Robert C. Kern, MD

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Primary Specialty

Otolaryngology

Secondary Specialty

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Education

Medical Education:
MD, Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College - 1985
Residency:
Wayne State University School of Medicine - 1990

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Certified)

Faculty Profile

Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine

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Practice Groups and Affiliations

Medical Group:
Northwestern Medical Group
Alignment Category:
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
On Medical Staff At:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

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Overall Rating

4.7
4.7 

547 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

92 Reviews

Reviews from Patients

92 Reviews

August 15, 2023

5.0

Dr. Kern is an exceptional doctor with years of experience and expertise. His team is exceptional as well.

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August 11, 2023

4.0

Expertise

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August 04, 2023

5.0

Good guy. Great doctor.

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August 02, 2023

5.0

Dr. Kern was honest and reassuring in regards to my visit and was able to diagnose my very concerning and serious medical issue.

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August 02, 2023

5.0

A great and caring doctor.

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July 31, 2023

5.0

Excellent doctor!!

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July 28, 2023

5.0

Expertise, takes time with the patient, and anawered all concerns.

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July 28, 2023

5.0

He was responsive when a concern arose and this has also been reflective of his team as well.

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July 28, 2023

5.0

A great dr and very knowledgeable

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July 24, 2023

5.0

I appreciated his care and concern

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July 24, 2023

5.0

He is a wonderful doctor!

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July 21, 2023

3.0

Dr Kern attitude is too casual for my liking.

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July 05, 2023

5.0

Dr. Kern is wonderful! He helped me feel at ease and taken care of throughout the entire process.

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July 01, 2023

5.0

Simply put, Dr. KERN is top notch in every respect. Very glad I found him!

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June 14, 2023

1.0

See above. Maybe he thought Because I did not surgery, I was a waste of time.

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June 12, 2023

5.0

I had a problem with sinus infections for years, and he came up with a solution, which keeps me very healthy.

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May 23, 2023

1.0

The first time I saw him he told me that he had a bacterium in his nose without checking me well, he told me that I should use an antibiotic, he didn't prescribe me on any paper, I had to memorize it and buy it myself. I came back again because I have a lot of pain in my nose, the doctor just checked a little and gave me some x-rays. He told me that I didn't have anything. This can't be because it hurts a lot.

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May 21, 2023

5.0

Specialty is sinusitis whic was the problem I was having

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May 17, 2023

5.0

Excels in patient care!

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May 13, 2023

5.0

Listens to my concerns and addresses the issues.

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May 08, 2023

5.0

Hopefully he’s my last ENT doc. I’ve had many.

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May 08, 2023

5.0

Knowledgeable and bedside manner

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May 05, 2023

4.0

very knowledgeable and experienced

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April 30, 2023

1.0

Same reasons as above. But I will add he was smug and dismissive as well.

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April 21, 2023

4.0

Dr Kern seems very competent and reasonable with his approach

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April 20, 2023

5.0

Very knowledgeable with my health issues. Listen to what I have to tell him about my health issues.

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April 18, 2023

5.0

Very professional and thorough

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April 12, 2023

5.0

Dr Kern studied my chart and listened to what I had to say. He was very straightforward on the potential issues with the surgery yet at the same time I feel comfortable with his skills and abilities

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April 05, 2023

5.0

His history and experience

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April 04, 2023

5.0

He has all of the knowledge and skills to cure patients problems

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March 31, 2023

5.0

He saved my life

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March 22, 2023

5.0

Communication was the key and compassion

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March 22, 2023

5.0

Ask me questions and gave me options

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March 17, 2023

5.0

Knowledgeable. I feel fortunate to have him for a doctor.

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March 17, 2023

5.0

Clear, professional advice.

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March 17, 2023

5.0

Dr Kern is very thorough and great

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March 08, 2023

1.0

I felt quite disrespected when i involuntarily jerked in response to being jabbed and the doctor rather loudly demanded i hold still. He said, at least three times, "you need to cooperate and if you don't you're going to end up getting packing in your nose and you won't like that."

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March 08, 2023

1.0

No personal interest on my first visit as a new patient.

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March 07, 2023

5.0

Dr. Kern is everything you want in a doctor. Smart. Experienced. Professional. Kind.

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March 06, 2023

5.0

Same as above. Very kind, not rushed, thorough, understanding, knowledgeable, sensitive.

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February 24, 2023

5.0

He is very skilled and understands what patients are going through.

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February 12, 2023

2.0

See above comments. Would have preferred to see assistant.

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February 10, 2023

5.0

I have already told servals people about dr kern service

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February 08, 2023

5.0

A very skilled and reassuring doctor.

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February 07, 2023

2.0

He did not answer any questions or ask if I had any questions. I don’t feel he discussed treatment options with me. He was in the room less than 10 minutes and felt like he had his hand on the door for half that time.

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February 07, 2023

5.0

Excellent care

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February 06, 2023

5.0

Very kind and answered all my questions.

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February 06, 2023

5.0

To my opinion he is vary knowledgeable and supportive.

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February 04, 2023

5.0

Knowledgeable, friendly, and a "pro".

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February 01, 2023

5.0

Very professional.

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January 28, 2023

5.0

Very straight forward honest great attitude

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January 24, 2023

5.0

Great care team!

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January 23, 2023

4.0

Even though he spends a very small amount of time with you as a patient, if you can nail him down to speak to you, he is competent and to the point. His experience is what made me feel more at ease with the procedure.

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January 17, 2023

5.0

Very caring and committed

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January 17, 2023

3.0

Lack, of compassion.

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January 09, 2023

5.0

Great Doctor

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January 09, 2023

5.0

As above. I am comfortable with his care and find him quite competent

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December 18, 2022

5.0

Dr Kern is very professional, thorough, and responsive to his patients’ medical conditions and he communicates his treatment recommendations very well.

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December 16, 2022

5.0

He is a wonderful Doctor

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December 16, 2022

5.0

He’s top notch. Substance, patience and a straight shooter. So glad he is my ENT.

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December 12, 2022

5.0

He is bright knowledgeable, and really cares about his patience!

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December 12, 2022

5.0

Explained procedure well and did so in a caring manner

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December 10, 2022

5.0

He is so knowledgeable and so reassuring. I feel really well cared for.

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December 08, 2022

5.0

Thorough exam! Reviewed past and discussed future if things don’t change. Wrote the right scripts and I already feel a lot better.

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December 05, 2022

5.0

A thorough physician.

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December 02, 2022

5.0

I have a lot of confidence in him

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December 01, 2022

5.0

Appears to be the expert for the surgery I had. I’m only 3 hours post-op, but it seemingly went well.

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November 26, 2022

5.0

The reason been that the Dr. Kern was taking his time to explain my situation and giving to me the proper explanations.

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November 14, 2022

5.0

Thank you and my problem was solved!

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November 09, 2022

5.0

Felt very comfortable with the care from Dr. Kern

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November 06, 2022

5.0

No one better

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November 05, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kern's turbinate reduction on my sinuses end my decades long series of biannual sinus infections. The recovery was exactly as he promised. My wife, who had an even more severe case had the same experience. Dr. Kern is a trusted physician of our family, and coming from a family of physicians, there is no greater compliment I can give to a doctor.

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November 04, 2022

5.0

Knowledgeable; to the point

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November 03, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kerns is a great doctor! He explained the procedure and post care in an easy and accessible way and has a warm bedside manner

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November 02, 2022

5.0

He is an amazing doctor

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November 02, 2022

5.0

Simply, he knows what he's doing!

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November 01, 2022

5.0

friendly, efficient, knowlegable.

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October 28, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kern is a very kind doctor. He treats his patients like they are human. He explained everything to me and made me feel so relaxed.

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October 24, 2022

5.0

One of the most intelligent doctors I have ever had, also compassionate.

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October 21, 2022

5.0

Outstanding doctor.

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October 19, 2022

1.0

I don’t feel like Dr kern listens to me during my visit. When I bring up concerns I feel like I am being minimized. There is no discussion on next steps and what to expect so I am constantly wondering if my symptoms are normal. He often is not wearing a mask and performs scopes with out gloves on.

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October 19, 2022

5.0

He was very professional and friendly and took the time to show me the results of the test and explain their meaning to me

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October 19, 2022

5.0

Very good doctor and the surgery was a complete success, I breathe much better.

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October 19, 2022

4.0

The doctor provided helpful information and some good suggestions for treatment.

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October 19, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kern was very thorough in his exam and he explained what he saw and how to take care of it.

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October 18, 2022

5.0

Knowledgeable, patient and thorough.

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October 17, 2022

5.0

Very caring and helpful

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October 16, 2022

5.0

Feel like he is very comfortable in his care

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October 14, 2022

5.0

Always great explanations of care. Dr Kern is always patient professional.

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October 10, 2022

5.0

My first time and I was impressed and glad that he was professional as well as very informative about my condition

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October 10, 2022

4.0

Quality physician

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October 09, 2022

2.0

Not Personable. Did not explain problem or how to fix it.

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