James Mok, MD
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.
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
University of Chicago Physicians at Matteson
4749 Lincoln Mall Drive
Matteson, IL 60443
University of Chicago Orthopaedics
11456 S. Broadway
Crown Point, IN 46309
Year Started Practice
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
Dr. James M. Mok examines the difference between nonspecific and specific low back pain and indications and nomenclature of imaging. Dr. Mok also offers advice on how to treat a patient who presents with back pain.