Dr. Richard Fessler, MD

Endovascular Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 57
  
Dr. Fessler
Accepting new patients

Michigan Head & Spine Institute

29275 Northwestern Hwy Ste 100 Southfield, MI 48034

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Dr. Richard Fessler, MD is a Endovascular Neurosurgery Specialist in Southfield, MI and has over 33 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Fessler has more experience with Neurocritical Care than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University of Mi Med Sch medical school in 1987. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield Campus and Ascension Saint John Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Fessler to book an appointment.


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Dr. Fessler accepts the following insurance:

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AvMed
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
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Options PPO
Zurich
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Practice Areas

Neurocritical Care

Neurocritical care specialists diagnose and treat severe and life-threatening neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain tumor, and traumatic brain injuryCompare with other Neurocritical Care specialists.

Typically treats 69% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 4 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Brain Aneurysm
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Fessler treats Brain Aneurysm more than 86% of their peers

Dr. Fessler treats this condition more than 86% of their peers

Cerebral Hemorrhage
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Fessler treats Cerebral Hemorrhage more than 69% of their peers

Dr. Fessler treats this condition more than 69% of their peers

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Fessler treats Subarachnoid Hemorrhage more than 64% of their peers

Dr. Fessler treats this condition more than 64% of their peers

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Dr. Fessler's conditions and procedures:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intracranial Vessel Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenting, Intracranial Vessels
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Torticollis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease

Dr. Fessler's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Fessler

4.3

Based on 67 ratings

5 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
14.925373134328359%
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      Insulting, Arrogant, and disdainful. I would never recommend visiting this doctor to any sane, intelligent person. His staff are FAR more pleasant, helpful, and professional than he. This doctor even dismissed results which had been described in my post-operative documentation as absolutely irrelevant to Him - though they were described as the cause of needing to visit the ER. I cannot urge avoidance of this guy enough. One star only because ZERO Is un-available.
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      John – Jun 23, 2020
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      Dr. Fessler is an outstanding doctor!!! He is likely the most competent doctor in the state - or possibly even the entire country. I had a rather complex medical concern, but nevertheless I felt at ease, knowing that I was in good hands. I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Fessler, and you too can rest assured that his expertise, experience, and dedication to his craft are second to none!!!
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      AC – Jan 22, 2020
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      Best surgeon PERIOD! I had a neck surgery by a very good neurosurgeon before but always had pain afterwards. However after I was told at one look from another neurologist there was nothing wrong on my MRI, Dr.Fessler found things wrong the other didnt. He did a disc replacement and theres hardly a scar! My next day I felt virtually no pain and it's been that way since. I can't thank him enough because he changed my life. Ive had neck pain since 1994. Been going to M.H.S.I. for years they r best!
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      Kurtis Damon in Hazel Park, MI – Dec 07, 2018
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      Dr Fessler has operated on my back twice. Complete trust and admiration for this man. First time he was just a baby, second time was 20 years later. I drove over two hours to go to Dr. Fessler I have referred a family to Dr Fessler for their 10 year old son with an aneurysm and has two procedures and is not doing well, I have urged them to contact Dr. Fessler and I pray that he can help this young man. His name is Scott Lake. Sincerely Vivian Houchins
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      Vivian Houchins in Farwell, MI – Nov 09, 2018
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      Where do I start? Dr. Fessler saved my life. Dr. Fessler is very understanding and listens to his patients. He is an excellent physician.
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      Vanessa S. in Southfield, MI – Feb 21, 2018
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      Dr. Fessler began treating me in April, 1996 and following me after an auto accident in September, 1996. I would and have recommended him to many people. He is highly recognized by his peers and is very knowledgeable in the different aspects of his specialty. He treats each of his patients with the utmost respect and compassion. He has improved my daily activities beyond anything I could have ever expected. There are no words to express how grateful I am for Dr. Fessler.
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      Robin Albright in Lincoln Park, MI 48146 – Jul 14, 2017
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      I went to see him. Very arrogant and rude. Told me my back problems were because of weight. That I should go back in therapy to loose the weight. Went to a different dr. Was diagnosed and going to have surgery because my back is bad.
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      Jennifer H. in Detroit – Jun 26, 2017
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      I had to see Dr. Fessler when I was in St. Johns Providence this past weekend. I found his mannerisms to be very offensive when he called me out of my name. I wouldn't recommend this doctor to any of my friends or family members. If this is how he speaks to patients who have not been given prior knowledge to certain specialists or doctors,it is only a matter of time before his rude behavior gets him into a world of hurt literally and physically.
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      Mr. Hogan in Detroit, MI – Jun 05, 2017
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      I suffered four years with severe migraines and Dr. Fessler diagnosed me with my first visit before he had me get a MRI. He was a wonderful doctor and was very patient listening to me explain what symptoms I had. I has been to many doctors and specialist doctors that never could diagnoses my health situation. Thank you Dr. Fessler!
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      Kimberly in Macomb, MI – May 24, 2017
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      Very professional, compassionate and competent. Wouldn't have anyone else work on me!
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      Grosse Pointe, MI – May 24, 2017
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      Dr. Fessler is an excellent Dr. I would not be alive today without him
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      Linda Ludke in Clarkston, MI – May 23, 2017
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      When you have an unusual condition, you want the best - that's Dr. Fessler. He's clearly one of the leaders in his field. I really liked his consultative, informative, pragmatic approach. I felt like I could ask any question and get a clear answer. He's in demand, so sometimes appointments are booked a bit out, but he's worth waiting for. I had a follow-up issue after surgery on Christmas Eve and he came by the hospital ER to check on me despite been over an hour away. Dr. Fessler is the best!
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      Sean H. in Chelsea, MI – Jan 27, 2017
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      I was referred to Dr. Fessler by my PCP and tried to get appointment. They have cancelled and rescheduled three times. I could be 6 feet under by the time I get in to see him. 3 months for an appointment and he is the only physician in the practice that does this kind of appointment.
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      DR. Fessler is a very compassionate doctor. He easy to talk to and explains procedures in detail. He is a very experienced surgeon. Rod had an anterior cervical fusion and everything is going fine. He kept me informed and also called me after surgery to update me on his condition. I work in the medical field and it is very refreshing to have a Dr. that is so caring. I would recommend him to my friends and family. Thanks again, Denise Kennedy
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      Linda936 in Southfield, MI – Oct 26, 2016
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      Devin962 in Southfield, MI – Oct 16, 2016
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      I am very satisfied with the results of my surgery. I am back to my normal life.
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      He cares about each patients needs. Your not a number or an amount written on a deposit slip. He's honest with diagnoses & asks you what you think, what your ready for, & expresses what's needed to save your quality of life. He's been my neurologist since 2008, coiled aneurysm which should have taken my life in 2008, and surgically clipped 5 more in 2009, had strokes during surgery. But his knowledge and eloquent professionalism saved my life. I thank him........hugz R Hawkins
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      About Me

      Dr. Fessler's approach to patient care is compassionate and direct in explaining conditions or treatments to patients. Providing patients with the best information possible means constantly staying updated on the latest research and techniques, which...Read more

      Specialties

      • Endovascular Neurosurgery
      • Cerebrovascular Disorders
      • Neurosurgery

      Board Certifications

      Education

      Nagoya School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan
      Fellowship Hospital
      State University Of New York At Buffalo
      Fellowship Hospital
      1995
      Harper University Hospital
      Residency Hospital
      1988
      Detroit Receiving Hospital
      Internship Hospital
      1987
      University of Mi Med Sch
      Medical School

      Languages

      • Japanese
      • English

      Awards

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      Locations

      Michigan Head & Spine Institute

      Southfield29275 Northwestern Hwy Ste 100 Southfield, MI 48034
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      Michigan Head & Spine Institute

      St. John Providence Health System22201 Moross Rd Detroit, MI 48236
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      Michigan Head & Spine Insttitute

      Michigan Head & Spine Insttitute25500 Meadowbrook Rd Ste 250 Novi, MI 48375
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      • Call
      • Fax
      • Hours
        • Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm
        • Tue: 9:00am - 5:00pm
        • Wed: 11:00am - 4:00pm
        • Thu: 9:00am - 5:00pm
        • Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm
        • Sat: closed
        • Sun: closed
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      Affiliated Hospitals

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      Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield Campus

      Southfield, MI

      70% Patient experience rating, 1% higher than the national average

      • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
      • America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
      • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019, 2018)

      Ascension Saint John Hospital

      Detroit, MI

      64% Patient experience rating, 5% lower than the national average

      Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills

      Farmington Hills, MI

      66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

      • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)

      Children's Hospital Of Michigan

      Detroit, MI

      DMC Huron Valley - Sinai Hospital

      Commerce Township, MI

      71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

      DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital

      Detroit, MI

      53% Patient experience rating, 16% lower than the national average

      • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019)

      Harper University Hospital

      Detroit, MI

      66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

      Hurley Medical Center

      Flint, MI

      67% Patient experience rating, 2% lower than the national average

      Mclaren Macomb

      Mount Clemens, MI

      63% Patient experience rating, 6% lower than the national average

      • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)