Dr. Vincent Traynelis, MD

Dr. Vincent Traynelis, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
61 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Vincent Traynelis, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Chicago, IL. He is 61 years old and has been practicing for 29 years.

University Neurosurgery

1725 W Harrison St Ste 855

Chicago, IL 60612
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Accepted insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Priority Health

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Spinal Fusion
more than 88% of peers
more than 84% of peers
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
more than 84% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Traynelis It's always been my philosophy to explain everything that I believe the patient should know to the patient, so that when we finish there are very few questions because I've given them the information that they want. I go over all of the X-rays and scans with them in detail, and explain them. And I will always answer any question. So despite this comprehensive information exchange, I will answer every question they have. If they have a hundred questions, we will answer a hundred questions. And the advantage, I think, is that they understand exactly, as best as possible, what is wrong with them and what their options are. We communicate both the published outcomes to the patient, as well as I will inform them of what my specific outcomes are. And this helps empower them to make the decision. And for many of the things that we choose to do, the outcomes are excellent. And that helps calm fears, and allows them to enter the surgery with a very positive attitude.


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  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities

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.


  • West Virginia University
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • West Va University
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1984
  • West Va University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Traynelis has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Traynelis' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Traynelis to family and friends
based on 17 total reviews (5 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (17)

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  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Traynelis' Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

in Carpentersville, IL |
Outstanding Doctor and very good experience.
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in Naperville, IL |
Dr Traynelis performed two cervical spine surgeries on me (c4, c5, c6, c7) and I couldn't be happier with him, his work, and his staff. He is very thorough and explained everything to me in a very clear manner. I highly recommend him.
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in Polk City, IA |
Dr Traynelis has now performed 3 surgeries on me degenerating spine. He and his staff are the best. He worked me into his very full schedule as soon as he read my MRI report. I recommend to anyone who says they need a great neurosurgeon.
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in Joliet, IL |
Expert microsurgery performed by Doc. to remove somewhat large bone spur on my 3rd neck vertebrae, insert bank bone & metal spacers. Sew me up. done Jan.15 2016- 0830 am. Walking again, a little wobbly, w/cane right hand, nurse hold my left. Bed in room to doorway & return- 30+ feet. Same...more
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in Independence, Iowa |
Doctor and professor Vincent Traynelis rebuilt my broken neck in 2001 while in University of Iowa, he became a friend and excellent nerosergen. Reconstruction of C-3,C-4,C-5,C-6,C-7,C-8. ToOK bone from my right hip and a titanium Plate with screws holding the plate together. 15 years later I still...more
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Traynelis accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
  • Priority Health
    Priority PPO

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