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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

4.7
Based on 158 reviews

  • General

    SPECIALTIES

    • The Spine Center
    • Physiatry
    • Years in Practice: 13


    BOARD CERTIFICATIONS

    • Physiatry


    PATIENTS SEEN
    Accepts adults


    LANGUAGES

    • Arabic
    • English
    • Spanish


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


    PERSONAL INTERESTS
    Tennis, skiing, hiking, spending time with my family


  • Education

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

    INTERNSHIPS
    School Northwestern Memorial Hospital

    RESIDENCY
    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
    4.7
    Based on 158 reviews

    Rating Categories

    The Patient Satisfaction Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our independent rating system, the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.


    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

    4.2
    157 ratings

    Provider showed concern

    4.8
    158 ratings

    Friendliness/courtesy of Care Provider

    4.8
    158 ratings

    Care Provider spoke using clear language

    4.8
    157 ratings

    Provider explained things clearly

    4.8
    158 ratings

    Time Care Provider spent with patient

    4.7
    158 ratings

    Provider included you in decisions

    4.8
    157 ratings

    Patients' confidence in Care Provider

    4.7
    155 ratings

    Likelihood of recommending this provider

    4.7
    156 ratings

    Wait time at clinic

    4.2
    155 ratings


    Comments (29)

    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.


    5.0
    Aug 28, 2019
    Dr Shahbandar is one of the kindest and caring women I know  
    5.0
    Aug 18, 2019
    She really listens and wants to figure out what's going on and how to help  
    4.6
    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.  
    1.4
    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  
    5.0
    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.  
    4.9
    Jul 24, 2019
    My appointments with *Dr. Shahbandar are always excellent in all aspects.  
    4.9
    Jul 15, 2019
    dr schabenhar is great. she had more concern about my back then me. she went thru mri and explanation  
    5.0
    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  
    4.9
    Jul 10, 2019
    kind caring and knowledgeable  
    5.0
    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  
    4.6
    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.  
    4.0
    Jun 26, 2019
    she showed caring and interest. perhaps could have further explained things.  
    4.9
    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  
    4.6
    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  
    5.0
    May 15, 2019
    good experience  
    5.0
    May 14, 2019
    Dr. Shahbandar and Nurse Margie are excellent health care providers. They listen, they care and are responsive to all situations.  
    5.0
    Apr 28, 2019
    professionalism was exhibited throughout visit  
    4.5
    Apr 23, 2019
    Excellent doctor.  
    4.9
    Apr 15, 2019
    Dr fit me into her schedule when I really needed to be seen  
    4.5
    Feb 26, 2019
    was very informed about my condition  
    4.8
    Feb 17, 2019
    Dr. Shahbandar looked at me as a whole person and took into consideration my own knowledge of my condition. She developed a prompt plan if care and gave me confidence in her plan based on See more  
    5.0
    Feb 05, 2019
    I felt Dr. Shabandar, who I met for the first time at this visit, was terrific--listened well, gave options, looked at the MRIs I had brought and spent plenty of time with me.  
    5.0
    Feb 05, 2019
    *Dr. Shahbandar was excellent and I was really impressed with her knowledge!  
    4.9
    Jan 30, 2019
    I went to see her because I have a complex situation to sort out and she could use her knowledge of pain management to inform my options while empathetic to the fact that there are See more  
    5.0
    Jan 24, 2019
    very knowledgeable and kind  
    4.9
    Jan 15, 2019
    Wonderful doctor. Excellent in every way!  
    4.9
    Dec 16, 2018
    I have to say that Dr. Shahbandar, more than any other doctor that I have seen over the years, has been the most responsive, informative, and proactive in working with me to diagnose my condition See more  
    5.0
    Dec 04, 2018
    I have recommended Dr. Shahbandar to friends and family She is excellent and thorough  
    4.6
    Sep 18, 2018
    Dr. Shahbandar is a exceptional doctor !!  
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