David D. Odell, MD

David D. Odell, MD

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Primary Specialty

Thoracic Surgery

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Practice Focus Areas

  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (Gerd)
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Paraoesophageal/ Hiatal Hernia
  • Robotic Thoracic Surgery
  • Thymoma

Education

Medical Education:
MD, University of Washington School of Medicine - 2004
Internship:
Virginia Mason Medical Center - 2006
Residency:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - 2009
Fellowships:
University of Minnesota - 2012
UPMC Medical Education - 2013

Languages Spoken

  • French

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery - Surgery (Certified)
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery (Certified)

Faculty Profile

Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine

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Practice Groups and Affiliations

Medical Group:
Northwestern Medical Group
Alignment Category:
Northwestern Medicine Physician Network
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
On Medical Staff At:
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Hospital
Huntley Hospital
Kishwaukee Hospital
McHenry Hospital
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Woodstock Hospital

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.9
4.9 

288 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 14, 2022

5.0

Very thorough and felt we’ll take care of in my visit. All of my questions were answered with detail.

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February 28, 2022

5.0

Dr Odell is an expert and has very good communication skills

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February 28, 2022

5.0

He is so qualified and has a very nice bedside manner. He is also patient with questions

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February 21, 2022

5.0

Extremely likable,

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February 21, 2022

5.0

Professional, detailed, confident.

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February 07, 2022

5.0

Dr. Odell is extremely knowledgeable, capable and patient. In a word....he is....awesome.

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February 07, 2022

5.0

Dr. Odell is always very pleasant, and makes me feel comfortable not hurried and answers all my questions.

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February 07, 2022

5.0

Takes time to explain the test results and what they mean in a caring way

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January 31, 2022

5.0

He gave me lots of information and answered any questions.

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January 28, 2022

5.0

He saved my life.

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January 25, 2022

5.0

Dr Odell is very good with explaining in great detail and in a way you can truly understand. He does not rush and allows you to ask as many questions as you need to.

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January 24, 2022

5.0

Dr. Odell and his associate were prompt in providing information about my CT scan. Their diagnosis was clear and very professional. Dr. Odell and his associate (sorry I can’t remember his name) were also very friendly and most pleasant during our conversation which facilitated my absorption and understanding of the information I received. Thank you!

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January 14, 2022

5.0

Recommendations of other physicians, personality, clarity of surgical explanations.

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January 11, 2022

5.0

At this point it’s very early but I feel very comfortable with him and the recommendation he’s received.

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January 11, 2022

5.0

Seemed so confident in discussing my tests and very knowledgeable. He spent a lot of time with me and listened and answered our questions.

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January 10, 2022

5.0

Simple —- He takes the time to explain and ask if you have any questions

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January 05, 2022

5.0

I generally felt comfortable talking to him

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January 03, 2022

5.0

Excellent bedside manner and comprehensive knowledge of this speciality.

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January 03, 2022

5.0

Dr. O’Dell was friendly, professional, informative and thorough. I would feel safe letting him perform surgery on me.

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December 13, 2021

5.0

He’s great

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December 10, 2021

5.0

I feel Dr Odell is very caring for his patients. He is very knowledgeable and explains things well.

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December 07, 2021

5.0

He knows how to communicate and spends the time needed.

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December 06, 2021

5.0

Very smart and methodical when he talked yo us.

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December 03, 2021

5.0

Felt seen and it was personal

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December 03, 2021

5.0

Rey easy to talk to. Explains very well.

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November 26, 2021

5.0

Seems to really care for his patients

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November 26, 2021

5.0

Very thorough and explained results well.

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November 02, 2021

5.0

Mr Odell did a good job of explaining the scans that we were looking at.

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November 01, 2021

5.0

He seems in tuned to the needs of the patient. I’ve only seen him twice.

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October 29, 2021

5.0

Completely professional

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October 26, 2021

5.0

Dr. Odell is willing to talk and answer any questions I have. He did not rush me me and I feel he has compassion in such an upbeat and positive manner.

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October 25, 2021

5.0

A consummate professional—thorough, attentive, responsive.

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October 22, 2021

5.0

He is a very nice doctor

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October 18, 2021

5.0

Fantastical Surgeon.

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October 17, 2021

5.0

easy to talk to

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October 09, 2021

5.0

Dr Odell explained all the procedures throughly in a way that was very understandable.

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October 08, 2021

5.0

Answers all questions patiently and thoroughly. Direct but compassionate Listens

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September 27, 2021

5.0

He seems very experienced in his field

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September 27, 2021

5.0

Great bedside manner,really listens to his patients

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September 27, 2021

5.0

Thorough, knowledgeable good listener.

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September 03, 2021

5.0

Thorough, gave options, personal.

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August 30, 2021

5.0

Professional and Skilled

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August 30, 2021

5.0

I trust his expertise. He spent a considerable amount of time with me today to clearly explain my situation and patiently answered my questions. Great bedside manner. Sincere, caring and smart

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August 09, 2021

5.0

Professional and knowlegabe

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August 09, 2021

5.0

He listened!

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August 09, 2021

4.0

Feel confident with him

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August 06, 2021

5.0

Staff doesnt call

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August 03, 2021

5.0

very knowledgeable and accessible

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August 02, 2021

5.0

Simply put, he is awesome.

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July 30, 2021

5.0

Extremely caring and provides clear explanations. Answers all questions and provides genuine feedback to questions.

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July 16, 2021

5.0

Dr. Odell is knowledgeable about his specialty.

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July 13, 2021

5.0

He gave me much assurance and confidence that I would be well taken care of and would heal properly.

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June 23, 2021

5.0

Surgical expertise

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June 07, 2021

5.0

He has given a sense of an expectation of a positive outcome regardless of diagnosis, and has the results which warrants it.

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June 07, 2021

5.0

Dr. Odell listens to me about my concerns and symptoms. I have complete confidence in his opinion. He is very knowledgeable, and conservative in his recommendations to provide me with the best health care for me.

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May 24, 2021

5.0

Through attention to details re my breathing.

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May 24, 2021

5.0

On time. Thoroughly covered all question and explanation of procedure. And very friendly.

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May 24, 2021

4.0

Great explanation of my issues. Seems caring.

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May 24, 2021

5.0

Caring. Takes time to listen. Friendly. Informative. Knowledgeable.

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May 17, 2021

5.0

He is very knowledgeable. He explained everything about the procedure to me.

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May 14, 2021

5.0

Went over the results of my latest CT scan with me and answered any questions that I might have.

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May 10, 2021

5.0

He is Thorough and easy to talk to.

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May 05, 2021

5.0

Very competent.

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May 04, 2021

5.0

I would recommend him because he is an excellent caring, knowledgeable and extremely skilled physician and surgeon.

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May 04, 2021

5.0

He made me feel at ease after talking to him about I surgery. I knew I was in the best hands possible

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April 27, 2021

5.0

Dr. Odell is a highly qualified professional.

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April 27, 2021

5.0

A consummate professional”skilled, thorough, responsive and very informative.

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April 23, 2021

5.0

John's care was excellent and he recommended a test be taken in two years. He actually let me know the 2 years was up to take the test and actually called me to give me the results of the test. We were very happy with the doctor and would recommend him to everyone. we have full confidence in the doctor

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April 20, 2021

5.0

Dr. Odell was thorough with and answered my questions as well as giving me a direction I should take for my care. He did not rush me. Also, Dr. Paul Levy was very thorough and made me feel comfortable. Thank you.

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April 19, 2021

5.0

Read the above comment it is about Dr. Odell

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April 16, 2021

5.0

Well informed, answers questions, but mostly listens to you!

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April 12, 2021

5.0

Dr odell is wonderful!! Really deserves a 10+. He is compassionate, thoughtful and extremely skilled. He gives an air of confidence that puts you at ease.

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April 07, 2021

5.0

Great doctor

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April 05, 2021

5.0

Clear explanation, prognosis and care plan, highly personable, on time

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April 02, 2021

5.0

Academic credentials are impeccable, his knowledge was evident, and I sensed that his Å“bedside manner? would be exactly what I look for in a surgeon.

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March 29, 2021

5.0

Provides detailed information. Answers questions.

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March 26, 2021

5.0

Very professional, very compassionate and takes time to answer all questions.

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March 15, 2021

5.0

Doctor ODell was very professional, and very kind and caring about me the patient

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March 08, 2021

5.0

Personalized my disease discussing options to surgery

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March 05, 2021

5.0

Very experienced Doctor

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March 05, 2021

5.0

He is awesome!!!😊

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March 01, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable and personable

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March 01, 2021

5.0

He was very kind, great bedside manner, really explained things so I would know what he was talking about, He even drew a picture to better explain what the surgery would be and look like. Called my husband to explain and get any questions (he wasnt available). But, overall he was so thorough and wanted to make sure that I was on board with the same things he was and that if I had any other questions to call or message him! Great Experience!!

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February 22, 2021

5.0

He took the time to explain the procedure I will be having and answered all my questions...never felt like he was rushing.

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February 22, 2021

5.0

He is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and great conversationalist. He likes what he does therefore it does it very well.

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February 22, 2021

5.0

Extremely Good Service

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February 01, 2021

5.0

Easy to talk to and he explained things very well

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February 01, 2021

5.0

Dr. Odell and his associates are extremely experienced in this field and I trust him implicitly. Not only is he knowledgeable and experienced but he also has a wonderful personality. Before seeing Dr. Odell, I spoke with his resident and asked him many questions and he was very accommodating and considerate and patient...which also describes Dr. Odells Å“bedside? manner as he answers all my many questions. So yes, I would highly, highly recommend Dr. Odell and his staff.

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January 29, 2021

5.0

Skilled surgeon, informative, concern for patient, honesty.

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January 25, 2021

5.0

Professional, friendly, careful,

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January 22, 2021

5.0

Dr. O'Dell gave me the confidence that the surgery would go well.

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January 19, 2021

5.0

I thought Dr. Odell was very professional. He was clear, concise, and thoroughly explained what he observed on my scan. I appreciated his efforts to allay my fears. I truly felt he concentrated on me as a real person and not just an image on a CT scan. Thank you, Dr Odell.

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January 18, 2021

5.0

He explained everything well and took his time...I didnt feel rushed

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January 11, 2021

5.0

Good knowledge and explained possible alternatives and helped me prioritize options.

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January 07, 2021

4.0

d Dr. addressed all of my concerns.

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January 04, 2021

5.0

His manner and experience

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December 28, 2020

5.0

Doctor totally focused on patient.

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December 19, 2020

5.0

He explained everything in a way that it was easy to understand. I felt good about having the surgery I need after speaking to him.

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December 18, 2020

5.0

He explained things & seemed genuinely concerned

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December 15, 2020

5.0

Personal and knowledgeable

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Disclosures

David D. Odell, MD reported no external professional relationships for calendar year 2021.

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