About Dr. Nicholas Rizzo MD

Please call to arrange Emergency or Saturday appointments. Dr. Rizzo received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Chicago and his M.D. from Northwestern. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and is board certified in Internal Medicine (General Medicine for adults). From 2011 to 2013 he was a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is presently an Affiliate Lecturer at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. He volunteered as an assistant varsity wrestling coach at Marist High School for 14 years, works as a ringside physician for professional boxing and MMA events, is a Board Member of the Association of Ringside Physicians, and is a member of the State of Illinois Athletic Commission Advisory Board. He has authored or co-authored three books on the medical aspects of wrestling and ringside medicine, and has a certificate in Culinary Arts. He received his JD with Certificate in Health Law from Loyola University in May 2018.

Dr. Rizzo has received 5 awards.

Rating Overview

46 Ratings with 21 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Nicholas Rizzo is Great. Dr. Nicholas Rizzo has been rated by 46 patients. From those 46 patients 21 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Nicholas Rizzo is 4.4 of 5.0 stars.


Dr. Nicholas Rizzo has 2 locations

get directions Premiere General Medicine - Hinsdale
911 N Elm St Ste 328
Hinsdale, IL 60521
get directions Dr. Nicholas Rizzo
7270 W College Dr Ste 102
Palos Heights, IL 60463

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Dr. Nicholas Rizzo has the following 1 specialty

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Nicholas Rizzo has the following 7 expertise

  • Sports Medicine
  • Heartburn
  • Weight Loss
  • Check-up
  • Physical
  • Immunization
  • Vaccination

Board Certifications

Dr. Nicholas Rizzo is Board Certified in 1 specialty

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Can't be bothered

I agree with the pt. who stated Dr. will listen to your symptoms and then send you to another dr. It's like he can't be bothered treating you unless you have a very simple c/o. You may be sent to 5-6 different drs for the same problem. His NP's are inexperienced esp. the female. Lacks communications skills along with nursing knowledge.

Wait time
45 minutes
Easy Appointment
Friendly Staff
Accurate Diagnosis
Bedside Manner
Spends Time with Me
Appropriate Follow-up
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Not impressed

63 yr old family guy here with many years experience at Palos having had heart surgery more than 20 years ago. Back then they saved my life. I also had back surgery before that and started taking opiates 13 yrs ago and recently decided I had enough. I could deal with the back pain and had become heavily addicted to the pain meds. The withdrawals were horrendous and still not sleeping for WEEKS, body aches. I had my first appointment with Dr Rizzo this last week. He was totally dismissive and seemed like he didn’t care or wasn’t listening to me but I do know what I feel. I have received more help and support from family and friends regarding PWS and learned more about alleviating the symptoms from the internet than any doctor. I called and left a message with Dr Rizzo’s office the next day which was 3 days ago to just ask if they could help with sleeping and still haven’t heard back. The one medication they prescribed for heartburn was called into the wrong pharmacy and I don’t mean the wrong Walgreens I mean a completely different place after I gave them the prescription to bottles as requested to my first (and last) appointment. Worse yet this is the third doctor from Palos I have seen regarding this. They want nothing to do with it and have not made ANY effort to help. Doesn’t make much sense to me. I do take full responsibility for my actions and am not blaming the doctors. I think they have a moral obligation to help me get off them and heal. If you are taking opiates and want to get off I cannot express enough how worth it it is. In spite of the agony and sleepless I feel so much better. It is truly worth it just research it throughly first and if you come here for help.... forget about it. I’m sure he isn’t a bad doctor but no help no call back and obviously doesn’t listen to the patient. I’m going to look for someone at least more sympathetic.

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Two Stars

Doc is nice,friendly,and listens. He doesn't treat your symptoms but will send you to a different Dr. You could be sent to several different Drs. for every symptom/complaint. It's like he doesn't want to be bothered treating you, only seeing you and collecting payment.

Wait time
45 minutes
Easy Appointment
Friendly Staff
Accurate Diagnosis
Bedside Manner
Spends Time with Me
Appropriate Follow-up
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Five Stars

When my husband went into the hospital for Knee Replacement surgery, Dr. Nicholas Rizzo was assigned as his Primary Care Physician because his current doctor wasn't on staff at Palos Hospital. Dr. Rizzo was so caring and thorough, after two hospitalizations for surgery and soon after for complications, we knew we had to continue seeing him going forward. He was compassionate, very detail oriented, as well as committed to his patients. Thanks, Dr. Rizzo.

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10 minutes
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  • Awards

    5 Awards

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition

    Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

    Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Top 10 Doctor - City

    Top 10 Doctor - City (2014)

    Top 10 Doctors are chosen by the millions of patients who visit Vitals each year to find a new doctor and share their experiences by providing ratings and reviews. In order to differentiate highly-regarded doctors from the rest for patients in search of quality care, Vitals awards Top 10 Doctor honors to those physicians within a certain specialty and geographic area who are consistently given top ratings by their patients.

  • Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree

    Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree (2017, 2018)

    Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree recognizes doctors with the highest scores in bedside manner for five consecutive years. This honor is granted to a few distinct doctors in the United States based on experiences shared by patients.

  • On-Time Doctor Award

    On-Time Doctor Award (2017, 2018)

    Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.

  • Education

    24 Years Experience

  • Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1994

  • Medical College Of Wisconsin


  • Dr. Nicholas Rizzo Accepts the Following Insurance

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Illinois
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA LocalPlus
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    • Humana National HMO
    • Humana Preferred PPO
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO

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