Alan G. Shepard, MD

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Primary Specialty

Neurology

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Education

Medical Education:
MD, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine - 1988
Internship:
Louis A Weiss Memorial Hospital - 1989
Residency:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 1992
Fellowships:
Rush University Medical Center - 1993

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology (Certified)

Faculty Profile

Clinical Assistant 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

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.7
4.7 

1847 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

89 Reviews

Reviews from Patients

89 Reviews

August 30, 2023

5.0

Answered my questions. Very focused.

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August 30, 2023

5.0

Support and help and concern from Neurologist dr. Alan Shepard.

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August 28, 2023

5.0

Answered my questions and he cared.

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August 24, 2023

5.0

He was very professional he answered all my questions. Very friendly but professional and he got to the point didn't waste a lot of time.

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August 23, 2023

5.0

He’s on it.

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August 23, 2023

5.0

Dr. Shepherd is the best. He takes his time to understand the issues and really cares about the patient care. I can’t recommend him enough.

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August 23, 2023

5.0

In a minute. Because my doctor cares and explains your situation to you

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August 19, 2023

5.0

Quick service.

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August 17, 2023

5.0

He was empathetic and caring

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August 17, 2023

5.0

Dr Shepard is thorough, efficient and he always has great recommendations for next steps in my plan of care. Also my visits don’t take forever and he’s always on time. 😊😍

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August 15, 2023

5.0

He was very attentive to the matters of my health!

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August 15, 2023

5.0

Patient, professional, attentive to my needs

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August 14, 2023

5.0

He was professional polite and had a plan for my pain.

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August 10, 2023

5.0

Even though your physician should take a personal interest in you, that hasn't always been my experience in the past. Dr. Shepard makes me feel like he genuinely cares about my health. He's also very kind, and he makes sure I understand my questions are answered. I also appreciate that he never acts as if he's in a hurry.

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August 10, 2023

1.0

Standoffish, didn’t take my concerns seriously. When I said how much pain I’m in I was told I need to get up and walk more. Which I explained it’s going to just make it hurt. I’m not against physical therapy. But when you are in the amount of pain I am in. I literally decide if I can go get food from my kitchen or just not eat at all some days. BASICALLY HE DIDN’T LISTEN

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August 10, 2023

5.0

He listened to me and took my concerns seriously and ordered referrals and testing that I’ve probably needed for a long time

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August 09, 2023

5.0

His manner was very engaging and when his findings indicated a need for a Podiatrist, he arranged for an appointment on the same day.

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August 08, 2023

5.0

Good doctors

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August 07, 2023

5.0

Dr Shepard has found a treatment plan that has my migraines completely under control. I am so grateful for his help!

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August 05, 2023

4.0

Not very communicative

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August 05, 2023

5.0

The doctor was attentive and his staff is really helpful. I’m hopeful that seeing him will completely change my quality of life. The pharmacy downstairs is the best I’ve ever seen, and they coordinate with his office like a beautiful symphony. Really can’t say enough good things

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August 02, 2023

5.0

He has really helped me with my pain problems.

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July 31, 2023

5.0

Good neuro exam

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July 31, 2023

5.0

Very attentive to my condition.

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July 31, 2023

5.0

Sometimes he seems to be short when he has patients, like Me, with multiple issues. Otherwise he's great.

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July 31, 2023

5.0

Great attention to patient concerns combined with excellent training and experience

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July 31, 2023

5.0

Thorough, caring and punctual.

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July 30, 2023

5.0

He has been my neurologist for over 20 years. He is knowledgeable and he answers any questions that you may have.

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July 27, 2023

5.0

Great doctor

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July 27, 2023

5.0

Did a good job explaining everything.

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July 26, 2023

5.0

He listened to me and I felt he truly cared.

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July 22, 2023

5.0

He is very thorough and detail oriented. He listened to all of my concerns and took time to review them all with me. I was very nervous about getting bad news before meeting him. That went away within minutes because of his demeanor and of course finding out I didn't have to have surgery.

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July 21, 2023

5.0

I’ve been his l patient since 2011 and has always listened to me. Takes the time to explain any questions I have and more importantly, no matter what I feel so confident being under his care.

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July 20, 2023

1.0

Claimed symptoms are not neurological solely based on MRI results, even though all my other specialists believe it is neurological. He said the muscle aches, which I get all over my body, are due to bad posture. He said that my paraesthesia is something I "Just need to learn how to deal with." He told me to see a psychiatrist and eat a better diet.

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July 19, 2023

5.0

Dr.Shepard is a caring and great listener. He always asking questions on how I am feeling and keeps on top of all my test that need to be completed to ensure my health.

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July 19, 2023

5.0

Dr Shepard was phenomenal- thorough, kind, engaged. I had a tough week and he really made me feel like we could get some change- it was incredibly relieving and he was incredibly responsive.

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July 19, 2023

5.0

Visit was brief but thorough and he had a reasonable diagnosis.

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July 18, 2023

5.0

Always responsive to messages in mychart, we trust him and his advice.

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July 13, 2023

5.0

I liked the first meeting we had. Hopefully he is able to help me. We are still in diagnosis.

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July 13, 2023

5.0

Asked a lot of questions and answered my questions

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July 13, 2023

5.0

Few in the profession are more expert or caring than he.

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July 11, 2023

5.0

Very caring and informative

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July 10, 2023

5.0

I liked his personality

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July 10, 2023

5.0

I belive in him.

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July 08, 2023

5.0

He is responsive, concerned and knowledgeable.

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July 07, 2023

5.0

He answered my questions thoroughly and explained what test results from last October could mean, as well as what was unlikely. He asked a number of questions and listened carefully to my explanation of my issue. He did a number of basic reflex and sensory tests and recommended a panel of blood tests, one of which uncovered an autoimmune abnormality which he recommended be reviewed by a rheumatologist. He responded promptly to test results as they were posted to my chart.

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July 07, 2023

2.0

Was not helpful on finding out my issues/concerns about my body, yet tells me I know my body better than anyone.

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July 05, 2023

5.0

He was was very professional and courteous and was able to meet with me when I arrived for my apt. early. He also had read the notes in my chart beforehand, which made the consultation efficient. I like his personality, he was very straight-forward and clear.

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July 03, 2023

5.0

He was very open minded and took the time to listen to my issues

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July 03, 2023

5.0

He was very responsive, patient, answered all questions and concerns snd had new suggestions for trying to diagnose and treat my long-Covid fatigue. This was my first appointment with him and so far I’m very happy.

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July 03, 2023

5.0

He’s understanding and listens carefully to what I say

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July 02, 2023

4.0

The doctor is good just needs to be a little more detailed and be able to read or find prior testing to give a better diagnosis.

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July 02, 2023

5.0

Kindly Listens to numerous complaints without attributing it specifically to Age..

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July 01, 2023

5.0

Dr Shephard listens to you and doesn’t rush the appointment.

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July 01, 2023

5.0

Dr. Shepard is thorough, trustworthy and competent. He has a great bedside manner. Plus northwestern healthcare is the best.

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June 30, 2023

5.0

Explains everything very good

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June 30, 2023

5.0

He is very profesional , he have ready all the patients to need is very helpful, he listens and have patience

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June 28, 2023

5.0

He is very attentive and listens to my concerns and answers my questions to the best of his abilities

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June 27, 2023

5.0

Caring and thorough in exam and recommendations

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June 27, 2023

5.0

Dr. Shepard is a marvelous physician. He knowledgeable, kind, patient, and thoughtful.

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June 26, 2023

5.0

Outstanding physician

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June 23, 2023

5.0

Listened to my concerns

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June 20, 2023

1.0

He was extremely dismissive and told me my symptoms would go away if I ignored them. He made me feel crazy. I would not like to be contacted by the doctor about this.

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June 17, 2023

5.0

will recommend the team to anyone, appears that the people here is very interested in the way you feel about your health

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June 17, 2023

5.0

Dr. Shepard has been my neurologist for many years, always providing the best care.

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June 16, 2023

5.0

Dr. Shepard listened. He explained everything clearly.

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June 15, 2023

5.0

He is very responsive to my complaints of pain and has addressed them quickly.

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June 15, 2023

5.0

He is knowledgeable, clear and concise.

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June 13, 2023

5.0

I trust his judgement. He always remembers my health situation. My husband always felt that we were in excellent hands. We have met many doctors due to our health challenges and I would put him at the top of my list.

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June 13, 2023

5.0

Dr. Shepard is thoughtful, kind, and intelligent. He takes time to listen to the patient, understand and honor their needs, and recommend a sensible course of treatment. He stays current on relevant medical literature and applies an evidenced-based medical approach to patient care.

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June 09, 2023

5.0

Dr. Shepard is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and caring. He takes the time to answer questions and provide explanations. His staff is helpful and responsive.

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June 08, 2023

5.0

Dr. Shepard is very kind. Listened when I spoke and I never felt rushed.

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June 08, 2023

5.0

Very attentive and knowledgeable.

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June 08, 2023

5.0

Great doctor

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June 05, 2023

5.0

He sits and listens. He also discusses treatment options and asks for your input.

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June 04, 2023

5.0

Seems to be very up to date in the latest medical data and was willing and able to explain it to me in language I could understand. Seemed concerned about my experience with the meds and the benefits of one over another.

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June 02, 2023

1.0

I felt dismissed and given no options on how to proceed

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June 01, 2023

5.0

Compassionate, expert care. Demystified ongoing problem and set a path to solving it.

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May 30, 2023

5.0

Excellent doctor

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May 28, 2023

5.0

Dr. Shepard is very patience. care and professional.

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May 24, 2023

5.0

Knowledgeable and to the point

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May 22, 2023

5.0

Explaining

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May 19, 2023

2.0

felt rushed Doctor was on his phone while asking me questions did not explain why he was ordering another test did not provide me an opportunity to ask questions

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May 19, 2023

5.0

Dr Shepard was extremely nice and professional at my Mother’s visit. He is kind, knowledgeable and didn’t rush her appointment. So lucky to have found him, it was my Mom’s first visit.

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May 18, 2023

5.0

He gives a thorough check up

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May 18, 2023

5.0

Great patient treatment

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May 17, 2023

5.0

He gave me options for treatment that might actually work, which is rare in headache care.

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May 17, 2023

5.0

Dr Shepard was great - very clear and genuinely concerned for my care.

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May 17, 2023

5.0

Have developed good Doctor patient relationship regarding my medical care. Trust him

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