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Qualifications and Experience
Neofitos Stefanides M.D. is fellowship trained in sports medicine and shoulder reconstruction.
He was born and raised in the Long Island town of Garden City. He attained a bachelors degree from New York University and subsequently his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He completed his internship at St. Vincents hospital in Manhattan and his orthopedic surgery residency at New York Medical College Brooklyn and Queens Region.
His specialty training was obtained in San Francisco with the world famous Eugene Wolf M.D. and the prestigious James Kelly M.D. His specialty training was specific for arthroscopy about the shoulder and knee as well as shoulder reconstruction. Dr. Stefanides is fluent in English, Spanish, and Greek.
Verified Patient Reviews
I have never encountered a Doctor with such professionalism, knowledge and bedside manner. I had no need for a second opinion as Dr. Stefanides gain my full trust over the course of time he has been evaluating and treating my elbow. My surgery went flawlessly and the best part is he let ME decide; he didn't "sell surgery" and performed all the least invasive procedures prior to surgery to remedy my elbow. A+++ and I have no reservations recommending Dr. Stefanides to all who require orthopedic care. From the reception desk to radiologist a positive experience every time.
Does his best to heal my pain.
Dr Neo is very professional and listens attentively to patient concerns. Office staff is friendly and efficient. I highly recommend this doctor
He answered all my questions and gave me excellent feedback. Looking forward to my next visit in November.
I was a new patient and he really took his time explaining things to me. Professional and to the point -- I certainly recommend him.
This is my third visit to Dr. Stefanides. He is everything I seek in a doctor! He is informative, has a great "bedside manor" and he seeks the path of least invasive treatment instead of "selling surgery".
Great doctor, waiting time, professionalism, bedside manner everything is perfect.
This doctor was great. He discovered something new about the source of my knee pain. I was so happy with my visit. Finally I got an answer to the EXACT source of my pain.
What a wonderful Orthopedist! The facility is clean, the waiting room is comfortable and wait time was less than a half hour. Dr Stefanides was professional, courteous and personable and got right to the point of why I came in. There was no alarmist attitude nor thing to send me to other places. A wonderful experience.
Very knowledgeable, friendly and he spoke to me as person and not as patient "a" . If all doctors could have Dr. Stefandis' demeanor then most people would love their doctors. Also, his office staff were very helpful.
Aside from the wait time - the visit was fine. Staff and Dr were all very pleasant and attentive.
Dr. Stefanides was an attentive Physician. He made me feel at ease right away. He seemed confident and competent.
Dr. Stefanides was one of the best professionals that I have ever visited. He was a good listener who addressed my concerns. He spent ample time in consultation before offering a treatment. Dr. Stefanides explained every type of treatment that was available and included me in the decision as to which was the best option at the present time. The office staff was very courteous and helpful. Nice clean environment. Valet parking was definitely a plus.
Dr. Stefanides was very caring and advising of options to choose from for my care. The office was spotless and staff were friendly and also helpful.
Dr. Stefanides was very pleasant, engaged, and seem interested in my problem. The staff was extremely nice, and the wait til was very minimal. Love the Saturday availability.
I'm a very anxious patient. He and his brother , also an MD took great care of me. I plan to follow up after physical therapy in a month.
I will see him again. He is professional and pleasant.
The doctors were very attentive and responsive to my needs. They provided prompt diagnosis and addressed my acute pain to make me as comfortable as possible.
Great Doctor and the office in garden city is beautiful, looked like a spa.
Very good Doctor .
Very knowledgeable and experienced doctor. Patient friendly and relatable. I would highly recommend Dr. Stefanides.
They were awesome. Very happy.
Doc Stefanides was great. I went to him for a second opinion, and he gave all the info and different options that the first Ortho failed to give. The first one basically gave me 1 option: to go back to him every 6 months, for life. Doc Stefanides gave me all the options and did not push the option to subscribe to his office for life at all. In fact, he gave the opposite advice-to try physical therapy first. I eventually went with cortisone shots(?), given by his brother in the same office. He too was great.
Very friendly and down to earth
Best doctor visit ever. The ladies at the front desk were super nice and friendly. Dr. Stefanides was very professional, quick and down to business. Did not have to wait at all.
Dr. Stefanides was very approachable and easy to talk to. He didn't rush the appointment even though I was referred to see another doctor for my condition. He took the time out to explain what my options were and further explained the condition I have in a way I could understand. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a good doc.
The wait was long but worth it. I really liked the doctor and his bedside manner .
My visit was very enjoyable. He had a very pleasant approach towards me as a new patient.
It's never easy for me to see a new doctor but I was immediately comfortable with Dr. Stefanides and Mercedes at the front desk was a doll.
Everyone is respectful and friendly also very welcoming
Dr. Stefanides, was very understanding about my general health concerns. I will continue my future visits with him.
Great interpersonal skills!
I don't think her heard a word that I said. I felt "dismissed." The fact that he stopped entering notes into the computer to respond to a text message did not help.
I love doctor Stefanides. He knows his field and is extremely knowledgeable. He is very easy to reach, he answered all my question in detail. I highly recommend him. Thank you doctor Stefanides for treating my shoulders.
Dr. Stefanides was very helpful and knowledgeable. He was able to identify the likely problem I am having and recommend a specialist to help me. I have a pretty rare nerve issue which has been missed by several doctors over 8 years but Dr. Stefanides was able to recognize my symptoms and the I from me of the next step.
Very professional friendly and attentive . Office staff very nice
I've been here three times for an appointment and honestly each time it has taken over an hour to be seen. Dr. Stefanides is a nice enough person but the wait time is pretty excessive. Looking at the list of patients it was pushing over 90 people by my 5:30pm appointment. I don't know how you can see that many patients even with two other doctors on staff. Also why do I have to make another appointment to go over my MRI results? I've gotten results over the phone before so there cannot be any legal reason for this. Just another copay.
I have seen him a number of times. He has a great bedside manner great surgon. Highly recommend him to anyone who is active and wants to continue being active
Great doctor had shoulder surgery due to a labral tear. One week post op and no pain. He is amazing!!!
Great doctor and surgeon. Great bedside manner. Gets back to you quickly
The doctor is personable, and doesn't send you for unnecessary tests.
Office receptionist attitude was unprofessional. The rest of his staff was very nice. I wasn't at all impressed with Dr. Stefanides. He was very nice but seemed distracted. He also read and responded to a text while I was talking to him. He did respond to all my questions, but I didn't get the feeling that he was fully listening to me. His lab coat had food stains on the lapels and his office looked pretty beat up. The co-ed bathroom could also use a good cleaning. Parking very difficult around this area. He's a very nice man, but I would not not feel comfortable recommending him.
What a nice and thorough doctor. My wait was about 45 minutes but it is because I came in super early (1:15 for a 1:30) appointment and there were people who came in after me but on time for their appointments and they were seen first, which I can respect! The Bayside office is busy because there are several other doctors housed within it but that wasn't really an issue. When I was called I sat down with the doctor so he could look at my ankle injury and then he suggested x-rays to rule out a fracture. We had to wait about 15 min for the x-rays but then we went back up to see the doc right away and were in and out. I really liked this Dr. Stefanides. Amazing bedside manner, offered to answer questions via email and didn't rush me, as I feel most doctors do. Give him a chance!
He was thorough and did not recommend any extra unneeded tests.
It was great as always. Highly recommend dr. Stefanides.
Very pleased.with Dr.and staff
In my opinion, he wasn't as thorough as I expected. He was very friendly, funny and knew what he was talking about but I felt the appointment went so quickly and didn't take anything away from it. I asked a few questions but since there is no diagnoses as of right now, my questions weren't fully answered. My judgments are in limbo; ill update as soon as test results come back.
Very nice, professional and knowledgeable
I was great . To the point and answered all my questions.
Had knee post op visit. This doctor has magic hands. I had very little pain the day after surgery and almost none now. I didn't need the strong pain meds just Motrin. Love Dr Stefanides and his team.
Professional and caring doctor. Excellent doctor.
The Dr. Is always willing to answer any questions or concerns I have. I'll be having another athroscopic surgery, but on my knee. I know I'm in good hands.
Visit was to finalize knee exam for surgery and give me details needed for surgery preparation. Love this doctor and his team.
Professional and informative
Overall good experience, a bit of a wait (50minutes) but it was the end of the day and I'm sure thing got backed up. He was professional, personable and I would use him again.
Excellent !! very professional. Little wait time.
I have been to many orthopedic doctors, but this was the first time I actually enjoyed being told I was banged up. Once my X-Ray was taken, I was brought right in to see Dr.Stefanides. Excellent bedside manners, answered all my questions, and went over my treatment options. While my course of treatment is only just starting, I am glad to be seen by Dr.Stefanides and look forward to my rehab.
it was good
Saw the doctor as soon I was done with the usual paperwork and right on time for my 1pm scheduled appointment. The doctor and his staff were very friendly and professional. A true model to how all medical offices should operate.
I love this doctor. He really cares about his patients. He'll tell u if u need or don't need surgery, or tell u of alternatives. Go to him if u have knee or shoulder problems.
Doctor takes the time to listen and fully analyze your problem. Very nice man.
staff was professional and courteous. Dr. Stefanides was great. i have seen 3 different doctors in the last 6 months.Now after see him my back pain in now tolerable. Thank you Dr, Stefanides
It was fantastic! Dr. Stefanides was thoroughly prepared when I walked into his office, having reviewed all of my previous test results ahead of time. He was easy to talk to and made me feel comfortable immediately. This doctor is a great listener and very astute. He offered me several pieces of really good information about diagnosis and treatment and is sending me for the necessary follow-up testing. He also treated me with an injection that I had a painful reaction to (it happens) but knew exactly what remedy to apply which worked well. I am so grateful and hopeful as a result of meeting this doctor and look forward to my future visits with him!
The Dr. was great, the office is clean and neat and the staff are professional and pleasant. I would high recommend Dr. Stefanides, the only draw back is parking is a bit tough. However, if you take the subway you are set.
He is amazing!
I felt extremely comfortable and confident Dr. Stefanides will aid in my recovery.
I went with bad pain in shoulders. Right shoulder cuff was torn in 2 places. Dr stefanides operated on October 3 and OMG what a difference today. GO TO HIM, he'll fix up right up. I'm soooo happy
Amazing experience. Forewarning, the xray room and actual office are on different floors, so if you are having trouble walking, call ahead and see if they can submit you to the xray secretary before you go upstairs
It was my post shoulder operation and I couldn't wait to see the Dr. Not only did he see me and answered all my questions, but his partner also came to see me to make sure I was ok
Polite, friendly and knowledgeable -staff was greeting, friendly and thorough.
He was pleasant......respectful.....and most of all...very informative!!!!!
He seemed to know what he was doing. I need an MRI so a final diagnosis wasn't given yet. The doctor has an excellent bedside mannero and I was fortunate that I did not wait long.
Very friendly and nice personality.Very professional in what he does and I highly recommended to anyone.
All the time I needed was given to me and all questions were answered. The doctors are all great as well as the staff. I'm glad I found dr Stefanides. Anyone with shoulder or knee problems, come here.
The waiting room was extremely busy, and the staff seemed overwhelmed- SCREAMING out names, rushing, talking fast, calling your names more than once when half the people there had injuries involving difficulty getting up and moving quickly. I truly felt like cattle in there. Just over an hour is totally excessive to wait. Other than that, the doctor himeslf was courteous, acknowledged the wait time, very clear with his explanations and very helpful in going over instructions.
Dr S is very confident and knows what he is talking about in his diagnosis of my knee problem. his reassurance that it is not a major issue made me feel much better. My follow up appt after the upcoming mri will hopefully result in a definitive diagnosis and cure.
The office staff was very friendly and professional. Dr. Stefanides spent time to explain my diagnosis, treatment options, and to answer my questions.
He was a great doctor, and recommended me to his friend for physical therapy and I feel as if his friend will be as competent as he is! The waiting roomed seemed like a subway station during rush hour, it was so crowded that some people had to stand. I didn't like that I had to wait for about half an hour. Aside from that, it was an overall good experience.
It was a good first visit ... Thanks Mrs. Dr. Thomas
Had to get x-rays before seeing the doctor. Meet with him briefly. He ordered an MRI. I will see him again after that. For the short time that I met with him, he seemed very pleasant, competent and nice. I will definitely go to him again. Thank you.
Long waits but that's because he is a really good doctor. Very friendly and seems to know his stuff. Very friendly staff and his brother is a great asset to his team.
Considering I chose this doctor based on past reviews, and I needed to be seen on a Monday, I believe it was an excellent choice. The staff is great, and the doctor will take time from a busy schedule to answer all your questions. He even went so far as to diagnose another problem I had which was not in t he original visit. I got a two for one, so to speak.
he is the best!
He gave me hope that at some point I will no longer live with the pain!
He is very good at what he does and it is very obvious why he is one of the best orthopedic surgeons that New York has to offer. Very smart guy.
Very personable and professional
All around good guy
Excellent rapport with patient, and took his time.
It was my first visit and I expected to wait due to completion of several forms. The Dr and staff were courteous.
Dr. Neofitos was very professional and he addressed my concerns and issues related to my illness in a very clear manner. Dr. Stefanides took his time to explain every concern I had to the best of his knowledge. I highly recommend this doctor.
Friendly office.easy sign in and paperwork.Dr Stephanides was friendly and professional
Great physician. Easy going and very comfortable to talk to.
Dr. Belotte is a soft spoken professional. She is highly intelligent regarding a wide range of health issues. She doesn't rush you out. She explains everything regarding your health issue. The office takes most insurance. If you don't have insurance, Dr. Belotte will do her best to help. The office staff is very cordial. I would highly recommend Dr. Belotte to a friend.
Fast and on point
I had been going to an orthopaedic surgeon in Manhattan for two years previously, and he performed a shoulder surgery and even a year later the pain was still horrible. Within five minutes with Dr. Stefanides, he said he thought I may have a pinched nerve in my neck, with or without the possibility of extra issues with my shoulder. During the whole time I went to my old ortho after my surgery and griping about the pain, he never suggested that as a cause. Just the fact that Dr. Stefanides had other answers than "you're still recovering" impressed me. It's nice to have possibilities put out there for you LOL.
The staff in his office are very attentive! They had some rowdy teenage patients and they handled it very professional and showed a lot more patience then I would show. The doctor is very personable and did not rush me which I feel is a very common issue with most doctors.
Dr. Stefanides was very professional and explained exactly what was going on in my shoulder and how to fix it. He was able to successfully repair my shoulder without having to perform major surgery (only arthroscopic). The pain is gone and I feel terrific. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Stefanides.