Andrea D. Birnbaum, MD, PhD

Andrea D. Birnbaum, MD, PhD

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Primary Specialty

Ophthalmology

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Education

Medical Education:
MD, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine - 2005
Internship:
Swedish Hospital - 2006
Residency:
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago - 2009
Fellowships:
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago - 2010

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology - Ophthalmology (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

4.8
4.8 

337 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 31, 2022

5.0

I don’t have any major issues , yet she didn’t make me feel like I was wasting her time

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March 31, 2022

5.0

Dr Birnbaum was kind and knowledgeable on her care.

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March 24, 2022

5.0

Friendly, competent

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March 24, 2022

5.0

Dr Birnbaum is very personable and professional. She explained steps taken during the exam, what was going on with my symptoms, issues that were “normal” and issues that would be monitored. The entire experience was reassuring.

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March 24, 2022

5.0

Expert, great interaction with patients

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March 21, 2022

5.0

Take time to explain all information

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March 21, 2022

5.0

Knowledgeable, thorough, and personable. I like her.

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March 21, 2022

5.0

Dr. Birbaum addressed all my concerns and was very pleasant.

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March 21, 2022

5.0

Very detailed in her explanations.

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March 17, 2022

5.0

She’s super.

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March 16, 2022

5.0

The doctor was knowledgeable and thorough. Friendly demeanor.

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March 10, 2022

5.0

Thorough

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March 10, 2022

5.0

Outstanding

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March 07, 2022

5.0

I'm pleased.

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March 03, 2022

5.0

Goes above and beyond looking at the whole health view of my case, factoring in the medications I take from other doctors to adapt and watch what needs to be looked out. It makes me feel like I am getting the best care I could possibly have.

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February 24, 2022

5.0

Thorough and extremely knowledgeable

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February 23, 2022

5.0

She is very thorough

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February 21, 2022

5.0

Very friendly, helpful. Listened to what I had to say.

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February 17, 2022

5.0

Knowledge, efficiency, friendliness, timeliness.

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February 14, 2022

5.0

She is very knowledgeable, attentive, caring provider

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February 14, 2022

4.0

She provides good care and followed up with me directly after my unacceptable wait. She is a good doctor, unfortunately the office is understaffed and overbooked.

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February 14, 2022

5.0

Dr, Birnbaum is an exceptional Doctor. She explained everything that she needed to do and answered all of my questions in a way that I would understand,

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January 24, 2022

5.0

Capable and willing to discuss various aspects of the issues involved.

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January 17, 2022

5.0

She explained areas of concern that should be monitored.

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January 11, 2022

5.0

She was very thorough.

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January 10, 2022

5.0

She makes you feel heard and understood. Her advice and care has been spot on

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January 06, 2022

5.0

Great Doctor! Great Listener! explains things so you can understand

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January 06, 2022

5.0

Detailed exam.

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December 28, 2021

4.0

She was pleasant, answered questions I asked gave good explanations

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December 23, 2021

5.0

She's on top of my care and concerns.

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December 20, 2021

5.0

Thorough and helpful

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December 16, 2021

5.0

She’s a great doctor

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December 16, 2021

5.0

She was efficient, thorough, caring, and persistent in finding my issue and a plan for dealing with it. I have no hesitation whatsoever returning to her, and unfortunately I can’t say that about all doctors.

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December 13, 2021

5.0

Very thorough

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December 13, 2021

5.0

Easy to understand, helpful

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December 13, 2021

5.0

The best visit I ever had when it comes to seeing an ophthalmologist

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December 09, 2021

5.0

Very thorough

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December 06, 2021

5.0

Professional knowledge and expertise

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December 03, 2021

5.0

Dr. Birnbaum was very throurgh. Her questions helped to uncover what is causing the syptoms I am experiencing. Her approach has helped me decide to make NW OPhthalmology my home.

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November 11, 2021

5.0

Caring and very knowledgeable!

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November 04, 2021

5.0

She made me feel like she was here to help

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October 26, 2021

5.0

Dr. Birnbaum has provided quality care to me. She has performed two successful laser surgery for my glaucoma and I'm pleased with the results.

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October 21, 2021

5.0

Very engaging, thorough, responsive and helpful.

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October 18, 2021

5.0

Smart and friendly.

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October 14, 2021

5.0

Could tell she is an excellent doctor - asked the right questions, efficient, in control - plus a pleasant, friendly personality.

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October 13, 2021

5.0

She is personable, she knows her patients and what’s going on in their life. She’s concerned about her patients health.

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October 10, 2021

5.0

The doctor was encouraging about my condition

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October 07, 2021

5.0

She was friendly, thorough, knowledgeable, gentle, not hurried, made sure all my questions were answered. Was prepared with my medical history; made sure I scheduled follow up.

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October 04, 2021

5.0

Excellent doctor

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September 28, 2021

5.0

Takes time to explain!

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September 20, 2021

5.0

Very thorough

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September 13, 2021

5.0

Very Professional and competent Dr.

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September 09, 2021

5.0

Dr. Birnbaum was very good and professional with her care in caring for my eyes.

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September 06, 2021

5.0

Experience

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August 30, 2021

5.0

Nice lady ...seemed to know her profession.

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August 30, 2021

5.0

Acts with confidence. Listens carefully to patient's spoken concerns. Is willing to consider and discuss alternative possibilities.

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August 26, 2021

5.0

Willing to go the extra step and think about what will help not what will get me out the door.

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August 26, 2021

5.0

The Doctor was very caring as well as professional

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August 26, 2021

5.0

She worked really hard to visualize all of retina after an optometrist flagged a potential problem that wasnt there.

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August 26, 2021

5.0

Expert with excellent patient manners

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August 19, 2021

5.0

She gave very thoughtful and patient service

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August 19, 2021

5.0

Dr. Birnbaum is knowledgeable, thorough and familiar with me as her patient.

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August 09, 2021

5.0

Competent and caring

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August 05, 2021

5.0

very knowledgeable and friendly

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August 05, 2021

5.0

She was approachable, informative, apologetic for the wait time, and efficient. I liked her manner.

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August 02, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable

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July 29, 2021

5.0

Willing to address and confront progression of issue

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July 21, 2021

5.0

Great provider

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July 12, 2021

5.0

She really cares about her patients and is very informative.

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July 09, 2021

5.0

Very on top of test results and recommendations.

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July 08, 2021

4.0

She was fine. Seemed knowledgeable, but was a routine eye exam.

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July 08, 2021

5.0

She is very competent, knowledgeable, ready to listen.

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July 08, 2021

5.0

She hold a PhD and teaches. Doctors under her supervision were efficient and courteous. Doctors under her supervision took time to explain aftercare.

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July 08, 2021

5.0

Professional personable. Communicative

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July 06, 2021

3.0

Dr Birnbaum was heavy handed compared to my ophthalmologist in Bloomington, IN and she missed a condition that Dr Fornefeld had been monitoring for years.

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June 30, 2021

5.0

She was so friendly and nice and encouraging!

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June 10, 2021

5.0

Very knowledgeable, caring and provides excellent care.

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June 09, 2021

5.0

She makes her patients feel very comfortable. She listens and informs

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June 06, 2021

5.0

She was great, explained what was going on with my vision very clearly. She is very nice and professional and informative.

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June 04, 2021

5.0

She's excellent at explaining everything well and discussing different plans of care/options. Very thorough and caring. I feel like I'm well taken care of.

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May 27, 2021

5.0

Caring, knowledgeable, thoughtful professional

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May 20, 2021

5.0

Great personality and very thorough.

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May 07, 2021

5.0

Super friendly, informative and professional. Always a great experience!

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May 06, 2021

5.0

Professional and pleasant

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May 05, 2021

5.0

She was AwSome toook the time to make sure everything wented well i was very pleased we need more doctors like her I was very impressed the way she handle the situation with me & Let's not forget the young lady that was helping me as well the assistant She had a lot of patience and understanding Thank you Northwestern for hiring some great people

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May 05, 2021

5.0

Friendly, informative, professional

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April 29, 2021

5.0

Smar, thorough and personal

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April 29, 2021

5.0

Dr. Birnbaum absolutely knows what shes doing. She caught an issue with my retina”not her area of specialty”and got me to a specialist quickly.

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April 28, 2021

5.0

Very bright and personable. Top notch physician whose expertise I trust.

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April 26, 2021

4.0

Very professional and accommodating to my schedule to meet my appointments.

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April 25, 2021

5.0

Took time to listen to me and was very caring and understanding

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April 25, 2021

5.0

Thorough and complete examination with contemporaneous assessment.

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April 22, 2021

5.0

Very helpful and knowledgeable. All doctors within the office were able to provide me with quick support needed and were very trustworthy!

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April 18, 2021

5.0

The doctor was knowledgeable and friendly.

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April 18, 2021

5.0

She is personable. Love her bedside manner.

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April 12, 2021

5.0

She was thorough, empathetic and provided on the spot diagnostics. Exactly what I was seeking as a patient.

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April 11, 2021

5.0

She's an excellent Physician, however, I'm not sure if due to other clinical obligations or a vary booked schedule my visit felt as if it was rushed.

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April 11, 2021

5.0

Dr. Birbaum is a compassionate, caring and qualified Dr

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April 08, 2021

4.0

Clearly explained diagnosis and path forward

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April 05, 2021

5.0

She cares about her patients and is very concerned for their well being. She answers all my questions about my eye care and provides helpful information for on going care. She also has a very good staff helping her. Megan was informative and very kind. I like Dr. Birnbaum so much I had my husband change from his eye DR. to her and he will see her in May as a new patient. I like Dr. Birnbaum so much that have told her that I wish she was also an internist as looking for a new one with her "bedside manner"

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