Dr. Andrew Zelby, MD

Dr. Andrew Zelby, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
55 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Andrew Zelby, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Westchester, IL. He is 55 years old and has been practicing for 30 years. Dr. Zelby is affiliated with Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

Neurological Surgery Spine Surgery

1 Westbrook Corporate Ctr Ste 800

Westchester, IL 60154
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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.
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Dr. Zelby's 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


  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

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


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  • 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


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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.


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

Awards & Recognition

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

Dr. Zelby has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Zelby's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Zelby to family and friends
based on 67 total reviews (11 with comments)
Dr. Zelby's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (11)
in Joliet |
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!
in Minooka IL |
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!!!
in Minooka, IL |
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!
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 accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
    Blue Choice
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care of Illinois
    Coventry Health Care of Illinois PPO
    Health and Life PPO
    Platinum PPO
  • Coventry Health Care of Missouri
    Coventry Health Care of Missouri PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • HealthLink
    HealthLink PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • National Elevator
  • Pipefitters
  • Sagamore Health Network
    Sagamore Plus
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

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Hospitals where Dr. Zelby has admitting privileges

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
155 E Brush Hill Rd
Elmhurst, IL 60126
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Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital
5101 Willow Springs Rd
La Grange, IL 60525
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Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
701 W North Ave
Melrose Park, IL 60160
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