Know of a good AVM neurosurgeon in Chicago?

I know of Spetzler in Phoenix, but does anyone know of a really good AVM neurosurgeon in the Chicago area? A neurosurgeon in Indianapolis mentioned that there is an AVM specialist in Chicago, but for the life of me, I can't remember his name. I need to get my son to see a specialist, as there don't seem to be any here in Indiana.

Thanks, Kelly

yes!! dr ruge and dr bovis out of lutheran general (advocate)
both see both children and adults (i was 17 when i saw then)
ruge is more of the crainiotomy guy and bovis is all about the gamma. i can give you their office number if you’d like

i liked them both very very much and would reccomend them both.

Demetrius Lopes, at Rush Medical Center and at the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch, is the best endovascular neurosurgeon in the area. He did my husband’s embolizations in 2005 and 2006. See: http://www.chicagostrokemd.com/

bovis also is also the main surgeon for the illinois gamma knife institute that is based out of alexian brothers in elk grove

jessica said:

yes!! dr ruge and dr bovis out of lutheran general (advocate)
both see both children and adults (i was 17 when i saw then)
ruge is more of the crainiotomy guy and bovis is all about the gamma. i can give you their office number if you’d like

i liked them both very very much and would reccomend them both.

Hi Kelly,

We didn’t know about Nea’s AVM until the day it bled and she had her stroke. So we didn’t have time to research. We feel very lucky that the Director of Neurosurgery took her case because he speciallized in AVMs and cavernous malformations. Nea’s surgery went very well and she has had no complications in the 15 months following.

Her doctor is Dr. Issam Awad. We saw him at Evanston/Northshore but he now practices through the University of Chicago Hospitals.

http://www.issamawad.com/index.html

Um I do I do!!! Dr. Fady Charbel head of neurosurgery at UIC and Dr. Victor Aletich vascular surgery. Dr. Aletich did my embo back in Dec and Dr. Charbel did my crainiotomy in Jan. Just google them and you will will see they are at the top of the tier!!! It could be because he saved my life, but really he is the best and I recommend him and the entire team at UIC 1000%. Kind and caring and looks out for the best interests of the patient first. They explain everything in English and are very quick to return phone calls and encourage questions. One of the best things is none of them had a god complex even though each and everyone of them could. I had a 12 hour surgery. When I was told to have a repeat angio in July his nurse said it was because he is a perfectionist. He also switched me off of Dilantin because it can suppress your dreams and he said Young people need to dream! What doctor says that?! Only the best! I never even once thought about getting a second opinion because when you have the best you don’t need to mess with the rest.

Hi Kelly,

Glad you got several options for Ryan. Hope one of them works out.

Best wishes,

Debbie

The Mayfield Clinic with University Of Cincinnati Hospital. Dr. Mario Zuccurello did mine and the after care was great. Cincinnati is only 94 miles from Indianapolis. Good luck and God Bless.

Thank you, everyone, for your suggestions! I appreciate it!! I’m reviewing them all.

Dr. Hunt Batjer is in Chicago and is a name I recieved from a couple neurosurgeons. I believe the spelling is correct. He was at the big University teaching hospital, but can’t remember the name. Let me look online and see what I can find.

It is Dr. Hunt Batjer at Northwestern. Hope this helps.

Batjer at Northwestern is the guy you are looking for. You could say he wrote the book on AVMs (or in any event co-edited it): http://www.amazon.com/dp/0824709934/.

Thank you. Batjer was the name I was given by the neurosurgeon in Indy. I’ll have to take a look at his book.

bb said:

Batjer at Northwestern is the guy you are looking for. You could say he wrote the book on AVMs (or in any event co-edited it): http://www.amazon.com/dp/0824709934/.

If you’re still looking, Dr S. Hanjani from UIC. At first she was my Dr, but had to be transfered to somebody else because my AVM was unoperable. I loved the way she was honest with me and told me there was more at risk if I had surgery. Heard many good things about her plus has the greatest nurse practioner helping her. Either way, nurses I know, who don’t work for UIC, has said UIC is known for having the best Neurosurgeons. Good Luck.

By the way - she was valedectorian of her Harvard graduating class. To me, that says alot.

http://chicago.medicine.uic.edu/departments___programs/departments/neurosurgery/faculty_and_staff/s_amin_hanjani__md/

yes, i do… it’s my friend’s brother who talked to me before my AVM surgery in LA. email me - ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ and i’ll get his info for you.

Thanks, Jason. I was referred to Dr. Payner by Dr. Witt, a gamma-knife guy. Dr. Payner feels confident that he can resect Ryan’s AVM with about a 5% risk of something “catastropic” happening. That risk is better than the gamma-knife risk, in Ryan’s case. I think we’re going to stay in Indy as Ryan’s insurance probably won’t pay for out-of-state surgery if someone in Indiana is competent enough to do it. I got good vibes from Payner, and I’m pretty comfortable with him.

Hi Kelly,

Glad you were able to find a neurosurgeon you trust in Indianapolis. Best wishes for Ryan’s future surgery.

Take care,

Debbie

I to went to Dr. Batjer. What a wonderful man. Both him and Dr. Bendock performed a crani on me in June of 2010. Here I am as good as new. I am so thankful I got so lucky to come into the hands of such wonderful surgeons.

Jenny said:

I went to Dr. Bernard Bendok at Northwestern Memorial. He was willing to see me ASAP when no one thought it was a rush. Dr. H. Hunt Batjer assisted in the crani. I drove from the Indianapolis area too.
They are very good together.

Good luck!!!