Dr. Russell Nockels, MD

Dr. Russell Nockels, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 60
Dr. Russell Nockels, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Maywood, IL and has been practicing for 30 years. He graduated from Loyola University Of Chicago / Stritch School Of Medicine in 1984 and specializes in neurosurgery, neurological spine reconstructive surgery, and more.

2160 S 1st Ave

Maywood, IL 60153

Contact Information

(708) 216-3208

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • HealthLink
  • Humana
  • MedHealthInsurance
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
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Top Care Areas

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Spine Deformities
very high
more than 97% of peers
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more than 96% of peers
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more than 94% of peers

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3  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Nockels does not have any board certifications listed.

43  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
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12  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.


  • Loyola University Chicago
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • Loyola University Of Chicago / Stritch School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • Loyola University Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • New York University Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Queens Sq
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Nockels has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Nockels has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Nockels' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nockels to family and friends
20 total reviews (9 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (20)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Nockels' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    31 to 45 minutes

Patient Comments (9)

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...more
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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...more
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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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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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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...more
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