Edward James Tanner III, MD
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Practice Focus Areas
- Fertility Preservation
- Gynecologic Cancers
- Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy
- Radical Pelvic Surgery
- Robotic Gynecologic Cancer Surgery
- Medical Education:
MD, University of Alabama School of Medicine - 2004
Johns Hopkins University - 2008
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - 2012
- American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Gynecologic Oncology (Certified)
- American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Obstetrics and Gynecology (Certified)
Faculty ProfileAssociate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine
Practice Groups and Affiliations
- Medical Group:
- Northwestern Medical Group
- Alignment Category:
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
- On Medical Staff At:
Central DuPage HospitalNorthwestern Lake Forest HospitalNorthwestern Memorial HospitalPalos Hospital
Ratings and Reviews
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Reviews from Patients
Reviews from Patients
August 03, 20225.0 star star star star star
Dr. Tanner is an excellent communicator who has played an active role in my care since the moment that I received my cancer diagnosis. He recommended the diagnostic tests that I needed to identify my condition and he recommended the most suitable approach to take for my care. He performed my surgery which went extremely well. He has also monitored my progress related to the administration of chemo treatments which are contributing to a positive outcome. I am in good hands. Dr. Tanner is very patient and accessible during our office consultations. I am truly on the road to having a full recovery. I would definitely recommend Dr. Tanner to my friends, family and others seeking care or second opinions concerning a gynecological oncology issue.
July 11, 20225.0 star star star star star
Upon learning from my Primary Care Physician(PCP) late on a Friday afternoon/evening that an abdominal CT scan (which I had just had an hour before his call) showed a large malignant tumor on my left ovary, I was referred by him to Dr. Tanner. I was told to call Dr. Tanner on Monday morning to let him know of my condition and set up an appointment. I, of course, felt very frightened and wary, and anxiously waited to be able to get things in motion. I was waiting for his office to open Monday so I could call to make an appointment, but before they even opened, Dr. Tanner called me and explained that he had seen my CT scan, and asked if I would be agreeable to his scheduling/reserving an Operating Room right away (to ensure we could schedule surgery as soon as possible) as the surgery would likely require a good deal of time. He was so proactive, he had already checked the schedule, so had a date and time to give me at that moment, and he explained what he planned to do. He also told me he could see my husband and I the following Monday for our first appointment, and would then fully explain how he planned to proceed. We met with him that next Monday, and were in the office for 1-1/2 hours, of which most of the time was spent with him, as he explained everything, told us of the possible outcomes of the surgery, what things it might or might not involve, and what steps needed to be taken before surgery. He was so patient with all of our questions, never rushed us. I was very grateful and impressed by his patience and reassurance at that time, and am even much more impressed now that I have had ample opportunity to see how busy he and his team are. The surgery was long and complex, and Dr. Tanner and his surgical team did an amazing job. They have been with me every step of the way, are always available, and very compassionate and understanding. I have felt so blessed/fortunate to continue to have them at our sides. From the moment I first spoke with him, everything was about us as a team in this fight. His complete and thoroughly informed explanations- even before we met- were the most reassurance anyone could ever hope for in such a situation. He is an amazing physician, surgeon and person.
July 07, 20225.0 star star star star star
What’s not to like. He doesn’t make you feel like he is rushing off to the next patient. His explanations are clear. He makes sure you understand before moving in to the next topic. His demeanor is calm and reassuring. I felt his assessment of my condition was honest.
June 08, 20225.0 star star star star star
I am not a medical professional much less a surgeon. So I lack the background to rate any surgeon on competence. Regardless, it is difficult not to be impressed by a surgeon (or a team of surgeons) who can remove a large cyst (14x11x10cm) with 4 small (less than 1 inch) incisions in my abdomen. And even more impressive that the major pain from that procedure had abated within 7 days. And also impressive that all incisions are healing nicely to the point where I wonder if they will even be noticeable after a few months. Well done! And again, many thanks.
May 23, 20225.0 star star star star star
Dr. Tanner took his time to explain everything to me, from the diagnosis to the treatment. There was no rushing through this visit. He made me feel as if I were his only patient that day. I left his office knowing everything I needed.
May 08, 20224.0 star star star star star_border
It is difficult for me to rate Dr. Tanner himself because I have met him only twice. The first time I met him was for a 10 or 15 minute pre-op conference in his office about 4 weeks before surgery. The second time I met him was in the OR about for about 1 minute or so (before my anesthesia was administered). As to the office visit and communications with his office before surgery, Dr. Tanner and his staff did a very good job of helping me understand the potential problems, the alternatives, and the possible outcomes. They all seemed very sensitive to the emotional upheaval that words like cancer can invoke. As to the minute or so before surgery, there was not much time to say much of anything. Again I felt like I was in good hands. Post-surgery, I was very pleased to see the report from the surgery in MyChart within a few hours after my surgery was completed. I am fortunate that my cyst was not cancerous. The incisions made during surgery are what Dr. Tanner's office told me to expect them to be. My wounds seem to be healing well. I certainly had pain, especially the first couple of days after surgery and especially when I used my abdominal muscles (e.g., going from standing to sitting, from sitting to lying down, turning in bed at night). But by day 3 after surgery there was a noticeable decrease in pain. The pain now (day 5 after surgery) is far less though still there. So, at least at this point, it appears that the healing process is proceeding. It is difficult to complain about the results from my symptoms at this point.
April 21, 20225.0 star star star star star
He is a very caring and understanding Dr. He answers all your questions and he gets tests results to you very quickly so you are not sitting and wondering. Very informative and up to date on all the cutting edge treatments available. Would not have any other Dr. Would recommend him definitely to family and friends and anyone that asks.
February 22, 20225.0 star star star star star
Dr Tanner & staff are excellent medical professionals, kind, caring & knowledgeable. They patiently explained procedures well & eased my fears. I felt safe & never felt rushed. That is important to me. I would highly recommend Dr Tanner.
Consulting / Related Activities
Faculty member engaged in activities such as speaking, advising, consulting, or providing educational programs for the following companies or other entities
- Eisai, Inc.
- Johnson & Johnson Health Care System, Inc.
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