Dr. Todd Alexander, MD
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Neurosurgery | Male

OrthoIllinois 5875 E Riverside Blvd Rockford, IL 61114 Get Directions

Biography

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you more about myself and my experience in healthcare. I am a Rockford native and alumnus of Guilford High School in Rockford. Following graduation I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where I earned the Distinguished Cadet Star Award - an honor only bestowed on the top 5% of the class. I pursued further higher education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where I earned my Bachelor's degree with High Distinction in the double majors of chemistry and philosophy. I continued my graduate studies and earned my masters in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois in Chicago before entering Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri – one of the top medical centers in the country. Upon graduation from medical school, I completed my residency training program at University of Chicago Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois before returning to Rockford to establish my neurosurgery practice. For 20 years I treated the neurosurgical needs of adult and pediatric patients in the northern Illinois region as a private practitioner, where I earned my reputation for excellent outcomes, personalized service, and pioneering important medical firsts in our community, including: •First awake craniotomy for brain tumor resection •First artificial cervical and artificial lumbar disc implantations •First endoscopic brain surgery •First implantation of a programmable ventriculoperitoneal shunt for hydrocephalus •First to utilize intraoperative angiography for cerebral aneurysm surgery •First to perform intracranial thrombolysis for intraventricular hemorrhage Now, as part of the OrthoIllinois organization, I bring that same commitment to treating disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves by utilizing the most advanced proven techniques and providing the highest quality care for my patients. Thank you for entrusting me with your care. I look forward to meeting with you.

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Dr. Alexander's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Alexander to family and friends
3.7
based on 43 total surveys (9 with reviews)
Dr. Alexander's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    GOOD
  • Time well spent
    GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (9)
in Rockford, IL |
Dr. Alexander is great and very pleasant. He explained my surgery very clearly and I am very happy with he results.
in Rockford, IL |
Dr. Alexander is very caring and concerned about his patients. I was very pleased with Dr. Alexanders care.
in Rockford, IL |
Four months ago I was in terrible pain and today I am pain free and a functioning human being.
in Rockford, IL |
If anyone has a spine disorder I would highly suggest Dr. Alexander
Rockford, IL |
Excelllent care by all members of his team
in Illinois |
Dr Alexander,his nurses and staff are all amazing, caring,and compassionate.I was diagnosed with neropathy 5 years ago and have been on meds and lived in pain everyday. I couldn't bend my left leg i had pain walking,severe leg cramping i couldnt sleep.i went to dr Alexander he recommended surgery.i had surgery jan-6 17 Dr Alexander is a miracle worker.it has only been 6 weeks and im off all meds including pain.he said to still take it easy.i cant thank Dr Alexander enough for giving me my life b
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1 star is too much for neurosurgeon Dr Todd Alexander. Worst bedside manner. Evaluates people via electronic means, 0 hands-on approach! Never touched my loved 1 till operation. Lack of faith in his patients is surpassed only by what must be a huge lack of faith in his ability to treat patients & save lives thru modern medicine! Costly errors in treatment. Don't go to Rockford, IL, OSF St Anthony Medical Center (great nurses though) or Dr Alexander. GO ELSEWHERE, YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!
in Rockford, IL |
I highly recommend Dr. Alexander to anyone who needs to see a neurosurgeon!! He is very knowledgeable about the procedures he performs and explains things very clearly to the patient. Dr. Alexander's first concern is his/the patient and their needs and/or concerns.
Rockford, IL |
He operated on me and did a spinal fusion. My recovery was rocky. I awoke from surgery with my right leg completely numb and the left leg numb from the knee down. the left leg came back, the right leg did not. On my final post-op visit, he leaned back in his chair and said, "it appears that you back is worse now than before your surgery. Well, you win some and you lose some." Every day I suffer from the back pain this physician caused.
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I would like to take this opportunity to tell you more about myself and my experience in healthcare.  I am a Rockford native and alumnus of Guilford High School in Rockford.  Following graduation I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where I earned the Distinguished Cadet Star Award - an honor only bestowed on the top 5% of the class.

I pursued further higher education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where I earned my Bachelor's degree with High Distinction in the double majors of chemistry and philosophy.  I continued my graduate studies and earned my masters in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois in Chicago before entering Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri – one of the top medical centers in the country.  Upon graduation from medical school, I completed my residency training program at University of Chicago Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois before returning to Rockford to establish my neurosurgery practice.

For 20 years I treated the neurosurgical needs of adult and pediatric patients in the northern Illinois region as a private practitioner, where I earned my reputation for excellent outcomes, personalized service, and pioneering important medical firsts in our community, including: 

•First awake craniotomy for brain tumor resection

•First artificial cervical and artificial lumbar disc implantations

•First endoscopic brain surgery

•First implantation of a programmable ventriculoperitoneal shunt for hydrocephalus

•First to utilize intraoperative angiography for cerebral aneurysm surgery

•First to perform intracranial thrombolysis for intraventricular hemorrhage

Now, as part of the OrthoIllinois organization, I bring that same commitment to treating disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves by utilizing the most advanced proven techniques and providing the highest quality care for my patients.

Thank you for entrusting me with your care.  I look forward to meeting with you.

Dr. Alexander's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Benign Tumor
  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Injury
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brainstem Neoplasm
  • Broken Neck
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neurological Injuries
  • Neuromas
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Pineal Region Tumors
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Radial Nerve Entrapment
  • Radiculitis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Syringomyelia
  • Thoracic Disc Disorders
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Ulnar Neuritis

Education

  • Medical School
    Washington University St Louis

    Graduated in 1990

  • Internship Hospital
    Barnes Jewish Hospital

    Completed in 1991

  • Residency Hospital
    University Chicago Hosps

    Completed in 1996

  • Undergraduate School
    Indiana University

    Graduated in 1986

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
  • Critical Care Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Trauma Surgery
  • Neurovascular Surgery
  • Pediatric Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Aneurysm Clipping
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Bone Grafting
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Complex Spinal Instrumentation Procedure
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc surgery
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Repair
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis
  • Thoracic Disc Surgery