Dr. Andrew Zelby, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 59

Dr. Zelby
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Neurological Surgery Spine Surgery

133 E Brush Hill Rd Ste 205 Elmhurst, IL 60126

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Dr. Andrew Zelby, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Elmhurst, IL and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Oklahoma / Health Sciences Center medical school in 1987. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange and Elmhurst Hospital - Main Campus. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Zelby to book an appointment.

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I was verbally attacked in his office by a patient who obviously didnt think theres a Pandemic going on. When i asked front desk if they could check me in rather than using the automated check in computer in office. Girl said No i cant help you...if you dont use it you can Leave and not see the Dr. Next thing, a patient started yelling , take your gloves off Bi**ch. Then , you shouldnt come out if your afraid!?? Kept on with then calling me a As*s*ole. No front end intervention at All. I asked the women .did that make your day saying nasty words. Plus, she has No Idea my medical background. Again, no intervention from front end No concern from staff member And Dr could care less how his patients are handled by front end My blood pressure was sky high Skip this place Im old and have never been treated like this Ever.
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Dec 15, 2020
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Terrible experience all the way around. I showed up to my appointment 23 mins. early and waited 2 hours PAST MY APPOINTMENT TIME! When I asked the lady behind the glass for an explanation, she was clueless and did not know how to respond. I asked if the doctor was even in and she replied yes. Finally after getting called, I was put in a room to wait for the doctor and waited 21 mins. When the doctor came in he started with a comment of humor like that was his was of defusing the situation. I did not feel like a cared for patient. Months later I called to get some paperwork and spoke to Lisa ho treated me like trash and when I asked to speak with the office manager, Diane, I got her voicemail. I called back and asked Lisa to let me speak with the office manager and not to put me in voicemail, that I would hold. She put me on hold for over 39 mins. probably hoping I would hang up, but didn't. Then she threw me into voicemail. I called back and asked to speak with Lisa and she saw my call
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  • Appointment was rushed
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Oct 17, 2020
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Dr. Zelby did fusion surgery. Before the procedure I couldn't stand or walk. I am six months out from my surgery and I went to the zoo, the state fair and shopping. My feet and toes were in pain but not my back. Dr. Zelby is professional and compassionate. I would highly recommend his to anybody.
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KATHLEEN DUNN – Dec 15, 2019
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My visit started off bad. Dr. Zelby walk in and said you are a new patient. Before I was able to answer. Dr. Zelby said I am here to help you get better. I said I am here for a IME. Then you could see his attitude change completely. I was there for my lower back. I was not having a good day. I told Dr. Zelby that I was in a lot of pain. Also I was having a hard time walking and sitting. I told him how I got hurt. I could tell that he had no idea what is was saying. Durning the exam he would ask to do something. I would tell him that it hurt. Then Dr. Zelby would say stop lying. A patient with a hurt back can do this and not complain. He then said walked on your tippy toes. I tried and said that was to much pain. Dr. Zelby then started to yell at me do it. I said I can not do it. Then Zelby said I am done with your exam. Dr. Zelby over all report hurt me with worker’s comp. If you go to Dr. Zelby for a IME make sure you have a good lawyer. I was there was negative star rating ????
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  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Dec 15, 2019
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Excellent only begins to describe the care I received from Dr. Zelby and his staff. I was completely shut down and in constant pain due to a herniated disc and spinal bone spur. He performed the microdiscectomy and the pain immediately was gone. In less than 2 weeks I'm back to work and my life is back. Do not be afraid of you are in need of help. You can put your trust in this man. He is truly a great surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Staff friendliness
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Pat Calcagno in Westchester, IL – Nov 16, 2019
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Do not trust this man. If you have a work comp situation change doctors do not come to him. He is a LIAR. I am calling ABC7 investigations on him because he is literally a complete liar of a doctor. He needs to be behind bars.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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B in Harwood Heights , IL – Mar 10, 2019
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Flim Flam operation. On the take for workers Comp insurance goons. How many IMEs can he get done in one day and how much money can he make by giving favorable IMEs for the workers Comp goon? This man is so unethical and untrustworthy. The way he discredits what reputable doctors are saying about their patient is disgraceful. His medical credentials needs to be revoked. He is a complete narcissist, delusional and a habitual liar. This man is a fake and needs to be brought up on criminal charges
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Feb 23, 2019
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Stay away from this idiot if your sent for workers comp or some insurance comp. Perfect example of a Dr being paid and working for the insurance company. Its really sad money is more important than the patient. He went completely against what my dr said that i needed surgery and i was denied. After years of fighting with worker comp and almost losing my job, i finally had surgery on my time and money.
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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T. in IL – Aug 05, 2018
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Fantastic surgeon. Great (helpful, knowledgable, attentive ) staff.
What went well
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Joe W in Riverside, illinois – Apr 05, 2018
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I hada laminecty and fusion with Dr Zelby and couldnt be happier. He is very professional and I had complete faith in him. When someone is working on your back and operating on your nerves there has to be trust. It has been eight months and I couldnt feel better. He is the best. I heard stories about other Neurosurgeons and I am glad I picked the best!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Ginger in Joliet – Sep 26, 2017
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Dr. Zelby cares for the patient using both compassion and vast medical knowledge. The procedure was explained to me in detail and the results were pretty spot on. Before the surgery it was great to see Dr Zelby so calm and reassuring, this truly put me at ease. I am now 8 weeks post surgery and I feel better than I have in years!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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John Carey in Minooka IL – Aug 04, 2017
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Dr. Zelby is by far one of the best doctors I have ever met. He explains everything. His compassion and concern for his patients is unbelievable. He doesn't not stop the visit until he has answered all of the patient and family's questions. The office staff are just as compassionate as he is!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Lucia in Minooka, IL – Jun 22, 2017
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if you are sent to this uncaring, money hungry, self centered, arrogant, jerk by work comp ins, you are in trouble. He works for the insurance company's. I've been fighting a back injury for 3 years. I seen him in 2015, again 2017, both times he said I was fine. I had surgery in 2016 that helped tremendously, but not totally fixed. He said the surgeon had no reason to operate, he even went as far as to say I'm suffering from munchousen syndrome.. look it up.. good luck with this CLOWN!!!!
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Mike Lomax in Danville, IL – Apr 01, 2017
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Dr. Zelby was kind, compassionate knowledgeable. He explained everything would very clearly my outcome excellent. His is also caring helpful. I would refer him to anyone having back pain.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Kevin in Oak Park, iL – Mar 15, 2017
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He is patient, explains things in detail...and he is an amazing surgeon. His taff is fantastic, they ake you feel safe.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Oak Park, IL – Mar 15, 2017
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He does not even bother to examine you but just looks at paperwork and tells you your fine. He could care less about you or your ability to do your job or activity that you did prior to your injury.do not refer anyone to this doctor.
What went well
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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MARIANN Blacconiere in Northlake Illinois – Jan 31, 2017
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Dr. Zelby sat and spoke with me about my condition for about 20 minutes AFTER doing a thorough physical exam and reviewing my MRI and x-ray's I brought to him for his review. He was reassuring but was good enough to make sure I knew surgery was probably in my future due to my severe disc issues.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Kevin Hayden in Oak Park, IL – Jan 28, 2017
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I would highly recommend Dr. Zelby. I went to him with severe neck pain and numbness in my arms, both are gone now. I had surgery in September and he spent time clearly explaining what to expect with the surgery and the aftercare. He changed my life!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jim G. in Brookfield, IL – Oct 29, 2016
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!!!BEWARE!!!. If you are sent to this Doctor by an Insurance company for an IME examination prepare for the worst. He is only concerned about his pay check from the insurance company to provide unethical, subjective, and favorable evaluations for the insurance company to limit liability and deny treatment. He dismisses empirical evidence from MRIs, X-Rays, FCE reports, and previous doctors ‘evaluations. He is not cognizant of his Hippocratic Oath. He dismisses the patient’s symptoms as subj
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Lucy in Elgin, IL – Aug 11, 2016
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Do not be fooled by the high review. Dr. Zelby will assume your problem and not listen to your needs. He will interrogate you and make you feel that you are causing your own problems. His nurse will examine you and he will state the obvious to sound like he cares. Dr. Zelby told my wife that her posture is poor and that Woman do not like to hear that because they have boobs. We have good insurance, and had our MRI on CD and had visuals to present. Dr. Zelby did not do a physical exam.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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CHRIS R in Wood dale, IL – Jul 19, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Andrew Zelby, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Elmhurst, IL and has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Education

1994
Rush Presby St Lukes Med Center
Fellowship Hospital
1994
Loyola University Med Center
Residency Hospital
1988
Oklahoma Tchg Hosps
Internship Hospital
1987
University of Oklahoma / Health Sciences Center
Medical School
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Americas Top Surgeons, 2012
  • Americas Top Doctors, 2006-prese

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What are Dr. Andrew Zelby, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Zelby frequently treats Osteoarthritis of Spine, Myelopathy, and Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Zelby treats.

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Dr. Zelby's office is located at 133 E Brush Hill Rd Ste 205, Elmhurst, IL 60126. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Zelby's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Osteoarthritis of Spine
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zelby treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Zelby treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Myelopathy
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zelby treats Myelopathy more than 88% of his peers

Dr. Zelby treats this condition more than 88% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Autoimmune Myelopathy
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Zelby treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 86% of his peers

Dr. Zelby treats this condition more than 86% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Dr. Zelby's conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari Malformation Type 2
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Dural Tear
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laparoscopic Spine Surgery
  • Low Back Pain
  • Low Back Procedure
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Pain Procedure
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Diseases
  • Nerve Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Nerve Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Pipefitters
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Neurological Surgery Spine Surgery

Neurological Surgery Spine Surgery133 E Brush Hill Rd Ste 205 Elmhurst, IL 60126
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