Rizwan S. Akhtar, MD, PhD

Rizwan S. Akhtar, MD, PhD

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Primary Specialty

Movement Disorders

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Education

Medical Education:
MD, PhD, University of Alabama School of Medicine - 2007
Internship:
University of Alabama Medical Center - 2008
Residency:
University of Pennsylvania Health System - 2011
Fellowships:
University of Pennsylvania Health System - 2013

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Board Certifications

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

Faculty Profile

Assistant 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 

83 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

54 Reviews

Reviews from Patients

54 Reviews

March 25, 2022

5.0

Dr. Spends a lot of time with me during our appointments and is very thorough, He explains my conditions and treatment well.

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February 21, 2022

5.0

he seems interested in me as a person.

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February 16, 2022

5.0

He really listened and he explained his diagnosis to me.

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February 15, 2022

5.0

Clear, direct

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January 05, 2022

5.0

Dr. Akhtar is kind and empathetic. I feel confident in him.

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December 19, 2021

5.0

Dr Akhtar is so knowledgeable and positive in our interactions. He is very observant and picks up the slightest changes between OFF and ON times. He was able to answer my questions about the research study and about how the process is often difficult to find participants in the window of time. Learning more about the research process was enlightening. Dr Akhtar is amazing!

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December 03, 2021

5.0

Because he is amazing!! He listened, made me feel validated of what I was expressing

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November 12, 2021

5.0

Very thorough and careful

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November 12, 2021

5.0

Dr. Akhtar is a great doctor!! He cares deeply about the care of his patients and is always there to answer questions.

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November 07, 2021

5.0

Also very caring and informative

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November 03, 2021

5.0

Professional and very informative. A great bedside manner and very personable.

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October 26, 2021

5.0

Great communicator

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October 19, 2021

5.0

compassionate, thorough, and great staff

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October 15, 2021

5.0

I feel he is easy to talk with, and most important is that he listens.

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October 13, 2021

5.0

Very nice, professional but friendly and caring.

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September 14, 2021

5.0

Very kind and professional. He was warm his interaction and took time to analyze what my Mom was in for and ti explain what was going on.. He made us feel unhurried and comfortable.

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September 10, 2021

5.0

Dr. Akhtar is an awesome doctor!! He spends quality time with me and ensures that I understand my health needs.

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September 02, 2021

5.0

Personable. Spent the time to explain everything in detail

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August 27, 2021

5.0

Excellent communication

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July 30, 2021

5.0

Dr. Akhtar was friendly and quite interested in Dick’s condition. He asked about when conditions began, what tests he had done locally, reviewed his test results and disks, reviewed his medications, gave him physical strength tests and discussed his treatment plans and possible conditions. Appointment was for 1 3/4 hours.

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July 27, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable, caring and overall great.

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July 23, 2021

5.0

He was thorough, extremely communicative and his level of compassion was obvious.

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July 13, 2021

5.0

He is thorough, patient and shows empathy.

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July 07, 2021

5.0

He was very nice and explained all of the procedures.

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June 09, 2021

5.0

Qualified and thorough examination

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May 18, 2021

5.0

He was everything one could hope for in a diagnostician. Patient, thorough, kind, and informative.

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May 14, 2021

5.0

Well prepared

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April 27, 2021

5.0

This doctor is brilliant, explains things well, and never rushes me.

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April 23, 2021

5.0

A wealth of information

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March 26, 2021

5.0

Great listener & explainer!

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February 16, 2021

5.0

His knowledge of Parkinson's - Past - Present - Future. His bedside manor is honest and interactive. His of the moment and active participation in Parkinson's research.

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February 12, 2021

5.0

Kind, informative, and willing to admit his limitations with my issues.

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January 08, 2021

5.0

Great bedside manner.

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December 20, 2020

5.0

I saw Dr. Akhtar as part of the Parkinson's Disease PPMI research study. I found Dr. Akhtar to be professional with excellent communication skills. He was willing to listen and asked me in-depth questions. He talked to me as a person not down to me. I would like to continue to work with him.

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November 17, 2020

5.0

Very friendly, kind, patient, and knowledgeable.

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November 17, 2020

5.0

One of best physicians I've ever consulted: smart, collaborative, not rushed, pleasant manner, skilled at patient education.

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November 13, 2020

4.0

Professionalism, thoroughness and preparedness.

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November 13, 2020

4.0

Quality medical staff

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October 20, 2020

5.0

willing to explore background of current issues through research and study

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October 20, 2020

5.0

intelligent, insightful, caring doctor and staff

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September 29, 2020

5.0

I would feel at ease referring him to a loved one.

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September 29, 2020

5.0

Was very thorough in what he was saying and going over medical history, took the time and patience to listen to my questions and concerns.

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September 18, 2020

5.0

Extremely patient and thorough. Willing to take time to answer any questions. Never felt rushed

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September 18, 2020

5.0

Dr. Akhtar is extremely thorough & knowledgable. He listened to my concerns, and I felt heard. Would definitely recommend him.

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September 01, 2020

5.0

I have had vastly different experiences with two of your neurologists. Dr. Akhtar was fabulous in every way: brilliant, provided clear explanations, answered my many questions without impatience, volunteered to procure certain information. I feel extremely secure in his care and would recommend him unreservedly..

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August 21, 2020

5.0

Dr Akhtar is very polite, honest, knowledgeable, understanding, caring, and his bed side manner is top notch. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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August 21, 2020

5.0

Dr. Akhtar was very thorough and I am very confident in his diagnosis. As with every appointment I have at NM, everyone I interacted with was very professional and helpful.

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August 21, 2020

5.0

Dr Akhtar Took the time to listen to me and was very thorough

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August 14, 2020

5.0

Dr Ahktar was thorough, patient, direct, kind - everything I appreciate in a physician.

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July 28, 2020

5.0

Extremely knowledgeable and explains things in terms a layperson can understand.

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July 24, 2020

5.0

Dr.Akhatar was very clear in explaining a different plan of care for my condition. Took time with me to listen to my concerns he also had took time to read my profile so that he would be prepared to tackle the issue I'm having from all angles.I was very pleased with my visit today . I gave me a sense of hope for better quality of life

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July 10, 2020

5.0

Dr Ahktar was very thorough, friendly and explained his thoughts and presented options clearly.

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June 23, 2020

5.0

He listened carefully and I felt very comfortable with him.

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June 19, 2020

5.0

I had my first appointment with Dr. Akhtar today. He was extremely thorough and patient and spoke to me at length about my symptoms. I appreciated how much time he took with me and the fact that he checked in a few times to make sure he had addressed any questions I had.

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