Craig J. Finlayson, MD

Craig J. Finlayson, MD

Attending Physician, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine; Surgical Director and Co-Medical Director, Lurie Children’s Surgery Center in Northbrook Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Language: English


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Dr. Finlayson has been a member of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago since 2010. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and finished a residency at the University of Illinois-Chicago. In addition to completing a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics, Dr. Finlayson pursued additional sub-specialty training in Pediatric Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital working with patients of all age groups including youth sports, collegiate athletics and professional ballet. His clinical interests include ACL and meniscal tears, osteochondritis dissecans, and arthroscopic surgical techniques.  Dr. Finlayson is proficient in growth-respecting techniques for ACL reconstruction as well as joint preservation surgeries including meniscal and osteochondral repairs and transplants.

Clinical Interests: Sports medicine, arthroscopic procedures, ACL injuries in all ages (including children with open growth plates), cartilage and joint preservation, meniscal injuries, osteochondritis dissecans, patellar instability, shoulder instability, labral pathology, pediatric fractures

Education & Training

Education: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2003

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric sports medicine, Children's Hospital Boston, 2009-2010; Fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics, Shriner's Hospital for Children, 2008-2009; Residency in orthopaedic surgery, University of Illinois, 2003-2008

Professional Organizations: American Orthopaedic Association; American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine; Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

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Research Interests: Patellar Instability, discoid meniscus, ACL injury, and regional anesthesia in orthopedic surgery

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