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Dr. David Saper, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Specialist

Professional statement

Dr. David Saper is on staff as the Co-Director of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers, Chicago. Dr. Saper completed both medical school and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and served as an assistant physician for the University of Chicago Maroon’s Athletic Department. He has advanced training in a variety of both non-operative and minimally invasive procedures to treat and repair sports and orthopedic injuries and arthritis of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle. Dr. Saper also has considerable experience with fracture and trauma care and completed his residency training in New England’s busiest Level 1 Trauma Center. He continues to provide trauma and fracture care as a surgeon at two of Chicago’s Level 1 trauma centers. In addition to clinical care, Dr. Saper has presented multiple research presentations at national orthopedic conferences including the ‘Orthopaedic Trauma Association,’ the ‘American Society for Surgery of the Hand,’ and the ‘American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.’ He has published several peer-reviewed research papers, novel surgical techniques, and review articles in the orthopedic literature on the topics of sports and trauma and currently serves as a reviewer for the highest impact orthopedic journal, The American Journal of Sports Medicine. Dr. Saper is dedicated to the complete care of the individual and stays up to date with the latest techniques, technologies, and treatments to treat bone, cartilage, and joint disorders. He aims to collaborate with patients to help restore their mobility so they can reach their maximal potential in sport, work, and life.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • ACE
  • AIG

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Sports Medicine Specialist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital
  • Presence Saint Francis Hospital
  • Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago
  • Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Saint Mary Campus

Board certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of Chicago, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Bachelor’s)
  • Boston University Medical Center, Residency in Orthopedic Surgery
  • University of Chicago, Fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Professional memberships

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

Awards and publications

  • 1. Awarded Top Ten Trauma Papers of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • 2. David Saper MD, Akash Shaw BS, Andrew Stein, MD. “Chiari Malformation Type 1 with Cervicothoracic Syrinx Presenting as Acute Thumb Necrosis: A Case Report.” Injury 45 (2014) 62–64.
  • 3. David Saper MD, Paul Tornetta III MD. “Intraoperative Control of Rotational Forces During Sliding Hip Screw Insertion- A Novel Surgical Technique.” Techniques in Orthopaedics. December 30th 2014.

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1164743118

Office locations

Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers

5616 N Western Ave

Chicago, IL 60659

Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers

1431 N Western Avenue, Suite 510

Chicago, IL 60622

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I thought the entire staff was incredibly friendly and warm, it was a very positive experience. Definitely will work with Dr. Sapel again and appreciated his colleagues and staff immensely.
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Overall, very informative. X-Rays and treatment were quite quick
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Fast X-rays and Doctor visit. Great experience!
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Dr Sapor is exceptional ly knowledgeable & highly informed about the latest research as it applies clinically. He is warm, friendly, kind! He’s the best orthopedic surgeon I have met.
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Dr. Saper was great. Excellent communicator and very down-to-earth to talk to. The only issue I had was that I waited for more than 30 minutes roughly. But this shouldn't be an issue to not go visit this med office. Thanks Dr. Saper!
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Kind, knew his stuff
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Dr. Saper was professional and showed a great attention to detail. He explained everything concerning my condition very well and left me with a feeling that if I need anything else I am encouraged to contact him.
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Very knowledgeable!!
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Dr. Super is a great doctor. I consulted him for some pain in my fingers. I appreciated his knowledge and most importantly his willingness to explain to you all potential hypotheses patiently.
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Great experience. In and out with paperwork, x-rays, speaking to Dr Saper, and paying, all in just 30 min. Special thanks to Ania for really capturing that bone chip in all it’s broken glory on the x-ray.
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Doctor Saper is the best! Amazing surgery without complications.
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Very knowledgeable! Super friendly and great surgeon. On my way to recovery now from an Achilles tear. Highly recommed.
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Dr. Saper was professional and knowledgeable. He was able to see me as a new patient on short notice. Xrays were taken in the office and there is a parking lot available. Very happy Zocdoc recommended him.
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The office staff was very friendly and I was seen on time. Dr. Saper was very thorough in his explanation of what is going on with me, even drawing a little diagram of the muscles surrounding my spine to give mea clearer understanding. 10 out of 10; would recommend.
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The doctor was great! Very informative. The front desk seemed like they were all over the place. Not very organized.
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Dr. Saper was excellent. He takes the time to make you feel relaxed and that he is genuinely concerned with your condition. He explains thoroughly what his analysis is and does it with great knowledge and skill
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I had a wonderful visit with Dr. Saper & his team (Vincent) during my visit earlier today. Dr. Saper & his team have a wonderful bedside manner and helped make me feel at ease in discussing my injury and any concerns I expressed. I highly, highly recommend.
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Dr. Spader is as professional and relatable as they come and is a true master of his craft
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Dr. Saper is really friendly, knowledgeable, and I am glad he saw me. His office staff and the billing department are severely lacking, however. I would never recommend his practice to others based on the staff alone. When I was tryingto discuss billing issues where we'd been incorrectly billed, they hung up on us.
Less than 1 year ago
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I went to Dr. Saper to get a second opinion on a labrum tear last October. He spend a long time explaining everything to me and discussing my options. He was very patient and answered all my questions. I can highly recommend him.
Less than 1 year ago
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Only waited about 10 minutes so I got in fairly fast. Did a great job of explaining the surgery and the next steps.
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Overall had a very positive experience with Dr. Saper. It was my first time seeing him and I found that he was thorough in his exam, explained to me what was causing my issues, answered all my questions about treatment options,and was extremely professional throughout the process. I plan to go back to see him in a few weeks for a follow-up visit.
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Dr. Saper was excellent. I really liked his bed side manners. He listened to me patiently, walked me through my x-rays and the treatment options. I highly recommend him. My only complaint with the entire appointment was with the staff upfront.They were confused about my insurance for some reason and insisted that I pay the full amount vs. just the co-pay. However, the office manager called up 30 minutes later and refunded the extra amount I paid. So, all was well.
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He's great! Very thorough and knowledgable! Highly recommended!!
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I visited Dr. Saper to follow up on an injury I sustained while traveling in Southeast Asia. His team was professional and thorough, and Dr. Saper was able to create a treatment plan quickly and communicate what I needed to dowith exceptional clarity. Plus, he's friendly - which I always find helps me immensely when I'm meeting a doctor for the first time.
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He is a very good Doctor.
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I came back to Dr. Saper to have my left foot examined after a fall down the stairs. I made this appointment very last minute, and they got me in right away. Everyone in his office is so polite and accommodating,and his bedside manor is simply delightful! I very highly recommend him.
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Incredibly thoughtful and very aware of individual needs, which vary greatly from any one person. He took his time with me and was not rushed at all. Instead I felt like he provided me with great references and extensive diagnostics that provided clear evidence for reasonable next steps.
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The DR and his staff were very professional and punctual.
More than 1 year ago
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Great staff and really honest opinion.
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Very informative and to the point, good sense of humor and no sugar coating. Would absolutely see him again, and recommend him to others.
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Another great visit with Dr. Saper - made a last minute appointment but was able to get in and get my knee looked at. Moving forward with next steps now...
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All the staffers at doctor Saper's office were very helpful and professional. When I showed up they had the zoc-doc forms all ready to go already filled out. The office is like a one stop shop with what seems tobe a great environment with many qualified specialists and support staff. I needed x-rays so they were done right there in the office and instantly available. They were also connected to a physical therapy center so I scheduled some physical therapy right there. After looking at the X-rays, performing some range of motion tests, and the series of questions, Dr. Saper was able to diagnose me. He prescribed some treatments that already seem to be making a difference. Over all it was definitely worth booking an appointment.
More than 1 year ago
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He was very friendly!
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It was great. I was able to get an appt pretty quick and I enjoyed the process. Everyone was very nice.
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I was able to schedule with ease, in a very timely appointment, within days of issue. Dr Saper was friendly, knowledgeable, and addressed my issues. I left confident that I am on a path to recovery.
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Dr. Saper was super straightforward and helpful. He explained exactly what the issues were with my hand injury and laid out a recovery plan. He made me feel completely comfortable and confident that the recovery would go smoothly. I have anotherappt in a couple of weeks and I look forward to seeing him again.
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Dr. Saper was awesome. I waited a bit in the waiting room but once I was taken into a room he did not make me wait long. He was personable and friendly. He took the time to explain what was goingon with me in very simple language so that I was clearly able to understand. I would definitely recommend him.
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Was able to fit me in that day. Diagnosed me quickly and got me on my way. A successful appointment.
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Dr. Saper was very informative. Answered all our questions. I took my 12 year old son. He said he felt very comfortable with Dr. Saper. I highly recommend him. The office was very professional.
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Dr. Saper needs to move practices. He is a terrific doctor with a great bedside manner he is open to listening to his patients and has their best interests in mind. However the personal that run the practice lack the correctattitude to work in the healthcare industry. I am fully insured with great healthcare, and this practice is a preferred provider. They would not let me leave unless I paid for all services (copay & X-rays) before I left, telling me my insurance covered nothing. Turns out my insurance covered 80% of my visit and I am stilling battling their department. on reimbursement I also requested my medical records, which any patient is legally allowed to do. It took them over the 30 day legal limit to provide these records; even after following through every 3-5 days. Doubling Billing, Attitude & In ability to follow though on communication. There are plenty of other options in the Chicagoland. Do not work with this practice if you have the choice, I leaned my lesson the hard way.
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This is tough - let me start out by saying Dr. Saper was AMAZING. He spent a lot of time answering my questions, I felt like he actually listened to me and wasn't rushed and he seemed to be very thorough.I would recommend Dr. Saper to anyone and everyone as a doctor, I would not recommend his practice (hence my 'maybe' answer). Here's the tough part - his staff is the worst. When they called me to confirm my appointment, I asked if I could email them my records as I was coming for a second opinion, she said no due to HIPAA, I said I didn't think that sounded right, she said she would ask and call me right back. She never did. I had to call the next morning, was on hold over 15 minutes and was finally told that I could email the records. When I came in the office everyone seemed really disorganized. They sent me for xrays, but when I asked the nurse why, she had no idea (xrays made no sense for my visit). The worst was the girl who handled my follow up scheduling and check-out. She was rude, continually rolled her eyes when I asked questions and ended up throwing my follow-up papers at me because she got frustrated. I have since called with a question and the lady on the phone (maybe the same one) had such an attitude and ultimately, my question wasn't answered. I'm really torn as I thought Dr. Saper was great and I am confident he can help me, but his staff made me quite uncomfortable and question whether or not I want to go back to his office. :(
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I was very nervous about seeing an orthopedic surgeon but am glad I was referred to Dr. Saper. He was very calm and straightforward in explaining the likely prognosis of my injury and in developing a recommended action plan. That provideda lot of peace of mind for me, which I greatly appreciated. The office staff was very friendly and professional, too. I scheduled all follow-up tests and appointments before I left, which also helped with the peace of mind.
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My visit was very satisfying! Doctor Saper patiently listened to my problem and answered all the questions. I would definitely revisit him for the follow- up.
More than 1 year ago
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He is totally professional.
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Listened to all my concerns and answered all my questions patiently. Didn't rush me through the consultation, which I appreciate.
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Dr. Saper was friendly and clear- exactly what you want in a Dr. I had hurt my hand a while back and he has been great throughout my recovery!
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Dr. Saper was very informative when diagnosing my knee pain. He answered all of my questions in great detail and offered a clear treatment plan - all while squeezing me in the same day I made the appointment!
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I had a very pleasant experience with my visit to Dr. Saper's office. I had a pain on my left bicep and he was able to figure out the underlying issue which was sprain in my brachialis. He was extremely politeand friendly. Overall great guy. He is a young chill dude who knows his stuff. I would highly recommend him.
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My visit with Dr. Saper was a good one. He was very professional, kind, encouraging, and apologetic about the wait time.
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