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Dr. David Saper, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Specialist

Chicago, IL

About Dr. David Saper

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

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4.8
Recent reviews
Excellent communication throughout the entire visit. He popped in twice while I was waiting for him to tell me he wouldbe just a few minutes longer and that my Xray was soon. The appointment was quick and I feel satisfied with the diagnosis and next steps.
Excellent communication throughout the entire visit. He popped in twice while I was waiting for him to tell me he would be just a few minutes longer and that my Xraywas soon. The appointment was quick and I feel satisfied with the diagnosis and next steps.
Kati M. · August 15, 2019
Took about 30 minutes to be seen (but I was also a new patient so there are new forms to fillout, etc.), but once I was checked-in, there was next to no wait time for the doctor and x-rays. Overall, Dr. Saper has good bedside manner, was thorough/complete, and explained the treatment options well. Would recommend him to others
Took about 30 minutes to be seen (but I was also a new patient so there are new forms to fill out, etc.), but once I was checked-in, there was nextto no wait time for the doctor and x-rays. Overall, Dr. Saper has good bedside manner, was thorough/complete, and explained the treatment options well. Would recommend him to others
Initials hidden · August 13, 2019

Dr. David Saper's 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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Excellent communication throughout the entire visit. He popped in twice while I was waiting for him to tell me he would be just a few minutes longer and that my Xray was soon. The appointment was quick and I feel satisfied with the diagnosis and next steps.

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Took about 30 minutes to be seen (but I was also a new patient so there are new forms to fill out, etc.), but once I was checked-in, there was next to no wait time for the doctor and x-rays. Overall, Dr. Saper has good bedside manner, was thorough/complete, and explained the treatment options well. Would recommend him to others

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A little delayed but in general very good

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My visit with Saper, was efficient, helpful, and empathetic. I was able to get an x-ray and an interpretation from the doctor in a single visit. I was in and out in less than 30 minutes. Additionally, Saper was insightful, willing to answer any questions, and made me feel very comfortable. I am new to the city and he helped point me in the direction of his office that is more convenient, as well as help recommend where to find a specialist in another field. He gave me two options for treatment, which reduces the need for second opinions. I would highly recommend Dr. Saper, and I look forward to working with him throughout my injury.

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Dr. Saper is great! I saw him because I fractured my ankle. He presented me with 2 options: treatment with surgery or non-weight bearing treatment with a cast. He said he didn't have preference over one treatment plan over another. Additionally, he said that he gets paid more if he operates, but he wouldn't recommend an operation to me if it wasn't absolutely necessary or preferable. I really appreciate his transparency, and I have full trust in him for this reason. He is great and I would highly recommend him!

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I’ve been seeing Dr Saper over the past few years— he is friendly, professional, and committed to providing patients with the best care! His office staff are great, and there’s a physical therapy facility in-office with therapists who helped me a lot. Dr Saper even helped me find a follow up with another specialist when I needed it. Highly recommended!

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Dr. Saper performed shoulder surgery on me. He did an excellent job and my recovery was better than expected. On top of that, he is just a really good doctor, very easy to talk to, and very accessible. I could not be happier with my results and treatment.

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Billing department is terrible, over changes for services provided.

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Visit was great and Dr. Saper is amazing! Very knowledgeable and with excellent bedside manner. Highly recommend him for Orthopedic consultation.

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Dr. Saper was great. He really took the time to listen to my issue and admitted when he didn't know something which I appreciate. He was very honest and made me feel very comfortable! Few doctors are as friendly as him.

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Dr Saper is very knowledgeable with the most current sports med treatments . He also explains them well.

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Really felt comfortable in office & and with Dr Saper & assistants that were in the room He was very honest and upfront and kind listened to my on going medical issues and was very attentive to my concerns. Today I started a journey with Dr Saper as we work together & his team on a plan for better healthly Me. Thank you..

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Dr. Saber and his associate were both very friendly and informative. They asked a lot of questions to get to know my history, and provided helpful information for next steps. Dr. Saber provided me with his email to follow up directly with questions which is something not many doctors have done in my experience. I would highly recommend and will definitely go back if more issues arise!

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Dr. Saper and his team of residents were outstanding. I had been without health insurance for a while, so I forgot how great it is to see a top of the line doctor. Dr. Saper was extremely knowledgeable about the knee pain I had been experiencing; and he even suspected that I'd have an off reaction anethesia based on me being ginger (I've had doctors look at me like I'm crazy when I bring this up). He and his team of residents took the time to listen to me and I'm really excited to continue my healing journey in his hands. Aside from just being great doctors, bedside manner was excellent; I felt very comfortable. Highly highly recommend this practice.

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This is my third soccer related injury and the third time I have seen Dr Saper. His staff is fantastic and very accommodating. Dr. Saper is very thorough and diligent when looking at options and not always eager to cut you open. His education accolades speak for themselves and bedside manner is always on point. I would recommend Dr. Saper to all athletes who never want to stop playing the sports they love.

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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 me a 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 trying to discuss billing issues where we'd been incorrectly billed, they hung up on us.

More 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.

More 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 do with 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 to be 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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