Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Medicine and Rehabilitation

Teaching or Professional Positions

Clinical Instructor, PM&R, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2010-present)

Honors & Awards

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (2008-2009)


Karvelas K, Rydberg L, Oswald M. Electrodiagnostics and clinical correlates in acquired polyneuropathies. PM R. 2013 May;5(5 Suppl):S56-62


Kris Karvelas. Does a Supervised Program in Physical Therapy and/or Occupational Therapy Improve Pain Scores in Patients with Parkinson Disease? AAPMR 2012, Atlanta, GA. Poster presentation.

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