Robert C. Kern, MD

Robert C. Kern, MD

4.7 
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Primary Specialty

Otolaryngology

Secondary Specialty

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Practice Focus Areas

Education

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

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

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.7
4.7 

503 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 30, 2022

5.0

Very knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable.

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March 23, 2022

5.0

Knowledgeable about subject. Friendly. Took some time to discuss and explain. Didn't wait long to see him. Gets a 100%.

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March 20, 2022

5.0

He was so kind and kept it very real!

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March 18, 2022

5.0

Takes time with me as a patient and is thorough

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March 16, 2022

5.0

Knows my problem, explained what corrective action to be taken.

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March 16, 2022

5.0

Very knowledgeable and efficient

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March 15, 2022

5.0

Great patient experience

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March 14, 2022

3.0

He is super smart and gave me the info I needed, but he was going way too fast and didn’t ask if I had any questions or provide detailed information on how to proceed next.

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March 11, 2022

5.0

Listen to my concerns and provided me with a good feedback

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March 08, 2022

5.0

The overall visit is pleasant and professional.

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March 04, 2022

5.0

he was very transparent about what services I need at this time

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March 04, 2022

5.0

He was punctual, professional, and extremely committed to making sure I received the best care possible.

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March 02, 2022

5.0

He is horough, listens, has a plan, adjusts the plan accordingly, listens, answers questions and cares

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February 28, 2022

5.0

He diagnosed my problem and explained how to control it. He was extremely helpful.

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February 25, 2022

5.0

He was very personable.

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February 25, 2022

5.0

suggested a plan of care not considered by other docs. Good explanations and gave sample med before prescribing. Wants to follow up. Good sense of humor always helps. I noticed he reviewed My Chart notes from prev docs and was prepared re my concerns and previous treatments.

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February 23, 2022

5.0

My surgery went well, Dr is highly skilled and experienced.

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February 21, 2022

5.0

Extremely professional, kind, understanding, attentive and all around great medical treatment.

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February 21, 2022

5.0

I have been a patient of Dr Kern’s for over 20 years. He’s short and to the point, yet very caring.

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February 18, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kern was wonderful. Kind, caring and used simple to understand terminology. Im so glad I saw him, highly recommend!

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February 18, 2022

5.0

He is an expert

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February 17, 2022

5.0

Really professional

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February 15, 2022

5.0

Thorough

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February 11, 2022

5.0

Consumate pro!, Efficient, efffective and easy to work with from diagnosis through discussion of options and what ultimately was a successful surgery. 👊💪👍👍So good I will likely never come back.

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February 08, 2022

5.0

Very special

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February 06, 2022

5.0

Dr Kern is confident and assures the patients, he instills confidence and encourages patients not to worry about surgery.

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February 04, 2022

5.0

Problem solver

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February 02, 2022

5.0

I think he listens and seems very knowledgeable and empathetic and wants to find a solution

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February 02, 2022

5.0

Dr Kern is very knowledgeable and professional. He answers all questions and makes one feel well taken care of.

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February 01, 2022

4.0

He over saw the doctor well and was gentle about the fact that I don't like the scope going into my nose.

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January 30, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kern listened to my issues and explained available treatment clearly.

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January 28, 2022

5.0

Spent the time needed/knowledgeable

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January 28, 2022

5.0

Professional, top in his field, kind

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January 28, 2022

5.0

excellent dr

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January 18, 2022

5.0

He put me at ease with his explanations and answers to all my questions

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January 18, 2022

5.0

Very knowledgeable..very pleasant..

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January 07, 2022

5.0

He is very good.

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January 03, 2022

5.0

Dr. Kern is extremely knowledgeable understanding and concerned with my health and Well-being. Complete professional

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December 17, 2021

5.0

He is top notch. I have had complicated sinus conditions, bordering on legendary. Doctor Kern’s advice is straightforward, creative and effective.

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December 15, 2021

4.0

He’s very good, but maybe a little gruff.

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December 14, 2021

5.0

Very kind.

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December 13, 2021

5.0

Expertise

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December 10, 2021

5.0

Past experience, which is substantial (two surgeries).

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December 10, 2021

5.0

Caring

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November 22, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kern demonstrated a genuine concern for my issue and provided a thorough analysis and recommendations to improve my health.

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November 15, 2021

5.0

The services that I receive from Dr. Kern is excellent.Dr. Kern ensures that I'm properly informed about my health and care.

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November 15, 2021

5.0

Professional Listened to the patient Has knowledge of the problem Recommendations for treatment

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November 12, 2021

4.0

He seems knowledgable and experienced. Good communicator. Good "bedside" manner.

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November 10, 2021

5.0

No nonsense professional

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November 10, 2021

5.0

Doctor explained the symptoms I should look out for

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November 09, 2021

5.0

He seemed confident in solving my issue and explained clearly

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November 07, 2021

5.0

Expert and passionate about patients

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October 29, 2021

5.0

He is working with me slowly to resolve the issues rather than rushing to do surgery that may not solve the problem. He answers my questions and makes good recommendations on treating my symptoms.

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October 22, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kern answered all of my questions and helped me feel comfortable with the course of action we were going to take with my condition.

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October 18, 2021

5.0

He has done well for me and I am symptomless.

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October 08, 2021

5.0

Excellent physician

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October 06, 2021

5.0

He is very professional in his manner and communicates very well the diagnosis and treatment. He is one of the highest educated/trained ENT Specialists in the USA. He deserves much recognition for his research efforts.

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September 29, 2021

5.0

He came across as competent.

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September 22, 2021

4.0

Dr. Kern was professional and knowledgeable. He seemed to diagnose my issue. Looking forward to the next visit.

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September 17, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kern is very professional and knowledgeable. My procedure went extremely well and he did his best to dispel my worries. After my post-op appointment I wish I could have spent more time on my questions.

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September 17, 2021

0.0

He came and in didn’t greet me or ask questions. I was seen by him for a total of two minutes.

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September 14, 2021

5.0

Known him for years and so knowledgeable.

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September 13, 2021

5.0

His experience in the field speaks volumes

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September 12, 2021

5.0

Wonderful bedside manner and explains condition well

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September 07, 2021

5.0

A great guy, gets right to the problem & takes care of business.

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September 07, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kern was very friendly, thorough, and informative.

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September 05, 2021

5.0

I felt very confident in Dr.Kern- was clear in what he saw and in telling me what needed to be done. I am now recovering as planned!

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September 03, 2021

5.0

Super nice

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September 02, 2021

5.0

Thorough and thoughtful.

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September 02, 2021

5.0

Very gentlemanly and proficient.

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August 30, 2021

1.0

He was condescending and rushed me out of the office. Did not really take time to explain his diagnosis or what he was seeing

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August 30, 2021

5.0

Friendly and personal

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August 29, 2021

5.0

Really good experience this time around. Dr. Kern took plenty of time to discuss all my options with me and did not pressure me into making any particular choice. Felt like a very objective conversation.

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August 25, 2021

5.0

He was kind and seemed extremely knowledgeable without being unreachable. He was professional but warm. I felt he had my best interest in mind.

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August 12, 2021

5.0

All business until he’s not.. all around great doc- knows what he’s doing

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August 11, 2021

5.0

Great guy & does a great job.

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August 10, 2021

3.0

I didn’t feel the doctor took enough time to answer my questions and concerns.

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August 09, 2021

5.0

His experience, he knows why situations happen and has solutions.

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August 08, 2021

5.0

Doctor kern has compassion and is confident which really eased my stress before the surgery.

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August 04, 2021

5.0

Plainspeak, efficient, informative

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August 04, 2021

5.0

My whole life, I've been saying that there must be some reason I can't breathe through my nose. Today, Dr. Kern completely validated me AND put me on a treatment plan. He was kind, knowledgeable and forthcoming.

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July 16, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kern was very personable. He ordered a CT Scan for me that was conducted asap without any issues. Afterwards, Dr Kern explained the results of the scan with me on his monitor. Finding no issues, he suggested a referral to me and thanked me for coming.

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July 16, 2021

5.0

Very good

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July 16, 2021

5.0

Straight forward .

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July 13, 2021

5.0

I intuitively liked the doctor and he was recommended by my GP who I completely trust and respect.

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July 13, 2021

5.0

Recognizes after surgery healing complications quickly

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July 12, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable, great care

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July 12, 2021

5.0

Explained issue didn’t hurry

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July 10, 2021

5.0

He showed me my scans and explained exactly what was going on with me. He gave me options and made it easy for me to decide what the next step was.

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July 09, 2021

5.0

Dr. Kern did a great job listening to my concerns and coming up with a solution.

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July 07, 2021

5.0

He was very polite and to the point I needed to here that. I’m putting my trust in he to do my Procedure.

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June 23, 2021

5.0

Excellent surgeon who found exactly what he thought he would find in surgery. And I have minimal pain after surgery.

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June 16, 2021

5.0

He listened to where I was having pain and told me what I needed to do to help it

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June 16, 2021

5.0

Very caring!!

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June 16, 2021

5.0

Good doctor

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June 12, 2021

5.0

I felt very comfortable and at ease with Dr. Kern. Very nice and professional. His staff were as well.

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May 29, 2021

2.0

Dr. Kern was 45 min late for the appointment. Dr. Kern spent very little time explaining the treatment plan and I'm actually left with many questions about the next steps in my care.

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May 21, 2021

5.0

Very friendly, knowledgeable, & answered all the questions in a non hurried manner

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May 21, 2021

5.0

knowledgeable, pro active and communicates very well

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May 19, 2021

5.0

Dr Kern was thorough, professional and kind.

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Industry Relationships

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Faculty member had an ownership or investment interest in the following companies

  • Lyra Therapeutics, Inc.

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  • Lyra Therapeutics, Inc.
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