Darren R. Gitelman

Darren R. Gitelman, M.D.

1875 Dempster Street

Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

Call Now:


Coronavirus Alert

Learn what to do if you think you've been exposed to COVID-19. Stay up to date with our Resource Center.

No-Visitor Policy

No visitors, with few exceptions, will be allowed in any inpatient areas until further notice. Learn more.

Darren R. Gitelman, M.D.


Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

1875 Dempster Street

Suite 520

Park Ridge, Illinois 60068



Open today 8:30 am

5:00 pm

Open today 8:30 am

5:00 pm

Open today 8:30 am

5:00 pm

Open today 8:30 am

5:00 pm

Open today 8:30 am

5:00 pm

Open today


Open today


To better serve our patients during the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you call your doctor’s office to schedule an appointment. Our online scheduling feature will be available again in the near future.

Or you can see a provider 24/7 with a video visit or e-visit.

What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, see a provider 24/7 with a video visit. We’ll help you get the care you need. And stay up to date about COVID-19 in our Resource Center.

View Video

My philosophy of care is to provide exceptional service to the patient and family, and to integrate my care with the patient's other physicians.

About Me

  • Medical Specialties: Neurology
  • Primary Area of Focus: Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
  • Gender:
  • Age: 61
  • Years in Practice:
  • Board Certifications: Neurology



  • Additional Training: Behavioral Neurology
  • Fellowship: Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Residency: The Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York, Internal Medicine
  • Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital, Neurology
  • Medical School: Washington University Medical School

Hospital Affiliations

  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Ratings and Comments

Darren R. Gitelman, M.D.

4.9 out of 5

259 Patient Ratings

Gives easy to understand instructions

4.8 out of 5

231 Patient Ratings

Explains in a way you understand

4.9 out of 5

258 Patient Ratings

Listens carefully to you

4.9 out of 5

257 Patient Ratings

Knows your important medical history

4.8 out of 5

256 Patient Ratings

Shows respect for what you say

4.9 out of 5

259 Patient Ratings

Spends enough time with you

4.9 out of 5

257 Patient Ratings


Dr. Gitelman is Xs neurologist and memory care doctor. He spends considerable time with X as she fights dementia/Alzheimer's. He continually adjusts medication based on her condition.

Reviewed on November 30, 2019 4:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman does work in caring for X. He is responsive, concerned and supportive.

Reviewed on November 30, 2019 4:00 PM

Specially cared for!

Reviewed on November 19, 2019 8:25 AM

My questions were answered in words that I could understand.

Reviewed on November 18, 2019 11:19 AM

Overall the experience was run very efficiently.

Reviewed on November 18, 2019 11:19 AM


Reviewed on November 18, 2019 8:22 AM


Reviewed on November 18, 2019 8:22 AM

Excellent. Very personable. I feel very confident in what he says.

Reviewed on November 11, 2019 3:20 PM

Very professional, very patient, very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on November 3, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr Gitleman is a joy to work with. His expertise and warmth come through with each visit.

Reviewed on November 1, 2019 7:00 PM

Excellent. I'm very happy with this doctor. Takes his time asking the questions about my health & how treatment is working. Always concerned about my treatment.

Reviewed on October 21, 2019 7:00 PM

Receptionists were so kind, and even remembered our visit from 6 months prior. My father gave them one of his combs (hair business), and they asked how his business was doing.

Reviewed on October 17, 2019 7:00 PM

very good

Reviewed on October 6, 2019 7:00 PM

Pretty good.....she really tries and I respect her for all her efforts!

Reviewed on September 29, 2019 7:00 PM

Good! Doctor good.

Reviewed on September 4, 2019 7:00 PM

Very nice man & made me feel very comfortable.

Reviewed on September 2, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman MD, is the senior medical director, he was very patient and spent a long time with us, my husband has dementia - Late onset ALZHEIMER'S, without behavioral disturbance.

Reviewed on August 28, 2019 7:00 PM

He took the time to answer numerous questions thereby allaying some of my/our fears (patient and his wife) and did so in an understandable manner.

Reviewed on August 19, 2019 7:00 PM

Very impressed with Dr. Gitelman. Spent much more time with me than expected. Very thorough in attending to my concerns.

Reviewed on July 21, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is an excellent no nonsense person my husband like him when he can remember.

Reviewed on July 21, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is always professional, kind, interested in my health and needs.

Reviewed on June 25, 2019 7:00 PM

very nice and very professional Dr.

Reviewed on June 2, 2019 7:00 PM

We were very pleased with Dr. Gitelman and his work also was attentive to our needs. Great person.

Reviewed on May 20, 2019 7:00 PM

He answered all questions and explained results of tests.

Reviewed on May 20, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is a very detail oriented person. I like him very much.

Reviewed on May 12, 2019 7:00 PM

I was very satisfied with Dr. Gitelman's character and performance - In the future, if he is a general practitioner, I would choose him for my dr!

Reviewed on April 22, 2019 7:00 PM

While provider was excellent - the blood lab at Lutheran General is completely unacceptable! The wait was over 2 hrs.! I went to a lab at Northwestern to have blood work done (my primary dr. is with Northwesten) wait time was less than a minute.

Reviewed on March 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Terrible parking.

Reviewed on March 4, 2019 6:00 PM

He is the most patient doctor I have ever had. He explains things fully and I am assured I am in qualified hands.

Reviewed on February 25, 2019 6:00 PM

One of the most professional Doctors we have seen. He really seems to have the answers!

Reviewed on February 18, 2019 6:00 PM

First visit to Dr. Gitelman to shift care to Advocate. Dr. Gitelman was very thorough and took time to do a comprehensive evaluation with additional diagnostic blood work and records requested.

Reviewed on January 29, 2019 6:00 PM

Very happy having him as my doctor. He pays attention to what I have to say, answers my questions in detail, is courteous and very professional and on each of my visits he has taken the time to listen to my concerns .

Reviewed on January 26, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr Gitelman is always very thorough, professional and caring. He has the highest standards and is the standard by which we measure all other doctors. We are very thankful to have him helping us on this journey through Dementia.

Reviewed on January 26, 2019 6:00 PM

He is an excellent Doctor.

Reviewed on January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

he's the Best doctor and really cares !

Reviewed on January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is a calm, soft spoken individual. He is comfortable to talk to - I think he is a kind & caring doctor. I feel fortunate to have him as my husbands physician.

Reviewed on November 28, 2018 6:00 PM

Was an excellent experience. The doctor listened tow hat I had to say & responded to my concerns.

Reviewed on November 26, 2018 6:00 PM

Love Dr. Gitelman. He is a caring doctor. He listens and responds in a calm and caring manner-

Reviewed on November 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Hadn't apprciated that care givers really felt a true responsibilty for my health until this latest experience.

Reviewed on October 30, 2018 7:00 PM

Very happy.

Reviewed on October 29, 2018 7:00 PM

my sister and I value and appreciate Dr. Gittlemans' knowledge and expertise, along with his direction which is always accompanied with empathy and great listening skills.

Reviewed on October 26, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is one of the most caring and thoughtful physicians that have cared for my health.

Reviewed on October 16, 2018 7:00 PM

The appointment went very well. The physician was very attentive.

Reviewed on October 1, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr.Gitelman was recommend as a specialist in memory issues and I was not disappointed in his approach to my needs. I will follow up and continue seeing him. This was my initial visit.

Reviewed on September 18, 2018 7:00 PM

very good experience and guidelines!

Reviewed on September 16, 2018 7:00 PM

Advocates decision to mandate 15 minute appointment times does not provide adequate time f/evaluation/time with patient. This has to stop. The doctor should decide amount of time needed with patient.

Reviewed on August 27, 2018 7:00 PM

Wonderful caring MD, person, very helpful understanding.

Reviewed on August 27, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is a very attentive & thorough dr. Asked a lot of questions & gave me a great deal of information. Wonderful dr.

Reviewed on August 27, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is the VERY TOP dr. in his field.

Reviewed on July 7, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Gittelman is always very professional, knowledgeable and approachable.

Reviewed on June 30, 2018 7:00 PM

We were so impressed! We have not experienced such amazing care. It was beyond our highest expectation. Thank you Dr. Gitelman!

Reviewed on June 21, 2018 7:00 PM

He was recommended by my family doctor because memory problems. I'm very pleased with Dr. Gitelman, the neurologist who is presently treating me for my memory problem. He listens to me.

Reviewed on May 6, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Gitelman was willing to see me before my scheduled appointment since he had a cancellation. He was very thorough, kind, knowledgeable, and courteous. He listened to my concerns and explained all his findings. I was and am very happy and thankful for his help in my health and well-being.

Reviewed on May 6, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman always provides us w/a great deal of his time and answers all of our questions. He has a great deal of knowledge and is easy to speak with.

Reviewed on April 25, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman was very good and very nice. The only complaint was that he wrote in my file, "Looks HER AGE! Now was that necessary?

Reviewed on April 18, 2018 7:00 PM


Reviewed on April 16, 2018 7:00 PM

It took 3 months to get a return appointment following testing. That is a LONG time. The office clerk/receptionist told me she was a temp and was NOT helpful. I had to call back several times AFTER THE APPOINTMENT I THOUGHT I HAD DID NOT EXIST. I was told I was put on the "waiting list" to move up for an earlier appointment. I never received a call. Very disappointing.

Reviewed on April 10, 2018 7:00 PM

My sister has Alzheimer's and lives in an assisted living situation. I am her poa for health care and everything else. I take her to medical appointments, dentist, eye dr., etc. I love her and care deeply about her care and well being. I am very sensitive to her feelings. I do think that it would be better, if the dr. talked with the patient and the care giver separately and together to get a better perspective on things. I hesitate to say some things in front of my sister for fear of hurting her feelings or getting her upset.Other than that, the dr. was very kind and professional.

Reviewed on April 1, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is an outstanding provider of memory-related service. He exceeds the _____ of thoughtfulness & skill.

Reviewed on March 13, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Gitelman has been most trusted provider to my family.

Reviewed on March 3, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman takes his time during my vidits. He never is rushed. Great Dr. my daughter who was with us liked him and was very impressed by him,

Reviewed on February 25, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is extremely patient and listens to the patient and family. Explains things an easy to understand terms. Follows up personally with test results and returns calls/concerns in a timely manner.

Reviewed on February 19, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman is exceptional & my advocate in communicating with nursing home doctors. I am very fortunate he cares & works to address my overall health as well as mental & emotional health. Within 2 visits the doctors at the nursing home have been more proactive with my health issues - Thanks to the 2 visits with Dr. Gitelman!

Reviewed on February 7, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman went through my issues and helped me understand what I was going through. We then started me on items that have really helped me.

Reviewed on January 27, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman and the receptionist were very professional and attentive to my concerns.

Reviewed on January 12, 2018 6:00 PM

Very helpful, took time to explain.

Reviewed on January 10, 2018 6:00 PM

This was the initial meeting with many to follow. The Dr. was focused on the tasks at hand, easy to talk to and very productive. I am now obtaining an number of test results for him to review prior to our next meeting.

Reviewed on January 8, 2018 6:00 PM

very professional. Answered all questions.

Reviewed on December 22, 2017 6:00 PM

Always a pleasant visit.

Reviewed on December 14, 2017 6:00 PM

This doctor is has great bed side mannera, very nice. He listens and doesn't rush through the tine we apend together. I jave liked him since I first met him.

Reviewed on December 12, 2017 6:00 PM

Very Professional, Doctor made me feel comfortable, and confident that he understood my concerns.

Reviewed on November 26, 2017 6:00 PM

I like Dr. Gittleman he is always though and always respectful. One issue I have with the office is that this is the memory center and it does not have a bathroom inside the office. when you are dealing with an Alzheimer's/ Dementia patient to get them down the hall and to use the bathroom that is closest to the office, it has no handicapped stall. I know the bathroom by the elevator does have one, but patients with mobility issues this is a huge issue for the patient and the caregivers.

Reviewed on November 26, 2017 6:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman was like a "gift" to our family when we were searching for answers for his health problems. He was very patient with myself and my two sons as he worked on the diagnosis and explaining how the disease would progress.

Reviewed on November 21, 2017 6:00 PM

Nice ,very good

Reviewed on November 20, 2017 6:00 PM

WE have always found Dr. Gitelman to be a caring provider. Very professional - He still carries a little black bag.

Reviewed on November 1, 2017 7:00 PM

Listened very carefully and considered all I had to say.

Reviewed on October 31, 2017 7:00 PM

The people in this office are great. They made me feel comfortable.

Reviewed on October 4, 2017 7:00 PM

In my opinion, this doctor does his best.

Reviewed on October 4, 2017 7:00 PM

Very profession doctor & office. Highly recommend MA super sweet & courteous.

Reviewed on September 24, 2017 7:00 PM


Reviewed on August 27, 2017 7:00 PM

Helpful I hope it works.

Reviewed on August 21, 2017 7:00 PM

Satisfactory as always.

Reviewed on August 16, 2017 7:00 PM

Excellent - would recommend him to family or friends.

Reviewed on August 13, 2017 7:00 PM

Wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on August 2, 2017 7:00 PM

Very pleased with time spent w/dr.

Reviewed on July 19, 2017 7:00 PM

very professional, and thorough.

Reviewed on July 17, 2017 7:00 PM

Very good.

Reviewed on July 11, 2017 7:00 PM

I have never been to any doctor at Advocate, came for a consultation. Was VERY VERY impressed with this doctor. All of my doctors are at Northwestern. Great guy & doc!

Reviewed on June 2, 2017 7:00 PM


Reviewed on June 2, 2017 7:00 PM

Always a very pleasant visit - office & personnel are very good - Dr. G. is so very kind to his patient.

Reviewed on May 31, 2017 7:00 PM

Never felt rushed - all questions answered - felt concern for condition.

Reviewed on May 30, 2017 7:00 PM

He is a very good, competent neurologist: he listens to you and talks in terms that you can understand. Very competent.

Reviewed on May 1, 2017 7:00 PM

Very good experience.

Reviewed on April 30, 2017 7:00 PM

As always - our time with Dr. Gitelman was a good experience.

Reviewed on April 25, 2017 7:00 PM

It was my first visit. He was recommeded by my primary physician. I was very impressed with the time he took explaining to me my illness and necessary future steps I needed to follow. Took time and carefully listened to my concerns and was very professional.

Reviewed on April 23, 2017 7:00 PM


Reviewed on April 23, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Gitelman was very attentive & thorough.

Reviewed on April 16, 2017 7:00 PM

health eNews with Darren R. Gitelman, M.D.

Medical Areas of Expertise

View More View Less

Clinical Interests

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Behaviorial Neurology
  • Corticobasal Syndrome
  • Dementia
  • Dementia/Memory Disorder
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Language Disorders
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Memory Disorders
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Progressive Aphasia
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Visual-Spatial Disorders


  • AAH Preferred – Team Member Plan
  • AAH Select – Team Member Plan
  • AARP MedicareComplete Plus HMO - POS
  • Aetna Better Health Premier Plan MMAI
  • Aetna Choice POS
  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Managed Choice (MC) POS
  • Aetna NAP - PPO
  • Aetna Open Access POS
  • Aetna Open Choice POS
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna Select Choice EPO
  • Aetna Select POS
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • Aetna US Healthcare Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Beech Street Network PPO
  • Blue Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross HMO Illinois
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO - POS
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Blue Cross PPO
  • Blue Cross PPO - Advocate Associate Medical Plan
  • Blue Precision Bronze HMO
  • Blue Precision Gold HMO
  • Blue Precision HMO
  • Blue Precision Platinum HMO
  • Blue Precision Silver HMO
  • BlueCare Direct
  • Cigna C - 5 POS
  • Cigna Health Partners POS
  • Cigna Health Partners PPO
  • Cigna Open Access Plus POS
  • Cigna Open Access Plus State of Illinois POS
  • CIGNA Open Access POS
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cofinity PPO
  • Coventry HMO
  • Coventry One Select PPO
  • Coventry PPO
  • Coventry Workers Comp PPO
  • First Health Network EPO
  • First Health Network PPO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna HMO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna Open Access Plus HMO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna PPO
  • Harken Health Choice Plus
  • Harken Health Compass Plus
  • Health Alliance HMO
  • Health Alliance PPO
  • Healthlink PPO
  • HealthSpring Medicaid ICP
  • HealthSpring Medicare HMO
  • HealthSpring MMAI
  • HFN Platinum EPO
  • HFN Total Care PPO
  • Humana Choice POS
  • Humana Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Gold Choice PPO
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana Gold Plus Integrated-Medicare-Medicaid Plan
  • Humana HMO Select
  • Humana Illinois Platinum HMO
  • Humana Integrated Care Program of Illinois
  • Humana Medicaid Managed Care Plan
  • Humana National EPO
  • Humana National HMO
  • Humana National POS - Open Access
  • Humana National PPO
  • Humana POS
  • Humana PPO
  • LLH Adventist Silver PPO 3000
  • LLH Family Health Network Silver PPO 3100
  • LLH Swedish Covenant Silver PPO
  • Meridian
  • Meritain Health PPO
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • NALC (Natl Assn of Letter Carriers) Health Benefit
  • PHCS Savility PPO
  • Preferred Network Access PPO
  • Three Rivers Provider Network PPO
  • Tricare POS
  • Tricare PPO
  • UFCW Local 1546 Health and Welfare Fund (UMC)
  • UHC / AARP MedicareComplete (Secure Horizons) HMO
  • UHC / AARP MedicareComplete Focus HMO
  • Union Medical Care PPO
  • United Healthcare Charter
  • United Healthcare Choice HMO
  • United Healthcare Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare Compass HMO
  • United Healthcare Group Medicare Advantage PPO
  • United Healthcare Medicare Solutions PPO
  • United Healthcare MedicareComplete Plan 1 HMO
  • United Healthcare Navigate HMO
  • United Healthcare Navigate POS
  • United Healthcare Nexus
  • United Healthcare Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Select EPO
  • United Healthcare Select HMO
  • United Healthcare Select Plus POS


Learn more about this provider and request an appointment online. Prior to requesting an appointment with any provider you select, confirm with your insurance carrier that this doctor is in your insurance network.

Information listed under the "clinical interests" columns was supplied by the physicians. It is provided to you for informational purposes only, and neither Advocate Health Care nor the Advocate facility has independently verified the information. If you wish to confirm the information contained herein, or if you have any other questions about a particular physician, please contact the physician’s office.

Unless otherwise stated, physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Advocate Health Care or the Advocate facility where the care is being provided. Neither Advocate Health Care nor the Advocate facility shall be liable for the medical care provided or decisions made by these independent physicians.

Website link: https://doctors.advocatehealth.com/a-darren-r-gitelman-park-ridge-neurology