Kevin P. Bethke, MD

Kevin P. Bethke, MD

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Primary Specialty

Breast Surgery

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Practice Focus Areas

  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer In Families
  • Breast Cancer In Men
  • Breast Cancer In Young Women
  • Lumpectomy For Breast Cancer
  • Mastectomy, Nipple Sparing
  • Surgery For Benign Breast Problems

Education

Medical Education:
MD, University of Minnesota Medical School - 1983
Residency:
University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics - 1989
Fellowships:
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System - 1991

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Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery - 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:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.9
4.9 

765 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 20, 2022

5.0

Dr. Bethke has a very soft and calming demeanor and is an incredible surgeon.

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March 18, 2022

5.0

Dr Bethke is an outstanding doctor and communicator. I have an extraordinary amount of confidence in his approach.

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March 18, 2022

5.0

Very professional and good doctor.

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March 18, 2022

5.0

Very thorough and had a plan of action

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March 15, 2022

5.0

Dr. Bethke and his team were very thorough in my consultation, and answered all of the questions that we had.

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March 15, 2022

5.0

I felt that I was treated as an individual and not a disease. They made feel that they genuinely cared about my welfare. And I was not rushed into making a major decision. I was given reference material on breast cancer to help me to make an informed decision about my treatment.

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March 13, 2022

5.0

His professional, yet gentle and nurturing manner of explaining procedures completely, and making sure I’m comfortable and secure in the knowledge.

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March 11, 2022

5.0

He was recommended by my PCP and OB-GYN and did not disappoint.

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March 09, 2022

5.0

Love him… very personable and thorough!!

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March 08, 2022

5.0

He’s the best!!

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March 05, 2022

5.0

I have confidence in his skills and knowledge.

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March 04, 2022

5.0

Dr. Bethke takes time to listen to your concerns. Thank you

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March 01, 2022

5.0

Attention to detail. Kind and caring doctor with so much knowledge.

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February 25, 2022

5.0

He was mild mannered, informative and supportive. He talked to me, not at me. Allowed me to make choices to give me a comfort level.

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February 25, 2022

5.0

Todo me esplico muy bien !

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February 23, 2022

5.0

He clearly is one of the best in his field

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February 22, 2022

5.0

He tales his time to talk to you again I had a wonderful experience with everything

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February 22, 2022

5.0

I am just amazed at the communication, thoroughness and preparation. It adds so much comfort to a scary situation. I am so grateful to be with medical staff who really care.

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February 22, 2022

5.0

I never questioned his ability to provide me with the highest level of care. He was confident and reassuring.

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February 18, 2022

5.0

patient and thoughtful

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February 18, 2022

5.0

Dr. Bethke listens and takes his time to address questions. You feel confident u r in good hands.

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February 15, 2022

5.0

He exudes confidence in his skills and has a calming presence.

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February 15, 2022

5.0

Very approachable and informative- and human. Easy to relate to

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February 15, 2022

5.0

Explains in a way I understand!

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February 13, 2022

5.0

He's very connected with you and concerned about your concerns

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February 13, 2022

5.0

Good manner with patient, knowledgeable, experienced.

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February 13, 2022

5.0

He is extremely knowledgeable, a talented surgeon, and one of the most kind doctors I have ever gone to. I’m blessed to have him as part of my cancer care team!

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February 08, 2022

5.0

The best care.

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February 08, 2022

5.0

He was very knowledgable.

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February 06, 2022

5.0

he is professional but still takes time to answer any questions.

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February 02, 2022

5.0

Dr. Bethke is professional, sensitive to my needs, answers all of my questions, and he is very concerned about my health.

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February 01, 2022

5.0

Dr Bethke is very skilled and professional, as is his team.

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February 01, 2022

5.0

Doctor possesses very targeted approach to cancer and treatment.

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January 28, 2022

5.0

caring and professional

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January 25, 2022

5.0

Empathy, high professionalism, paying attention

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January 25, 2022

4.0

Dr. Bethke was timely and explained everything thoroughly.

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January 22, 2022

5.0

competent explaine the procedure

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January 22, 2022

5.0

He took care of my Mom many years ago, and I went to see him 10 years ago, consequently, when I needed a breast surgeon, I knew there was only one Dr that I wanted for my care.

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January 22, 2022

5.0

Dr. Bethke was highly recommended by other doctors, nurses, and former patients. He was very knowledgeable, honest but caring and reassuring. He spent a good amount of time with us and answered most of our questions.

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January 18, 2022

5.0

On time, explains everything that's going to happen and discusses alternatives

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January 15, 2022

5.0

Well organized and helpful office. Great esthetic results after lumpectomy surgery.

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January 12, 2022

5.0

Top level care.

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January 11, 2022

5.0

Dr. Bethke is very knowledgeable and has a quiet confidence that put me at ease. He listened to me and took his time answering my questions.

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January 11, 2022

5.0

Doctor is very organized and has targeted approach to care.

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January 09, 2022

5.0

He was able to see me sooner as my symptoms became worse. I have another upcoming appointment and feel more at ease about my condition after first appointment. Nurse Lisa was also extremely kind, helpful, and quick to respond to my communications.

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January 08, 2022

5.0

Explained everything. Made me feel comfortable and calmed my fears. Friendly not condescending.

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January 08, 2022

5.0

I emailed him on Christmas Eve before I had ever seen him. He reviewed my chart and got back to me within 90 minutes. Words are inadequate to describe the comfort that he provided, as well as my amazement at how quickly he responded on perhaps the biggest family holiday of the year!

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January 04, 2022

5.0

Prompt, kind and informative.

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January 04, 2022

5.0

He’s knowledgeable and kind and excellent at what he does

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January 01, 2022

5.0

Dr. Bethke is a calming presence. During one of the most difficult, scary, helpless, uncertain times in my life, he made me feel that I had some control of my care and supportive to what I needed.

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December 29, 2021

5.0

Dr. Bethke sounded genuinely upbeat when he shared my pathology results, which were good news results. He understood that sharing results — which he probably does frequently — is more than just a part of a job. It’s very meaningful to a patient.

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December 26, 2021

5.0

He is a great breast surgeon!

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December 21, 2021

5.0

very professional, intelligent and he always gives you the best opinion and the best option for your treatment.

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December 18, 2021

5.0

Personable, kind, highly intelligent, dedicated to helping his patients cope through the ordeal of breast cancer.

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December 18, 2021

5.0

The best.

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December 18, 2021

5.0

He was thorough in his review of my case for this second opinion appointment and took the time to explain everything well. Thank you!

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December 17, 2021

5.0

Kind, caring and professional demeanor.

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December 12, 2021

5.0

I only had an initial consultation but he comes highly recommended.

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December 11, 2021

5.0

Very caring and friendly

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December 10, 2021

5.0

Explained his recommendations in lay-person’s terms so I understood exactly what our next steps are. He made me feel confident of his expertise.

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December 10, 2021

5.0

Dr Bethke is patient and understanding surgeon.

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December 08, 2021

5.0

Dr. Bethke is an excellent surgeon. He has impressive credentials and a stellar reputation. He treats his patients with kindness and respect.

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December 07, 2021

5.0

Very attentive, patient, direct and calm demeanor which is greatly appreciated

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December 07, 2021

5.0

He was highly recommended so I trust his capabilities, and I like him.

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December 07, 2021

5.0

Very impressed with Dr. Bethke's professionalism and his "bed-side-manner". He clarified what needed to take place throughout a difficult process. Wasn't rushed. His timeliness was an extra bonus!

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December 07, 2021

4.0

This was only an initial visit - he instilled confidence, but the true test is still to come!

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December 03, 2021

5.0

Dr. Bethke was very helpful during this process. He called me to give me my results and provided detailed explanations about what to expect. When I first saw Dr. Bethke in June he encouraged me to view my treatment as a year long project which really helped me through all the stages.

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December 02, 2021

5.0

Dr. Bethke was very patient with me and my concerns of why I chose to have a double mastectomy rather than a lumpectomy. He is soft spoken and made me very comfortable.

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November 30, 2021

5.0

Very through and decisive!!

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November 26, 2021

5.0

He is a great surgeon, and yet very approachable and humane. Not all surgeons are like that…

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November 26, 2021

5.0

Explained everything. Addressed questions.

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November 24, 2021

5.0

He's great!

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November 23, 2021

5.0

His demeanor and professionalism.

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November 16, 2021

5.0

He is very thorough, with the right amount of compassion and understanding--knowing this is not an easy journey. I never felt like I was being rushed and he was thoughtful with his answers.

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November 16, 2021

5.0

Very thorough, friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.

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November 16, 2021

5.0

He was knowledgeable about my biopsy results and presented data to support his recommendations. I was reassured when I left the appointment.

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November 12, 2021

5.0

He listens- patient, thoughtful

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November 09, 2021

5.0

…Gentleman surgeon…excellent medical expertise…

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November 05, 2021

5.0

Dr Bethke is the best, he is very knowledgeable.

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November 04, 2021

5.0

He’s explains well, listens and considers ur opinions

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November 03, 2021

5.0

Clearly experienced, compassionate, willingness to answer all questions, big and small

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November 02, 2021

5.0

He is amazing and really puts patients at ease.

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November 02, 2021

5.0

Dr. Bethke has a very pleasant bedside manner. He seems to understand the turmoil one feels after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. After he examines you, he meets with you and your support person along with other members of his team. He takes you step by step through the journey that lies ahead, explaining your choices, and his recommendations.. Dr. Bethke and every member of his team is thoughtful, kind, and thorough. If you are fortunate enough to have Dr. Bethke as your breast surgeon, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

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November 02, 2021

5.0

Manner. Communicative. Reassuring.

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October 30, 2021

5.0

Very good at discussing the process and answer all questions. Certainly made cancer sound less scary to me.

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October 30, 2021

5.0

He is a wonderful doctor.

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October 23, 2021

5.0

Exceptional doctor

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October 23, 2021

5.0

Dr. Bethke is great at the technical as well as bedside parts of practice. I appreciate his recognizing the emotional side of breast cancer treatment but also has practical outlook for recovery.

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October 23, 2021

5.0

good to communication/ pro

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October 22, 2021

5.0

Clear communication and easy to understand next step in treatment plan!

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October 20, 2021

5.0

Clear, professional and knowledgeable, even tempered, nice sense of humor

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October 19, 2021

5.0

Informative, prompt, courteous

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October 19, 2021

5.0

He helped my mom lobular and ductal breast cancer I think he amazing

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October 19, 2021

5.0

Wonderful physician

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October 15, 2021

5.0

He has a phenomenal bedside manor and his team are professional, knowledgeable and attentive

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October 09, 2021

5.0

He didn’t rush through my appointment. He made sure I was comfortable and answered any questions we had.

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October 09, 2021

5.0

He took a lot of time and I felt very confident in his advice.

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August 31, 2021

5.0

He is kind, patient, informative, strong reputation, trustworthy and more

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August 31, 2021

5.0

He was very good at explaining what was happening and what was needed to be done.

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August 31, 2021

5.0

He is so kind & he is very knowledge he is patient

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  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH)

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