Spine/Orthopedic Surgery

Spine/Orthopedic Surgery

The Orthopaedic Surgery team at Fullerton Surgery Center, is dedicated to the treatment and repair of bone related conditions and injuries. Our board certified, extensively trained, surgeons include physicians that have served as Team Physician for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Wolves ice hockey teams, and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University. An emphasis is placed on communication and trust between patient and doctor, with the goal of establishing the most effective form of treatment for that individual.


Dr. Sean Salehi
Dr. Salehi was one of the early adopters of the minimally invasive techniques in spine surgery employing small incisions to performing the most complicated spine surgeries, hence reducing post-op pain and shortening the rehabilitative period. This has given him a 10 year experience in such operations as of 2013. He received his medical degree from Temple University and completed his residency at Northwestern University.

Dr. Ellias Nam
A Chicago local, Dr. Ellis Nam completed his M.D., and complete a General Surgery Internship as well as an Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Northwestern Medical School. Furthering his studies, Dr. Nam completed a Fellowship at Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Los Angeles, CA where he focused on a sub-specialty in minimally invasive athroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, knee, and ankle.

Dr. Nam has extensive experience in sports related injuries, having served as a Team Physician for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Chicago Wolves Ice Hockey Teams. His research includes an extensive list of publications in the field of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, and Musculoskeletal Disorders.

Dr. Tom Poepping
Dr. Poepping received his medical degree from Loyola University and has spent 9 years treating a wide range of orthopedic sports-type injuries in a physically active, athletic population with intense physical requirements. This experience further refined his philosophy of patient care as a team effort involving not only the patient and doctor, but also the vital ancillary treatments that can speed return to work or sport. His treatment specialties include arthroscopic treatment of shoulder instability, rotator cuff injury, knee ligament and cartilage injury, ankle instability and cartilage restoration. He enjoys running and triathlons, woodworking, and playing guitar in his free time.

Dr. Chandrasekhar Sompalli

Dr. Sompalli graduated from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1992. He completed residency programs at Loyola Medical Center and the University of Illinois Hospital.Dr. Sompalli is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Midwest Orthopaedic Association and the American Medical Sports Society.

Dr. Christos Giannoulias
Dr. Giannoulias believes in patient-centered care that begins with building rapport and maintaining lasting relationships based on honesty and trust. He is a Clinical Instructor in Sports Medicine at Loyola University. He received his bachelor’s degree at Miami University (Ohio) and received his medical training at the Chicago Medical School, Loyola University Medical Center, and New England Baptist Medical Center.

He received his Orthopaedic Surgery Board Certification in 2006 and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Board Certification in 2008 and specializes in shoulder injury, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic repair of instability, and arthroscopic treatment of shoulder cartilage disorders. He enjoys hockey, golf, and running.

Dr. John O'Keefe
Dr. O’Keefe received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 36 years. He participated in extensive sports medicine training and worked with world-renowned doctor teachers. He learned advanced arthroscopic techniques and skills which in present day allow him to manage injuries involving shoulders, knees, hips, ankles, elbows, and wrists.  He uses surgical and non-surgical methods to treat musculosckeletal trauma, sports injuries and degenerative diseases. His personal commitment to excellence and dedication to patient’s wellbeing is the cornerstone for the extremely high rate of success in the treatment of his patients’ medical conditions.

Procedures Offered

Ankle Arthroscopy

Knee Arthroscopy

ACL Surgery

Treatment of Achilles Tendonitis

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Rotator Cuff Repair

Total Shoulder Replacement