Tyler R. Koski, MD

Tyler R. Koski, MD

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Primary Specialty

Neurological Surgery

Secondary Specialty

  • Spine Surgery

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Accepting New Patients

Practice Focus Areas

  • Craniovertebral Junction Disorders
  • Spinal Congenital Disease
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Spine Degenerative Disease
  • Spine Revision Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spine Trauma
  • Spine Tumors

Education

Medical Education:
MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - 2000
Residency:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 2006

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Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery - Neurological 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
On Medical Staff At:
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Hospital
Huntley 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 

881 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 27, 2022

5.0

I would recommend Dr. Koski because I know he is an expert in his field.

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March 26, 2022

5.0

Extremely competent team under the leadership of Tyler Koski MD

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March 26, 2022

5.0

Very knowledgeable. Easy to talk with. Only problem I had was that it would have been more helpful to have had the preparing for your spine surgery pamphlet when he was explaining the procedure. Alot of information was given to me and without the pamphlet it was very hard to absorbe at one time.

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March 23, 2022

5.0

Dr Koski thoroughly explains my conditions and the treatment available. He takes time to explain all options, possible complications and expect outcome. He is the best!

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March 22, 2022

5.0

Took his time with me. And offered follow up.

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March 22, 2022

5.0

He is very caring snd thorough

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March 22, 2022

5.0

I trust in Dr Koski’s knowledge and judgment concerning my spine issues.

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March 12, 2022

5.0

Felt very comfortable talking to him. Answered every question, very professional

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March 12, 2022

5.0

He takes the time to explain what all the tests reveal. He is the first doctor to actually examine me.

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March 11, 2022

5.0

He is very easy to talk with and explains things very well.

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March 09, 2022

5.0

He is a caring person and a Great surgeon. His Team is awesome!

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March 09, 2022

5.0

Relaxed, thorough , great demeanor

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March 09, 2022

5.0

Excellent explanations

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March 08, 2022

4.0

Approachable manner, explained plan well, answered questions. Might have rated even higher but still early in process

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March 08, 2022

5.0

I met Dr. Koski in 2005. Since then he has always treated me with respect and care. He studied my case and recommended that I not rush into spinal surgery. From 2005 to 2021 he has tracked my pain levels and stability of my fused spine and Harrington rods. Taking the intermediate step of ordering T.P.I. to be sure of the pain source before determining that surgery would be beneficial. My husband and I are very grateful for his care and expertise.

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February 22, 2022

5.0

Provided options for treatment relating to my condition. Explaining his plan of treatment for me.

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February 22, 2022

5.0

Dr Koski was thorough, pleasant and explained options well.

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February 22, 2022

5.0

Thoughtful clinical care. Answers all questions clearly. I simply like his approach and expertise.

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February 22, 2022

5.0

Thorough.

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February 21, 2022

5.0

Dr Koski is the one that provided the solution and now, after 5+ years of chronic pain, I finally have hope!

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February 19, 2022

5.0

Excellent doctor

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February 19, 2022

5.0

Dr. Koski is very knowledgeable professional - explains underlying problem and plan of care exceptionally well.

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February 19, 2022

5.0

Excellent surgeon

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February 18, 2022

5.0

He is an excellent surgeon and really cares about his patients. We teally appreciated him taking the time to go over my x-rays, Mylogram, and Cat scans.

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February 18, 2022

5.0

Highly skilled surgeon and all the other reasons mentioned above.

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February 18, 2022

5.0

Dr Koski has performed surgery on me twice before with great success. He is thorough in his evaluation. He takes time to answer your questions and explains things in a way that I understand.

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February 16, 2022

5.0

Brilliant Doctor and Surgeon. Today, I am pain free!

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February 15, 2022

5.0

Great listener and provides excellent review of the problem and solutions

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February 15, 2022

5.0

Not only is Dr. Koski renowned in his field, he has an amazing bedside manner.

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February 14, 2022

5.0

Dr. Koski was awesome. He was kind, empathetic, thoughtful, thorough and patient. He answered ALL of my questions. He provided “options”. He didn’t default to surgery, as most surgeons do. Most of all, he actually visited with me and touched my spine….Asked me to walk, bend etc. Felt my spine move. No other surgeon has done that to date, and he’s the third surgeon I’ve seen.

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February 13, 2022

5.0

Responsive , on time, listened , provided warnings appropriately.

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February 12, 2022

5.0

Very, very thorough. Great explanations of what’s going on with my spine and other potential influencers. Took the time to answer all my questions.

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February 12, 2022

5.0

He knew the reason for my pain right away. Other doctors said everything looked fine.

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February 12, 2022

5.0

Would recommend him to anyone that needed than kind of surgery.

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February 08, 2022

5.0

Straightforward

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February 08, 2022

5.0

Experience with my problems. Makes me feel comfortable.

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February 05, 2022

5.0

I had a 3 month wait to see him and it was worth the wait. Dr. Koski closely reviewed my health history and took the time to offer his diagnosis of my condition. He chose the particular procedure he thought would be the best solution for me and fully explained what that procedure entailed. He also suggested I could wait and monitor my condition further to confirm his diagnosis, so I never felt pressured to immediately come to a decision. He assured me that he has the experience and confidence of the success of this procedure, so I was very comfortable with my decision to go ahead with it.

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February 03, 2022

5.0

Honest

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February 01, 2022

5.0

Presented very well, easy to understand, logical explanations, appears very knowledgeable.

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February 01, 2022

5.0

His concern and explanation of our process

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February 01, 2022

5.0

Answered all my questions and concerns

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February 01, 2022

4.0

Not sure they want to help me but they were polite

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January 29, 2022

5.0

He is a man of integrity. I was acutely aware of that when I met him. He is respected nationally for spinal fusion. I had no doubt he deserved that respect.

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January 25, 2022

5.0

He's the best neurosurgeon in the state! He isn't pushing surgery although I don't see how it's going to get resolved without it. Cares about patients health and taking all necessary steps before surgery.

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January 25, 2022

5.0

Dr Koski prepared me for my needed back surgery: what needed to be done, what to expect after surgery, what therapy I would need, and how to follow a walking regime afterwards. My results were great!

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January 25, 2022

5.0

Dr. Koski is the best spine surgeon in the U.S. He tries to help everyone including me-a 71 year old lady who was born with scoliosis, the “S” curve! He couldn’t operate on me but sent me to a physical therapist specialist who specializes in the Stroth method. My spine & life have improved immensely!!! Now he’s monitoring my bone density. He’s concerned with everything about you! So glad we found him!!

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January 25, 2022

5.0

Already have! His expertise is unparalleled

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January 22, 2022

5.0

This doc is great!!

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January 18, 2022

5.0

Spent time discussing my situation and answered all my questions

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January 18, 2022

5.0

Compassionate physician who offers multiple possible solutions

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January 16, 2022

5.0

Excellent bedside manner

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January 15, 2022

5.0

My surgery was a success. Dr. Koski could not have made me feel more comfortable, or confident of my experience.

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January 13, 2022

5.0

easy to talk to

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January 12, 2022

5.0

Not only is he an outstanding Nehru- spine surgeon but his has great follow through and bed side manner.

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January 11, 2022

5.0

Dr Koski was very knowledgeable in his area and I myself look forward to future visits

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January 11, 2022

5.0

Gave me all the possible options and explained things very clearly

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January 10, 2022

5.0

Dr. Koski gave me his time, his attention, and his interest. He as kind, knowledgeable, professional, honest, and did not provide "false hope." He was real with his treatment options and real with what type of results might come from the different options. He focused on areas that were not surgical as well as surgical options if needed.

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January 08, 2022

5.0

He helped me so much to recover.

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January 04, 2022

5.0

So nice. Listened carefully. Informed me.

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December 28, 2021

5.0

Great surgeon excellent bedside manners explains everything that needs to be addressed and corrected with my cervical spine.

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December 25, 2021

5.0

Dr. Koski always listens and talks to me about all the options. I have complete confidence in him.

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December 21, 2021

5.0

Dr Koski thoroughly explained the surgical procedure at my first visit with him and made me feel very comfortable with my decision to proceed with surgery. He also came very highly recommended and I couldn’t agree more with those recommendations! Definitely an amazing surgeon.

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December 19, 2021

5.0

He is down-to-earth, expert, sensitive to my concerns. Answered all my questions without trying to influence my decision. I felt confident in his skills and professionalism.

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December 18, 2021

5.0

He is the best there is.

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December 17, 2021

5.0

Thank you to all.

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December 14, 2021

5.0

Obviously the excellent outcome influences my opinion but that is why Dr. Koski is regarded as one of the best spine surgeons in the country. Pre and post-op communication was phenomenal. His surgery met all his representations and my expectations. His team was seamless in his assistance.

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December 14, 2021

5.0

I feel so lucky to have Dr. Koski remove my tumor. He has great bedside manner. He throughly explains the surgery.

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December 14, 2021

5.0

Excellent surgeon

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December 14, 2021

5.0

Dr. Koski was straight with us, he was polite, friendly, caring and informative.

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December 13, 2021

5.0

Dr. Koski and his staff have been very responsive (timeliness and ensuring they understood what I was asking them) throughout my surgery and recoveru

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December 11, 2021

5.0

Dr.Koski is an excellent surgeon highly recommend him.

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December 09, 2021

5.0

He is the best. Explaining procedures and surgeries. Results are excellent. Very personable .

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December 07, 2021

5.0

Great care and explanation of issues. Never seems to be hurried when you know he is. A skilled surgeon

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December 07, 2021

5.0

Very helpful and informative.

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December 07, 2021

5.0

Took time with us explained everything and answered all our questions!

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December 04, 2021

5.0

Exceptional doctor in all respects. Trust him.

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December 04, 2021

5.0

Great Doctor

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December 04, 2021

5.0

very thorough and explained totally so we could understand.

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December 02, 2021

5.0

He has a warm, inviting and caring spirit.

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November 30, 2021

5.0

Explained everything in fine detail.

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November 29, 2021

5.0

Dr Koski was very thorough, explained my situation in detail, and explained why surgery is not the best option for me.

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November 23, 2021

5.0

Very thorough explanation, patience, knowledge

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November 23, 2021

5.0

Excellent clinical and interpersonal skills.

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November 23, 2021

5.0

Simply the best

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November 22, 2021

5.0

Took time to explain what my options are, after he sees test resultd

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November 13, 2021

5.0

Gives each patient the time you need, great bed side manner, and completely prepared me for my surgery and recovery

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November 12, 2021

5.0

Very professional

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November 11, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable and an excellent listener.

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November 10, 2021

5.0

Dr Koski’s track record of success in treating spine health issues inspires confidence in the patient to undertake complex and difficult surgical procedures to achieve outcomes that wouldn’t be possible without surgery.

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November 10, 2021

5.0

The man is outstanding and gets to the point

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November 10, 2021

5.0

He is at the top of his field. He's kind and caring, not arrogant. Sets up a plan that's easy for me to follow and understand

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November 09, 2021

5.0

First meeting but his approach to next steps care are logical & in line with what I am looking for

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November 09, 2021

5.0

I was in so much pain and he reassured me that he and his team could help. My recovery was very quick for such an extensive surgery.

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November 06, 2021

5.0

Other patients gave him. 5 star

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November 03, 2021

5.0

Brilliant and kind

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November 02, 2021

5.0

He was very thorough in his explanation of what was going on with my cervical spine and open to answer all questions we had.

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November 02, 2021

5.0

Personable, always prepared, reads updates to my chart before any visit, positive attitude, wish all my doctors were like Dr. Koski.

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October 31, 2021

5.0

Takes his time examining the patient and explains things well.

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August 31, 2021

5.0

The best.

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August 31, 2021

5.0

He was very thorough and thoughtful. The only reason I don't give him a 10 now is that I only had a consult with him, not surgery. He is my choice for a surgeon should I go that route.

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