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Gregory Drake, DO

Dr. Gregory Drake joined CORE Orthopedics on September 1, 2009. Sharing the CORE Orthopedics philosophy of maximizing conservative and non-surgical treatment options, Dr. Drake’s set of surgical skills adds an important element to the CORE team. He regularly performs complex surgeries of the spine and shoulder, and more frequently, he manages common orthopedic conditions that include sports injuries and fracture care.

Dr. Gregory Drake is dual fellowship trained in shoulder and elbow surgery and adult spinal reconstructive surgery. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, followed by medical training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He completed a general medical internship at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan, followed by an orthopedic residency in which he served as chief resident of the hospital.

Dr. Drake completed his spinal reconstructive fellowship through Michigan Spine and Brain Surgeons, where he completed over three hundred and fifty major spine surgeries. Deeply committed to the welfare of his patients, he specializes in minimally invasive treatment options and believes in a conservative, minimalistic approach to surgery. He has been trained in treating the complete spine, including the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions. He also performs a form of spinal fusion leaving adjacent areas of the spine intact and treats compression fractures of the spine with vertebral kyphoplasty.

Dr. Drake’s second fellowship was performed under the tutelage of world-renowned surgeons Dr. Gary Gartsman and Dr. T. Bradley Edwards at Fondren Orthopedic Group. He performed over seven hundred cases last year, including three hundred shoulder replacements and four hundred sports-related and degenerative arthroscopic shoulder procedures. Rotator cuff repair, shoulder instability, distal clavicle resection, and labral repairs are all performed through small incisions and the use of a small camera. Shoulder replacement surgery includes the standard replacement for those with arthritis, as well as the reverse total shoulder in those whose rotator cuff is deficient. 

Other surgical procedures he performs on the shoulder include tendon transfers, arthroscopic suprascapular nerve releases, Latarjet coracoid transfers for shoulder dislocations, and resurfacing procedures.

Dr. Drake is a recipient of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon’s prestigious Neer Award. This award recognizes leading surgeons who are advancing techniques used worldwide. He also has several publications, including book chapters, to his name, and has also published research in major journals such as The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgeons, The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, The Journal of Arthroplasty, and Techniques of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He is excited to be a part of CORE Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

Meet Dr. Gregory Drake's Team


Stephen Aydt


Steve assists Dr. Drake in all surgical procedures and will follow you closely during your recovery phase. His clinic runs parallel to Dr. Drake with convenient early morning and evening availability. He has been a PA for years 17 and joined Dr. Drake in 2022. He enjoys kayaking, time with his family and barbequing.




When you schedule surgery, Lia will be there to guide you through the process from preparation to the day of. Lia has been with Dr. Drake since 2009, she enjoys doing crafts, time with her family and reading mysteries.



Certified Medical Assistant & Scribe

You may see Amy in the room transcribing for Dr. Drake. She will assist you in executing the individualized treatment plan he establishes for you. Amy has been working with Dr. Drake since 2011, she enjoys traveling, watching her sons participate in sports and being anywhere near water.



Certified Medical Assistant

Jessica will start and obtain the information for your visit with Dr. Drake. She will also help discharge you and make sure you understand the treatment plan. Jessica has been with Dr. Drake since 2017 and is fluent in Spanish. She enjoys exercising, keeping up with her children and acrylic painting.



Certified Medical Assistant

Paulina will start and obtain the information for your visit with Dr. Drake. She will also help discharge you and make sure you understand the treatment plan. Paulina has been with Dr. Drake since 2019 and is fluent in Spanish. She enjoys Hiking, bicycling and reading mystery novels.

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“Dr. Drake is the spine specialist at Core. He is awesome! He is a good listener, compassionate, and thorough. He always likes to use less invasive options first and that is why I will always recommend him. You are always in good hands with Dr. Drake!”

“Excellent care from a great group of physicians. Dr Gregory Drake went above and beyond. Thank You!”

Location Information

Elk Grove Village

555 Biesterfield Road

Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007

(847) 690-1776  


Hoffman Estates

2380 Lakewood Blvd.

Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60192

(847) 690-1776  

Core Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Surgical Affiliations

Physician and Orthopedic Surgeon in Geneva
Geneva Surgical Suites

119 Elizabeth Ln., Genoa City, WI 53128

Phone: 262-295-1213

Alexian Brothers Medical Center

800 Biesterfield Rd.

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Phone: 847-437-5500


St. Alexius Medical Center

1555 Barrington Rd.

Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

Phone: 847-843-2000


Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

450 West Highway 22

Barrington, IL 60010

Phone: 847-381-0123


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