Rachel Podrazik Baer

Rachel Podrazik Baer, M.D.

745 Fletcher Drive

Elgin, Illinois 60123

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Rachel Podrazik Baer, M.D.

General Surgery

Breast Surgery

745 Fletcher Drive

Suite 302

Elgin, Illinois 60123


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About Me

  • Medical Specialties: General Surgery
  • Primary Area of Focus: Breast Surgery
  • Gender:
  • Years in Practice:
  • Board Certifications: General Surgery



  • Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School
  • Internship: University of Michigan
  • Residency: University of Michigan, General Surgery
  • Residency: University of Michigan, Vascular Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Advocate Sherman Hospital

Ratings and Comments

Rachel Podrazik Baer, M.D.

4.9 out of 5

190 Patient Ratings

Explains in a way you understand

4.9 out of 5

190 Patient Ratings

Listens carefully to you

4.9 out of 5

189 Patient Ratings

Knows your important medical history

4.9 out of 5

188 Patient Ratings

Shows respect for what you say

5 out of 5

190 Patient Ratings

Spends enough time with you

5 out of 5

189 Patient Ratings

Gives easy to understand instructions

4.9 out of 5

170 Patient Ratings


Dr. Baer is a wonderful person, does not rush you, explains clearly and answers all questions.

Reviewed on September 25, 2019 7:00 PM

I love Dr. Baer - used her 17 years ago for surgery & will have minor outpatient procedure coming up.

Reviewed on September 24, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Rachel Baer has been the best doctor I've ever encountered. That was SO encouraging to me as I faced a double mastectomy under her care. I am forever grateful!

Reviewed on September 18, 2019 7:00 PM

VERY BEST. The best.

Reviewed on September 16, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is very knowledgeable, caring and compassionate. she not only explained my cancer to me but spoke in terms I understood along with the medical terms. I so appreciate that. she let me make my own decision while explaining tje options. she spent a long time with me and did not rush me through. if I still had more questions she took her time and never made me feel like she was in hurry to get out. Dr Baer spoke in a gentle, calm and reassuring manor.

Reviewed on September 9, 2019 7:00 PM


Reviewed on September 8, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr Baer thoroughly explained my test results. She explained each line of the pathology report. I felt very comfortable speaking with Dr. Baer. I know I'm in good hands with Dr. Baer.

Reviewed on August 26, 2019 7:00 PM

god bless you!!

Reviewed on August 23, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Rachel Baer was very professional, knowledgeable and very helpful. She answered all my questions and concerns in a very considerate and kind way.

Reviewed on August 4, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer remembers all the details, is gentle and thorough. She is thoughtful and an excellent listener. She is able to explain both what has already occurred and what to expect as healing continues.

Reviewed on August 4, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer was very nice to both me and my husband and answered a question regarding a part of my husbands problem.

Reviewed on July 29, 2019 7:00 PM

Everyone was kind and professional.

Reviewed on July 28, 2019 7:00 PM

very thorough explaining about the health situation I'm facing

Reviewed on July 21, 2019 7:00 PM

She was patient and very informative about the disease and treatment strategy going forward.

Reviewed on July 15, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is always pleasant, informative & thorough. She always remembers to order my x-rays in advance & leaves her door open for any problems. That might occur in the future. Post breast cancer.

Reviewed on July 10, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is an amazing dr. in every way.

Reviewed on July 1, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is very through about how to treat my cancer and the options I had. Dr. Baer is very professional but listens to me and answers my questions so I can understand the situation.

Reviewed on June 19, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr Baer is very knowledgeable, caring and really takes time discussing and made sure that I understood.

Reviewed on June 16, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Rachael Baer is the most professional, knowledgeable, thorough and respectful doctor I've ever had.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019 7:00 PM

She is brilliant, kind, and respectful. I feel comfortable with Dr. Baer, and I never feel rushed.

Reviewed on May 5, 2019 7:00 PM

very convenient I was in good hands, Dr. Baer explained what the surgery

Reviewed on May 5, 2019 7:00 PM

From the moment I met Dr. Baer I knew what a caring dr. she is. She has been so go abt. explaining my 2 surgeries and after care.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019 7:00 PM

Very courteous, experienced and knowledgeable. Doctor.

Reviewed on April 29, 2019 7:00 PM

Even tho Dr. Baer is a surgeon, she does talk about diet and other helpful suggestions for some of my health issues. I do not time her for amt. of time in exam room, but she listens in a very relaxed way, which seems that she spends more time with me than she actually does. Her explanations are complete and understandable. It is thru her that I have switched my healthcare to Sherman Hospital.

Reviewed on April 10, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is an outstanding provider. I trust her implicitly and value her opinion and recommended next steps for my diagnosis.

Reviewed on March 10, 2019 7:00 PM

Always helpful and a pleasure to see Dr. Baer.

Reviewed on March 10, 2019 7:00 PM

very personable and easy to talk with b

Reviewed on March 1, 2019 6:00 PM

Fantastic care & concern.

Reviewed on February 12, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Baer is a great physician and person. Her bedside manners are flawless. Her technical and communication skills are topnotch.

Reviewed on January 30, 2019 6:00 PM

Always a good visit. Thoughtful and listens

Reviewed on January 29, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Baer is so compassionate, knowledgeable, skilled in surgery , easing going personality, & very calming to her patients. I believe she saved my life by detecting my breast cancer so early. The scar is so small & the beast looks so normal after working on it 3 times. I think she is the most knowledgeable doctor I have & I respect her opinon the most . I have several doctors.

Reviewed on January 29, 2019 6:00 PM

very pleased with the care!

Reviewed on January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Baer came in during her vacation to see me which was wonderful and very kind of her. This meant a great deal to me. She spent an hour with me going over test results, type of surgery I would be having, current medical standards for treatments, etc. She was very optimistic and comforting. I left the office feeling so much more relaxed and relieved than when I came in!!

Reviewed on January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

11/14/18 was a post surgery check up. I was experiencing some anxiety and depression because of dealing with cancer and mastectomy. Dr. Baer and her nurse were terrific in helping me and caring about my feelings.

Reviewed on January 21, 2019 6:00 PM

Doctor Rachal Baer and X were very thorough, knowledgeable and so helpful while making me feel like I was in good hands!

Reviewed on January 15, 2019 6:00 PM

The best.

Reviewed on November 28, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Baer and her staff were excellent. She knew all about my heart pacemaker and explained every part of my breast (cyst) surgery. She is an outstanding doctor.

Reviewed on November 18, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Baer took her time and was very informative.

Reviewed on November 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Very personable - excellent surgeon excellent staff.

Reviewed on October 31, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer was very thorough & kind & considerate in explaining my breast cancer diagnosis & what treatment/surgery she recommended.

Reviewed on October 24, 2018 7:00 PM

I was completely awed by how professional, compassionate, informative, & patient Dr. Baer was. She took the time to explain everything to me, provided me with a copy of my pathology report, & explained what I could do to facilitate my recovery from the surgery.

Reviewed on October 15, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is one of the finest physicians I have had she takes time to get to know her patients. Love talking with her.

Reviewed on October 12, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer always takes her time and answers all questions. She is also very informed.

Reviewed on October 9, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Baer and head nurse X are the very best Health Care providers I have EVER had. They do not rush you, answer ALL questions so You fully understand everything and are so warm and loving and make you feel important. I would recommend them to anyone. I could not of chose better Doctors than Dr Baer. She is the BEST!

Reviewed on September 17, 2018 7:00 PM

As always, I thank you Dr. Baer for taking time to explain everything & being so considerate of your patients.

Reviewed on September 5, 2018 7:00 PM

I really liked Dr. Baer - down to earth - awesome attitude and never made me feel like she needed to run to her next pt.

Reviewed on August 27, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr.Baer was very good about thoroughly explaining my diagnosis, treatment and follow plans for the future.

Reviewed on August 25, 2018 7:00 PM

I am a nurse in an ER who has worked with Dr. Baer for a long time. when I was told that I had breast cancer, my mind was racing. it was suggested that I see Dr. Baer and my mind was set at ease. I trust her and know she will do what is best for me. I had bilateral mastectomy almost4 weeks ago. this last visit to her was a follow-up and she explained the path report and future treatment so I know exactly what to expect.

Reviewed on August 13, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Bear is an excellent doctor. But this time the visit seemed rushed and it seemed like she was in a bad mood. I still got all the information I needed and I will still continue to use her.

Reviewed on August 6, 2018 7:00 PM

Always a pleasure to see Dr. Baer - Caring, positive and informative. One in a million!!

Reviewed on August 3, 2018 7:00 PM

Informative - Kind - Caring -

Reviewed on July 29, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer and X are wonderful.

Reviewed on July 27, 2018 7:00 PM

She's very caring and easy to talk to. Apologized for making me wait.

Reviewed on July 23, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is the best doctor.

Reviewed on July 17, 2018 7:00 PM

Nurse never seems to care about urgentness & returning calls, but Dr. Baer & rest of staff great. Nurse makes decisions as if she was _____ & doesn't ask.

Reviewed on June 25, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer & all of her office made me feel comfortable & glad that I was with her TEAM - She is the GREATEST oncology doctor.

Reviewed on May 31, 2018 7:00 PM

During my appointment, I found Dr. Baer to be very professional, knowledgeable, and sincerely took the time to answer all my questions with patience and empathy. She has a very calming presence, is very approachable, and helped to make me feel at ease. I felt confident in her ability and if it should be necessary to need her as my surgeon, I look forward to having her on my team!

Reviewed on May 14, 2018 7:00 PM

dr. Baer is an excellent doctor and I would definitely recommend her to everyone

Reviewed on May 13, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is a very caring person. This visit was a follow-up after surgery.

Reviewed on February 21, 2018 6:00 PM

Love Dr. Baer! Couldn't ask for a better surgeon! Competent, caring and always available.

Reviewed on January 25, 2018 6:00 PM

I am very pleased with the care I get with this provider.

Reviewed on January 19, 2018 6:00 PM

She was wonderful ? and very helpful.

Reviewed on January 4, 2018 6:00 PM

I work in an ER and have known Dr. Baer for a long time. I have not needed her as a doctor until now. Dr Baer was very caring, straightforward about my condition.

Reviewed on January 1, 2018 6:00 PM

I love Dr Bear and her nurse. I was disappointed in the ofc and how annoyed they seemed when I called. Great Doctor not so great receptionists.

Reviewed on December 24, 2017 6:00 PM

Rachel is great she did my machinery in Nov. of 2012 very personal and caring!

Reviewed on December 8, 2017 6:00 PM

Dr. Baer was excellent, both during my appendectomy and after the surgery. She was extremely nice and very knowledgeable and she took the time to answer all of my questions and make sure I was comfortable. Would definitely recommend.

Reviewed on December 5, 2017 6:00 PM

dr Baer and all staff wonderful during my difficult journey of breast cancer. they are all great educators, kind and caring.

Reviewed on December 3, 2017 6:00 PM

I feel that I have received excellent care from Dr. Baer; she has been thorough in exams and explanations.

Reviewed on November 30, 2017 6:00 PM

Dr. Baer is the best surgeon I have had.

Reviewed on November 28, 2017 6:00 PM

I was referred for surgery and it took 2 or 3 calls to get a returned call just to make the appointment. after surgery I had to call to make a follow up appointment and the staff asked me if I was supposed to see a nurse or the doctor. I thought they should have that info and my instructions just said to call for the appt but did not say with whom. when in the exam room the nurse shared she had me and another patient in another exam room mixed up. the other patient was stunned when nurse said she was taking out stitches as that other patient hadn't had stitches so the chart/info was with the wrong patient. not the doctor's fault. she was wonderful but the office staff is not good. I was not happy with them at all.

Reviewed on November 17, 2017 6:00 PM

I was very pleased with Dr. Baer and her commitment to thoroughly explaining my options, surgery, and possible outcomes. She has a gentle disposition and is notably knowledgeable. She spent a lot of time with me which meant a lot to me. I would highly recommend and her and want to thank her for being so pleasant.

Reviewed on October 15, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is always very competent, kind & interested in my concerns & questions answering them fully.

Reviewed on October 9, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is PHENOMENAL! She has an ability to establish an easy & trusting rapport.

Reviewed on September 21, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. XX a radiologist at Sherman made the apt. with Dr. Baer for me after I was told I had breast cancer. My visit with Dr. Baer could not have gone better. She is very professional and understanding. She took the time to explain everything and help ease my fear.

Reviewed on September 17, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer and her nurse navigator, Kim treat me with the best care and respect. They take the time needed at each & every appointment. They always call me back if I leave a message by the end of the day. I would not want to see any other doctor for my medical news that Dr. Baer handles for me. I would recommend her highly to my friends and family.

Reviewed on September 5, 2017 7:00 PM

I really like Dr. Baer and I would recommend her to anyone dealing with breast cancer and surgery.

Reviewed on September 3, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr Baer was very pleasant and informative. she took a long time explaining tnings to me.

Reviewed on August 30, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is very thoughtful, caring & concise in her treatment and always explains exactly what's being done & why.

Reviewed on August 13, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer is an exceptional provider. I am very blessed to receive care from her. She is very knowledgeable and thorough.

Reviewed on August 7, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer was excellent. She made us feel at ease.

Reviewed on August 2, 2017 7:00 PM

I'm happy with Dr. Baer.

Reviewed on July 14, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Baer removed my port at this visit. She is a wonderful surgeon and a caring doctor.

Reviewed on June 13, 2017 7:00 PM

Excellent - so caring.

Reviewed on May 15, 2017 7:00 PM

Very pleased with Dr. Baer & staff.

Reviewed on May 8, 2017 7:00 PM

Very kind and understanding.

Reviewed on April 30, 2017 7:00 PM

my experience with both Kim and dr Baer have been very good they are both great listener and explain everything in detail

Reviewed on April 30, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr Baer was Excellent!

Reviewed on April 9, 2017 7:00 PM

After meeting Dr. Rachel Baer & discussing all medical protocols for my condition. My confidence in her ability as my surgeon & doctor is high. I believe I'm in the best of care with her.

Reviewed on March 28, 2017 7:00 PM

Very good.

Reviewed on March 6, 2017 6:00 PM

Great communication w/doctor & her assistant. Great listeners as well.

Reviewed on February 19, 2017 6:00 PM

It was great, like it always is.

Reviewed on February 15, 2017 6:00 PM

Excellent - very professional office staff nurse and MD. If I had question or left message - call was returned at the end of their office hours on same day.

Reviewed on February 13, 2017 6:00 PM

I am very pleased overall with the quality care that I received. they are very professional and with excellent ethics. God bless all.

Reviewed on February 12, 2017 6:00 PM

Excellent service.

Reviewed on February 8, 2017 6:00 PM

Great environment, great doctors/nurses, positive attitudes, good at explaining things, great at making appointments, clean facilities.

Reviewed on February 5, 2017 6:00 PM

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Clinical Interests

  • Breast Surgeon
  • Specializes in Breast Cancer Surgery


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