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Brian Braaksma, MD

Healthgrades 4.9 Stars out of 5 out of 5 with 103 ratings

Specialties: Spine Care


Dr. Brian Braaksma is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon at OrthoIllinois in Illinois.  Fellowship training is the highest level of medical education in the U.S.

Dr. Braaksma earned his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at Texas Christian University in 2002 with Summa Cum Laude honors.  He obtained his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2006.  He completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery where he received clinical distinction honors in his clinical rotations.  He completed a fellowship in spine surgery at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York.  He is Board-eligible by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Braaksma grew up on a farm in the rural Midwest, where he feels learning the values of hard work and dedication were instrumental to his ability to pursue and complete a medical education.  He realized early on a desire to become an orthopedic surgeon by the time he was in high school, by observing surgeries with local physicians.  During his medical education and orthopedic residency, Dr. Braaksma was most intrigued by the specialty of spine and decided to specialize in that niche.

As a spine surgeon, he emphasizes non-surgical treatment options in advance of surgery, holding that as the last resort for patients.  If surgery is necessary, Dr. Braaksma is trained in the latest minimally invasive spine surgery techniques that reduce the length of the incision, the time in the hospital and the time needed for recovery.  Many patients can have their surgery in the morning and be home later the same day to recover in their own home.

In addition to his extensive medical commitments, Dr. Braaksma is an avid golfer, and enjoys watching sports, playing drums and guitar, weightlifting, traveling and skiing.  He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and his young son.  After spending the last 10 years of his medical training in Chicago and New York, Dr. Braaksma enjoys the return to the Midwest and Rockford, Illinois, and the sense of community that he grew up in.

Education & Training

  • Undergraduate, Texas Christian University
  • Medical Degree, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship in Spine Surgery at New York University Langone Medical Center
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member, North American Spine Society
  • Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Assisted by:

Rob Meyers, PA-C

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS:  Algonquin Road Surgery Center, Centegra Hospital – McHenry, Centegra Hospital – Woodstock, OrthoIllinois Surgery Center, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center, Mercy Rockford Hospital, SwedishAmerican Hospital, Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital

Here's what my patients are saying:

Anyone suffering with back issues I highly recommend Dr. Braaksma and his staff they are world class. I have to say that his nurses are the best!

Craig M.

"He performed a spinal fusion for me last year.  I was home in two days, and I just can't tell you what an outstanding job he did!"  - Anonymous review on

"I was in so much pain before Dr. Braaksma did my surgery.  Now I can walk without the pain and upon getting back the strength in my legs, can start living my life again without all the pain!!  THANK YOU Dr. Braaksma." - Anonymous review on

"I would recommend Dr. Braaksma to others.  He answers your questions so you can understand the answers.  He has good bedside manners.  The surgery went well and getting better every day - I can't wait to walk on my favorite beach again without pain."  - Anonymous review on

"Excellent doctor with superb skills. Very sincere and kind bedside manner. My experience was unbelievable, considering I came out of surgery with no pain and not having to take any of the pain medications. Highly recommend to anyone." Amy O., review

"Dr. Braaksma is an outstanding surgeon.  I was told by another surgeon that she wouldn't touch me.  My future looked gloomy.  Dr. Braaksma said he could help and back in October he did surgery and my leg works great.  I'm so thankful to Dr. Braaksma and would highly recommend him.  He also has a wonderful bedside manner.  Thanks Doc."  Donna B. - review

"Dr. Braaksma diligently worked with me to resolve my pain first through non-surgical methods. When it was determined that surgery was our last option, he took the time to explain the procedure and appropriately set expectations for healing and recovery. He uses terminology I can understand and genuinely cares about his patients." Kay - review

"Dr. Braaksma is very professional, thorough and courteous. He patiently takes the time to explain the issue and his plans for resolving it. I am very pleased with the results of my surgery. I trust and respect this surgeon and will freely recommend him to others." Kim P. - review

"Everything has been great.  I feel I should be a spokes person regarding my surgery.  From the staff at the hospital to my first outpatient appointment I feel great and better than ever!" Shari, review

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