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 Residencies in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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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 !

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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.

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Dr. Fafalak was professional, times and a good listener. He made sure all my concerns were addressed and made me feel comfortable.

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The staff was extremely helpful. I really enjoyed the office environment. Dr. Fafalak's feedback was very thorough and appreciated his recommendations.

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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.

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Good doctor, knowledgeable and invested in the patient. Office staff was all so much nicer than most.

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He's worth the wait. Very thorough and personable. He explains everything.

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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.

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Absolutely awesome MD!!

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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!

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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!

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He is always very professional and thorough. I have been his patient for 21 years.

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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.

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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.

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Very thoughtful with wonderful bedside manner. Great diagnosis. My favorite rheumatologist!!

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He's so nice and very knowledgable. I would recommend anyone that needs an internist to him.

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Excellent bedside manner. Explains diagnosis thoroughly.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Great doctor. The office was a little backed up but waited in the office until my turn.

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Outstanding and very personable. Will be using him exclusively from now on

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Great at making sure you understand treatment

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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.

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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.

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Support staff were professional and helpful.

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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.

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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

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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.

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My first visit was awesome. He's very attentive and listens to what you have to say. Also, very informative.

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Wait time is horrendous. Almost two hours but doctor is good.

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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.

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Great doctor, definitely knows his stuff. Had a very unusual medical case, and he was extremely helpful. Staff was delightful and efficient.

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Very professional ,He made sure he explains everything in great details. In my book A+++ Thank you

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Very apologetic for the very long wait. Very thorough appointment.

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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.

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