Sydney R Brandwein, MD

Specialty: Rheumatology

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Advocate Medical Group

1775 Ballard Road

Park Ridge, IL 60068

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Office: 847-318-2500

Fax: 847-318-2414

Meet Sydney R Brandwein, MD

About me



  • Undergraduate Degree: McGill University
  • Fellowship: Boston University School Of Medicine
  • Residency: The Montreal General Hospital
  • Internship: Montreal General Hospital
  • Medical School: McGill University

Board certifications

  • Rheumatology

Hospital affiliations

  • 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 203 patient ratings.


July 28, 2020 11:43 AM


July 27, 2020 11:44 AM

Every thing is excellent. Dr. is very nice, always take time with patient, very caring, kind, personality.

July 24, 2020 9:10 AM


July 23, 2020 6:55 AM

Doctor Sydney R. Brandwein, MD - he is very high professional doctor, very good rheumatologist! Doctor S. Brandwein is very nice, kind and patient.

July 23, 2020 6:55 AM

Very, very good doctor and person!!! I am very happy to have him as my rheumatologist!

July 21, 2020 9:02 PM

I like the Dr. and his staff

July 21, 2020 9:02 PM

He has managed my arthritis very good.

July 21, 2020 7:34 AM

All good! Nothing out of the ordinary.

July 21, 2020 7:34 AM

Very knowledgeable and does listen.

July 13, 2020 1:36 PM

always a good visit, answers all my questions

July 6, 2020 11:35 PM

excellent dr I like him .

June 24, 2020 1:44 PM

No bad experience. Good she's friendly. Talk clear and polite.

June 24, 2020 1:44 PM

She was friendly and gave me schedule and advices how to improve my help, exercise food to eat.

May 23, 2020 12:26 AM

Dr.Brenwien and his nurses very patience and kind. They really care about their patients. I wish all doctors were as smart and patience as Dr.Brenwien

May 20, 2020 1:08 PM


May 19, 2020 6:54 AM

Very good experience!

May 19, 2020 6:54 AM

Very pleased with my experience. Needed an immediate appt. They got me in on the same day. Very grateful.

May 13, 2020 8:34 AM

I'm blessed to have a Advocate provider.

April 27, 2020 9:21 PM

Overall, a very good experience. Dr. Brandwein is very thorough and I appreciate that.

April 27, 2020 9:21 PM

This was my first phone visit and I think it went well- I've been seeing Dr Brandwein for at least ten years so we know each other well and he's familiar with my health.

April 16, 2020 8:58 AM

We are very pleased with Dr. Brandwein he seems to really care about his people. Great doctor.

April 11, 2020 10:18 AM

very professional, caring and human. only drawback is for office visits there oftentimes is a wait period because he is in such demand. I have referred several colleagues and friends to him over the past 6 years who are likewise very pleased with him and his practice.

April 11, 2020 10:18 AM

As always, Dr.Brandwein is exceptionally helpful. he listens, advises, recommends yet doesn't tell me what to do. I feel I am heard and I am given a thorough base upon which to make a decision (based upon his recommendation). Dr. B or his staff always are prompt to respond to my messaging on the portal, frequently late into the evening. I am grateful for the care I receive from him and his entire staff.

April 11, 2020 8:24 AM

The staff at the lab were professional helpful and careful regarding sanitary conditions due to the Coronavirus.

April 6, 2020 1:35 PM

positive experience

April 6, 2020 1:35 PM

very happy with my doctor

March 30, 2020 1:23 PM


March 30, 2020 1:23 PM

great from beginning to end

March 29, 2020 9:50 AM

He is a wonderful Dr.

March 29, 2020 9:50 AM

All my experience are good, very good

March 16, 2020 11:34 PM

I never had any bad experience .Everyone is very helpful particularly with my specialist and the nurses.

March 10, 2020 9:52 PM

he has a lot of time for his patients

March 10, 2020 9:52 PM

everything was okay and im happy with him being my doctor

March 6, 2020 12:39 PM

Always helpful with advice.

February 12, 2020 8:06 AM

Thanks for the service that has been given to me up to now, I hope to continue with you especially with the Dr. Brandwein for a long time if you allow me. (Thanks for your attention.)

February 12, 2020 6:49 AM

Very thorough and caring.

February 11, 2020 6:10 AM

Very good.

February 9, 2020 9:15 AM

The only negative was the wait time for the office visit, both for the appointment & booking the appointment. I called last Fall to schedule, and the first availability was 4+mos away. My appointment was at 10:00am, I arrived 15 mins early, I was taken in to a room about 10:45. The MA did her vitals, and the MD came in around 11:10am. He did take time with me, but there was several computer issues that did interfere with the visit & our discussion.

February 9, 2020 9:15 AM

This provider was very thorough. He went over my medical history, we discussed lab/x ray results. He explained all the options for treatment, pros & cons, and stated what was best for me. The office was excellent about getting back to me on results & setting up procedure appointments.

February 6, 2020 12:28 PM

He was very backed up - he did have a student observing him - LONG WAIT but information and advise was worth it all my questions answered.

February 6, 2020 12:28 PM

I arrived at 1:45 for a 2:15 appt. I left the office at 6:00.

February 4, 2020 11:32 AM

Dr Brandwein is excellent. I always leave feeling informed and ready to face the next steps in my RA journey with him

January 16, 2020 11:24 AM

He was very polite, explained everything, a lot better than the previous MD I had seen.

January 10, 2020 10:02 AM

Dr. Brandwein - excellent doctor with wide spectrum of knowledge, courteous, easy to talk to, explaining and answering.

December 16, 2019 4:14 PM

I've recommended him to many friends and acquaintances over the past 6 years. exceptional service. only issues are that he is overworked and always busy. waiting list to get in to see him.

December 16, 2019 4:14 PM

Dr Brandwein is always exceptionally busy but takes time to listen, hear me out and be available.

December 2, 2019 3:48 PM


December 2, 2019 3:48 PM

Dr. Brandwein was wonderful

November 7, 2019 11:00 PM

Love Dr. Brandwein! ALWAYS takes time to listen & help.

October 27, 2019 7:00 PM

MD and medical student did not wash hands before exam

September 16, 2019 7:00 PM

This provider is working with me for near 15 years. and he help me always, he is the best KI only has

September 8, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Brandwein is one of the most considerate and thorough physician I have ever encountered. He always takes his time and answers every question I present. If there's a wait it's because he is so thorough and caring. I don't consider that a problem.

August 25, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Brandwein gives me his full attention when I am in his office. He looks in my eyes, truly listens to me and responds appropriately. He is an asset to Advocate!

August 25, 2019 7:00 PM

This provider always runs late. I don't mind as he takes his time when its my turn. I just know it will be a long appointment when I see him.

August 19, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr Brandwein is a good listener and is concerned about me well being.

August 19, 2019 7:00 PM

I had to wait 3 hours to see this provider this is unacceptable

August 19, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr Branwein is an excellent rheumatologist and takes his time and shows he cares. I highly recommend him.

August 18, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Brandwein is a great Doctor. I've known him for many years!

August 18, 2019 7:00 PM

It's always good to see Dr. B. He understands my periodic fever syndrome. My son has the same disease and Dr. B is doctor to us both.

August 12, 2019 7:00 PM

He was good as always.

August 12, 2019 7:00 PM


July 5, 2019 7:00 PM

Incredibly patient and understanding. He's honest, straightforward and helpful. He did not shame or ridicule me for my weight or lack of memory. He was extremely kind with excellent Communications skills!

June 21, 2019 7:00 PM


May 31, 2019 7:00 PM

To have founded this provider is a blessed.

May 31, 2019 7:00 PM

my experience with Dr. Brandwein has always been excellent.

May 27, 2019 7:00 PM

He is always thoughtful and professional. He is caring and concerned. I have confidence in his abilities and am grateful to cll him "my doctor".

May 13, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Brandwein is very thorough and knowledgeable about my health situation.

May 13, 2019 7:00 PM

Very pleased with what I received.

May 5, 2019 7:00 PM

He is meticulous in going over everything in my history and he talks about ways to deal with ______ & symptoms of my scleroderma. We discussed that in the future I may have to stop taking one of the meds because of the side effects.

April 29, 2019 7:00 PM

dr Brandwein is compassionate, patient, thorough, and a good listener. has cheerful demeanor

April 28, 2019 7:00 PM

I've been going to Dr Brandwein about my sarcoidosis for many years- he's very thorough and has kept the condition under good control

April 18, 2019 7:00 PM

He is thorough with my medications & symptoms. He also lowers doses on some medications. He says the goal is to take less.

April 14, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Brandwein is a excellent doctor. I can talk to him about everything. I don't mind waiting for him because he takes his with you. I think we need more doctor taking their time not _____ time with you.

April 7, 2019 7:00 PM


March 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Brandwein was very knowledgeable,kind, helpful and very accommodating .He's always there to support you.

March 22, 2019 7:00 PM

Always a positive experience

March 22, 2019 7:00 PM


March 20, 2019 7:00 PM

I have been seeing Dr. Brandwein for several years he is a wonderful and caring doctor.

March 19, 2019 7:00 PM

I love Dr Brandwein as a rheumatologist and choose to continue to see him at additional cost as he is not a preferred provider in my insurance. His nurse, X, is also excellent, but overworked.However the amount of time spent waiting in the waiting room after arriving for a scheduled appointment (55 minutes at my recent appointment) and the lack of any attempt to acknowledge the customer or the delay, is unacceptable.Also, trying to get through to the office since the 12/2018 update to EPIC is frustrating. At almost 4 months since initiation, a customer should not have to listen to being told repeatedly that wait times to speak to the office may be longer than usual because of a new EHR system. This should no longer be an excuse

March 18, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Brandwein and his staff are always very professional, attentive to my needs and concerns, helpful, encouraging. I was very fortunate to be referred to him. I would like to explain re: results of tests that Dr. prescribed blood tests twice; the first time, results were available the same day and Dr. explained them to me at once, seeing me twice that day. The second time he prescribed the test Mar. 12, I had blood drawn Mar. 13, and I have not received results yet, but it's early. I declined to use the 'portal' offered to me by the receptionist; I expect Dr. or staff will call or mail or email results -- but am not overly concerned as my health seems stable, to me.

March 17, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Brandwein was amazing. Was worth the wait to see him as a new patient. Would recommend!

March 10, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Brandwein has been my doctor for over 20 years. There are no doctors like him. He is simply amazing.

February 26, 2019 6:00 PM

this was our first meeting. he was personable , knowledgeable, and professionsl. he made me feel very confident with his diagnosis and recommendations.

February 24, 2019 6:00 PM

very satisfied with dr. brandwein's approach to my weird auto-immune diagnosis. he was thorough in his assessment, and satisfied with the status quo plan for treatment.

February 24, 2019 6:00 PM

He is attentive, compassionate and respectful

February 22, 2019 6:00 PM

I think my doctor and his nursing staff are great. I wish there was more information regarding my disease.

February 20, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Brandwein is one of the most thorough physicians I have had the pleasure to treat with. On the evening of the day I had seen Dr. Brandwein he called me at home at 8:00 p.m. He had recalled that we had not finalized our discussion regarding a medication he was recommending for me and he was following up. Wow! What a trustworthy professional!

February 16, 2019 6:00 PM

excellent care from Dr. Brandwein

February 12, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Brandwein is an excellent provider - takes his time!

February 9, 2019 6:00 PM

Took the time to figure out my concerns

February 5, 2019 6:00 PM

He's very knowledgeable and always explains clearly.

February 4, 2019 6:00 PM

Due to being pressed for time, I do not feel I had adequate time with my provider. I appreciate his ability to sense my urgency and for seeing me quickly when he did but they really need to do something (improve) in regards to timeliness and scheduling.

February 1, 2019 6:00 PM

Always have a good experience with Dr. Brandwein and his associates. Usually wait a bit as he spends a lot of time with each patient. Also usually has a student whom he runs thru the patient history with.

January 31, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. X referred me to Dr. Brandwein for a rare medical condition I had due to my cholestrol medication. Although Dr. Brandwein was not aware of this condition, he has done a great job in researching it & prescribing medication that has helped me get back to normal.

January 30, 2019 6:00 PM

excellent Doctor explains everything

January 29, 2019 6:00 PM

I started seeing Dr. Brandwein about ten years ago he has kept me healthy and couldn't be more respectful of me and my disease he is kind and smart and I will stay with him as long as I can.

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