Dr. Carl Bakken, MD

Infectious Disease Medicine  |  
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Age 74
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Dr. Carl Bakken, MD
Dr. Carl Bakken, MD is an infectious disease medicine doctor who practices in Arlington Heights, IL. He is 74 years old and has been practicing for 48 years. Dr. Bakken is affiliated with Northwest Community Hospital.

1538 N Arlington Heights Rd

Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Contact Information

(847) 253-6464

Dr. Carl Bakken, MD

Dr. Carl Bakken, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthLink
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Care Philosophy

NCH Medical Group is here to seamlessly deliver coordinated, top quality healthcare in our medical offices, NCH Immediate Care Centers and hospital. Whether you're seeking routine medical care or something more specialized, the NCH Integrated System of Care connects you with the care you need.
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Dr. Bakken's Experience

Dr. Bakken's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Board certified in Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Infectious Disease
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

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.


  • Baylor College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1969
  • Rush Presby St Lukes Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1970
  • Rush Presby St Lukes Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1973
  • Rush Presby St Lukes Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1974

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Bakken has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Bakken's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Bakken to family and friends
based on 17 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Bakken's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
in Arlington Heights |
Terrible. Denied me antibiotics when I had an infection. Diagnosed me with anxiety and hypochondria instead. Lost my testicles because of it. Refused ultrasound and other tests. Spent no less than 5 minutes with me before diagnosing me with anxiety, and the second time with hypochondria. I almost want to say he's malicious because that screws with every other doctor you go to. He got angry when I tried to see things from his point of view and then blamed me for it.
in Arlington Heights, IL |
I have seen Dr. Bakken 3 times for annual check-ups. I want to keep this short, not going into the details, Bakken is not a good person, he is arrogant, he did not treat me appropriately or respectfully.
in Palatine, IL |
It has taken three days to get a call back from Dr. Bakken or one of his nurses regarding my MRI (that I've had read by a Dr friend of mine). My disc pain needs immediate attention with cortisone shots but I can't get anyone to call me back. It is the worst experience I have ever had. Please don't subject yourself to this Dr.
in Rolling Meadows, IL |
I have a chronic condition. I do research periodically to stay educated, since I'm still symptomatic & the treatment Dr. Bakken prescribes is behind in modern medical advances. I found that there were some not-so-new treatments available that he never discussed with me. I printed up correlating peer-reviewed, published studies from well-respected medical journals in preparation for my bi-annual visit. He blatantly refused to look. He admitted he does not participate in continued education.
in Arlington Heights, IL |
I went for a visit because I was sure I had a bacterial infection that I had once before. Dr. Bakken would not listen to my symptoms and declined to treat it. The next day it was getting worse, so I went to an urgent care in my neighborhood. Sure enough I tested positive for the infection and was placed on antibiotics right away. My infection cleared up, but if had trusted Dr. Bakken's poor advice, it would have gotten much, much worse. I don't know why he would not even test.
in Chicago, IL |
No wonder why Dr. Bakken is always accepting new patients when most of his colleagues are not. Nobody wants to return to him after being subjected to his belligerent nature and lack of concern for people/patients. It is definitely time for him to hang up the white lab coat and stethoscope for good. Maybe that's why he has given up and just does not care any longer. Is there a piece of land in Florida calling his name?
in Streamwood, IL |
Mr. Bakken (I can't bring myself to address him as a doctor) Terrible, egotistical man who is clearly disinterested in treating patients. His office staff is great but he is so distracted these days it is to the point of negligence. Such a shame as this used to be a good practice. Last visit I asked him why the change in his demeanor and he yelled at me very loudly.
in Arlington Heights, IL |
I have been seeing Dr. Bakken for the past four years and have been very happy with the service he provides. He is thorough and has a wealth of experience.
in Elmhurst, IL |
Dr. Bakken is now close to retirement and has given up on trying to achieve good health for his patients. He rushes through visits, does not listen to symptoms, has a terrible bedside manner and is often blatantly rude. Most of his patients are geriatric, and it sickened us so much how he berates them, that it was the final push we needed to find a new primary care physician for our whole family.
Glenview, IL |
Dr. Bakken caught on issue that 3 other doctors had missed, including a specialist.
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Dr. Bakken accepts 9 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
    Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
    Coventry Health America PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • HealthLink
    HealthLink PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Bakken has admitting privileges

Northwest Community Hospital
800 W Central Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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