Chicago’s Top Doctors

In cooperation with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., we present a list of 355 of the area’s best physicians in 56 different medical specialties. In addition, seven doctors weigh in on a wide variety of health issues, and a panel of experts explain how to be a smarter patient.

With so many doctors to choose from in metropolitan Chicago, where should you turn in times of medical crisis? The list, prepared for Chicago by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., is a good place to start. Arranged in 56 commonly consulted specialties, the list provides information about 355 local doctors, including their areas of special interest and hospital affiliation. And while some of these doctors may be too busy to take on new patients, they usually have partners who can assist you, or they might recommend a doctor at another practice. Chicago and the suburbs are home to many fine physicians, some of whom may not appear on our list. But when your next crisis hits, it’s reassuring to know that the doctors listed here have won the confidence of their fellow MDs. PLUS: Profiles of top doctors and a guide to becoming a smarter patient


Stalking the Ladykillers >>
Annabelle Volgman, Cardiovascular Disease, Rush University Medical Center

Hepatitis Seer >>
Donald Jensen, Gastroenterology, University of Chicago Medical Center

Doctor B. Goode >>
Elliot Roth, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Hear Ye, Hear Ye >>
Nancy Young, Otolaryngology, Children’s Memorial Hospital

Sight for Sore Yes >>
Dimitri Azar, Ophthalmology, University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago

A Change of Heart >>
Michel Ilbawi, Pediatric Surgery, Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital

A Woman’s Work >>
Lauren Streicher, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital


Make the most of your next doctor visit by following these important tips.




No longer available at, the list can be found in the January 2008 print magazine, which may be purchased by clicking here

Photography: Katrina Wittkamp



7 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

Thank you. A very timely article indeed as my Mother is currently contemplating a hip replacement. I was curious though what methodology and criteria was used to assemble this list -- perhaps I missed that in the article.

7 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

I loved this issue of Top Docs. My son saw one of these top docs and she truly is a TOP DOC!!! Dr. Young performed my sons cochlear implant and I couldn't image anyone better to do so. The article on her only shows a sliver of who she really is and what she has to offer. She is my son's guardian angel and you could never write enough to fully describe her brilliance!

Heather Cobb ( Son, Ben is 2yrs old)

7 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

What a moving tribute to dedicated Docs! Dr. Nancy Young is pictured holding my grandson, Colin Hart, age 21 months. She implanted Colin last August. Colin is hearing and beginning to talk now. Thank you to Dr. Young and her entire team for the follow thru, teaching Colin to 'learn to hear' and supporting his progress every step of the way! Hear Ye Hear Ye!!

7 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

While there may be some truth to these Chicago top docs, many are politically connected and nominated by very visible hospitals and their administrators. Those docs that seem to "go along and get along" with the hospitals and their adminstrative staff, and of course, bring in a high volume of patients - and therefore money - are nominated for such awards. Please, people... read between the lines.

7 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

I have tried getting an appointment with a couple of the "top docs" only to be told they don't accept Medicare or any other insurance or they are not accepting any new patients.

A more comprehensive report for all of us "real people" would be more beneficial.

7 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

Good thing he was wearing a stethoscope. I'd otherwise never have know he was a doctor!

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

Dr Herand Abcarian saved my sisters life. He respected her religious beliefs to use no blood and she came out a winner. Our family has since moved to Raleigh, NC and my sister went back for an annual visit and he is just wonderful!

6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

I would to purchase the back 2008 chicago magazine. mike kelm 3070 wild dunes path ,stevesville,mi. 49127

6 years ago
Posted by Chicago magazine

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6 years ago
Posted by Anonymous

I would like to purchase the back issue of Chicago Magazine, Janaury,2008. Top Docs. I have tried to purchase this issue on-line and will not let me. Thank You, Anna Marie Nichols

6 years ago
Posted by irmalita

Would it be possible to get the profile of Dr. Lawrence Zachary. Thanks

6 years ago
Posted by Jordan828

I've been trying to order a back issue of Jan. 2008 with the Top Doctors feature. If anyone has a

6 years ago
Posted by manitowoc

iam a subscriber

5 years ago
Posted by grandmother of 3


5 years ago
Posted by Sniffles76

If i could add a recommendation to next year's list, I would highly highly recommend Dr. Hetal S. Amin out of Oakbrook Allergists. She saw my 8 and 11 year old in the span of a week and figured out issues allergic issues they were having that other primaries and specialists have been scratching their heads with for years. I know alot of these doctors that are highly recommended hail form academic centers such as Northwestern and Children's, etc, but one should look just as intently at the many gifted and dedicated-to-patient-care physicians in the suburbs. The practice's website is Maybe a future article in chicago Mag should focus on more often on these kinds of doctors along with these academic-oriented ones.

3 years ago
Posted by Sara

How can I get a copy of Chicago Magazine's most recent list of Top Docs in the City.I'd like to buy the issue but can't quite figure out how to do it online. Is there a number I can call?



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