Ellen Kroin, MD

Hand and Upper Extremity, Orthopaedics

98 Ratings
Practices In: Elmhurst, Westmont
Patients Seen: All Ages

I am an Orthopaedic Sur­geon with sub-spe­­cial­­ty fel­low­ship train­ing in Adult and Pedi­atric Hand, Upper Extrem­i­ty, and Microvas­cu­lar Surgery. I am orig­i­nal­ly from the Chica­go area and received my under­grad­uate degree from North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty. I received my med­ical degree from Rush Uni­ver­si­ty and fol­low­ing that, I com­plet­ed my orthopaedic surgery res­i­den­cy train­ing at Loy­ola Uni­ver­si­ty. I then com­plet­ed my Adult and Pedi­atric Hand and Upper Extrem­i­ty Fel­low­ship at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis with addi­tion­al pedi­atric train­ing at the Shriners Hos­pi­tals for Chil­dren North­ern Cal­i­for­nia. I am hap­py to be back in the com­mu­ni­ty where I grew up to help treat patients of all ages. I strive to include my patients and their fam­i­lies in the deci­­sion-mak­ing process and cre­ate a tai­lored treat­ment plan for each indi­vid­ual. I approach my patients with the com­pas­sion I would give my fam­i­ly mem­bers and I am ded­i­cat­ed to using the best avail­able sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence and advanced tech­niques to improve their func­tion and achieve their treat­ment goals. I stay up-to-date with the newest tech­niques and tech­nolo­gies, while main­tain­ing my com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing evi­­dence-based oper­a­tive and non-oper­a­tive care for my patients.

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English, Russian
Awards & Accolades
Loyola University Certificate of Excellence in Research 2019
ASSH/AFSH Annual Meeting Scholarship 2019
Sofield Traveling Fellowship Scholarship - Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, Tanzania 2019
ASSH/AFSH Annual Meeting Scholarship 2017
Loyola University Medical Center Magis Star Recipient 2017
The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Resident Scholarship 2016
Loyola University Medical Center Magis Star Recipient 2016
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society 2014
Clinical Interests

Sur­gi­cal and non-oper­a­­tive treat­ment of frac­tures, arthri­tis, sports and trau­­ma-relat­ed injuries of the hand and upper extrem­i­ty, Con­gen­i­tal hand dif­fer­ences, Ten­don repair and recon­struc­tion, Periph­er­al nerve repair, Hand and thumb arthri­tis, Trig­ger thumb/​fin­ger, Gan­glion cyst and oth­er hand/​finger mass­es, Carpal and cubital tun­nel, Dupuytren’s con­trac­ture, Wrist arthroscopy and Cor­ti­sone injections

Personal Interests

I love expe­ri­enc­ing new cul­tures through trav­el, explor­ing local restau­rants, bike rid­ing, ten­nis, arts and crafts, spend­ing qual­i­ty time with my fam­i­ly and cheer­ing for the Chica­go sports teams

American Society for Surgery of the Hand American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
3815 Highland Avenue Downers Grove, Illinois 60515 630-275-2700 Get Directions
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
155 E. Brush Hill Road Elmhurst, Illinois 60126 331-221-1000 Get Directions
Rush University Rush Medical College Graduation Date: 2014 Degree: MD
Loyola University Medical Center Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California, Davis Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgery
Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Provider’s Publications
Kroin E, Light TR. (2020). Pediatric Post-Operative Hand Dressings and Care. In G. Pajardi Pediatric Hand Surgery
Kroin E, Schiff A, Jones N. (2018). Metatarsal Fractures. In M. Khodaee (ed) Sports-Related Trauma: On- and Off- Field Management. Springer Science and Basic Media.
Kroin E, Pinzur M, Schiff A. (2015). Heterotopic Ossification of the Foot and Ankle. In B. Saltzman (ed) Heterotopic Ossification: Basic Science, General Principles, and Clinical Correlates in Orthopedic Surgery. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Kroin E, Garbarski D, Romano J, Shimomura A, Schiff A, Wu K. Gender Differences in Program Factors that are Important to Residency Applicants when Evaluating Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Programs. OREF Midwest Resident Research Symposium. Chicago, IL. April 2019. Kroin E, Puri S, Bednar M, Light T, Agnew S.
April 2019
Characteristics of Hand Transfer Patients and Follow-up Care Based on Insurance Status. Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX. April 2018.
April 2018
Wide Awake Hand Surgery. Loyola University Medical Center Orthopaedic Grand Rounds. Maywood, IL. April 2018. Presenter. Kroin E, Finkler E, Schiff A, Pinzur M.
April 2018
Functional Impairment of Patients Undergoing Surgical Correction for Charcot Foot Arthropathy. Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting. Bonita Springs, FL. April 2016. Presenter. Harris J, Yanke A, Espinoza-Arias A, Kroin E, Rames R, Cole B.
April 2016
Effect of Vertical or Beveled Chondral Defect Creation on Rim Deformation. 11th World Congress of International Cartilage Repair Society. Izmir, Turkey, September 2013.
September 2013
Kroin E, Garbarski D, Shimomura A, Romano J, Schiff A, Wu K. Gender Differences in Program Factors that are Important to Residency Applicants when Evaluating Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Programs. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. Oct. 2020.
October 2020
Brown N, Ralles S, Kroin E, Adams W, Wu K. Complications of Total Joint Arthroplasty in Solid Organ Transplant Patients. Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma. July 2019.
July 2019
Chaharbakhshi EO, Kroin E, Wojewnik B. Mycobacterium Smegmatis Infection After Traumatic Burst Fracture of L2: A Case Report. Spine Journal. 2019.
Kroin E, Chaharbakhshi EO, Schiff A, Pinzur MS. Improvement in Quality of Life Following Surgical Correction of Midtarsal Charcot Foot Arthropathy. Foot Ankle Int. March 2018.
March 2018
Kroin E, Schiff A, Pinzur MS, Davis ES, Chaharbakhshi E, Frank A DiSilvio J. Functional Impairment of Patients Undergoing Surgical Correction for Charcot Foot Arthropathy. Foot Ankle Int. April 2017.
April 2017
Finkler ES, Fogel HA, Kroin E, Wu K, Nystrom L, Schiff A. Factors Influencing the Number of Applications Submitted Per Applicant to Orthopedic Residency Programs. Medical Education Online. 2016;21(1).
Finkler E, Kasia C, Kroin E, Davidson-Bell V, Schiff A, Pinzur M. Pin Tract Infections in Diabetic Patients Undergoing Surgical Correction of Charcot Foot with a Circular External Fixator. Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Nov;36(11):1310-5.
November 2015
Kroin E, Frank J, Haughom B, Kogan M. Two Cases of Avascular Necrosis after Prophylactic Pinning of the Contralateral Hip for Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis: Case report and review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2015 June;35(4): 363-6.
June 2015
Fillingham Y, Kroin E, Frank R, Kogan M. Post-operative Delay in Return of Function Following Guided Growth Tension Plating and Use of Corrective Physical Therapy. Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics. 2014 May;8(3): 265- 271.
May 2014
Lee A, Kang R, Kroin E, Verma N, Cole B, MBA. Allograft Meniscus Transplantation. Sports Medicine Arthroscopic Review. 2012 June;20(2):106-114.
June 2012
Karas V, Ghodadra N, Kroin E, Cole B. Special Focus Section: Non-Traditional Modification to Articular Cartilage. The Journal of Knee Surgery. 2012 March;25(1): 31-36.
March 2012


Arthroscopy of the Elbow, Arthroscopy of the Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder, Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cortisone Injection, Cubital Tunnel Surgery, Elbow Fracture Care, Fracture Care, Fracture Care - Elbows, Fracture Care - Hands, Fracture Care - Wrists, Hand Fracture Care, Hyaluronic Acid (Viscosupplementation), Joint Injection, Joint Replacement, Joint Replacement- Finger Joint, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder, Non-Surgical Fracture Care, Non-Surgical Treatment of Fractures, Non-Surgical Treatment of Sports Related Injuries, Pediatric Fracture Care, Shoulder Fracture Care, Syndactyly Treatment (Congenital Hand Deformity), Tendon Repair & Reconstruction, Thumb/Wrist Reconstructive Procedures for Arthritis, Wrist Fracture Care


Arthritis Treatment, Arthritis of the Hand, Wrist and Elbow, Arthritis of the Thumb, Arthritis of the Thumb Base, Basal Joint Osteoarthritis, Boxer's Fracture, Colles Fracture, Cysts & Tumors, De Quervain Tenosynovitis, Digital Mucous Cysts, Distal Radius Fracture, Dupuytren's Disease, Elbow Tunnel Syndrome, Finger Fractures, Flexor Tendon Injuries, Ganglion Cysts and Tumors, Growth Plate Injuries, Hand Osteoarthritis, Hand and Upper Extremity, Kienbock Disease, Nerve Injuries, Overuse Injuries, Polydactyly Hands & Feet, Shoulder Bursitis, Shoulder-Hand Syndrome, Sprains, Strains, Tendonitis, Tennis Elbow, Trauma Related Injuries, Trigger Finger, Wrist Tendonitis


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