Naheed R. Akhter, MD, FACOG  - Downers Grove, ILDr. Naheed Akhter has practiced in the western suburbs of Chicago for over 20 years. She is known for her compassion and personalized approach focusing on patient education. What she enjoys the most is patient interaction. She prides herself on being a good listener and is known for her down-to-earth style of practicing medicine, which allows for a comfortable and trusting doctor patient relationship. One of her patients mentioned her repeatedly in her beautiful book, "A Random Interruption; Surviving Breast cancer with Laughter, Vodka, Smoothies and an Attitude". She had high praise for Dr. Akhter 's compassion and support in helping her deal with her cancer.

At the same time Dr. Akhter gets great satisfaction with practicing the leading-edge technology in the field of gynecology. She is among an elite group of surgeons at the Hospital who are certified in Da Vinci Robotic surgery. She loves to give her patients the benefit of this state-of-the-art technology.

Dr. Akhter did her undergraduate in Biology with honors from University of Pune (Fergusson College). Next, she earned her medical degree from University of Pune (BJMC). She was awarded the "SOU Parvati Bai' award" in her final year of medical school. She came to United States and completed her internship at the University of IL, and residency at Cook County General Hospital. She was selected to be the Chief Resident in her final year of residency. Dr. Akhter is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has also served as a vice chair and then as a chairperson of the OB/GYN department at Arnita Hinsdale hospital. She is married with three kids and enjoys reading, hiking, cooking and travelling. She also helps in free clinics for the indigent in Chicagoland and in India.

"I hope to give my patients the best and most empathetic care possible," says Dr. Akhter. Getting to know her patients on a personal level throughout the 20+ years of her practice is the greatest joy of practicing medicine. She feels grateful to be in a profession where she can serve women and hopefully improve their quality of life and health.

Board-Certified: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Fellow: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL

Internship: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Membership: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association

Chief Resident: Cook County Hospital

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