Roumen D. Balabanov, MD

Roumen D. Balabanov, MD

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Primary Specialty

Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology

Secondary Specialty

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Education

Medical Education:
MD, Medical University Sofia Faculty of Medicine - 1991
Internship:
Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University (Sinai-Grace) - 1999
Residency:
University of Chicago - 2002
Fellowships:
University of Chicago - 2004

Languages Spoken

  • Bulgarian

Board Certifications

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

Faculty Profile

Associate 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 

612 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

92 Reviews

Reviews from Patients

92 Reviews

August 30, 2023

5.0

Dr. Balabanov is very empathetic and thorough.

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August 28, 2023

5.0

Dr Balabanov he is one of the best Dr and we are so happy to have him to take care our sons

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August 24, 2023

5.0

Very detailed care

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August 19, 2023

5.0

Because he really cares about his patients n figures how to rectify the problem.

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August 10, 2023

5.0

So far I have no reason not to recommend him. He seems competent, thorough, and very smart.

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August 09, 2023

5.0

He listened to me. I’ve met other Neurologists who just spoke fear into me - He didn’t.

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July 04, 2023

5.0

Dr Balabonav is very informative and he offers hope when one feels there isn’t any.

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July 02, 2023

5.0

dr is understandable

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July 02, 2023

5.0

Always well informed , recommends appropriate treatment. Always available and approachable.

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June 24, 2023

5.0

Seemed personable and reasonable.

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June 20, 2023

5.0

He’s a very knowledgeable doctor. And very kind. However, I felt like he was rushed this last time and some of my bigger questions are still left unanswered. If that’s just the nature of the disease and the inability to predict what will happen that’s fine. Either way would recommend him and nm numerology.

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June 19, 2023

5.0

Dr balabanov gives different advise for my MS than my current local neuro. I like his approach, super friendly and easy to talk to. He answers all questions

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June 17, 2023

5.0

I like Dr Balabanov and feel comfortable with him.

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June 17, 2023

5.0

Takes the time with patients and is very knowledgeable and personable person. He cares about his patients.

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June 14, 2023

5.0

He always had great attention to detail, I never feel rushed, and he listens to and addresses any concerns I might have.

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June 13, 2023

5.0

excellent recommendation the best

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June 12, 2023

5.0

He is a outstanding Doctor, he saved my wife’s life.

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June 06, 2023

5.0

Great listener and asks very useful diagnostic questions, and explains conditions and potential treatments clearly

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June 06, 2023

5.0

He is extremely knowledgeable and has great bedside manner

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June 06, 2023

5.0

We give for him the best reference He is a excellent Neurologist

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June 06, 2023

5.0

Brilliant and can still communicate to a layman such as myself. I really appreciate how he has handled my situation.

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June 05, 2023

5.0

He makes me feel comfortable and really knows his stuff

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June 02, 2023

5.0

Listen to you

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June 01, 2023

5.0

He really took his time with me today and examined my gait, my leg/hip strength. It was more thorough than previous appointments.

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May 30, 2023

5.0

He spent time listening to me. Hearing me and explaining in ways I understand how we are moving forward with my treatment. I feel trust with him. He really knows MS. I didn't feel rushed. His bedside manner is kind and honest.

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May 22, 2023

5.0

Great doctor who communicates well with patient.

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May 22, 2023

5.0

Amazing care and bedside manner

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May 18, 2023

5.0

Dr Balabanov is wonderful. Detailed and really cares about his patients.

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May 16, 2023

5.0

Great doctor

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May 12, 2023

3.0

He is knowledgeable but always seems to be running late

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May 11, 2023

1.0

The doctor didn't do an exam. He talked with me for a short time, asked me about pain and weakness and then marked all the neuro test results as "normal" in my chart (except the ones he directly asked about). I tried to tell him about other symptoms or issues I regularly have with my disease, but he was completely uninterested and cut me off. As I left the exam room, I heard him tell his staff to get the next patient because he had to leave at 3. It's no wonder why no exam was performed. The worst part is the falsification of my medical chart. If medicaid or Medicare review my chart, I will have to answer for those (false) results. I will be the one to have to prove an already proven disability. He is potentially putting my benefits, health, and my financial well-being at risk. Also what he has done would be considered Medicare/Medicaid fraud. I am considering reporting this to Medicare and medicaid. It is really disappointing, northwestern is a great place, I worked there (on the neuro unit) in the past but had to leave because of this disease. This is completely unacceptable from any health care institution.

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May 11, 2023

5.0

He is very kind and understanding. He took the time to listen to me and answer my questions. He is not pushy either.

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May 09, 2023

5.0

He took time to talk me through his diagnosis and my images

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May 06, 2023

5.0

He is highly qualified and because of this I have been in remission for eight years. I trust him for my medical care.

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May 03, 2023

5.0

Good care, positive aptitude .

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May 03, 2023

5.0

He is the most emotionally, intelligent, professional, that I have yet to come across.

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May 02, 2023

5.0

He knows what to do for his patients

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May 01, 2023

5.0

Very caring and informative!

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May 01, 2023

5.0

I have recommended him to many people and they all love him too.

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April 28, 2023

5.0

Knowledgeable, professional and easy to talk to.

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April 28, 2023

5.0

Listens, explains things well. Takes concerns seriously

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April 27, 2023

5.0

Super nice and very funny and explained everything we had questions about

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April 24, 2023

5.0

Very knowledgeable and compassionate

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April 24, 2023

5.0

He is wonderful. A good man and a good doctor.

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April 19, 2023

5.0

He have a wonderful bedside manor and listens to patients concerns.

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April 19, 2023

5.0

Dr Balabanov is a truly caring doctor, and treats me with “personal” care! He treats me like a person, not just another random appointment. I respect his input on everything! I know that he’s really taking ME, MY HEALTH as the most important aspect of everything!

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April 18, 2023

5.0

Great dr and he listens to you

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April 17, 2023

5.0

Just a class act Dr Balanabov, I like his professionalism.

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April 10, 2023

5.0

Best neurologist ever

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April 10, 2023

5.0

See above. He’s amazing. A caring expert!

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April 10, 2023

5.0

My 20+ years having MS Dr. Balabanov is by far the best neurologist I’ve had. I have experienced six neurologist during surgery. I wish I was with Dr. Balabanov and Northwestern sooner.

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April 04, 2023

5.0

Dr Balabanov is the best.

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April 03, 2023

5.0

Excellent physician

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April 03, 2023

5.0

Very knowledgeable and professional. Understanding of my condition and my pursuit of getting healthy.

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March 25, 2023

5.0

I have been a patient of Dr. Balabanov it’s 2005. I would recommend Dr. Balabanov to any person with MS or suspected MS and I truly value his care.

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March 23, 2023

5.0

He always listens and explains well. He explains if there’s options and talks with me about them.

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March 20, 2023

5.0

Spends time explaining things. Available when needed.

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March 13, 2023

5.0

Great Dr/Patient relationship. I understand his comments and feel comfortable with his recommendations and that he hears my concerns.

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March 11, 2023

5.0

Ii have extreme confidence in my doctor and the hospital;

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March 10, 2023

5.0

Very personable, caring, and knowledgeable.

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March 09, 2023

5.0

Personable-knowledgeable kind doctor

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March 07, 2023

5.0

He is very professional and have a lot of experience and he is the best Dr from northwestern medicine

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February 27, 2023

5.0

He is a very good doctor who really listens to the patient and explains things very well.

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February 15, 2023

5.0

Very knowledgeable, thorough, kind & caring.

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February 13, 2023

5.0

He tells me exactly what's going on and what I need to work on. He's always in a good mood .

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February 12, 2023

5.0

He’s a good MS doctor

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February 11, 2023

5.0

Very compassionate and knowledgeable

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February 03, 2023

5.0

Dr. Balabanov has been my doctor for 10 years. He has always been upfront with me in terms of my care, giving me my best options and choices. Appointment times are always available for me and he is always a pleasure to see.

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January 17, 2023

5.0

He goes through the history thoroughly and explains his diagnosis with prognosis. This simple act of sitting down and going through scans means everything to a worried patient.

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January 17, 2023

5.0

Dr Balabanov listened to my concerns and symptoms and thinks outside the box with his approach to diagnosis. I didn’t feel dismissed or rushed. He is also friendly.

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January 12, 2023

5.0

Dr Balabanov was both knowledgeable and extremely compassionate during my visit. He took the time to explain things and assuage any concerns I had, which was extremely helpful because I have anxiety.

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January 11, 2023

5.0

Excellent neurologist care thank you very much

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January 10, 2023

5.0

He was extremely very thorough, he spent a lot of time with us, as well as very reassuring. I would highly recommend him.

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January 09, 2023

5.0

He is super friendly, professional, and great personality. He listens and is always willing to help.

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January 09, 2023

5.0

Exceptionally knowledgeable and very caring.

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January 05, 2023

5.0

Very professional

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January 03, 2023

5.0

Dr. Balabanov was patient and knowledgeable.

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December 27, 2022

5.0

Dr. Balabanov is the best! Super caring and patient.

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December 26, 2022

5.0

Doctor is easily accessible. Set treatment plan that has been very effective.

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December 25, 2022

5.0

He is kind and humble and explained about my disease.made eye contact while talking and explained well all concerned questions about my recovery.

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December 24, 2022

5.0

Dr. Balabanov is one of the most patient and detailed neurologist I have seen. I appreciate him taking his time when treating me.

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December 16, 2022

5.0

He’s a Dr. That listens. Very kind and seem to do his very best to help you with whatever care you need.

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December 15, 2022

5.0

Always takes lots of time to be with me and answer my questions in a detailed and caring way. He doesn’t worry about how long our appointment is for, he is there for the patient.

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December 15, 2022

5.0

Kind caring gentleman! Helpful thoughtful

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December 14, 2022

5.0

Safety care

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December 13, 2022

5.0

Dr. Balabanov has always provided me with fantastic care. Listens to my concerns and gives me what he feels is best for me.

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December 13, 2022

5.0

Professional On time Speaks very calm and clearly

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December 08, 2022

5.0

Takes time to explain everything

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December 07, 2022

5.0

Educated in his field Well informed and current Reasonable person Looks out for his patients

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December 05, 2022

5.0

He is one of the best Dr

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December 02, 2022

5.0

Spent time and explained things

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November 15, 2022

5.0

Dr. Balabanov is friendly, professional, thorough, explains everything well, listens and answers all questions thoroughly. I feel confident in the care I am receiving.

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