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Qualifications and Experience
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.
Verified Patient Reviews
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.
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.
one of the best doctors i have. Takes time to explain things and so personable. must add the well decorated waiting areas bravo!
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!!
Overall great experience visiting a brand new doctor.
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.
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 :)
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..
Very helpful and informative
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!
Worth every minute ?!
Dr fafalak is very thorough and has an excellent bedside manner. I would recommend him to anyone.
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.
Very professional courteous and knew exactly how to help me and I am already feeling better after 2 days after my visit
Very professional and friendly staff. I'm definitely going back soon!
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.
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
Great bedside manner. Spends all the time you need to listen to your concerns, and answer all your questions.
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.
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.
He was great. Very professional and knowledgeable.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Very kind loving doctor.
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.
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!
He has great manners, knows natural medicine which is very rare for medicine doctor, and very knowledgeable.
Great first experience, very attentive and you certainly don't feel rushed....
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Very attentive and patient, which is why the wait is usually awhile. Definitely worth it once you get in the room.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite having to wait almost an hour to see him I would definitely recommend him. He took about 30 minutes to sit and talk to me. He heard everything I said and asked a lot of questions. I like him a lot and think he's definitely going to help me figure out what's wrong. If you are looking for a rheumatologist go see him.
Very friendly and spends time to solve your problems.
Dr Fafalak is very friendly and seems to listen well and give thoughtful explanations. His office staff are also friendly and competent. The wait time could be improved a little, but overall it wasn't too bad.
Dr Fafalak was amazing! He very detailed and took his time to make sure I understood everything he was saying which was a lot of information. He also is very personable and has great style too!
Dr. Fafalak was excellent. He was nice, direct, and knowledgeable. He addressed my specific reason for seeing him taking into account my past medical history. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Amazing doctor very lucky to have found him.
The Doctor took the time to explain everything to me. He was thorough and knowledgable. The office and staff were lovely.
My appointment with Dr. Fafalak was wonderful. He is personable, down-to-earth. He listens, he treats you like a patient - not just another person on the assembly line. He hears ALL of your concerns, and not in a rushed way either. Blood work is done there as well, which is a plus too. If you do not have a Primary Care Doctor, he is wonderful to consider. He is very knowledgeable about the various systems of the body and explains himself very well, so you can actually understand what he is saying and what is going on with you. One of my best appointments ever!!! And I've had quite a few - having gone many years with my preemie who has seen specialists and doctors after doctor...
Dr. Fafalak took his time to explain my concerns. Very professional and caring person.
A good doctor. But A hour's waiting time is too much at noon!
Could not be more pleased. Great experience top to bottom. Office and staff are very knowledgeable and inviting. Dr. Fafalak has great bedside manner and really listened and spent time on the consult. I love that bloodwork can be done in house. I plan on making him my PCP. Thanks!
Easy checkup visit. Comfortable discussing everything I wanted to discuss and received thorough explanations. I'll continue seeing Dr Fafalak.
he's a wonderful diagnostician, takes the time to listen, very knowledgable. highly recommend
Very caring, moves quickly but not in a rush. Focuses most on figuring out how he can help
Very kind and understanding! Takes time out to really understand your medical history.
I absolutely loved Dr. Fafalak! He was so informative, present, and happy to listen. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an internist!
Dr. F was great. Very easy to talk to and addressed just about all my concerns. The staff was friendly and the environment was comfortable. I booked based on the reviews on ZocDoc and definitely was not let down. I would highly recommend to anyone.
Dr. Fafalak and his staff were courteous, professional and thorough. From the moment I walked in the door I felt very comfortable and was seen in a matter of minutes. Dr. Fafalak took the time to ask questions, discuss possible causes for my symptoms, detailed a game plan and why we need to run certain tests. I'm grateful to have chosen Dr. Fafalak as my Rheumatologist and highly recommend him to anyone that is in need of a Rheumatologist in NYC!
I made an appointment with Dr Fafalak after reading the reviews on here, and I was not at all surprised to see that he was as good as everyone makes him out to be. He was very patient with me, given I had a long history to talk about. He recommended an initial treatment plan, and asked me to return in 3 weeks to review and change tactic if need me. This made me feel at ease with the whole process and hopeful that I am on the road to recovery. His support staff were all very polite and professional. This is by far the best experience I have had with any doctor, both in the US and abroad.
Unlike many other MD's, Dr. Fafalak seems willing to learn from a patient, and he was very thorough about his exam. I liked that he was not rigid in his thinking, nor did he invalidate or belittle my experiences and opinions.
He listens and seem eager to find and fix the problem.
Amazing office/practice and very professional!
As most others have said, the wait is stupidly long, but it's nice that the Doctor takes his time listening to your issues and helping you sort through what's going on. I really appreciate that patience, but I wish they would take that into account when scheduling. I had a 9:45am appointment, got there at 9:30, and didn't see the Doctor until around 10:50am. But would I go back to him? Probably. One other thing, though: I had an eye infection when I saw him, and he offered to write me a prescription for something that would help it heal faster. I called back the next day to take him up on it, and when I picked up the prescription, there were no directions for use (e.g. how many days to take it, or how many times in a day, except a warning that if you take the drops over 10 days, you increase your risk of glaucoma). We didn't really talk about use in the appointment because I wasn't sure I wanted the medicine (which turned out to be expensive even with insurance), so I wish it had been on the prescription. I tried calling the Dr's office for clarity (1:30pm on a Friday), but I was forced to leave a voicemail which "will be returned the next business day."
I highly recommend Dr. Fafalak!! Both intelligent and concerned, he took his time to answer all of my questions and more. There's no one better !
Dr. Fafalek's bedside manner is as incredible as most of the other reviews indicate. The staff was very nice to me and the nurse who drew my blood was very gentle (and I've had tons of blood drawn). My only complaint is that it took nearly an hour from the time I arrived to the time I was seen by the doc. However, I'd read the other reviews before my visit and I came in expecting to wait. Would definitely recommend him to anyone.
Dr. Fafalak was professional, times and a good listener. He made sure all my concerns were addressed and made me feel comfortable.
The staff was extremely helpful. I really enjoyed the office environment. Dr. Fafalak's feedback was very thorough and appreciated his recommendations.
He's worth the wait. Very thorough and personable. He explains everything.
Dr. Fafalak was well worth the office wait. The office staff was friendly and the office itself is clean and comfortable. Dr. F spent a ton of time with me answered all of my questions, asked me questions, and seemed like he really knew his field inside and out. I'm rarely impressed with a doctor at the first visit but I was blown away with how thorough and kind he was. I could not be more pleased to have found him.
Good doctor, knowledgeable and invested in the patient. Office staff was all so much nicer than most.
Dr. Fafalak is a great doctor because he truly listens. I'm 26 and feel like I'm 90 due to the pain I experience and it's hard to find someone who takes that seriously. Dr. Fafalak listened and let me explain everything with no judgement and considered everything I had to say. His team is also personable and kind. Any of the comments on wait time are only because he takes the time to speak with each patient. I promise that in itself is worth the wait.
Wait time: horrendous Bedside manner: pleasant, but does not apologize for the wait. Takes forever to send labs and WILL NOT RETURN CALLS. must come in again for any word on your condition. I would recommend him to patient with a clear cut diagnosis, with easy fixes. Do not get me wrong, he is very smart, HOWEVER, when my labs came back fairly positive and did not have huge red flags he dismissed them, and told me to "rest up", "you're fine"... although I told him about the constant swelling in my legs. I guess labs count more than symptoms do. Now I have complications, what can you do.
Absolutely awesome MD!!
Doctor Fafalak is an amazing doctor, I always come prepared with research I've done and questions to pepper him with, and as annoying as that may be for him, he kindly takes the time to answer each one and discuss his thoughts regarding my research. This guy is truly remarkable...just bring a book because he takes the time to talk with every patient...and that can lead to some waiting room time!
I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Fafalak! He was very thorough and very knowledgeable. His bedside manner was excellent! He answered all my questions. The office staff is able to draw blood which saves a trip to an outside lab. I feel like a found a great new doctor!
He is always very professional and thorough. I have been his patient for 21 years.
The wait was long, but as one waiting room patient who had already been waiting for 90 minutes told me, "it's worth it." Just don't make the appointment when you know you don't have the time and are going to be stressed out about having to hurry. I have no complaints about the visit itself -- Dr. Fafalak took his time and was thorough in his explanations.
Very personable and enthusiastic physician whose knowledgeable about his craft. I thought that I was turned off by the front desk's demeanor at first. However, I am glad that I stuck around and got his insight on my condition. I am confident in his diagnosis. I will follow up in two months and take his advice consistently.
Very thoughtful with wonderful bedside manner. Great diagnosis. My favorite rheumatologist!!
He's so nice and very knowledgable. I would recommend anyone that needs an internist to him.
Excellent bedside manner. Explains diagnosis thoroughly.
He takes the time to explain everything to you in a way that is simple to understand and you can tell he really has a true care for his patients.
Somewhat rude staff members. Over an hour wait to see the doctor. He seemed extremely over booked. Lab results also took over a week to return. I will most likely not be returning.
I've been seeing Dr Fafalak for many years. He is very thorough and explains everything so you never leave his office uninformed or without feeling you're in good hands. Highly recommend!
Been seeing Dr. Fafalak for nearly 20 years - he's still charming and professional. So glad i found him! :-). Just wish the wait wasn't so long. Despite that - i never feel rushed - my care is important to him it would seem. :-). That's a nice feeling!
Great doctor. The office was a little backed up but waited in the office until my turn.
Outstanding and very personable. Will be using him exclusively from now on
Dr. Fafalak is very knowledgable, thorough and kind. He listened carefully to all aspects of my medical history and was able to provide advice on my health at a high level, rather than just prescribing meds and sending me on my way. Very highly recommended!
Dr. Fafalak is everything patient needs. He has great bed side manners, he listen, he is patient and kind. Front desk was also kind and helpful.
I've been seeing Dr. Fafalak for years, and absolutely love him. I've had arthritis for 20+ years and have been to many, many doctors. He is in a whole different class from his peers, most amazing doctor ever. He will take the time to answer each and every question, and takes the time to make sure each patient is properly cared for. ...because of this, sometimes the wait is long. Who cares, totally worth it.
I am very dissatisfied with the service. My appointment was three weeks ago and did extensive bloodwork and the results have been in and I have called the doctor twice and was told he would call me back. I have not received a call. Whether or not my bloodwork came back OK, it is unacceptable to wait for an hour, run tests and then promised a call back only to not receive one. I would not recommend this doctor.
Great at making sure you understand treatment
Support staff were professional and helpful.
HE IS AN EXCELLENT CLINICIAN. HE IS EASY TO TALK TO AND DID NOT RUSH ME AFTER HE EXAMINED ME AND GAVE ME A PRESCRIPTION. I WOULD RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYONE WHO WANTS A DOCTOR WHO CARES
Overall, I had a good first visit to Dr. Fafalak. I wasn't seen until nearly an hour after my appointment time, but Dr. Fafalak apologized several times once he was able to see me. He was very kind and approachable, and once we got started, the actual doctoring was a breeze. I'll continue seeing him for my medical needs, but I'll make room for extra time in the future.
Dr. Fafalak has the best bedside manner I have come across (his staff, too). A, very thorough discussion with no sense of being rushed, judged, or having my concerns dismissed. I did not have a long wait, but, considering how much time he spent with me, I am not surprised that other commenters did.
My first visit was awesome. He's very attentive and listens to what you have to say. Also, very informative.
Wait time is horrendous. Almost two hours but doctor is good.
Very attentive. Gave me all the time I needed. The wait was long (around an hour), but he was very apologetic when he saw me.
Very good caring doctor, I highly recommend him.
Great doctor, definitely knows his stuff. Had a very unusual medical case, and he was extremely helpful. Staff was delightful and efficient.
Very professional ,He made sure he explains everything in great details. In my book A+++ Thank you
Very apologetic for the very long wait. Very thorough appointment.
One of the best. Just a fantastic physician who really seems to care and take the time to listen. That's not common, especially in NYC.
He explained my illness and was courteous throughout the visit. Great Doctor for the first visit.
I had to wait a long time to be seen but it was worth it! Dr. Fafalak is very attentive and totally present when you meet with him. He is compassionate and very thorough as well as efficient.
He is kind, patient, and understanding! I highly recommend him.
I have to say best doctor ever.
Great doctor, I completely trust him and that's not easy for me to believe a doctor.
He was very open and outgoing and made me comfortable with my visit. Seems to be honest and inquisitive. I would recommend him to others.
Went in for an annual physical and blood test. Was told I'd receive a call from the doctor in a week with the results. Never received a call from the doctor or my test results -- had to call to for the information to be emailed to me.
Excellent bedside manner. Very caring and thorough. Worth the long wait. Looking forward to the follow-up.
Excellent doctor and right away I wanted him as my primary doctor.
He was worth the wait. He spends as much time as needed. Very nice man.
he is worth the wait always
I really liked his manner. Even though I was not feeling well, he made me smile. He listened and asked good questions while clearly explaining his assessments. He then checked to make sure I understood what he was explaining. I will definitely continue working with him to find out what is ailing me. The reviews of him were spot on. The wait time was about an hour, but I had a book and the waiting room was nice along with the staff.
I liked Dr. Fafalak. He was friendly, concerned and knowledgeable. I was there for an annual physical and I had blood taken, a urine sampe, and an ekg. He doesn't do pap smears or breast exams.
First time with Dr. Fafalak. Great doctor. Only issue is that he was very backed up and I wasn't seen until over an hour after my appointment time. Would have been great to get a heads up beforehand that there was a delay, as I could have used that hour in more productive ways than sitting around in a waiting room. But other than the delay, good experience. Will go back again.
The staff and doctor were great ...
Dr. Fafalak was fantastic! He took the time to listen to me and was very clear in his explanations. I would strongly recommend him.
Outstanding. He takes the time to communicate.
He is caring and very attentive. Excellent
Long wait time, but he apologized profusely and said it was not normal. Other than that, great experience! He seems like a great, thoughtful doctor.
Dr Fafalak is wonderful and personable !
I really like the way he took the time to explain things and break them down. The staff also has great customer service with a concern for the patient. I believe I had a longer wait today because of the holiday weekend. This was my first so I can't compare it. It was a thorough visit.
Amazing doctor very caring and is genuinely concerns about my concerns. His staff is very polite.
This was my first visit with Dr. Fafalak and I loved him. He was both professional and down to earth and took the time to answer all of my questions. The only negative was the 45+ minutes wait time but in my opinion, he was well worth the wait.
It is a long wait but once you get to see him he gives you his undivided attention and will spend as much time as you need or want. This is definitely not a factory approach.
I really liked and thought he was through, responsive and asked all the right questions. I didn't feel rushed at all. And while I did have to wait quite awhile to be seen, it was worth the wait and it was a comfortable waiting room with an open view of the back garden. I will definitely go back.
Listen to me he's well worth the wait and this is coming from a ver inpatient person who's been from doctor to doctor... He's excellent
He was very thorough and listened to my concerns.
there was no running water in office we had to use restaurant on the next block unsanitary how do employees wash and clean things
Very courteous and took time to explain what the problems are and what we could do about it.
Waited for 1.5 hours during the visit, did an annual physical check, not a big deal, but I called multiple times and it has been five weeks , no feedback from the doctor.
The wait time was terrible. The office is nice. The doctor was friendly but not particularly exhaustive in his physical.
He was very knowledgeable and friendly. He makes you feel very comfortable. I would totally recommend him to my friends
I think it was great everyone was so polite
It was truly well worth the wait! He takes time to listen and answer every question you ask as well as discuss the course or plan of treatment.
Definitely a people person
HIS A GOOD DR. THE REASON FOR THE WAIT HE HAS A LOT OF PATIENCE EVEN IF ITS BY APPT. YOU STILL HAVE TO WAIT BUT IT WAS NO PROBLEM
Great bedside manner made a strong impression, very approachable, even addressed medical issues outside the boundaries of why I made my visit. Great doctor! More than willing to overlook the long wait time, not certain it's a pattern yet.
Great doctor, comforting, diligent, and professional.
The office itself is beautifully decorated with lots of natural light, plants, and Vanity Fair B&W portraits. The reception staff is friendly upon entering as well. Dr. Fafalak is very professional, well-spoken, and clear with his thoughts and diagnosis. I felt I could trust his opinion based on the friendly and inquisitive dialog that was exchanged.
One of the best GP visits I've ever had. Dr. Fafalak was knowledgeable, friendly and thorough and his staff was excellent as well.
He was worth the wait. Very attentive and listened well and really tried to find answers.
Great. He explained everything and wanted to make sure that you were treated well. On of his co workers wasn't working so I started 15 minutes late but its the nature of running any business.
Dr. Fafalak is great! Personable, informative, and compassionate. Highly recommend!
Very friendly and knowledgeable MD and staff.
The doctor was amazing and I highly recommend!!