Paul R. Balash, MD

Specialty: General SurgerySurgical Critical Care

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Paul R. Balash, MD

Specialty: General SurgerySurgical Critical Care

Independent practitioner Advocate Medical Group provider

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Advocate Medical Group

4400 West 95th Street

Suite 413

Oak Lawn, IL 60453

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Office: 708-346-4055

Fax: 708-499-0948

Meet Paul R. Balash, MD

About me

  • General Surgery
  • Abdominal Wall ReconstructionRobotic Surgery



  • Loyola University Medical Center, Surgical Critical Care
  • Rush University Medical Center, General Surgery
  • Rush Medical College

Hospital affiliations

  • Advocate Christ Medical Center
  • Advocate South Suburban 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 165 patient ratings.


July 21, 2020 9:47 AM

Dr. Balash & the office staff were very professional and helpful.

July 21, 2020 9:47 AM

I enjoyed my visit with Dr. Balash & the office staff. All were friendly, informative & caring.

June 29, 2020 1:38 PM

I am very comfortable with Dr. Balash. He is respectful, listens and answers questions, and communicates very clearly.

June 22, 2020 2:31 PM

He is a very Professional Doctor.

June 22, 2020 2:31 PM

excellent experience

June 11, 2020 11:06 AM

Everyone was very kind & caring in helping me feel comfortable given the situation I was in. Dr. Balash & Nurse were very helpful throughout the procedure.

May 15, 2020 12:00 AM

Very concerned, informative, caring, polite, wonderful doctor he will do my surgery soon.

May 11, 2020 12:34 PM

I am so glad that the whole office practiced healthy social distance and I was glad to see the nurse that meets you at the elevator waiting to take your temperature.

April 23, 2020 8:08 AM

Very good.

April 22, 2020 8:08 AM

This video call worked well.

March 24, 2020 8:04 AM

Dr. Balash is a wonderful, and knowledgeable doctor. He is an honest and always positive person. He is a true gentleman.

March 24, 2020 8:04 AM

The staff at the office are personable and caring. They are respectful and patient!

March 23, 2020 4:18 PM

This was my first meeting with Dr. Balish. He was professional and kind. He knew my medical background well. He examined me and went over my medical options and asked for my opinion on what I thought I wanted to do.

March 23, 2020 4:18 PM

It was an excellent experience. I would highly recommend Dr. Balish.

March 19, 2020 5:57 AM

Good experience. The doctor was able to access all my medical records. Even from 20 yrs. ago on the computer.

March 12, 2020 10:15 AM

Everyone in the office, including the provider, was kind, courteous and respectful of me. I would recommend this provider to anyone.

February 29, 2020 7:37 AM

Excellent surgeon

February 29, 2020 7:37 AM

Very good experience

December 16, 2019 7:00 AM

Dr. Balash is a thorough and caring doctor.

December 16, 2019 7:00 AM

Very good experience with this medical group.

December 2, 2019 6:14 PM

Very professional and calming nature

November 11, 2019 8:19 AM

Nice doctor!

November 4, 2019 6:00 PM

Caring - concern - understanding - patient.

October 27, 2019 7:00 PM

very great doctor very understanding and cares about his patients

October 21, 2019 7:00 PM

Everybody was good to me like if I was part of the family. They did a great job on me.

September 11, 2019 7:00 PM

It was excellent - the staff was friendly & helpful.

August 29, 2019 7:00 PM

On May 24, 2019 this provider did an emergency surgery for me. He is a wonderful dr. When returned for my follow up after surgery the dr. was wonderful. His staff was as great as he was.

August 19, 2019 7:00 PM

I was referred to Dr. Balash for a surgical consult. By my primary care doctor. Dr. Balash was thorough with his exam and gave me all the information needed to make a decision about treatment.

July 28, 2019 7:00 PM

It's always positive. He's kind, takes care of my wound, and answers my questions.

July 21, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Balash is a great doctor. I would recommend him to everyone. Great bedside manners. He's so friendly He's wonderful.

July 9, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Paul Balash is a very caring doctor who explains all the procedures in detail and languages you can understand.

June 19, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Balash makes sure you know what is going on. Very good at explaining things. The same for Dr. X

June 18, 2019 7:00 PM

Follow up care after surgery is excellent.

June 5, 2019 7:00 PM

This provider was very helpful in answering all of my questions and concerns.

May 21, 2019 7:00 PM


May 14, 2019 7:00 PM

Very good experience.

May 14, 2019 7:00 PM

My Experience with Dr Balash couldn't have been better. My procedure was handled quickly and with no pain.

May 4, 2019 7:00 PM

Top Notch. From Dr. To Nurse. To receptionist. To scheduler for surgery, and post-surgery.

March 23, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Balash was excellent!

March 22, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Balash explains things so you understand. X, his nurse, does the same, true professionals.

February 7, 2019 6:00 PM

Doctor was a good - Doctor.

February 1, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Balash did my surgery and I was astonished at how well a job he done, the pain was less severe than expected as he explained and I feel phenomenal after the surgery he is an amazing surgeon with great bedside manners and even came to see me prior to surgery on Jan 8, 2019. I recommend him highly for anyone needing a hernia repair with robotics. Thanks

January 29, 2019 6:00 PM

it was pleasant. Everyone was very professional and kind.

January 18, 2019 6:00 PM

This provider was excellent he gave me excellent care I thank God for him!

December 8, 2018 6:00 PM

Good explained everything.

December 4, 2018 6:00 PM

Great surgeon - thanks for your expertise and professionalism. P.S. Thanks for saving my life!

October 22, 2018 7:00 PM

Liked everyone I dealt with.

September 23, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr is very personable, helpful and understanding. He saved my life!!!

September 17, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Balash is the best, I had no pain after surgery what so ever. Very respectable doctor.

September 16, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Balash Is always very courteous and informative. Thank you :)

September 13, 2018 7:00 PM

Excellent experience, very helpful way of explaining my needs due to experiencing discomfort from a cyst on my tailbone. Thankful for Dr. Balash's caring way of help in my decisions.

August 30, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Balash was extremely professional but very caring. I felt quite comfortable discussing my problem and getting his advice.

July 29, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Balash makes you feel at ease. He answers all your questions & makes sure you understand your condition before you leave. There is no rush.

July 26, 2018 7:00 PM


July 20, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Balash and his office staff were wonderful. Very kind, accommodating and professional.

July 15, 2018 7:00 PM

very friendly and satisfactory

July 3, 2018 7:00 PM

Good all very nice thanks.

July 3, 2018 7:00 PM

I had to have emergency surgery. My doctor, Dr. Balash and his team were excellent exceeded all my expectations!

June 25, 2018 7:00 PM

My experience was good.

May 28, 2018 7:00 PM

I was using a transport chair because of pain and one of Drs nurses was kind enough to assist me in the best possible way

May 5, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Balash is a very caring physician. He explained my surgical procedure very thoroughly. Dr. Balash has wonderful bedside manners and made me feel very calm before going into surgery. I would highly recommend Dr. Balash to all my family and friends!

May 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Balash came to see me daily in the hospital. He took the time to explain procedures to me and also called my husband on the phone 2 times to explain things to him. We appreciate his passion for his clients as well as his practice.

May 1, 2018 7:00 PM

My experience in this visit to the hospital was pleasant, I remain pleased. Thanks.

April 30, 2018 7:00 PM


April 22, 2018 7:00 PM

He was excellent and i will definitely be switching to see him more!

April 20, 2018 7:00 PM

great experience with a very compassionate surgeon

April 18, 2018 7:00 PM

Great surgeon/excellent facility.

March 25, 2018 7:00 PM

I made this appt to schedule a gall bladder surgery. I commented to the dr how kind and polite his staff treated patients

March 25, 2018 7:00 PM

Seemed that the doctor was a nice fellow.

March 19, 2018 7:00 PM

This was a check up after two emergency surgeries and a month long hospital visit. Dr. Paul Balash is an amazing surgeon, caring, compassionate man. I would highly recommend him to anyone that needs surgery.

March 18, 2018 7:00 PM

I received a very positive evaluation and result.

March 11, 2018 7:00 PM

Provider and staff made me feel at ease

March 5, 2018 6:00 PM

i want to thank everyone.. everyone helped me and took care of me very well and I really want to say thank you so much to my nurse Sue J she was the best after my surgery she helped me so much and even through she had other people to take care of she made me feel like I was her only patient that day thank you X) and thank u everyone

March 2, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Paul Balash is very thorough in explaining what would be the best plan of treatment at this time and together you decide what would be best.

March 1, 2018 6:00 PM

Did not focus or explain in non-medical terms what I had and if it can be removed. He was too concerned about my blood pressure and my weight. Which is not why I went to see him. I felt uncomfortable and ashamed due to the fact that I have a dislocated knee cap and I am restricted from exercise. This doctor was basically saying I'm fat and I need to exercise.

February 6, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Paul Balash is an Outstanding Surgeon ! Incredible Bedside manner, so intelligent, kind, patient, calm, explains everything completely & Listens !! -- Spoke to me & treated me with Respect - Takes time to explain thoroughly, listens to everything I said calmly . He has such a Compassionate Heart & Soul, & it just radiates from within him when he interacts . !! Amazing Human Being & Wish every Doctor I had was like Dr. Balash !! .... Felt Safe & In Great Hands knowing that he was my surgeon. ONLY way I got through it, knowing he would operate & I would be fine . Have told all my friends & family about this INCREDIBLE Surgeon , his skill, personality & what a Phenomenal Surgeon he is ! HIGHLY recommended !

February 1, 2018 6:00 PM

I thought the doctor was very knowledgeable and have a surgery scheduled next week with him

January 4, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Balash was very patient explaining how to proceed with my medical issues. He also set a follow-up visit.

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