David R. Walega, MD

David R. Walega, MD

4.9 
365 ratings  Read Reviews
Northwestern Medical Group

Primary Specialty

Pain Medicine

Secondary Specialty

Insurance

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Accepting New Patients

Practice Focus Areas

  • Biacuplasty
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Discogenic Back Pain
  • Discography
  • Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation
  • Image Guided Nerve Blocks
  • Regenerative Medicine Treatments
  • Stellate Ganglion Injections

Education

Medical Education:
Wayne State University School of Medicine - 1993
Residency:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 1997
Fellowships:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 1998

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anesthesiology (Certified)
  • American Board of Anesthesiology - Pain Medicine (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

4.9
4.9 
365 Ratings
  • Friendly & Courteous
    5.0
  • Will Recommend to Others
    4.9
  • Clear Explanations
    4.9
  • Shows Concern
    4.9
  • Includes You In Decisions
    4.9
  • Explains Medications
    4.9
  • Follow-Up Instructions
    4.9
  • Easy to Understand
    5.0
  • Time Spent With Patient
    4.9
  • Confidence in Doctor
    4.9

Reviews from Patients

64 Reviews
October 05, 2019

Great care from beginning to end.

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September 24, 2019

dr. Walega is very professional, good at his profession, and very personable. I always have a great experience, and travel from San Francisco for my yearly ablation procedure since I moved there from Chicago in 2013. D.R. Walega has been treating me since 2006.

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September 20, 2019

*Dr. Walega is a very concerning physician & cares for his patients results.

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September 19, 2019

Been a patient of Dr. Walega's for 14 yrs, he's the Best!

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September 12, 2019

This was about the 5th or 6th time that Dr. Walega gave me a lumbar puncture for the PPMI clinical study.....each experience has been excellent. Dr. Walega makes a patient feel comfortable (despite the reputation of a LP).

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September 07, 2019

Dr. Walega and his team are the best. I would give them an Excellent rating!

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August 31, 2019

I have been a patient of Dr. Walega's for several years now. He is truly a renown expert in the field of pain medicine - his professional monographs are listed all over the internet if one queries "pain management". He possesses also very human qualities in his "bedside manner" and is always ready to propose solutions in recalcitrant cases such as my current knee osteoarthritis. From my office visits over the years, I have been able to perceive that he is well appreciated by his staff. NM is fortunate to have such an outstanding physician leading its pain medicine practice - which shall prove more lucrative each passing year as "baby boomers" such as I age and require innovative treatment.

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August 26, 2019

Dr.Walega, is an excellent knowledgeable physician. I appreciate the care he has provided me over the years.

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August 24, 2019

Dr Walega is the very best!!

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August 21, 2019

There should have been a "superior" for me to click on. All was superior.

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August 12, 2019

Dr Walega and the resident working with him were both very easy to discuss my concerns with. They explained the procedure in detail and answered all questions in terms I could understand. I feel very confident in his ability to care for me.

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August 02, 2019

I have recommended Dr. Welaga to others.

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July 30, 2019

best care ever

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July 29, 2019

I have remarkable physicians....My team at Cleveland Clinic are wonderful but Dr. Walega is "hands down" my best physician! He is truly gifted at what he does and he impresses me with not only his skill but his concern, care and empathy. I travel from Michigan to see him (4hr drive). He keeps me walking and out of a wheelchair.

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July 11, 2019

Dr.David Walega is a star physican. You are lucky to have a staff member as talented and caring as he on yout faculty.

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June 20, 2019

Very professional staff.

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May 15, 2019

9. *Dr. Walega was recommended by my internist and I'm extremely pleased with his selection!

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May 15, 2019

I can't say enough wonderful things about *Dr. Walega! I've been seeing him for several years and he's always very helpful, listens to me and thinks outside of the box on ways to help me.

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May 02, 2019

Dr. Walega, after trying several alternative treatments, began the Nevro spinal stimulator trial, completed today. it was a very positive experience. After reading about negative experiences from patients (youtube) using other doctors and facilities, I expected the worst. it was an excellent experience for which I credit Dr. Walega and his staff. A+++

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April 16, 2019

Outstanding!

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March 30, 2019

Excellent Dr and Staff

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March 25, 2019

Dr. David Walega was most informative and upfront with my husband regarding his chronic pain. He was honest and provided reasonable treatment plan(s). His bedside manner was excellent and he was easy to talk to and compassionate. I highly recommend Dr. D. Walega to others.

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March 21, 2019

I had to wait a while before seeing Dr Walega, but I am a complicated case with allergies to medicines. I'm glad Dr Walega took needed time to look over my case for a treatment, which he thought would help me.

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March 21, 2019

Dr. Wagela was amazing. Knowledge, kindness, compassion.

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February 05, 2019

Both Dr. Walega and the resident physicians and fellows provide excellent care.

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January 05, 2019

Dr. Walega is a superb physician.

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January 04, 2019

professional, kind, and understanding. Explained in detail to calm my nerves & knew I was safe. Thank you!!

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December 30, 2018

Dr Walega is an expert at diagnosis. Sometimes my symptoms are not typical according to the normal. Dr Walega spends extra time examining me, listening in detail to every spoken word. He puts it all together deciding what procedure is needed. Have always had positive results and relief from the pain.

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December 27, 2018

Dr. Walega is superior in his expertise and efforts to ease the patient of any concerns. I sought him out specifically to deal with my pain concerns.

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December 26, 2018

Dr. Walega is exceptional in all of the above.

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November 29, 2018

Dr Walega is the best!!

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November 26, 2018

Dr. David R. Walega is an excellent Pain Medicine physician, who has been caring for me for several years, following a traumatic right ankle injury, which required multiple reconstructive surgical procedures. Dr. Walega provides his patients with a combination of procedural and non-procedural treatment options, which facilitate the recovery of mobility and overall functionality. This recovery of good mobility, along with the resultant improvement in day-to-day functionality, represent the primary focus of chronic pain management, and significantly improve the quality of life of the patient. Dr. David Walega is exceedingly knowledgeable, skillful, and experienced, and he always demonstrates sincere empathy and compassion for his patients. Dr. David R. Walega is an outstanding Pain Medicine physician, and he has certainly helped me to regain mobility and functionality, after my unfortunate traumatic injury.

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November 17, 2018

Dr Walega is extraordinary

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November 08, 2018

Dr Walega is an excellent Dr. I feel he is very good at what he does and also has a great bedside manner! I would highly recommend him to others!

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November 08, 2018

This was a different experience for me. The level of care and expertise was so much better than any experience I have had anywhere else.

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November 07, 2018

Dr. Walega is and has always been very good at calming me down before a procedure he explains everything in detail & let's you know when you might expect to feel something. I would never trust anyone else to do my procedures.

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November 05, 2018

Dr Walega is of a rare breed of of physician's who extend time and genuine concern for their patient's well-being.

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November 03, 2018

Dr. walega is caring and understanding. could not ask for anyone better!

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October 30, 2018

Excellent care. I could not be happier.

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October 22, 2018

I have great confidence in Dr Walega to solve my pain problems

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October 18, 2018

David Walega is the best. I knew exactly what hat the problem & the solution. He spelled out in detail all extended treatment.

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October 11, 2018

none better than David Walega

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October 08, 2018

Dr. Walega was very thorough and thoughtful in explaining treatments and my present condition.

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October 06, 2018

Dr. Walega is outstanding

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September 25, 2018

Everything was GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!

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September 19, 2018

Walega's terrific

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September 08, 2018

I have every confidence in this doctor and his decisions concerning my health.

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August 30, 2018

Dr. Walega has helped me for a number of years, both with my spinal stenosis as well as for my knee pain. He is an exceptional doctor, has always spent time discussing my concerns. The procedure was done with very little pain, and the very day afterwards, I remain almost pain free. He gave me my daily life back!

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August 09, 2018

excellent

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August 09, 2018

I continue to see dr. Walega since I moved back to California in 2013. the car I receive is worth every penny of making this once a year trip for this procedure. all staff very personable and professional. thank you.

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August 05, 2018

Exceptional care.

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July 25, 2018

Dr Walega has treated me a number of times, and he is always very kind and knowledgeable

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June 23, 2018

excellent

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June 23, 2018

I have have been seeing Dr. David R. Walega for chronic pain management since September, 2015, following a severe traumatic injury to my right ankle in June, 2015, which required multiple surgical procedures. Dr. David Walega is exceedingly intelligent, skillful, and experienced. In addition, Dr. Walega is very understanding and compassionate, and he always conveys sincere empathy for his patients. He utilizes a multi-modal therapeutic approach to the management of chronic pain, which combines patient education, pharmacologic treatment, and the use of procedural interventions, when indicated. Dr. Walega has tremendous expertise in chronic pain management techniques, and I have total confidence in his ability to successfully ameliorate my pain, improve my mobility, and enhance my overall quality of life. Dr. David R. Walega is an outstanding Pain Medicine physician, and I am extremely grateful to him for his sincere concern, his clinical expertise, and his overall superb care.

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June 21, 2018

Dr.Walega was outstanding.

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April 16, 2018

Dr. Walega is very kind and patient and explains all that is happening. I have had positive results from his treatment and a better outlook to my situation due to his positive energy

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April 13, 2018

very good experience with all the health providers.

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April 10, 2018

always five star - I feel blessed

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March 29, 2018

Dr Walega takes the time to address my complete health and considers alternate treatments to augment the procedure I regularly see him for.

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March 13, 2018

Have already recommended Dr Walega. He is extremely professional and an exceptional hands on doctor who is a complete asset to Northwestern and the goals you are trying to achieve

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February 27, 2018

Dr David Walega is a wonderful dedicated doctor who has helped me with various pain injections from my neck to lower back.

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February 25, 2018

Unfortunately, a physicl complication of mine intruded in the experience. Dr. Walega was cautious and intelligent in his decisions.

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January 30, 2018

I highly recommend dr walega and his team. he is the very best!

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January 05, 2018

During my Pain Medicine appointment on January 3, 2018, Dr. David R. Walega spent a substantial amount of time with me, which I greatly appreciate. He utilizes a multi-modal approach to pain management, which includes both non-invasive forms of therapy, and invasive forms of therapy, when necessary. Dr. Walega is very thorough and organized, and he always demonstrates compassion and empathy during my appointments with him. In summary, Dr. David R. Walega is an outstanding Pain Medicine physician, who is exceedingly knowledgeable, personable, and professional. Thank You

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