Dr. Puneet Opal, MD

Dr. Puneet Opal, MD

Neurology  ·  
Male  ·  
50 y/o

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Dr. Puneet Opal, MD is a neurology specialist in Chicago, IL and has been practicing for 19 years. He specializes in neurology.Read his story

Northwestern Medical Group

675 N Saint Clair St Ste 20-100

Chicago, IL 60611
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • UniCare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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more than 30% of peers
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more than 15% of peers

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Dr. Opal's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Opal "Dr. Puneet Opal is a Professor of Neurology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He holds additional faculty appointments in the department of Cell and Molecular Biology and the Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Opal runs a neurological practice focusing on movement disorders and disorders of the cerebellum. Dr. Opal's research laboratory is dedicated to understanding neurodegenerative diseases. His focus is on elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying genetic movement disorders, including ataxias, dystonias and Parkinson disease. His research encompasses both basic and translational science to develop new therapeutic avenues. He has received research awards from the NIH, the American Cancer Society, the National Ataxia Foundation, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, and the Brain Research Foundation. He is a director of the Northwestern University Physician Scientist Training Program and an elected member of the American Neurological Association and the American Society of Clinical Investigators. Dr. Opal is a board-certified neurologist and trained in Parkinson's and Movement Disorders. The most common movement disorders he sees are cerebellar disorders (ataxias), Parkinson's disease, gait disorders, tremors, atypical parkinsonism, tardive dyskinesia, and tic disorders. He has extensive clinical and research experience with these conditions, and works with a multidisciplinary team of experts which includes a clinical nurse, social worker, genetic counselor, and rehabilitation team. He has extensive experience performing botulinum toxin ("botox") injections for various conditions including dystonia, spasticity, facial spasms, and migraines."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Opal "We aim to promote health, education and support for those affected by diseases and to conduct pre-clinical and clinical research to extend the knowledge and treatment of movement disorders."

1  Specialties

  • Neurology

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurology
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

77  Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Antalgic Gait
  • Ataxia
  • Atypical Parkinsonism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Dystonia
  • Chorea (Excluding Huntington's Chorea)
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Concussion
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Genetic Diseases
  • Headache
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Migraine
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Multiple System Atrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Myopathic Gait
  • Neurogenetic Disorders
  • Neuro-Ophthalmological Disorders
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Parkinsonism
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyneuropathy Due to Alcohol and Drugs
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rasmussen's Syndrome
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Scissoring Gait
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spastic Gait
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia
  • Steppage Gait
  • Stroke
  • Syncope
  • Tardive Dyskinesia
  • Thrombosis
  • Tic Disorders
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo
  • Wilson's Disease


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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.


  • Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College (India)
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Opal has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hindi

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Opal's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Opal to family and friends
4 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (4)

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  • 1

Dr. Opal'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 (1)

Excellent and very personable doctor. Really helped my condition.
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