Bert R Mandelbaum, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
30 years of experience
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Accepting new patients
Santa Monica - UCLA Medical Center
2020 Santa Monica Blvd
Ste 400
Mid-City, Santa Monica, CA 90404
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  • Currently 2.5 of 4 stars
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Ease of Appointment:
  • Currently 2.3076923076923 of 4 stars
  • Currently 1.6 of 4 stars
Courteous Staff:
  • Currently 2.7692307692308 of 4 stars
Accurate Diagnosis:
  • Currently 2.6153846153846 of 4 stars
Bedside Manner:
  • Currently 2.1538461538462 of 4 stars
Spends Time with Me:
  • Currently 2.1538461538462 of 4 stars
Follows Up After Visit:
  • Currently 2.0909090909091 of 4 stars
Average Wait: 51 minutes
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  • Currently 1 of 4 stars
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Apr 25th, 2013

Please read all the reviews before you make your decision to hire Dr Bert Mandelbaum, don't make the same mistake I made. I was referred to Dr Mandelbaum by a family Dr , it is true Dr Mandelbaum is an excellent doctor knows what he is doing a lot of experience. Eight weeks ago I had torn meniscus, Dr Mandelbaum did the operation successfully , he did great job , but after the surgery the problems surface , the doctor has a very busy practice , they over booked , I had a follow up appointment eight weeks after the surgery arrived on time to see him I waited for over an hour to find out I have to wait another 2 hours just to see him for 5 minutes to check my knee , I couldn't wait I did not think it is fair for me to waste my time . I was warned by my family doctor and others not to go to him because there is no personal attention , they treat it as business , remember they charge you for everything the doctor visit and a separate fee for the facility which wasn't not disclose to me. UCLA would have been a better choice, it is too late for me but not for you.

  • Currently 1 of 4 stars
 |  Too Busy to Care  |  show details
Oct 18th, 2012

Was referred by another patient. Told I could not see the doctor until I had an MRI of my knee and completed a lengthly questionnaire. Did both and scheduled an appointment with the doctor. Waited over an hour and was seen by one of his chief residents who told me my knee was perfect and I could run again. Pain never subsided. Six months later I consulted with a new physician who asked why, based on my symptoms, there had been no MRI of my hip. The MRI showed I need a hip replacement. Dr. Mandelbaum's staff also lied to me as there were people waiting to see him filling out the questionnaire. If the MRI of the knee had shown I needed surgery, I believe I would have seen Mandelbaum, not a resident.

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  • Currently 3 of 4 stars
 |  great doc, books every 10 minutes  |  show details
Feb 6th, 2012

So, if you want to be his patient, expect to wait from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
 |  Top Notch Doc!  |  show details
Nov 15th, 2011

In 2004 I tore my ACL in half during training to become a firefighter. Dr Mandelbaum came highly recommended and was able to see me on short notice. He spent time with me and told me my options but recommended replacing my ACL with a cadaver ligament. I had the operation approx one month after the accident, and after AGGRESSIVE physical therapy I was back at the fire academy just three and a half months after the surgery! My knee has held up extremely well and it is thanks to Dr Mandelbaum. Thank you Dr Mandelbaum; it is because of you I am a firefighter and can do the things I love (ski, run, and compete in triathlons). Only con is the time spent in the waiting room; but it was WAY worth it!

  • Currently 1 of 4 stars
 |  Mr. Orthovisc and surgery  |  show details
Jul 13th, 2011

If you have heard great things about Dr. Mandelbaum and in awe of seeing him, here is something you need to know. He recommends needless surgery at the drop of a hat. Thats what drives up his revenue. Never let him cut you up until you have a second opinion. The other thing he will stick you with is OrthoVisc injections. Even if you have a headache he will prescribe orthovisc. His clinic is driven by greed to maximize revenue and does not care about your well being. I found out after a year that he performed the wrong, needless procedure on my knee. and the underlying problem still persists. So be careful before you let him cut you up. Always ask for a second opinion and don't be in awe!

  • Currently 3 of 4 stars
 |  Dr. Mandelbaum/ACL Surgery  |  show details
Jan 19th, 2011

I had to go through a series of appointments before I could meet my surgeon, who was Dr. Bert Mandelbaum. I saw him at my pre-op appt. He was friendly, but the visit was quick. He did answer my questions. The surgery went well, and he did a great job. I never got to see him after that, though. I would have liked to thank him but I think that because of his popularity and expertise, demands on his time prevent him from being able to have closer contact with his patients. Overall, I am glad he was the one who did my surgery. I will be sending him a thank you note. Dr. Berry saw me for the post surgery visits, and he was gentle and caring.

  • Currently 1 of 4 stars
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Jan 4th, 2011

Dr Mamdelbaum did my knee surgery in 2009. I'm already having trouble with it. I called to make an appointment for him to look at it and the soonest is 3 weeks from now and a warning that it is STANDARD for the patient to wait 2 hours. I asked why and his receptionist said "because he's a well known doctor". Give me a break! There are many doctors out there who are wonderful surgeons that haven't become this arrogant. I guess us little people are expected to take that much time out of our work day to wait for the wizard to come from behind the curtain.Needless to say, I will be using another doctor. You lost my business Dr M and hopefully this review will stop other people from coming there too!

  • Currently 4 of 4 stars
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Dec 27th, 2008

the best!!!!