Daniel Ivankovich

Daniel Ivankovich CNN Hero

Daniel Ivankovich

Daniel Ivankovich CNN Hero

Speaker: Daniel Ivankovich

CNN Hero, Co-Founder of OnePatient Global Health Initiative, orthopedic Surgeon, Humanitarian, and Blues Man

Speech Topics Include:

  • Transforming Chicago: OnePatient at a Time


Dr. and Speaker Daniel Ivankovich is known for his advocacy on behalf of the underserved in Chicago’s inner city as leader of the Bone Squad, a group of medical professionals who treat the city’s uninsured and underinsured. He is the medical director and co-founder of OnePatient Global Health Initiative, a nonprofit foundation based in Chicago with a mission “to treat patients… who have musculoskeletal health disorders, regardless of their ability to pay.

During his 20-year career, Dr. and speaker Daniel Ivankovich has focused on providing state-of-the-art spine, joint and fracture care to Chicagoans from all walks of life. Dr. Dan understands the crippling pain of arthritis that his patients suffer, having personally undergone thirteen knee surgeries himself.

He’s overseen 100,000+ patient visits and provides specialty care for twisted spines, degenerated joints, sports injuries and broken bones. Having performed over ten thousand surgical procedures (which include spine and joint reconstruction, open reduction & internal fixation, arthroscopy and pain management), there are few surgical challenges that he can’t handle.

Additionally, Dr. Dan is a well-known public figure and humanitarian who’s helped establish orthopedic outreach and patient education programs at virtually all of Chicago’s safety-net hospitals. He’s raised $2,500,000+ in committed grants and donations to help expand health care services in some of the poorest and most underserved communities in America.

With all of his variable expertise, there is a connecting thread. When wielding a scalpel with skill and precision squeezing, preaching on the day’s relevant social issues or squeezing a blue note out of his six-string, integrity rules his reality. Dan Ivankovich delivers the goods with a street-savvy hipness and honesty that’s nearly extinct in today’s climate of inequitable health care policies, greed, corruption, and injustice.

An award-winning physician that’s part bluesman, healer, philosopher & shaman, and, as Rock & Roll Hall-Of-Famer Bo Diddley said about Ivankovich, “He ain’t from this planet.”

Transforming Chicago: OnePatient at a Time


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