Dr. Thomas Palella, MD

Dr. Thomas Palella, MD

Rheumatology  |  
Male  |  
Age 66
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Thomas Palella, MD is a rheumatology doctor who practices in Des Plaines, IL. He is 66 years old and has been practicing for 41 years.

150 N River Rd Ste 270

Des Plaines, IL 60016

Contact Information

(847) 298-8470

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

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very high
more than 99% of peers
Psoriatic Arthritis
very high
more than 97% of peers
Autoimmune Diseases
very high
more than 95% of peers

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  • Rheumatology

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Rheumatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Classic Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylosis
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vasculitis
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Bone Density Scan
  • Joint Drainage
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Paracentesis
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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.


  • University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • Michael Reese Hospital and Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
  • University Of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers University Of Michigan Health System
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Palella has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Russian

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Palella's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Palella to family and friends
based on 25 total reviews (6 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (25)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Palella's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (6)

Park Ridge, IL |
Office staff is a nightmare to deal with. Dr. Palella uses humor to mask incompetency. I was happy initially, but as time went on I saw/felt the truth. Sad a really nice gentleman, but not worth a day off work to see. Average appointment length of time 6-8 hours, including waiting.
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Chicago, IL |
Dr Palella is amazing. Yes it's not easy to get an appointment and yes you may wait the day you see him. Dr Palella will spend as much time as needed with each patient and treats the whole patient not just a specific symptom. I've seen a few other rheumatologist and he is by far my favorite!...more
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in Hoffman Estates, IL |
A caring, compassionate and considerate doctor is hard to find--especially if you have rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Palella meets all these expectations. I've been seeing him for years and would never consider looking elsewhere. I recommend him highly.
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in Mount Prospect il |
This review is not about doctor Palella's credibility but about his office overall. When called I was put on hold for 10min and forgotten about. Finally was able to get onto appt schedule only after a month. After arriving to my appointment I was waiting for an hour to get into the room. This...more
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in Vernon Hills, IL |
My experience has been helping my daughter to get her medical records. The doctor is good. His staff and office management is horrible. She always had to wait for her appointments and sometimes hours. She switched doctors was told she had to pay for her records and it would be 30 days to get...more
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Hospitals where Dr. Palella has admitting privileges

Northwest Community Hospital
800 W Central Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
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