Dr. Richard Fessler, MD

Dr. Richard Fessler, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
65 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Richard Fessler, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Chicago, IL and has been practicing for 35 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
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Priority Health

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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 99% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 93% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Fessler "The evolution I've seen in spine surgery has been nothing short of spectacular. Our results, in general, have improved by using minimally invasive technique - compared to using our open surgical techniques that we used 20 years ago. For example, when I did open surgery, my clinic was filled with patients who had what we called failed back syndrome. They had surgery, it was theoretically successful, but they didn't feel good. They hurt just as much. I don't have a clinic like that anymore. By and large, my patients in clinic are very happy. That means we're doing a better job. One of the most pleasant and rewarding parts of being a neurosurgeon is to be able to sit down with someone who has a real problem, find out what that problem is, show them how it can be helped, show them their X-rays, show them why their X-rays match what their problem is, and why that gives them a very good chance of getting an excellent result with surgery."
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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

40  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • 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
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11  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.


  • University Of Chicago/The Pritzker School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • University Chgo
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • University Chgo
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Chicago Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Fessler has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Fessler's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Fessler to family and friends
26 total reviews (7 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (26)

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Dr. Fessler'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 (7)

All of my encounters with Dr. Fessler and his staff have been professional and informative. I found that he was very reassuring when discussing my surgery, He has a great bedside manner. My surgery went well, and I can barely see my neck incision.
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Addendum to review July 2016. I needed an ACDF it went very wrong. Fessler managed to paralyze a vocal cord I was readmitted 4 days later couldn't talk, drink or breathe. He saw me in hosp yet chose to not tell me what happened saying not to see an ENT - saw one anyway. At 1 yr follow up all he...more
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Horrible Laminectomy L4/5 at Northwestern - 8.28.09 and I had the worst possible outcome. With spinal canal tear (blood patched in surgery ) I was sent to recovery without a catheter - offered a bedpan or to pee that bed due th need to lie flat due to the tear. Never had post-surgery CT for bad...more
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I didn't care for this Dr at all, he seems arrogant and talks down to his patients. My insurance made me see him & he tried to contradict the few Dr's I've seen previously, 1 Dr. who is a top 10 specialist in the US. Then he completed the papers for my insurance saying I was faking vertigo, kind of...more
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he save my life ,that's what I can say about this rite now ,I will never let any other docter do anything to my back or neck I just want to thank him so much
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