Orthopedic Knee Surgeon & Shoulder Surgeon in Waukegan

Dr. Roger Chams is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in all manner of knee and shoulder disorders and sports injuries. He has been in practice with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute for over 20 years, where he diagnoses and treats athletes of all levels and those in need of expert orthopedic care. Dr. Chams offers his leading expertise at four convenient locations, so patients in Waukegan can have access to the highest quality care.

Dr. Chams currently serves as team physician for the Chicago Red Stars professional women’s soccer team as well as multiple colleges, high schools, and club sports teams across northern Chicago. He has several years of experience in Sports Medicine, which includes working with thousands of amateur, NCAA, and professional athletes to help them get back to doing what they love most. Over the course of his career, Dr. Chams has successfully performed over 25,000 arthroscopic surgeries, using state-of-the-art technology. 

Those in Waukegan can trust Dr. Chams to deliver the most compassionate care for a wide range of orthopedic knee and shoulder conditions. He and his team of highly-skilled professionals will work closely with you to determine the source of your pain and discomfort, and develop a treatment plan to promote the most effective recovery for you and your body. No matter what procedure you undergo, Dr. Chams will ensure that you are fully informed during every step of the process. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about our services.

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Meet Dr. Chams – A Leading Knee and Shoulder Specialist in Waukegan

Dr. Roger Chams is expertly trained in arthroscopic surgery and reconstruction of the knee and shoulder. All of his procedures are performed at one of four orthopedic surgery centers, hand-selected by Dr. Chams himself. Driven by a commitment to excellence, Dr. Chams provides patients with comprehensive pre and postoperative care to guarantee the best possible functional outcomes. He has received numerous accolades for his exceptional work over the years, including “Top Tier MD” and “Chicago’s Top Doctor”.

Practice Locations

Grayslake Doctors’ Office

1275 E. Belvidere Road,
Suite 150 Grayslake IL 60030

Chicago Surgical Locations

Lake Forest

660 N Westmoreland Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045


801 S Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville, IL 60048

Knee and Shoulder Expertise

Dr. Roger Chams is proud to be the leading choice for arthroscopic surgery in northern Chicago, providing knee and shoulder surgery and rehabilitation services for patients in Waukegan. Dr. Chams offers treatment for the following orthopedic conditions:

Local Affiliations

Physical therapists, athletic trainers, athletic directors, coaches, and athletes alike turn to Dr. Chams for his extensive knowledge and skill in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Chams believes in the importance of close communication and teamwork, and currently serves as team physician for the following colleges and high schools in the area:

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Insurance Accepted

Dr. Roger Chams accepts a variety of health insurance plans for patients in Waukegan. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our insurance policies, please call us today at 847-247-4000.


• Aetna Medicare Advantage PPO, HMO

• Aetna Whole Health

 Beech Street/Concentra/Viant PPO and Workers’ Compensation

• Blue Advantage PPO

• Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, BlueChoice PPO, HMO, HMOI, HMO Advantage, Blue Precision HMO, Medicare Advantage, MMAI Plan (some physicians)

• CareIQ, Rehab for Workers Compensation



• Cigna HMO, PPO, POS

• CorVel PPO, Workers’ Compensation

• Coventry Medicare Advantage PPO, HMO

• Coventry PPO, Workers’ Compensation Encompass (surgery network for injured workers)

• First Health PPO

• Healthcare’s Finest Network PPO, Workers’ Compensation

• HealthLink Plans HMO, PPO

• HMO Illinois (some physicians)

• Humana MMAI, HMO, POS, PPO

• Imagine Health/Smart Network (MRI/CT

• Services, Rehab Services (some physicians)

• Longevity Health Medicare Advantage HMO

• Medicare

• MedRisk (Rehab services for injured workers)

• MultiPlan/Private Health Care Systems PPO

• One Call Medical Network (Imaging services for injured workers)

• One Call Care Management (Rehab services for injured workers)

• Orchid Medical (Rehab services for injured workers)

• PPO Next (aka HealthStar PPO, Preferred

• Health Network PPO)

• Preferred Network Access PPO

• Preferred Plan PPO

 Premier Comp Solutions (imaging services only)

• Savility

• Sunrise Advantage Medicare Advantage Plan

• Therapy Direct (Rehab services for injured workers)

• Union Health Service

• UnitedHealthcare HMO, Open Access, POS, PPO

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Leja and Jay
Leja and Jay
00:40 16 Mar 21
I’m really happy I chose a different doctor in this practice before giving up on Illinois Bone and Joint. After... visiting Dr. Chum I felt he was very superficial and inattentive and I was worried after this visit that my son would be even more scared of doctors. I then saw a different IBJI orthopedic doctor and felt much better. We had an MRI in Arlington Heights and were very happy with our follow up care.read more
Karen Medbery
Karen Medbery
21:10 10 Mar 21
Dr. Charm and his PA were very nice.Dr. Charm is conservative on treatment which I appreciated.I probably won’t go... back due to the fact that I feel this is a very corporate office as opposed to your Dr. actually knowing you.There are so many patients and staff and everyone was constantly moving all around you, making some aspects of checking in and out, confusing.Everything went smooth but I felt like I was on a human assembly line. There was nothing personal about it.read more
Carrie Paden
Carrie Paden
18:44 24 Feb 21
My teenage son had 2 planned knee surgeries with Dr Chams - one 11/2020 and the second 1/2021. From start to finish,... everything was top notch. He and his staff are excellent, friendly, caring and made the whole process easy. Physical therapy @ IBJI was also top notch. Highly recommend them!read more
Charles Gomez
Charles Gomez
20:05 19 Feb 21
Dr. Chams is by Far the Best orthopedic surgeon. Very knowledgeable about one's procedures & has Great mannerisms. His... staff members are excellent for caring to the patients.read more
Kathy Schrank
Kathy Schrank
23:17 22 Jan 21
Was given a prompt appointment when I called. Dr.Chams and Paul evaluated my condition, provided care and gave me... alternatives. Paul instructed me in exercises which will assist in strengthening. My visit was wonderful.read more
Kelly Naughtrip
Kelly Naughtrip
11:23 14 Nov 20
Very professional and take time with their patients. Usually on time with appointments and the front desk is pleasant.... Love that they have appointments as early as 7:00am!read more
Jennifer Sawant
Jennifer Sawant
19:25 28 Oct 20
Great experience - loved how fast I was seen (+ took x-rays right away), evaluated and clearly explained the diagnosis... and treatment. Felt immediately better afterwards- just knowing the problem and solution.read more
Rick Wintheiser
Rick Wintheiser
21:17 19 Oct 20
Fantastic experience. Dr. Chams, ran down all the possible treatment options, pros and cons, and provided excellent... guidance. I am very happy with his counsel and his team is great. Very pleased to have found him.read more
Scotteo G
Scotteo G
07:25 16 Oct 20
Dr. Chams is a dedicated professional that can relate to anyone. He is very educated in his craft and knows the next... move. He will definitely steer you the best and right decision! There is no beat around the bush with him. He has operated on my multiple times over a 10 year period! I will be on his side the rest of my life. Good or bad I know he is the right guy for the skills he performs! You will be blessed to have met him. Little does he know many have after I recommend so many to him. I am a union local 134 Electician. We have so many brothers and sisters that have been beating there body up for years to feed there families. He can definitely keep you moving in the best way your body will except it.read more
Kristina Summers
Kristina Summers
19:34 07 Oct 20
Illinois Bone and Joint is a fabulous facility with top notch care takers. They take their time with you and yet keep... moving with X-rays, getting the patient ready to see the doctor and finishing up any questions, concerns or follow-up. I have seen Dr Roger Chams for my shoulder. He is kind, efficient and very knowledgeable. This was a return visit after a surgery ten years ago by Dr Chams. All is looking good and would happily return for other needs and would recommend him as well as Illinois Bone and Joint.read more
Trey Johnston
Trey Johnston
14:16 04 Oct 20
-thorough-detail oriented-organized-caring-considers all options and chooses the best-premier surgeon-highly... recommended by others and he and his team did not disappointread more
Timothy Schmuker
Timothy Schmuker
19:10 18 Aug 20
Dr. Chams and his staff are very good to work with. I would highly recommend him for rotator cuff repair.
Tonia Truax
Tonia Truax
00:35 06 Aug 20
Dr Chams and his assistant Dan were amazing! Super nice super personable, would definitely recommend them to anybody! ... Knew right away the issue after years of getting blown off by other doctors.read more
Stephanie Wolf
Stephanie Wolf
02:51 09 Jul 20
Dr. Chams is wonderful! He took the time listen to my daughter’s story about her sore broken arm. He was able to... turn my daughters tears into laughter, on such a busy day. We both were nervous about her break after being told that surgery was a possibility in our future, Dr. Chams put our minds at ease explaining how well the break would heal on its own doing a few simple things.read more
Jon Listek
Jon Listek
20:38 14 Feb 20
I've seen Dr. Chams many times over the past twenty years for a variety of knee and shoulder concerns. He's simply the... best! His surgical expertise along with the concern he shows along with an excellent support staff yield a great outcome for his patients.read more
Arnie Weller
Arnie Weller
22:04 23 Jan 19
Dr. Chams performed two major surgeries on me: 1. Repaired & reattached almost all of the soft tissue in my shoulder... due to a significant fall causing a posterior dislocation (which was dislocated much longer than it should have been due to an error made in the emergency room; after 3 days of extreme pain I finally went to see Dr. Chams, he made the CORRECT diagnosis, and made special arrangements to take care of me as a very high priority); 2. Repaired and reattached all of the quad tendons in my knee due to them being torn in another, different, significant fall. His work was extremely high quality and his concern and care for my well-being was of the highest level. I was extremely pleased with him and his entire team (PA's, scheduling staff, etc.) throughout both processes, including all of the post-op appts. I have already recommended Dr. Chams to some of my friends/co-workers and would highly recommend him to anyone that needs shoulder or knee surgery.read more
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