Jacob M. Babu, MD, MHA

    Jacob M. Babu, MD, MHA, is dual-fellowship trained in spine surgery and orthopedic
    trauma surgery. Dr. Babu specializes in comprehensive spine surgical care in adults
    and adolescents including nonoperative management of spine conditions, minimally
    invasive spine surgery, complex spinal reconstruction, motion-sparing procedures,
    spinal infections, and traumatic injuries. Dr. Babu is also one of just a few providers in
    the state who performs endoscopic spine surgery, considered to be one of the least
    invasive surgical options.

    Dr. Babu acquired degrees in Engineering and Medicine in the Chicagoland area. He
    completed his surgical training in orthopedic surgery at Brown University. He then went
    on to complete two fellowships, the first in Orthopedic Trauma Surgery from Brown
    University. He furthered his education by completing a Spine Surgery Fellowship from
    the prestigious Johns Hopkins University.

    Dr. Babu has been committed to the improvement of spine surgical care. He has
    presented at national meetings, authored numerous textbook chapters, and has
    published original research regarding spine and orthopedic surgery. His work has won
    national awards and he serves as an active member of several professional societies
    including the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the North
    American Spine Society (NASS).

    Dr. Babu has served as an instructor and educator for medical students and residents
    at various teaching institutions throughout the country. Dr. Babu also spends time
    teaching surgical techniques to doctors in developing countries to help improve their
    medical care. In addition, Dr. Babu has served as team doctor for collegiate and high
    school level sports.

    Dr. Babu became interested in spine surgery because of the profound impact he can
    make on his patients’ quality of life and functionality. He works closely with patients
    to ensure their understanding of their condition before deciding on a treatment plan
    together. Keeping each patient’s individual goals in mind, Dr. Babu has a preference to
    first exhaust nonsurgical options to improve a patient’s condition.
    When nonsurgical options are no longer helpful, Dr. Babu employs the most effective
    and safest techniques to achieve optimal outcomes for his patients in an effort to
    minimize complications and shorten recovery time. His primary goal is to help patients
    achieve a quality of life they previously experienced while treating patients with
    respect and compassion, as he would want his own family treated.
    In his free time, Dr. Babu enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures. He also
    enjoys volunteering, reading, and being active outdoors.

    My primary goal
    is to take care
    of patients with
    respect and
    compassion, as
    I would want
    my own family

    Facility Affiliations • Advocate Condell Medical Center
    • Advocate Surgery Center - Libertyville
    • Hawthorn Surgery Center
    • NorthShore University HealthSystem
    • Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
    • Vista Medical Center
    Education • General Engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
    • Doctor of Medicine, Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, Illinois
    • Masters in Healthcare Administration and Management, Chicago Medical School,
    North Chicago, Illinois
    • Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery Fellowship, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    • Spine Surgery Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
    Board Eligible • Orthopaedic Surgery
    Specialties • Spine Surgery
    • Trauma Surgery
    Conditions Treated • Nonoperative management of spine conditions
    • Minimally invasive spine surgery
    • Endoscopic spine surgery
    • Complex spinal reconstruction
    • Traumatic injuries
    Awards and Honors • Mark Palumbo/Phil Lucas Spine Surgery Achievement Award, July 2020
    • American Orthopedic Association Top Presentation Award, July 2019
    • Rhode Island Orthopedic Society Top Research Award, July 2019
    • New England Orthopedic Society Top Research Award, 2018
    • Health Volunteers Overseas Scholarship, Kumasi, Ghana, 2018
    • Highest Clinical GPA Award, Chicago Medical School, 2014
    Professional Organizations • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
    • North American Spine Society Member
    • Health Volunteers Overseas Member
    • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
    101 Waukegan Road
    Lake Bluff, IL 60044
    1275 E. Belvidere Road, Suite 150
    Grayslake, IL 60030
    720 Florsheim Drive
    Libertyville, IL 60048
    350 S. Greenleaf Street, Suite 405-A
    Gurnee, IL 60031 ibji.com
    To make an appointment,
    please call 847-247-4000.