Darren R. Gitelman, MD

Specialty: Neurology

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Primary location

1875 Dempster Street

Suite 520

Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Office: 847-720-6464

Fax: 847-720-6463

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2210 West 95th Street

Chicago, IL 60643

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Office: 773-341-3500

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Meet Darren R. Gitelman, MD

About me

  • Gender:
  • Primary area of focus: Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
  • Clinical interests: Alzheimer's DiseaseBehaviorial NeurologyCorticobasal SyndromeDementiaDementia/Memory DisorderFrontotemporal DementiaLanguage DisordersLewy Body DementiaMemory DisordersMild Cognitive ImpairmentProgressive AphasiaProgressive Supranuclear PalsyVascular DementiaVisual-Spatial Disorders
  • Related website: www.advocatehealth.com/memorycenter



  • Additional Training: Behavioral Neurology
  • Fellowship: Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Residency: The Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York, Internal Medicine
  • Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital, Neurology
  • Medical School: Washington University Medical School

Board certifications

  • Neurology

Hospital affiliations

  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Insurance accepted

  • AAH Preferred – Team Member Plan
  • AAH Select – Team Member Plan
  • AARP MedicareComplete Plus HMO - POS
  • Aetna Better Health Premier Plan MMAI
  • Aetna Choice POS
  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Managed Choice (MC) POS
  • Aetna NAP - PPO
  • Aetna Open Access POS
  • Aetna Open Choice POS
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna Select Choice EPO
  • Aetna Select POS
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • Aetna US Healthcare Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Beech Street Network PPO
  • Blue Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross HMO Illinois
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO - POS
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Blue Cross PPO
  • Blue Cross PPO - Advocate Associate Medical Plan
  • Blue Precision Bronze HMO
  • Blue Precision Gold HMO
  • Blue Precision HMO
  • Blue Precision Platinum HMO
  • Blue Precision Silver HMO
  • BlueCare Direct
  • Cigna C - 5 POS
  • Cigna Health Partners POS
  • Cigna Health Partners PPO
  • Cigna Open Access Plus POS
  • Cigna Open Access Plus State of Illinois POS
  • Cigna Open Access POS
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cofinity PPO
  • Coventry HMO
  • Coventry One Select PPO
  • Coventry PPO
  • Coventry Workers Comp PPO
  • First Health Network EPO
  • First Health Network PPO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna HMO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna Open Access Plus HMO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna PPO
  • Harken Health Choice Plus
  • Harken Health Compass Plus
  • Health Alliance HMO
  • Health Alliance PPO
  • HealthLink PPO
  • HealthSpring Medicaid ICP
  • HealthSpring Medicare HMO
  • HealthSpring MMAI
  • HFN Platinum EPO
  • HFN Total Care PPO
  • Humana Choice POS
  • Humana Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Gold Choice PPO
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana Gold Plus Integrated-Medicare-Medicaid Plan
  • Humana HMO Select
  • Humana Illinois Platinum HMO
  • Humana Integrated Care Program of Illinois
  • Humana Medicaid Managed Care Plan
  • Humana National EPO
  • Humana National HMO
  • Humana National POS - Open Access
  • Humana National PPO
  • Humana POS
  • Humana PPO
  • LLH Adventist Silver PPO 3000
  • LLH Family Health Network Silver PPO 3100
  • LLH Swedish Covenant Silver PPO
  • Meridian
  • Meritain Health PPO
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • NALC (Natl Assn of Letter Carriers) Health Benefit
  • PHCS Savility PPO
  • Preferred Network Access PPO
  • Three Rivers Provider Network PPO
  • Tricare POS
  • Tricare PPO
  • UFCW Local 1546 Health and Welfare Fund (UMC)
  • UHC / AARP MedicareComplete (Secure Horizons) HMO
  • UHC / AARP MedicareComplete Focus HMO
  • Union Medical Care PPO
  • United Healthcare Charter
  • United Healthcare Choice HMO
  • United Healthcare Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare Compass HMO
  • United Healthcare Group Medicare Advantage PPO
  • United Healthcare Medicare Solutions PPO
  • United Healthcare MedicareComplete Plan 1 HMO
  • United Healthcare Navigate HMO
  • United Healthcare Navigate POS
  • United Healthcare Nexus
  • United Healthcare Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Select EPO
  • United Healthcare Select HMO
  • United Healthcare Select Plus POS

Ratings and reviews

Overall rating

based on 258 patient ratings.


November 30, 2019 4:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is Xs neurologist and memory care doctor. He spends considerable time with X as she fights dementia/Alzheimer's. He continually adjusts medication based on her condition.

November 30, 2019 4:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman does work in caring for X. He is responsive, concerned and supportive.

November 19, 2019 8:25 AM

Specially cared for!

November 18, 2019 11:19 AM

My questions were answered in words that I could understand.

November 18, 2019 11:19 AM

Overall the experience was run very efficiently.

November 18, 2019 8:22 AM


November 18, 2019 8:22 AM


November 11, 2019 3:20 PM

Excellent. Very personable. I feel very confident in what he says.

November 3, 2019 6:00 PM

Very professional, very patient, very knowledgeable.

November 1, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr Gitleman is a joy to work with. His expertise and warmth come through with each visit.

October 21, 2019 7:00 PM

Excellent. I'm very happy with this doctor. Takes his time asking the questions about my health & how treatment is working. Always concerned about my treatment.

October 17, 2019 7:00 PM

Receptionists were so kind, and even remembered our visit from 6 months prior. My father gave them one of his combs (hair business), and they asked how his business was doing.

October 6, 2019 7:00 PM

very good

September 29, 2019 7:00 PM

Pretty good.....she really tries and I respect her for all her efforts!

September 4, 2019 7:00 PM

Good! Doctor good.

September 2, 2019 7:00 PM

Very nice man & made me feel very comfortable.

August 28, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman MD, is the senior medical director, he was very patient and spent a long time with us, my husband has dementia - Late onset ALZHEIMER'S, without behavioral disturbance.

August 19, 2019 7:00 PM

He took the time to answer numerous questions thereby allaying some of my/our fears (patient and his wife) and did so in an understandable manner.

July 21, 2019 7:00 PM

Very impressed with Dr. Gitelman. Spent much more time with me than expected. Very thorough in attending to my concerns.

July 21, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is an excellent no nonsense person my husband like him when he can remember.

June 25, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is always professional, kind, interested in my health and needs.

June 2, 2019 7:00 PM

very nice and very professional Dr.

May 20, 2019 7:00 PM

We were very pleased with Dr. Gitelman and his work also was attentive to our needs. Great person.

May 20, 2019 7:00 PM

He answered all questions and explained results of tests.

May 12, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is a very detail oriented person. I like him very much.

April 22, 2019 7:00 PM

I was very satisfied with Dr. Gitelman's character and performance - In the future, if he is a general practitioner, I would choose him for my dr!

March 24, 2019 7:00 PM

While provider was excellent - the blood lab at Lutheran General is completely unacceptable! The wait was over 2 hrs.! I went to a lab at Northwestern to have blood work done (my primary dr. is with Northwesten) wait time was less than a minute.

March 4, 2019 6:00 PM

Terrible parking.

February 25, 2019 6:00 PM

He is the most patient doctor I have ever had. He explains things fully and I am assured I am in qualified hands.

February 18, 2019 6:00 PM

One of the most professional Doctors we have seen. He really seems to have the answers!

January 29, 2019 6:00 PM

First visit to Dr. Gitelman to shift care to Advocate. Dr. Gitelman was very thorough and took time to do a comprehensive evaluation with additional diagnostic blood work and records requested.

January 26, 2019 6:00 PM

Very happy having him as my doctor. He pays attention to what I have to say, answers my questions in detail, is courteous and very professional and on each of my visits he has taken the time to listen to my concerns .

January 26, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr Gitelman is always very thorough, professional and caring. He has the highest standards and is the standard by which we measure all other doctors. We are very thankful to have him helping us on this journey through Dementia.

January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

He is an excellent Doctor.

January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

he's the Best doctor and really cares !

November 28, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is a calm, soft spoken individual. He is comfortable to talk to - I think he is a kind & caring doctor. I feel fortunate to have him as my husbands physician.

November 26, 2018 6:00 PM

Was an excellent experience. The doctor listened tow hat I had to say & responded to my concerns.

November 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Love Dr. Gitelman. He is a caring doctor. He listens and responds in a calm and caring manner-

October 30, 2018 7:00 PM

Hadn't apprciated that care givers really felt a true responsibilty for my health until this latest experience.

October 29, 2018 7:00 PM

Very happy.

October 26, 2018 7:00 PM

my sister and I value and appreciate Dr. Gittlemans' knowledge and expertise, along with his direction which is always accompanied with empathy and great listening skills.

October 16, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is one of the most caring and thoughtful physicians that have cared for my health.

October 1, 2018 7:00 PM

The appointment went very well. The physician was very attentive.

September 18, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr.Gitelman was recommend as a specialist in memory issues and I was not disappointed in his approach to my needs. I will follow up and continue seeing him. This was my initial visit.

September 16, 2018 7:00 PM

very good experience and guidelines!

August 27, 2018 7:00 PM

Advocates decision to mandate 15 minute appointment times does not provide adequate time f/evaluation/time with patient. This has to stop. The doctor should decide amount of time needed with patient.

August 27, 2018 7:00 PM

Wonderful caring MD, person, very helpful understanding.

August 27, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is a very attentive & thorough dr. Asked a lot of questions & gave me a great deal of information. Wonderful dr.

July 7, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is the VERY TOP dr. in his field.

June 30, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Gittelman is always very professional, knowledgeable and approachable.

June 21, 2018 7:00 PM

We were so impressed! We have not experienced such amazing care. It was beyond our highest expectation. Thank you Dr. Gitelman!

May 6, 2018 7:00 PM

He was recommended by my family doctor because memory problems. I'm very pleased with Dr. Gitelman, the neurologist who is presently treating me for my memory problem. He listens to me.

May 6, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Gitelman was willing to see me before my scheduled appointment since he had a cancellation. He was very thorough, kind, knowledgeable, and courteous. He listened to my concerns and explained all his findings. I was and am very happy and thankful for his help in my health and well-being.

April 25, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman always provides us w/a great deal of his time and answers all of our questions. He has a great deal of knowledge and is easy to speak with.

April 18, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman was very good and very nice. The only complaint was that he wrote in my file, "Looks HER AGE! Now was that necessary?

April 16, 2018 7:00 PM


April 10, 2018 7:00 PM

It took 3 months to get a return appointment following testing. That is a LONG time. The office clerk/receptionist told me she was a temp and was NOT helpful. I had to call back several times AFTER THE APPOINTMENT I THOUGHT I HAD DID NOT EXIST. I was told I was put on the "waiting list" to move up for an earlier appointment. I never received a call. Very disappointing.

April 1, 2018 7:00 PM

My sister has Alzheimer's and lives in an assisted living situation. I am her poa for health care and everything else. I take her to medical appointments, dentist, eye dr., etc. I love her and care deeply about her care and well being. I am very sensitive to her feelings. I do think that it would be better, if the dr. talked with the patient and the care giver separately and together to get a better perspective on things. I hesitate to say some things in front of my sister for fear of hurting her feelings or getting her upset.Other than that, the dr. was very kind and professional.

March 13, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is an outstanding provider of memory-related service. He exceeds the _____ of thoughtfulness & skill.

March 3, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr Gitelman has been most trusted provider to my family.

February 25, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman takes his time during my vidits. He never is rushed. Great Dr. my daughter who was with us liked him and was very impressed by him,

February 19, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is extremely patient and listens to the patient and family. Explains things an easy to understand terms. Follows up personally with test results and returns calls/concerns in a timely manner.

February 7, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is exceptional & my advocate in communicating with nursing home doctors. I am very fortunate he cares & works to address my overall health as well as mental & emotional health. Within 2 visits the doctors at the nursing home have been more proactive with my health issues - Thanks to the 2 visits with Dr. Gitelman!

January 27, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman went through my issues and helped me understand what I was going through. We then started me on items that have really helped me.

January 12, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman and the receptionist were very professional and attentive to my concerns.

January 10, 2018 6:00 PM

Very helpful, took time to explain.

January 8, 2018 6:00 PM

This was the initial meeting with many to follow. The Dr. was focused on the tasks at hand, easy to talk to and very productive. I am now obtaining an number of test results for him to review prior to our next meeting.

December 22, 2017 6:00 PM

very professional. Answered all questions.

December 14, 2017 6:00 PM

Always a pleasant visit.

December 12, 2017 6:00 PM

This doctor is has great bed side mannera, very nice. He listens and doesn't rush through the tine we apend together. I jave liked him since I first met him.

November 26, 2017 6:00 PM

Very Professional, Doctor made me feel comfortable, and confident that he understood my concerns.

November 26, 2017 6:00 PM

I like Dr. Gittleman he is always though and always respectful. One issue I have with the office is that this is the memory center and it does not have a bathroom inside the office. when you are dealing with an Alzheimer's/ Dementia patient to get them down the hall and to use the bathroom that is closest to the office, it has no handicapped stall. I know the bathroom by the elevator does have one, but patients with mobility issues this is a huge issue for the patient and the caregivers.

November 21, 2017 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman was like a "gift" to our family when we were searching for answers for his health problems. He was very patient with myself and my two sons as he worked on the diagnosis and explaining how the disease would progress.

November 20, 2017 6:00 PM

Nice ,very good

November 1, 2017 7:00 PM

WE have always found Dr. Gitelman to be a caring provider. Very professional - He still carries a little black bag.

October 31, 2017 7:00 PM

Listened very carefully and considered all I had to say.

October 4, 2017 7:00 PM

The people in this office are great. They made me feel comfortable.

October 4, 2017 7:00 PM

In my opinion, this doctor does his best.

September 24, 2017 7:00 PM

Very profession doctor & office. Highly recommend MA super sweet & courteous.

August 27, 2017 7:00 PM


August 21, 2017 7:00 PM

Helpful I hope it works.

August 16, 2017 7:00 PM

Satisfactory as always.

August 13, 2017 7:00 PM

Excellent - would recommend him to family or friends.

August 2, 2017 7:00 PM

Wonderful doctor.

July 19, 2017 7:00 PM

Very pleased with time spent w/dr.

July 17, 2017 7:00 PM

very professional, and thorough.

July 11, 2017 7:00 PM

Very good.

June 2, 2017 7:00 PM

I have never been to any doctor at Advocate, came for a consultation. Was VERY VERY impressed with this doctor. All of my doctors are at Northwestern. Great guy & doc!

June 2, 2017 7:00 PM


May 31, 2017 7:00 PM

Always a very pleasant visit - office & personnel are very good - Dr. G. is so very kind to his patient.

May 30, 2017 7:00 PM

Never felt rushed - all questions answered - felt concern for condition.

May 1, 2017 7:00 PM

He is a very good, competent neurologist: he listens to you and talks in terms that you can understand. Very competent.

April 30, 2017 7:00 PM

Very good experience.

April 25, 2017 7:00 PM

As always - our time with Dr. Gitelman was a good experience.

April 23, 2017 7:00 PM

It was my first visit. He was recommeded by my primary physician. I was very impressed with the time he took explaining to me my illness and necessary future steps I needed to follow. Took time and carefully listened to my concerns and was very professional.

April 23, 2017 7:00 PM


April 16, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman was very attentive & thorough.

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