Ratings for Dr. Monica Avendano Alvarez
Honestly, I love Dr. Avendano. I could not describe her direct, forthright manner in any way as "mean" -- she doesn't play any games and gives it to you straight. I could cry in sheer relief to have her. I have pulmonary fibrosis and had worsening of symptoms until I arrived almost by accident at her office. Within three weeks she has my symptoms significantly improved and my immense gratitude. Her workload requires her to work with other patients and so I will be seeing another Dr -- I feel like she just swooped in to save my life :) There isn't anything anyone could say to change how I feel about her. She's brilliant and generous and, IF tough, more than fair. I admire her enormously and am sorry to have to give her up :)
Like other have said she has poor bed-side manner. I've heard other patients say "she lacks compassion". She's really strict which can be good or bad. She kept me in isolation for almost 3 months to find out that I'm not contagious, even though I could have been isolated at home during that time because I lived alone. She got mad at me and yelled at me once when I was referring to the whole room (full of both males and females) as "you guys". Lots of the patients say she's mean, nurses and even custodial staff also think she's mean. The patients use more colorful words than mean. Overall though, from what I hear she knows her stuff and has been very successful in her career.
Few years back I was her patient at West Park and found her very arrogant, insensitive and Extra poor bedside manners! She might be knowledgeable physician but she demonstrates it very poorly and in the rude, unprofessional ways. Instead helping me, she caused me great stress and anxiety with her remarks. Good physician, beside being very knowledgeable and smart, needs to have some compassion and kind way to deal with his/her patient! She lacks it.
This is difficult to add here. Dr. Avendano/West Park is the reason my mother is alive today! There is no substitute for knowledge and experience in a crisis situation. Dr. Avendano demonstrated both. She motivated and appreciated personal efforts. Great! My appreciation for life!
I was refered to Avendano as I have a serious lung issue. When she first told me how serious it was I cried and she took my hands, looked me in the eyes and said "don't cry, we're going to help you". She told me straight up what I had to do and by god, I am doing it. She tells it how it is and doesn't sugar coat things, which to me is the way to do it. She even saw me on a day she doesn't normally see out patients. My husband and I are so thankful that she is my doctor.
I usually come to this site to find out more about a doctor but most of the time I try to give them the benefit of the doubt. On this case, I should have read it before seeing this doctor. The comments here describe her to a tee.This person has lost her human touch and compassion.She should be reminded of her Hippocratic Oath. Patients are not numbers or stats, when someone is sick the least they need is insensitive and callous doctors like Dr. Avendano. She also treated my mother rudely and unkindly and I was there to witness it all.
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