Dr. Robert Fafalak, MD

Rheumatologist

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36 West 9th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Dr. Robert Fafalak is a Board Certified Internist with a Medical Degree from New York Medical College. Dr. Fafalak completed his Fellowship in Rheumatology at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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The first appointment I had with Dr. Fafalak for a routine physical went fine. This year when I went, I had multiple issues with the service. First, he made me come into the office for the MRI results rather than give me results over the phone. Second, the ortho he recommended was booked for the next two months so I called his office for a new recommendation and they never got back to me. Finally, I also had blood work done and had to call the office three times for the results. Will definitely be changing doctors.

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Dr. Fafalak has been my family’s doctor for several years. He’s attentive and recalls why we’re there last and always ask what was the follow up. He also asks we call him after a few days if we don’t feel better with any meds he prescribes, if any.

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one of the best doctors i have. Takes time to explain things and so personable. must add the well decorated waiting areas bravo!

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I have never had such a caring and friendly doctor. I am one of those "nuisance" patients with a thousand questions and he takes the time to answer every one of them - with a smile! I feel like he seriously cares about my well-being, and without consulting his notes he remembers everything about my medical history. The only downside is that you sometimes wait a bit past your appointment time, but when you know it's because he is providing that same extreme level of care to every single patient, the wait is well worth it!!

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Overall great experience visiting a brand new doctor.

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The wait was longer than expected but Dr. Fafalak and the staff exceeded expectations. Dr. Fafalak is tremendously knowledgeable and experienced. He really took the time to understand the full medical history and was very thoughtful with his assessments. I would highly recommend this doctor if you are looking for great care.

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Seemed very knowledgable about my conditions and had a very chipper bedside manner. Did not want to put me on medications right away and, instead, wanted to see what was causing what before he would give me possible options to help me with symptoms. Would definitely recommend! He also has the nicest staff :)

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Dr Fafalak is a great doctor. Great bedside manner, detailed and explains everything. Only down side is that every time I have been here (which is twice) there is a wait of at least 90 minutes..

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Very helpful and informative

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Living with lupus is hard, so is finding great doctors to work with, and Dr. Fafalak is my new favorite! From the moment I walked into his office I knew I’d found a gem. The warm and comfortable atmosphere quickly put my nerves to rest. He was patience and made me feel as I should have, that my health was his only concern. Highly recommend!

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Worth every minute ?!

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Dr fafalak is very thorough and has an excellent bedside manner. I would recommend him to anyone.

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I felt in great hands with Dr. Fafalak, who was professional, positive and knowledgeable. The waiting room was cozy and clean, and the nurses were all very cordial and accommodating. The wait was about 40 minutes, but that is to be expected in most NY practices.

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Very professional courteous and knew exactly how to help me and I am already feeling better after 2 days after my visit

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Very professional and friendly staff. I'm definitely going back soon!

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Dr. Fafalak did a blood test for me, but I never received the results - just a bill in the mail from the lab charging me for the test, even though he said that my insurance would cover it. I have been trying to get in touch with him over the phone for a week now, and he has not returned my phone call. The receptionist keeps telling me he will call and he still has not. Very frustrating.

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Wonderful visit. Takes the time to talk and discuss patient concerns as well as options and alternatives by stating possible outcomes and risks . Fantastic visit

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Great bedside manner. Spends all the time you need to listen to your concerns, and answer all your questions.

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Dr. Robert Fafalak was very thorough, patience and knowledgeable. I felt very comfortable talking to him and confident that he had my best interest in mind. He provided detailed explanations and continuously asked if I had any further questions which was very reassuring! Highly recommend.

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Dr. Fafalak is a personable and informative doctor who takes time to discuss issues and treatments. Have to add his office is charming! My new favorite doctor. Highly recommend.

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He was great. Very professional and knowledgeable.

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This was one of the best medical appointments I've ever had. Dr Fafalak is incredibly kind and took his time, thoroughly explaining everything before even having to ask a question. His office is beautiful with a friendly and organized staff. Highly recommend!

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Dr. Fafalak was very polite and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend him. I usually get into the room around 15 minutes past my appointment time, but it's never an absurd wait.

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Dr. FAFALAK is caring, knowledgeable, and empathetic. He actually listens to you. The office is welcoming and the nurse, Raquel, is nice and takes blood painlessly! I have been going there for several years and will continue to see him.

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The visit was fine but the doctor did not call me when he said he would with test results. I had to call their office over 5 times to get a response. If you are looking for good customer service, look elsewhere.

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Very kind loving doctor.

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He is one of the best doctors I have seen (and I have seen many) He is kind & not rushed. He listens and really thinks through all of your issues. He is interested and genuinely cares.

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Excellent bedside manner and did not rush. That being said, I waited almost an hour to see him. Would still recommend. Bonus points for the nice & inviting waiting room!

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He has great manners, knows natural medicine which is very rare for medicine doctor, and very knowledgeable.

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Great first experience, very attentive and you certainly don't feel rushed....

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He was incredibly thorough and it was well worth the wait. It is my first time meeting Dr. Fafalak but hands down, after meeting many doctors, he has been the best.

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He was so knowledgeable and thorough. Took his time over 45 minutes to speak with me and go over my symptoms. Would recommend him in a heartbeat!

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Dr. Falafak was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and thorough in his explanation. He took his time and I didn't feel rushed at all. You have to wait a little while to be seen, but that's because he takes so much time with each patient, so it's definitely worth it.

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The wait time is always more than two hours, and the doctor never responds to my requests for callback, and does not seem to care

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Perhaps one of the nicest and most thorough doctors I have ever met in my life. He called me back on a weekend and at 9:00pm at night to discuss the pain I was in and next steps. Truly cannot recommend him more. The only negative is that because he is thorough, each appointment is longer than other doctors and therefore I waited over an hour to see him past my appointment time.

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Very attentive and patient, which is why the wait is usually awhile. Definitely worth it once you get in the room.

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I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Fafalak. He is always upbeat with every patient and really takes the time to listen to you, ask appropriate questions and explore all your options. The office staff is wonderful. I love that they can do blood testing right there in the office. The office itself is very cozy. Very positive experience. Thank you.

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Dr. Fafalak spent 30 minutes with me, asked me a lot of questions and answered all of my questions. He was incredibly patient, thorough and kind. The women at the desk were also very nice.

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Dr. Fafalak was excellent. He took his time to have a thoughtful conversation about what I was there for, and to explain his reasoning for the conclusions he was drawing and the actions that he was taking. Everything you could ask for in a doctor you're meeting for the first time.

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Dr. Fafalak is very thorough and listens to his patient. He clearly and comprehensively evaluates any medical problem. And he is a very pleasant person.

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