Dr. Andrew Zelby, MD

Dr. Andrew Zelby, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
54 y/o
63 reviews

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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care of Illinois
  • Coventry Health Care of Missouri
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthLink
  • Humana
  • National Elevator
  • Pipefitters
  • Sagamore Health Network
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Worker's Compensation

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Care Philosophy

The patient is an active participant in their health, and learning about their condition, as well as the things that we can do together, is a key to keeping the spine healthy. We strive to find non-surgical conservative methods to help our patients heal. When surgery is necessary, we offer our patients the most advanced, state-of-the-art surgical techniques, and years of experience.Read more

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Dr. Zelby's Reviews

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Dr. Zelby's Performance
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  • Answers Questions
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  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (8)
in Danville, IL |
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!!!!
in Oak Park, iL |
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.
Oak Park, IL |
He is patient, explains things in detail...and he is an amazing surgeon. His taff is fantastic, they ake you feel safe.
in Northlake Illinois |
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.
in Oak Park, IL |
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.
in Brookfield, IL |
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!
in Elgin, IL |
!!!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
in Wood dale, IL |
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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Dr. Zelby's Care Philosophy

The patient is an active participant in their health, and learning about their condition, as well as the things that we can do together, is a key to keeping the spine healthy. We strive to find non-surgical conservative methods to help our patients heal. When surgery is necessary, we offer our patients the most advanced, state-of-the-art surgical techniques, and years of experience.

Dr. Zelby's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Americas Top Doctors, 2006-prese
    • Americas Top Surgeons, 2012
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Background Check

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    Malpractice Claims

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Board Certifications

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Diseases
  • Nerve Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Nerve Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School
    University of Oklahoma / Health Sciences Center

    Graduated in 1987

  • Internship Hospital
    Oklahoma Tchg Hosps

    Completed in 1988

  • Residency Hospital
    Loyola University Med Center

    Completed in 1994

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Rush Presby St Lukes Med Center

    Completed in 1994

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laparoscopic Spine Surgery
  • Low Back Procedure
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neck Pain Procedure
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Surgery