Alpesh A. Patel, MD

4.9 
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Primary Specialty

Spine Surgery

Secondary Specialty

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Education

Medical Education:
MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine - 2000
Residency:
Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium - 2005
Fellowships:
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/TJUH - 2006

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic 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 

843 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

92 Reviews

Reviews from Patients

92 Reviews

August 29, 2023

5.0

Dr A Patel was friendly, confident and explained my situation thoroughly.

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August 27, 2023

5.0

He took his time discussing his plan to diagnose what pain etc. is coming from where with needing to complete 2 diagnostic procedures. He went over MRI of cervical with me and further discussions to take place after results are in. He seems very knowledgable and was easy to talk to. I felt comfortable with him because he was personable and knowledgeable.

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August 22, 2023

5.0

Very knowledgeable and thorough in explaining the diagnosis.

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August 22, 2023

5.0

Excellent Doctor by actions and reputation

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August 22, 2023

5.0

He was warm, kind, smart, clear, efficient, caring.

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August 21, 2023

5.0

He seems like a relatable person and I appreciate his willingness to answer all my questions.

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August 13, 2023

5.0

Very informative, and very honestP

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August 09, 2023

5.0

The doctor takes the time to thoroughly explain issues and address questions or concerns. Never feel rushed

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August 08, 2023

5.0

Dr. Patel is patient, conservative in treatment style, caring and gave me quality of life back in 2013

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August 07, 2023

5.0

Aside from his reputation and his experience he inspired confidence with his bedside manner.

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August 06, 2023

5.0

Courteous, informative, thorough. Explained everything in detail.

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August 06, 2023

5.0

He has excellent skills for explaining difficult things in an easy manner to understand, and empathized with my fear of surgery.

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August 02, 2023

5.0

Best surgeon I’ve had

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August 02, 2023

5.0

He is kind & professional.

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August 02, 2023

5.0

He’s a real caring professional, who in one visit has convinced me he is the doctor that I need for my situation. I’ve been playing around with a doctor at Rush Pain Clinic for over a year with no results that were noticeable I came to Dr. Patel for a second opinion, however, if he will take me as a patient, I intend for him to be my guiding position in this situation again, thank you for this wonderful professional doctor

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August 01, 2023

4.0

He is really good. Takes time to answer all the questions.

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August 01, 2023

5.0

Wonderful physician. Takes the time to answer questions completely. Explains procedures in detail.

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August 01, 2023

5.0

He cured me. I thought my back would never get better.

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August 01, 2023

5.0

Dr Patel is knowledgeable, empathetic and a good listener. He considered all aspects of my condition and came up with an effective plan for treatment

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July 24, 2023

5.0

He has a deep understanding of my issues and challenges. I have already had 3 back fusions and he is able to his knowledge and experience to determine how to do repair work and add the new levels needed now.

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July 24, 2023

5.0

My first time to see Dr. Patel, My first impression was he was very bright. He talked to you and listened to what you say about your medical situation.

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July 23, 2023

5.0

Great doctor. Focus on patient outcome

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July 23, 2023

5.0

Dr. Patel was very cordial, took the time to explain surgical procedures and welcomed any questions...was not rushed.

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July 19, 2023

5.0

Dr. Patel explained the ongoing cause of my back and leg pain with a copied photo from my MRI …his recommended treatment and what to expect after treatment … he answered my questions … he conveyed trust …seems very confident as a care provider …

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July 18, 2023

5.0

The Dr and PA was very nice and informative with explaining everything to me, where i understood and I didn’t feel rushed out of Dr office

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July 18, 2023

5.0

He was our MD before

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July 18, 2023

5.0

Projected confidence in his treatment recommendation. Clear communication regarding planned surgery, pre & post instructions, surgery outcomes, Excellent appointment & evaluation!

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July 18, 2023

5.0

He is nice and friendly :)

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July 15, 2023

5.0

Dr Patel took the time to explain my condition thoroughly.

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July 12, 2023

5.0

He is simply the best.

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July 11, 2023

5.0

Such a great upfront communicator with an excellent attitude

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July 10, 2023

5.0

Did a great job. Personable

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July 09, 2023

5.0

He has a great reputation and we trust him

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July 05, 2023

5.0

The best Professional Skilled Pleasant and eady to talk to

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July 05, 2023

5.0

Excellent helpful information by the doctor

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June 27, 2023

5.0

Very knowledgeable. He listens well full attention to the patients.

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June 27, 2023

5.0

He listened very easy going made me feel comfortable explaining the next steps

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June 27, 2023

5.0

Dr Patel is absolutely excellent in my opinion. He is clearly highly intelligent and addresses all my many questions and concerns with a sense of ease, and yet a very direct approach, all elements which are highly important to me and enable me to be focused on the next task at hand. I always leave with a good plan for my continued spine health that is clear and makes sense to me. I come away feeling hopeful and less anxious about having an aging spine with all its issues. I feel well-cared for.

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June 23, 2023

5.0

He listens and respects my questions and fears. He treats me with respect and concern!

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June 22, 2023

5.0

Skill, knowledge, great listener

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June 22, 2023

5.0

Very kindly person Dr Patel.

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June 21, 2023

5.0

Dr. Patel is very through and listens to any concerns you have. Excellent care.

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June 20, 2023

5.0

Caring, competent, and great at explaining my condition.

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June 18, 2023

5.0

Great result from a very sincerely caring and professional surgeon

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June 13, 2023

5.0

Dr. Patel is AWESOME. He is very informative of my progress . He answers all questions I have. He is concerned with my healing progress. I never feel rushed. I appreciate his professionalism.

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June 13, 2023

5.0

He gives a detailed analysis of the present situation and plans for the future.

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June 13, 2023

5.0

excellent and knowledgeable doctor.

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May 30, 2023

5.0

Outstanding field of therapy knowledge! Excellent bed side manners

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May 30, 2023

5.0

Dr Patel was kind, honest, and knowledgeable.

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May 27, 2023

5.0

I still have complications, minor ones, but I can walk!!

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May 23, 2023

5.0

Very professional very courteous doesn’t try and push things on you and his assistant was the same aswell

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May 23, 2023

5.0

He was very clear with explaining, expectations, and outcome and gave me time to ask/comment along the way. His expertise is impressive.

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May 21, 2023

5.0

He's the best! Don't settle for less

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May 21, 2023

5.0

As stated above, he made me feel comfortable and that I wasn't just another number walking through his door.

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May 18, 2023

5.0

Took time, very personable, said it like it is.

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May 17, 2023

5.0

The best Doctor ever had the privilege to have. He explains everything so well and breaks it down.

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May 17, 2023

5.0

He’s very good at taking care of his patients and makes sure their doing well .

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May 16, 2023

5.0

Very recommended by all. He seemed to have my problem well in control and had an excellent plan to follow. He also took time to address my concerns.

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May 16, 2023

5.0

Dr Patel clearly is extremely intelligent, focused, precise and helps me to know what to expect, what to do and guides me in how to think about all the complex issues of my back in terms and explanations that I as a layperson can understand. This is very important to me. He gives me a clear plan for the next steps based on the new information I bring in and has done that each time I have been to see him. He is a spine surgeon. That is his job, but I get the idea that the very last option we would choose is opening up my back, at least not until he has explored every angle, every aspect of all the many issues going on with my back so that the best choices can be made for my overall long-term health. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

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May 13, 2023

3.0

He talked over me. He Didn’t take time to understand my individual needs. He was insensitive and failed to “read the room” as he shared difficult information. I felt as if he treated me like a textbook scenario and not a unique person.

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May 09, 2023

5.0

Very nice personality, spends what ever time he needs to answer your question and sets a goal for you to achieve the the best out come for a good recovery for you.

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May 09, 2023

5.0

He not only hears, he listens to your concerns and suggests what could help your dilemma.

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May 07, 2023

5.0

He is really engaged from the moment of first contact to the final follow-up visit.. He is open, discusses the complex options and yet is firm and clear in his recommdations.

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May 06, 2023

5.0

The best surgeon

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May 06, 2023

5.0

Extremely knowledgeable and personable

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May 01, 2023

5.0

He was informative

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April 30, 2023

5.0

Very thorough and explained everything to me during the appointment

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April 30, 2023

5.0

Very knowledgeable

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April 29, 2023

5.0

Good doc

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April 26, 2023

5.0

He was very polite, as well as informative.

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April 26, 2023

5.0

Trust.

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April 24, 2023

5.0

A very professional doctor.

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April 23, 2023

5.0

He is incredible. I have great results after his surgery on me.

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April 23, 2023

5.0

Professional caring friendly

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April 18, 2023

5.0

He is very knowledgeable and patient. He is concerned with my needs and never in a rush. He takes his time and answers all questions.

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April 18, 2023

5.0

He explained in detail my condition and my options

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April 16, 2023

5.0

Caring informative and assuring. The best.

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April 11, 2023

5.0

confident, answers questions thoroughly

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April 11, 2023

5.0

Kind and caring staff; all personnel attentive and timely.

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April 11, 2023

5.0

He's a master surgeon and a nice guy. Doesn't think he is more important than the rest of us like some surgeons do.

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April 11, 2023

5.0

Dr Patel taking care of patients very well and kindly.

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March 21, 2023

5.0

Young, smart, actually brilliant

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March 12, 2023

5.0

Kind, Patient, Caring, confident, experienced

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March 07, 2023

5.0

Addressed c/o explained recent testing Had a plan for treatment

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March 07, 2023

5.0

Dr Patel and Leigh were perfect. It is frustrating and disheartening to deal with chronic illness, constant doctor's appointments, blood tests, imaging, etc. But this experience was so easy. Leigh helped me get everything set up perfectly in advance and Dr. Patel explained everything so I understood immediately. After so much struggle I feel relief when things go like this. That is the difference between an average experience and an excellent experience. I'm grateful to them both and to Northwestern Hospitals.

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March 07, 2023

5.0

He took great care diagnosing me and I liked his bedside manner.

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March 04, 2023

5.0

He is one of the best doctors I've ever met. I feel I can ask him anything and he will respond to the best of his abilities.

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March 02, 2023

5.0

Good technical knowledge and communications…

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March 01, 2023

5.0

He truly cares about his patients. He is highly skilled and very compassionate. He listens to you and explains everything fully.

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February 28, 2023

5.0

Dr Patel is forthright, clear, direct, obviously extremely knowledgable, skilled and seemingly brilliant and tells me in laymen’s terms which I can understand and need, what he can do and what he can’t do. He does this all in the framework of being upbeat, positive and in complete faith that he is going to find the best way forward for my back, which is exactly what I want in my back surgeon. This instills the trust I need to move forward with a big surgery that had never been in my life plans.

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February 28, 2023

5.0

Dr. Patel & his PA were wonderful and caring. They listened and asked questions and took their time. I really appreciated that.

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February 28, 2023

5.0

Excellent surgeon. I compared him with other physicians

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Disclosures

Industry Relationships

Ownership or Investment Interests

Faculty member had an ownership or investment interest in the following companies

  • Cytonics Corporation
  • Nocimed, LLC

Consulting / Related Activities

Faculty member engaged in activities such as speaking, advising, consulting, or providing educational programs for the following companies or other entities

  • Alphatec Spine, Inc.
  • Amedica Corporation
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American Imaging Management, Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kuros Biosciences AG
  • nView medical, Inc.

Royalty Payments and Inventor Share

Faculty member has the right to receive payments or may receive future financial benefits for inventions or discoveries related to the following companies or other entities

  • Amedica Corporation
  • NuVasive, Inc.

Service on Board of Directors

Faculty member served in a fiduciary capacity, such as a board member/director, officer, or trustee, for the following companies or other entities

  • Cervical Spine Research Society

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