Dr. Robert Kern, MD

Dr. Robert Kern, MD

Ear, Nose, and ThroatMaleAge 61

Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(312) 574-3157

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Dr. Robert Kern, MD is a Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist in Chicago, IL and has over 36 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Kern has more experience with Upper Respiratory Conditions and Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University medical school in 1985. He is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Kern to book an appointment.


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Northwestern Medical Group

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(312) 574-3157
Northwestern Medical Group675 N Saint Clair St Ste 15-200 Chicago, IL 60611
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  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Kern

4.2

Based on 29 ratings

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What went well
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  • Appointment scheduling (24)
  • Staff friendliness (24)
What could be improved
  • Didn't explain conditions well (6)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (5)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (4)
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Dr. Kern was very professional and quick. He spotted the problem with his extra long nose scope immediately. Dr. Kern performed the surgery and I’m breathing much better.
What went well
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Russ Harper – Aug 12, 2020
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He explained very clearly what was needed and why. I needed surgery, which went well and for which I felt thoroughly prepared. The staff answered my questions before and after promptly and in a friendly manner. He is rather short (not necessarily unfriendly) in his answers, but he still listened to my questions and then answered them to my satisfaction. Overall a positive and minimally unpleasant experience from exam through surgery and post-op recovery.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Dr. Kern and his team were professional, informative, and efficient. They identified and addressed next steps quickly and took the time to educate me and the condition. Post-surgery follow up and communication has been great and I feel more confident in my ability to hopefully keep my condition under control with the assistnace of Dr. Kern and his team.
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Alex – Mar 12, 2020
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After a brief exam and CT scan Dr. Kern told me what I suspected and that surgery would help. He was confident and terse enough to inspire confidence but humble enough to only promise a 98% chance of a significant improvement. Turns out he was right, two weeks after surgery I can breathe like never before. Recovery was made better by being in constant contact with his staff through an app, quite reassuring with some of the things that come out of your nose post-op.
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Steven S – Mar 05, 2020
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Like the fact that he took the additional time to answer all my questions and even my wife's.
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Feb 04, 2020
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Dr Kern is a very nice man. He values my thoughts as his patient, and he addresses every concern.
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
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Jan 30, 2020
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Dr. Kern and his staff were very thoughtful and thorough in explaining my treatment options and the surgery was very effective.
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
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Dec 26, 2019
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Top Notch Doctor with an ease & calmness that takes all the patients worries away.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Keith Heffernan – Jul 11, 2019
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Dr. Kern’s knowledge and expertise in his field is outstanding. He is an excellent surgeon and I am extremely grateful to have found him.
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Julia in Champaign, IL – Mar 14, 2019
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Dr Kern is expert regarding sinus treatment and surgery related. I’m very confident he’s 100 percent the best at what he does.
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Don Burgett – Feb 15, 2018
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He has great. I highly recommend Dr Kern.
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Joe Czerkies – Dec 21, 2017
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Dr. Kern is truly on of the best when it comes to sinus issues. He's performed two surgeries on me over 7 years and thouroughly explains the severity of my sinusitis. He is also always up to date on the newest treatment options and studies available to help better treat my issues. I highly recommend Dr. Kern!
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Chicago, IL – Jun 08, 2017
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Went for a routine check on a nasal issue, got an xray and a look in the nose, and a bill for over $2700! Also charged for two doctors to review an xray that was reviewed in office and concluded then that there were no problems? That is insane and needless to say I am fighting it. I walked out with a little pack of topical antibiotic. This is gouging and this is precisely what is wrong with the health care system.
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Kern

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Kern treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Kern treats other conditions, please contact the office at (312) 695-8182.

Upper Respiratory Conditions

Upper respiratory specialists diagnose and treat conditions such as infections, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and whooping cough (pertussis) that affect the upper part of the respiratory system, including the nasal passages, larynx, and lungs.Compare with other Upper Respiratory Conditions specialists.

Dr. Kern typically treats 69% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 9 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Chronic Sinusitis
Sinusitis
Acute Tonsillitis
Allergic Rhinitis
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery

Ear, nose and throat care surgeons treat conditions affecting those areas through procedures such as tonsilectomy, adenoidectomy, myringotomy (ear tubes), and sinus surgery.Compare with other Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery specialists.

Dr. Kern typically treats 65% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 10 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Dr. Kern's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Acute Laryngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • Adenoidectomy
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergies
  • Allergy Testing
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Nose
  • Caldwell-Luc Procedure
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Congenital Nasal Deformity
  • Cough
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • ENT Cancer
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Facial Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngitis
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Nosebleed
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Revision Surgery
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Sinus Infections
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sinusitis
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smell and Taste Disorders
  • Sore Throat
  • Sphenoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Tinnitus
  • TMJ
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis

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Dr. Kern accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna Better Health
Aetna Choice (Aetna HealthFund) POS II
Aetna HMO
Aetna Savings Plus of AZ
Aetna Student Health
Aexcel Choice POS
Aexcel Choice POS II
Aexcel Elect Choice (Open Access) EPO
Choice Plus POS II
Elect Choice
Limited Benefits Insurance Plan PPO
Open Access Aetna Select
Open Access Aetna Select (Aetna HealthFund)
Open Access Elect Choice
Premier Care Network
Select
Traditional Choice
Value Performance Network
Voluntary Group Medical Plan
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Beech Street (Multiplan)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Advantage PPO
Blue Card PPO
Blue Choice PPO
Blue HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Choice Fund
Choice Fund Open Access Plus
Cigna EPO
Cigna Healthcare of Illinois HMO
Cigna HMO
Cigna POS
Cigna PPO
Global Health Benefits
LocalPlus
Network POS
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Shared Administration
Cofinity
Coventry Health Care
Coventry Health America PPO
Coventry Health Care of Illinois
Coventry Health Care of Illinois HMO
Coventry Health Care of Illinois POS
Coventry Health Care of Illinois PPO
Health and Life PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Galaxy Health Network
HAP Insurance
Health Alliance PPO
Health Alliance
HealthLink
HealthLink HMO
HealthLink PPO
HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
Interplan Health Group
HFN
HFN EPO
HFN PPO
Humana
Choice
Choice Care
Choice Care POS
Choice Care PPO
Commercial EPO
EPO PPO Open Access
HCPS Open Access Coverage EPO
HMO Premier HMO
Humana EPO
National POS
National POS – Open Access POS
National Preferred PPO
Imagine Health
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Priority Health
Priority PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice
Choice Plus
Choice Plus PPO
Options
Select Plus Gold PPO
Select Plus HMO
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

About Me

Care Philosophy

"Better people means better experiences. Our care team is committed to delivering results that change lives." 

Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Education

1991
National Institutes Of Health
Fellowship Hospital
1990
Wayne State University Affiliated Hospitals
Residency Hospital
1986
Wayne St Affil Hosps
Internship Hospital
1985
Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University
Medical School

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Robert Kern, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (312) 574-3157, and for other questions, call (312) 695-8182.

Does Dr. Robert Kern, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Kern has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Robert Kern, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Robert Kern, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Kern's profile to make an appointment.

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What are Dr. Robert Kern, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Kern frequently treats Upper Respiratory Conditions and Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery. See all practice areas where Dr. Kern specializes.

Where is Dr. Robert Kern, MD's office located?

Dr. Kern's office is located at 675 N Saint Clair St Ste 15-200, Chicago, IL 60611. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Chicago, IL

81% Patient experience rating, 12% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)