Rachel Podrazik Baer, MD

Specialty: General Surgery

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Advocate Medical Group

745 Fletcher Drive

Suite 302

Elgin, IL 60123

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Office: 847-695-6600

Fax: 847-695-4279

Meet Rachel Podrazik Baer, MD

About me

  • Breast Surgery
  • Breast SurgeonSpecializes in Breast Cancer Surgery
  • https://www.advocatehealth.com



  • University of Michigan, General Surgery
  • University of Michigan, Vascular Surgery
  • University of Michigan
  • Northwestern University Medical School

Board certifications

  • General Surgery

Hospital affiliations

  • Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
  • 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 175 patient ratings.


July 24, 2020 11:17 AM

I am very impressed with Dr. Baer. I ended up needing two lumpectomies. She was very caring & explained very clearly what I would be going through. That was two yrs. ago. I continue my 4 mo. visits and Dr. Baer continues to take excellent care of me.

July 24, 2020 11:17 AM

On my first visit Dr. Baer talked very calmly to my daughter-in-law and I my condition & what to expect. She also answered all of our questions so I completely understood her.

July 21, 2020 7:57 AM

Dr Baer is very helpful.

June 30, 2020 4:08 PM

Dr. Baer has been wonderful. Quite helpful. Also, her RN has been exceptionally great. Both are very responsive. It has been a pleasure to work with them.

June 18, 2020 11:24 AM

Dr. Baer was an excellent professional, knowledgeable care provider. Was very interested in my health.

June 17, 2020 11:26 AM

Dr. Baer spent over an hour with me explaining all options & procedures in very easy to understand verbiage. I could not have been more pleased with this 1st time visit.

June 6, 2020 8:43 AM

Dr. Baer was very clear about my breast in infection and very proactive in getting me on an intravenous antibiotic at Advocate Sherman Hospital.

June 6, 2020 8:43 AM

Dr. Baer is a very caring doctor. She takes the time to explain everything to her patients and at the same time is very aware of their feelings. She is extremely knowledgeable and at the same time compassionate, two of the best qualities to have as a physician.

May 25, 2020 1:38 PM

COVID-19 pandemic caused some misunderstandings of need for app't asap. After finally getting an appt to meet Dr. Baer, mammogram/ultrasound tests were ordered and I was seen promptly by physician and her staff. I was very reassured at conclusion of initial visit.

April 6, 2020 2:05 PM

Dr Bear is great. Compassion at

March 3, 2020 1:46 PM

Dr. Baer is great. She is a very caring provider, very thorough, and she is very observant.

February 28, 2020 10:57 AM

She is an excellent surgeon. She does not rush you & listens to your concerns.

February 28, 2020 10:57 AM

Excellent, excellent, excellent. She is a real good surgeon.

February 22, 2020 1:32 AM

Great specialist. Very informative and listens to my questions and concerns.

February 12, 2020 10:42 AM

Dr. Baer was very thorough in her explanations and made sure I understood my options for surgery.

February 12, 2020 10:42 AM

It was a very good experience.

January 27, 2020 11:33 AM

Dr. Baer is so knowledgeable & experienced in her field, yet she has always been kind & approachable. She was so gentle during my procedure (draining fluid) & explained everything she was doing every step of the way.

January 27, 2020 11:33 AM

I've only known Dr. Baer a few months but she always makes me feel comfortable & is always patient answering any questions I have. I have surgery coming up & I know I'm in very capable hands with her.

January 24, 2020 5:57 AM

Dr. Baer is a very special doctor. She is kind, paused, considerate, loving.

January 24, 2020 5:57 AM

My experience with Dr. Baer has been always excellent.

January 21, 2020 8:25 AM

Dr. Baer is an outstanding physician and always listens to my concerns about my health. We plan a _____ for addressing these concerns together.

January 20, 2020 6:10 AM

Dr. Baer is a concerned doctor who listens and provides valuable information and options. She is professional and caring making a very difficult and stressful time easy to handle -

January 20, 2020 6:10 AM

Dr. Baer visited me in the hospital the day after surgery even though it was her day off to make sure I understood what I needed to know after my discharge.

January 11, 2020 6:47 AM

Dr. Baer iserred very caring and listens to what you have to say. She thoroughly explained the results of my test and what I needed to do in the future.

January 11, 2020 6:47 AM

I was treated courteously by the staff and nurse. Dr. Baer always makes you feel comfortable and is easy to talk to.

January 6, 2020 2:04 PM

always sharing helpful advice

January 3, 2020 12:27 PM

Very good experience.

January 2, 2020 4:45 PM

The physician took a lot of time discussing my concerns. She was very courteous, and was very informative

December 30, 2019 5:19 PM

Dr Baer is so compassionate and makes sure you understand

December 30, 2019 1:42 PM

Dr. Baer is incredible! I give her my highest accolades & recommendations. I am very grateful for her work in my life both at this visit and at my surgery.

December 28, 2019 3:36 PM

always good. very knowledgeable , precise and helpful.

December 28, 2019 3:36 PM

I am very hard of hearing and everyone at this office helps.

December 1, 2019 11:39 AM

She is very easy to talk with and I felt comfortable asking questions.

November 18, 2019 1:36 PM

I am so thankful to have met Dr. Baer. She explained everything to me and made me feel at ease. She is a wonderful and kind doctor. Her nurse, Kim, is also very helpful and reassuring. I feel like I'm in good hands during a very distressing time in my life.

November 11, 2019 8:48 AM

Good surgery & follow up.

November 7, 2019 10:13 AM

Dr. Baer is terrific! X is awesome!

November 3, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Bear is very thorough and explains well

October 29, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is rare combination of medical/technical expertise & easy to talk to & compassionate.

October 2, 2019 7:00 PM

Heart warming, caring, makes me feel like family.

September 25, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is a wonderful person, does not rush you, explains clearly and answers all questions.

September 24, 2019 7:00 PM

I love Dr. Baer - used her 17 years ago for surgery & will have minor outpatient procedure coming up.

September 18, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Rachel Baer has been the best doctor I've ever encountered. That was SO encouraging to me as I faced a double mastectomy under her care. I am forever grateful!

September 16, 2019 7:00 PM

VERY BEST. The best.

September 9, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is very knowledgeable, caring and compassionate. she not only explained my cancer to me but spoke in terms I understood along with the medical terms. I so appreciate that. she let me make my own decision while explaining tje options. she spent a long time with me and did not rush me through. if I still had more questions she took her time and never made me feel like she was in hurry to get out. Dr Baer spoke in a gentle, calm and reassuring manor.

September 8, 2019 7:00 PM


August 26, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr Baer thoroughly explained my test results. She explained each line of the pathology report. I felt very comfortable speaking with Dr. Baer. I know I'm in good hands with Dr. Baer.

August 23, 2019 7:00 PM

god bless you!!

August 4, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Rachel Baer was very professional, knowledgeable and very helpful. She answered all my questions and concerns in a very considerate and kind way.

August 4, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer remembers all the details, is gentle and thorough. She is thoughtful and an excellent listener. She is able to explain both what has already occurred and what to expect as healing continues.

July 29, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer was very nice to both me and my husband and answered a question regarding a part of my husbands problem.

July 28, 2019 7:00 PM

Everyone was kind and professional.

July 21, 2019 7:00 PM

very thorough explaining about the health situation I'm facing

July 15, 2019 7:00 PM

She was patient and very informative about the disease and treatment strategy going forward.

July 10, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is always pleasant, informative & thorough. She always remembers to order my x-rays in advance & leaves her door open for any problems. That might occur in the future. Post breast cancer.

July 1, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is an amazing dr. in every way.

June 19, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is very through about how to treat my cancer and the options I had. Dr. Baer is very professional but listens to me and answers my questions so I can understand the situation.

June 16, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr Baer is very knowledgeable, caring and really takes time discussing and made sure that I understood.

May 29, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Rachael Baer is the most professional, knowledgeable, thorough and respectful doctor I've ever had.

May 5, 2019 7:00 PM

She is brilliant, kind, and respectful. I feel comfortable with Dr. Baer, and I never feel rushed.

May 5, 2019 7:00 PM

very convenient I was in good hands, Dr. Baer explained what the surgery

May 1, 2019 7:00 PM

From the moment I met Dr. Baer I knew what a caring dr. she is. She has been so go abt. explaining my 2 surgeries and after care.

April 29, 2019 7:00 PM

Very courteous, experienced and knowledgeable. Doctor.

April 10, 2019 7:00 PM

Even tho Dr. Baer is a surgeon, she does talk about diet and other helpful suggestions for some of my health issues. I do not time her for amt. of time in exam room, but she listens in a very relaxed way, which seems that she spends more time with me than she actually does. Her explanations are complete and understandable. It is thru her that I have switched my healthcare to Sherman Hospital.

March 10, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is an outstanding provider. I trust her implicitly and value her opinion and recommended next steps for my diagnosis.

March 10, 2019 7:00 PM

Always helpful and a pleasure to see Dr. Baer.

March 1, 2019 6:00 PM

very personable and easy to talk with b

February 12, 2019 6:00 PM

Fantastic care & concern.

January 30, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Baer is a great physician and person. Her bedside manners are flawless. Her technical and communication skills are topnotch.

January 29, 2019 6:00 PM

Always a good visit. Thoughtful and listens

January 29, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Baer is so compassionate, knowledgeable, skilled in surgery , easing going personality, & very calming to her patients. I believe she saved my life by detecting my breast cancer so early. The scar is so small & the beast looks so normal after working on it 3 times. I think she is the most knowledgeable doctor I have & I respect her opinon the most . I have several doctors.

January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

very pleased with the care!

January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Baer came in during her vacation to see me which was wonderful and very kind of her. This meant a great deal to me. She spent an hour with me going over test results, type of surgery I would be having, current medical standards for treatments, etc. She was very optimistic and comforting. I left the office feeling so much more relaxed and relieved than when I came in!!

January 21, 2019 6:00 PM

11/14/18 was a post surgery check up. I was experiencing some anxiety and depression because of dealing with cancer and mastectomy. Dr. Baer and her nurse were terrific in helping me and caring about my feelings.

January 15, 2019 6:00 PM

Doctor Rachal Baer and X were very thorough, knowledgeable and so helpful while making me feel like I was in good hands!

November 28, 2018 6:00 PM

The best.

November 18, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Baer and her staff were excellent. She knew all about my heart pacemaker and explained every part of my breast (cyst) surgery. She is an outstanding doctor.

November 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer took her time and was very informative.

October 31, 2018 7:00 PM

Very personable - excellent surgeon excellent staff.

October 24, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer was very thorough & kind & considerate in explaining my breast cancer diagnosis & what treatment/surgery she recommended.

October 15, 2018 7:00 PM

I was completely awed by how professional, compassionate, informative, & patient Dr. Baer was. She took the time to explain everything to me, provided me with a copy of my pathology report, & explained what I could do to facilitate my recovery from the surgery.

October 12, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is one of the finest physicians I have had she takes time to get to know her patients. Love talking with her.

October 9, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer always takes her time and answers all questions. She is also very informed.

September 17, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Baer and head nurse X are the very best Health Care providers I have EVER had. They do not rush you, answer ALL questions so You fully understand everything and are so warm and loving and make you feel important. I would recommend them to anyone. I could not of chose better Doctors than Dr Baer. She is the BEST!

September 5, 2018 7:00 PM

As always, I thank you Dr. Baer for taking time to explain everything & being so considerate of your patients.

August 27, 2018 7:00 PM

I really liked Dr. Baer - down to earth - awesome attitude and never made me feel like she needed to run to her next pt.

August 25, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr.Baer was very good about thoroughly explaining my diagnosis, treatment and follow plans for the future.

August 13, 2018 7:00 PM

I am a nurse in an ER who has worked with Dr. Baer for a long time. when I was told that I had breast cancer, my mind was racing. it was suggested that I see Dr. Baer and my mind was set at ease. I trust her and know she will do what is best for me. I had bilateral mastectomy almost4 weeks ago. this last visit to her was a follow-up and she explained the path report and future treatment so I know exactly what to expect.

August 6, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Bear is an excellent doctor. But this time the visit seemed rushed and it seemed like she was in a bad mood. I still got all the information I needed and I will still continue to use her.

August 3, 2018 7:00 PM

Always a pleasure to see Dr. Baer - Caring, positive and informative. One in a million!!

July 29, 2018 7:00 PM

Informative - Kind - Caring -

July 27, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer and X are wonderful.

July 23, 2018 7:00 PM

She's very caring and easy to talk to. Apologized for making me wait.

July 17, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is the best doctor.

June 25, 2018 7:00 PM

Nurse never seems to care about urgentness & returning calls, but Dr. Baer & rest of staff great. Nurse makes decisions as if she was _____ & doesn't ask.

May 31, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer & all of her office made me feel comfortable & glad that I was with her TEAM - She is the GREATEST oncology doctor.

May 14, 2018 7:00 PM

During my appointment, I found Dr. Baer to be very professional, knowledgeable, and sincerely took the time to answer all my questions with patience and empathy. She has a very calming presence, is very approachable, and helped to make me feel at ease. I felt confident in her ability and if it should be necessary to need her as my surgeon, I look forward to having her on my team!

May 13, 2018 7:00 PM

dr. Baer is an excellent doctor and I would definitely recommend her to everyone

February 21, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Baer is a very caring person. This visit was a follow-up after surgery.

January 25, 2018 6:00 PM

Love Dr. Baer! Couldn't ask for a better surgeon! Competent, caring and always available.

January 19, 2018 6:00 PM

I am very pleased with the care I get with this provider.

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