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Dr. Jeffrey Karaban is a board-certified dermatologist who has been in private practice since 1983. He was born and raised in New York City and graduated with honors from New York University. He subsequently attended New York University Medical School in Manhattan, NY, graduating in 1979. Dr. Karaban completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Bellevue Hospital in NY and Dermatology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, graduating in 1983. He became board certified that same year and is currently Section Chief of Dermatology at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Karaban is a member and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology Society. He has served as Vice President of Chicago Dermatology Society and is currently Vice Chair of Dermatology Foundation. Dr. Karaban is well trained in all aspects of dermatology, and is completely knowledgeable of the latest dermatologic treatments.
Dr. Karaban and his associates believe in interactive doctor-patient communication. He believes his patients should be fully informed and feel comfortable to inquire about anything pertaining to their condition and/or procedures performed.
Verified Patient Reviews
If you're looking for a non nonsense guy with a big heart that genuinely cares about you, Dr Karaban is your guy! Very little small talk and then straight to business. He has an uncanny ability to recognize your level of knowledge about your condition and is then able to speak to you in a way that you can understand without being condescending or talking above your skill level. He is very conscious about how your condition is affecting you and asks caring questions during the entire visit. His diagnosis is always spot on and test results are quickly available.
Everthing was grest except having to wait a long time past scheduled appointment time...happened every visit.
It was just a follow-up appointment for something I had done three weeks earlier. Dr. Karaban was great. He's a professional.
My first visit to see Dr. Karaban. I had several skin problems. Doc did a biopsy right away. Then we discussed about my skin conditions and treatments. I was very pleased with Dr. Karaban and his assistant.
Having been to several dermatologist over the years, I would say he is one of the best I have been too, including office staff, nursing staff, and a wonderful PA. Notably, this was my first visit, but I really got the impression he cared, was methodical in all regards (from his questions to his treatment approach), he was very warm making him easy to talk too even making several jokes. I wouldn't say I am the easiest patient to treat either being I have other underlying health issues. Highly recommended!
He was very personable, and I appreciated his frank talk. With such a short time together we were not only able to address my concerns but also share a little about medicine in general. His nurses were also very patient and helpful in explaining my medications, both in person and over the phone.
It was great! The staff is very nice to everyone and very professional. Every time I'm there I'm in and out. Love Dr. Karaban.
Professional Empathetic Engaging Genuinely Friendly Caring
Very Professional, but wait time is always long.
He took care of me right away. Very professional, informative and friendly.
As a patient of Dr. Karaban for the past 2 years, I have always received very professional and friendly service from him and his staff. I've had procedures performed that went very well, and I healed quickly and well. I find Dr. Karaban to be extremely thorough and knowledgeable. He always answers my questions and seems to have my best interest in mind at all times. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Like others, I have experienced long wait times both in the waiting room and in the exam room. However, on my visit yesterday, the waiting room was empty, and I was seen and examined within a few minutes. I couldn't have been happier, and I'm hoping that his office is making a serious effort, based on patient reviews, to shorten wait times.
He is an Excellent doctor and worked quickly to painlessly remove a mole then send it for biopsy. Thank you!
Although I arrive an hour early i had a long wait, however after I was called it was fine. Kevin the medical assistant was very professional very thorough, he explain from beginning to end.
He is VERY knowledgeable and spends the time necessary to do the right thing. You will likely wait longer for this doctor than others, but just go in with that in mind, knowing that he will not cheat you when it is your turn!
Very thorough and addressed all of my concerns.
extremely satisfied with the consultation. I have had dermatologist in the past but none that combined clinical knowledge, bed-side manner, and charisma as well as Dr Karaban.
Knows his stuff, but consistently unacceptable wait times. Poor bedside manner. I thinks he's just been practicing a really long time. He's tired and it shows. Means well, but the old school MD mentally doesn't fly with savvier healthcare consumers.
Went to see Dr Karaban for cystic acne I developed in my 30's. I get huge cysts on my chest, neck and back that take months to heal. They're well over an inch high and wide. After waiting weeks for my appointment that I had to make well in advance, I showed up to my appointment with relatively clear skin. Unfortunately I can't control when my breakouts occur. He wasn't interested in seeing pictures of my break outs, only stating that my skin seemed "relatively" clear and helping with a sample of dove soap. I'll never go back. Currently seeking a different dermatologist.
Very best doctor and staff. Having been going there for years and would highly recommend to anyone and have. Best dermatologist ever.
Very good surgeon
Always thorough, always kind. Great doc!
Great doc very short wait time, very wise in his practice.
Nice Doctor. Explains tests etc but sometimes needs to speak in layman terms. Very thorough. Nice nurse.
He was excellent.
The doctor and nurses are wonderful. The front desk staff doesn't seem concerned with telling patients they'll be waiting an hour or more. I get that schedules fall behind but my time is valuable too.
Excellent dermatologist. Highly recommend. Very thorough and professional.
Courteous and to the point. Would recommend.
I felt the appointment with the provider was a little rushed. He looked but did not do a full skin examination.
The Doctor was very professional and explained my questions thoroughly
He's great, but there's a reason why everyone tells you to show up late....
He is a very experienced and good dr. The staff are phenominal and friendly.
Dr. Karaban has fantastic bed side manners. His entire staff is also very nice and welcoming. He really cares and drills down on my medical issues. I would definitely refer him to others.
It was very good. I recommend him highly.
Very professional and knowledgeable. All business mixed with companion and patience. I would highly recommend him!
He is an exceptional doctor. I have been going to him for treatment for 20 years and i highly recommend him. His bed side manner is excellent and ive even taken my parents to him throughout the years.
Professional staff, informative and knowledgeable doctor.
I received a phone call that the doctor was running late and to show up at his office a half-hour after my scheduled appointment time, which I did. I still had to wait about 20 minutes. While I appreciate receiving the call, I scheduled my day around the original appointment time.
He was very thorough and kind. I felt he answered all my questions well. The wait is a bit long but I knew that going in. So just bring something to do or call ahead to check where he is at in the schedule. The nurses here are amazing and very honest about wait times. Even he knows the wait is long but that allows him to actually do a good, full job!
Extremely professional and humane.
He had fantastic bed side manners!! Very interested in my well being
the service was good but the wait time left something to be desired I mean if it was not for the service I would probably never come back I arrived at 12:46 for a 1oclock app. I was not seen until approximately 2:06 I was the last person called even though I arrived before at least 3 people that went before me IJS.
Kind enough to fit me in even though I was an hour and 1/2 late.
I have used other Dermatologists in the city, but Dr. Karaban is worth the office wait time.
Thus was my first visit to Dr. Karaban. He and his assistant Lourdis, made it a good experience. Very kind and professional. His office staff was pleasant and professional as well. Thank you!
I really like Dr. Karaban. He takes the time to figure out a treatment for my skin condition. With that being said, the wait time is really long, but I already know that so I come prepared to wait. I don't mind.
Very pleasant and did an excellent job of calming my child (my child was initially nervous) during our visit. Short wait was a bonus, great visit overall.
Dr. Karaban relates well with his patients. I felt very much at ease with him. His explanation of my particular problem was clear and concise. He immediately did what needed to be done. Follow up is required in two months so that he can evaluate my progress.
Listened to my concerns and was open to involving me in treatment decisions.
Once he came in for the surgery it was quick. Only about 20 min for three moles.
Dr Karaban is an exceptional doctor. His staff and nurses assistant Kevin are professional, helpful, and overall amazing. I have been going to Dr karaban for over 15 years and more recently bringing my parents as well. Kevin was amazing. He took the time two type out detailed instructions on when to apply mymoms medications. I highly recommend this dr office to everyone
Rude doctor. Lacks compassion and care for the patient. Horrible.
I went for a skin cancer screening, and Dr. Karaban was VERY thorough. He looked at all of my freckles and moles, measured several, and had his assistant took pictures of ones he wanted to watch over time. He scheduled a follow up to remove a couple of moles and let me know that once the results came back from those, we would determine how to proceed. Overall, he was very professional, gave me a good explanation of everything, and I didn't feel rushed at all.
He is kind, competent, and thorough with a good sense of humor. Good staff, too.
This is the first time I've ever had to wait over 1 hr and 30mins to see a new doctor. My first impression didn't go well from the start. It amazes me how the office is quick to charge full copay when the doctor is extremely late but if the patient cancels or misses/late for an appointment they immediately charge you.
Dr.Karaban gave me a diagnosis of my skin condition and prescribed medicine and recommendations for my condition.
I LOVE THIS DOCTOR. HE SAVED MY HAIR! HE IS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE, FRIENDLY AND KIND.
He clearly knows his stuff.
I received very good results from his treatment plan from my first appointment, 6 weeks ago.
Good service, you have to wait around a bit but everyone was welcoming and nice.
Dr, Jeff is so easy to talk to; he listens and responds to questions. I sure didn't want to make an appointment but my psoriasis was especially awful. I am so glad that I saw him because his remedies are a welcomed relief. Thank you, Dr. Jeff.
It was awesome. They were very concern and you felt relaxed and in good hands.
Dr. Karaban and his team were extremely professional and helpful. I felt very comfortable the entire time. He genuinely cared about addressing my skin issues and was attentive and thorough the entire appointment. Will be returning and would definitely recommend.
Great visit. Very professional and pleasant. I recommend him highly.
Dr. Karaban is expedient and professional. He explained the treatment and was very courteous. His staff is phenomenal.
Great visit over all.
Dr. Karaban is professional also seems to be very busy.He knows that I do not have insurance so he finds some prescriptions that are affordable! People there are nice and helpful.They explained patiently and gave me a lot of help. He told me I have to back to see him after six weeks.Definitely I will back to there!
Great physician, very knowledgeable and concise. All my problems addressed !
Very polite, easy to work with and cares about my well being.
My visits with Dr. Karaban are always pleasant. He's caring and compassionate with professional bedside manner.
Dr. Karaban is the best skin doctor in Chicago. If you need a mole removed, he does not make you wait months, he schedules you in within a few weeks. Always a nice doctor.
Dr. Karaban was very thorough and informative. I would recommend him to others.
The visit was fine. When they call me, the assistant asked me a couple questions to follow up (about 5 minutes). she said the doctor would be right in, please dress on the garment. The wait then was approximately 45 minutes in a drafty room. I had to reach for my sweater. I'd rather wait outside for an hour than in a drafty room. I guess that was the only bad experience of the visit. Once the doctor arrived it was ok.
Great doctor and staff. I always encounter long wait times. Page your patients when you are ready to see them! This is 2016--use the technologies available. If a restaurant can do it, why can't a healthcare provider?
Dr. Karaban is very thorough and he takes the time to answer all of your questions. Many doctors today make you feel like you are at a rude restaurant that is just trying to turn tables and would like you to leave as soon as possible. Dr. Karaban treats you as important as any of his patients and makes sure you get the treatment you need. I live in the Suburbs now and it is difficult to get all the way downtown for an appointment, however I make the effort because he is a Dr. that is worth going that extra mile to get to see him.
I always enjoy my visit to Dr. Karaban. He is very knowledgable and I feel well taken care of.
Dr Karaban is very friendly and thorough. Though his patients are scheduled in 15 minute increments, he still takes the appropriate amount of time with each patient. I was never rushed and all my concerns were addressed.
Very professional from receptionist to the exam with doctor. Highly recommend this doctor, very detailed when it comes to exam and good bedside manners.
He's the best. He's very kind and caring.
Great doctor! Loved the attitude, he really cares.
Dr. Karaban is clearly a wonderful doctor who cares about his patients. However, always call ahead to check schedule because they are always running late. This is because he believes in delivering quality patient care which is what is most important. If you have a tight schedule you will need to plan your doctor's visit accordingly.
I love him. He's very caring but professional.
I LOVE Dr Karaban - he is thorough and does a terrific job of explaining what he is doing and why. My only complaint is that he is always behind schedule, although now that I know that i just phone ahead to find out from his wonderful office staff when I should actually arrive.
I waited an hour, but well worth the wait. Wish he was a primary doctor.
He is a good doctor and a nice guy, but after waiting 40 minutes I left without seeing him.
All was great. Also, thanks to their staff who was still around after I left from my evening last appointment and realized much later that I forgot to take the info on antibiotic. I called and they emailed it to me right away.
Office was very professional. Checkin was simplified by online forms. Paperwork was printed and ready when I arrived in office. Dr Karaban was very prompt and thorough. I was given information to read and samples to get me started with treatment. I would recommend this office.
Completed a surgical procedure with skill
I was referred to the doctor by primary care physician with concerns on some skin spots and moles. Dr. Karaban sounded very knowledgeable, he also prescribed treatment for one of the allergy type of spot. Will come back again.
Dr Karaban is a wonderful dermotologist. Very professional, knowledgeable and approachable.
Dr. Karaban is wonderful and his staff are very knowledgeable
He is a very professional, insightful dr. I wouldnt trust any other dermatologist with my family.
It was helpful. I will look forward to know the results as soon as possible.
Friendly support staff; well-explained services; good care. An overall very good experience.
Very good and detail!
He is the best dermatologist. I recommend him.to evrrone. I know He has a good bed side manner
As in the past, Dr. Karaban was prompt and thorough. I'm so happy to have him as my dermatologist. I have such confidence in him!
He is the best dermatologist. I met him more than ten years ago. Since my break.out of excyma after aeeing him.i have been free of it over ten years. I bring myparents to.him now. As sson as he sees you he knows what the problem is and cures you of it. I was taking my mom to the wound care clinic at st francis and she was discharged with more problems then we went there with. I regret not Taking her to Karaban before i was referred to the wound care clinic
Great doctor and friendly staff
Very professional and friendly office staff, my only problem on this last visit was that the combined wait time in the exam room was about 1.5 hours for a procedure that took about 5 minutes. Hopefully it was just an off day. The nurse did check in on me a couple of times to assure me that he would be back in shortly, which I appreciated.
Dr. Karajan is a knowledgeable and kind man. He treated my Mother with respect and kindness. Thank you.
An outstanding doctor and fine human being. I have been seeing Dr Karaban over 25 years. I highly recommend him.
Excellent visit. The doctor is thorough and takes his time to explain things. The wait to see the doctor can sometimes be very long, as it was for me today. They were apologetic, but it was still a very long wait--over an hour.
Wonderful and competent dr. So glad to have found him.
I was late for my appointment but he saw me anyway! He explained clearly what was going on and what he recommended for my treatment. The staff members at the office were absolutely wonderful and went out of their way to make sure a mix-up with an expired referral worked out.
He gives a lot of time to the patients and hence i appreciate his efforts.
The doctor himself, and his staff, were great. I was able to save time by pre-registering online. His office sent me appointment reminders via text, which was great. However, the wait time in his office is just not acceptable in this age of modern communication. It's a huge brick wall that you hit after all of the online conveniences. I liked the doctor and his staff. But the wait time makes me think again about returning.
The receptionist was very pleasant and professional and wanted to be sure I understood everything. Dr. Karaban also took time to discuss my issues and was clear in his diagnosis and directions. My only problem with the appt was that my appt time was 11:15 and it was close to 12:30 before I saw the doctor.
very thorough, knowledgeable and professional
He is extremely thorough ,knowledgeable and worth the bit of a wait .
I have been seeing Dr Karaban for over twenty years. He knows what he is doing. Very professional, on top of all the latest developments. Overall good guy, great doctor.
Pleasant , professional , kind.
Very efficient and professional. All staff persons were courteous and helpful.
What a fantastic experience - very friendly and helpful office staff from start to finish and dr karaban was wonderful!!
Good knowledge and not trigger happy about doing every procedure possible. Measured in his approach. Listens and discusses well. Not as proactive as I would like in being thorough in examining me. Waits too much for me to tell him what's wrong .
This Is the worst, first doctors experience I ever had. I would never go back to this doctors office even if I had to!!!
He's very busy, but once he arrived in the exam room he took the time to do a thorough examination and provide complete instructions. I'm OK with doctor's running behind, but if it happens all the time, and on a predictable basis, they may need to adjust their appointment schedules.
For a quick in-out appointment that the doctor requested I set up, I had to wait an hour after being shown into an examination room 40 minutes late. I think they forgot I was there.
Answered all my ?'s and made me feel comfortable. Def would recommend him to anyone.
He is the best.
He was honest, knowledgeable, and helpful
Great Dr and staff! LONG WAIT TIME... Arrived about 10 minutes before my scheduled appointment at 1:45. Waited in waiting room about an hour before called in the back. Finally left at 3:45.
It was good, the front desk personal was friendly and professional, the Doctor he was so ease to understand, they show you how they really care about the patients health.
Wait time was long but the wait is worth the dr's time. Doctor accommodated my scheduled visit with another dr due to him running over my scheduled visit time.
Dr. Karaban took time to explain everything to me in detail. You can tell he loves what he does and stays on top of his field. Office staff are all very professional and helpful.
My visit was excellent doctor karaban was very professional and caring I would very much recommend his services.
Professional, thorough and great staff.
Dr Karaban is comforting , kind , and thorough in his explanations, and always willing to find a solution for my problem.
Great. Definitely going to see him again.
Very professional and competent.
Very helpful and informative. Answered all my questions despite my long list. Made insightful diagnoses and gave significant amounts of background information relevant to the treatment and potential outcomes. He is a hard worker and dedicated doctor and very knowledgeable and experienced. I highly recommend him.
Previous patient,he is very helpful once you get in to see him!
Knowledgeable, carrying, excellent
The front desk staff and medical assistant I worked with were wonderful; very friendly and informative. Dr. Karaban was also friendly and very knowledgeable, but never introduced himself when he came in, which was off-putting.
Very professional, kind, easy going. The atmosphere was casual and friendly from staff to doctor. I felt very comfortable the whole time.
The first time I went I had to wait a while so I couldn't stay for the appointment but the good Dr called me right away to apologize and reschedule at a time that wouldn't require any waiting. It was terrific and he is not only a great guy but smart & attentive. He was concerned that I understood what we were doing and he was concerned for my time. Doesn't get much better than that
I really liked Dr. Karaban. He was very nice and took care of my skin problem right away. I highly recommend him.
Dr. Karaban took his time with me, doing a very thorough examination. Engaged in conversation. Absolutely no sense of being rushed. This can hardly be said of most dermatologists!
It went well I only waited just 30 min.
Favorite doctor ever
This was my first visit to Dr. Karaban's office and both him and his staff were excellent. I would highly recommend him to anyone in the Chicago area looking for a new dermatologist.
I loved it! We have gave me a ton of samples and completely set up my daily skin regimen to be perfectly for me. And there's no pressure to buy the products! Ive known him my whole life and I wouldn't ever go anywhere else!
Dr. Karaban was very quick to provide information on all of my issues along with recommended treatment options. His staff were very courteous and made every effort to ensure that the experience was positive and my information needs were met.
The office staff is very nice but that's where the good part of any visit ends. They overschedule him so I waited an hour in the waiting room and then another 20 minutes in the exam room. When he did come in and see me he proceeded to scold me for waiting too long between appointments and blamed me and patients like me for why he is so behind. I've been here several times and it's always the same - way too many patients and ridiculously long wait times.
I went in for an annual skin check and some cosmetic questions. Dr. Karaban was very personable, professional and explained everything thoroughly in plain English. For the cosmetic items, he provided me with suggestions without "selling" services. I recommend Dr. Karaban to anyone who is looking for a dermatologist in the Chicago area.
Dr. Karaban is very good at his profession. He cares about the well-being of his patients. My visits with him have been excellent!
Excellent doctor! He took care of a problem that I had for years, in one visit!!!!
I love Dr. Karaban. He is fantastic. The wait is a little long, but that's because he spends time with each patient and doesn't rush you. He gives you all alternatives and makes sure you are completely informed. Plus there's a lot of magazines in every part of the office. This is the one doctor I don't mind the wait.
Very nice and pleasant doctor!
I am a new patient, and I was able to get an appointment very easily, and after booking online, the nurse called to confirm within 30 minutes. I showed up about 45 minutes early (it wasn't planned, traffic was a lot better than expected and I found parking sooner than I thought), so I had a little longer to wait, but that was my fault. It just gave me plenty of time to do the paperwork and insurance stuff. The secretaries were very nice and explained exactly what I needed to read and where to sign. My appointment was at 1200p, and I did have to wait until about 1230p to be called. It was a little strange that some other people who arrived after I did, were called sooner. Perhaps they were seeing another doctor, I don't know. Anyways...once in the room, I talked with the nurse for a few minutes then waited maybe 10-15 more minutes for the doc. Once he came in, he was great. He had a lot of answers that went along with some of the research I had done on my own. He was very open to any questions or suggestions I had about other treatments and products. I can't really say how long he was in the room with me, but I know I was walking out of the office around 130pm. He even threw in a few sample ointments (I think for free). All in all, I'm glad I chose Dr Karaban's office. I would recommend him to a friend and will go back if I need to. I had to pay out of pocket, because my deductible was too high, but with the consultation (I was told it would be around $70-90), the ointments (free or not), and the freezing of a small mole, the visit cost me $139. This being my first visit to a dermatologist, I thought that was very reasonable, maybe even on the cheap side.
I waited an hour and 15 minutes after my appt time to see Dr. Karaban. When he did arrive he was very informative and professional.
Gave great information and listened to me carefully. I really felt like he was trying to understand and solve the problem. I appreciated this, especially because I waited over an hour to see him.
I saw two different dermatologist for the same two issues I was having. Without naming the other, Dr. Karaban spent a lot more time resolving my issues, more time asking questions, really trying to understand my problems. Bottom line, he is a great doctor that cured some issues that have been bothering me for years.
I was disappointed by the amount of time I had to wait to see the doctor and when I did finally get into a room his staff was unaware of the reasoning for my apt., which I had given at least twice-- which resulted in waiting another 15 minutes. His staff was very apologetic, and the doctor was very nice, but I was not impressed enough to consider waiting an hour and a half for my appointmemnts in the future.
He was precise, and gave be a lot of samples and helped me exactly with what I needed!
Dr. Karaban is extremely professional and competent. He has a calm, friendly demeanor and makes you feel at ease. His staff made me feel very welcome in the office. They were also very professional and courteous. I highly recommend Dr. Karaban.
Dr. Karaban was nice, approachable and efficient.
He was very friendly and thorough. He and his staff were very pleasant. His office is clean and comfortable.
I would not recommend this doctor. He was wishy-washy, unprofessional, unsure of himself, didn't listen to me very well at all, got visibly annoyed at me for asking him to repeat the medication directions. He has a long and extensive medical history, it seems, but I would avoid him at all costs. I feel bad posting a negative review and PLEASE take this with a grain of salt. He was a nice guy, but not a very attentive, professional, or comforting doctor. I feel as if I received massively subpar care at his facility. There's much better cheap alternatives out there than him.