At Rush University Medical Center, we are putting your safety first. For information about COVID-19, see the latest updates. Rush accepts donations to support our response effort, staff, and patients and families.
Rush University Medical Center
Conditions and Treatments
Search by Topic or Doctor's Name
At the end of the visit, my goal is to have the patients feel more informed and to feel like their issues have been properly addressed.
— Octavio Vega, MD, internist
I enjoy the challenges of piecing together the puzzle – putting difficult, complicated signs and symptoms together and trying to formulate a diagnosis.
— Patricia Graham, MD, internist
Hear more from doctors at Rush.
Directions and Parking
Health and Wellness
Health News and Advice to Fit Your Life
The choices you make each day can have a huge effect on your health. Rush offers a wealth of resources to help you make good ones.
5 Things You Can Do to Prevent CancerHow you can devise a cancer prevention action plan.
Combating Social Media DysmorphiaHow to love yourself — and your selfies — without filters or fillers.
About RushThe Rush SystemPatient StoriesNational Recognition and AccreditationsRush News
Quality and Safety at RushPatient Satisfaction and FeedbackRush in the CommunityDiversity and InclusionVoices From Rush
Disability Rights and AccommodationsCommitment to LGBTQ Health CareVolunteeringBondholder Information
If you have been diagnosed with a serious or chronic health condition, or have been told you need a procedure or medical therapy, you may want to get a second opinion from another doctor before you begin treatment. You may also want to seek another opinion if the doctor you see initially cannot provide a definite diagnosis.
A second opinion can help you confirm your diagnosis and fully explore potential treatment options. Your doctor can tell you how quickly your condition needs to be addressed and how much time you have to look into your options.
Patients commonly seek a second opinion. Some health plans actually require one, especially when a doctor recommends surgery or an experimental therapy.