John Joseph Brems

John Joseph Brems, M.D.

1435 North Randall Road

Elgin, Illinois 60123

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John Joseph Brems, M.D.

General Surgery

Liver, Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery

1435 North Randall Road

Suite 107

Elgin, Illinois 60123



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About Me

  • Medical Specialties: General Surgery
  • Primary Area of Focus: Liver, Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Gender:
  • Age: 64
  • Years in Practice:
  • Board Certifications: General Surgery
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  • Residency: St. Louis University School Of Medicine
  • Medical School: St. Louis University School Of Medicine

Hospital Affiliations

  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Advocate Sherman Hospital

Ratings and Comments

John Joseph Brems, M.D.

4.9 out of 5

128 Patient Ratings

Listens carefully to you

4.9 out of 5

128 Patient Ratings

Gives easy to understand instructions

4.9 out of 5

119 Patient Ratings

Explains in a way you understand

4.8 out of 5

128 Patient Ratings

Spends enough time with you

4.9 out of 5

127 Patient Ratings

Knows your important medical history

4.7 out of 5

127 Patient Ratings

Shows respect for what you say

5 out of 5

127 Patient Ratings


Dr. Brems explained the surgery I was due to have. I was clear on what was going to happen, including a couple things I was not expecting. OVerall great team.

Reviewed on October 29, 2018 7:00 PM

Very impressed with the organization & speed things were accomplished. Everyone I came in contact with really knew what was expected of them. There was no waiting or confusion at any point in my treatment. Everything went very smoothly.

Reviewed on October 5, 2018 7:00 PM

They treated me very well thank God Brens is a very good dr.

Reviewed on October 3, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems and his staff are the best.

Reviewed on September 30, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems and his staff are the best. They are all knowledgeable, courteous and efficient. I live in Woodstock, IL and drive to see Dr. Brems even though there are other providers closer to my home. He and his team are that good.

Reviewed on September 29, 2018 7:00 PM

Very warm and caring Doctor.! excellent way of explaining the procedure in terms I could understand. would highly recommend him to anyone who needs surgery.

Reviewed on September 28, 2018 7:00 PM

Very informative, comfortable, & knowledgeable visit.

Reviewed on September 7, 2018 7:00 PM

He was competent and professional and inspired confidence.

Reviewed on June 13, 2018 7:00 PM

He was ok. Not aggressive enough for my problem.

Reviewed on May 2, 2018 7:00 PM

I was very happy with the 1st visit and surgery 3 days later.

Reviewed on April 29, 2018 7:00 PM

They showed me love, kindness, tolerance, they were humble they honored my wishes when to do so. THey were obedient, couldn't harm me and worked well as a team. They made small sacrifices to attend me.

Reviewed on April 16, 2018 7:00 PM


Reviewed on April 11, 2018 7:00 PM

The doctor and his staff are excellent.

Reviewed on April 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems and his staff are warm and receptive. Would definitely refer him.

Reviewed on March 27, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems is an amazing doctor & person. Could not have been in better hands.

Reviewed on March 20, 2018 7:00 PM

This provider and the entire office staff were exceptional and kind in dealing with me and my family during a difficult diagnosis of liver cancer. Extremely professional staff.

Reviewed on March 18, 2018 7:00 PM

Excellent visit. Dr. Brems put me at ease about my illness and I had total confidence in him.

Reviewed on March 18, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems is a wonderful surgeon and very caring and compassionate. I appreciate everything he did for me.

Reviewed on February 28, 2018 6:00 PM

This was the first time to see Dr. Brems. He answered our concerns and scheduled an appointment for surgery.

Reviewed on February 5, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Brems is an outstanding MD with a professional staff.

Reviewed on December 11, 2017 6:00 PM

Seen this doctor for a second opinion on a possible medical issue. He was very informative and helpful and recommended a possible treatment.

Reviewed on December 5, 2017 6:00 PM

Holly has been very helpful.

Reviewed on December 5, 2017 6:00 PM

I feel fortunate to have Dr Brems .

Reviewed on November 17, 2017 6:00 PM

Excellent made time for my appointment. Even though he was scheduled to leave for vacation.

Reviewed on September 11, 2017 7:00 PM

I went to Dr. Brems for surgery. he is absolutely the best. I don't think he ever sleeps. he saw me in the hospital 7 days in a row. he is an extreme calming influence.

Reviewed on August 4, 2017 7:00 PM


Reviewed on August 4, 2017 7:00 PM

Excellent - Top notch no problem.

Reviewed on May 22, 2017 7:00 PM

This doctor I wish he was an MD I would go to him for all my medical care he is very honest & heart warming.

Reviewed on April 25, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Brems & his staff are excellent!

Reviewed on March 19, 2017 7:00 PM

He is a very good doctor.

Reviewed on March 8, 2017 6:00 PM

Dr Brems is the best. I feel lucky that I met him. He provides outstanding medical care as does his team. I hope not to need him in the future, but if I do he will be the first person I reach out to. Ever so grateful to him.

Reviewed on March 1, 2017 6:00 PM

Outstanding service, explanations and follow up

Reviewed on February 2, 2017 6:00 PM

Can't say enough good about Dr. Brems - Feel fortunate that we got him as a surgeon. All meetings have been excellent & met expectations.

Reviewed on December 6, 2016 6:00 PM

he is an understanding man that takes his time to insure you have a clear vision of what you need and how he can help. his staff is simply the best. i have cancer and they were very considerate and understanding without being condecending

Reviewed on November 12, 2016 6:00 PM

Dr Been a was a second opinion. I ended up feeling more comfortable and confident with the surgeon who will do my surgery

Reviewed on November 4, 2016 7:00 PM

very understanding of my concerns

Reviewed on October 21, 2016 7:00 PM


Reviewed on October 13, 2016 7:00 PM

Very professional - surgery scheduled quickly due to pain. Could not be happier with Dr.Brems and his assistant Holly who helped us get immediate help.

Reviewed on September 28, 2016 7:00 PM

Very good, doctor listened & explained very approachable, highly recommend by primary care doctor.

Reviewed on September 27, 2016 7:00 PM

Everyone in Dr. Brems office was wonderful - & Dr. Brems was pleasant and thorough. The surgery went well and he is an excellent surgeon and doctor.

Reviewed on August 31, 2016 7:00 PM

We think the world of Dr. Brems!!! He is wonderful on ever level!!!

Reviewed on August 18, 2016 7:00 PM

Excellent physician & nurses in office.

Reviewed on August 10, 2016 7:00 PM

I was very pleased with Dr. Brems, he was very friendly and felt comfortable when he examined me. He is not my primary dr., but if someone need one I surely would recommend him any time.

Reviewed on July 29, 2016 7:00 PM

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Clinical Interests

  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Biliary Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Hepatobiliary Disease
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Disease
  • Liver Surgery
  • Metastic Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Pancreatitis
  • Spleen Disorders
  • Surgical Oncology


  • 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
  • Healthlink PPO
  • HealthSpring Medicaid ICP
  • HealthSpring Medicare HMO
  • HealthSpring MMAI
  • HFN Platinum EPO
  • HFN Total Care PPO
  • Humana Advocate Health Care PPO
  • Humana Choice POS
  • Humana DuPage Medical Group HMO
  • Humana DuPage Medical Group HMO - HMO Select
  • Humana EPO - Advocate Associate Medical Plan
  • Humana Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Gold Choice PPO
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana Gold Plus Integrated-Medicare-Medicaid Plan
  • Humana HMO - Advocate Associate Medical 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
  • Humana PPO - Advocate Associate Medical Plan
  • 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

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