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​“My goal is to work with patients to find the underlying cause of their pain and help find a solution so they can return to the activities that they enjoy."​


Provider Bio down arrow

Dr. Nikhil Shelke is an orthopedic and neurological spine surgeon who helps patients experiencing neck and back pain along with pain radiating to their arms or legs. 

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​​​Dr. Shelke is fellowship-trained with a comprehensive combination of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery of the Spine.

Along with back and neck pain, patients may have issues with their balance while walking and trouble with using their hands, both of which may be related to their spine. “Back pain that radiates to the leg and arms can be quite debilitating," said Dr. Shelke. “It keeps people from experiencing the joys and wonders that life has to offer."

Finding the source of patients' injury or condition is key to Dr. Shelke's practice. From there, his goal is to partner with his patients and their family to create a collaborative treatment plan they can work towards together, which may include minimally invasive surgical options. 

Strong communication and trust with his patients drives Dr. Shelke. The foundation of this relationship is important because Dr. Shelke will remain with the patient on their health journey for several years to decades to help get back to life pain free.​​​

Dr. Shelke earned his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago - Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. He completed his residency at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and his fellowship at Duke University Health System in Durham, North Carolina.

“I believe that my life experiences have shaped my philosophies and who I am as a person today," he said. He has lived, worked and learned in five countries across three continents. Dr. Shelke also served as combat medic in US Army 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant after a seven-year career.

While not at work, Dr. Shelke enjoys spending time with his family, carpentry and making wooden furniture. He and his wife have three sons and look forward to including their children as they continue to travel the world. 

Professional Summary down arrow

  • Medical School
    Loyola University Chicago - Stritch School of Medicine Maywood, IL, United States, M.D. 2015

    Residency
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX, United States, Orthopedic Surgery 2020

    Fellowship
    Duke University Health System Durham, NC, United States, Orthopedic Surgery & Neurosurgical Spine Surgery 2021

  • State Licenses
    Wisconsin

Patient Ratings down arrow

4.7
out of 5 (41 ratings, 12 comments)
4.6
Provider explanations of my problem
4.7
Provider concern for my questions
4.7
Provider's efforts to include me in treatment decisions
4.7
Provider's discussion of proposed treatment
4.7
My likelihood of recommending this provider

Patient Comments down arrow

Comments are also gathered from the Press Ganey patient satisfaction survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing.
Comments are from Press Ganey surveys. Slander, libel and private health information are removed.
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January 26, 2023
Highly recommend.
February 6, 2023
Dr. Shelke was EXCELLENT!
February 22, 2023
Good.
March 1, 2023
Dr. Shelke was a delight.
March 16, 2023
Very kind and informative. I have full confidence in this doctor.
April 24, 2023
I have never had such a caring and professional doctor in my 73 years. Dr. Shelke is the best.
May 11, 2023
Dr. Shelke was very kind and put me at ease with his explanations about my treatment. I feel very comfortable about my upcoming surgery.
July 7, 2023
Dr. Shelke is a very good surgeon & I would recommend him to everybody.
August 9, 2023
Dr. Shelke did an excellent job of going through my x-rays and explaining everything. He took his time to answer all questions & made sure I understood all.
September 14, 2023
Dr. Shelke seems to be a very caring provider. He listens well and seems to really care about patient input.
October 26, 2023
Initial care provided in ED was wonderful. However this office visit. We saw him for less than 5 minutes and he basically only said things look OK. Schedule cast removal for 3-4 wks.
June 28, 2023
Insulted my posture though I was in pain. nice personality. Had care plan established ahead. Came in, did not go over all dx in detail, just one thing. Quickly talked surgical procedure, nothing about ...view full comment
June 28, 2023
Insulted my posture though I was in pain. nice personality. Had care plan established ahead. Came in, did not go over all dx in detail, just one thing. Quickly talked surgical procedure, nothing about ...view full comment
October 26, 2023
Initial care provided in ED was wonderful. However this office visit. We saw him for less than 5 minutes and he basically only said things look OK. Schedule cast removal for 3-4 wks.
January 26, 2023
Highly recommend.
February 6, 2023
Dr. Shelke was EXCELLENT!
February 22, 2023
Good.
March 1, 2023
Dr. Shelke was a delight.
March 16, 2023
Very kind and informative. I have full confidence in this doctor.
April 24, 2023
I have never had such a caring and professional doctor in my 73 years. Dr. Shelke is the best.
May 11, 2023
Dr. Shelke was very kind and put me at ease with his explanations about my treatment. I feel very comfortable about my upcoming surgery.
July 7, 2023
Dr. Shelke is a very good surgeon & I would recommend him to everybody.
August 9, 2023
Dr. Shelke did an excellent job of going through my x-rays and explaining everything. He took his time to answer all questions & made sure I understood all.
September 14, 2023
Dr. Shelke seems to be a very caring provider. He listens well and seems to really care about patient input.
January 26, 2023
Highly recommend.
February 6, 2023
Dr. Shelke was EXCELLENT!
February 22, 2023
Good.
March 1, 2023
Dr. Shelke was a delight.
March 16, 2023
Very kind and informative. I have full confidence in this doctor.
April 24, 2023
I have never had such a caring and professional doctor in my 73 years. Dr. Shelke is the best.
May 11, 2023
Dr. Shelke was very kind and put me at ease with his explanations about my treatment. I feel very comfortable about my upcoming surgery.
June 28, 2023
Insulted my posture though I was in pain. nice personality. Had care plan established ahead. Came in, did not go over all dx in detail, just one thing. Quickly talked surgical procedure, nothing about ...view full comment
July 7, 2023
Dr. Shelke is a very good surgeon & I would recommend him to everybody.
August 9, 2023
Dr. Shelke did an excellent job of going through my x-rays and explaining everything. He took his time to answer all questions & made sure I understood all.
September 14, 2023
Dr. Shelke seems to be a very caring provider. He listens well and seems to really care about patient input.
October 26, 2023
Initial care provided in ED was wonderful. However this office visit. We saw him for less than 5 minutes and he basically only said things look OK. Schedule cast removal for 3-4 wks.
October 26, 2023
Initial care provided in ED was wonderful. However this office visit. We saw him for less than 5 minutes and he basically only said things look OK. Schedule cast removal for 3-4 wks.
September 14, 2023
Dr. Shelke seems to be a very caring provider. He listens well and seems to really care about patient input.
August 9, 2023
Dr. Shelke did an excellent job of going through my x-rays and explaining everything. He took his time to answer all questions & made sure I understood all.
July 7, 2023
Dr. Shelke is a very good surgeon & I would recommend him to everybody.
June 28, 2023
Insulted my posture though I was in pain. nice personality. Had care plan established ahead. Came in, did not go over all dx in detail, just one thing. Quickly talked surgical procedure, nothing about ...view full comment
May 11, 2023
Dr. Shelke was very kind and put me at ease with his explanations about my treatment. I feel very comfortable about my upcoming surgery.
April 24, 2023
I have never had such a caring and professional doctor in my 73 years. Dr. Shelke is the best.
March 16, 2023
Very kind and informative. I have full confidence in this doctor.
March 1, 2023
Dr. Shelke was a delight.
February 22, 2023
Good.
February 6, 2023
Dr. Shelke was EXCELLENT!
January 26, 2023
Highly recommend.

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