Shams Bakhos Bufalino, MD

Specialty: Hematology/Oncology

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Shams Bakhos Bufalino, MD

Specialty: Hematology/Oncology

Independent practitioner Advocate Medical Group provider

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7900 North Milwaukee Avenue

Suite 16B

Niles, IL 60714

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Office: 847-268-8200

Fax: 847-318-2905

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1700 Luther Lane

Suite 2200

Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Meet Shams Bakhos Bufalino, MD



  • Fellowship: Loyola University Medical Center; Hematology/Oncology
  • Residency: Loyola University Medical Center; Internal Medicine
  • Medical School: Loyola Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Hospital affiliations

  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Advocate Lutheran General 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 78 patient ratings.


December 30, 2019 6:24 AM

Dr. Bufalino provides care to monitor my blood condition. She is always very concerned that I take the necessary steps to watch my condition closely - as if could worsen if not monitored.

December 30, 2019 6:24 AM

She is very positive & helpful to pursue what's best for my health challenges.

December 16, 2019 6:45 PM

Dr Bufalino is awesome & does a great job. thanks

December 16, 2019 6:45 PM

great experance

December 12, 2019 1:06 PM

I went in for blood test per my internist suggestion & found out I had CLL. Dr. Bufalino was very kind, informative & optimistic. I continue to see her regularly for check ups.

December 12, 2019 1:06 PM

She is the best. She takes her time & tries to explain everything. Fortunately, I am still on the watch & wait sure but if I need treatment I trust her.

December 10, 2019 12:22 PM

This provider is excellent!

December 7, 2019 3:14 PM


December 7, 2019 12:53 PM

She extremely knowledgable, personable and well liked by other physicians making it a joy to be her patient.

December 7, 2019 12:53 PM

She connects with her patients on a mental, emotional, spiritual and physical level. She is totally present with her patients making them feel understood, appreciated, loved, and cared for.

November 27, 2019 6:40 AM

We all understand my condition. And your all skilled enough to help me!

November 27, 2019 6:40 AM

Thank you.

November 23, 2019 8:43 AM

I felt immediately comfortable with this specialist. she spoke clearly and understand my needs.

November 23, 2019 8:43 AM

The office staff and nursing staff was helpful and nice.

November 22, 2019 8:21 AM

Top level experience. Dr. and staff are superb. Kind, patient and hardworking!!

November 22, 2019 8:21 AM

I have shared my good experience with doctors and staff at LGH with friends and family.

November 17, 2019 11:00 PM


November 17, 2019 11:00 PM

Good experience.

November 15, 2019 12:08 PM

As with my past visits, Dr. Bufalino listened to my questions and concerns answered in easy to understand language and reassured me with positive comments.

November 15, 2019 12:08 PM

Excellent, compassionate professional experience.

November 14, 2019 11:00 PM

Dr. Bufalino has kept me updated about my blood work and thus far there has been no reason to start treatment. She is always very upbeat, positive, and reassuring. Her chair side manner is very comforting.

November 11, 2019 11:00 PM

very good experience with provider

November 11, 2019 11:00 PM

All good experiences

November 3, 2019 6:00 PM

I wish every doctor in the world was as concerned and thorough as Dr. Bufalino. We discussed different medications and the pros and cons of each. She was able to answer all of my questions and at the end of the visit I felt very comfortable with implementing her recommendations.

November 26, 2018 6:00 PM

Very nice, courteous.

November 26, 2018 6:00 PM

Very good experience.

November 12, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Bufalino is a wonderful and compassionate doctor. I'm very pleased with her.

October 29, 2018 7:00 PM

The Dr and her staff especially X was great. X was very nice and walked me through everything that she was doing and going to do. What to and not to expect. Worked with me and made me feel cared about. She also made sure she got me my next appointment time that best worked for me and not just the office.

October 21, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. S. Bufalino is a remarkable oncology doctor. She is as prompt as it is possible to be in her field of work, she patiently listens and answers all of my & my families questions. She & her nurse X promptly return my phone calls. I was just diagnosed with CML (chronic myeloid leukemia) in August an feel that I have been very blessed to have been assigned as a patient to Dr. S. Bufalino while in the hospital in Aug. I am very confident in her healing skills & so very hopeful for my own recovery from CML.

October 5, 2018 7:00 PM

My niece accompanied me to my appt.

August 16, 2018 7:00 PM

I am very satisfied w/Dr. Bufalino.

August 12, 2018 7:00 PM

She was very accommodating and thoroughly knowledgeable. Explained everything to me. She put me on Eliquis and I am doing well.

July 10, 2018 7:00 PM


July 10, 2018 7:00 PM

As always a very good visit with Dr. Bufalino. She's kind, patient, informative & thorough. I really, really like her.

July 8, 2018 7:00 PM

I was very pleased with this provider.

June 28, 2018 7:00 PM

Excellent overall care! Keep up the great work -

June 26, 2018 7:00 PM

very satisfied and received good service and informatipn - I look forward to the next visit -

June 25, 2018 7:00 PM

Waited for Dr. Bufalino for 40 minutes. I had to tell the receptionist I was on a lunch hour. I was late to return to work. I've messaged Dr. Bufalino and received no response. Was phoned by blood dept (on first floor) to come in for another blood draw because person failed to draw enough blood. Response from Bufalino's office was I need another test insurance probably won't charge for it but never told me what it was for. I feel like a "number" not a person.

May 27, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Buffalino has been great!

April 16, 2018 7:00 PM

Yes ,I have no problem sharing this info with anyone. Dr B does a great job.

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