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Dr. Vijayalakshmi Arekapudi, MD, FACOG

OB-GYN

Professional statement

**PLEASE NOTE: We always attempt to contact patients prior to their appointments to verify insurance information. We do this as a service to you so that we can ensure that we are in fact in-network with your plan especially HMO's--please return our phone calls directly if we call you to ensure your visit goes smoothly. PLEASE NOTIFY US 24 HRS IN ADVANCE FOR APPOINTMENT CANCELLATIONS" After graduating from Guntur Medical College (GMC), India, Vijaya went on to obtain her diploma in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Bombay. After a year of private practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology in India she made her home in Chicago. She completed her post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL and received her permanent board certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1984. Vijaya has been in private practice in Chicago since 1979. She was elected as a fellow of the American College of Gynecology and Obstetricians (ACOG) and the Chicago Gynecological Society. Dr. Arekapudi is focused on providing individualized care to her patients that focuses on continuity of care. In addition to offering all services of an obstetrician/gynecologist she is also able to offer in-office minimally invasive procedures to help women with heavy bleeding as well as permanent sterilization without the need to go to the operating room. Additionally she is in practice with Swathi Arekapudi MD a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who is also accepting new patients. Hospital Affiliations: Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital Presence St Mary and Elizabeth Presence St Joseph Hospital Rush University Hospital

In-network insurances

  • 1199SEIU
  • Advocate Health Care
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • OB-GYN

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Saint Joseph Hospital
  • Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Saint Mary Campus

Board certifications

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Education and training

  • Medical School - Guntur Medical College, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
  • College of Physicians & Surgeons of Mumbai, Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professional memberships

  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Medical Association
  • Chicago Medical Society
  • Chicago Gynecological Society

Zocdoc awards

Rapid registration
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Speedy response
Scheduling hero

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Telugu

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1285622878

Office locations

Lakeshore Medical Associates

2222 W Division St, Suite 116

Chicago, IL 60622

Lakeshore Medical Associates

2734 N. Lincoln Ave

Chicago, IL 60614

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Great office and great doctor!
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I was seen in a very short time when I arrived and was given a very thorough examination. Doctor was super courteous and professional and even helped me find a swollen lymph node I did not notice. Will definitely be seeing her again.
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Long-time patient. Dr. Arekapudi delivered my daughter 14 years ago/
Less than 1 month ago
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Awful experience - Doctor herself was sweet and is a good doctor, but I do not recommend the office. My appointment was rescheduled twice. They didn't even look at the service I requested to realize I would need to fill outpaperwork before the appointment. They weren't able to e-mail me the form (I know they have a scanner so I don't understand the issue). They never submitted the form and scanned a blank form into my file. I ended up paying out of pocket when I showed up because I was so tired of rescheduling and trying to get time of work. Then they refused to give me the information needed to submit a claim for reimbursement and told me it would take 2-3 weeks for them to submit. Honestly the whole ordeal has been awful and Dr. Vijayalakshmi Arekapudi has been the only staff member to treat me with any respect or offer any apologies. The rest of her staff has been rude and is either poorly trained or unwilling to help.
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My original OB-gyn was Swathi, Vijayalakshmi's daughter, but since Swathi left the practice I have been seeing VJ. I have seen her a couple of times now and each time have felt like the appointment was not thorough and that she did not take time to explain things to me.
Less than 1 year ago
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She is a good doctor, but the waiting is ridiculous! Can you imaging coming to see a doctor for a 15 min appointment and leaving only 2 hours later cause you’ve been waiting the entire time? If I was in laborI would have delivered 10 times waiting to be seen... this definitely should be fixed, otherwise I’d prefer to visit someone who respects the appointment time.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Arekapudi is extremely knowledgeable and helpful - she really takes the time to explain things to you and never makes you feel rushed. Overall great experience!
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Dr Arekapudi has incredible bedside manner and treated me with such kindness and respect. I did not feel rushed at all and I love her outlook.
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Dr. Arekapudi is professional and compassionate. She listens and is honest when it comes to health care and procedures. She is a wonderful doctor.
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She's awesome!!!
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The doctor is very nice and professional. The office changed my appointment a few days before which was inconvenient.
More than 1 year ago
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Too long waiting for my preference but was easy and she’s nice and helpful.
More than 1 year ago
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Quick and easy for a PAP. Doesn't want to wait your time or her own. But also helped me out with some antibiotics for a head cold that were outside the scope of the visit.
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Waited one hour before I was attended then waited anther 30 min in the doctor's room. Ridiculous. Long wait, will not go here again
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The staff and Dr. A made me feel very welcome and comfortable! Very happy with my experience and glad to have found a gynecologist I can trust in my area :)
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I was able to get an appointment an evening appointment after work which is much appreciated. Despite the late hour (close to 6:00), Dr. Arekapudi was extremely cheerful and energetic. She was cordial and warm and I felt very comfortable withher. I was really dreading having to switch doctors and now I almost glad I had to! She took time to talk to me and made sure all of my questions were answered. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an OB-GYN.
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I really like this doctor. She's very knowledgeable. However, the wait times with a set appointment is not satisfactory. Not only did I wait for 30+ minutes in the wait room, but also 30+ minutes inside the doctors office several times.I also signed up for an IUD. I never heard back from my insurance or this doctors office for the next steps.
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She was friendly and the appointment was quick and easy.
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My appointment with Dr. V. Arekapudi was wonderful (as usual). She explained every step of what she was doing, and her experience showed in the swift manner she was able to complete my procedure. The office staff, and doctor herself, wentabove and beyond in assisting me with insurance coverage issues and questions. Overall, I truly felt taken care of, and would recommend this office to anyone!
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I've been a patient of Dr. Arekapudi for almost 15 years. She provides me with yearly exam services; she also delivered my child and provided pre- and post-natal care. My experience with Dr. Arekapudi has generally been very good, includingat today's appointment. Her exam rooms may not have the fanciest decor, but they are spotless and the information offered is completely up to date. If you're looking for one of those touchy-feely OB/GYNs with an upscale waiting room, you probably need to see someone else. If, however, you want to see a qualified doctor with decades of experience for your women's healthcare, then you'll be good here. I haven't worked with Dr. Arekapudi's daughter, but if she's as competent and straightforward as her mother I'd be fine with it.
More than 1 year ago
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Very nice and personable. Took time to answer all my questions. Quick and thorough appointment. I'll go back.
More than 1 year ago
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Worst experience of my life. The doctor rushed me from beginning to end, ending the exam with "well, I have to leave, so is there anything else you need to ask?". The doctor took a call on her cell phone whileshe was in the middle of my exam. She couldn't find the test kit in the room, so while my pants were off she opened the door and SHOUTED to her receptionist to bring her xx test - there was someone in the waiting room and given that this office is tiny, I have no doubt they heard this, which is a violation of privacy. I am reporting a privacy violation as soon as someone from that office/hospital actually answers their phone - or maybe I should just go straight to the OCR? Probably just gonna do that. I've never wanted to cry harder at a doctor's office before. Unbelievable from start to finish.
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The doctor was warm, professional, and addressed all my concerns. She also offered advice for me regarding getting my insurance to cover particular things (she works for a Catholic hospital...), and made my gyno visit as pleasant as it could possibly be.
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Great office and quick appointment!
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She was kind, thoughtful, and gentle. What more can you ask for?
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Doctir was helpful, reception was pleasant. Waiting an hour an a half to see the doctor was a pain in neck.
More than 1 year ago
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Wonderful doctor.
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I love that she listens to my concerns and my own "self diagnosis""
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Good Doctor but gets confused and confuses patient.
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Dr.Arekapudi is very professional and clearly explained all procedures that need to be done as part of preventive measures and also for present conditions. She was flexible in terms of helping me out to set an appointment for my ultrasound. I recommend her to anyone looking for an OB Gyn.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Arekapudi didn't listen to all our concerns and she just rushed us. The wait time is awful, office is over crowded , it appears that multiple appointments given at the same time ,that is probably one of the reason whywe can get the appointments quickly with this doctor. Apart from going through all these issues, they did mess up billing/insurance. I have to chase almost 3-4 months to get the refund from them.
More than 1 year ago
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DR IS GREAT. I LOVE HER! she is quick and gentle
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Superb.....
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She was super nice and efficient. The wait time was a little long but once I was in the room she took care of me and answered all my questions. Always an awkward visit regardless of the doctor but she mademe feel comfortable and at ease. Definitely a good one!
More than 1 year ago
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Excellent
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Very helpful and efficient appointment. Got straight to what my concerns were and how she could help. Felt very comfortable talking to her about personal matters.
More than 1 year ago
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She was soooo sweet and answered all my questions. Made me feel completely comfortable for my first visit will definitely use her in the future.
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This was my most pleasant doctor visit I have ever had! Dr. Arekapudi was very courteous and caring in regards to my concerns. I have always been scared of the doctor, and still am, but there was nothing to fear with her!
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I really enjoyed seeing Dr. Arekapudi, she assured me that the issue I was worried about was completely normal and nothing to be worried about. I would say that her secretary could have been a little more friendly and welcoming whenfirst walking in. I also did not receive my pap smear results until 3 weeks after my appointment.
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First & last time here.This was my first time here & the doctor was asking for my financial status throughout the appointment. She didn't care to what I had to say or what problems I had I was probably in there for less than 5 min & she was done.
More than 1 year ago
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Very professional, positive, and straightforward.
More than 1 year ago
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very friendly and professional. She made me feel really comfortable.
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I felt very comfortable and i will return.
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She was a great a wonderful Dr. So polite, very well mannered.
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Dr. Arekapudi and her staff were very professional and knowledgeable, answering all of my questions and taking care during my visit. The actual appointment itself went very well and was very fast, however I did end up waiting over and hourfor the doctor to arrive after being at the hospital for a procedure.
More than 1 year ago
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It was very quick yet thorough ! Definitely would recommend!
More than 1 year ago
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Very rude. Didn't let me tell her my symptoms
More than 1 year ago
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She was friendly.
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Terrible. Very unorganized and unhelpful. Never explained what was happening at a very scary time of my life. The wrong doctor came into my room and thought I was a different patient. Absolutely the worst doctors experience of my life. Don'tbelieve the other reviews on here. DO NOT GO TO DR. AREKAPUDI!!!
More than 1 year ago
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