Michael T. Walsh, MD

Michael T. Walsh, MD

4.7 
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Primary Specialty

Neurological Surgery

Secondary Specialty

  • Skull Base Surgery

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Accepting New Patients

Practice Focus Areas

  • Benign Brain Tumor
  • Cavernous Malformation
  • Malignant Brain Tumor
  • Microvascular Compression Syndromes
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spine Degenerative Disease
  • Spine Surgery
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

Education

Medical Education:
MD, Indiana University School of Medicine - 2001
Internship:
Ohio State University Hospital - 2002
Residency:
University of Vermont Medical Center - 2008
Fellowships:
University of Utah Health - 2009

Board Certifications

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

Faculty Profile

Health System Clinician, 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
Grayslake Ambulatory Surgery Center
Huntley Hospital
McHenry Hospital
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Woodstock Hospital

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

4.7
4.7 

292 Ratings

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

Reviews from Patients

100 Most Recent Reviews

March 30, 2022

5.0

Excellent surgeon

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March 28, 2022

5.0

Doctor practitioner came right away. She was really nice straight to the point off what I need it and answer all my questions. Doctor came and the same súper nice. I would give them 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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March 14, 2022

5.0

Prior to engaging Dr. Walsh, I had seen another noted neurosurgeon in North Shore area who could not identify the source of the constant pain that radiated down my right leg and rendered exercise impossible. Dr. Walsh quickly identified the issued and then showed me on the MRI where the nerve had been impinged at S1. He took the time to ask questions, listen, and thoughtfully diagnose the issue. He was open to a stepwise approach that first started with an epidural but then moved to surgery when it was clear there was no additional benefit without alleviating the structural issue. I am a patient relieved finally! Wish I had started with Dr. Walsh first.

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March 14, 2022

5.0

He was very attentive and professional made us feel that he really care about me as in individual.

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March 08, 2022

5.0

Visit was great. Best part was indicating that back surgery was not needed. Yippee!!!

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February 28, 2022

5.0

MD Walsh is very professional explains everything clearly

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February 24, 2022

5.0

Make me feel very confident in his wealth of knowledge. He explained other alternatives Instead of going straight to a scalpel.

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February 15, 2022

5.0

Dr. Walsh took the time to answer all of my questions and explained the findings along with next steps - very easy to talk to and made me feel confident that I chose the right doctor.

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February 14, 2022

5.0

Very happy with his diagnosis and his total explanation about my situation

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February 14, 2022

5.0

He is congenial, knowledgeable and sincere.

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February 12, 2022

5.0

Consultation was conducted very thoroughly

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February 08, 2022

5.0

He has an excellent and effective way in communicating, while at the same time he conveys a clear sense of compassion.

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January 29, 2022

5.0

The clinic manners that he provides is personal

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January 15, 2022

5.0

Dr. Walsh is prime example of the caring, empathetic, knowledgeable staff that Northwestern Medicine employes.

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January 12, 2022

5.0

Patiently explained what to expect during surgery and laid out a clear path with his practice to get surgery scheduled.

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December 27, 2021

3.0

Did not help me with what I need to do next.

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December 27, 2021

5.0

he explained all treatment options clearly

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December 23, 2021

5.0

He took his time and explained what he was planning to do and why

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December 07, 2021

5.0

Very careful evaluation of prior and current MRI to find the root cause. Very impressive and helpful showing me, the patient, the picture that showed the compressed nerve. Prior specialist had not found it nor initial review of MRI.

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November 23, 2021

5.0

He takes time and explains,

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November 23, 2021

5.0

Dr. Walsh was professional, and personable.

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November 23, 2021

5.0

Dr. Walsh has performed a successful surgery on my spine in the past. I have every confidence in his skills.

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November 22, 2021

1.0

He didn’t listen to me he was rushed to get to his next appointment.

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November 12, 2021

5.0

Professional listens to concerns available for questions

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November 11, 2021

5.0

My first impressions are most positive.

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November 08, 2021

5.0

Did not see him but met with his PA, Amanda. She was amazing

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October 29, 2021

5.0

He was the 4th surgeon I saw. First one who seemed more interested in doing what was right for me, not rack up surgeries/procedures. Very glad Dr. Capezio recommended him.

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October 25, 2021

5.0

Location, Doctor and Staff, confidence, reputation.

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October 12, 2021

5.0

Very easy to talk to and caring

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October 09, 2021

5.0

He cares and listens to my concerns and answer questions from me as well as from my son.

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October 07, 2021

5.0

Very caring

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October 05, 2021

5.0

He’s pleasant, seems knowledgeable. Can’t comment in surgery until I have it

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October 04, 2021

5.0

Carrying and respectful guidance and plans to support brain procedures.

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October 02, 2021

5.0

Very patient and compassionate.

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September 28, 2021

3.0

He was pleasant

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September 27, 2021

5.0

He and Laura are welcoming and they listen.

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September 09, 2021

5.0

I very much appreciate the time Dr. Walsh gave me and his overall true concern and the knowledge on my issue that he provided. I highly recommend him!

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September 08, 2021

5.0

He talks to patients like we are real people and not ciphers in certain boxes. He comes across as caring

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September 03, 2021

5.0

Very pleasant and have explained everything in details

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August 30, 2021

3.0

Very knowledgeable…..not one to push surgery as first choice….little awareness of patient respect and sensitivity

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August 30, 2021

5.0

He has a great reputation and he always has your best interest in mind.

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August 26, 2021

5.0

Dr Welsh and his team are amazing! Excellent bedside manner, explored all possibilities for treatment, answered all my questions.

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August 21, 2021

3.0

in the 3 months I’ve been under his care I’ve seen him for a maximum of 5 minutes. No way to get a call through to him

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August 19, 2021

1.0

I don’t think his team did a great job explaining nor the discharge was explained thoroughly. Was a bit disappointed. Surgery was a success though. I felt now being rushed not really cared for enough.

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August 19, 2021

5.0

Awesome , Great Dr. in explaining the cause of my problems.

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August 09, 2021

5.0

Discussed my concerns and listened to me.

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August 09, 2021

5.0

Have been seeing Dr. Walsh for over a year, he is very personable and I felt very comfortable with him from the very first day and his diagnosis of me. He always answered my questions and addressed my fears honestly. After a year of delaying the surgery the day came and I could not be happier with the results. This doctor says what he does and does what he says. I not only would but already have recommended him to several people and will keep recommending him. Very thankful every day for being referred to Dr. Walsh.

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August 05, 2021

5.0

Kind; thorough; explained everything well.

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August 02, 2021

5.0

He’s smart, patient and caring!!

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July 11, 2021

4.0

I think it’s too soon to rate for now. We are still in the initial phase of consulting. But I can tell he is really an excellent dr. I will revisit this question.

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July 10, 2021

4.0

Knowledgeable patient and non aggressive in recommending surgery.

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June 24, 2021

4.0

His assistant did a very thorough job.

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June 22, 2021

5.0

His PA was excellent. Dr Walsh will review notes and contact me.

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June 15, 2021

5.0

Great doctor

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June 11, 2021

5.0

Dr Walsh was thorough on care of what was going on with my back.

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June 10, 2021

5.0

He’s the best

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June 07, 2021

5.0

Excellent doctor.

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June 03, 2021

5.0

He is a very good doctor and friendly he explains what and about what he is going to do

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May 29, 2021

3.0

We chatted for approx. 10 minutes. Didn’t get much time to “connect�

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May 27, 2021

5.0

Neck is healing

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May 26, 2021

5.0

Very nice and showed and explained everything about my surgery

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May 18, 2021

5.0

Very bright

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May 13, 2021

5.0

First visit. He done good.

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May 11, 2021

5.0

He is friendly smart and takes time with your

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May 06, 2021

5.0

Thorough and efficient

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May 05, 2021

5.0

he doesn’t beat around the bush but tells it like it is. There is no sugarcoating so you know exactly what to expect. No surprises later.

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April 17, 2021

5.0

He is very helpful and kind and willing to help

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April 17, 2021

3.0

HAD TO WAIT WAY PAST MY TIME. YOU WANT ME ON TIME THEY SHOULD BE ON TIME

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April 13, 2021

5.0

Excellent physician

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April 13, 2021

5.0

Caring professional.

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April 06, 2021

5.0

Dr. Walsh is an exceptional dr. And has demonstrated to us how much he cares about his patients.

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April 06, 2021

5.0

Best doctor

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April 06, 2021

5.0

I felt they cared and took the time to explain my options.

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April 05, 2021

5.0

He took good care of me

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March 31, 2021

5.0

Very professional and excellent surgeon

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March 30, 2021

5.0

Did a Phenomenal job on my back

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March 17, 2021

4.0

I have only seen him for a few minutes so I have no reason to recommend him nor do I have reason not to recommend him.

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March 12, 2021

5.0

Experienced, intelligent and personable

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March 11, 2021

5.0

NP and Dr took time to answer all my questions. Offered helpful advice and suggestions.

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March 10, 2021

5.0

He represents why I have been a patient here nearly 50 years. I have confidence that the best will always be a priority in caring for, not only me, but all patience.

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February 23, 2021

5.0

He explains everything very nicely

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February 22, 2021

5.0

Professional, puts you at ease,not surgery crazy.

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February 22, 2021

5.0

He seemed to care about my problem and gave suggestions of what I can do.

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February 11, 2021

5.0

He, and his physician assistant, both explained in understandable language my condition and treatment. They listened to my questions and concerns, and put me at ease for the future treatment.

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February 08, 2021

5.0

Took time to explain the procedure in detail and answered all my questions

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February 03, 2021

5.0

seemed to be very knowledgeable

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January 27, 2021

4.0

I will know more after seeing Dr Walsh

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January 23, 2021

5.0

Excellent communicator of expectations/outcomes of surgery.

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January 21, 2021

5.0

I really liked Dr Walsh. For a first time meeting I was pleasantly surprised.

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January 19, 2021

5.0

Great doctor and staff, work with you to resolve your issues, take their time to listen and answer any and all questions in language you can understand.

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January 19, 2021

5.0

Smart and personable

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January 18, 2021

5.0

Very professional

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January 16, 2021

5.0

He is extremely knowledgeable and efficient.

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January 12, 2021

5.0

I felt I reviewed my past history and had several options and a path to go towards my recovery

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January 12, 2021

5.0

Dr.Walsh was extremely compassionate and patient. He took a lot of time to explain everything to me and I am very grateful.

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January 05, 2021

4.0

DR SEEMS AWFULLY BUSY

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January 04, 2021

5.0

Very nice and explained everything to me

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December 15, 2020

5.0

Extremely Knowledgeable. Direct responses. Pleasant personality.

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December 15, 2020

5.0

He describes clearly answered to any questions one have.

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December 14, 2020

5.0

Comes highly recommended

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Disclosures

Industry Relationships

Ownership or Investment Interests

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

  • Brainsprout Media
  • Walsh Design Labs

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

  • Brainsprout Media
  • Walsh Design Labs

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

  • Brainsprout Media
  • Walsh Design Labs

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