Ratings for Dr. Gregory A. Formanek
Definitely not returning to this doctor! He actually told me that is was a good thing that I was having a partial nephrectomy to remove a small renal mass because the cancer was going to spread and I would have to have more removed. And that was before the pathology. He wanted to make the appointment so he start chemo as soon as my surgery was completed. He offered no hope or the slight possibility that it was benign.
Doctor Formanek is a brilliant doctor. He returns your calls within an hour. He was my doctor for almost 9 years. Compassionate and studies constantly to keep up to date with Chemo and Cancer research. Cancer is very frighting and I am thankful Dr. Formanek was there for me.
My husband is just starting the cancer battle. We saw Dr Formanek at what apparently is his new position at our local cancer center in Pennsylvania. This cancer center holds itself out as "multidisciplinary" with communication between drs. He clearly had not read my husband's chart, asked what we were there for, and when he did look, started discussing the wrong diagnosis. We had previously consulted a highly regarded cancer center out of the area, and their chemo rec was different from Dr Formanek's. We asked questions and wanted to wait until Monday to think it over. He was clearly insulted and was rude. He continued to press to start immediately, and when I pushed back and again said we wanted to take the weekend, he said "whatever." I was shocked at his unprofessional and rude attitude, and whether his recommendation is valid or not, he unfortunately destroyed any confidence we had in the facility. We are insisting to see a different dr before proceeding with anything.
I'm sorry for those who have lost loved ones under Dr. Formanek's care, but they need to realize cancer is a KILLER, not the treating doctor. My wife and I were BOTH patients of Dr. F's when he was in S.C., and I can tell you that you won't find a better - or more compassionate - oncologist anywhere. But he's a doctor, not God; not everyone will survive. However I feel confident in saying that - at least for my wife and me - your chances of survival are far greater with Dr. Formanek in your corner than someone else.
Dr. Formanek is a very compassionate person. He cared for my father (cancer), and he is now caring for my mother (hematologists). I would never consider another doctor for either. Although my father is no longer with us, he helped make his last days peaceful and pain free. My mother, who is afraid of doctors, will go to Dr. Formanek without an argument and will actually ask questions if she doesn't understand. I think he is very knowledgeable and will be upfront with you on everything. He pulls no punches.
Lost my mother 2 years ago to breast cancer. My brother and I are very sorry we did not get her a new doctor sooner. She had a consultation with another oncologist the morning she passed away. Never once did Dr. Formanek ever call my brother and I. He just keep telling my mother with "HIM" on her side she had noting to fear. He would never listen to us or answer questions. The week before my mother passed away I called Dr. Formanek several times since my mother could not get out of bed and she felt so bad. He prescribed her meds for a sinus infection, then something for vomting. I offered to bring her in and he said he did not need to see her. Morning she passed away he didn't even have the nerve to call us and tell she passed away. When we finally got in touch with him he had the gull to ask what we were calling for. If there is anything the experience with Dr. Formanek taught me was you have to be your own advocate and always go with your gut feeling.
I know everyone out there loves their family, please do not see this doctor. My mother saw him 6 times before she passed away, her last days would have been better if she had left this earth with a doctor who had any compassion or soul. This doctor does not. From the very first visit, he was the most arrogant, she cried her eyes out after the third visit but kept with it because she was told "the best". He may be knowledgable about cancer but he is not worth it, best or not. I found out later that a lady I worked with went to him for breast cancer. She claimed she was insulted by him the minute she walked through the door, she cried all the way home and never went back. I was living out of town, my mother should have told me and I would have come to Virginia and found her someone else. Never get over the way she was treated. I hope he gets cancer and his soul burns in hell. I am not an evil or mean person and promise all of you, have never said this about a human being in my life.
I have to agree with most of the unfavorable reviews. I have accompanied my mother a few times to her appointments with him to lend support and I was taken back on how rude he was to her. I am urging her to see another doctor but do not know who to switch to. In the situation of having cancer, there are feelings of fear and uncertainty and it is important that the care provided is sensitive and caring, and I have to say is not the case here.
I will always regret the referral to Dr. Formanek that the wonderful radiation doctor who referred my father to this monster. My father had to die without dignity as this man never came to see him in the hospital, and before that going through all the chemo, was the most arrogant, horrible person with no sense of bedside manner. The front desk said his wife had left him and I do not know if that is true or not, all I know is that I can never get back how responsible I feel for not checking into getting Dad a more compassionate, personable doctor who would listen to him. My father should have died in dignity without ever meeting this man and I should have never taken a referral but we were so happy with the doctor that gave us the referrral and trusted them. Please dont ever take your family members to this doctor, it is my deepest regret. He lets people die and guess what, still has the gull to bill medicare when he never came into the room to see him!!. Thanks for listening.
Dr. Gregory A. Formanek's Credentials
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- Umdnj-New Jersey Medical School (Grad. 1975)
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