Dr. Thomas Palella, MD


Rheumatology | Male

Rheumatic Disease Center 150 N River Rd Ste 270 Des Plaines, IL 60016 Get Directions
Dr. Thomas Palella, MD
Dr. Thomas Palella, MD is a rheumatology doctor who practices in Des Plaines, IL. He is 66 years old and has been practicing for 40 years. Dr. Palella is affiliated with Northwest Community Hospital.

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    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
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! Completely worth the wait!
in Chicago , IL |
I've been looking for answers for years, at least 16 years. Mind you I'm pretty young and doctors kept telling me everything is in my head and I had fibromyalgia. Nothing helped and I just kept getting sick, having severe pain. Just going through hell with no one willing to help. 5 minutes into our first appointment Dr. Palella helped me. I love him he's smart, kind and extremely caring. You will wait for an appointment and you will wait the day of your appointment, but it worth every second.
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.
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 office and the doctor are so not respecful to other peoples time. When I asked, they were saying doctor is busy, he's behind, he'soverbooked. Only excuses. I'm sorry but all of us are busy.Disrespectful!!
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 them. It is now over 60 days and we are still waiting. They are her records and she is paying for them. Release them.
in Lake Bluff, IL |
Gentleman, Kind, intelligent,great guy. made my better just knowing him.
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  •  Specializes in Rheumatology
  •  Board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Behçet's Disease
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Classic Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Juvenile Chronic Arthritis
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR)
  • Polymyositis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vasculitis
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis


  • Medical School
    University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago

    Graduated in 1977

  • Internship Hospital
    Michael Reese Hospital and Med Center

    Completed in 1978

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers University Of Michigan Health System
  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Russian

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  • Rheumatology

Procedures Performed

  • Bone Density Scan
  • Joint Drainage
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate