Stephen E. Heim, MD

Stephen E. Heim, MD

4.7 
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Primary Specialty

Spine Surgery

Secondary Specialty

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Education

Medical Education:
MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine - 1982
Internship:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 1983
Residency:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 1987
Fellowships:
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University - 1987

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery (Certified)

Practice Groups and Affiliations

Medical Group:
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
On Medical Staff At:
Central DuPage Hospital
Delnor Hospital
Northwestern Medicine Surgery Center

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.7
4.7 

385 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 19, 2022

5.0

We felt really comfortable with Dr. Heim.

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March 17, 2022

5.0

Unbelievable kind and professional doctor. The best I’ve ever meet.

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March 15, 2022

5.0

He’s not to aggressive and listens to everything you have to say. Explains details while answering all your questions patiently. He’s a 10 Doctor.

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March 15, 2022

5.0

He's good at explaining and it laying fears and seems to be on top of everything

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March 09, 2022

5.0

Explained very well

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March 09, 2022

5.0

He does a great job And is very professional. Treat you like a person and not just a patient.

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March 08, 2022

5.0

Doctor Heim listened and explain explain the process well.

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March 08, 2022

3.0

Would have liked to look at the x-rays with the doctor and have him explain them to me

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March 07, 2022

5.0

Because Dr. Stephen Heim performed my back surgery and I am very satisfied !

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March 03, 2022

5.0

very personable

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March 03, 2022

5.0

He took the time to talk to me and explain what was going on

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February 20, 2022

5.0

Excellent listening and feedback and thinking outside the box. Only thing is I wish he could have helped with my

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February 17, 2022

0.0

Heim is an ignorant ass. Refused to look at my medical chart or read the referral from one of his peers. I am now getting the surgery done with Rush.

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February 14, 2022

5.0

Well recommended & thorough. Goes directly to source of problem & uses least invasive treatment first.

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February 08, 2022

5.0

Seems like a knowledgeable guy, though I’ve yet to experience his surgical skills.

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February 08, 2022

5.0

Dr. Heim is caring and is the best there is!

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February 05, 2022

3.0

I’m sure he’s a good doctor, but he didn’t address my reason for the visit at all (frequent severe headache), instead focusing on the secondary complaint (painful stiff neck).

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January 25, 2022

5.0

happy with the encouragement and advise

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January 23, 2022

5.0

I appreciated his concern for me and the successful surgery he provided.

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January 21, 2022

5.0

Dr.Heim took the time to talk to me, explain everything and answer all my questions.

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January 21, 2022

5.0

Very kind straight to the point will Answer any question you have and you can tell he cares deeply about his work

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January 20, 2022

2.0

Dr. Heim and his office seemed somewhat friendly toward me before surgery in October. Although, my first clue of what was to come should have been that when I asked Dr. Heim if I could be on vacation the week after surgery and go places and do things, he looked at him and said to do whatever I felt like. Although he said he generally tells patients to take off of work 2 weeks after surgery. Hmm . . . I wonder when he would have told me that if I hadn't asked. After surgery, it got worse. Although Alane did call me the 'problem patient' prior to surgery because I told her I couldn't take 2 of the medications she told me that I needed to take. She didn't ask me why. Just called me a problem. After surgery, I was told I would see Erik Rodriguez in 3 weeks to have the staples out. That shocked me. No one would see me for 3 weeks? In any event, it turned out that I was in horrific pain the weekend after surgery. I never expected this and feel expectations should have been explained to me. I believe it should have been Dr. Heim's first clue when I talked about being on vacation the week after. He had told me that my herniated disk was very bad. Why didn't he let me know the possible pain scenarios I might experience after surgery. Honestly, I expected to hear from the doctor's office or the hospital. A call to see how I was doing. I have had that care from other hospitals and other doctors after other surgeries. But nothing came. The following Monday, I called Dr. Heim's office and asked for pain medication. I was told someone would get back to me. At the end of the day, I called back and was told that emergency response was to get back to me in 24 hours. Seriously? Is that acceptable? 24 hours to get back to me when I told them I was experiencing great pain? So, Erik Rodriguez did call me back. He was kind and had a calming voice and we talked. I told him, calmly - not yelling or crying - that I felt a little abandoned. I could not believe no one followed up on me and no one was calling me back the same day I called to say I was in pain. Or that no one had set after surgery pain expectations for me. (I had told everyone that in past surgeries, I never took any pain pills. No one told me - this is back surgery. It is different. Although they said that to me after surgery!!!) Erik told me that my prescription of Norco (which I really did not want to take for personal reasons) was at my pharmacy and I could get that filled. The only other pain medication offered to me was Tylenol with codeine. I'm surprised there are no other pain medications on the market. Following that, I took the Norco and I got a refill of Tylenol with codeine. But I never heard from anyone. My next doctor appointment was in January! Again, I was shocked that it would be that long before I saw my doctor. But I went in ready to really delve into what was going on with me. I had been going to physical therapy, but was still in a lot of pain and could not stand up straight. When Dr. Heim came into the room he asked if I could touch my toes. I said no, but let's see how far I can get. He said to keep doing my PT, that the exercises were geared toward helping with that. Side note: I don't think they are - at all. I told him that I was still in pain and had a hard time standing up straight and he told me that I was fine. It was just habit to not stand up straight. Side note: I am in pain and it hurts to stand up straight most of the time. I tried talking to him about a different mattress and he told me that it is all marketing. Would not discuss it at all. I tried talking to him about possible exercise equipment: i.e. a Cubii. He looked at me like I was from the moon and told me to try whatever I want. In less than 5 minutes he was leaving the room. I was asking when I would see him again and he said that I would not. I was trying to ask him why not, or where do I go from here, but he - literally - was walking backward out of the room shaking his head. No help whatsoever. When he left the room, my boyfriend (who was in the room with me) and I looked at each other with our mouths hanging open. We both said, "What just happened?" i am not sure if Dr. Heim read notes from my discussion with Erik and didn't like. Or if he is always cold and done with a person after surgery. But whichever it is, I am not at all happy with any of this.

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January 18, 2022

0.0

Referred by Dr. Ghanayem of Loyola. Heim ordered xrays. Immediately said he couldnt help me. I asked for diagnosis. Said " I dont know". What's wrong with me? Same answer. What do I do to keep back from going out- same. No recomm.

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January 12, 2022

5.0

I feel very positive of his ability and I have already recommended him to a friend.

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January 12, 2022

5.0

I feel like he cares about me and he’s been good about explaining what’s coming

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January 09, 2022

5.0

Very consultative and attentive. Great doc!

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January 09, 2022

5.0

Professional

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January 06, 2022

5.0

Explained issue that I had very well.

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December 25, 2021

5.0

The best doctor I’ve meet in my entire life!

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December 08, 2021

5.0

Treatment has been appropriate & with a great deal of care

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December 07, 2021

5.0

Knowledge of area

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December 05, 2021

5.0

He tells you what you need to know. Stand up Dr that takes the time to talk to you. Treats you like a person not just another patient. My surgery is set with him coming up. I’m looking forward to having it done.

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November 28, 2021

5.0

answered all my questions

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November 23, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable, explains issues, great bedside manner, answers questions.

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November 21, 2021

5.0

He is very pleasant in the visit. The surgery went well and the follow up care. Even though I am having more back pain he was quick to order physical therapy.

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November 20, 2021

5.0

truthful, straight forward and ultimately cares for his patients

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November 14, 2021

5.0

Highly recommend

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November 13, 2021

5.0

Dr Heim performed my husband’s surgery. I was impressed with him and his staff then and now. When I informed the pain management staff I was seeing that I was going to see dr Heim , I was told excellent choice as she was familiar with him.

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November 09, 2021

5.0

His personality

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November 09, 2021

5.0

knowledge and experience

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November 05, 2021

4.0

great so far!?

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November 04, 2021

5.0

He was very good and informative.

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November 02, 2021

5.0

Concise information

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October 26, 2021

5.0

Caring doctor, took the time to hear me.

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October 22, 2021

5.0

Very thorough and easy to talk too.

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October 20, 2021

5.0

Dr Heim has provided me with the treatment that has been so beneficial & has enabled me to be do active at my age

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October 19, 2021

5.0

professional and informative

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October 19, 2021

5.0

I was very apprehensive about seeing a surgeon, figuring he would recommend surgery right of the bat. I wasn't expecting to do x-rays, either but was gald they did. I knew all about my issues but Dr. Heim had pointed out how arthritic my lower back joints were. Dr. Heim recommended seeing a spine therapist.

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October 09, 2021

4.0

Was through but could offer me no help with my back issues

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October 05, 2021

5.0

Excellent care!

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October 03, 2021

3.0

Dr. Heim is in too much of a hurry and is not thorough enough. Very little opportunity to ask questions.

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September 29, 2021

5.0

Dr. Heim performed surgery on my herniated disk back in 2009. He was amazing and very professional.

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September 29, 2021

5.0

Experienced

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September 28, 2021

5.0

Dr. Heim is very thorough, personable and I trust his judgement.

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September 28, 2021

5.0

Doctor Heim was professional plus give me excellent attention to my concerns about my back problem

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September 26, 2021

3.0

He's an excellent surgeon. He has poor bedside manner on post op appointments. So I chose a great surgeon who isn't listening post op. I don't think I would send a friend to him without that warning.

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September 21, 2021

5.0

Thorough and explained MRI results in detail with options for correcting back issue.

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September 14, 2021

5.0

I found him very knowledgeable

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September 14, 2021

5.0

Excellent Surgeon

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September 08, 2021

5.0

Thorough and direct.

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September 05, 2021

5.0

He is very good doctor and answer any questions you have about your health or surgery and he is very good surgery doctor

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September 01, 2021

5.0

Very thorough in depth examination and explanation of my condition

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August 24, 2021

5.0

Dr. Heim's skillful surgery relieved a symptom of right foot drop which had plagued me for over 12 years. I had no complications after the procedure, and a month out I have been walking over 3 miles per day.

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August 22, 2021

5.0

he is an excellent surgeon with a caring and supportive nurse, Alane.

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August 13, 2021

5.0

Good Doctor

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August 11, 2021

5.0

I went to him because of having back pain, did an x-ray immediately, found the reason for the pain, and immediately ordered physical therapy. He was very direct with me and I appreciate that in a doctor.

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July 30, 2021

5.0

Personable and explained things well

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July 29, 2021

5.0

Very thorough

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July 28, 2021

0.0

The doctor did a physical exam and told me that I didn't need surgery so pretty much there was no reason for me to be seeing him, he said that I have a muscle injury and it's a large group of muscles so it's going to hurt, he just told me to follow up with occupational health and sent me on my way. He had no other help or advice or recommendations or referrals to anyone else

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July 28, 2021

5.0

The best orthopedic surgeon in the Chicago area!

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July 24, 2021

5.0

I have had 2 back surgeries, lower back and a spinal fusion. With each operation both he and his staff explained each and were more than willing to answer questions.

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July 17, 2021

5.0

Dr Heim and nurse were very helpful.

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July 16, 2021

5.0

Professional-extremely knowledgeable

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July 14, 2021

5.0

Very good bedside manner

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July 13, 2021

5.0

He is a very good doctor

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July 07, 2021

5.0

Very knowledgeable

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July 06, 2021

5.0

highly skilled and thorough

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July 01, 2021

5.0

Fine fellow

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June 30, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable and professional. He did not try to analyze without first gathering more data/images. Greatly appreciated that. Will gain more insight after we begin further review of all images. He appeared to understand my level of “normal� activity is more than just walking but training!

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June 27, 2021

4.0

I was highly recommended to him and I am going on that recommendation but I feel the doctors need to stay on on place rather move from locations.

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June 24, 2021

5.0

Experienced, knowledgeable, proficient, professional

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June 23, 2021

5.0

Great bedside manner, very professional & empathetic

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June 23, 2021

5.0

Straight forward with examination, thorough review of diagnosis and explanation of corrective measures necessary to improve situation.

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June 23, 2021

5.0

Through, attentive, and personable; an experienced physician and surgeon.

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June 18, 2021

2.0

The doctor was not very helpful with the problems that I’m still occur his interest in my recovery and giving me further information was not there.

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June 18, 2021

5.0

Presents himself so well prepared confident and competent

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June 16, 2021

2.0

I am disappointed

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June 16, 2021

5.0

Very knowledgeable, compassionate, and best surgeon!

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June 15, 2021

5.0

Great service

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June 15, 2021

5.0

I like him and feel like he cares about my health

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June 11, 2021

0.0

He isn't nice almost to the point of rude

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June 05, 2021

4.0

He had never done surgery on me but he came highly recommended by a good friend of mine. My friend had basically only 2 bad weeks right after surgery then it was unbelievable on how well he progressed during his recovering. I know this surgery is not the easiest to recover from but my friend’s recovery was great that’s enough for me.

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June 04, 2021

5.0

Explained the correct and incorrect fusion 6lower back. Took xrays to show me the pain I have.

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June 02, 2021

5.0

Explained everything

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June 02, 2021

5.0

Knowledgeable, professional. He gives you a warm feeling.

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May 14, 2021

5.0

An all-around great surgeon!

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May 12, 2021

5.0

Willing to answer questions and takes time to explain things.

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May 11, 2021

5.0

Due to the results of my prior treatment I have already recommended Dr. Heim to friends and family.

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May 09, 2021

5.0

Dr Heim is very professional , competent, empathetic, and an excellent surgeon.I cannot truly believe my back surgery was so very successful. I am grateful for his staff and his care .

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May 07, 2021

5.0

Very well manner, and took time to listen , to my issues and over all showed that he truly wanted to help me. And Communicated with me about how he was going to treat and fully diagnose my condition. I feel very comfortable with him.

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Disclosures

Stephen E. Heim, MD reported no external professional relationships for calendar year 2021.

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