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Richard D Lim is an orthopedic specialist who graduated from the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University Medical School and completed his Orthopaedic Residency at McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University, Chicago 1996. Upon graduation, he pursued specialized post-graduate fellowship training at the Spine Institute for Special Surgery in Louisville, Kentucky where he was extensively trained in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders. Since 1997, Dr. Lim has devoted his private practice solely to the treatment of Orthopaedic Surgery and specifically spinal problems.

He has served on numerous committees including the Pain Management Committee, Medical Executive Committee, Surgical Executive Committee, Credentials Committee, Performance Improvement Committee, and has special interest in Continuous Quality Improvement in the delivery of care to the spinal disorder patient. He has developed and pioneered the Minimally Invasive practices in his hospital and has presented on numerous topics at the local and national level.

Dr. Lim specializes in treatment of disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine and has a special interest in the treatment of Worker’s Compensation patients, spine deformity cases and cervical disc disease. He has extensive experience in performing Independent Medical Evaluations and chart reviews and serves as a spine consultant for the Greeley Corporation.


Dr. Lim is the Co-Director of the Bone and Joint Institute, Co-Director of the Spine Program, Secretary/Treasurer of Medical Staff at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL. Dr. Lim holds academic appointments at the Drexel University and Midwestern University.

He is a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Lim was recently featured in an article “Complicated Surgery Straightens Man’s Back Six Years After Breaking Spine” on CBS Local, CLICK HERE to read the video and watch the video.


The Spine Institute for Special Surgery, Louisville, KY
McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical School
Northwestern University Medical School Honors Program in Medical Education
Primary Hospital Privileges
Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL; Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights; Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Mokena, IL; Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, IL; Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL; AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale, Hinsdale, IL


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