James J. Paparello, MD

James J. Paparello, MD

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Primary Specialty

Nephrology

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Practice Focus Areas

  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Chronic Kidney Disease Management
  • Electrolyte Disorders
  • Glomerular Disease
  • Home Hemodialysis
  • Home Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Hypertension
  • Vasculitis

Education

Medical Education:
MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine - 1996
Residency:
University of North Carolina Hospitals - 1998
Fellowships:
University of North Carolina Hospitals - 2001

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine (Certified)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Nephrology (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 Lake Forest Hospital
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

5.0
5.0 

392 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 28, 2022

5.0

Listens to patient’s concerns and respects patient’s knowledge of their medical condition. Did not feel rushed. Took time to answer all questions. Showed compassion and patience.

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March 26, 2022

5.0

Dr. Paparello is able to explain in plain English what my situation is, and how the medications that he is recommending will help with my medical issues.

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March 26, 2022

5.0

He listens and explain everything to me

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March 24, 2022

5.0

Excellent doctor

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March 23, 2022

5.0

Dr Paparello takes time to explain the labs and what they mean and answered all of my questions.

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March 21, 2022

5.0

Very knowledgeable and took time with me to make sure I understood questions I had

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March 16, 2022

4.0

Proficient

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March 12, 2022

5.0

Explain clearly Spent ample time

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March 11, 2022

5.0

He is caring, thorough and an excellent doctor.

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March 02, 2022

5.0

Very kind patient taking time to explain and answer my questions

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February 23, 2022

5.0

Very nice, competent, compassionate. Answers all my questions and concerns

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February 13, 2022

5.0

He is awesome.

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February 11, 2022

5.0

He makes going to the Doctor a wonderful experience

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February 06, 2022

5.0

He is very thorough and thoughtful physician.

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January 29, 2022

5.0

Excellent physician care, involvement and communications.

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January 24, 2022

5.0

Dr. Paparello provides his patients with the ideal blend of personability and professional competence.

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January 23, 2022

5.0

attentive

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January 18, 2022

5.0

He is the Best I could find in his field

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January 17, 2022

5.0

Very happy

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January 12, 2022

5.0

He is so easy to talk with. He answers all your questions and makes you feel very comfortable. He is very knowledgeable yet down to earth.

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January 12, 2022

5.0

Very thorough and knowledgeable. Great bedside manners

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January 09, 2022

5.0

My doctor listens to me - that is important.

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December 27, 2021

5.0

Doctor Paparello is very efficient, he cares about his patients.. He communicate with his patients.. he is on top of things.. I just loves him

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December 27, 2021

5.0

Dr. Paparello was so very nice personable and professional. He spoke in a manner where I could understand what was going on with my condition. He was very through. He showed me the findings in MyChart and offered explanations. His manner is great!!

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December 23, 2021

5.0

Dr Paparello is so friendly and kind. Takes time for questions with answers that are understood. He really cares about his patients. He is very knowledgeable.

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December 23, 2021

5.0

Dr Paparello is a very caring physician. He listens and considers my feedback. He is very astute and methodical which I appreciate. He has been my physician for many years.

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December 22, 2021

5.0

Outstanding doctor, great personality,

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December 21, 2021

5.0

Dr. Paparello was extremely thorough. He had obviously reviewed my medical records prior to my "first visit" appointment. His history taking questions were also quite thorough. He was patient with my many questions and was exceptional in his ability to communicate meaningful responses.

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December 12, 2021

5.0

Kind, friendly and compassionate.

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December 03, 2021

5.0

Extremely thoughtful, kind and leaves no question unanswered

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November 26, 2021

5.0

Excellent dpctor

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November 23, 2021

5.0

I like him, he listens

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November 20, 2021

5.0

Personable Extremely knowledgeable Very caring

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November 10, 2021

5.0

His expertise and knowledge, making me feel comfortable and explaining everything to the utmost detail. He is a credit to Northwestern Medicine!!!

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November 09, 2021

5.0

Doctor knows his patients and shows interest to them.

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November 06, 2021

5.0

James Paparello is an excellent physician. Listens carefully to what patient reports, and asks excellent questions.

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November 03, 2021

5.0

Genuine and professional.

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October 30, 2021

5.0

Before becoming his patient I read his bio. I was able to get an appointment,I thought he only saw patients in far north suburbs. I was lucky he comes downtown once or twice a week.

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October 28, 2021

5.0

Dr. Paparello is a compassionate caring professional. I am blessed to have been treated by him

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October 26, 2021

5.0

Outstanding professional who truly cares.

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October 21, 2021

5.0

A great doctor

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October 20, 2021

5.0

DR. asks questions but also encourages patient ask questions.

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October 20, 2021

5.0

Dr. Paparello was easy to talk to and answered all our questions.

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October 10, 2021

5.0

He not just a doctor he someone who cares about people and shows it we feel blessed to have him as our doctor and all of his staff

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October 08, 2021

5.0

Dr. Paparello is who should other doctors emulate He was emphatic and kind. He made me feel comfortable. He cared for my well being, he listened to my concerns without being dismissive I know how busy doctors can be but I was not once felt rushed.Thank you.

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September 28, 2021

5.0

He’s terrific!

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September 28, 2021

5.0

Dr. Paparello was the major source & cause for my earlier comments

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September 26, 2021

5.0

Dr. Paparello is the most wonderful caring doctor he takes his time with you.

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September 24, 2021

5.0

He is a caring doctor who.helps people and.offets options.

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September 24, 2021

5.0

I felt that Dr. Paparello was unassuming and very competent in his discussion and analysis of my medical issues. He indicated that he was going to discuss my medical issues with my primary care physician, my cardiologist, and my pulmonologist. I felt that this was the way to go.

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September 22, 2021

5.0

Always available. Prompt response

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September 22, 2021

5.0

Very concerned Doctor and listens to concerns.

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September 13, 2021

5.0

He's been there for me since the beginning always providing excellent care and guidance.

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September 11, 2021

5.0

I have gone thru a lot with 3 kidney surgeries over the years and he has been there for me every step of the way. Of all the drs involved in pre and post surgeries he has been the most pro active and caring with the right medical advise. He is a credit to the Dept.

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September 08, 2021

5.0

He is the perfect doctor. Extremely knowledgable and covers every detail.

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September 02, 2021

4.0

Dr. Paparello was concise and helpful. Very Capable.

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August 28, 2021

5.0

There is the wonderful feeling of leaving the doctor's office knowing you are in the best of care. This is Dr. Paparello.I had questions, but they were all addressed even before I could ask about my concerns.Dr Papparello is very attentive and professional, but at the same time warm and compassionate. This is rare nowadays. Dr. Papperello is a true gem.

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August 18, 2021

5.0

Exceptional doctor, great personality

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August 13, 2021

5.0

Dr. Paparello actually listens to the patient, treats you like a human, puts you at ease. Gives you the feeling he actually cares about you and your health. Explains his thoughts about your health clearly and answers your questions thoughtfully in an easy way to understand. Connects in a way many doctors do not. I think because of these things a patient will take seriously what he says and try their best to follow his advice. Thus hopefully you will remain as healthy as possible.

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August 12, 2021

5.0

Demonstrates professionalism and confidence with compassion for the patient

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August 10, 2021

5.0

Dr. Paparello is like an old friend now, but for a new patient I would say he has a great demeanor, is easy to talk to, and is really responsive any time I need anything.

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August 06, 2021

5.0

He spent a lot of time with an answered all my questions appropriately. I highly recommend him.

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August 04, 2021

5.0

He was very patient, attentive, knowledgeable and calm.

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August 04, 2021

5.0

He is warm and friendly. Easy to talk to. Relaxed. And obviously knows his stuff.

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August 03, 2021

5.0

He's caring and smart. Great doctor.

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July 30, 2021

5.0

Thorough, smart, kind

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July 07, 2021

5.0

Great care Highly knowledgeable in his field Attentive Caring

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July 03, 2021

5.0

Approachable , informative , practical

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June 25, 2021

5.0

Expertise, empathy, thoroughness, patience, great follow up, delightful personality.

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June 23, 2021

5.0

Phenomenal manners, knows his patients, wise and cares.

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June 19, 2021

5.0

He very good care his patient

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June 16, 2021

5.0

Friendly, knowledgeable, takes his time with me and answers all my questions.

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June 08, 2021

5.0

I'm pleased with my telephone visit with Dr. Paparello he treated me with exemptional care & his friendly & professional is truly amazing. I'm grateful for willingness to answer all questions regarding my medical issues .

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June 04, 2021

5.0

He is very bright, professional and caring. I feel very satisfied after my visits. I hav every confidence in him.

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May 25, 2021

5.0

top notch

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May 22, 2021

5.0

He is very caring and professional. He takes time to explain things

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May 21, 2021

5.0

Dr Paparello was thorough, engaging and a gifted communicator. I am looking forward to talking about my diagnosis.

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May 17, 2021

5.0

Always helpful in answering my questions.

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May 12, 2021

5.0

Dr Paparello is very detail on his answers. He listens carefully.

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May 08, 2021

5.0

He's a caring doctor and he's positive.

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May 05, 2021

5.0

Doctor Paparello is a very professional person and he is the doctor that I was talking about he never lets you leave his office without you not understanding what he has spoken to you about labs how are you doing and I am grateful

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May 03, 2021

5.0

All was perfect

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May 03, 2021

5.0

He is the best of the bests. Outstanding doctor, really concerned about your health problem, explaining all using a terms you understand and he has exceptional personality.

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April 18, 2021

5.0

Very high level of knowledge. Comprehensive in his approach. Addressed all needs. Wonderful personal touch and great communicator. Extremely knowledgeable; makes one feel great confident in his care plan.

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April 13, 2021

5.0

He was very good. Patient & explained things well.

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April 07, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable and kind physician

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April 07, 2021

5.0

Totally thorough

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April 05, 2021

5.0

Excellent conversation/information from Dr. Paparello. Friendly, professional and looking for the right solution that best fits my lifestyle. Would highly recommend him.

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March 31, 2021

5.0

He is very reassuring, especially for me as I am medically complex and he values the importance of quality of life.

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March 31, 2021

5.0

Very patient and compassionate he can tell he cares you can feel that he cares

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March 24, 2021

5.0

Excellent manner, courteous and listens to patient.

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March 20, 2021

5.0

Has always done the utmost to take care of me and my family

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March 10, 2021

5.0

Dr. P is has a great bedside manner. He reviews all the important information needed to keep my disease in heck. He also answer any & all inquiries & questions.

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February 25, 2021

5.0

For my case, he is the best doctor. He very well versed in his field. His recommendations have made a big difference in my life.

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February 24, 2021

5.0

Dr. Paparello is not only very competent but he listens and answers to my concerns and he rapidly responds to my messages on MyChart.

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February 21, 2021

5.0

he is a good doctor

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February 06, 2021

5.0

Because he's excellent, lucky to have him.

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February 05, 2021

5.0

Dr. Paparello was very patient and took his time to answer all of my questions.

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February 03, 2021

5.0

Dr Paparello makes you feel very comfortable and understanding when describing symptoms and explains diagnosis and treatments. Very compassionate doctor.

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February 03, 2021

5.0

Great and personable Dr, enjoy meeting with him and feel he really cares for his patients.

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Disclosures

James J. Paparello, MD reported no external professional relationships for calendar year 2021.

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