Nader S. Dahdaleh, MD

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Primary Specialty

Spine Surgery

Secondary Specialty

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Practice Focus Areas

  • Chronic Spine Pain
  • Craniovertebral Junction Disorders
  • Spinal Congenital Disease
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Spine Degenerative Disease
  • Spine Revision Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spine Trauma

Education

Medical Education:
MD, American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine - 2004
Residency:
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics - 2011
Fellowships:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 2013

Media

Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • French

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery - Neurological Surgery (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:
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Hospital
Huntley Hospital
McHenry Hospital
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Woodstock Hospital

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.9
4.9 

552 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

August 29, 2022

5.0

Good listener, practical advice

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August 28, 2022

5.0

He got right to the point. He explained everything very clearly. He showed me pictures of my spine. He had a nice bedside manner. He was very pleasant. He also showed empathy. He told me exactly what the next steps were. He said we will make a plan. He told me everything wrong with my spine.

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August 26, 2022

3.0

Now I’m left to trying to get in with PCP which is not possible till after my due date for my forms.

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August 25, 2022

4.0

Seem invested in a solution, my solution.

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August 22, 2022

5.0

very professional and understanding of my needs as a patient.

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August 17, 2022

5.0

Great care

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August 15, 2022

5.0

Made me feel comfortable make sure I understood everything he were saying Show me x-rays and where the problem was

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August 15, 2022

5.0

He is very good at letting you know what's what explains in detail.

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August 12, 2022

5.0

Because he seems to know what he’s doing.

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August 11, 2022

5.0

Dr. Dahdaleh is knowledgeable, efficient, and caring.

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August 10, 2022

5.0

He listens to the patients whole story and responds with appropriate suggestions and treatment options.

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August 10, 2022

5.0

Dr. Dahdahleh addressed all of my concerns and answered my questions. Friendly and approachable.

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August 10, 2022

5.0

Explained things fully. Wants to work on less intrusive measures before more invasive measures (which are inevitable) are taken. Wonderful bedside manner. Felt very comfortable with him and confident he's looking out for my best interests.

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August 10, 2022

5.0

Careful explanation and did not push for surgical solution.

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August 09, 2022

4.0

He is concerned about my overall health

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August 03, 2022

5.0

Excellent bedside manner, very knowledgeable,pays attention. Answered all my questions. I have had spine surgery with Dr Dadhaleh and very pleased with the results

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July 31, 2022

5.0

Precise, conscientious, couragepus trustworthy, excellent listener/communicator, confident, profound mastery of the profession, prompt, what more can I ask for.

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July 25, 2022

5.0

Very pleasant, took time to explain.

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July 21, 2022

5.0

I have always spoke highly of Dr. Nader Dahdaleh who treated me several years before back surgery which was done when I felt ready to proceed.

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July 21, 2022

5.0

Dr Dahdaleh spent almost an hour with me going over my condition- potential surgery, explaining everything. He is warm, knowledgeable, compassionate and demonstrates a care for his patient often lost in todays dr/patient environment. He listens to the patient and asks questions to ensure he fully understands the issue from the patient perspective. I’d highly recommend him.

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July 20, 2022

5.0

Very efficient and knowledgeable

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July 20, 2022

5.0

He was reassuring and very kind. He explained all procedures to my family pre and post surgery. I certainly would recommend Dr to anyone in need of spinal surgery.

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July 20, 2022

5.0

He came highly recommended and did not disappoint very good bedside manner. He was very kind, patient, and all things were explained So the l lay person could understand.

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July 17, 2022

5.0

He is a kind and concerned doctor who shows real interest in his patients

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July 15, 2022

5.0

Very personable, caring and gave options. Listened to my concerns and worked with my comfort level on care.

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July 14, 2022

5.0

He showed me the MRI results and took me through each level of the spine so I understood what the problem was.

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July 13, 2022

5.0

Dr Dahdaleh is an excellent communicator and prepared me for surgery and the recovery process. Surgery was successful and I am healing well and no longer have pain. His staff is efficient and helpful

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July 11, 2022

5.0

Dr. Dahdaleh made me feel listened to and heard. He explained thing in a way I could understand.

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July 11, 2022

5.0

He listened and made me feel like he wanted to do what it took to get me out of pain.

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July 10, 2022

1.0

Always willing to explain and recommend the proper treatment. Excellent Doctor, very knowledgeable, patient and considerate.

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July 07, 2022

5.0

Dr. Dahdaleh took the time to explain the issue with my back and how he was going to do the surgery. He was very caring going into surgery as well as after the surgery. I also had a very good result from the surgery.

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July 06, 2022

5.0

Dr. Dahdaleh has already performed two highly technical, difficult and intricate successful cervical spine operations on me.

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July 06, 2022

5.0

Liked his knowledge of my disease

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July 06, 2022

5.0

Top Experience Dr Explain every thing His smile in his face all the time I feel very comfortable with him

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July 03, 2022

5.0

He is the reason I went to Northwestern Hospital

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July 01, 2022

5.0

He was very good at explaining

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June 22, 2022

5.0

Very informative, explained everything to me, and wanted to get down to the root of my problem

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June 22, 2022

5.0

He has helped me tremendously

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June 22, 2022

5.0

He is very thorough and knowledgeable…..

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June 19, 2022

5.0

Very good

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June 15, 2022

5.0

Dr. Dahdaleh is the best surgeon I have ever seen. He is clearly top notch in his field. He was very thorough, explained things well and ordered additional testing quickly, since we flew in from out of town to see him.

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June 15, 2022

5.0

I particularly appreciate the way that he takes the time to educate his patients and thoroughly explain things with the care options involved. He goes for a minimally invasive approach which I also appreciate

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June 15, 2022

5.0

Very empathetic and compassionate Extremely knowledgeable and treats patients with respect

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June 15, 2022

5.0

He listened to me and explained everything so I could understand.

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June 15, 2022

5.0

He is a good doctor/surgeon

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June 12, 2022

5.0

Dr. Dahdaleh is kind and highly professional

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June 08, 2022

5.0

Excellent, caring Doctor.

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June 08, 2022

5.0

Dr. Dahdaleh was incredibly knowledgeable & took the time to explain every detail re: my condition. He was so patient & kind.

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June 06, 2022

5.0

He sits and explains everything so I can understand. He also lets you ask as many questions as you need without feeling pressured.

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June 06, 2022

5.0

The dr seemed professional and knowledgeable. I was very pleased with his recommendations.

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June 02, 2022

5.0

He listens and responds based on your concerns.

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June 02, 2022

5.0

Dr Dahdaleh is great. Very knowledgeable, detailed, and patient. I feel like I am in excellent hands. This is my third opinion and he has been the best. The other two were rushing into surgery and basically had me paralyzed. He took the time to look at the MRI and decide on a conservative treatment. He is worth the one hour and 45 minute commute.

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June 01, 2022

5.0

He was everything I expected.

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June 01, 2022

5.0

He is a skilled surgeon and willing to discuss treatment options based on patient needs/concerns.

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June 01, 2022

5.0

He gave us different options and answered our questions in detail.

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June 01, 2022

5.0

I liked how he spoke to me and explained things

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May 30, 2022

5.0

I have recommended Dr Dahdaleh. And, he has done two back surgeries for me, with amazing results. He’s professional, kind, listens and explains everything thoroughly.

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May 30, 2022

3.0

Only 1 visit to date w no diagnosis yet!!! Too soon survey?

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May 25, 2022

5.0

I am a nursing manager who traveled to see Dr. Dahdaleh after receiving a recommendation from a retired pain MD friend. I truly believe I saw the best by making the drive up to see Dr. Dahdaleh instead of using my local hospital’s neurosurgeons.

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May 25, 2022

5.0

Excellent doctor. Knowledgeable

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May 23, 2022

5.0

I truly trust Dr. Dahdaleh and his recommendations. He did my previous surgery and I was extremely happy with the outcome. He has a great bedside manner and is very easy and pleasant to talk to which mean a lot!!

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May 22, 2022

5.0

See above. Dr. Dahdaleh is a very caring professional and based on my husband's experience and his treatment of me, I trust him.

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May 18, 2022

5.0

Took all the time needs to explain the problem and different ways it could be treated

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May 12, 2022

5.0

Easy to speak with and he explains situation without rushing

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May 11, 2022

5.0

Wonderful, kind man who listened to me, answered my questions, and saved me from a second unneeded surgery!

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May 09, 2022

5.0

Smart, thorough, very caring.

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May 08, 2022

5.0

Very patient, self confident, yet humble. Really seems to care for patients.

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May 05, 2022

5.0

I did my research, he is the surgeon I wanted and I did 3 different consultations.

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May 04, 2022

5.0

He’s patient, reassuring, very knowledgeable and very skilled

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April 29, 2022

5.0

Dr Dahdaleh took the time to explain my diagnosis, symptoms and also answered my questions with patience, expertise and reassured me during discussion of surgery.

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April 29, 2022

5.0

Excellent service and extremely pleasant staff

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April 27, 2022

5.0

Very personable, knowledgeable & great at explaining my test results & plan of care. Reviewed MRI images to me on computer screen & what constitutes surgery & treatment.

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April 27, 2022

5.0

Very thorough and considerate doctor.

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April 27, 2022

5.0

Great work and follow up

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April 27, 2022

5.0

Dr Dahdaleh is an excellent surgeon which one expects at an institution like Nortwestern. But his warmth and bedside manner were far beyond my expectations! His caring and extra effort to make a patient comfortable is truly remarkable. This has been evident at each encounter that I have had with him. It was specially helpful for me on his pre op visit and each post operative day. Dr Dahdaleh made a difficult period much easier for me! I am so thankful to him and wish him the best.

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April 26, 2022

5.0

He is one of the BEST Neurosurgeon compassionate dedicated to his job always ready to listen and give appropriate advice and will promptly refer you the right doctor s outside his specialty

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April 24, 2022

5.0

He is very professional and he took good care of me

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April 20, 2022

5.0

He answered all my questions in detail.

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April 19, 2022

5.0

Very compassionate, very good listener. Trust his opinion

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April 18, 2022

5.0

Dr. Dahdaleh was the 4th provider I sought out looking for one I felt I could trust to have my best interest at heart. Absolutely no regrets.

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April 18, 2022

5.0

He has been a pleasure to deal with and fully trust him with my spine health.

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April 14, 2022

5.0

I am extremely grateful for Dr. Dahdaleh’s knowledge and skill. He was diligent in removing my herniated disc which I really appreciate. We drove 2.5 hrs to be treated by Dr Dahdaleh. Well worth it!!

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April 13, 2022

5.0

Experience shows

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April 11, 2022

5.0

He is an expert in his field and he has wonderful bedside manner.

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April 08, 2022

5.0

Dr. Dahdaleh is very knowledgeable and professional.

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April 07, 2022

5.0

Dr. Dahdaleh provided me with a professional explanation of what was to occur during my surgery, while still understanding the concerns that I had. While making me feel confident of my decision, he continued to explain that the outcomes and possibilities of what the surgery might or might not accomplish were not totally predictable. I truly appreciated the fact that I was entering into this procedure well informed and not "candy coated."

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April 02, 2022

5.0

Their concerns about my health

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March 30, 2022

5.0

Kind and Informative doctor!

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March 30, 2022

5.0

Dicen que es buen doctor y excelente sirujano bueno es algo que siento que se lo merece

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March 16, 2022

5.0

I have sung Dr Dahdaleh praises to everyone I know.! Extremely knowledgeable and caring.

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March 16, 2022

5.0

I had been to Mayo Clinic for my problem but saw Dr Dahdaleh for a second opinion and a neurosurgeon close to home. I was very impressed with his bedside manner, the level of detail he discussed during the appointments. He always does a thorough examination and discusses various options. I decided to have surgery with him( instead of the Mayo Clinic). Dr Dahdaleh’s visits were thorough and yet exudes kindness. I am very happy that I had surgery done by him. I have already referred a close friend to see him. Dr Dahdaleh, I am fortunate to have you as my surgeon. I wish all the best!

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March 16, 2022

5.0

Dr. Dahdaleh has done 4 surgeries on me and I wouldn't trust my body to no other doctor he is the most professional and caring doctor and I feel like I'm part of the family with him and of course Northwestern

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March 16, 2022

5.0

He was personable & very thorough. By the end of my appointment I felt relieved that there was another option beside surgery.

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March 15, 2022

5.0

He’s the first physician (I’ve seen 3 different primary care doctors and 3 different orthopedic surgeons on n McHenry County (plus a chiropractic doctor, and a pain specialist MD). Not one had been able to confirm an accurate diagnosis, (or performed a thorough, relevant neurological exam) with a logical plan to treat (or at least didn’t discuss it with me!). Dr. Dadaleh was kind, yet efficient and took the time to explain why I was having such pain and why I need the type of surgery he suggested.

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March 13, 2022

5.0

Very Professional, Great Staff

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March 10, 2022

5.0

I’ve experienced 5 surgeries on my spine and he was the most professional from his office visits to the actual procedure and discharge, I’ve met no other doctor like that!! I would consider him top notch.

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March 10, 2022

5.0

I feel extremely confident under his care. He truly cares about the quality of life for his patients.

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March 09, 2022

5.0

Very caring and took his time to answer all questions

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March 09, 2022

5.0

Amabilidad y. Respeto excelencia

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March 09, 2022

5.0

Smart kind thorough professional Handsome I like his shoes too

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