Neeraj Patel, MD, MPH, MBS

Neeraj Patel, MD, MPH, MBS

Attending Physician, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



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Dr. Neeraj M. Patel is an attending surgeon at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed residency training at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases followed by a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he acquired advanced techniques in pediatric sports medicine and fracture surgery.

His clinical interests include ACL injuries in all ages (including children with open physes), osteochondritis dissecans, cartilage injuries, patellar instability, pediatric fractures, and fracture malunion and nonunion.

In addition to his medical training, Dr. Patel also holds Master’s Degrees in Public Health and Biomedical Science. Given this background, he is an active researcher, with numerous frequently cited publications and a strong presence at national and international meetings.

He has served on the Diversity Committee of the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society (PRiSM) and the Evidence Based Practice Committee of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). Dr. Patel is one of ten members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) work group tasked with creating clinical practice guidelines for the management of ACL injuries. He was also awarded the St. Giles Young Investigator award by POSNA for a randomized controlled trial of ACL and ALL reconstruction in the pediatric population.

Clinical Interests

ACL injuries in all ages (including children with open physes), meniscus injuries, discoid meniscus, osteochondritis dissecans, cartilage injuries, patellar instability, pediatric fractures, and fracture malunion and nonunion

Education & Training

Education: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, 2012

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2017-2018; Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center/Hospital for Joint Diseases, 2012-2017

Board Certifications: Orthopaedic Surgery

Research & Publications


Epidemiology, Injury Patterns, and Treatment of Meniscal Tears in Pediatric Patients: A 16-Year Experience of a Single Center.
Jackson T, Fabricant PD, Beck N, Storey E, Patel NM, Ganley TJ.
Orthop J Sports Med. 2019 Dec 20;7(12):2325967119890325. doi: 10.1177/2325967119890325. eCollection 2019 Dec.

How Often Are Study Design and Level of Evidence Misreported in the Pediatric Orthopaedic Literature?
LeBrun DG, Kocher MS, Baldwin KD, Patel NM.
J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Nov 22. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001470. [Epub ahead of print]

Pediatric Type II Tibial Spine Fractures: Addressing the Treatment Controversy With a Mixed-Effects Model.
Adams AJ, O'Hara NN, Abzug JM, Aoyama JT; Tibial Spine Research Group, Ganley TJ, Carey JL, Cruz AI Jr, Ellis HB Jr, Fabricant PD, Green DW, Heyworth BE, Janicki JA, Kocher MS, Lawrence JTR, Lee RJ, McKay SD, Mistovich RJ, Patel NM, Polousky JD, Rhodes JT, Sachleben BC, Sargent MC, Schmale GA, Shea KG, Yen YM.
Orthop J Sports Med. 2019 Aug 28;7(8):2325967119866162. doi: 10.1177/2325967119866162. eCollection 2019 Aug.

Should I Plan to Open? Predicting the Need For Open Reduction in the Treatment of Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip.
Talathi NS, Trionfo A, Patel NM, Upasani VV, Matheney T, Mulpuri K, Sankar WN.
J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Aug 2. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001429. [Epub ahead of print]

Washers do not affect the rate of implant removal or elbow motion in medial epicondyle fractures.
Patel NM, Gajewski CR, Ascoli AM, Lawrence JTR.
J Pediatr Orthop B. 2019 Nov;28(6):526-529. doi: 10.1097/BPB.0000000000000655.

Is the incidence of paediatric stress fractures on the rise? Trends in New York State from 2000 to 2015.
Patel NM, Mai DH, Ramme AJ, Karamitopoulos MS, Castañeda P, Chu A.
J Pediatr Orthop B. 2019 Jul 11. doi: 10.1097/BPB.0000000000000650. [Epub ahead of print]

Which Factors Increase the Risk of Reoperation After Meniscal Surgery in Children?
Patel NM, Mundluru SN, Beck NA, Ganley TJ.
Orthop J Sports Med. 2019 May 2;7(5):2325967119842885. doi: 10.1177/2325967119842885. eCollection 2019 May.

Which Children are at Risk for Contralateral Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury After Ipsilateral Reconstruction?
Patel NM, Bram JT, Talathi NS, DeFrancesco CJ, Lawrence JTR, Ganley TJ.
J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Mar 12. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001364. [Epub ahead of print]

Pediatric Medial Epicondyle Fractures Are We There Yet?
Brnjoš K, Patel NM.
Bull Hosp Jt Dis (2013). 2019 Mar;77(1):70-74. Review.

How Does Obesity Impact Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction?
Patel NM, Talathi NS, Bram JT, DeFrancesco CJ, Ganley TJ.
Arthroscopy. 2019 Jan;35(1):130-135. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2018.07.044.

All-epiphyseal Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Does Not Increase the Risk of Complications Compared With Pediatric Transphyseal Reconstruction.
Patel NM, DeFrancesco CJ, Talathi NS, Bram JT, Ganley TJ.
J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 Aug 15;27(16):e752-e757. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-18-00276.

How Do Race and Insurance Status Affect the Care of Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries?
Bram JT, Talathi NS, Patel NM, DeFrancesco CJ, Striano BM, Ganley TJ.
Clin J Sport Med. 2018 Nov 28. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000706. [Epub ahead of print]

Factors Affecting the Preferred Surgical Technique in Pediatric Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.
Patel NM, Talathi NS, Talwar D, Fabricant PD, Kocher MS, Ganley TJ, Lawrence JTR.
Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 Sep 19;6(9):2325967118796171. doi: 10.1177/2325967118796171. eCollection 2018 Sep.

Tibial Spine Fractures in Children: Evaluation, Management, and Future Directions.
Adams AJ, Talathi NS, Gandhi JS, Patel NM, Ganley TJ.
J Knee Surg. 2018 May;31(5):374-381. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1636544. Epub 2018 Mar 7. Review.

Erratum to: Is Prophylactic Intervention More Cost-effective Than the Treatment of Pathologic Fractures in Metastatic Bone Disease?
Blank AT, Lerman DM, Patel NM, Rapp TB.
Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 Jul;474(7):1742-1743. No abstract available.

Is Prophylactic Intervention More Cost-effective Than the Treatment of Pathologic Fractures in Metastatic Bone Disease?
Blank AT, Lerman DM, Patel NM, Rapp TB.
Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 Jul;474(7):1563-70. doi: 10.1007/s11999-016-4739-x. Epub 2016 Mar 28. Erratum in: Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 Jul;474(7):1742-3.

Pediatric monteggia fractures: a multicenter examination of treatment strategy and early clinical and radiographic results.
Ramski DE, Hennrikus WP, Bae DS, Baldwin KD, Patel NM, Waters PM, Flynn JM.
J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Mar;35(2):115-20. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000000213.

Intramedullary nailing of diaphyseal femur fractures secondary to gunshot wounds: predictors of postoperative malrotation.
Patel NM, Yoon RS, Cantlon MB, Koerner JD, Donegan DJ, Liporace FA.
J Orthop Trauma. 2014 Dec;28(12):711-4. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000000124.

Comparing femoral version after intramedullary nailing performed by trauma-trained and non-trauma trained surgeons: is there a difference?
Ayalon OB, Patel NM, Yoon RS, Donegan DJ, Koerner JD, Liporace FA.
Injury. 2014 Jul;45(7):1091-4. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2014.01.024. Epub 2014 Jan 30.

Femoral malrotation after intramedullary nailing in obese versus non-obese patients.
Koerner JD, Patel NM, Yoon RS, Gage MJ, Donegan DJ, Liporace FA.
Injury. 2014 Jul;45(7):1095-8. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2014.02.010. Epub 2014 Feb 26.

Timing of diaphyseal femur fracture nailing: is the difference night and day?
Patel NM, Yoon RS, Koerner JD, Donegan DJ, Liporace FA.
Injury. 2014 Mar;45(3):546-9. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2013.10.018. Epub 2013 Oct 26.

The pediatric knee: current concepts in sports medicine.
Beck NA, Patel NM, Ganley TJ.
J Pediatr Orthop B. 2014 Jan;23(1):59-66. doi: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e3283655c94. Review.

Impact of specialty and level of training on CT measurement of femoral version: an interobserver agreement analysis.
Yoon RS, Koerner JD, Patel NM, Sirkin MS, Reilly MC, Liporace FA.
J Orthop Traumatol. 2013 Dec;14(4):277-81. doi: 10.1007/s10195-013-0263-x. Epub 2013 Aug 29.

VEPTR to treat nonsyndromic congenital scoliosis: a multicenter, mid-term follow-up study.
Flynn JM, Emans JB, Smith JT, Betz RR, Deeney VF, Patel NM, Campbell RM.
J Pediatr Orthop. 2013 Oct-Nov;33(7):679-84. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0b013e31829d55a2.

Return to competitive sports after medial epicondyle fractures in adolescent athletes: results of operative and nonoperative treatment.
Lawrence JT, Patel NM, Macknin J, Flynn JM, Cameron D, Wolfgruber HC, Ganley TJ.
Am J Sports Med. 2013 May;41(5):1152-7. doi: 10.1177/0363546513480797. Epub 2013 Mar 18.

Femoral version of the general population: does "normal" vary by gender or ethnicity?
Koerner JD, Patel NM, Yoon RS, Sirkin MS, Reilly MC, Liporace FA.
J Orthop Trauma. 2013 Jun;27(6):308-11. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e3182693fdd.

Medial epicondyle fractures of the humerus: how to evaluate and when to operate.
Patel NM, Ganley TJ.
J Pediatr Orthop. 2012 Jun;32 Suppl 1:S10-3. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0b013e31824b2530. Review.

Tibial eminence fractures in children: earlier posttreatment mobilization results in improved outcomes.
Patel NM, Park MJ, Sampson NR, Ganley TJ.
J Pediatr Orthop. 2012 Mar;32(2):139-44. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0b013e318242310a.

Symptomatic bilateral discoid menisci in children: a comparison with unilaterally symptomatic patients.
Patel NM, Cody SR, Ganley TJ.
J Pediatr Orthop. 2012 Jan-Feb;32(1):5-8. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0b013e31823d3500.

Computed tomography-guided navigation of thoracic pedicle screws for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis results in more accurate placement and less screw removal.
Ughwanogho E, Patel NM, Baldwin KD, Sampson NR, Flynn JM.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 Apr 15;37(8):E473-8. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e318238bbd9.

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