Jean-Paul Wolinsky, MD

Jean-Paul Wolinsky, MD

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Primary Specialty

Spine Surgery

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Education

Medical Education:
MD, Baylor College of Medicine - 1998
Internship:
Baylor College of Medicine - 1999
Residency:
Baylor College of Medicine - 2004

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Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery - Neurological 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:
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Hospital
Huntley Hospital
McHenry Hospital
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Woodstock Hospital

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Overall Rating

4.9
4.9 

289 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 28, 2022

5.0

Professional and courteous

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March 28, 2022

5.0

Dr. Wolinsky explains things well and answers my questions patiently. He takes my care seriously. If I send a my chart message I get a prompt response,

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March 21, 2022

5.0

Dr. Wolinsky and his staff exceeded my expectations with the level of care and compassion they provided. They answered all of my questions and provided a very clear treatment plan prior to surgery. The surgery went better than I expected and I am now six weeks into recovery and I feel great. I cannot thank them enough for the care that they have provided me.

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March 17, 2022

5.0

Dr Wolinsky is professional, knowledgeable and explains everything in a way that you understand.

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March 09, 2022

5.0

He is the best doctor for me so far.

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March 07, 2022

5.0

Very easy to talk to!

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March 04, 2022

5.0

DR.Wolinsky kept me up date on my problem and was very kind.

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March 01, 2022

5.0

I have had several surgeries with Dr. Wolinsky and I’m very happy with the results.

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February 28, 2022

5.0

Dr. Wolinsky is the most caring physician I have ever met with. He treats you with the utmost respect and never makes you feel rushed, answers all your questions, and makes sure you have all the information you need to make informed medical decisions.

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February 28, 2022

5.0

Dr. Wolinsky is an amazing surgeon, knowledgeable, skilled and supportive.

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February 28, 2022

5.0

He was the surgeon that did my surgery.

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February 22, 2022

5.0

He is wonderful! He is so informative, patient, kind and efficient!

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February 21, 2022

5.0

Dr. Wolinsky has the experience and skills to help patients needing treatment for Chordoma.

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February 18, 2022

5.0

I have already shared my positive experience and my trust and confidence in his medical experience, skill and knowledge with others on numerous occasions and I have already recommended him to an acquaintance based on my experience with him. In my opinion, he is the best of the best and he has surrounded himself with an amazing staff.

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February 15, 2022

5.0

Excellent care, information, excellent staff, empathy

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February 14, 2022

5.0

Dr Wolinsky saved my life! He explained everything that was going to happened and answered every crazy question my wife and I asked.

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February 07, 2022

5.0

Satisfied with the surgery and it's results.

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February 07, 2022

5.0

Dr. Wolinsky is by far one of the BEST physicians I have ever had. He is extremely intelligent, efficient and kind. I would recommend Dr. Wolinsky to ANYONE who would need spinal surgery or care.

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February 07, 2022

5.0

Very professional. Used everyday terms that we easy to understand. Explained options and next steps.

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January 31, 2022

5.0

He listens to my concerns. He explains everything. Very thorough. He also answers all my questions

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January 30, 2022

5.0

After struggling with back and leg pain for months, an MRI revealed a melanocytic schwannoma tumor. Its size and placement on the S1 nerve meant that the surgeons in my plan were not comfortable operating and referred me to a research hospital. That’s how I came across Dr. Wolinsky at the Center of Spine Heath, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. At the very first appointment that I had with Dr. Wolinsky, he took time to answer all my questions and had a plan for my surgery, which he scheduled as early as he could. The surgery was a success, and Dr. Wolinsky, Dr. Najib El Tecle, and the whole team of doctors and nurses were very attentive and caring during my recovery. I am very grateful for all the care and professionalism that I had had during my recovery. Thank you to Dr. Wolinsky and his team for everything that they did to help me.

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December 27, 2021

5.0

Dr Wolinsky was very knowledgeable and showed great compassion during my phone visit. He took the time to gather information from me, shared his evaluation, gave his recommendation and answered all of my questions. He never made me feel rushed and explained things in a manner that was easy to understand. He identified and explained information about my condition that had not been shared by other surgeons previously.

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December 27, 2021

5.0

He took the time to explain my options, and explained which would likely be better for me without being biased. I felt I had enough information to make an informed decision

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December 20, 2021

5.0

I had bad luck with first Amita doctor. After second surgery with Dr.wolinsky. very warm, loving, trusting, honest doctor. It is easy to talk with him. He is the best.

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December 13, 2021

5.0

He is the best!!

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December 10, 2021

5.0

Dr. answered all my questions and put me at ease.He did not rush me at all and seems very caring.

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November 29, 2021

5.0

Dr.Wolinsky took the time to review my tests results with me and go over options

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November 23, 2021

5.0

Dr. Wolinsky was very straightforward with everything that I would be going through after my surgery and even after my surgery he still worked at helping me understand what my body is doing without getting frustrated or angry at me.

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November 15, 2021

5.0

thoughtful and explained everything well (even when we are at a point where more information is needed). helped with pointing me to the next steps.

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November 12, 2021

5.0

He reviews my films with me, listens to my concerns, and always encourages me to call with any new concerns or problems

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November 08, 2021

5.0

He's the best

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November 05, 2021

5.0

Expert surgeon. I had a conplicated surgery that was successful thanks to Dr. Wolinsky and Dr. Stover. He is also personalbe and clearly cares about the well being of his patients.

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November 02, 2021

5.0

Dr Wolinsky is very knowledgeable and knows how to explain your medical condition giving you options and all the information so that you can make an informed decision. My surgery went just as he explained so there were no surprises and I am 1,000% better than when I came in. I have never met a doctor with a better bedside manner I would recommend Dr Wolinski to anyone.

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October 29, 2021

5.0

Confidence

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October 11, 2021

5.0

Wonderful and warm experience from start to finish. Appreciate Dr. Wolinski taking time to go over the diagnosis clearly and treatment options. Highly recommended.

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October 08, 2021

5.0

In my opinion he is one of the best Dr.

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October 04, 2021

5.0

He explained me well what to expect from the procedure. The risks and benefits.

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September 29, 2021

5.0

Had a very natural, friendly manner. Felt I had his whole attention. Ok

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September 29, 2021

5.0

He was very easy to talk with and was able to make me feel a bit better about my upcoming procedure.

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September 25, 2021

5.0

Good communication. Answered all my questions. Has an air of confidence. Felt very secure and very comfortable in his presence

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September 24, 2021

5.0

I have the ultimate trust in him

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September 20, 2021

5.0

He is a doctor that spends the time to cover your your care in detail

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September 20, 2021

5.0

Caring, patient, informative

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September 17, 2021

5.0

Excellent doctor

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September 17, 2021

5.0

He did surgery for me to remove a tumor. He is nice.

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September 13, 2021

5.0

He really cares

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August 31, 2021

5.0

Good reputation, good interpersonal skills, explains things clearly.

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August 29, 2021

5.0

Wish he would have put my MRI up so I could see it. He was very nice. The fello did a thorough exam. I am not sure why the nurse said I needed to see a surgeon? At this time I am not a surgical candidate.

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August 23, 2021

5.0

Love his personality, very knowledgeable and patient. He shows you the film and explains everything to you. Gives you options and will recommend as if you were family

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August 18, 2021

5.0

Dr. Wolinski and his staff were very attentive and made me feel comfortable as I was very nervous.

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August 16, 2021

5.0

He is very clear in his explanations,spends a good amount of time with you ,answers all questions clearly and projects an all around good feeling!

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August 09, 2021

5.0

Caring and knowledgeable

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August 08, 2021

5.0

He listed to me for the most part.

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August 03, 2021

5.0

The best listener who answers all questions very clearly so you can understand the situation. Plus he’s very nice !!! His nurse is also wonderful !!!!

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August 02, 2021

5.0

Very good Dr. and very reassuring!

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August 02, 2021

5.0

Dr. Wolinsky is an incredible doctor. His precision, neurosurgical expertise and bedside manor are second to none. I am honored to have him guiding me through my bone and breast cancer. The cervical spine surgery he performed in March 2020 have saved my life. Please, honor this wonderful man whenever you can, Northwestern Administration. I beg you to do whatever is needed to keep him on your staff at hospital.

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August 02, 2021

5.0

He listens and gives you all of the information you need to make informed decisions while having one of the best bedside manners I've experienced.

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July 14, 2021

5.0

He is kind, brilliant and invested in the absolute best outcomes for all of his patients.

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June 28, 2021

5.0

Very personable and knowledgeable.

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June 28, 2021

5.0

He truly listens and he doesn’t rush you and takes his time to answer all the questions and explains things very carefully so it’s understandable and clear . The best doctor ever !!!

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June 23, 2021

5.0

My first visit with Dr. Wolinsky was on Monday, 6/21/21. I spoke of my concerns and Dr. Wolinsky heard me and listened to me. I'm confident that all will be well. Everyone that I had contact with in suite 1450 was a grade of 10. After my MRI appointment I have another appointment with Dr. Wolinsky to discuss the MRI results.

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June 21, 2021

5.0

Wonderful physician ! Really listened carefully to my issues and he also took the time to explain everything clearly and he answered all my questions. He was also quite pleasant and put me at ease when I was asking all my questions . Excellent doctor !!!

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June 21, 2021

5.0

He was very caring

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June 14, 2021

5.0

Muy agradable y te explica bien

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June 07, 2021

5.0

His complete explanation and recommendation for my back.

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June 07, 2021

5.0

He's nice and agreat surgeon.

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May 26, 2021

5.0

He is great and easy to talk with. I forgot to ask him about my recent mri that showed disc bugling. Is it permanent damage? What can I do to improve?

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May 07, 2021

5.0

Friendly, skilled, reassuring

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May 03, 2021

5.0

Experienced, exceptional physician, knowledgeable and personable.

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May 03, 2021

5.0

Very detailed and personable

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April 27, 2021

5.0

Was down to earth. Well prepared and had knowledge of what my cancer does. Explained things and didnt appear rushed.

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April 26, 2021

5.0

I was in extreme pain. He was very reassuring in a bad situation. Results are that I have all mobility and no pain

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April 23, 2021

5.0

He is a skilled surgeon. My surgery was complicated so I am grateful that it was successful. He is also a personable and caring person. He always has time for my questions and takes time to talk to me about my progress. I am grateful to be his patient.

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April 13, 2021

5.0

Excellent attention to details.

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March 29, 2021

5.0

Highly quality medical expertise

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March 29, 2021

5.0

Nice.

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March 29, 2021

5.0

He listens, he explains, he is compassionate.

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March 29, 2021

5.0

Excellent surgeon. Very knowledgeable and answered all questions without making me feel rushed.

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March 27, 2021

5.0

JEAN-PAUL WOLINSKY IS THE REASON I AM STILL ALIVE AND WELL12 YEARS AFTER CHORDOMA SURGERY.

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March 26, 2021

5.0

Dr. Wolinsky and his team are very thoughtful, explain things well and are are very skilled in their work. He answers questions carefully and communicates his thoughts and methodology very well.

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March 23, 2021

5.0

He’s amazing. I can’t thank him enough!

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March 19, 2021

5.0

Clinical expertise, patience of surgeon to explain treatment.

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March 19, 2021

5.0

He listened to my concerns and was very co-operative in following up with my care.

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March 15, 2021

5.0

Dr Wolinsky is the best doctor I have ever hard. He is patient, thorough, knowledgeable, caring and extremely gifted. I would not be where I am if it wasn’t for him.

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March 15, 2021

5.0

He was very thorough and explained everything. Very helpful and answered all of my questions.

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March 02, 2021

5.0

I was easily convinced that this doctor will be able to help me and I will be arranging for surgery.

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March 01, 2021

5.0

confident in his knowledge

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March 01, 2021

5.0

Very easy to talk to, answered all my questions.

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February 22, 2021

5.0

Tells it like it is. Great bedside manner

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February 22, 2021

5.0

Great attitude.

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February 22, 2021

5.0

He’s brilliant.

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February 12, 2021

5.0

The doctor and his staff have been extremely helpful before, during and after my surgery. They always answer my questions and they treat me like a person not like just another customer.

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February 10, 2021

5.0

Personable, knowledgeable and caring

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February 09, 2021

5.0

Dr. Wolinsky is the absolute best! Explains EVERYTHING. Takes time to go over any questions and makes me feel at ease throughout.

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February 09, 2021

5.0

He is excellent, nowledgeable, and good listener

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February 08, 2021

5.0

Dr Wolinsky has been amazing so far. So nice and very knowledgeable and supportive.

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February 08, 2021

5.0

He is proficient as a surgeon

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February 05, 2021

5.0

He was excellent and my success in healing proves he is very good at what he does.

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February 01, 2021

5.0

Explains things well. Takes time to discuss concerns and answer questions. Didn’t make my visit feel rushed. Very personable and knowledgeable.

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February 01, 2021

5.0

Very knowledgeable throughly explained case. Very understanding.

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