Dr. Chad Abernathey, MD

Dr. Chad Abernathey, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 61
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Chad Abernathey, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Cedar Rapids, IA. He is 61 years old and has been practicing for 34 years.

701 10th St SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Contact Information

(319) 221-8570

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HAP Insurance
  • Humana
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

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Low Back Pain
more than 14% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
more than 5% of peers

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  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Bone Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Vascular Disease


  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Spinal Nerve Block

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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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.


  • R J & Lucille Carver Coll Med Univ Of Ia
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • Mayo Clinic-Rochester
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Abernathey has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Abernathey's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Abernathey to family and friends
based on 30 total reviews (8 with comments)
Dr. Abernathey'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 (8)
in Beijing |
My review is 100%. I am American but am living in China. I came all the way home for Dr. Abernathy's surgery. He was SPOT ON what needed to be fixed with my back even though it didn't concur with the doctor in China. He spoke with me, he gave me options and I thoroughly trusted him. He was honest and lovely and if I could recommend everyone who needs this type of surgery to him, I would.
in Ottumwa Iowa |
I went to Dr. Abernathy in 2014 for L4 andL5 surgery. I did great! I recently injured that area again. I'm on my way to get another consultation today 5-07-2017. Will need surgery again I'm sure. This is the Dr. I want to do it.
Iowa City, IA |
Dr Abernathey exhibits a high level of competence however he doesn't ask many questions, and you have to pry to get information from him. I trust his analysis but really wish he wouldn't have moved on so quickly without conversing more thoroughly.
in Bellevue, Ia |
He did a good surgery but I should of been told to rest more...I was injured very easily after 3 weeks and the surgery was a bust ...been suffering ever since. Patients really need rest and to stay put. I was simply injured terribly by someone grabbing my hand and twisting my back. It totally reversed everything the doctor did. I was heartbroken. Would of liked him to tell me more the dangers of surgery too.
Birmingham, AL |
All I can say is that I have never been to a more worthless so called Dr. in all my life !
in Pella, IA |
I have had 2 surgery's preformed by Dr. Chad Abernathy, both were complete successes, he has an excellent bedside manner and I can live very pain free today because of his expertise, both of my surgeries were disc/spine issues, both issues had disabled me, I will ever be grateful to him and the entire staff of Cedar Rapids Mercy.
in Rock Island, IL |
Exceptional surgeon in every regard. He has extensive experience in neck surgery. I had two herniated disks -c5/c6 and c6/c7 - resulting in excruciating arm pain. Another surgeon recomended fusion. Got second opinion from dr abernathey who recomended replacing c6/c/7. Surgery was a complete success. Immediate and full relief following surgery. There are no other surgeons in Iowan that have the level of experience he has which is critical to successful treatment.
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa |
Dr A is one of the most personable, warm, and funny doctors I'very every met. He has excellent credentials. He went to great lengths to explain every aspect of of my care to me and my husband. He's performed surgery on me 3 times. One day surgeries. Excellent results. I would recommend him highly to anyone needing spinal care.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Abernathey accepts 7 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • HAP Insurance
    Health Alliance PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
    Alliance Select

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Hospitals where Dr. Abernathey has admitting privileges

Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids
701 10th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
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