Dr. Robert S. La Mantia

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Practice: Robert Lamantia Medical
Med. School:Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Grad. Year: 1973

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Online Appt. Scheduling: Unknown
Accepting New Patients:Y

Profile updated 20/10/13    Submit profile update    Subscribe to profile updates

Rating: 2.3 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 19 reviews. Dr. Robert S. La Mantia has a poor overall rating on RateMDs.com. frown

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Endocrinologist-related: Cushing's syndrome, hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, metabolic bone disease, diabetes mellitus, pituitary dysfunction, neuroendocrinology, diabetes, pancreas, pituitary gland, ovaries, testes, thyroid, adrenal glands
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
05/06/14 SYSTEM: 'birds of a feather' score (based on Medicare patients-in-common): 1.0 
RID: 5453926
08/05/14 3 3 2 2 Time to retire. It's obvious he doesn't enjoy his work anymore - not sure he ever did. Just wondering why he has to be so mean and condescending to patients? Was he ignored as a child? I am told he's "the best." At what? Reading charts and numbers? He's Dr. Robot and he's mean.  Respond
RID: 5336502
08/04/14 5 5 5 5 I have been under Dr. LaMantia's care for several years after a serendipitous discovery of a condition. He followed up on this, recommended appropriate ongoing testing and after I developed symptoms related to another organ, recommended genetic testing for MEN1, which turned out to be positive. He has monitored my condition continously and has always been friendly, caring and conscientious. After a recent CT scan he ordered as part of the monitoring of MEN1, he immediately called to inform me of the results so that I could get treatment ASAP. The staff has always been polite and helpful. My appointment times have been honored and I have had little waiting.  Respond
20/10/13 SYSTEM: First Name changed from "Robert" to "Robert S." 
20/08/13 SYSTEM: City changed from "EGGERTSVILLE" to "Amherst" 
RID: 2753006
03/08/13 3 3 1 1 Horrible, arrogant man. May have been knowledgable once but has not kept up with anything current. Very nasty. I did not trust him. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 2743646
01/08/13 4 4 4 5 very knowledgable about diabetes and thyroid disease. Has a no nonsense style. very professional. Takes a while to get an apt as a new. Small office with limited parking. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Paid (or co-pay): $15
RID: 2652680
20/05/13 4 2 1 1 He left me alone in the appointment room for quite a while. He was extremely argumentative and became angry very easily. I was trying to explain my situation and he just contradicted everything I was saying before I could finish. He was unfriendly during our appointment. He was late a few times to my appointments. His office was quiet. He made incorrect diagnosis of symptoms having nothing to do with his area of specialty & informing other doctors of this. Never was able to discuss my numbers or further treatment options, what he says is what you will do. Put me on incorrect, high dosing of medication that I ended up having an allergic reaction to. Didn't believe what I was telling him as far as symptoms had anything to do with my ailment, though confirmed with other endocrinologist, ENT, primary & other patients with my condition that they definitely are symptoms of my ailment. Now with new doctor & medication adjustment doing much better.  Respond
RID: 2601961
28/03/13 4 1 2 3 They put me on meds to treat Graves & after a few mo of it, started a downward spiral of the same symptoms when 1st diagnosed. Was adv, "Couldn't be the Graves" adv to make an appt with my primary, & still ordered a blood test. After I was left a msg to call them & spoke with the receptionist who adv my levels were slipping again (so it WAS the Graves) & to up my meds. Asked they send a script to my pharm as I needed the extra pills & to talk to someone because of other symptoms. Pharm never received the script & I never received a call back so I called again 2 days later. They advised they would send the script & call back, called insurance for advice as, again no script or call back, so I called their anssvc after hours to see if I could get a nurse, 3 call backs to anssvc & I told them to forget it. Doc calls at 11pm & asks who I am & why listening to other people (BC they don't CB & I'm SICK), thinks it isn't graves, stop meds & make an appt tomorrow. I'm fed up w/them!  Respond
RID: 1571721
26/10/11 5 3 5 4 Answered all my questions and concerns. Very helpful and encouraging. Just wants the best for his patients.  Respond
RID: 1531649
07/09/11 5 5 5 5 Love Dr. Lamantia: DO you want a friend or a Doctor? I am diabetic and you cant find a more knowledgeable Endo than him. You are not going to him for sympathy you are seeing him for his exptertise. It is very difficult to get an appointment with him so obviously he has a lot more patients that like him than what is posted here. His physician assistants are also wonderful. As for his office do you really want to pay for a new one? A lot of Doctors dont want you showing up an hour ahead of time as they dont have enough room in the waiting room. He always mentions weight if your diabetic because that is half the problem. FOOD. Take his advice that is what you pay him for.  Respond
RID: 1410655
08/04/11 3 1 1 3 I have been to this doctor twice.I was taken aback by his cold and rude behavior when I had the initial encounter with him. He kept me waiting for about 30 minutes while he ate his lunch and was less than forthcoming with any info whatsoever about what he called "your condition". When he gave me options on how to treat "your condition" I could get no help from him. Very short statements and very cold. I thought I was being a little sensitive, so I kept the follow up appointment. While he was a little better, he still leaves a lot to be desired. He doesn't give enough information and no bedside manner whatsoever. His nurse is also very cold.I'm looking for a different doctor. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 1147635
12/04/10 2 2 1 3 Lamantia is very rude and his staff are almost as bad. There are written commands everywhere warning you to not arrive too early and that you better not mess with their procedures. Lamantia is very upset that he is not making more money and that colors all of his interactions. I need to go to him, but I loathe every second of the appointment.  Respond
RID: 1140390
31/03/10 1 1 1 1 The staff is overworked and thus unable to return calls or fax or mail paperwork that you need. Billing is ludicrous - nearly 400 dollars for the first visit, even if insurance pays for it, it just seems insane. Dr. Lamantia is a cold, callous man who understands only test results and medical histories, not people or feelings or symptoms. He will harp about your weight every time you see him, even when he knows you are trying and have difficulties because of suspected metabolic problems. If you go to him for a thyroid condition, even when real symptoms such as goiter are evident, he will insist that you need psychiatric help. Never considers that some people's lab results may appear normal, but may still have thyroid disorders - it happens all the time. He will say things in a way that might make you cry, but DO NOT cry or he will get very angry and mean. He is not sensitive or personable, and has no capacity to empathize. Office has limited parking and is very cramped in space.  Respond
RID: 1079608
14/01/10 1 5 1 2 This is an antiquated office and Doctor. The reception staff will completely IGNORE you as you stand there until they're good & ready to help you. And when they do "help" you, prepare yourself - because they're doing you a BIG favor. The office is in an old house, with inadequate parking. There are negative signs all over the office on old paper, with dog eared edges that say we don't do this, or we don't do that...but the best one says not to arrive more than 10 min. before your appt. When you finally get to the Dr., his bed-side personality is one of the worst that I've ever encountered. He makes no eye contact, he speaks down to you, he's condescending and rude. His office is so dirty and messy it's amazing he can find anything in there. No computer age in there, he has some old computer on his desk that is full of dust that looks like it's never used. If you can stand his winning personality and just let him examine u & review bloodwork he may be the best of the worst in Bufffalo. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 985152
11/09/09 3 3 1 1 Dr. Lamantia has the personality of a shoe, when I voice concerns about my health he says "What do you want me to do about that" or "and you think this is my fault?". On one ocasion I sat in the exam room waiting for 30 minutes while I could hear him in the next room ordering Pizza over the phone! You'd think he'd respect my time and wait until after taking care of me to order his dinner. Wow. What finally made up my mind is one day I go in for my regular exam and instead of Dr. Lamantia I see the a new physicians assistant. I never received any notice that I'd be seeing a PA and Dr. Lamantia never bothered coming in the exam rm that day and introducing me directly to his new staff, like at other Dr. who use PAs. I answered a series of questions to the PA and then I could hear him talking about me to Dr. Lamantia in the next room. Then he came back to repeat what I had just heard Dr. Lamantia tell him to say to me. It was just ridiculous! Save yourself some anguish and don't go to him. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Paid (or co-pay): $40
RID: 964132
16/08/09 1 3 1 1 Terrible experience, never contacted me about serious CTScan result, In fact he never even said a word at all till I asked and he said, "well thats involving your kidney and liver, what are you planning to do about it? HUH?" I thought he was the doctor, and the doctor recommended approprite follow up. did not answer questions, would rephrase my question in the negative tone presenting a non answer, never mentioned bloodwork results that were out of whack, seriously under the norm, -when asked why he said it wasn't the area he was looking into, suggested I "should get a doctor for that area" What?!! These were tests he ordered! I feel like nothing he said could be trusted and I need another opinion, basically all he did was review what he ordered, look at the blood results and then either order more not, never said what he was looking for, what the results could indicate nada, waste of my time and money. I will never recommend or return to this doctor  Respond
RID: 956174
06/08/09 1 1 1 1 Coldest doctor I ever met. He raises his voice at you when you are not doing well - like it is my fault. He put me on the wrong medicine. I left there 3 times crying. I finally stopped and then he wrote my primary doctor a nasty letter. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 839494
23/03/09 2 3 1 2 Thank goodness for Dr. Lamantia's physician assistants and nice nurses. He has zero personality and is not warm, friendly or engaging. When you ask questions, he makes you feel like you should already know the answer. It's tough to get definitive answers from him; I realize there are variables but does everything have to be so vague? I have also been told he is brilliant and he's the best in town (from other physicians). If you can get past his cold exterior, and just let him treat you, you'll be fine. The parking in the lot is a disaster and they tell you to only get there 10 minutes earlier than your appointment. They mean it! Don't get there early or you will be out of luck! The receptionist is pretty terse, so don't expect a lot of help there either. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Paid (or co-pay): $20
RID: 833414
17/03/09 2 4 1 1 not a very friendly man, seemed to be more a looker than a helper. never went back after first visit 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Paid (or co-pay): $500
RID: 830473
15/03/09 5 5 1 1 This is a doctor who stopped learning many years ago. He didn't know current research about thyroid problems. He was arrogant and nasty. The old folks seem to like him. I am well educated and when I asked him certain questions, he acted like all the current research was wrong. There are much better doctors out there. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 830222
15/03/09 1 3 4 5 Knows his stuff about endocrinology. Staff could be more helpful, though  Respond