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A general obstetrician and gynecologist, Samreen Akbar, MD, provides preventative and routine care for women. Dr. Akbar also performs colposcopies to diagnose and manage disorders of the female lower genital tract. In addition to her busy clinical practice, Dr. Akbar do not miss an opportunity of keeping herself updated in the fast changing field of medical practice by attending seminars and conferences to adopt current best practices in the area of OBGYN and continue to reinforce her expertise in robotic assisted surgical procedures and techniques to maximize her patient’s total satisfaction before, during and after their treatment. In July 2009 she joined Barrington Health Care for Women associated with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Lake Barrington, IL. In her 15 + years of practice, Dr. Akbar has delivered more than 5,000 babies, she has performed hundreds of hysterectomies and has been performing minimally invasive robotic assisted procedures and hysterectomies. Dr. Akbar is Board Certified and Fellow of American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ACOG). For her dedicated services to the Patients of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital (Lake Barrington) she was recognized with the distinction of joining the elite group of Exemplary Physicians for the Year 2011 & 2012.
Verified Patient Reviews
She’s great ?? really takes the time to listen to you and is very easy to talk to. Very helpful with all the advise she gives!
Small waiting room and kind of a long wait after my appointment time but Dr. Akbar is great.
It was great! I like dr. Akbar,she was very nice!
If you don’t have any issues she’s probably a good doctor. When I called to make an appointment, I was in pain and having a lot of uncomfortable symptoms. I asked the office staff if she had experience with a certain condition, and they were quick to tell me that I was not “diagnosed” with this condition, that they would have to go through regular testing, etc. I said I understood I was not diagnosed, but was simply wondering if she had experience with this condition- and again was met with a defensive tone by the staff. I probably should have just hung up. I went for the appointment, on time, and waited for about 10 minutes, and saw the dr. walk through the front door with her coat on, so she was late. I then waited about another 15 minutes after that to be seen. Whichever person took my initial vitals and info seemed a little overly excited to go over my family’s medical history- she said “ok, here we go, who in your family has alcoholism?” (I don’t understand how a aunt and uncle having alcoholism relates to me having pelvic discomfort, but whatever.) The doctor came in, and she was nice enough, but had not heard of the medical condition I had inquired about when I scheduled the appointment. Of course. She said she would send my test to a special lab that would take 7-10 days. Mind you I was in extreme pain and was crying during the appointment. I said ok. 14 days later I had heard nothing from the office. I called them, and the staff said they still hadn’t received my results. I told them it had been 14 days. The staff said they would call the lab and call me back. She did call me back later that day, and informed me all my results were normal. I asked if she could please tell me what was tested for- she read through numerous complicated medical terminology as quickly as she could, so there was no way I could write it down. She didn’t ask if I was feeling better, didn’t ask or tell me that I needed to come back in for follow up, didn’t offer me a referral- absolutely nothing. I would not recommend this place.
Dr. Akbar is great! From my first prenatal appointment all the way through the birth of my daughter and post partum visits, I've had nothing but good experiences. Dr. Akbar is extremely knowledgeable, caring, and her support staff is excellent as well. Would highly recommend!
She was very kind and understanding to my needs
Doctor almost killed me with the birth control she prescribed
We started consulting with Dr Akbar when my wife got pregnant. She is very professional, caring, polite and one of the best doctor's that we have visited. She and her support staff took really good care of us. I would highly recommend her practice to everyone. It is not very difficult to get her appointment and we never had to wait too long to be seen. Most of the time we would wait no more than 5-10 minutes.
She is a wonderful doctor
Staff were all very polite and informitive. Provider was knowledgeable and very nice. Explained everything in detail and answered all my question.
The doctor and her staff were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Very positive experience!
I really liked her. I was so shy at first because you know.. but she's so nice and laughting with me at the same time lol. Diffenetely going to be my ob for a while.
I highly recommend Dr Akbar. Couldn't be happier that I decided to trust her with my pregnancy! The office staff is extremely helpful and friendly!
I have been a patient of Dr. Akbar for almost 10 years. She is reliable, patient, amd understanding. I highly recommend her.
From day 1 to delivery, the best they get.
Dr. Akbar InshAllah great. She is very personable.
She was very sweet and explained everything to me
This was my first time seeing Dr. Akbar and I had a really good experience. She was delivering this morning and running a bit late, but completely understandable and I'm so glad they were able to keep my same appt. My wait time was still not long, and she still took the time to make sure all of my concerns were answered and even gave me some really great tips. I would recommend seeing her!
The medical staff and doctor were profesional and completely amazing! The office was clean and neat ? I liked the pink gown too. Does not feel as intimidating
Very unhelpful. The office felt un-sanitary. Aaaand she brought some apprentice doctor without letting me know in advance or without my consent. Very unprofessional, rude and incompetent. Wait time is over an hour and a half, seems that they don't care about appointment times
I happened to find Dr. Akbar while browsing the Web for ObGyns during my pregnancy. We read some good reviews so we went for her, and that was the best decision my husband and I made. Dr. Akbar is a very sweet lady. She has decades of experience on her. She is very clear in all her information and diagnosis. I generally have a notepad full of questions at every visit, and she willingly and patiently answers all of them. I really really appreciate that in my doctor. The staff is very sweet. Missy and the nurse (I don't remember the name) are very helpful. They know their job very well. The office hours are also very convenient. Wednesdays, they start late so they go on till the evening. And they work every alternate Saturday so it is a huge plus for working couples. Dr. Akbar all the way!
This was our first visit and we found Doctor & Staff to be very friendly and helpful. We are usually habitual to a detailed walk-through of the prescription so more details about it and confirmation of its availability in pharmacy would have been more helpful. But thats OK, we can get it going from next time onwards.. I had to call them a couple of times within 2-3 hours for some confirmations and staff was very helpful.
Worthless, doctor, awful experience, don't waste your money on this place. On my last visit there I had waited an hour past my appointment time while people who were walking in after me were being called in right away. The doctor did not listen to my concerns, and as a proof of that I have my pdf report on their portal - where out of the long list of symptoms she only put down one! She spent 2 minutes with me at the most and offered no advice, no answers, no opinion. I paid her for nothing and in the meantime I am still suffering from my symptoms.
By the time I was done filling out the first time visit paperwork I was ready to be seen by the doctor. Nurse was friendly and prompt. Doctor was in right away and exam was quick and painless. Great experience!
In short, you can simply enjoy the moments by leaving every thing to her. She can take care of you really good
Dr. Akbar was very kind and helpful throughout my entire pregnancy. Her staff was also very helpful and friendly making every visit enjoyable. The only time I waited a bit was my first visit, everyone after that was less than a 5 minute wait. I highly recommend Dr. Akbar. Great person and Doctor all around!
Dr. Akbar and her staff are the absolute best!! I highly recommend her if you're looking for a new doctor.
Felt very comfortable talking to doctor and staff. Felt relaxed after visiting.
Very thorough and kind in a devastating situation
Dr. Akbar is the best!!! She is very caring and kind, she takes her time to answer any of your questions. She delivered my son via c-section and a the nurses commented on her work when checking my incision. They knew who my doctor was by my incision. My scar is barely noticible. Dr. Akbar's office are the best!! I love this office.
Me and my husband love Doctor Samreen she and her staff are very friendly, they are very tentative to all of our concerns. She answers all my question (given this is out first child IA). She provides us with advise on what is best for the wife. We are really please we found her, she is a kind person who you feel comfortable
Dr. Akbar was extremely professional, friendly. She took the time to address all of my questions, while speaking clearly and slowly so I could understand. She is very open to hearing my concerns and I could see she wants what's best for the patient.
She is really nice and professional. She is patient, listens and answers on all questions. All recommendations!
I have always loved this office.
The nurses and Dr. Akbar were very nice and through. They made sure all my questions were answered and that they had everything correct. I waited about 45 minutes after filling out my registration paperwork since it was quite busy, but the nurse and doctor apologized for the wait. The office is convenient as well since it is on Higgins road in the same complex as many other doctors and businesses.
Dr was very friendly and helpful and I would highly recommend her to my friends! However, the administrative staff is what deters me from returning. I called with billing qtns and was advised that they'd email me the next day as billing person was not in office that day. It has been a month and I still have not gotten an email. I'd rather go to an office that would be more prompt with things.
All staff members are friendly. Overall excellent treatment.
She was patient with me and listened and her staff is so nice!! I will definitely be going back and will recommend her to anyone I know!!
Really Friendly professional people
Very good doctor. Helpful and caring. She's so polite and nice. I recommend this doctor for anyone who's getting pregnant. Thank you Doctor Samreen Akbar.
It was fast quick and very professional.... Great staff
Dr. Akbar, as well as her staff were all very pleasant throughout my visit. I was nervous and Missy made me feel more at ease. The doctor was gentle and she explained everything she was doing/going to do. I am very satisfied.
I had my first Pap with Dr. Akbar and after hearing horror stories of friends with other doctors, I was less than thrilled to get one done. She was excellent! She talked me to me and helped me through the whole time. I had absolutely no pain and she advised me the best way to get through was to relax. I would recommend Dr. Akbar one thousand times to anyone. She is a phenomenal, caring and thorough provider.
The staff was great. The doctor was so friendly. Not pushy and didn't rush us. Even though they were backed up and we got in late, they all apologized over and over and didn't rush us out. Very pleased!
Dr. Akbar and stuffs are amazing!!! It was my first visit with them and I felt comfortable.
Doctor is fantastic. And nurse is great also.
the staff and the doctor are very nice...
She is really good doctor. Very much friendly.
Dr. Akbar is the best! She is a kind, caring person and a smart/great doctor!
First time patient. Staff was friendly Dr. Akbar has a very comfortable and nice chairside manner.
Dr. Samreen and her staff were very professional and knowledgeable. I would definitely come back. I left the office feeling more at ease that they would help me with my health issue. The complaint is that they were ready for me over half an hour after my appt. time.
Both the assistant and the doctor were very nice, explained everything to me, and made sure I was comfortable during the entire process. The only down side of this office is the location, it was quite difficult to find the office even with directions due to the fact its all the way in the back of a large complex.
Doctor Akbar is excellent but on the other hand her nurse is horrible. The doctor advised me that when I need to get my depo shot to just call and see if the nurse could give it to me. Everytime I called the nurse advised that I need to set an appointment which was not what the doctor advised. So when I called to speak with the doctor to complain the nurse advised that it is only one nurse there and they don't have time to take walk-ins to give the depo shot and advised that I need to find a doctor that fits my schedule.
Dr. Akbar and her staff are simply the best. Always an enjoyable visit from the smiling faces when you enter to the minute you leave. Missy works so hard to make you feel comfortable and Dr. Akbar is a true gem. You will never meet a medical staff who cares about you as much as the Akbar team! You won't receive better healthcare anywhere else. Dr. Akbar is a brilliantly gifted and tender professional. You never feel rushed and leave with all your questions answered. Wonderful experience as an OB and GYN patient.
It was my first gyno visit ever. She and the nurse who prepped me made me feel very cod memorable, they explained everything to me as they were doing it and they kept me talking to them about little things so my mind wasn't on anything happening. It was the most pleasant first visit to a doctors office I have ever had.
She was amazing! Answered all my questions and made me feel very comfortable! Very efficient and friendly.
Excellent visit! Really felt comfortable and all my concerns were addressed. I would definitely recommend. The nurses were phenomenal as well. Great first visit!!
I really liked the doctor. It was my first time meeting Dr. Akbar, she was very attentive and really easy to talk to. The only setback on my first visit was that the wait time was about 40 minutes in total. The office could use a little more sprucing but she has this practice by herself so her nurses are also the front desk staff. I do feel that she office would be very involved with its patients but they could use a little more help to speed up the time.
Dr. Akbar was very professional and thorough, all while making me feel very comfortable. Would recommend her!
Dr.Akbar was so nice and pleasant . I wash glad to know that she read my medical hx prior to coming In to the exam room. The nurse was also very nice. I will definitely recommend Dr Akbar
Office staff was very personable and comforting. The office was incredibly accomadating and tried to help me to remain relaxed and reassured. I never felt rushed or that they were having a time crunch even though it was a busy day. Dr Akbar is so sweet and personable and makes you feel like you're the only thing that matters at that particular time.
Nice person but horribly Painful technique. I've never experienced this much pain for an exam in my life. Lengthy wait time with limited seating for patients and their significant others. I will not be returning.
Right to the point and polite. Very nice!
Dr. Akbar is always so professional and friendly. She listens to all of my concerns and never makes me feel rushed. Her nursing staff is the best! I will be a lifetime patient of hers. I HIGHLY recommend her.
Excellent medical assistant and doctor. Appreciated professionalism and thorough analysis.
Had been looking for the perfect ob gyn .. she was very professional and knowledgable .. very pleasant and easy to talk to .. i have found m;y new gyne !! :)
Dr. Akbar is by far one of the best doctors I have seen. She is always friendly, informative, professional and overall compassionate towards her patients. I was in no way rushed during my appointment and she made sure I had time to ask all questions that I had. Her staff is very welcoming and seemed knowledgable about their positions. I have been to other gyno's in the past and left the office more than upset, frustrated or embarrassed due to the rudeness of staff, being rushed by the doctor, etc.. I have seen this doctor more than once and would highly recommend her to future patients. Thank you Dr. Akbar!
Dr. Akbar herself is a fantastic doctor! Unfortunately her office staff is rude and has some really bad policies. I booked an appointment online and when I got there is when I find out that it was cancelled. I got the confirmation email from zocdoc and an email from them again talking about a cancelled/rescheduled appointment. As this appointment was a rescheduled one, I assumed it was regarding it being rescheduled. Noo. I got to the office today where one of the receptionists were especially rude to me and made me wait an unnecessary 15 minutes to try and reschedule me. Of course they have a ridiculous policy that prevented me from scheduling on with of the only two days I'm available. It was ridiculous. Did I mention how rude one of the ladies were? Cause it was super unprofessional. It's unfortunate this happened to me. I liked Dr. Akbar, but if her office staff if this horrible I have to go somewhere else.
Dr Akbar is amazing! She delivered my angel almost a year ago and I will always be grateful for it. Her assistant Missy is always friendly and professional. :-)
Doctor was very knowledgeable and listened very well to my issues.
What a great lady!
She was super sweet and made me feel very comfortable. Great bedside manner and was willing to answer any questions I had. I highly recommend her!
It was professional but still left with some questions about my next visit that I felt like she could have covered in the initial visit.
Dr. Akbar was wonderful and her staff are so nice and helpful. Recommending to my daughter and everyone I know looking for a doctor. I was very impressed!
I was so comfortable everybody there was so nice, the doctor was amazing!! I highly recommend her :)
She is very nice and makes time to answer all your questions.
She is very sweet and her staff is extremely welcoming
Seems like a great doctor but could have gave more information on how to prevent the problem I had for future awareness. But overall seemed decent.
great everyone was nice i felt very comfortable and will keep her as my primary obgyn.
I love the fact I am only going to see her every time I am in. The appointment went smooth, quick, and easy!! Had a great first time experience.
Dr. Akbar is an amazing doctor. She is pleasant, calm, and reassuring. I really love her and would recommend her in a second!!!!!
Love, love, LOVE going there. I drive over an hour once a year to see Dr. Akbar specifically. I also love her nurse, Missy. I highly recommend Dr. Akbar.
I absolutely love her and her staff are so kind and caring!
This was my first visit and it could not have gone any smoother. The office is very comfortable and the receptionist was very friendly and helpful. Dr. Akbar was extremely friendly and caring, her bedside manor is impeccable.
I really liked her, she spent time with me, and answered all my questions.
Front office and her medical assistant was terrible and not helpful. Felt like doctor was in a rush. There office was hard to find and kept driving around and around.
She was great to my daughter
This was my first time visiting Dr. Akbar's office and I was highly impressed from beginning to end. The staff is extremely attentive and Dr. Akbar was great. I especially appreciated how she genuinely listened to my concerns and took the time to communicate with me rather than rushing me along. There's nothing worse that feeling as though you are occupying too much of your scheduled appointment time. This was a refreshing change. I'd definitely reccomend Dr. Akbar and her staff.
I went for my first appointment with her today, I was veey nervous but she made me feel so comfortable! !!
Dr. Akbar was very professional and answered all of my questions. Very nice and pleasant doctor. I would definitely recommend her and her office.
Stuff was acceptable pleasant. The front desk girl seemed to be unwelcoming and unhappy(not sure if was a bad/sad day for her or she usually is like that) At some point, during my visit, I felt like another number on the list. Dr Akbar was ok, but I had the feeling that she doesn't like any extra questions and she is not giving to her patients individual approach. Seems like she is one of those specialists that does everything by the book and has a linear thinking, nothing outside of the box. I had much more expectations of her, because of her five stars reviews and her Pakistani origin. I thought she is more of a DR by heart and not a standard,by protocol specialist,who treats everyone with the same system. If that's the case,she is a 3-4 stars specialist,not more than that,for sure!
My first visit went really well. I was impressed of the way they handle me, dr,Akbar has answered all of my questions and i am very glad i've chosen her office.
Best Doctor !!! Love her!!!
She was fantastic. I am glad to have found her!
Quick, Efficient, Helpful, and Friendly
This was my second visit as I just found out I am pregnant! Dr. Akbar and her staff (I believe her name is Melissa/missy) were wonderful! I felt so comfortable the entire time and they shared my excitement. All my questions were answered and everything was explained in detail! I am happy and excited that we chose her to be my Dr.! Great experience!
Wonderful visit, her and the staff were very friendly.
Missy and Dr Akbar are wonderful and I am very happy!
She was wonderful, kind And gentle !
She's a great doctor. She really listens to your concerns and is one of the few doctors who genuinely cares about you.
Dr Akbar was great! Very friendly and explained everything. She did not rush ans took her time. She answered all my questions and made me feel comfortable. Her staff is wonderful as well and friendly! I found my Dr. and will recommend my family to her!
I had a great experience with her, and will definitely recommend others to go to her ! I've found my new doctor :))))
She's always so professional and welcoming, and her nurse is very nice and energetic. I've never been more comfortable with a doctor
I was very nervous at first but Melissa made it very comfortable for me & so did Dr. Akbar!
Very friendly and I felt comfortable with this doctor.
I had a great visit. Dr. Akbar was very nice, answered all of my questions & explained everything to me so that I could understand.
I am really pleased with her services also her staff was excellent. She too the time to answer all of my questions and provided me with information.How every doctor should be. You know you can trust!
She knows what she is doing.
I was so nervous and she make me relax so quickly just by listening to me and my symptoms.I was in allot of pain and she was so gentle and caring,She's only the 2nd OBGYN I have ever been comfortable with in my 39 years. I'm taking my daughters to her also now.
Very helpful and cares about her patients.
Wonderful lady. Super nice. Stop your search, you've found your doctor.
Dr Akbar was very professional, kind and thorough, and she explained the entire process in english not medical jargon. I would highly recommend her.
It was a great visit with Dr Akbar, from a very receptive and helpful staff, to a warm Dr Akbar. Very accommodating, and happy to answer all questions without judging. Also providing proactive suggestions that are quite helpful. Will definitely go back to Dr Akbar and i would recommend her to my family and friend.
Dr Samreen had excellent bedside manner and I was very pleased with her and her answers to my questions. Very easy to relate with. The only thing I would say that could have been improved was if she had asked me whether I wanted any additional screenings performed while I was there for my annual exam (ex STD tests) in addition to the PAP.
She is the fist OB doctor that made me feel at ease. she polite and her staff is really fun. i wouldn't mind going to her again unlike past doctors of mine.
Dr Akbar is an amazing doctor! She always makes me feel SO comfortable and I can tell she really cares about her patients. She takes the time to explain everything and her knowledge and expertise really shine through. I would recommend her without a doubt in my mind to any woman!
very nice doctor. spends time with you and is well informed in her field. her staff are good too. will continue to see her and will surely recommend her team to others.
Love her! Followed her from her previous location. She is the best gyno I have ever been to!
I liked the Doctor and the staff, very nice
I was very satisfied with my visit to Dr. Samreen Akbar. She took her time to listen to all my questions and had a professional answer to all of them. She was wonderful!
She is the best doctor I have been to in my 31 years... highly recommend!
She was fantastic! I would highly recommended her. She's very thorough, patient, and genuinely concerned. Office staff was also great! Very delightful Dr. visit!
She is very welcoming! Best gynecologist I've seen!
She held my hand during the whole thing, she made me feel at ease. Her medical assistant was so nice and very helpful. It was nice to feel welcomed and not rush. I felt like I was a person and not a number.
Awesome! I will definitely be coming back to her!
Simply the best!!! So caring, so helpful!!! Cares deeply for patients!!!
Very nice Dr. Takes time with you.
Dr. Akbar is amazing. It was my first visit and I am impressed with her professionalism, her knowledge with modern medicine and she listens her patient. Dr. Akbar took time to give me options and talk to me what treatment would be best for me. I highly recommend this great doctor!
Very patient, listened to all of my concerns and made sure I was comfortable. I would recommend her to anyone!
This was my first time meeting the doctor and I found her to be very knowledgable. She was very considerate of my feelings and paid close attention to my needs. I liked her a lot!