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James Mok, MD, MBA

Spine Surgery, The Spine Center

Practices In: Elmhurst, Lockport
Patients Seen: Adults

I am a spine sur­geon with pas­sion and pur­pose. The foun­da­tion of my prac­tice is giv­ing my patients the knowl­edge to make the best deci­sion for them­selves. This starts at our ini­tial meet­ing, when I do a thor­ough eval­u­a­tion honed by years of expe­ri­ence in aca­d­e­m­ic research hos­pi­tals. I con­sid­er it essen­tial that my patients have a good under­stand­ing of their spinal con­di­tion, and that each patient feels kind­ness and respect. I inform my patients of all their treat­ment options, the pos­si­ble role of surgery and an hon­est dis­cus­sion of the like­ly out­come. As a spine sur­geon, my phi­los­o­phy is to per­form the least inva­sive surgery with the max­i­mum chance of suc­cess. I am skilled in min­i­mal­ly inva­sive sur­gi­cal (MIS) tech­niques of the spine. I am also proud to be a vet­er­an, hav­ing served as a Major in the US Army, where I wit­nessed the pow­er of ser­vice, integri­ty and team­work. Being part of a team that helps my patients get back to their lives pain-free is a role that is very mean­ing­ful to me.

Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical Interests

Cer­vi­cal spondy­lot­ic myelopa­thy, Disc her­ni­a­tion, Failed back surgery syn­drome (re-do surgery), Fixed sagit­tal plane defor­mi­ty (flat­back syn­drome), Micro­surgery, Min­i­mal­ly inva­sive spine surgery, Post-laminec­to­my syn­drome, Radicu­lopa­thy, Sco­l­io­sis, Spinal steno­sis, Spondylolisthesis

English, Korean, Spanish
Personal Interests

Spend­ing time with my family

Awards & Accolades
Excellent Paper Presentation, 52nd Annual LeRoy C. Abbott Scientific Program 2006
Norman T. Kirk Award, Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons 2009
Outstanding Resident Research Presentation, LeRoy C. Abbott Scientific Program 2008
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Active Fellow American Orthopaedic Association North American Spine Society Scoliosis Research Society, Candidate Fellow Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Lumbar Spine Research Society Society of Lateral Access Surgery

Edward Hospital
801 S. Washington St. Naperville, Illinois 60540 630-527-3000 Get Directions
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
155 E. Brush Hill Road Elmhurst, Illinois 60126 331-221-1000 Get Directions
Columbia University Graduation Date: 2003 Degree: MD
University of California San Francisco Orthopaedic Surgery
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Spine Surgery
Physician’s Publications
Oren NC, Ali S, Mok J, Lu ZF, Lee SK. Sacroiliac joint injections with the guidance of three-dimensional cone beam computerized tomography (3D-CBCT) and fluoroscopy fusion. Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery Published Online First.
June 2020
Diebo BG, Tishelman JC, Horn S, Poorman GW, Jalai C, Segreto FA, Bortz CA, Gerling MC, Lafage V, White AP, Mok JM, Cha TD, Eastlack RK, Radcliff KE, Paulino CB, Passias PG. The impact of ¬mental health on patient-reported outcomes in cervical radiculopathy or myelopathy surgery. J Clin Neurosci.
June 2018
Lee MJ, Mok J, Patel P. Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Traditional Open Versus Minimally Invasive Techniques. J Am Acad Orthop Surg.
February 2018
Weick J, Kang H, Lee L, Kuether J, Liu X, Hansen E, Kandemir U, Rollins M, Mok JM. Direct measurement of tissue oxygenation as a method of diagnosis of acute compartment syndrome. J Orthop Trauma.
November 2016
Mok JM, Martinez M, Smith HE, Sciubba DM, Passias PG, Schoenfeld AJ, Isaacs RE, Vaccaro AR, Radcliff KE, Association for Collaborative Spinal Research Investigators. Impact of a Bundled Payment System on Resource Utilization During Spine Surgery. Int J Spine Surg.
May 2016
Eleswarapu AS, Divi SN, Dirschl DR, Mok JM, Stout C, Lee MJ. How Effective is Physical Therapy for Common Low Back Pain Diagnoses? A multivariate analysis of 4597 patients. Spine (Phila Pa 1976).
February 2016
Molinares DM, Davis TT, Fung DA, Liu JC, Clark S, Daily D, Mok JM. Is the lateral jack-knife position responsible for cases of transient neurapraxia? J Neurosurg Spine.
September 2015
Galvin JW, Freedman BA, Schoenfeld AJ, Cap AP, Mok JM. Morbidity of early spine surgery in the multiply injured patient. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg.
September 2014
Wei Shui, Wenwen Zhang, Liangjun Yin, Guoxin Nan, Zhan Liao, Hongmei Zhang, Ning Wang, Ningning Wu, Xian Chen, Sheng Wen, Yunfeng He, Fang Deng, Junhui Zhang, Hue H. Luu, Lewis L Shi, Zhenming Hu, Rex C. Haydon, James Mok, and Tong-Chuan He. Characterization of scaffold carriers for BMP9-transduced osteoblastic progenitor cells in bone regeneration. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A .
January 2013
Schoenfeld AJ, Mok JM, Cameron B, Jackson KL, Serrano JA, Freedman BA: Evaluation of Immediate Post-operative Complications and Outcomes Among Military Personnel Treated for Spinal Trauma in Afghanistan: A Cohort-Control Study of 50 Cases. J Spinal Disord Tech.
July 2014
Brooks DE, Agochukwu UF, Arrington ED, Mok JM: Psychological Distress in the Active Duty Military Spine Patient. Mil Med 2013 Oct;178(10):1059-1064.
October 2013
Mok JM, Jackson KL, Fang R, Freedman BA: Effect of Vacuum Spine Board Immobilization on Incidence of Pressure Ulcers During Evacuation of Military Casualties from Theater.
December 2013
Hansen EN, Manzano G, Kandemir U, Mok JM: Comparison of tissue oxygenation and compartment pressure following tibia fracture. Injury 2013 Aug;44(8):1076-80.
August 2013
Mok JM, Hansen EN, Kim H, Kandemir U: Diagnosis of Acute Compartment Syndrome: Direct Measurement of Tissue Oxygenation. Techniques in Orthopaedics 2012 Mar;27(1):22-29.
March 2012
Davis TT, Bae HW, Mok JM, Rasouli A, Delamarter RB: Lumbar Plexus Anatomy Within the Psoas Muscle: Implications for the Transpsoas Lateral Approach to the L4-L5 Disc. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2011 Aug;93(16):1482-1487.
August 2011
Kelly MP, Mok JM, Frisch RF, Tay BK: Comparison of Adjacent Segment Motion Following ACDF versus ProDisc-C Arthroplasty: Analysis from a Randomized, Controlled Trial with 2 Years Followup. Spine 2011 Jul 1;36(15):1171-1179.
July 2011
Kelly MP, Mok JM, Berven S: Dynamic constructs for spinal fusion: an evidence-based review. Orthop Clin N Am.
April 2010
Mok JM, Durrani SK, Yamamoto A, Kim HT: Admitting service and morbidity and mortality in elderly patients after hip fracture: finding a threshold for medical versus orthopaedic admission. Am J Orthop 2010 Feb;39(2):80-87.
February 2010
Dapunt UA, Mok JM, Sharkey MS, Davis AA, Foster-Barber A, Diab M: Delayed Presentation of Tetraparesis Following Posterior Thoracolumbar Spinal Fusion and Instrumentation for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Case Report. Spine 2009 Dec 1;34(25):E936-E941.
December 2009
Mok JM, Cloyd JM, Bradford DS, Hu SS, Deviren V, Smith JA, Berven SH: Reoperation after Primary Fusion for Adult Spinal Deformity: Rate, Reason, and Timing. Spine 2009 Apr 15;34(8):832-9.
April 2009
Mok JM, Guillaume TJ, Talu U, Berven SH, Deviren V, Kroeber M, Bradford DS, Hu SS: Clinical Outcome of Deep Wound Infection after Instrumented Posterior Spinal Fusion: a Matched Cohort Analysis. Spine 2009 Mar 15;34(6):578-83.
March 2009
Mok JM, Durrani SK, Piper SL, Hu SS, Deviren V, Berven SH, Burch S: Extravasation of rhBMP-2 with use of post-operative drains in posterolateral spinal fusion. Spine 2008 Jul 1;33(15):1668-74.
July 2008
Mok JM, Lyon R, Lieberman JA, Cloyd JM, Burch S: Monitoring of nerve root injury using transcranial motor-evoked potentials (tcMEPs) in a pig model. Spine. 2008 Jun 15;33(14):E465-E473.
June 2008
Mok JM, Berven SH, Diab M, Hackbarth M, Hu SS, Deviren V: Comparison of observer variation in conventional and 3 digital radiographic methods used in the evaluation of patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Spine. 2008 Mar 15;33(6):681-686.
March 2008
Mok JM, Pekmezci M, Piper SL, Boyd E, Berven SH, Burch S, Deviren V, Tay B, Hu SS: Use of CRP following spinal surgery: comparison with ESR as predictor of early postoperative infectious complications. Spine. 2008 Feb 15;33(4):415-21.
February 2008
Mok JM, Hu SS: Surgical strategies and choosing levels for spinal deformity: how high, how low, front and back. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2007 Apr;18(2):329-37.
April 2007
Kim SH, Shin JW, Park SA, Kim YK, Park MS, Mok JM, Yang WI, Lee JW: Chemical, structural properties, and osteoconductive effectiveness of bone block derived from porcine cancellous bone. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2004 Jan 15;68(1):69-74.
January 2004
Goldstein JI, Mok JM, Simon CM, Leiter JC: Intracellular pH regulation in neurons from chemosensitive and nonchemosensitive regions of Helix aspersa. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2000 Aug;279(2):R414-23.
August 2000