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Dr. David Shanker, MD

Dermatologist

Professional statement

Dr. David B. Shanker has been providing outstanding dermatological care for patients with skin problems for over 30 years. His focus is on providing individualized attention, one on one, with our patients. He is happy to see all ages - children, teenagers, and adults. Dr. Shanker is a 1981 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his internship at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge in 1982. He then did his Dermatology residency training at the University of Illinos in Chicago. Dr. Shanker is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Great Lakes Dermatological Society, and the Chicago Dermatological Society. He has served as President of both the Great Lakes and Chicago Dermatological Societies. Dr. Shanker is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is also on the medical staffs of Northwestern-Lake Forest, Advocate-Condell, and Mercy Hospitals. Dr. Shanker has been listed in Chicago Magazine and by Castle-Conroy as one of the top Dermatologists in Chicago.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Advocate Health Care
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • Dermatologist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Advocate Condell Medical Center
  • Lake Forest Hospital
  • Highland Park Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Dermatology

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of Illinois, Chicago, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Illinois, Chicago, Residency in Dermatology

Professional memberships

  • Chicago Dermatological Society
  • American Academy of Dermatology
  • Great Lakes Dermatological Society

Awards and publications

  • Clinical Assistant Professor - University of Illinois

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1619905734

Office locations

Dermatology Chicago

25 E. Washington St., Suite 1131

Chicago, IL 60602

Patient reviews
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The staff were extremely nice and make you feel really comfortable. Dr Shanker was clearly knowledgeable and took care of my issue right away. Overall a great experience.
Less than 1 month ago
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He is pleasant . When asked he responds with the info you need.
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The women working here are the best - so friendly and helpful! Dr. Shanker is great too - no-BS 'bedside manner' and very kind.
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This was my first visit with Dr. Shanker. I was referred to him by my previous dermatologist. He’s very experienced and was honest about treatment plans for my acne. We had a great discussion and he answered all of my questions.I feel confident about the treatment plans he offered and am looking forward to my follow-up appointment.
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He made me feel very comfortable and took my concerns seriously.
Less than 1 month ago
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Very good experience! Dr. Shanker was super friendly, quick, knowledgeable and the staff was very pleasant!
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Short and productive. Answered all my questions. Perfect for a weekday appointment.
Less than 1 month ago
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Primary MD thought I had a problem. Dr. Shanker told me it was nothing. Could not ask for a better appointment.
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I went in for cystic acne and explained I had tried the antibiotic/topical cream path and was looking for something different, seeing as I had no results with either. However, the doctor did not listen to any of my concerns andsimply suggested I try antibiotics and topical creams again. Overall a disappointing and unproductive visit.
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Dr. Shanker diagnosed my problem within seconds. He then provided a thorough explanation of the various causes for my condition and ways that I could avoid exacerbating it. The medication prescribed showed quick results. I would recommend him to anyone.
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He was very straight forward with me and was able to diagnose my skin condition very quickly. After our brief discussion, he gave some recommendations and was honest with whether or not I needed to come back and see him. I would recommend him to anyone.
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The staff at Dr. Shanker's office were super friendly and efficient. They made me, a first time patient, feel right at home. And my visit with Dr. Shanker was fast and exactly what I was looking for. He dealt with myproblem immediately and painlessly. Hopefully I won't have to go back, but if I do I am confident that I will receive the same treatment.
Less than 3 months ago
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- The front office staff members were very curt and unprofessional. One of them also had a half eaten plate of food laying out that you could easily smell and made the area seem unclean. - Dr. Shanker had very limitedknowledge about wrinkle prevention. Also, he tended to ramble on and was dismissive about his staff’s behavior. - The treatment room was probably the least clean that I’ve ever been in.
Less than 3 months ago
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I scheduled a skin biospy and was forced to do a culture where I wanted skin biospy. He not a good listener and does he feels. Not comfortable especially if im paying for service.
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I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Shanker's office. He was incredibly knowledgable and confident, and gave me a thorough and reassuring full-body skin exam. The staff was warm and helpful during check in/out.
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Very thorough, shortest wait time I’ve ever had in a doc office and reception was great. Location was slightly hard to find within building, but other than that, perfect. Would highly recommend!
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Quick and easy, super friendly desk staff -- great experience overall!
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He's very affable and efficient. For me as a Black woman he was very nonchalant about the risk and prevention of sun-related diseases, which was surprising (E.g. saying I don't have to worry about sunscreen in the winter in Chicago) which may very well be accurate!
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I've had a warts on my hands for the better half of three years. As you can imagine it negatively impacted my life ever single day. I've seen 2 other dermatologist where I went weekly or monthly for the duration ofa year each. The freezings were painful and unsuccessful. I switched again to Dr. Shanker and it took one freezing to remove the warts I've had for almost three years. I find most dermatology offices put their business first over the continued health of a patient. Dr. Shanker is an exception to this. Not only is he thorough and understanding. He gets the job done and he does it right. Front desk staff are also personable and excellent people.
Less than 3 months ago
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He’s old school. I had a lunch appointment and a small problem that would be easily fixed and he told about 10 long stories. Nice guy, but depends on what you’re looking for.
Less than 3 months ago
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Extremely efficient.
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The office staff was fantastic, warm and energetic. Dr. David Shanker was great too, and shared a lot of information about the skin with me. One thing that I would prefer though, since I had to get completely undressed during theexam (I did not know you had to do this during a basic check-up!), is that a nurse or member or the staff be present during the examination and that he use gloves. I believe if that had been different then it would have been a perfect experience for me.
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Good. Some wait time
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Dr. Shanker was able to figure out my problem quickly and was extremely helpful in understanding my concerns. Also, his front desk staff are Extremely Nice and pleasant! This was an all around good visit.
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Professional, friendly staff. Short wait for physician consult. Pleasant experience.
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Dr. Shanker and his staff are amazing. Went in for a visit for my acne which was causing lots of problems for me! His treatment plan was affordable and effective. Wait times were minimal. Highly recommend.
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Great experience. Dr Shanker and office staff were extremely nice.
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Very good experience; staff was friendly and professional. Quick visit with minimal wait and vey accomdoating.
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Very professional, accurate and expedient! Have seen him a few years before for a different reason and this is my return visit for a reason!
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Less than 6 months ago
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Quick, efficient, friendly, effective. Dr. Shanker gets it done!
Less than 6 months ago
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Terrible doctor. Didn’t ask anything about me and just put words to hurt my feelings. Of course the methods for treating acne did not work for me.
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As usual, Dr. Shanker was professional and had an excellent bedside manner. He took an appropriately conservative approach to my problem. He is a first class physician.
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Truly gifted dermatologist. I recommend Dr. Shanker to all my friends and family.
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Excellent doctor! Wait time was almost zero after I filled out a few short forms. I needed some prescriptions, and also had some concerns about an annoying lesion on my hand. The doctor took care of the Rx right away, andthe electronic ordering all has gone smoothly. He also removed the lesion in an essentially painless procedure. The whole visit lasted maybe 15 or 20 minutes, and took care of everything I needed. Dr. Shanker seems to know his profession cold, and he comes across as a nice guy. The folks on his office staff are very friendly as well, and loaded me up with free samples of skin products on the way out.
Less than 1 year ago
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Terrific - great bedside manner.
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Good knowledgeable personable doctor. Highly recommended.
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Fast and efficient. Problem focused. I’m going to try the recommendations and see how they work.
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Great!
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The Doctor and his staff were warm and friendly. Made my first visit very easy, and I'd happily recommend Dr. Shanker and his team.
Less than 1 year ago
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Excellent. Great, caring doctor and very personable, too.
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From reception through my visit with Dr. Shanker, the experience was a breeze. I was not required to fill out 30 pages of forms that often accompany a visit to any specialist; the forms were brief and straightforward. The front deskstaff was extremely kind and helpful. Dr. Shanker thorough and educational. He addressed my concern very directly, but was kind and humorous in doing so. Highly recommended!
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There's gotta be a recommendation somewhere in between "Highly recommend!" and "Probably" (how about simple "Recommend"?) Anyway, based on this brief appointment, Dr. Shanker seems like a excellent doctor and kind person. I was seen rightaway (though, granted, I had a 9am appointment...obviously can't vouch for later in the afternoon appointments, Front desk staff were great too. Very generous with the fancy sunscreen samples. I would happily go back if and when I needed to.
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Dr. Shanker listened to my needs and I was in and out of the patient room with exactly what I wanted.
Less than 1 year ago
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Very satisfied, a podiatrist and another doctor misdiagnozed and prescribed for fongus, doctor Shanker diagnozed Psoriasis, very accurate, that is why dad was not improving, he was being treated for a different condition.
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I go to David annually to check my skin and get rid of unwanted age spots, marks, skin bumps or skin tags. Better than cosmetologist :)
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Spent almost no time completing a skin cancer screen check. I went to another doctor afterwards and the experience was as different as night and day.
Less than 1 year ago
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Though Dr. Shanker and his staff were highly professional. Very nice, friendly and thorough. Would definitely recommend!
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I had a very good experience with my visit to Dr. Shanker's office and would not hesitate to contact him in the future. His office staff was very nice and very efficient.
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Dr. Shanked was AWESOME! Treated me right away and fixed a major problem for me.
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