Dr. Richard Fessler, MD

Endovascular NeurosurgeryMaleAge 58

Dr. Fessler
Accepting new patients

Michigan Head & Spine Insttitute

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 34 years of experience in the medical field. 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 is affiliated with Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield Campus Southfield, a highly rated hospital.

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Dr. Fessler's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Fessler treats Cerebral Artery Thrombosis more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Fessler treats this condition more than 85% of his peers

Brain Aneurysm
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Fessler treats Brain Aneurysm more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Fessler treats this condition more than 85% of his peers

Stroke
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Fessler treats Stroke more than 84% of his peers

Dr. Fessler treats this condition more than 84% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acute Stroke
  • Anterior Spinal Artery Syndrome
  • Bilateral Stroke
  • Brainstem Strokes

Dr. Fessler's conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Carotid Artery Stent Placement
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Fessler accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
AvMed
Open Access
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Blue Care Network PCP Focus Network
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Cofinity
Dimension Health
Worker's Compensation
HAP Insurance
Health Alliance PPO
Medicare Advantage PPO
Senior Plus HMO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Gold HMO
Tricare
McLaren Health Plan
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Priority Health
Medicare Advantage HMO
Priority Health PPO
Priority PPO
State Farm
Tricare
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO
Zurich
Cofinity

Dr. Fessler's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Fessler

4.3

Based on 67 ratings

5 Stars
76.11940298507463%
(51)
4 Stars
7.462686567164179%
(5)
3 Stars
0%
(0)
2 Stars
1.492537313432836%
(1)
1 Star
14.925373134328359%
(10)
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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.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
1 person found this helpful
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John – Jun 23, 2020
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!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
9 people found this helpful
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AC – Jan 22, 2020
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!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Kurtis Damon in Hazel Park, MI – Dec 07, 2018
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
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
5 people found this helpful
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Vivian Houchins in Farwell, MI – Nov 09, 2018
Where do I start? Dr. Fessler saved my life. Dr. Fessler is very understanding and listens to his patients. He is an excellent physician.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Vanessa S. in Southfield, MI – Feb 21, 2018
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.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Robin Albright in Lincoln Park, MI 48146 – Jul 14, 2017
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.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
1 person found this helpful
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Jennifer H. in Detroit – Jun 26, 2017
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.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
3 people found this helpful
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Mr. Hogan in Detroit, MI – Jun 05, 2017
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!
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Kimberly in Macomb, MI – May 24, 2017
Very professional, compassionate and competent. Wouldn't have anyone else work on me!
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Grosse Pointe, MI – May 24, 2017
Dr. Fessler is an excellent Dr. I would not be alive today without him
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
No results
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Linda Ludke in Clarkston, MI – May 23, 2017
Arrogant and rude!
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
4 people found this helpful
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May 09, 2017
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!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Sean H. in Chelsea, MI – Jan 27, 2017
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.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
3 people found this helpful
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gray in CLINTON TWP – Jan 25, 2017
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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
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Denise Kennedy in Pinconning, Michigan – Jan 12, 2017
Very caring and his confidence inspired my confidence in a good outcome.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Linda936 in Southfield, MI – Oct 26, 2016
Excellent.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Devin962 in Southfield, MI – Oct 16, 2016
I am very satisfied with the results of my surgery. I am back to my normal life.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Morgan00 in Southfield, MI – Oct 15, 2016
Good doctor with pleasant attitude.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Erin42464 in Southfield, MI – Apr 22, 2016
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
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Renee Hawkins in Memphis, MI – Mar 25, 2016

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About Me

Care Philosophy

Dr. Fessler's approach to patient care is compassionate and direct in explaining conditions or treatments to patients. Providing patients with the best...Read more

Biography

Dr. Richard Fessler specializes in complex vascular abnormalities of the brain, neck and spinal cord. He has been the leader in stroke and aneurysm care...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

  • English
  • Japanese

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Dr. Richard Fessler, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Fessler frequently treats Cerebral Artery Thrombosis, Brain Aneurysm, and Stroke. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Fessler treats.

Where is Dr. Richard Fessler, MD's office located?

Dr. Fessler's office is located at 29275 Northwestern Hwy Ste 100, Southfield, MI 48034. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Fessler speaks Japanese and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

Michigan Head & Spine Insttitute

Michigan Head & Spine Insttitute29275 Northwestern Hwy Ste 100 Southfield, MI 48034
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    • Mon: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 9:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Fessler is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield Campus

Southfield, MI

70% Patient Experience Rating, 1% higher than the national average

23 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2021)

Ascension Saint John Hospital

Detroit, MI

66% Patient Experience Rating, 3% lower than the national average

Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills

Farmington Hills, MI

67% Patient Experience Rating, 2% lower than the national average

3 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

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

52% Patient Experience Rating, 17% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019)

Harper University Hospital

Detroit, MI

66% Patient Experience Rating, 3% lower than the national average

4 Awards Received

Hurley Medical Center

Flint, MI

65% Patient Experience Rating, 4% lower than the national average

Mclaren Macomb

Mount Clemens, MI

63% Patient Experience Rating, 6% lower than the national average

7 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)