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Dr. Matthew Mendez-Zfass, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Specialist

Professional statement

MATTHEW “TEO” MENDEZ-ZFASS, M.D. Teo Mendez, M.D. is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who focuses on both operative and non-operative management of sports-related injuries, musculoskeletal injuries and arthritis. Dr. Mendez is a native of Richmond, Virginia where he graduated high school from The Collegiate School. He then went on to attend the University of Virginia where he graduated in 2005 with dual bachelor degrees in physics and economics while also minoring in chemistry. He received his M.D. degree at Emory University School of Medicine in 2009. From 2009 to 2014 he served as a resident at the University of Miami at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was the chief administrative resident for the department of orthopedics from 2013 to 2014. During his tenure at the University of Miami, Dr. Mendez participated in the care of athletes from the University of Miami and the Miami Marlins. Following residency, Dr. Mendez competed a sports medicine fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital. During his fellowship he concentrated on minimally invasive and advanced arthroscopic techniques for the treatment of sports-related injuries and participated in the care of athletes from the New York Jets, New York Islanders, Manhattanville College, Hunter College, and various New York City high school teams. Dr. Mendez has authored a variety of research articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine. Dr. Mendez does not accept Health Reform BCBS (Obama Care Plan). He also does not accept the NY Signature (Aetna plan)

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Sports Medicine Specialist

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Education and training

  • Lenox Hill Hospital, Fellowship in Sports Medicine
  • Medical School - Emory University, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Residency in Orthopedic Surgery

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1144462847

Office locations

NY Orthopedics

130 East 77th Street, Blackhall 5th Floor

New York, NY 10075

NY Orthopedics

1870 Richmond Road

Staten Island, NY 10306

NY Orthopedics

158 Broadway, 1st Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11211

NY Orthopedics

200 West 13th Street, 6th Floor

New York, NY 10011

NY Orthopedics

161 Atlantic Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11201

NY Orthopedics

159 East 74th Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10021

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Dr. Mendez is highly professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. He had a number of ideas for ways to pursue treatment, did not order unnecessary tests, and has appointment times available outside of office hours for those who work during the day. Would recommend.
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Great doctor
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I walked in and he barely even looked at me before recommending that I get an x-Ray. Didn’t even acknowledge my presence and then when I was waiting in the room for him he was busy flirting with the girl beforeme, which was awkward. I felt like he is one of these young doctors that knows he is very attractive and just comes off with this egocentric air. I felt really rushed and did not get the attention that the pretty girl got, and was left with an overall poor taste in my mouth.
Less than 3 months ago
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Dr. Mendez-Zfass was so nice during my visit, and gave me an immediate diagnosis about something I'd been agonizing over for weeks. He even took the time to show me a few online resources to learn more about my diagnosis. Iwould recommend him to anyone who is looking for orthopedic help.
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Wonderful team, great office and fabulous bed side manner.
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My visit went well. He explained the entire healing process very thorough . Gave great tips and recommendations for me to do to help the process!
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Super attentive and professional.
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Dr. Mendez-Zfass told me I had an enflamed muscle and gave me muscle relaxers, when in reality I had a pilonidal cyst which turned into abscess and needed to be surgically removed. He missed a simple diagnosis. Would not ever go back or recommend.
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Was nice and respectful, and thoroughly explained what could be the problem. Didn't have to wait long after the paperwork was filled out, and the facility is nice and clean. Highly recommend Dr. Mendez.
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This was my first time visit... office staff was outstanding, friendly, knowledgeable and accomodating. I was in exam room very quickly and Dr. Mendez-Zfass followed within 2 minutes. I was very happy with the doctors manner and easy explanationof my injury. ,as well as his discussion with me pertaining to diagnosis and course of action to be taken. I highly recommend the doctor and the staff !!
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Excellent attention to detail and feedback. Office was also highly efficient.
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Good! I was in and out and it was amazing!
Less than 6 months ago
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I waited awhile to see the doctor but he was very nice and informative when we did speak.
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Giselle and Dr. Mendez make a terrific team. Grateful to have such a great first visit. Couldn't recommend Dr. Mendez more. Cheers!
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After a very short visit for a wrist sprain, Dr. Mendez prescribed rest, a splint, and an MRI to be safe. Unfortunately, the office never provided me with an MRI script, it took 2 weeks and multiple "I'll call you backs"from his office before I could even get instructions on how to get an MRI, and even those instructions amounted to "you have to use the place on-site, but we can't forward you to them, make the appointment, or even give you a phone number". Having to jump through all the extra hoops when every other orthopedist seems to have these sort of patient care details handled means I'm not going to be returning here
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Thorough, decisive, and helpful. Thanks!
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Very disappointed in my visit. I felt dismissed by the doctor, and although I hate to play this card, it felt sexist. He paid my boyfriend way more attention then he did me, and he didn’t seem to validate my pain.To make matters worse, an hour later, I received a call about another patient’s MRI and surgery. Disorganized and rude.
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I've been to see Dr. Mendez-Zfass before so this time I did not have to do any paperwork. I got sent to x-ray almost as soon as I walked in the door, before my appointment time, and was back in thedoctor's office by my scheduled appointment time. It was very efficient. Dr. Mendez-Zfass asked me about what I was experiencing and did an assessment. Then he showed me my x-rays and explained what they meant in a way that I was able to understand. He was thorough and efficient. It was a great experience.
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Good! He diagnosed me and got me out of the office very quickly. I think i actually spent longer getting the x-rays and sitting in the waiting room which was a little annoying but I did appreciate him passing along two specialists names who could also help me.
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Great experience, great Dr.
Less than 6 months ago
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Well informed, great experience, and armed me with the items I needed to move past my ailment. Highly recommend.
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Excellent appointment. He's efficient and thorough and makes sure I understand his diagnosis. Highly recommend.
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Dr. Mendez and his staff were wonderful - however, I waited about 1h45 to be seen. Make sure that you have already squared your visit away with your insurance company to avoid any issues (the wait time seemed attributable to theinsurance company and not the office staff). Also be aware that this office is a private practice within a hospital, so it is very crowded.
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Short wait time, Informative staff and great bedside manner . This orthopedist knows his stuff! You must go to him. He’s the best MD in Brooklyn. :-)
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I was not happy with my visit with Dr. Mendez. I was told I needed xrays, so I was taken into a room where they were done. I never saw them after that, and they were never discussed with a doctor.Dr. Mendez was too quick with my visit, as if there were several patients he had to get through, but I was the only one there. He was not thorough, and I didn't get to fully explain all of my symptoms and ask my questions, because he just seemed to be rushing me out of there. He just didn't seem to care at all about me as a patient, like I was in the way of whatever else he had to do that day.
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Great! Highly recommend!
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A quick friendly consultation.
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My experience with Dr Mendez's office was great I was in pain they took me straight in and took xrays. Everyone in the office was polite and friendly. I would recommend this office for all orthopedic everything.
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Very disappointed since there were decent reviews here. His bedside manner was poor. I got him to warm up a bit but he wasn't very helpful. He insisted he couldn't help me and that he would refer me to a rheumatologistbecause he thought I could have fibromyalgia or rhemotory arthritis (I have neither. I have very concentrated pain in my hands/wrists when I overuse them from typing, etc.) I also had pain in my thumb, which I've had for awhile, and he said "everyone has that." I ended up returning to my chiropractor who adjusted me and in doing so reduced the pain I had in my wrists and hands (coming from a neck and back injury.) In regard to the thumb injury, I have to return to another doctor who is more determined to find the root cause of my pain (perhaps via an MRI.) It just felt like he had "more important" patients that he was interested in helping... his heads was somewhere in the surgical clouds.
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Found Dr. Mendez-Zfass to be very attentive and took the time to listen and answer my questions and concerns.
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Very nice staff. And Dr Mendez-Zfass very good and he cares about he's patient.
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr. Mendez was very professional and knowledgeable. He was able to immediately diagnose my proximal hamstring tendonosis and recommended a number of physical therapy options to help treat my injury. He answered my questions clearly and effectively.The staff at the front desk were very welcoming and I was seen by the doctor quickly with minimal wait time. I would highly recommend Dr. Mendez to others.
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Office sent me upstairs for X-rays so I wouldn't have to sit & wait around. Nice staff & physician.
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Friendly and caring!
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Dr. Matthew is excellent! I highly recommend him.
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My appointment with Dr. Mendez was excellent. His staff was very friendly and helpful. Dr. Mendez even greeted me when I arrived. I arrived early and was sent for x-rays before it was even my scheduled appointment time. After the x-raysthere were only a few minutes in the waiting room before I was seen by Dr. Mendez. He walked me thru my x-rays, explaining each part of the image in layman's terms. He listened to all the things that do and do not cause pain and asked follow up questions and didn't rush me. He then spent a good amount of time performing an evaluation to isolate the exact cause of my pain. I am very happy to finally have a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Dr. Mendez even went over the list of physical therapists with me to point out the ones that he thought would be best for my condition.
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Too rushed, jumped from conclusion to conclusion without settling on one. I did not leave knowing any more than when I walked in. Hard not to feel like my visit only meant a cash register cha-ching for him.
Less than 1 year ago
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Excellent doctor .
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Dr.Mendez is FANTASTIC. His staff was quick and polite when I arrived, and I saw the Doctor immediately. After asking a few questions, Dr. Mendez started the evaluation and was able to hone in on my back pain issue within MINUTES.I was shocked at how quickly and accurately he could diagnose my problem. I had a ton of questions and he answered them all thoroughly using facts and research to support. Very impressive. He was super patient and nice too. I know exactly how to treat my injury (from medication, how to sit/sleep, specific exercises, even what I am allowed to carry!) I am hopeful I'll be better soon, but if not I will definitely check back in with Dr Mendez for next steps. My only regret - I should have made an appointment sooner to see the doctor instead of trying to get better on my own.
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Dr. Mendez and his staff treated me in a very professional manner. He identified my knee problem right away and treated it accordingly. I would highly recommend him.
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Friendly staff and Dr. Mendez-Zfass listened to my situation and gave me a hopefully new temp fix to my aches and pains. Here's to hoping it works! Would come back to this MD.
Less than 1 year ago
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HORRIBLE!!
Less than 1 year ago
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Professional and excellent bedside manner. Very thorough with his explanations
Less than 1 year ago
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Dr Mendez is always pleasant. Had my second knee surgery with him last week and followed up on thursday. I am mobile and recovering incredibly well. Dr Mendez is awesome!
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A solid, capable professional. Clealrly explained the problem and recommended a thoughtful treatment modality.
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Dr. Mendez was great! He was very easy going and didn't waste time with my issue. I was seen promptly, and the office staff was professional. I got immediate feedback on what I can start doing to improve my issue afterdiscussing it with Dr. Mendez, which I was happy about. I will definitely go back if the need arises.
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When Into the office the front Desk staff was so pleasant and welcoming. They were extremely helpful. They made my process so seamless. When I saw the Doctor he was extremely informative in regards to my issues. He explained to mewhat was going on with me thoroughly and suggested conservative treatment instead of rushing me into surgery.I would recommend him to everyone.He was truly amazing.
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My appointment was at 1pm. The front desk staff is fast and pleasant, clean office. They can send you upstairs for xrays if needed with little to no wait. Dr. Mendez had a great personality. I attempted to explain all mysymptoms and history with my back injury and I couldnt. In the midst of my history he asked if I got numbness in my legs and when I replied no, he had me sit on the table, pushed,pull, kick out etc with each leg and then said he can recommend cortisone shots or physical therapy (which I've done 2 years of with the issue getting worse). I didnt get the chance to explain that when I cough, sneeze, stand walk up stairs, downstairs to hard I am in terrible pain. Or that the pain has now spread and is affecting my hips when I walk.The xray tech listened to more of my history than he did. He did not say he looked at the xray they had me take but instead reference my3 yr old MRI, that I brought with me. Maybe if your on your way to becoming an invalid, he can be of assistance . I recently stopped all pain medications so I am just looking for the best options to stop this issue from getting worse or possible getting it repaired. I'm sorry but I would not recommend Dr. Mendez.
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The staff was very friendly and the doctor was concise and very helpful.
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I went to Dr. Mendez with a wrist injury that I got from doing Crossfit over the past 5 months. He was really thorough and helpful! The examination of my wrist was quick and (almost) painless. After he figured out thatI have a partial muscle tear, he gave me a Cortisone shot. I really don't like needles, but the shot wasn't so bad at all. He gave me a good sense of what I can and can't do at the box while I'm healing (basically no pressing or pulling at all that would impact my wrist in any way for several weeks). Before I left he took the time to pull up some Google images so I could see exactly which muscle in my wrist was injured. He seemed confident in his diagnosis and prescribed PT/OT for a couple of weeks. I'll definitely be revisiting him if any other physical issues come up.
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