Success Stories 2017-07-05T14:03:47+00:00
Dr. Chams is a highly compassionate individual who has devoted countless hours serving as the Team Physician for Vernon Hills High School. I have worked closely with Dr. Chams since Vernon Hills High School opened in 1999 to provide the highest quality orthopedic care for our athletes, staff and community. His success as a premier orthopedic surgeon as well as a kind, compassionate person is evident when watching his interactions on and off the field with athletes, parents, coaches, staff and the community of Vernon Hills.
Kirsten Rous MS, ATC, Vernon Hills High School - Athletic Trainer
Dr. Chams and his team are the best. As a young athlete trying to compete at the collegiate level has always been a goal. Despite two operations on my left shoulder and a meniscus repair on my right knee, the team at Illinois Bones and Joints, worked together to help me get back to a competitive level. They understand the mentality of an athlete and works closely with the physical therapist to make your return to your sport at the appropriate time. Balancing the need to let the body repair with one’s desire to get back on the field. Simply the best from my perspective.
Cole Johnston
Dr. Chams has been the Team Physician for the 10 years I’ve been working as one of the Athletic Trainers at Vernon Hills High School. He has undoubtedly played a vital role in providing excellent healthcare to our student athletes. With the heavy patient load Dr. Chams sees on a weekly basis, he still is always accommodating when it comes to getting one of our athletes in for an evaluation. His commitment to service to not only our athletes, but to the community alike is one of the reasons why Dr. Chams stands out among his peers. If one were to have just met and have a conversation with him, because of his down-to-earth, easy-going, friendly personality, they would not know they were talking with one of the top orthopedic surgeons around. I look forward to continuing and building on our professional relationship in the years to come.
Joe Payawal, Vernon Hills High School - Athletic Trainer

My golf swing is now completely pain-free and I couldn’t be happier.  I am 65 years old now and last week I shot my lowest score in 20 years and I have even hit a few drives around 220-240 yards.  I am just smokin’ that ball.  Feels so good.  I can’t thank you enough for giving me this fine shoulder where I can now painlessly do the things that used to hurt me so much, like putting on my jacket, reaching for my wallet, swimming and of course, my backswing in golf.  I hope that you continue to help people like me get their quality of life back the way you did me.  Thanks again and say hi to Paul.

PS. I know you told me to take it easy on my golf swing and I am really trying to do that, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. My shoulder is that strong and good. Not even a hint of pain when I am playing golf or the next day.  I feel like a kid again.  God bless.

Tom H.

It has truly been an honor to have Dr. Chams as our volunteer team orthopedic physician since 1999. I could not have wished for anything more than the extremely high level of dedication and service Roger has provided to our families here at Grayslake Central High School. In all my years as a certified athletic trainer, I have never met or worked with a better office of individuals than I have with Roger, his staff and colleagues at IBJI.  Roger is simply the best orthopedic surgeon I have ever met! And I can pay no higher compliment than to tell everyone that he is the only orthopedic I would ever take my own kids to see. Thank you my friend!!!

Glen D. Gerdes, MS, ATC, LAT, Head Athletic Trainer – Grayslake Central HS

I had sent a note to Dr. Chams expressing my thanks acknowledging his expertise for my shoulder surgery on Feb 06. I had also mentioned the excellent physical therapy group as I deal with them weekly. I may have left you people out, if so, I didn’t mean too. It’s difficult to remember everyone’s name and title, but I do believe you are also among those who have attended me. Paul has seen me the most and I appreciate his thoroughness and explanatory answers. I do appreciate all you do and think you have terrific careers and serve them well. IBJI staff’s focus is the epitome of how a highly professional yet courteous and attentive facility should be managed. I did reply to a general questionnaire online with my utmost respect and complements previously, but wanted to thank you in a more personal manner. Please give a mention to all the other staff that makes the facility go… the receptionists, and others also. Anytime I’ve had questions before or after surgery they have been the best! Keep up the good work and I/we (wife Donna, also has been a patient) wish you the best!

Bruce G.

I just wanted to send a note of thanks to Dr. Roger Chams. He performed shoulder surgery on me one year ago tomorrow. I went through the prescribed rehab with Tara and am happy to say that I willl be competing in Ironman Texas in less than three weeks. I have been successfully training nearly 20 hours per week and swimming over 10,000 yards per week with quite a few 5,000 yd days…with zero pain!! I am quite sure I will set a PR and if I make the podium, I owe it all to Dr. Chams! Great experience!

Kevin H.

My mom (Beth Hook) recently went to see Dr. Chams, who did two knee surgeries on me back in ’05 and ’06 for meniscus tears while I was in high school at Grayslake Central.  While at her appointment, she shared that I have taken his advice (which he gave from day one when I saw him) to remain active— and recently completed IronMan WI in September of this past year.  Attached are some of the pictures from the event.

Ironically, I hear all the time people saying that they have “bad knees” and can’t be active as a result.  I love to tell them that I too have bad knees- but have always been encouraged by my physician to remain active.  Outside of IronMan, I also recently completed the NYC marathon, LA Marathon and Houston Marathon (all with my mom) as part of Team Ritter to raise awareness about aortic health.

I guess you can say I am living proof that Dr. Chams is right— please send him my best and let him know my very active knees are still holding out.

Aubrey P.