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Dr. John McMahan, MD, FACS

Surgeon, Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor, Head & Neck Surgeon

Professional statement

Dr. McMahan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina majoring in biology with a minor in marine biology. Dr. McMahan received his M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Following medical school, he continued his training at Northwestern University in Chicago where he completed a surgical internship and a residency in Otolaryngology–Head &Neck Surgery. He then completed a fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology sub-specializing in sinus cancer. Dr. McMahan is a board-certified Otolaryngologist and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons who has practiced medicine for more than 20 years. Since 1992, Dr. McMahan has been in private practice, is affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Weiss Memorial Hospital who is a specialist in nasal, sinus, allergy, sleep and snoring conditions. He has an in-house CT scanner and a specialty allergy lab. He is one of a few DAN (Divers Alert Network) physicians in Chicago and sees numerous scuba divers with ear and sinus problems. Dr. McMahan was an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Northwestern University Medical School. He has served as a Course Director of Advanced Landmark Based Sinonasal Surgery, and on the faculty of international symposiums on sinus surgery and allergies. Since 1997, Dr. McMahan has served on the Board of Directors of the American In-Vitro Allergy and Immunology Society. He is married to Lynn McMahan who has special interests in eco-green development and has been invaluable as a resource for counseling patients how to improve their environment at home and work.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • American Republic Insurance Company

Specialties

  • Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor
  • Surgeon
  • Head & Neck Surgeon

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Weiss Memorial Hospital
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology

Education and training

  • Medical School - Medical University of South Carolina, Doctor of Medicine
  • Northwestern University, Residency in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
  • Northwestern University, Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology
  • Northwestern University, Residency in Surgery

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1518910272

Office locations

McMahan-Clemis Institute of Otolaryngology, PC

4646 N Marine Drive

Chicago, IL 60640

McMahan-Clemis Institute of Otolaryngology, PC

151 N. Michigan Avenue, Ste 913

Chicago, IL 60601

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Very friendly, listened to symptoms, and proceed the diagnosis. He explained clearly every little procedure and went over the results. Nice staff. Recommend!
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Dr. McMahan is great. The office runs smoothly while your there, and everyone on staff is both knowledgeable and friendly. My only complaint is that once you leave the office, communication takes a steep drop. Make sure you have your prescriptionssorted out before you leave, because everyone's great in person, but it's incredibly difficult to get things sorted out over phone or the portal.
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Condescending, frustrating, just an incredible waste of time. He was insensitive, made me feel stupid, and did not help me with my tonsil issue. Find another ENT in Chicago.
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Dr. McMahan was very thorough and thoughtful. He took interest and answered all my questions. On top of that the staff was very friendly and provided top notch customer service.
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Just an overall waste of time.
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Dr. John McMahan and his entire staff was very helpful and personable. Since I am not from Chicago, Dr. John even tried to reach out to my personal physician in Atlanta to discuss next steps. Definitely one of the best doctorsI’ve come across in US. I would highly recommend him.
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Good.
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They just kept telling me that the doctor would see you shortly :( My appointment is at 12:00. They told me the doctor would be with me shortly. It was more than 30 min. Then, the doctor did a test for2 minutes and told me that I needed a ear test. Then she told me that another doctor would be with me shortly. It was more than half hour. Their time management is so awful!!!!!!!
Less than 3 months ago
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Dr. McMahan is cure-oriented rather than simply treating issues at surface level. He's kind, friendly, and clearly very knowledgeable... As is the rest of the staff. I was there in the morning and it felt like a very efficient and well-managed office.
Less than 3 months ago
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The visit went well, I got a very professional consultation and a hearing test. The only thing that did not go well was that they messed up my insurance, so I had to contact my insurance myself (turns out I wasright) and now I have to try and convince the in the doctor's office that I don't owe them as much as they claim.
Less than 3 months ago
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Everything was perfectly.
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Dr. McMahan did a thorough examination in a timely manner. Walking away from my appointment, I feel like I’ve been accurately evaluated and received the best care that I could.
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He was very comprehensive and explained everything well.
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Great doctor, very helpful and knowledgeable.
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The best.....
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He is the best. He got right to the source. I appreciate his ways his actions. He is a little ruff. But he get to source and he could ruff me up anytime. As long ad i grt well. Thank you doctor by far you are the best. My Angel.
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Fast and thorough. No wait, friendly and helpful stuff, clean office with modern equipment, and overall great experience.
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The doctor talked me through my symptoms and treatment plan in a friendly and professional manner:)
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Dr McMahan is great! He listened to all my ailments and finally diagnosed me with something I’ve been suffering from for 2 years, that other doctors have been ignoring.
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Just had my initial consultation with Dr. McMahan. I wish this office would utilize the online info and medical history stored on ZocDoc. I waited 30 min to be seen, which was annoying because I specifically scheduled this to be duringmy lunch break. However, once I was seen, Dr. McMahan was thorough in his explanation of next steps, and was not quick to diagnose or treat. The tests he ordered were done in-house, and it was easy to make a follow-up appointment. I look forward to my next visit!
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His office quickly confirmed the appointment. Very good experience overall. Highly recommended!
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great doctor for sinus issues, as there is a CT scan and phlebotomist in office. seems like the doctor knew exactly what to do and was quick in assessing a course of action. i am extremely relieved to have finally havebeen given a diagnoses after years of going to primary care doctors with no success. the front desk makes mistakes but the doctor is worth it.
Less than 1 year ago
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The Doc was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. Enjoyed my visit to his office and appreciated learning more about how to avoid my condition in the future. Will be back soon!
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Great variety of ENT experts to put you in contact with.
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Excellent. Took time to explain symptoms and options for cure.
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very thorough and it is without a doubt following the conservative approach instead of surgical procedures first and seeing that wasn't the fix. makes sure you really understand the problem and involves you in the decision very practical and caring man
More than 1 year ago
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I like him a lot, but he is eccentric, seems to forget previous conversations, can sometimes bark information at his patients, is very casual in his style; all that said and done, I think he is a serious doctor and thoughtful in his approach.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr McMahan is one of the best doctors I've ever visited. He took time to diagnose the problem and he suggested a plan to investigate many pissible comlications with corresponding ways to treat them.
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He is no Dr Clemmis. Why did he have to retire! He was engaging and funny and NEVER hurt! Dr McMahan hurt my ears when cleaning them to the point that I flinched and said OW. I miss Dr Clemmis andhe could never be replaced! He was THE best. I was very lucky to have been able to go to him for as long as I did.
More than 1 year ago
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Had a great visit with Dr. McMahan. Excellent bedside manner. We agreed on a treatment plan for my issue quickly, but I'm sure he's seen it all!
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His approach is very aggressive and unsure if I needed half the meds / tests he prescribed.
More than 1 year ago
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He was a nice enough guy, but I think he was treating 2 other rooms with patients the same time I was getting an ear procedure done.. which didn't make me feel very welcomed or cared for.
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Dr. McMahan is highly knowledgeable, personable and very good at getting to the root of my problem. Highly recommend!
More than 1 year ago
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The doctor was very thorough and informative. He took his time with me and just didn't rush me out the door with a prescription.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. McMahan described what he thought was going on with the healing with my broken nose. But, then he suggested a more thorough x-ray to determine how the nose was healing, whether there were further problems with a deviated septum, orwhether there could be any infection. After I had the x-ray Dr. McMahan called me back into his office to tell me the results: my nasal area had an infection, Dr. McMahan didn't know whether I suddenly developed allergies, but we discussed certain things I could eliminate in my home, doing my laundry, even eliminating certain scents, and telling me how to better deal with the possibility of my having allergies now. He advised that he would be prescribing some medications to eliminate the infection, then said he would like to see me in several weeks. Unfortunately, I am going out of town so cannot return until a month from now. Dr. McMahan also prescribed some blood tests to determine whether or not I had allergies. All of these remedies seemed to be very good ideas, and definitely a plan to go forward. Very satisfied with my visit today. Sharon D. Very happy w
More than 1 year ago
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I have been with Dr. John McMahan for many years. He is an exceptional doctor and always very sensitive to needs of his patients. Highly recommended.
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The doctor was great. He was able to get to the root of my problem and provided me treatment options. However, I am not too fond of the billing policy. The office should have a flexible plan for patients so theycan cover services. Not sure if I can continue to come back.
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Felt I was well cared for, there were good explanations about everything, and the entire staff was helpful and personabl. Nice visit.
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Practical professional and thorough
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Dr. McMahan is the best! He has taken great care of me and has allowed me to schedule my post op appointments for 6:45 am before he normally sees patients.
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I appreciated the time he gave me as well as a good explanation of my condition. Then he put a plan together and I will see him again in a couple weeks. I liked his interview style and the attitude ofeveryone working there. I left with a full confidence thatbhe knows his medicine and cares for his patients and with that I know I will get better
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Very kind. Felt like he really cared about me and it wasn't just a transaction.
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I showed up and they were running well over an hour behind. When I asked the girl how long it would be she became very rude and told me three people were in front of me. I said I wish someonecould have called me and said they were running behind and her response was you should've called us we don't have to call you and she continued to be rude and unfriendly.
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If it wouldn't be for Dr McMahan who is a fantastic doctor I would most likely find a new practice after today's visit. My appointment was set for 10 am and I wasn't seen until after 11:00. For someone who waspost-surgery and made it on time i believe I should be treated with priority so I could go home and continue to recover and instead I had to wait over an hour to be seen. The staff should make an effort to call and advise the doctor was running late so I could wait comfortable at home instead of wait over an hour on the office.
More than 1 year ago
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I scheduled an appt. I arrived in time. Checked in and waited 20 minutes. I asked about the delay and was told 5 more minutes. Another 20 minutes went by and I asked again. The dr became available as I askedagain. 40 minutes late is unacceptable. When I shared my disappointment, he simply said he waited a lot longer for HIS Dr. My nose wasn't bleeding that day so he said there was nothing he could do. I took half a day off work, paid for parking, paid a copay,and was kept waiting unapologetically. And my chronic nose bleed is still here. Bleeding started again the next day. Will absolutely never return. Incredibly frustrated with this whole experience.
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The doctor was okay, but he seemed somewhat careless and uninterested. His office also misrepresented the insurance providers that it accepts, and even confirmed to me the wrong information. When I discovered this issue after the appointmentand called the office to get to the bottom of the matter, the staff were entirely unhelpful or could not be reached. They repeatedly failed to honor their promise to call back once the proper person to handle the matter was in the office. Overall, terrible service. Save yourself the trouble and just go somewhere else.
More than 1 year ago
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He is the best ! He knows what he he doing and get to the root of the problem . I feel His approach is to treat the problem instead of suffering and going to tons of doctors .He works withinsurance companies to get you the best meds . I have gone to him for years and he is "The Doc that gets it ! The office staff is one the best in the city . ;;)
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Very pleasant!!!
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He's great. Would go to him again.
More than 1 year ago
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Very thorough. Even though all was fine, Dr. McMahon sat me down and we talked about general ENT health and steps I could take to prevent future problems. Many doctors seem too busy these days to explain things. Highly recommend!
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