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Dr. David B. Shanker has been providing outstanding dermatological care for patients with skin problems for over 25 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.
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr. Shanker didn't waste any time in examining my skin problem. He immediately gave me his professional conclusion, without wasting time. That's the way I like it.
The office staff was great, the doctor was great. I was taken in on time, explained my issue, he examined the problem and took care of it right away-I thought I would need another appointment. Very pleased with everything!
I went to see Dr. Shanker for a pretty embarrassing reason but he did not make me feel uncomfortable at all. He is a nice guy who is not over-bearing. The treatment was painful as it always is but his bedside manner was wonderful and helped distract me from the pain. He asked questions about my background and shared information about himself which I appreciated. I feel like I may need more aggressive treatment but we will see if I improve over the next few weeks! The front staff was also very nice and understanding of me being late. I recommend!
I don't recommend him, he didn't even help my problem. Everything he said I found it online, I didn't feel that I got the appropriate treatment,
Hi Review Readers!!! I am very true depressed patient of this doctor. Hope So whoever reads this review will not visit him and waste your money. I went to this specialist April4th 2016. I was glancing around for some expert dermatologists, so i saw this doc having high great reviews than the bad reviews. These surveys made me to visit him. Coming to waiting time and front desk work area, they were useful and great in accepting a patient. Coming to specialist, he is simply super quick in treating a patient with no proper production/result. He is patience less to listen to my issues and my inquiries/questions. He continued speaking about his opinions and his forms of treatment. He didn't considerably try to look on to my skin break out. I have penned numerous things to ask him before meeting him, however because of his super quick treatment he made me to not to ask any more inquiries. Even if i was trying to ask few doubts he would just interrupt and make us to forget about the question. I had an inclination that i have unnecessarily wasted my cash on this patience less specialist !!! As he is old and enough experienced being a specialist he ought to know in what capacity if he treat the patient and in what manner ought to a specialist listen to the patient issues. I have some oily skin and his treatment was simply not to utilize any lotion and to just use the dove soap!!! That is the only thing that he did the 15minutes visit i had with him. I am genuine discouraged patient of this specialist. Trust So whoever peruses this audit won't visit him and waste your Money. Thanks.
Couldn't have been a better visit. Prescribed an ointment immediately and confirmed a fungus was to blame. This is the way appointments should be set up.
I like his honesty and frank approach.
As always, I got in right on time (even a little early) and everyone in the office was great.
The doctor and staff were very friendly.
He's quick to get out of the office but there wasn't much to say.
I think he was very nice
Office staff friendly. Was seen immediately. Got quick answers. Doc is knowledgeable, not terribly warm and fuzzy but did good work.
Dr. Shanker and his staff were wonderful. I recommend his office for any medical needs you may have.
Always fast and professional.
Dr. Shanker is a seasoned, friendly, caring, empathetic doctor who treats you very personally and I highly highly recommend him.
Good experience! Fast, thorough, and satisfied.
Good attention to needed medical problem including diagnosis.
He was a very nice guy, who took my concerns seriously!
He's a great listener and discussed various treatment options for my eczema. His staff is nice and attentive. The only thing I don't like about his practice is that you need to leave a credit card number; they'll charge the difference between your bill and what your insurance covers.
My wife and I have factors that put us at risk for skin cancer. We see Dr. Shanker for exams, and find him to be efficient as well as responsive to our questions and concerns. The front-desk staff are very pleasant.
Courteous and helpful staff. Dr. took adequate time for examination, discussion and recommendations.
I would highly recommend Dr Shanker. He's a rare "no nonsense" professional.
The office is full of wonderful people. They made the experience great. The Dr. is extremely educated and cares about his patients.
Dr. Shanker is friendly and straight to the point. He saw me promptly and was pleasant!
I'm pretty sure it was his last appointment of the day and he was not too interested in being there. He rushed through the appt and seemed irritated that I even came (for a general screening). Maybe my skin is in good condition but still would think a dermatologist would encourage you to be proactive...
Friendly office. I would return if needed.
Very nice doctor and very nice receptionists. We got in right away and he knew exactly what the rash was and the medicine he prescribed started working right away. I would recommend him.
Very good doctor and easy to make appointment
Dr. Shanker was quick to diagnose and treat a dermatitis that had been problematic for several months. I'm very satisfied with both his expertise and my results.
After filling out all the normal paper work I was seen within 10 minutes of my appointment time. Which I appreciated. The appointment didn't last all that long, and we'll see if what he prescribed works. He spent all of 5 minutes looking at my rash, without asking me hardly any questions at all. So fingers crossed that the anti biotics actually work and that's what was wrong and I don't have to go back
Second visit and referred my friend to him and he had excellent results.
Great visit, very educational. I highly recommend Dr. Shanker.
Dr was great, provided a diagnosis , and meds, and scheduled follow up. Very little wait.
He is simple and super quick and no fuss! Thanks Doc!!
He was great!
A++, highly recommend
great experience. quick diagnosis and prognosis. gave plenty of information. would recommend to anyone needing dermatology expertise.
Very friendly doctor who was able to quickly figure out & solve problem!
told me i could buy any face wash and recommended I shop at Costco. Told me he buys his wife's gifts and tshirts there. also said that sunscreen isn't necessary in the wintertime...
Strangest dermatologist I have ever seen, and I've visited 4 in the last year for (what I now know is likely) medication-induced acne. First visit, Shanker told me never to moisturize, use sunscreen, or exfoliate. Prescribed me minocycline, it did nothing, so on our next visit, I told him I wanted to try spironolactone, as I had the first time. Took it for 3 months, again nothing. I came back, Shanker said he could do nothing for me, ACTUALLY had the gall to suggest I wear "green concealer." I'm a cisgender woman, of course I have a massive collection of makeup and have tried that. I left quite upset, never seeing him again.
Quick and simple visit. Kind of transactional though, didn't shake my hand, use my name, and gave blunt/non-explanatory answer to a general dermatology question unrelated to the visit. Granted, some of that could be a result of how quick the visit was. Office staff was pleasant.
The front desk seemed a little unorganized. Then I was just put in a room. The nurse did not ask my any questions why I was there or anything. I could have had a spot on my breast that needed to be looked it...was I to just undress once the doctor came in?
Everyone was very pleasant and attentive.
I was disappointed by the way I was treated by Dr. Shanker. He basically diagnosed me right on site. He spoke of diseases I may have but did not take action nor recommended to have it checked. He basically asked how I felt, my answer was OK, and he dismissed the idea of me potentially having another disease or further complications. Not that I am asking to have further complications, but I would've expected for him to rule out all possibilities, ask me to perform a check up and provide me with more information. After we finished, he walked me to the front desk, the receptionist asked if there was going to be a follow up appointment and he basically responded "Nope" and kept walking without even saying goodbye, or just plain courtesy, acknowledging the appointment is over. I felt dismissed and disregarded. I'm going for a second opinion, this visit was a waste of time and money.
Dr. Shanker was very professional. He addresses your issues right away and to the point. Took care of my problem right away, and the procedure healed within days. He is a keeper. I will see him again if another skin problem surfaces in the future.
I love Dr. Shanker. He's on time and no-nonsense. Can't go wrong.
Very friendly and helpful front desk staff, the best! The doctor is also extremely nice, professional. His nature engenders a feeling of trust. He also referred me for one procedure he does not do to another outstanding physician. A+ experience in my opinion.
I really loved the office staff (I never get tired of hearing "sweetie" or "honey" because its rare in the city!). They helped me through some insurance paperwork and were very pleasant through the process. This was my first time seeing Dr Shanker and he was very efficient as well as easy to talk to. He's done this so long that he can give you definitive answers which was all I needed. If you need to schedule a last second appt for whatever reason, your process through ZocDoc with Dr Shanker will be pretty easy if it goes like mine. I would definitely recommend him.
Office centrally located and very efficient. Appointment itself short and sweet, had prescription ready to pick up at my pharmacy within the hour.
Nice guy, very smart but very short. He'll answer your questions immediately, so make sure you come with a lot to get the most benifit out of your visit
This was my second visit and just like the first, I had an excellent experience. There was no wait in the office - I was seen right at my appointment time. The doctor is a very experienced professional and took care of what needed to be done in a highly skilled manner. His staff is wonderful as well - friendly and extremely efficient. It is one of the best run practices I have ever seen. Makes going to the doctor a pleasant experience!
Wow! A very organized and efficient office and all very nice. I did not have to wait to be seen. I highly recommend Dr. Shanker.
Dr. Shanker was quick and his staff was very helpful from the moment I got there until I was leaving. He was professional and to the point. He quickly took care of my problem and I would definitely recommend him!
He really rushed me in there, was a little uncomfortable, and as a result, I didn't get all my questions answered. He he also laughed off and dismissed some of the reasons I came even before I finished explaining them. Kind of condescending.
Took me in right on time and waited about 1 minute for the good doctor. Very professional staff who were very courteous. Referred me for some things he could not handle, but took care of the things he could. I welcomed his honesty and professionalism.
Dr. Shanker is the 4th dermo I've seen in the past 2-3 years for my very severe eczema. I feel like I've tried "everything", and Dr. Shanker was very understanding and sympathetic. He was able to prescribe some medicine to deal with my immediate outbreak, and also prescribe some additional topical medications to try that I hadn't before. He also gave me some new ideas for environmental triggers that could be causing my episodes and gave me some ideas for mitigating their effects. In all, he spent about 45 minutes with me asking questions and talking through possible solutions. Dr. Shanker was also very friendly and seemed kind, sensitive, and understanding, which is important to me since I've been so frustrated with past doctors. He knows the other docs I've been to, and he seemed very knowledgeable overall. It was easy to get an appointment through Zoc Doc and I didn't wait long before being seen at the office.
Very thorough in explaining skin cancer and sun care, gave great tips on sun damage prevention
He was very professional, speedy and effective. Hopefully I don't need to see a dermatologist again, but if I do, I will certainly return to his office!
Funny and makes you feel comfortable.
Dr. Shanker was great! He explained everything well and put my fears to rest. Would definitely recommend his professional services. His staff was also very friendly and helpful.
Had a simple request. Was in and out in 15 minutes. Friendly staff. Proffesional doctor.
This was the fastest Doctor visit that I have ever had! The receptionist had the paperwork that I had submitted thru ZocDoc printed and ready for me to sign. Filled out 2 other easy forms and then Doctor was waiting for me. First appointment ever with Doctor Shanker. He asked why I was there, I told him wanted to get a cyst removed that had bees growing on my scalp..... Less than 10 minutes later, cyst was surgically removed and I was stitched up and out the door!!! Unbelievable! Total time from getting out of the car to getting back in was 20 minutes. Very happy with ZocDoc and with Dr. Shanker and his whole practice. Thank you.
The employees at Dr. Shanker Office are very professional. Though I only need to see Dr. Shanker once every two or three years, they always make me feel like they know me personally. Dr. Shanker is also a very good doctor. Last year he asked me the strangest question when I was explaining a skin condition. Did you recently have a cold? I did two weeks earlier and was wondering why he was asking me this question? He explain that I was the fourth patient he has seen that month and that the strain of the virus associated with the cold is causing the skin condition and it will clear up within 30 days with no treatment needed. He was right.
Exactly how I expected - great. And efficient.
Dr. was very nice with excellent demeanor. He resolved the problem, the diagnosis was favorable, and sent me on my way. His office staff were so positive, friendly & accommodating. Great experience & have already recommended him to a work colleague.
he was in rush. we spent less than three minutes and didn't give me enough explanations.
Filled out some additional forms (not available for pre-registration via ZocDoc, but just some easy signatures), and then was immediately brought into one of the rooms where Dr. Shanker was. He diagnosed me immediately, removed the clogged pore, and I was out of there in a total of 4 minutes. Quick and painless.
I went to see Dr. Shanker for a few mild persistent issues. I waited 30 minutes after my appointment time to see him. On top of that I had been in the office 10 minutes early. Maybe typical for doctors, but still frustrating. I was then with the doctor for 5, maybe 10 minutes. He quickly dismissed my concerns and came up with the "solution" before I could finish my sentence. Then he joked about being late, joked that he was not helpful "which is the same thing my wife tells me", and he joked about not wanting to be in the office. I like a funny doctor, but when I'm not respected as a patient I no longer enjoy the lack of professionalism. I informed him of the shampoos I tried. He seemed confused when I told him that none of them helped. I was hoping for a recommendation on a better shampoo/soap. But I got nowhere with him. He also told me that he couldn't diagnose anything unless he saw something. I described some of the physical symptoms and showed him what remained of the healing issue, but I still received no advice. I just wish he would have been a little more prompt, listened to my concerns, and respected me as a patient. I may not have serious life threatening issues, but I had enough of a concern to see a doctor due to the persistent discomfort. What a waste of a co-payment!
Very friendly office staff! Dr Shanker, was quick yet still thorough.
Dr. shanker is quit to diagnose the problem and give possible solution which helped me with my AA.
Dr. Shanker's office was friendly and efficient. I was made to feel very comfortable by himself and the front office. I feel very relieved that I have found this office after moving here from Indiana.
Got in and out in a little over 5 minutes. My prescription was promptly sent to Walgreens for me to pick up. Great experience, and a great doctor!
Dr. Shankar and his staff are amazing. I just moved from Kentucky and it's good to know that I've already found my dermotologist. Highly recommended.
Fast, professional and accurate. Strongly recommended.
Absolutely friendly and knowledgeable! He keeps the jokes coming!
I really like him and the ladies at reception. They all do their best to make you feel comfortable and at ease.
He was very personable, patient and knew exactly what was wrong within minutes. He diagnosed my problem that other dermatologist were unsure about. Knows his stuff!
I was served almost right after I arrived. Dr. Shanker is very professional and got straight to the point. I would definitely recommend him to a friend.
While the front-office experience was smooth and easy, I felt uncomfortable in Dr. Shanker's consultation room. He seemed a little dismissive of a lot of my concerns. Not great bedside manner.
Was very helpful and knowledgabe about my acne!
Very down to earth. Liked him a lot. Took care of my son right away and made him very comfortable.
Very easy going and created a comfortable atmosphere. I would recommend.
He was awesome and very honest! I would definitely make other visit
Dr. Shanker was helpful in resolving a skin condition I've had for a number of years. I've seen two other dermatologists about the issue and his plan of attack seems the most reasonable of the three. Really nice receptionists, as well.
Dr. Shanker is straightforward and keeps it real, which is refreshing within the medical world. Everyone in his office is extremely friendly and helpful and all appointments have been prompt. Highly, highly recommended!
I switched dermatologists because my previous dermatologist had me wait an hour before seeing me and that was a week after I made the appointment. I made an appointment with Dr. Shanker the day before and then he saw me right away and he also seemed to be more knowledgeable. His staff is very nice and I will use him in the future.
Excellent doctor who has compassion for his patients and knows how to listen to his patients. If you have any skin concerns, regardless of how far you may be to his office, you should see Dr. Shanker. There's a reason why his patients will travel (even from Chicago) to see him in the far northern suburbs. I did not felt rushed or uncomfortable around him (and doctors in general make me nervous, which is compounded further if you have a medical concern). His staff is wonderful - very warm, respectful and efficient.
Solved issue prior doctor had no clue on.
It was quick & to the point. I got the answers I needed & very comfortable with him.
Dr. Shanker was very kind, funny, and calming. I would highly recommend him.
Really kind front desk staff, saw Dr. Shankar even before my appointment began, received clear and straightforward guidance from him, appreciate him being cost-conscious about different medications etc., was in and out in less than 10 minutes. Highly recommend!
They make you give them you credit card on file even though you have insurance, and then you have to sign saying that they can take what ever bills they want out of it! How ridiculous!
The office environment was very friendly. I was about 10 minutes early for my noon appointment was surprised when Dr Shanker saw me a couple of minutes early. He looked at my problem and removed it (cyst) very quickly while still being quite likable and very professional. He thoroughly answered all my questions and I was out the door by 12:15.
I was early to my visit and was able to be seen early too. That's a first! Everyone was friendly and made me feel comfortable.
When we arrived at the office they had no record of our appointment but they did take us anyway
Great doctor highly recommended!!!
I expected Dr. Shanker to be great (based on the reviews). Unfortunately I did not have a satisfactory experience. I was clearly not feeling great and his bedside manner (or lack thereof) did not help. He also never even looked closely at the issue + sat several feet away for the entire consultation. His staff, on the otherhand, was awesome. Everyone at the reception was incredibly nice.
He was outstanding. Figured out my acne problem that had baffled other dermatologists. I would highly recommend him!
I will continue to follow up with Dr. Shanker. He was very professional and spent time explaining his diagnosis and treatment plan.
Do not know, still testing the waters.
Awesome bedside manner. I had a great experience and appreciated how he talked through a treatment plam.
Very prompt and efficient.
The office staff is exceptional. All of them make you feel welcomed, especially the receptionist.
He was very helpful and nice.
Friendly staff and doctor, but the wait time was long. Arrived 10 minutes early and it took 50 minutes to see the doctor.
Quick visit to remove a mole. Dr. Shanker was extremely professional and his staff are very friendly.
Excellent dermatologist - very professional and clearly a highly-skilled diagnostician. Explained my skin condition and provided immediate solution/relief. The office staff are equally professional and extremely efficient; very friendly and easy to speak with. Overall, this was one of the best experiences I've had in a medical office.
Great doctor; knows dermatology and has a great personality in working with patients.
Not my favorite dermatologist I've ever seen.
Quick and straight to the point, answered all my questions
He was brief but effective with his diagnosis. I would go back if I needed dermatological services in the future!
He was very nice but I did not think his exam was very comprehensive. He took about 30 seconds to search for any bad marks on my body and did not seem thorough.
Very nice, professional, and quick.
He was very straightforward, didn't try to sell me on crazy expensive products, just told me what I need to do to fix my breakouts.
I had an excellant and easy experience at Dr. Shanker's office. His staff were quick and friendly. Dr. Shanker was an excellant physician, and I would recommend him for anyone looking for an effcient and well trained doctor.
Fastest doctor's visit ever, walked in at 2:40 for 3 PM appt left at 3:05, since I filled out paperwork on ZocDoc I only had to sign forms. Doctor sent prescription electronically to Walgreens. Very efficient!
Been an patient for many years. He and his staff are pleasant and professional
Great! Diagnosed the issue and after only a few dats on the prescribed meds, I saw improvement!
He is excellent
Dr. Shanker is very personable and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him.
Dr. Shanker was great! Honest, funny, engaging, and interesting. Listened to my concerns, told me his opinion, asked for my input. I had a few questions which he readily answered. I thought it was fantastic. And, perhaps because I had a 9:00 a.m. appointment, I was seen by about 9:05. The women at the reception desk were also great - super nice. I would highly recommend.
Better than expected!
He is a great doctor. I drive back from Minnesota to still see him for my regular appointments. That should tell you I think highly of him.
Always happy with this doctor. Takes time to talk with you and answer your questions.
The doctor didn't seem very friendly, nor did he care about my condition I would never come back.
Very straight to the point and helpful.
Very professional and also personable at the same time. It was a quick and easy visit, perfect for anyone who works in the loop like myself.
Very dismissive of my issue and generally unhelpful.
On time and complete.
My visit was okay. The assistant at the front desk seemed a little frazzled by the paperwork but other than that she was the nicest lady I've ever met at a doctor's office. Dr. Shanker didn't go into too much detail about my examination (which I would have preferred) and sent me on my way within 10-15 minutes. Was told to take some over-the-counter meds to see if they would help and to return for a second visit if they did not.
very quick, straight to the point, very efficient!
Friendly, great doctor. 10-15 minute wait. Worth it, IMO. As a new patient, wish they asked for all of the cards (credit card, id, insurance) they needed from me at the same time.instead of piecemeal.
Great experience as a 1st time patient of Dr. Shanker! Lucked out and managed to get a same-day appointment to get a painful cyst-like lump looked at. Was greeted by a friendly receptionist and waited a very short time (maybe 10 minutes) to see Dr. Shanker. Doc examined it, then went on to drain and diagnose as a boil. Then explained the difference between a cyst and a boil, and patiently answered all my questions. Did not feel rushed at all. Bedside manner was professional, friendly and genuine. I was sent off with the offending lump taken care of and a bag full of skincare samples, all on my lunch hour. Great experience - I've already recommended Dr. Shanker to a friend!
It was short and sweet...staff were cheerful and polite and helpful...
Quickly got the job done and got me out the door.
Very professional doctor, minimal wait.
As far as making appointments over a lunch break go, Dr. Shanker exceeded expectation. I was in and out with time to spare. He was professional, efficient and listened to my concerns.
I was pleased by the prompt and professional treatment.
Efficient, friendly, and effective. Perfect for me.
This was one of the most pleasant doctor visits of any kind that I've ever had. Everyone there is so delightful and professional and kind. I left feeling so great about having found them!
Very nice, and very easy.
I had a really great visit with Dr. Shanker, and will definitely be returning. I came in to get a second opinion on having a mole removed, and he was incredibly thorough. He was to the point and answered all my questions. The office was very clean, and the front desk staff were super friendly!
I was in and out in a flash - the staff was professional, and Dr. Shanker was direct and helpful.
I have been seeing Dr. Shanker for over 20 years. He is very knowledgable, has always treated my skin issues and answers all of my questions. I highly recommend him.
David Shanker quickly diagnosed my issue and provided fantastic context to his reasoning. A true professional.
Very patronizing manner, told me that skin cancer wasn't something serious or something I should be concerned about. I requested a full body check for any skin irregularities, as skin cancer runs in my family, and he was not thorough at all; spent maybe two minutes glancing over me.
Pleasant, friendly, helpful.
Dr. Shanker is a pleasure to do business with. A great bedside manner and he helped me with my symptom.
Dr. Shanker was very quick and very precise. I asked a LOT of questions and he answered them with ease and a little humor. He was also great on giving me tips and making sure that I was not overpriced for the medication I was to receive.
Pretty great. Very knowledgeable and friendly.
for my first time to this doctor and to a dermatologist in general, the experience was wonderfully easy and quick. i felt well examined and asked many questions. i was given adult answers with explanation.
He was very help and knew what treatment work for me.
Dr. Shanker was extremely professional and explained the diagnosis and treatment in a very straight forward manner. I highly recommend Dr. Shanker!
I was running late but they were very nice about it and got me in as soon as they could when I arrived.
Very professional and pleasant.
I thought he was great and very friendly
Dr. Shanker is always ready whenever I come in. He is very clear with diagnosis and always willing to answer questions to make sure you understand. The staff is always nice.
He was friendly, put my mind at ease. He was able to do the service I required.
No frills no thrills. straight to the point and listens to what you have to say. No unnecessary medication or procedures. I hope I never have to visit again, but highly recommend.
I like David, he took care of my problem and gave me good advice. He didn't try and hook me into another visit or procedure like so many doctors do. I just needed a prescription, he wrote one that I can renew for a year. His humor is dry and he is honest.
Straight and to the point, no problems. I would see him again.
He was great, to the point, got the right prescriptions.
Short and to the point. Would see him again.
Very nice office staff. Wait time was VERY minimal (and i think the only reason I waited at all was because his 9 am appointment walked in with me at 9:25). He was very to the point and explained in detail everything i needed to know moving forward. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
Dr. Shanker was very attentive and made sure to answer all my questions in detail. I would definitely see him again if needed and would not hesitate to recommend him as well.
He knew right away what my problem was, told me how to take care of it and put my mind at ease.
I had the same dermatologist for the past 2 years in Chicago and was finally tired of having unpleasant experiences. Not only did zocdoc help me find Dr. Shanker, others reviews about him really won me over. Today was my first appointment and what others said were true. He was very straight forward, knowledgeable, friendly, professional, and most of all informative. I came in wanting a dermatologist who actually cared to sit down and explain things and that is exactly what I got. I didn't feel rushed at all. The staff was also very inviting and cordial. Excited and pleased with my experience today. My favorite tip from him was that less is more. He does not feel the need to push tons of products on me to spend more money, I appreciated that.
Quick and efficient visit but didn't feel as rushed as dermatology appointments tend to often be.
Fast & efficient!
He is very professional and courteous. He is also very knowledgeable at his profession as well.
Dr. Shanker is great. I go on my lunch break and he's always extremely quick. Get's me in and out of there in 15 minutes - tops.
He was very brusque, and his staff seemed confused. I wouldn't go back.
No wait. Super nice staff. Dr. Shankar was recommended to me by a friend who thought he was great. I agree!
For the past ten years, I've seen several dermatologists in an effort to help to help treat a somewhat common skin issue - all of which were unsuccessful. Dr. Shanker is the first doctor I've met with who was able to properly diagnose and treat me. Extremely thankful that this doctor took the time to get me better and I highly recommend him.
Very knowledgeable and pleasant demeanor. He addressed all my concerns. His staff is also very friendly and professional.
Great staff. Dr. Shanker is such a nice guy and is always very friendly and professional.
Great experience I would highly recommend Dr.Shanker
Front office was great and dr Shanker was fast but still personable and took time to figure out what was wrong. Highly recommended!
This was my first visit to the office. I had printed out the paperwork ahead of time. I arrived just on time, waited less than 5 minutes and was taken back to the exam room. There I waited about 5 minutes before the doctor came in. He quickly diagnosed the issue, described the various treatment options, talked about long term prognosis. He also told a little joke (about zip codes) to make things more relaxed. Then he emailed the prescription to a pharmacy near my home and I was out the door, 20 minutes after walking in for the first time. Very happy with the office, service and professionalism.
I was seen about 10 minutes after filling out paperwork, he was very helpful and I actually spent time with the Dr. Shanker and not a PA or anything. He listened and addressed my problems.
1st class Very nice office and staff. He gave me a lot of his time. He listened to everything I had to contribute and was absolutely clear about his thoughts and diagnosis.
He was concise and to the point which I appreciated, and he put my worries at ease. He knew exactly what he was talking about and recognized what I had right away which saved me from having to undergo a biopsy.
Strictly business. Would like to see him more personable. A smile would help.
I was in and out within 1/2 hour and everything I went in for was addressed at that time perfectly and professionally!!! Dr. Shanker is the best!
Fast, courteous, and professional.
In and out with the efficiency I expected. Thank you.
He was great, got to the point, I was in and out in a few minuets.
Friendly and efficient staff. Dr. Shanker is great--I recommend him highly.
Cc incise, friendly
Great! Office staff was fantastic!
Fantastic experience, the only surprise was the cost of the prescription. However, the office staff and experience was great and very friendly/smiley :) Thanks!
Great! Quick, right to the point, and got all my questions answered. This was such an easy experience!
Short wait time and friendly staff on phone and in office. Doctor Shanker got straight to the point, answered all my questions, and was willing to talk over the phone as needed instead of making follow up appointment. Prescriptions are emailed to your choice of pharmacy from office as you are finishing up appointment so they are ready very quickly. Highly recommend!
He was great! Very friendly & I felt extremely comfortable. I would definitely recommend him.
He was quick but informative. I was back inside of my car in under 30 minutes and I had 3 issues that he addressed. The prescriptions were at my pharmacy before I left his office.
Great professional doctor and staff, will continue to go there
He is a very nice guy! Helped me out a lot.
Exceeded my expectations and I was happy to be able to see a dermatologist so last minute with great treatment and results. I'll be retuning if I need anything else!
Great experience, would highly recommend.
Dr. Shanker is great. The appointment was quick, he is very smart and gets right to it.
Very friendly and professional.
Really enjoyed my 2 visits. The office staff is friendly and hilarious. It doesn't stop there...Dr. Shankar is a riot. All that aside, he did help me resolve issues, both short and long term.
Pleasant personality, and got right to the matter at hand.
The staff was friendly, funny, and quick, and Dr. Shanker was very nice, and incredibly professional and knowledgeable. I had a concern about a freckle and he took the time to examine it, followed by explaining different types of spots that develop and when to be concerned. He was thorough and patient, and I would certainly recommend him to anyone needing a dermatologist.
He quickly figured out what was wrong when I had been going all around town to various immediate cares with no luck all summer. Very quick, very knowledgeable. And the staff is very friendly too!
Great experience. Would definitely recommend to others. Front desk was also very friendly and helpful.
He was great!!!
I would definitely recommend Dr. Shanker. He answered all my questions and I felt very comfortable with him. I will always go to Dr.Shanker
Staff was extremely nice and dr shanker was helpful !
I like seeing Dr. Shanker. Wait times are a minimum and he gets you out relatively quickly. Very good for going during my lunch at work.
He was very professional yet vary personable and warm. He talked in a manner that I was able to understand what I needed to do.
For me it was absolutely impersonal, likely because I am from another culture I felt as he was not interested in ME or in knowing anything about the skin disorder I was consulting or to give me some extra recommendations. He just prescribed me same treatment I said I used in the past and say me "ok, nice to meet you" five minutes later and get out of the office.
Extremely friendly staff, was seen before my appt. time and out in minutes. Highly recommended.
The consultation lasted a total of possibly 10 minutes, and the doctor barely got close enough to me to even look at my skin. Even though I knew the type of prescription I wanted, he did not really examine me to see if there was possibly something else he could recommend. I'll probably use a different dermatologist next time.
Front desk staff was rude and kept calling me baby/sweetie. The Dr. left the computer and records up on the computer after left. They forced me to put my cc down even though I have PPO insurance. It was not the cleanest or most current office I have been in. The equipment was quite old.
Friendly staff at every level. Scheduled via ZocDoc and waited less than 2 minutes.
Very very professional office and staff. The staff could not have been friendlier. I would highly recommend this doctor.
Straight forward, very business like, no fluff. In and out hopefully with the problem fixed.
Dr Shanker answered all my questions and took care of my problem. He was easy to talk to and I would highly recommend him.
Seemed annoyed I was there and did not take much time to address my questions. Vaguely condescending and acted like I was wasting his time.
Excellent doctor. Great staff. Quick no nonsense visit. Very friendly place all around.
Quick and efficient appt, was in and out in 30 mins. Came here for a second opinion about a rash and his treatment method was cheaper and quicker and most important...it worked!
I went in for a consultation about discoloration on my calf - his diagnosis was quick and seemed spot-on (in my non-medical opinion, of course). He was friendly and took the time to answer my questions.
This doctor put me at ease about the condition of my skin, and the nurses/assistants are lovely.
Great doctor. Staff is incredibly friendly too. Would recommend him to anyone.
Dr. Shanker is a very knowledgeable professional who knows his specialty. He is very friendly, has a great way to make you feel at ease and tells you honest answers. I would recommend him to anyone needing a dermatologist!
Short and sweet, he get's right to the point. A real professional. All business without any of that sickening I want to be your friend gooey stuff. If you want hand holding and a shoulder to cry on go somewhere else. If you want a straight forward diagnosis and treatment that brings good results, this is the man for you.
Efficient, competent and personable
Dr. Shankar was very professional and knowledgable. He was able to diagnose my issues and get me back on the road to recovery quickly. I would highly recommended.
Office staff were efficient, complete and pleasant. Dr. Shanker was a bit tentative in his discussion with me - I would have preferred he be a bit more definite about treatments and outcomes.
Well knowledgable and was straight to the point. Explained his diagnosis and the treatment clearly and concisely. Exactly what I needed to get in and out on my lunch break!
The doc was great, he instantly recognized what my problem was and outlined a treatment regimen that has worked far beyond my expectations. My only complaint (and it's entirely non-medical) is that he didn't understand my sense of humor. It's possible that I might not be funny, but when "Sexual Healing" came on over the speaker system I couldn't resist cracking wise about it. The joke fell flat. Also, the women at the front desk were very helpful--and hilarious, to boot.
Dr. Shanker was very courteous and respectful. Furthermore, he took the time to answer any questions I had and did not rush me out.
I wish all Doctors could be like this guy. His office was clean....his staff were very pleasant and helpful. He was awesome....heres your problem....heres the solution I am not here to waste your time or money. He gets right to the point and doesn't mess around. Me and my son a teenager with acne just thought he was great. He won't sell you something you don't need....as a concerned mother who would do anything to see her son have more self confidence and not worry about his complexion I would of bought or given my left arm....he does not take advantage of this. I highly recommend this man. Thank you! K. Atkins
Dr. Shanker was again very helpful.
Great Dr very kind, I would recommend
I was very pleased with the doctor and the outcome of my visit.
Very professional, very informative.
Dr. Shankar and his staff were friendly and very efficient. I was in and out of the office in 20 minutes. His receptionist was especially nice.
Great. Staff very nice and he was very informative
Enjoyed the visit - Doctor Shanker and his staff are great!
I was extremely disappointed in my visit. I had seen Dr Shanker years ago and found him to be very good. This time he didn't seem to care or show any concern regarding my situation once he determined he was not going to be able to perform any procedures on me (ie no future revenue for him). I had to ask him a couple of times for a referral which he seemed hesitant to give to me. I thought a doctor was supposed to want to medically help people, but it seems some are only concerned with revenues. Perhaps an improvement in bedside manners would improve the volume of his business and in turn increase those coveted revenues.
Funny, informative, genuine.
I read through a few of the reviews on ZocDoc before deciding to make an appointment. The reviews were mixed, some saying he was inattentive, others saying they got in and out and everything was perfect. Here's what I generally look for in a doctor and how Dr. Shanker rated: 1. Can I get an appointment right away or do I have to wait 3 months? - When I was about to book my appointment, I could have gotten a same day appointment, or the next. Due to my own scheduling conflicts, I had to set my appointment for about a week out. 2. I work downtown - is the office within walking distance of my office? - Yes, their offices are pretty centrally located in the Loop right across the street from Macy's. 3. Can I get in and out of the office in a timely manner, I don't want to waste my entire lunch hour sitting in a doctor's office. - Yes. After filling out my paperwork, I probably waited about 5 minutes before being called back to the exam room and waited about another 5 in the exam room for the doctor. I spent about 15 minutes with the doctor and was good to go. His office staff could not have been nicer and on top of things. He's very straightforward and too the point, if you're looking for someone to coddle you and talk your ear off, go somewhere else. He's very knowledgeable and focused on what he's doing. I know there were a few reviews saying that he was texting the entire time they were in the exam room - I did not see his cell phone once and I would chalk that up a once in a while thing, maybe he had something going on in his personal life at the time. I definitely recommend him and although my appointment might end up being just a one-time thing, I would definitely see him again.
Very polite and professional. Note, he is a "specialist" and the co-pay was higher than I expected.
Easy to see, professional, on time.
Very pragmatic and didn't try to push any pet treatments.
Very happy with experience
I appreciated his timeliness.
This review is two parts. First of all, this man is a doctor and very apparently so. He seems knowledgeable, and through. I went right into the appointment and the receptionists were both very nice and very helpful in getting me all taken care of insurance-wise and he saw me within 5 minutes of getting into an exam room which was immediately. And when he came in he did his job, examined my need, and suggested what seems to be a viable solution. No problem there. My real and only problems are that he acts very inattentive when he seems to be listening to you, and is very, very rushing in his attitude. I do not normally find this unhelpful because frankly I hate spending an hour in the office for a ten minute problem. But he barely listened as I spoke, and his phone went off at least 4 times during our 10 minutes together. Apparently his wife was texting him as were several other people and he answered it everytime even as were talking, at which point he asked me to forgive him, but hold on until he was finished. I can understand once, perhaps even twice if it is something really important, but at that point please step out of the room and call your wife, get an answer in, then give me your full attention until we have discussed what I am discussing. I can wait 5 minutes if it won't mean having to re-explain myself every 5 to 15 seconds because you did not hear me. Then he took a look at my face for five seconds and prescribed something. Finally, he seemed as though I was annoying him (simply a personal observation - but he was in and out without asking if I had any questions). The man seems like he knows what he is doing so overall 5 stars on quality of his training and ability to take care of something, but the 3 for bedside manner is generous. I gave it to him, because he took 5 extra minutes to do some work on my skin. Good doctor, needs work on bedside manner. See him for medical advice, but don't expect extra attention.
He's a very nice guy but he doesn't listen to you at all, instead he goes on about general preventive care. My skin is not like most people's thus it would be nice if he allowed me to explain my symptoms but unfortunately he didn't. I'm forced to see a different dermatologist.
I was late getting to my appointment but he saw me anyway. I'll be going back to him.
He was professional, to the point and made me feel very comfortable. Highly recommend him.
Dr. was quick, admin could have been quicker.
He was nice but he didn't really listen, seems to be more concerned about seeing a lot of people for the money then really helping.
Was in and out with out to much feedback or concern. Just perscribed me ointment and left.
PROMPT AND VERY LIKABLE.
He was very professional and really listened to the concerns I had. Thank you.
I loved him and his staff. Everyone was warm and friendly. I was in and out in a half and hour. He has a great personality and was very upfront. I wish all doctors were this great.
Dr. Shanker has always treated me professionally and is a very nice person. This visit was no different. He took care of me in a timely manner and I am completely satisfied. I highly recommend Dr. Shanker.
I had a laundry list of issues that I needed taken cared of since I am guilty of putting off a visit to the dermatologist for a long time. Located near where I work, the office location was extremely convinient. Plus, they accepted my insurance which is not a common provider in the Chicagoland area. Dr. Shanker was fantastic - addressing all of my concerns, answering all of my questions, and treating everything I had wrong with care and efficiency. He is one of those doctors that can look at an issue and know precisely what's wrong. I highly recommend him and have already done so to my office mates. The front office staff are extremely nice and accomodating as well.
Seemed very personable and easy to talk to
Staff was really great, friendly, helpful and efficient! Dr. Shanker seemed to rush a little, but he made a quick, effective diagnosis, which was all that was needed in my case. The staff was a good as I've encountered at a doctors office.
There was not wait. I am used to waiting for a while to get into see the doctor. I had a 13:30 appointment, and I was seen at 12:30.
Knowledgeable but indifferent and rushed.
the office staff was very friendly and helpful
He was great, took his time and gave me a thorough diagnosis. I would definitely return.
I thought he was great. He can just look at you and tell you what you need within minutes. Not many docs can do that.
Dr. Shanker is great! His office staff are fast and personable, he was fast and
He knew exactly what I needed (I had no idea) and I was in and out in a matter of minutes. I wish all doctors could be this efficient.
He was friendly and prompt. Answered my questions and even helped me with another issue I had in addition to what I had made my appointment for. I recommend him.
Was very realistic and imformative about my situation.
Dr Shanker explained everything to me in detail so I could understand what the different skin conditions are.
The Doctor was very nice,I felt very comfotrable and was 100% satisfied
After using reviews to find a new Dr. online, I chose Dr. Shanker. I felt he was very honest and we discussed the best course to travel in detail. No unnecessary follow-up appointments just to get a script written. My auto repair company uses a service like this for appointment, email, texting, and follow-up. Positive reviews are key to letting others know that honest and good doctors DO exist.
Well, before you meet him,you meet his staff. They work like a well-oiled machine--very professional,friendly and thorough,IMO. Dr. Shanker is very good at what he does--He explains your problem,why it likely occurred and how he intends to treat it. He's also very funny--maybe stand-up his second gig? It was my first visit but,i highly recommend his practice.
He was very unprofessional, including: Taking a phone call in the exam room (non-patient or emergency). He laughed at the issues I was bringing up and also told me he had no interest in a procedure any longer. He said he could remove issues if they bothered me, my concern were more if they were cancerous. You can hear other exam rooms through the heating units. He offered me a gown only after I told him a mole was in a sensitive area. He asked for my medical history AFTER the exam.
Quick, efficient, and courteous service. Very positive experience.
Dr. Shankar and his office staff were very pleasant and professional. I only had a brief visit with the doctor, but liked him enough that I would come back and recommend him to others.
a quick in-and-out
very quick and to the point and seemed to know what he was talking about which put me at ease.
He's direct and to the point. That's the only reason I docked a star for bedside manner. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. He seems very knowledgable.
The appointment felt rushed and was not very thorough.
I liked the rapid doctor visit except all of my concerns were not met! I think he could have explained future steps better without having to comeback to pay another co-pay. A follow-up appointment should have been granted without a co-pay to see if his recommendation worked.
Great doctor, had a rash that another doctor thought was something it wasn't and Dr. Shanker diagnosed and treated it right away. His office even got me in after I mixed the appointment times and came 30 minutes late!
Excellent Doctor, right the the point and knows his stuff. Would highly reccomend.
Courteous and competent staff. Dr. Shanker is knowledgeable and doesn't waste your time like some doctors do. Also, I obtained good results from his advice/prescription.
Great doc and a great experience, highly recommended.
Great beside manner. Made my daughter very comfortable. No wait time at all.
I appreciate that Dr. Shanker is busy; however, he spent less than 5 minutes with me after a 30 minute wait - which is a testament to how quickly he can diagnose an issue - but also very abrupt and unsettling as he barely bothered to introduce himself.
I really enjoyed my visit. Dr Shanker was very blunt and honest and I have a lot of respect for that in a physician, being a health care worker myself. I was listened to and treated with respect. I would definitely recommend Dr. Shanker to friends and family!
Dr. Shanker is always on time - a real pleasure when visiting a doctor.
He has invested in cutting edge equipment that prior doctors I've seen never have had. Extremely knowledgeable at his craft. His office went out of their way to assist me in figuring out my eye care coverage, discovering that even though zocdoc said they were in network, they had never heard of my eye care plan. Couldn't get glasses due to the insurance issue. I will go to him again and will recommend him to my friends and family.
He has a truly professional and friendly bedside manner. As a first-time patient I would feel confident recommending him to anyone in need of a dermatologist.