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Richard Naftalis, MD, FAANS, FACS

Neurosurgery

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About Richard Naftalis, MD, FAANS, FACS

Richard Naftalis, MD, FACS is board certified in neurological surgery. Dr. Naftalis has extensive experience and special interest in the surgical treatment of disorders of the spine and brain. Additionally, his practice includes the neurosurgical management of tumors, Chiari malformations, the surgical treatment of epilepsy, and neurotrauma. His armamentarium includes minimally invasive techniques, the use of intraoperative neuronavigation and MRI technology® , Gamma Knife® , Cyberknife® and Novalis® Radiosurgery, and applications of evidence-based medical practice. Dr. Naftalis enjoys the challenges of the neurosurgical patient and the complexity of their conditions. Dr. Naftalis feels that implementation of evidence-based medical practice, patient education and compassionate care all create a more satisfying and nurturing patient experience.

Dr. Naftalis has been nominated for the tenth consecutive year for D Magazine's 2022 Best Docs.

Dr. Naftalis has been named one of D Magazine’s Best Docs at least 15 times earning him a place on D Magazine’s Hall of Fame list.



LanguagesEnglish
Ages SeenAdults, Geriatrics, Adolescents (ages 12-18)
Hospital Affiliations
  • Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Grapevine
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Plano
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - McKinney
  • Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Dallas
Insurance Accepted
*Accepted plans and benefits may vary by location.
INSURANCE PLAN
ACCEPTS NEW PATIENTS
Aetna - Aetna Signature Administrators
Aetna - Choice POS II
Aetna - Elect Choice
Aetna - Health Network Only
Aetna - Health Network Option
Aetna - HMO
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Aetna - Managed Choice
Aetna - Open Access Elect Choice
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Aetna - Open Access HMO
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Aetna - Open Access Managed Choice
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Aetna - Open Access Select
Aetna - Open Choice PPO
Aetna - QPOS
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Aetna - Select SM
Aetna - US Access
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - Baptist St Anthony Preferred HMO
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Access PPO
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Plus HMO-Group
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Plus HMO-Individual/Family
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Plus PPO-Group
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Plus PPO-Individual/Family
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred HMO - Individual Marketplace
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred HMO Network - Group
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Preferred PPO Network
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Premier HMO-Group
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Premier HMO-Individual/Family
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Premier PPO
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW SeniorCare Advantage HMO
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW SeniorCare Advantage PPO
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSW Solutions PPO
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSWH Employee Network - PPO & HSA
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - BSWH Employee Network - SEQA & EQA
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - Covenant Preferred HMO
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - EPO Network-Individual/Family
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - ERS BSW Preferred HMO Network
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - Hendrick Health Employee Plan
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - HMO Network-Group
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - HMO Network-Individual/Family
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - McLane Group Network
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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - PPO Network-Group
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Bell County Public Health District - Bell County Public Health District
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Bronze
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Gold
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Advantage Silver
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Choice Plus
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Choice PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Essentials
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Essentials Access HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Premier
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Premier Open Access HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Federal Select PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage - EFH Retirees
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - Medicare Advantage - Oncor
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Blue Cross Blue Shield - ParPlan
Blue Cross Blue Shield - STAR Kids
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Traditional
Brookshire Brothers - Brookshire Brothers Employee Plan (Nexcaliber)
Cigna - CAC Plan
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Cigna - Cigna Choice Fund
Cigna - EPO
Cigna - Flexcare
Cigna - Great West Open Access PPO-Open Access
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Cigna - Great West POS
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Cigna - Great West PPO
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Cigna - HMO
Cigna - HMO Open Access
Cigna - HMO/POS
Cigna - LocalPlus
Cigna - Network
Cigna - Network Open Access
Cigna - Network POS
Cigna - Open Access Plus
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Cigna - POS
Cigna - POS Open Access
Cigna - PPO
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Consolidated Association of Railroad Employees - Self-Insured Employee Plan
Coventry - Coventry/First Health
DFW ConnectedCare - American Airlines Employee Benefit Plan
Envolve Vision - Envolve Vision
EyeMed Vision - EyeMed Vision
First Health - First Health PPO
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FirstCare Health Plans - BSW Plus HMO
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FirstCare Health Plans - BSW Plus PPO
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FirstCare Health Plans - BSW Preferred HMO Network - Group
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FirstCare Health Plans - Hendrick Health Employee Plan
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Galaxy Health Network - Galaxy Health Network
Gladney Center - Gladney Center
HealthSmart - ACCEL Network
HealthSmart - HealthSmart PPO
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HealthSmart - HealthSmart Preferred Care EPO
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HealthSmart - HealthSmart Preferred Care GEPO
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HealthSmart - Preferred Network
Humana Behavioral - Tricare Members Only
Humana - ChoiceCare
Humana - ChoiceCare Preferred Network
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Humana - Commercial HMO Plans
Humana - Commercial PPO Plans
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Humana - Medicare Advantage Plans
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Humana - National POS
Imagine Health - EPN
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Independent Medical Systems - IMS Network
Magellan - CHIP
Magellan - Navigator Networks
Magellan - Pinnacle Networks
Magellan - STAR
Magellan - STAR Kids
Magellan - Summit Networks
Medicaid - AmeriGroup
Medicaid - Oklahoma Medicaid
Medicaid - Parkland HealthFirst
Medicaid - Superior HealthPlan
Medicaid - Traditional Medicaid
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Medical Development International - MDI
Medicare Railroad - Medicare Railroad
Medicare - Traditional Medicare
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Midland Memorial Hospital - Employee Benefit Plan
Mother Frances Hospital Regional - Self-Insured Employee Plan
OccuNet - Occupational Networks of Texas, Inc.
Optum - United Behavioral Healthcare/Optum
PHCS Network - Beech Street of Texas PPO
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PHCS Network - Private Health Care SYstem PPO
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Reny Company - Workers Comp
Rockport - Workers Comp
Sedgwick Preferred Network f/k/a Southwest Medical - Workers Comp
Superior Health Plan - Ambetter Balance Care - Silver
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Superior Health Plan - Ambetter Essential Care - Bronze
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Superior Health Plan - Ambetter Secure Care - Gold
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Superior Health Plan - CHIP
Superior Health Plan - CHIP Perinate
Superior Health Plan - Foster Care
Superior Health Plan - STAR
Superior Vision - Superior Vision
Superior - Ambetter Balance Care - Silver
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Superior - Ambetter Essential Care - Bronze
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Superior - Ambetter Secure Care - Gold
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Three Rivers Network - Three Rivers Network
Tricare - Tricare Extra
Tricare - Tricare Prime
Tricare - Tricare Select
TriWest HealthCare - VA-PCCC
United Behavioral Healthcare/Optum - United Behavioral Healthcare/Optum
UnitedHealth - AARP Medicare Complete
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UnitedHealth - Charter EPO
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UnitedHealth - Charter HMO
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UnitedHealth - Charter POS
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UnitedHealth - CHIP
UnitedHealth - Choice +HMO
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UnitedHealth - Choice EPO
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UnitedHealth - Choice HMO
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UnitedHealth - Choice Plus POS
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UnitedHealth - Core Choice Plus POS
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UnitedHealth - Core EPO
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UnitedHealth - Core HMO
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UnitedHealth - Dual Complete Medicare Advantage
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UnitedHealth - Group Medicare Advantage
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UnitedHealth - Medicare Complete
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UnitedHealth - Medicare Gold
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UnitedHealth - Medicare Silver
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UnitedHealth - Navigate EPO
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UnitedHealth - Navigate HMO
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UnitedHealth - Navigate HMO+
UnitedHealth - Navigate POS
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UnitedHealth - Nexus ACO OA
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UnitedHealth - NexusACO R
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UnitedHealth - PPO
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UnitedHealth - Secure Horizons
UnitedHealth - Select EPO
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UnitedHealth - Select HMO
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UnitedHealth - Select Plus POS
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UnitedHealth - STAR
UnitedHealth - STAR Kids
UnitedHealth - STAR+PLUS
UnitedHealth - UHC West Signature Value Gated HMO
University Mary Hardin - Baylor-Employee Benefit Plan
Your rights and protections against surprise medical bills

Insurance listings are subject to change without prior notice. Please call your physician's office or your health or insurance plan to verify coverage information prior to scheduling your visit or procedure. Not all members participating in contracted networks have "in network" access. In network participation may change from time to time without prior notice. Independent providers (which could include, for example only, anesthesiologists, radiologists, pathologists, emergency medicine physicians, advance practice professionals, and other independent providers of health care services) may deliver part of your care, and such providers may be considered out-of-network on your health and insurance plans even if the Facility may be considered in network. If you desire additional information as to the providers who may be involved in providing your care, you can either ask your treating provider (who may know some of the specialists or groups who could be involved) or you can request a list of Facility-based physician groups by calling the following toll free number: (877) 810-0372. This list is updated annually and is subject to change without prior notice.

Background

Education
  • Medical School: University of Texas Medical School at Houston (1985)
  • Internship: General Surgery, University of Alabama (1986)
  • Residency: Neurosurgery, University of Alabama (1991)
Certifications
  • Neurological Surgery - American Board of Neurological Surgery
Industry Relationships

Baylor Scott & White Health’s vision is to be the most trusted name in giving and receiving safe, quality, compassionate healthcare. As part of that vision, Baylor Scott & White Health is committed to dealing honestly, fairly and with integrity in all matters to provide exemplary patient care, broaden medical knowledge, train the next generation of physicians and support outside relationships that promise public benefit.To that end, Baylor Scott & White Health physicians may collaborate with health care industry partners such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies (collectively referred to as Industry) to help develop medical breakthroughs, or provide medical expertise or education. To promote professional and commercial integrity in such matters, physicians who are employed, contracted for administrative duties or performing research with Baylor Scott & White Health seek advanced approval for certain new Industry relationships, and report their Industry relationships and activities to the Office of Corporate Compliance annually for review.

Baylor Scott & White Health publicly discloses reported payments to these physicians and their immediate family members of $5,000 or more from Industry companies with which the physicians interact as part of their professional activities. The information on this website may differ somewhat from information on other publicly available databases due to different reporting periods, definitions, or reporting requirements. Patients may visit CMS’ Open Payments Database for more information, and should feel free to speak with their physician about relationships with Industry.

As of Aug 25, 2020, Richard Naftalis, MD, FAANS, FACS  has reported no outside relationship with Industry that is applicable to this listing.

Reviews (72) for Richard Naftalis, MD, FAANS, FACS

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Mar 6, 2023
Very good provider. Spent time explaining
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Mar 4, 2023
Excellent
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Mar 3, 2023
He was very polite and listened to my problems and concerns. Made me feel respected and cared for.
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Feb 23, 2023
Confident, he's a surgeon
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Feb 22, 2023
An awesome doctor!
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Feb 21, 2023
The doctor was very straightforward and honest, and showed me what the problems were. He told me that he could do surgery, but I would be better off without it, because I would be in a lot worse pain than I am now, and it would take me a very long time to get over the surgery. I really like that he was very honest with me.
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Feb 14, 2023
Dr Naftalis was cordial professional caring and open.
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Feb 14, 2023
Dr Naftalis explained to me well my MRI results and what's best to do. He allowed me time to ask questions and he listened I like that. The receptionist and staff were polite and welcoming.
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Feb 12, 2023
Dr Naftalis was very good, direct and blunt.
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Feb 10, 2023
Doctor and staff were very helpful & friendly! We felt very informed and cared for!
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Feb 7, 2023
He was very thorough in the details on the back surgery that he is going to provide for me. He answered all my questions about the procedure before, during, and after the surgery. He was very good at explaining what he saw on my MRI and made sure that I knew what the results could be if I decided to go ahead with the back surgery and the rehab. Afterwards. He is very confident that this surgery is going to make my life easier to live. He also give me the does and don'ts of what I would be able to do and what I wouldn't be able to do after the surgery. He said that just because I have the surgery that there was certain things that I just wouldn't be able to do. I'm confident that this is the doctor I am going to use for my surgery. He was very honest and caring about my recovery.
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Feb 7, 2023
Dr. Naftalis was very thorough and as expected, quite knowledgeable about my diagnosis. He took the time to clearly explain the diagnosis and the options available for treatment, as well as the prognosis. I really appreciate the time he spent with me. I am a "repeat customer" for him as he performed my craniotomy 11 years to remove a benign brain tumor. He's a great physician, and I trust him, and highly recommend him.
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Jan 28, 2023
I had a very good experience. Dr. Naftalis and all staff were very kind.
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Jan 27, 2023
Always professional and 1st class
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Jan 22, 2023
Friendly, established rapport, and then listened. Asked many pertinent questions to determine possible issues. Very thorough.
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Jan 19, 2023
Good visit with a surgeon that recommended no surgery at this time. Takes a lot of time to go over everything and explain everything.
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Jan 16, 2023
Excellent surgeon. The office is very friendly and helpful.
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Jan 12, 2023
Very professional, makes you feel like you are his only patient, very detail oriented, extremely knowledgeable but explains in layman's terms, need more professional people like him!
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Dec 29, 2022
EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGABLE . . . AND COURTEOUS AND HELPFUL...
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Dec 27, 2022
Made me feel like he had looked at my most recent MRI by explaining the pros and cons of surgery and other options.
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Dec 15, 2022
Dr. Naftalis is a great physician! Professional, knowledgeable, likeable and trustable.
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Dec 14, 2022
No problems
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Nov 25, 2022
Listened, followed by thoughtful insight and suggestions. Sent so much time making me feel comfortable with decisions
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Nov 20, 2022
Dr. Naftalis was very professional, knowledgeable and explained everything in detail.
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Nov 8, 2022
Concerned, through, caring
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Nov 2, 2022
He was patient, compassionate, very clear explanations
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Oct 24, 2022
Very friendly and personal about my care. Answered all my concerns in reference to my results of MRI.
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Oct 22, 2022
Superb doctor!
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Oct 10, 2022
Was very thorough and I was very comfortable with the Dr and staff.
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Sep 25, 2022
Dr Naftalis is a great surgeon and I love how he takes the time to listen to me.
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