Ratings for Dr. Marc Abbate
After a 65 minute wait time (for a 9:15 am appointment) in a packed waiting room with no communication, my senior mother finally gets to see Dr. Abbate - with my accompaniment. Although the doctor may be assumed competent and "personable", after being questioned by me about the unacceptable wait times so early in the day, he boldly exclaimed about the waiting patients "They don't care [about the wait]" [hidden meaning: HE doesn't care!]. When he noticed my displeasure after I advised him "I care!" - because I have a job to get to, he asks his associate out loud in front of the patient and myself "Are they angry?". A few times he would refer to us in the room to his associate as 'they' - as if we were not present....Then when asked by the patient what exactly forms the cyst he was removing, he unprofessionally replies, "Stuff." After a pause, he then finally adds...."Keratin". On the initial visit made for a cancer screening, he failed to check the entire body. He never checked the scalp or lower extremities. This doctor (and the office staff) needs a refresher course in basic patient courtesy and professionalism, not to mention his narcissistic conversation to his associate reflecting gloriously on how a prior patient commented on his "youthful appearance". Get over yourself, "Doc", and pay more attention to sticking to your schedule, spare the B.S., - and stop overbooking more patients than you can handle in a timely manner. "Come back in 6 months" he says... I don't think so, pal. You only get one chance. Moving on...Also, you will find extreme difficulty parking your car in the tiny lot. So, if you like waiting for hours in a waiting room for a doctor who doesn't appear to genuinely care about the patient experience - THIS is your doctor.
Office staff is rude and extremely insensitive to your appt time!! Plan to wait at least 45min to an hour and then have the office staff belittle you when you ask why other patients are getting in to see the Dr before you when you have been waiting so long! Extremely rude and unprofessional!!!
Went to see Dr Abbate for a rash in my groin area. After several visits and trying different creams which were for cancer patients and other non rash like symptoms he had me wear these 30 patches on my back for a week to see if I was allergic to anything which may have been causing my rash.All patches showed negative results. THEN...he goes and performs a biopsy on my groi. After lab testing he still has no idea of what my rash is. I spent a lot of time with all this and still had no ansewer. After all this I went to The Center for Dermatology and the Dr looked at my rash and in 2 minutes diagnosed me with a jock itch rash, told me to use anti fungal powder( Zeazorb ) and my rash has been gone ever since. I was so angry with this Dr Abbate for what he put me through between patches and cutting and stitching me in my groin for no reason. I think they did all this to me to generate more money.
Went to see Dr Abbate regarding a mole check. He seemed nice enough however he also seemed rushed to say the least. The wait time was also extremely long. He took a biopsy of my mole and told me that they would be calling me in a few days with the results. When the nurse called she stated that there were abnormalities and that the specimen was sent to a different lab for further testing. I never heard back from the office again. My phone calls went unanswered. You don't tell a patient there is something wrong and then leave them hanging. It wasn't until I went to another dermatologist did I get the results. I would not recommend him or this practice to anyone.
Something has to be done about the procedure for getting appointments. It is a same that they have a "central" appointment extension- never getting the Riverdale office directly. But as for Dr. Abbate- he is the best! While agree that wait times can be LONG, I've eliminated the wait by getting one of his early am appointment times (6-7am)... those hours also work nicely for getting to work on time! Dr. Abbate is very knowledgeable but will ask other doctors if he's unsure! Highly recommend!
Follow up to a procedure to remove basel cell - 6 stiches to be removed - had to pay a co-pay for part of the same procedure - Other Dermatologists that I have been to in the past always included that in the initial co-pay. I would love to know what they are charging my insurance company - a rip off - no wonder insurance is so expensive when doctors charge more that once for the same procedure.
Abate is the best! Always willing to help me with my various problems. Only problem is that there is always a long long wait. He never rushes you once you have his attention, and chats with my mother frequently. He did leave a scar on my leg from a wart removal, but I forgive him because he is so friendly and cute! I love this doctor and highly recomend him!
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- Umdnj-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Grad. 1998)
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