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Yaffe was one of the best--back in the 1980's. The huge practice is out of control and his staff makes many mistakes (not sending tests to the right labs--requiring hours of follow-up). He is transitioning his practice to fewer patients and more time with each (a concierge model), and for that opportunity, you get to pay him $3k before he begins to sell you other services. Good luck. I departed last year--tired of listening to him talk (selling related services) and health enhancements. And, his anesthesia doc who works with him on the colonoscopy is bad; unethical in his billing practices (misrepresents his insurance coverage, pulls off your credit card rather than attempting to help straighten out the mess that he has created). Voted with my feet. And, FYI, the doc has asked his best patients to put in positive reviews for him.
Yes it's too busy. They have outgrown the space. I wish I could lay down after my yearly colonoscopy instead of coming to in a dimly lit office. All true. THEN- responsive- even by weekend email. Always gets me in to see a PA if needed and if it requires it- an MD. Your meds are waiting for you at the drug store. Your insurance is fighting you on that CT scan? He will get you in. This is an amazing practice that Dr Yaffe and Dr. Ruden have put together. Now for that recovery room please.....
Dr. Yaffe is the best! He's been my doctor for over 20 years and, in that time, I have referred him to my husband, my mother, and now my adult kids. He's very accessible and action-oriented: if you've got a health problem, he diagnoses it, advises you on treatment, and sends you on your way. Quick questions can be resolved via email in short order. In an emergency, you can almost always be seen by a medical professional the same day. As for GI, his approach to colonoscopies is the best I know of. Others in my family are seen by Dr. Kakoulas and Dr. Braunstein and are happy with their care. PAs are knowledgeable and helpful. Referrals to specialists, many in the same office, are top-notch. An excellent choice for medical care.
Top doctor in his field, Dr. Yaffe can be reached 24/7.. His staff is the most efficient I have ever experienced.
I have been going to Dr. Yaffe since the mid-1980's and have never been anything less than pleased with Dr. Yaffe and his staff. During annual physicals, he brings up my records on the computer, newly evaluates each of my medical issues and recommends excellent specialists or makes appointments for colonoscopies, endoscopies, which he performs expertly in his office setting. The office, in fact, offers a number of health programs on site and if you find yourself ill one morning, you can walk in and see a PA and then, if needed, a physician on site rather than go to an emergency room. Staff is excellent and helpful. PA Valerie Cotsalas, for instance, is very professional, caring and knowledgable and has gone out of her way in times of need. Recently Miriam doggedly pursued a medical facility to make certain they had my necessary info to perform a medical test. It is a great place and I have been in capable hands all round for thirty years now. Highly recommended.
Bruce Yaffe has been my physician for over 20 years. I appreciate the variety of specialists and tests available at the same office. I also appreciate being able to see a qualified medical professional at short notice when I need one. My only complaint is that some time when I call, there is a long wait or I get an answering machine.
Ive been going to Yaffe Ruden for over 10 years and the care I've been getting from the doctors is exceptional. As a cancer survivor, I've probably had experience with more doctors than most people have had in their lifetime. I'd like to cite Dr Bruce Yaffee. I've had several colonoscopies and an endoscopy. Besides professional excellence, Dr. Yaffe and his entire staff are dedicated and caring. And they're also upbeat and make you feel at ease.. Dr, Yaffe's table-side manner (I'm on table, not a bed when he performs the colonoscopy) makes you forget you're in a doctor's office. He's got a good sense of humor to make you forget you're getting an intrusive medical procedure. The mood is so relaxing that afar the anesthesia I felt as if I was waking up in a seaside resort. (Indeed, the recovery room is actually furnished like a beach even with the sound of waves.) I just have one wish. That I hope to be going to Dr, Yaffe for many more decades.
I have been a patient of Dr. Yaffe for 20 years. When I had to have cancer surgery 7 years ago, they got me in to do my pre-ops instantaneously (my surgeon called at 5:30 PM and I was in the next day). At the time, I was on a healthcare system which required referrals, and I can't even begin to say how helpful the referral person was in getting me everything I needed (which was a lot). Luckily, things for me are better now, but when I need something Yaffe Ruden is there. My husband's doctor retired a few years ago and he came to Yaffe Ruden. He has been incredibly impressed by Dr. Yaffe and his staff. Whenever I have a question (even if mundane), I can email Dr. Yaffe and I get a response the same day. The PA's are all very helpful and caring. This is a busy practice with an incredibly broad range of resources which they manage very well. They are always striving to improve things. Jane R.
I have been a patient of Dr. Yaffe's for over 20 years and I plan to be a patient for many more years to come. I have never I had a problem or complaint about him or his staff. He has also been a great help to me with my health insurance. I have referred him to many people in the past and still refer him today. I highly recommend him and his team. You definitely won't be disappointed with Dr. Yaffe.
I've been a patient of Dr Yaffe's for more than 20 years. I dont see him often as i'm pretty healthy. So here's the straight deal... Yes, the office is chaotic, yes, there are times you may have a long wait, yes if you call in with a sore throat, they may suggest seeing a PA. However, i had what i thought was somewhat urgent and they got me an appt the very next morning. There is more to the story... Yes, he was finishing up a procedure and i had to wait about 30 mins - but you know what - he was able to fit me and spend time with me. Not only that, he called Lennox Hill radiology and insisted they see me right away and sent me right over. Let's now add to the fact that Joan (name tags sometimes come in very handy) in the office got me my paperwork and ushered me out the door with a smile and a good sense of humor (which was just what I needed). So here's the thing - no office is perfect and nothing always runs smoothly; but at the end of the day I'm happy to see a PA for a strep test, and wait a little, if when in a crunch and when it really matters, I get the kind of care I received yesterday. I've lived in NYC all my life - it's not easy these days finding a compassionate, accomplished Dr. Dont be so quick to look elsewhere - when it matters - this team is there for you. Oh, and bring your charger as you may wait a bit, but they have charging areas throughout the waiting room....
This doctor and his pratice are the best!!!! If every doctor ran his practice like thsi life will be so easy! he has the best technology and always evolving his parcatice to suit the patient. Only draw back is it is hard get an appoitment with Dr.Yaffe but all the other doctors are great too
I try to spend as little time as possible in doctors' offices, but if I need specific lumps and bumps checked out or a routine exam done, I'm coming here every time. I have been a patient of Dr. Yaffe for over 12 years, and he is a wise and wonderful doctor. The office itself is equipped to do a lot of different procedures that might otherwise need to be performed in a hospital setting (like the endoscopy I had a couple months ago after experiencing severe and recurrent abdominal pain). The practice has a number of specialists for a host of health and wellness needs (which for me, is really convenient--I don't have time to call my insurance company and figure out who to go to or do extensive online research for other specialized docs nearby--if they're not already in-house at Yaffe Ruden, then one of the office staff is quick to point me in the right direction). The space itself has a good vibe; both the clerical staff and nurses / associates are upbeat and knowledgeable. I like knowing that from the minute I book my appointment to the minute I leave the office, I'm going to have a relatively easy and straightforward experience. As a Manhattan-based fitness instructor I continually recommend my clients to Yaffe Ruden, so I'll convey the same to you--if you're looking for great docs and a well-run practice that makes for a positive experience, I strongly encourage you to call them!
At first the office gives a tremendous impression of competence and organization. There are computers to use while you wait (a long time). He has computer terminals in all the examining rooms, creating the impression of state-of-the-art. But this guy is running a business, not a medical practice. Everything is optimized to increase throughput and cash flow.
I rarely see an actual Dr. when I go to that office; it's always a P.A. Once I needed to see a Gastro and got an appt with DR. Yaffe. I had to call back to ask him a question. They refused to give him my message and asked me to email him, which takes longer to read/reply than a couple of mins on the phone. They always have their office staff,with no medical training, call back with results. They're usually as clueless as the patients and aren't able to explain the things that they're reading over the phone.
Was referred to Dr. Yaffe for a colonoscopy due to recurrent gastrointestinal infections. After the procedure he informed me I needed surgery to remove part of the colon. That was 4 years ago and my colon is still intact...glad I didn't listen to his advice and sought another opinion. Dr. Yaffe's bedside manner left much to be desired.
Bruce is an intelligent man who has created a practice at the cutting edge of 21st Century medicine. The practice is big, but therefore can be flexible and accomodating. Complaints about the size of the practice underestimate the benefit of a place that has the pulse of health trends in the city.
Dr. Yaffee is an intelligent man with an oversized ego. He essentially functions as pediatrician for adults. That is, he mainly treats self limited conditions such as colds as sprains. He is competant but certainly would not be considered an excellent physican.
I was a dedicated patient for over 20 years when this practice had tiny space in the east 80's. I've put up with ridiculously long waits in the office, less than pleasant office staff, a wait of six months for a physical. NO MORE!my last annual exam was scheduled for 6pm, Yaffe's last appt of the day, during which time he bragged about how many patients he had seen that day, checked his email, went on and on about various accomplishments he had racked up and not a word about how I was feeling. This, after being a devoted, dedicated patient. no more. I am going to a practice where I don't have to make room for a larger than life ego and can be given the minimal amount of time and attention I deserve, even in these days of HMOs and PPOs.
If you want to be treated like an automobile on an assembly line...go here!!
Dr. Yaffe is great IF you can get an appointment with him. I tried to book him for a physical and it was about 6 months. I booked with a different doctor, who was very nice. Problem was I had to chase them 3-4 times to get my lab results.Then, when I was sick and wanted to see Dr. Yaffe, they gave me one of the doc's on call. She was awful. Too busy on the cell phone with her husband. I've now booked a different doctor because I know that Dr. Yaffe won't be there if I'm really ill. Like someone said above, if you have the flu..fine. But, more than that, this is not the place I want to be.
Dr Yaffe is a very good doctor, he has very little patience. There is always a very long wait and the staff is nasty. Often I get seen by a PA not a doctor which I do not like The office is like a factory
Yaffe/Ruden is a fantastic practice that blends the best of small-town personalization and familiarity with big-city resources and capabilities. Dr. ...
If you are the type that gets lots of colds and sinus infections then go to this guy because you will always get an appt. You probably won't see a doctor but for the routine stuff the PA's are fine. I saw a PA when I thought I had a sinus infection, he said I probably didn't but gave me a scrip to fill if the sypmtoms got worse. Then Bruce pops in for 30 seconds and gives me a handful of samples of antibiotics and tells me to take them. The PA was frustrated by this, as anyone would be, because he was the one that took the time to talk to me and find out my story. It's an odd little shop.