Steven Schaefer, MD

Specialty: General Surgery

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18210 South LaGrange

Suite 105

Tinley Park, IL 60487

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4400 West 95th Street

Suite 408

Oak Lawn, IL 60453

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9555 South 52nd Avenue

Oak Lawn, IL 60453

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4400 West 95th Street

Suite 413

Oak Lawn, IL 60453

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Meet Steven Schaefer, MD

About me

  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Gallbladder SurgeryHernia RepairLaparoscopic SurgeryParathyroid SurgeryPeritoneal Dialysis AccessRobotic SurgeryThyroid Surgery



  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Rush University
  • University Of Missouri Kansas City School Of Medicine

Board certifications

  • General Surgery

Hospital affiliations

  • Advocate Christ Medical Center

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 233 patient ratings.


July 20, 2020 4:39 PM

Went Through My Options Too Fast. Felt Rushed To Make Decision. Didnt Allow Me To Make My Surgery Choice Or Answer Enough Questions

July 20, 2020 3:00 PM

Very pleasant and well versed

July 13, 2020 4:44 PM

very professional asked all my concerns and what was the best way too approach my problem.Will be back when closer to needing my surgery.

July 11, 2020 1:30 PM

it was 1 yr post operative and news was good

July 11, 2020 1:30 PM

wonderful dr and staff

July 2, 2020 12:00 AM

Was a good experience was able to change med dosage to feel better and reassured me about future prospects.

June 23, 2020 8:07 AM

very respectful

June 23, 2020 8:07 AM


June 1, 2020 5:08 PM


June 1, 2020 5:08 PM

great job

May 16, 2020 9:06 AM

he was kind and explained things so I could understand

March 16, 2020 3:53 PM

Excellent in all respects.

March 16, 2020 3:53 PM


March 7, 2020 5:59 AM

Good experience over all

March 6, 2020 11:52 PM

This provider explained me well.

March 6, 2020 11:52 PM

it's all good

March 6, 2020 11:00 PM

This was a good experience because he was very concerned about my medical condition.

February 27, 2020 9:57 AM

Very good.

February 27, 2020 9:57 AM

Very good.

February 10, 2020 6:49 AM

Excellent general surgeon. My January 14th visit was a post op check up after having two procedure done. I would highly recommend Dr. Schaefer.

February 5, 2020 7:23 AM

Great experience, kind doctor.

February 5, 2020 7:23 AM


February 3, 2020 5:28 PM

very clean, informative, understanding.

January 27, 2020 12:21 PM

My experience with Dr. Schaefer is always outstanding. He is very attentive to all my concerns, questions & everything. He is an outstanding surgeon!!!

January 24, 2020 10:13 AM

Very professional and polite. Helped me greatly. Thank you.

January 10, 2020 8:59 AM

My experience with their provider is excellence and her office is nice _____ I'm happy he care me! Thank you!

December 16, 2019 4:03 PM

Very knowledgeable, kind and courteous

December 12, 2019 11:01 AM

I have seen Dr. Schaefer for 3 surgeries now and he has always been very considerate & compassionate. I would highly recommend him to family & friends for general surgery.

December 11, 2019 10:55 AM

Doctor is very good doctor, caring and ______.

December 9, 2019 6:09 PM

Dr. Schaefer is by far one of the best doctors I have seen. Not only is he incredibly knowledgeable in his field, but he genuinely cares about his patients, and their recovery. He listened to all my concerns and spent a decent amount of time explaining my options, the procedure, as well as recovery. He truly is a wonderful doctor, and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone!

November 21, 2019 1:47 PM

I always have an excellent visit with Dr. Schaefer, he was my surgeon and I completely respect his professional opinion concerning my health.

October 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Good. Maintaining my problem.

September 29, 2019 7:00 PM

Very Good

September 6, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Schaefer was very informative and took his time explaining my situation and answering my questions.

August 26, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Schaefer is terrific.

August 25, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Schaefer was very kind, respectful and positive. I have recurrent cancer and concern about a nodule on my thyroid. He explained all the steps and he helped set my mind at ease.

July 26, 2019 7:00 PM

very good physician and service. very thorough

July 25, 2019 7:00 PM

sceduler when making appointment was rude. I contemplated finding another surgeon because of it. receptionist when checking in was unprofessional and rude. The surgeon was great with everything which makes it all better!

July 21, 2019 7:00 PM

very good

July 21, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Steven G. Schaefer was very understanding of my health issue. He showed compassion, concerned and care.

July 12, 2019 7:00 PM


June 28, 2019 7:00 PM

excellent experience and very in-depth information

June 26, 2019 7:00 PM

Always very thorough and explains in very clear language.

June 25, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Schaefer - pleasant - knowledgeable, helpful. Would recommend him.

June 25, 2019 7:00 PM


June 17, 2019 7:00 PM

Good experience.

June 16, 2019 7:00 PM

EXTREMELY knowledgeable surgeon. Made me feel medically sound, comfortable to have had him do my thyroidectomy 5/30/19.

June 12, 2019 7:00 PM

It was very positive.

June 9, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Schaefer was very good in explaining the probable causes of my pain.

May 14, 2019 7:00 PM

I had emergency appendectomy surgery. He was excellent.

May 7, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Shaefer and his staff were excellent in providing care.

May 1, 2019 7:00 PM

I was very impressed with how Dr. Schaefer took time and explained things and actually listened to my concerns.

April 28, 2019 7:00 PM

The Provider was very respectful knowledgeable and concerned

April 23, 2019 7:00 PM

Knowledgeable, information provided clearly, friendly personality.

April 22, 2019 7:00 PM

Outstanding Surgeon! Great outcome! Very compassionate and professional.

April 18, 2019 7:00 PM

Provider was very interested in what I had to say and answered all my questions.

April 8, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Schaefer has been wonderful. He made me feel comfortable about surgery as I was very scared. He is very nice and has a wonderful bedside manner. Very friendly & professional. He is a wonderful surgeon.

March 3, 2019 6:00 PM

I had stitches taken out. Didn't have to wait at all. I was very pleased.

February 25, 2019 6:00 PM

great visit and information

February 13, 2019 6:00 PM

Had good experience.

February 5, 2019 6:00 PM

front desk extremely nice and helpful, Dr. Schaefer explains things well and takes time to listen

February 4, 2019 6:00 PM

Very friendly office which makes patients at ease. Its a very efficient office and Dr Schaefer was very timely. Totally recommend.

January 29, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr Schaefer is very professional and very easy to speak to. He has a great "bed side" manner and he took the time to personally talk to me and my wife face to face and answer any of our questions. He even telephoned us after the surgery to check on my well being. Dr Schaefer should be commended for his belief in the hippocratic oath that he took when he became a doctor.

January 27, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Steven C. Schaefer, his staff & associates are by far what anyone needing this type of surgery and/or treatment for this illness could ever ask for & I do hope they are acknowledged that this patient (myself) are extremely grateful for them!

January 27, 2019 6:00 PM


January 27, 2019 6:00 PM

loved itvery prompt and respectfulglad I was told to see him

January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Schafer is extremely nice and very informative.

January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr Schaefer was amazing. he took time during my consult visit to answer questions. he thoroughly explained the procedure and recovery time. X, his nurse, was thorough followed up to get an ekg result from a doctor for me.

January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Stephen Schaefer was extremely professional and caring. He made sure that I clearly understood my test results, explained why surgery would not be recommended at this time based on my prior surgical history and those details, and what my current options are based on my current health. I was confident with his evaluation.

November 4, 2018 6:00 PM

great service

November 2, 2018 7:00 PM

I needed to have rectal suargery and Dr. Shaffer set it up very well.

October 31, 2018 7:00 PM

I really like Dr. Schaefer.

October 30, 2018 7:00 PM

My experience was very good.

October 21, 2018 7:00 PM

my experience was Excellent, Dr. Schafer is an excellent surgeon. having any type of surgery is not a walk in the park, but Dr. Schafer, his office staff and all of the personnel that took care of me for my surgery made me feel I was in excelente hands.

October 21, 2018 7:00 PM

Very satisfied with the overall care and follow through on the procedure I received.

October 12, 2018 7:00 PM

Took time with me & was a very nice & caring doctor.

August 29, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Schaefer did my para thyroid surgery for the 2nd time. He's very good and conscientious. He's a great doctor.

August 19, 2018 7:00 PM

everything was good, receptionis , nurse and doctor. will be going back tomorrow for a another consultation.

August 19, 2018 7:00 PM

very informative and concerned with my condition and care

August 12, 2018 7:00 PM

receptionist was great and so was lab person drawing blood was excellence. my dr is great too

July 27, 2018 7:00 PM

Professional, compassionate, informative, pleasant, kind staff

July 26, 2018 7:00 PM

My experience was outstanding, my provider is caring, attentive, professional and knowledgeable.

July 25, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Schaefer is terrific. Answers all questions that I can easily understand his answers, & explains procedure as well. Great doctor.

July 23, 2018 7:00 PM

I had a very good experience with Dr. Schaefer. he helped explain my health situation and made me feel a little more positive about it. he was able to get me in for surgery the following week. I am extremely thankful to him for his help during this time in my life.

July 22, 2018 7:00 PM


July 20, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Schaefer was very professional and helpful with my health care needs. Thank you!

July 20, 2018 7:00 PM

Easy to talk to.

July 18, 2018 7:00 PM

I'm definitely satisfied with the care I got from everyone at Christ Advocate. Thank you very much.

July 18, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Schaefer is my surgeon - not primary. Excellent knowledge of my previous surgeries with him.

July 12, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Schaefer is an amazing physician. He is kind, compassionate, warm and friendly. I felt very confident undergoing surgery with him. I will recommend him to everyone who may need surgery.

June 24, 2018 7:00 PM

I was addressed as soon as I walked to the window, all of my questions were answered. Didn't wait long to see the doctor and he addressed all of my concerns and questions.

June 10, 2018 7:00 PM

Explains everything in detail and reason for his decisions. He is very comfortable to talk with and thoroughy knows history.

June 3, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Schaffer is a wonderful and very personable doctor . I highly recommend him .

May 27, 2018 7:00 PM

very nice and caring doctor. he helped me prepare for surgery anxiety that I was having about preparing for another surgery. he was very professional and listened to my questions and concerns.

May 23, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Schaefer - did a exam, explain hernia & need for surgery, (we were referred by Dr. X. Dr. S. - did excellent job of explaining procedure & after effect - Did super job of explain.

May 11, 2018 7:00 PM

the visit was professional. the provider explained the reason for not doing the procedure and I fully understood. the care team made me feel welcomed I will definitely recommend the provider.

May 6, 2018 7:00 PM

The doctor and office personnel are great. I had surgery and everything went according to how the doctor explained to me before the procedure. The nurses were also very helpful in answering questions and following up after my procedure. I received excellent care.

April 23, 2018 7:00 PM

I had an emergent situation and he got me in immediately and took care of the problem.

April 20, 2018 7:00 PM

I need surgery. I have not had a surgery where I had to stay overnight in the hospital. Therefore I was scared. My husband died last month at Christ Hospital, so I have strong feeling about this hospital. This surgeon did calm my fears.

April 12, 2018 7:00 PM

Recommended by my oncologist as caution. All test negative Excellent explanation for suspected condition.

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