Dr. Jonathan Citow, MD

Dr. Jonathan Citow, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 51
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Jonathan Citow, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Libertyville, IL. He is 51 years old and has been practicing for 25 years.

712 S Milwaukee Ave

Libertyville, IL 60048

Contact Information

(847) 362-1848

Insurance Accepted

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

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Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
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more than 99% of peers
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  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • 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
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Paracentesis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities

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 Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago
    Medical School | Graduated 1992
  • University Of Colorado Health Services Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Chicago Hospitals
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Citow has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Citow's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Citow to family and friends
based on 56 total reviews (14 with comments)
Dr. Citow'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 (14)
in Grayslake, IL |
Helped find thank you he correct diagnosis and recommended a treatment that really has changed the quality of my life for better.
in Lake Zurich, IL |
Overall a tremendous experience. He cares and complete fixed my problem. Had he not persisted with additional tests, it would have gone undetected.
in Barrington, IL |
Dr. Sitow clearly explained my back problem while reviewing the MRI and gave me comfort with his confidence in relieving my back pain. I feel almost no pain at all after surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Sitow.
in Gurnee, IL |
My experience with Dr. Citow has been excellent & I highly recommend him. During my initial appointment, Dr. Citow was very thorough after reviewing my MRI. We discussed all the other non surgical options I had already attempted & they were unsuccessful. The only remaining option was a lumbar fusion of my L4, L5 & S1. After I watched the video on my surgery, I called with several questions & Dr. Citow took the necessary time I needed to answer all my questions which allowed me to move forward.
in Kenosha, WI |
Dr Citow has performed a cervical neck fusion and a low back micro discectomy, both of which were VERY SUCCESSFUL!!! I had both procedures done at Condell Medical Hospital in Libertyville, IL I highly recommend Dr Citow....
in Inverness, Illinois |
Tremendous neurosurgeon!! Did a cervical fusion and I was driving in a week, back to work in four days . An incredible professional with a compassionate bedside manner. Do not think of anyone else.......and I havehad numerous other surgeries!!!
in Chicagoland |
About 10 years ago I went to Dr. Citow for a lower back surgery and was back to work in about a week. The procedure he used left left me with minimum scars and a faster healing process. Dr. Citow made me feel confidence in him from beginning to end through the whole process. I recommend him to any one. Ray B
in Lake Villa, IL |
I lost feeling in left leg and had a shooting Pain. Day after surgery I was up and walking..Thank you doc!!
in Ingelside, Illinois |
L-2 thru S-1 fusions. Fantastic Dr. Citow and to his staff. He found extra Spurs on my spine and spent extra hour to grind down all of them to make sure surface was flat for fusions. I rate 5 stars and higher and would never go to anyone else.
in Lake Villa, IL |
Dr. Jonathan Citow has made a difference in the quality of my life. Before he did surgery on my back I couldn't do the full recovery necessary for my hip replaceplaments. After seeing him and going through the very necessary fusion of my lumbar region. He did L1-L5.I recovered really well from the surgery once we went through all the necessary steps. He took excellent care of me. Before I knew I I was walking again without pain! I would recommend him to others and have they were happy with him!
in Deerfield, IL |
Do you want the best spine surgeon in the Mid Wesg and possibly America? Then call the man. Best thing I have ever done!
in Mundelein, IL |
Was recommended by my family doctor. After 2 MRI had three appointments with him. He reviewed my condition and advised surgery. On my appointments I asked him show me on my body where you will perform surgery. The doctor did not touch my body but pointed to a statue and advised me to set appointment for surgery. How can I trust the doctor who can't listen or answer a very simple question! touch my back where you will perform surgery?
in Libertyville, IL |
He gave my mother MRSA during a lumbar fusion and she is in the hospital a 2nd time. He has not reached out to her since, only has staff contact her.
in Waukegan, IL |
It was a lonnnggg office wait, however when I met Dr. Citow he apologized immediately, and was very cordial, lol we also had M*A*S*H in common (Hawkeye), since I was a HUGE fan of the show I barraged him with Hawkeye questions, and he got them ALL! So much for my crown of knowledge about the show, lol. He was my second opinion, my surgery from start to finish took 6 hours. Simply put? He's the best, and LOL he's KNOWS it, but he IS.
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Dr. Citow accepts 9 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Preferred Plus POS
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • 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

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Hospitals where Dr. Citow has admitting privileges

Advocate Condell Medical Center
801 S Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville, IL 60048
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Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
450 W Il Route 22
Barrington, IL 60010
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Centegra Hospital - McHenry
4201 W Medical Center Dr
McHenry, IL 60050
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Evanston Hospital
2650 Ridge Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
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Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
660 N Westmoreland Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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Vista Medical Center East
1324 N Sheridan Rd
Waukegan, IL 60085
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