Dr. John O'Toole, MD

Dr. John O'Toole, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
46 y/o

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Dr. John O'Toole, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Chicago, IL and has been practicing for 19 years. He specializes in neurosurgery.

University Neurosurgery

1725 W Harrison St Ste 855

Chicago, IL 60612
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Priority Health

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Top Care Areas

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Herniated Disc Surgery
very high
more than 90% of peers
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
very high
more than 90% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 90% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. O'Toole "The primary goals for much of what I do, in terms of the surgical treatment of spinal diseases, is trying to relieve pain and restore function. Most effective treatments that we can apply are geared towards helping people manage their pain and improve their pain levels, and ultimately improve their quality of life. Surgery is invasive by definition. And the more we've been able to reduce the invasiveness of surgery, the better the outcomes have been for patients, the shorter the recovery times, less blood loss, and overall likely lower pain levels associated with the surgeries that we perform. There's a lot of misconceptions about spine surgery, and the effects on patients, and their long-term health and well-being. Patients who are properly selected for spinal surgery can do extraordinarily well with very high success rates for most of the disease we treat."
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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

0  Board Certifications

Dr. O'Toole does not have any board certifications listed.

52  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
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16  Procedures

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.


  • Harvard Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1999
  • Ny and Presby Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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What People Say About Dr. John O'Toole, MD
Had a laminectomy and fusion back in December 17. The whole staff including the hospital staff was wonderful. I would definitely recommend them.
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Patti in Illinois – Feb 26, 2018
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My husband was diagnosed with a lipoma in his spine and a tethered spinal cord. We consulted with several different neurosurgeons before we met with Dr. Otoole and knew instantly he was the right guy for the job. He knew exactly what needed to be done and had the experience to do it. We had felt so...Read More
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Bolingbrook, IL – Jul 02, 2017
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Dr OToole was recommended by some other elderly patients for my 89 year mother with excruciating bsck pain- 9 out of 10 pain. 6 weeks later with PT and limited pain management she is 2-3 on the pain scale. Putting an 89 year old in for limited back surgery was a big decision but a good one! She is...Read More
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Doris Bennett in Chicago, IL – Nov 16, 2016
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This was my first visit with Dr O'Toole I found him to be very conforting to me concerning my condition. I was afraid but it made me feel very calm and so did his nurse and staff. I have visited other neurosurgeons in the past years but Dr. O'Toole was so different and patient with me as a...Read More
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barbara bell in chicago il – Jun 29, 2016
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Dr O Toole removed a spinal cord tumor for me in July 2015. He was excellent and his bedside manner was great. Excellent results! I was in good hands all along and I'm a walking testament to that..,less than 6 months post surgery, I was back to most of my normal activities. I have 3 kids under 5...Read More
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Jessica in Chicago, IL – Jan 23, 2016
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