Dr. Sophie Balzora, MD

Gastroenterologist

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Dr. Balzora earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton, and her MD from the George Washington University School of Medicine. She then completed residency training at Columbia University Medical Center, followed by a gastroenterology fellowship at NYU. Dr. Balzora has a special clinical interest in colorectal cancer and prevention, inflammatory bowel diseases, celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome, and minority and women's health. As a physician-educator, her clinical research interest is in enhancing doctor-patient communication, cultural competency, and shared decision making. She is an active member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). As a member of NYU faculty, she routinely lectures to medical students, residents, and fellows at the NYU School of Medicine.

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I like her bedside manner. She takes her time with you and asks the right questions. Her concern seems genuine. She has a calming aura and she has a light and easy sense of humor. Not too much of any one characteristic, not overbearing. Makes you feel at ease. Also, the young lady who was at the front desk when I came in was exceptionally on point, knew her stuff, clear, concise, patient, friendly, not pushy or rushed, was able to smile, not cold and unapproachable, neat appearance, i.e., very professional! Overall, great experience!!

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Dr. Balzora is thorough, however not the warmest when it comes to bedside manner. Wait time was excellent given a mid-day appointment.

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My visit with Dr. Balzora was very professional. She is very nice and concerned. She made me feel very comfortable. I will be returning.

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Dr. Balzora is friendly, knowledgeable and empathetic.

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Dr. Balzora demonstrated professionalism and the ability to relate to patient's concerns. Her response to patient's description of complaints was knowledgeable and insightful. The waiting area was nicely decorated and generally appealing. The exam rooms were clean, comfortable, and well equipped. Staff was pleasant and helpful.

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Very smart and professional GI. One of the few female GI's in NYC.

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I did not find Dr. Balzora to be friendly.

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Dr. Balzora was incredibly kind and knowledgable. She took her time to get to know me and was very thorough in her questions, diagnoses and recommendations. I look forward to seeing her again and would highly recommend her to anyone.

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Great Doctor, with a pleasant and professional manner. She took the time to ask questions and didn't rush me through.

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She was very prompted. She was able to address my issues.

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Dr. Balzora is super friendly and makes you feel very comfortable and at ease. I highly recommend her!

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Sophie was amazing. Her front office was terrible.

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Great bedside manner-thorough, professional and kind. Asked questions and listened carefully. The office staff were curteous and efficient.

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Was 25 minutes early and seen in about 2 minutes!! The front desk processed my paperwork immediately (I had filled out all the docs ahead of time which helped). Doctor had fantastic bed side manner, communicated clearly and empathically and gave concise and helpful guidance. She offered specific and clear ideas for next steps and offered me options where appropriate. Probably the best health experience - ever. Why can't every medical experience be like this?!

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did not tell me anything I did not already know. waste of time.

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Dr. Balzora was very welcoming and quick-to-the-point.

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She is so pleasant and knowledgeable. She answered all my questions clearly and made the conversation fun :-). First time meeting her, & I am giving my full trust on her . Wish all doctors are like her.

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Dr. Balzora was great! Excellent bedside manner and extremely knowledgable!

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She was awesome! Very thorough, friendly and knew her stuff!

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Based on the reviews, I expected Dr. Balzora to be extremely attentive and nice, but was a somewhat disappointed. She seemed a little under the weather herself so that may have been the reason she wasn't super pleasant, but I just felt like another patient and didn't get the personal care I was hoping for. I mostly won't go back due to the lack of professionalism from the receptionist/nursing staff. They were a little too loud and obnoxious with each other and disruptive in the waiting room. Secondly, I was supposed to hear back about two different lab results but they took much longer than expected to get back to me, and only gave me 1 of the results. They said they can't even find my other paperwork now. All of that combined, it's not worth the trouble to return.

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Excellent bed side manners, attentive and caring. She also explains very clearly and has a nice sense of humour.

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She is understanding and listens to what you are experiencing. One of the things that I really respect about her is she won't suggest having test that aren't needed.

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I really enjoyed Dr. Balzora. Seeing a Gastroenterologist can mean embarrassing descriptions of the issues as well as uncomfortable exams. Dr. Balzora made me feel totally relaxed and comfortable so that I was able to tell her everything that was going on.

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I was very pleased and satisfied with Dr. Balzora. She was thorough, very pleasant in her demeanor and very professional. The only down side was that she apparently faxed to Express scripts for medication and I've yet to receive it. I hope she can resend the script for omeprizole.

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She got right to the point in a very efficient and helpful way, with a good sense of humor.

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Perfect. Professional, friendly staff; no wait time; and a very helpful visit with Dr. Balzora. Dr. Balzora was thorough, zeroed in on a better treatment plan, and had a wonderful bedside manner.

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Professional and courteous staff, something that has been incredibly hard for me to find in NYC.

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Dr. Balzora is the absolute best! Professional and has a wonderful bedside manner.

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This was my first visit with Dr Balzora and she carefully went through my health history as well as over the symptoms that brought me to the office. She outlined the possible diagnoses and carefully explained next steps. Very highly recommended.

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Dr. Balzora was great at explaining things to me and made me feel comfortable. I will definitely be back!

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Professional and personable.

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Dr. Balzora was very professional and courteous. I highly recommend her to anyone!

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Very pleased. She addressed each of my issues and communicated information to me in a very professional, caring way. I am so glad I chose to see her!

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Dr. Balzora was fantastic. I never felt rushed, she had great bedside manner, was incredibly thorough and I highly recommend her!

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Went very well..

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Doctor Balzora is nice, listens carefully and explains everything very well. She does not try to "sell" you anything and does not push surgery if other solutions can be tried first. She's ideal for foreigners as she studied abroad and is very patient with people not speaking a perfect english.

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I visited Dr. Balzora for the first time two years ago. I'm still seeing her and consider her to be the best doctor I could possibly have. She responds immediately (almost always same day), keeps my personal considerations in mind (cost of care and work hours), and is extremely knowledgable in her field. In 10 years of chronic illness I have found no one better.

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Seeing Dr. Balzora was a great experience. When you have stomach issues, you just want to know what exactly what's going on. You want to feel better. Dr. Balzora put me at ease and was very knowledgable. She listened and nothing was rushed. The last GI I saw I was in his office shorter than I waited, so I was used to that. I started to get my things and she said, "oh we're not done. I need to examine you". I have an anxiety disorder, and she understood my concerns and worries without being condescending or judgemental . It's nice to trust your doctor

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I can't say enough nice things about this Dr and my experience with her and the office. I look forward to my next visit.

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Very nice doctor who was empathetic and was able to answer my questions. Also the office is quite new and pleasant.

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