Dr. Adam Sonabend Worthalter, MD

Dr. Adam Sonabend Worthalter, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
37 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Adam Sonabend Worthalter, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Chicago, IL and has been practicing for 3 years. He specializes in neurosurgery and neuro-oncology.Read his story

Northwestern Medical Group

675 N Saint Clair St Ste 21-100

Chicago, IL 60611
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Illinois
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • HealthLink
  • HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
  • HFN
  • Humana

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Top Care Areas

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Brain Cancer
very high
more than 93% of peers
Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
very high
more than 91% of peers
Brain Surgery
more than 83% of peers

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Dr. Sonabend Worthalter's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Sonabend Worthalter "Dr. Sonabend sees patients at Northwestern Medicine and is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His primary clinical focus is the surgical management of tumors of the brain and skull base, including brain metastasis from other cancers, intraventricular tumors, gliomas such as oligodendrogliomas, ependymomas, astrocytomas and glioblastomas, CNS lymphoma, meningiomas, and craniopharyngiomas. He is also interested in trigeminal neuralgia and its surgical management. As a surgeon, he integrates techniques such as laser ablation, radiosurgery, convection-enhanced delivery, stereotaxic navigation, fluorescent microscopy, microsurgery, as well as awake and asleep brain mapping techniques with electrophysiology to achieve safe and effective resections. Dr. Sonabend earned his medical degree at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he graduated obtaining the Gabino Barreda Medal for the Highest Academic Achievement. Dr. Sonabend worked as a research associate at The University of Chicago Brain Tumor Laboratory, where he pioneered the use of stem cells for adenoviral gene therapy for glioblastoma. He then trained in neurological surgery at Columbia University Neurological Institute of New York. During this time, Dr. Sonabend continued his research in neuro-oncology and tumor biology. Dr. Sonabend's move to Northwestern University will allow him to take advantage of the infrastructure, and robust clinical research expertise to develop a clinical trial using a personalized approach to TOP2-targeting therapies for gliomas. Dr. Sonabend's research focuses on the use of molecular analysis to personalize treatments for patients with malignant brain tumors and the delivery of these treatments directly into the brain to improve their efficacy while avoiding unnecessary side effects. He is involved in several clinical trials to test novel and promising therapies for patients with brain tumors. In 2015, he was one of only 16 physicians-scientists, and the only neurosurgeon in the U.S., to receive a prestigious NIH Early Independence Award. "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Sonabend Worthalter "We are committed to delivering the best care and an exceptional patient experience. We are devoted to providing services that are patient-centered and compassionate, and care for you as a person. "

2  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuro-Oncology

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Sonabend Worthalter does not have any board certifications listed.

51  Conditions Treated


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25  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
    Medical School | Graduated 2007
  • New York Presbyterian Hosp Columbia Univ Medical Ctr
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2009
  • New York Presbyterian Hosp Columbia Univ Medical Ctr
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2015

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Sonabend Worthalter has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Sonabend Worthalter has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Dr. Sonabend Worthalter's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Sonabend Worthalter to family and friends
8 total reviews (8 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (8)

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Dr. Sonabend Worthalter's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (8)

In 2016 an MRI had shown that I had a brain tumor had grown from a slip and fall.After much research I found Dr.Sonabend to have the credentials and expertise to remove it.From my first meeting with him to the day of surgery Dr.Sonabend and his incredible team made me feel so comfortable and...more
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Dr. Adam Sonabend is a phenomenal neurosurgeon. He always makes me feel at ease when I see him, despite the severity of my condition. I wouldn't trust anyone more than I trust Dr. Sonabend. He spent a lot of time explaining my condition to my family and I. I had a meningioma the size of a...more
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Dr. Sonabend is so wonderful. Was caring, patient and helpful every step of the way!
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Dr. Sonabend, had such a pleasant way when he started out " I know something about you but I don't know everything I' ll tell you what I know and you can fill in ". So pleasant made one feel at ease immediately. The time he took to explain everything covering all angles and giving the patient...more
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Dr. Sonabend is gifted and caring surgeon. His surgical skills are amazing. I required a very difficult brain stem tumor surgery. I came out of the surgery with no complications. I had a quick recovery. Dr. Sonabend spent a lot of time with me and my family both before and AFTER the...more
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