Dr. Russell Nockels, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 64

Neurosurgery

Dr. Russell Nockels, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Maywood, IL and has over 38 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Nockels has extensive experience in Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago / Stritch School of Medicine medical school in 1984. He is affiliated with Loyola University Medical Center. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Russell Nockels, MD

Loyola University Medical Center

2160 S 1st Ave Maywood, IL 60153 ()
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Professional demeanor with added warmth in his personality. He was confident that he could help my father barring any negative issues concerning his heart or any other issue found in the interim before surgery. I was terrified going in, and walked out with a feeling of hope.
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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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  • Long wait times
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Nancy Bonelli – Oct 08, 2021
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Dr. Nockels operated on my mother at 80 years of age, she had spinal stenosis in the lower spine. The outcome was fabulous, she walked out of the hospital after one week. Her pain level during recovery was low and she regained some strength and balance. When my husband needed surgery for spinal stenosis in his neck Dr. Nockels again did a wonderful job. His recovery has been very good.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Roberta C in Villa Park – May 09, 2018
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I have had cervical and lumbar surgeries performed by Dr Nockels. He is an amazing doctor and so is his PA, Erin Schilling. I received excellent treatment from both of them. They are extremely kind and compassionate. Thanks to them, my back is 100% better. I was in terrible pain prior to surgery. I highly recommend them both. You won’t find a better neurosurgeon!
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Mary Westover in W oodstock, IL – Jan 19, 2018
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After my first visit he ordered many unnecessary tests. After this he resign to do the surgery but before after reviewing my mri's he said I need one. My insurance paid his hospital over 30k for nothing and I waste 3 months of my time. Never recommend to anybody
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  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Martin in Chicago, IL – Nov 30, 2017
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I truly liked him, seemed very concerned, asked questions and listened. Ordered tests and was very thorough. I'm very optimistic he will get to the root of what's going on with me. Very pleased from ladies at check in desk to lab and radiology. Very pleased I came here ????
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  • 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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No results
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Kimberly Salas in Schererville – Aug 18, 2017
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Unwilling to "dig" into complex issues. Dismissive and reliant on old tests (done by other doctors he doesn't know, that were done before onset of symptoms). Does not listen to the patient. Waste of time and money and a frustrating shame. Dr. Nockels really needs to adapt more of an open mind and stay up on current medical literature and findings as it pertains to patients coming to see him.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Jul 14, 2017
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Dr Russ nickel is a great doctor
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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Ahmed ashour in Tinley Park, IL – Jul 07, 2017
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It's been 7 years since my fusion & I still can't walk without pain. I would never go back there.............. I was so drugged I was hallusinating for 3 days. The nurses were terrible & even took my phone away. They never talked to my family or answered their questions. My son-in-law had to stay with me 2 nights. & He sent me home with more Fentynal.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Elgin, IL – Jun 15, 2017
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It only took this wonderful surgeon 1hr to repair the screwed up fusion surgery that Dr Kraus from Memorial Hospital in Decatur did to me! I suffered for 3yrs before I found Dr Nockels and was contemplating using a hand gun as a pain killer. The pain now has subsided to a point where it is tolerable. Thank you Dr Nockels for giving me something to live for again!
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
4 people found this helpful
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Mike Fowler in Sullivan, IL – Mar 17, 2017
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Wonderful physician. Excellent skills combined with a compassionate and caring bedside manner.
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
13 people found this helpful
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Lockport, IL – Oct 27, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Russell Nockels, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Maywood, IL and has over 38 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Nockels has extensive...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1990
NYU Langone Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1988
Queens Sq
Fellowship Hospital
1985
Loyola University Hospital
Internship Hospital
1984
Loyola University of Chicago / Stritch School of Medicine
Medical School
1980
Loyola University Chicago
Undergraduate School
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Dr. Nockels frequently treats Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures. See all practice areas where Dr. Nockels specializes.

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Dr. Nockels' office is located at 2160 S 1st Ave, Maywood, IL 60153. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Nockels

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Nockels treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Nockels treats other conditions, please contact the office at (708) 216-3208.

Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures specialists.

Dr. Nockels is experienced in the area of Spine Disorders & Surgical Procedures. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Check Dr. Nockels' experience treating your condition or procedure

Dr. Nockels' conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Dural Tear
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Torticollis
  • Upper Back Pain

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(708) 216-3208

Dr. Nockels accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
HealthLink
HealthLink PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Preferred PPO
MedHealthInsurance
Medicaid
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

Locations

Loyola University Medical Center

Loyola University Medical Center2160 S 1st Ave Maywood, IL 60153
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