Dr. Andrew Zelby, MD

Dr. Andrew Zelby, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 58

  
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Dr. Andrew Zelby, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Elmhurst, IL and has over 33 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Zelby has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University of Oklahoma / Health Sciences Center medical school in 1987. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Elmhurst Hospital - Main Campus and AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Zelby to book an appointment.


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Neurological Surgery Spine Surgery

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(630) 338-0204
Neurological Surgery Spine Surgery1 Westbrook Corporate Ctr Ste 800 Elmhurst, IL 60126
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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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      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.
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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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      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
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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.
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      T. in IL – Aug 05, 2018
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      Fantastic surgeon. Great (helpful, knowledgable, attentive ) staff.
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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!
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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!!!
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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!
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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!!!!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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
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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.
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      CHRIS R in Wood dale, IL – Jul 19, 2016
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      Dr. Zelby accepts the following insurance:

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      Preferred PPO
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      Options PPO
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      Background Check

      No malpractice claims found for Illinois
      No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
      No board actions found for the years we collect data
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      Practice Areas

      Spine

      Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine specialists.

      Typically treats 57% more than similar doctors

      Based on claims data for 15 conditions and procedures

      TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
      Osteoarthritis of Spine
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      very high

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Zelby treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 91% of their peers

      Dr. Zelby treats this condition more than 91% of their peers

      Spondylosis
      very high
      very high

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Zelby treats Spondylosis more than 91% of their peers

      Dr. Zelby treats this condition more than 91% of their peers

      Spine Disorders
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      high

      Treatment Frequency

      Dr. Zelby treats Spine Disorders more than 79% of their peers

      Dr. Zelby treats this condition more than 79% of their peers

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      Dr. Zelby's conditions and procedures:

      • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
      • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
      • Aneurysm
      • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
      • Back Injuries
      • Back Pain
      • Bone Cancer
      • Bone Disorders
      • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
      • Brain Cancer
      • Brain Disorders
      • Brain Surgery
      • Brain Tumor
      • Brain Tumor Surgery
      • Broken Neck
      • Cancer
      • Carpal Tunnel Release
      • Cauda Equina Syndrome
      • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
      • Cerebral Hemorrhage
      • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
      • 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
      • Complex Spine Surgery
      • Cranial Trauma
      • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
      • Craniopharyngioma
      • Degenerative Disc Disease
      • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
      • Epidural Hematoma
      • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
      • Extradural Hemorrhage
      • Fracture
      • 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 Block, Sympathetic
      • 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
      • Pathological Spine Fracture
      • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
      • Pinched Nerve
      • Pinched Nerve in Back
      • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
      • Pituitary Surgery
      • Radiculitis
      • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
      • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
      • Scoliosis
      • Secondary Malignancies
      • 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 Disorders
      • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
      • Spondylolisthesis
      • Spondylosis
      • Stroke
      • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
      • Subdural Hemorrhage
      • Thoracic Spine Fracture
      • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
      • Thrombosis
      • Torticollis
      • Traumatic Brain Injury
      • Vascular Disease
      • Vertebral Column Tumors

      About Me

      Biography

      Dr. Andrew Zelby, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Elmhurst, IL and has over 33 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Zelby has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University of Oklahoma / Heal...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

      Languages

      • Spanish
      • English

      Awards

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

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      Affiliated Hospitals

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      Elmhurst Hospital - Main Campus

      Elmhurst, IL

      79% Patient experience rating, 10% higher than the national average

      • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)
      • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)

      AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange

      La Grange, IL

      78% Patient experience rating, 9% higher than the national average

      • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
      • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019)

      Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

      Melrose Park, IL

      63% Patient experience rating, 6% lower than the national average

      • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)

      Macneal Hospital

      Berwyn, IL

      64% Patient experience rating, 5% lower than the national average

      • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)