John Joseph Brems, MD

Specialty: General Surgery

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3745 Highland Avenue

2nd Floor

Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Office: 630-929-0590

Fax: 630-929-0591

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1435 North Randall Road

Suite 107

Elgin, IL 60123

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Meet John Joseph Brems, MD

About me

  • Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery
  • Benign Pancreatic DiseaseBile Duct CancerBile Duct InjuriesCholecystitisGallbladder CancerGallbladder DiseaseGastric CancerHepatobiliary Cancer and DiseasesLiver CancerPancreatic Cancer



  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • St. Louis University School Of Medicine
  • St. Louis University School Of Medicine

Board certifications

  • General Surgery

Hospital affiliations

  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Advocate Sherman Hospital

Insurance accepted

  • AAH Preferred – Team Member Plan
  • AAH Select – Team Member Plan
  • AARP Medicare Advantage Access HMO
  • Aetna Better Health Premier Plan MMAI
  • Aetna Coventry (Aetna Medicare) HMO
  • Aetna EPO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Managed Choice (MC) POS
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare POS
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna Medicare Value Plan PPO
  • Aetna NAP - PPO
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna Premier Care Network
  • Aetna Select
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • Aetna State of Illinois HMO
  • Aetna State of Illinois Open Access Plus
  • Aetna State of Illinois PPO
  • Aetna Value Performance Network
  • Beech Street Network PPO
  • Benefit Plan Administrators (BPA)
  • Benefits Services and Systems, Inc
  • Blue Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross Community FHP
  • Blue Cross Community ICP
  • Blue Cross Community MMAI
  • Blue Cross HMO Illinois
  • Blue Cross Med Select PPO
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO-POS
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Blue Cross Medicare Supplement PPO
  • Blue Medicare Advocate Health HMO
  • Blue Precision HMO
  • BlueCare Direct
  • Cigna APWU Health Plan Open Access Plus
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna Health Partners POS
  • Cigna Healthspring True Choice PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna NALC Health Benefits Plan
  • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Cigna Open Access POS
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna-HealthSpring Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Cofinity PPO
  • Coventry / FirstHealth
  • Coventry Health Care HMO
  • Coventry Health Care Open Access POS
  • Coventry Health Care POS
  • Coventry Health Care PPO
  • First Health Network PPO
  • FirstHealth / Coventry Personal Care
  • Galaxy Health Network PPO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna EPO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna PPO
  • HealthLink PPO
  • HealthSmart Preferred PPO
  • HST Care Connect EPO
  • HST Care Connect PPO
  • Humana Choice POS
  • Humana Community Select HMO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Illinois CCN HMO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Humana Medicare Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana Medicare Supplement Plan
  • Humana MMAI
  • Humana National HMO
  • Humana National POS
  • Humana National POS - Open Access
  • Humana POS
  • Humana PPO
  • Medicare
  • Meridian
  • Meridian MMAI
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • SEIU – Local 4 HMO
  • SEIU – Local 4 PPO
  • Tricare Prime
  • UFCW Local 1546 Health and Welfare Fund (UMC)
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Advantage Value HMO - POS
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Complete HMO
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Complete Plan 1 HMO
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Complete Plan 2 HMO
  • UHC / AARP Medicare Supplement
  • UHC National Railway Carriers & United Transportation Union Health and Welfare
  • UHC Railroad Employees National Health & Welfare Plan
  • UHC/ AARP Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • UniCare PPO
  • Union Health Services, Inc.
  • Union Medical Care PPO
  • United Health One Golden Rule
  • United Healthcare Charter HMO
  • United Healthcare Choice Plus PPO
  • United Healthcare Choice PPO
  • United Healthcare Core PPO
  • United Healthcare Group Medicare Advantage PPO
  • United Healthcare Indemnity
  • United Healthcare Medica
  • United Healthcare Medicare Complete Assure PPO
  • United Healthcare Navigate HMO
  • United Healthcare NexusACO OA
  • United Healthcare NexusACO R
  • United Healthcare Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Oxford
  • Wellcare Health Plans HMO

Ratings and reviews

Overall rating

based on 140 patient ratings.


July 29, 2020 1:38 PM

Dr. Brems is an excellent surgeon.

July 11, 2020 8:19 PM

Dr Brems is an excellent surgeon and his office and clinical staff are all top notch. All Covid guidelines were adhered to and I felt safe. I had a medication question that was answered immediately and follow up numbers were given if needed. I had excellent care.

July 8, 2020 11:04 AM

Dr. Brems was very thorough, compassionate, and knowledgeable. A+ physician!

May 19, 2020 9:09 AM

This visit was a follow up from surgery. I felt that the provider was very professional and involved with my situation/case.

May 19, 2020 9:09 AM

I would recommend this provider to anyone needing this type of care. Easy to talk to about difficult subject matter.

April 30, 2020 8:54 AM

This was a very good visit. It was a post-op visit and the bandages were removed.

April 30, 2020 8:54 AM

My experience was very positive with Dr. Brems and his staff.

March 5, 2020 7:43 AM

A very nice team!! Dr. Brems and his staff are personable, efficient and very well directed on treatment planning. I left feeling very comfortable with my first visit.

February 14, 2020 1:48 PM

Very god experience - would definitely recommend Dr. Brems.

January 27, 2020 1:46 PM

I recently had surgery and this was a follow up post the surgery. The visit went very well and no further visits are warranted unless new issues arise.

January 27, 2020 1:46 PM

Excellent visit and Excellent surgeon and all staff involved especially the Nurse Navigator that works with Dr Brems

January 27, 2020 12:21 PM

Dr. Brems was great from beginning to end. Highly recommend him.

December 12, 2019 7:10 AM

Experience was all good!

November 30, 2019 9:17 AM

Dr. Brems is the best.

November 30, 2019 9:17 AM

Dr. Brems is outstanding.

November 22, 2019 9:05 AM

During my experience with the provider it was tops. I can't imagine saying any more after all of these questions!!

November 17, 2019 11:00 PM

Dr. Brems explained the procedure in an easy to understand manner and answered my questions completely.

November 17, 2019 11:00 PM

Dr. Brems and his staff went to bat for me w/the insurance company to ensure a timely CT scan was done to check for malignancy.

October 19, 2019 7:00 PM

Excellent surgical consult for upcoming preventive surgery.

October 16, 2019 7:00 PM

Fantastic! Very kind and listens well to everything you say. He saved my life! What more can I say?

October 8, 2019 7:00 PM

From the moment we entered they were very kind and explained all well, their nurses also were kind and responsible.

October 6, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems is top notch - have great confidence in him.

October 3, 2019 7:00 PM

I was attended by this provider in ER. He explained me really good about surgery & procedure.

September 16, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems was very professional and caring. He listened to my concerns and explained what we did not understand.

September 2, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems was wonderful! He had an amazing bedside manner and made me feel so comfortable! For going to the ER & not knowing who or what would happen, I was really lucky to get Dr. Brems!

August 13, 2019 7:00 PM

He was very helpful and explained by illness.

July 19, 2019 7:00 PM

left there feeling good about my visit loved the way he talked to me made me feel comfortable with the cancer

July 9, 2019 7:00 PM

Had seen this provider 4 years ago for surgery. He is very skilled in his speciality area. He is someone who thoroughly looks at medical records.

June 30, 2019 7:00 PM

very good. I feel like I'm in the best possible hands, for the condition I have

June 16, 2019 7:00 PM


June 7, 2019 7:00 PM

very Good experience. Dr.Brems actually took the time to have everything written down for me because there was so much information I was concerned I'd forget it.He was very personable, easy to talk to and patient with me. All of the staff members were also knowledgeable and kind.

March 12, 2019 7:00 PM

Just wanted to take a minute to tell you about my experience. Your hospital was amazing. The nurses were attentive & helpful. I was very competent hands before & after the procedure would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone at Advocate Shaman Hospital for your kindness, I very much appreciate Dr. John Brems & the staffs on his time who took good care of me!

February 17, 2019 6:00 PM

Your Video Expressed care for patient which was also show at appt. Someone you can trust! Dr. J. Brems.

February 17, 2019 6:00 PM

Very helpful and throughly answered all of my questions and addressed my concerns. He took the time to make sure I understood everything. Kind and straightforward during a difficult time.

February 7, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Brems & X are awesome!

January 27, 2019 6:00 PM

I met Dr. Brems after being admitted to Sherman Hospital ER for appendicitis. He was the surgeon called in to perform the appendectomy. he was very nice and p,easant and reassuring about the procedure and I felt very confident in having him perform the procedure.

January 25, 2019 6:00 PM

he was very professional and gave me all the information I needed. he told me to call back if I had pain and wanted the surgery.

January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

I respected Dr.Brems talking about the reason for not doing the surgery.

January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

I have full confidence in Dr. Brems.would recommend him , definetly

January 13, 2019 6:00 PM

best surgeon ever!!! very down to earth and approachable.

December 8, 2018 6:00 PM

Very pleasant and thorough answering questions and concerns.

December 1, 2018 6:00 PM

Saved my life twice. Had a strange infection. He stopped in to see me in the hospital and set up a follow up appt. when I was discharged.

October 29, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems explained the surgery I was due to have. I was clear on what was going to happen, including a couple things I was not expecting. OVerall great team.

October 5, 2018 7:00 PM

Very impressed with the organization & speed things were accomplished. Everyone I came in contact with really knew what was expected of them. There was no waiting or confusion at any point in my treatment. Everything went very smoothly.

October 3, 2018 7:00 PM

They treated me very well thank God Brens is a very good dr.

September 30, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems and his staff are the best.

September 29, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems and his staff are the best. They are all knowledgeable, courteous and efficient. I live in Woodstock, IL and drive to see Dr. Brems even though there are other providers closer to my home. He and his team are that good.

September 28, 2018 7:00 PM

Very warm and caring Doctor.! excellent way of explaining the procedure in terms I could understand. would highly recommend him to anyone who needs surgery.

September 7, 2018 7:00 PM

Very informative, comfortable, & knowledgeable visit.

June 13, 2018 7:00 PM

He was competent and professional and inspired confidence.

May 2, 2018 7:00 PM

He was ok. Not aggressive enough for my problem.

April 29, 2018 7:00 PM

I was very happy with the 1st visit and surgery 3 days later.

April 16, 2018 7:00 PM

They showed me love, kindness, tolerance, they were humble they honored my wishes when to do so. THey were obedient, couldn't harm me and worked well as a team. They made small sacrifices to attend me.

April 11, 2018 7:00 PM


April 2, 2018 7:00 PM

The doctor and his staff are excellent.

March 27, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems and his staff are warm and receptive. Would definitely refer him.

March 20, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems is an amazing doctor & person. Could not have been in better hands.

March 18, 2018 7:00 PM

This provider and the entire office staff were exceptional and kind in dealing with me and my family during a difficult diagnosis of liver cancer. Extremely professional staff.

March 18, 2018 7:00 PM

Excellent visit. Dr. Brems put me at ease about my illness and I had total confidence in him.

February 28, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Brems is a wonderful surgeon and very caring and compassionate. I appreciate everything he did for me.

February 5, 2018 6:00 PM

This was the first time to see Dr. Brems. He answered our concerns and scheduled an appointment for surgery.

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