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Lena Shahbandar, MD

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Shahbandar brings the most advanced aspects of spine care together in a multidisciplinary practice to empower her patients to reclaim function and improve their health. In her practice, she values the process of listening to the patient and understanding the whole person before formulating a treatment plan in order to achieve positive outcomes.

Patient Satisfaction Rating

Based on 148 reviews

  • General


    • The Spine Center
    • Physiatry
    • Years in Practice: 14


    • Physiatry

    Accepts adults


    • Arabic
    • English
    • Spanish

    Non-interventional spine care, pain in pregnancy, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, electrodiagnostic medicine, spasticity

    Tennis, skiing, hiking, spending time with my family

  • Education

    School Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Graduation Date 05/2002
    Degree M.D.
    Honors Clinical Honors in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics,

    School Northwestern Memorial Hospital

    School Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    Title Resident in Physician Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • Memberships

    • North American Spine Society
    • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Patient Ratings & Comments

    Patient Satisfaction Rating
    Based on 148 reviews

    Rating Categories

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    Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.

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    Ease of scheduling appointments

    148 ratings

    Provider showed concern

    146 ratings

    Provider explained things clearly

    147 ratings

    Provider included you in decisions

    146 ratings

    Likelihood of recommending this provider

    145 ratings

    Comments (21)

    Comments are collected in our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Surveys. Patients are de-identified to protect confidentiality and patient privacy. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.

    Dec 10, 2019
    *Dr. Shahbandar spent so much time listening to my concerns & going thru all the options for me. Very caring & left with a good plan to help to help my medical problem.  
    Dec 02, 2019
    She has been fantastic. My issues are vague and somewhat varied and she is doing her best to pinpoint the issue(s) and help with them despite that.  
    Nov 20, 2019
    Dr Shahbandar was very good at listening to me....and I very much appreciated it. I was new so a xray needed to be scheduled to corroborate my symptoms...and then a call from her See more  
    Oct 15, 2019
    I was extremely satisfied with my appointment. it was a huge help and grateful for the amount of time the doctor spent listening to and addressing my concerns.  
    Sep 04, 2019
    This care provider could not have done a better job. The care provider explained everything in detail and answered all of my questions. The session was outstanding.  
    Aug 28, 2019
    Dr Shahbandar is one of the kindest and caring women I know  
    Aug 18, 2019
    She really listens and wants to figure out what's going on and how to help  
    Aug 13, 2019
    I felt like she really listened to my problem. I've been to two other providers previously and didn't feel I was getting the help I needed.  
    Aug 07, 2019
    I felt as tho i was not really listened to and I am not sure of all of my options. I felt like a number and treatment was cookie cutter. I do not feel the See more  
    Aug 06, 2019
    Dr Shahbadar was so helpful not only in caring for me but for trying to get me in to appointments to try to get better to go see my son in France.  
    Jul 24, 2019
    My appointments with *Dr. Shahbandar are always excellent in all aspects.  
    Jul 15, 2019
    dr schabenhar is great. she had more concern about my back then me. she went thru mri and explanation  
    Jul 14, 2019
    Dr. Shabandar was referred to me by my physical therapust. So glad she is my Dr. now. She always listens and includes me on the decisions re my healthcare. She encourages me to be proactive See more  
    Jul 10, 2019
    kind caring and knowledgeable  
    Jul 09, 2019
    I was very impressed by Dr. Lena's "bedside manner". I've never felt more comfortable with a doctor in terms of her interest in me and the way she explained things to me. She was absolutely See more  
    Jul 09, 2019
    Dr Lena was outstanding. first Dr to take the time to fully explain my condition. was clear and direct in a friendly manner. could not ask for a better experience.  
    Jun 26, 2019
    she showed caring and interest. perhaps could have further explained things.  
    Jun 25, 2019
    Dr. S put me at ease immediately. She patiently described the procedure and provided an excellent overview of the trigger point shot. My confidence grew as our meeting moved along. She made me feel comfortable See more  
    Jun 18, 2019
    Dr. Shabandar was so compassionate and truly made me feel like she will get to the root of the problem and find a solution. Every other doctor I've met with for this pain has passed See more  
    May 15, 2019
    good experience  
    May 14, 2019
    Dr. Shahbandar and Nurse Margie are excellent health care providers. They listen, they care and are responsive to all situations.  
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