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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 eleventh consecutive year for D Magazine's 2023 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 SeenGeriatrics, Adults, Adolescents (ages 12-18), Children (3-11), Infants and Toddlers (ages 0-2)
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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Baylor Scott & White Health Plan - Pyco Industries Employee Plan
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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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Superior - CHIP
Superior - CHIP Perinate
Superior - Foster Care
Superior - STAR
Three Rivers Network - Three Rivers Network
Tricare - Tricare Extra
Tricare - Tricare Prime
Tricare - Tricare Select
TriWest HealthCare - VA-PCCC
TriWest - 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 (69) for Richard Naftalis, MD, FAANS, FACS

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Sep 10, 2023
Kind, efficient, professional
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Sep 5, 2023
Dr Naftalis is AMAZING!
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Sep 5, 2023
I found Dr. Naftalis to be organized,efficient, and quick paced, but patient when I could not answer a question with yes or no. I detected skill and confidence without arrogance. He was friendly as well.
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Aug 26, 2023
Made me feel at ease answering questions and listened to my answers.
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Aug 25, 2023
Good
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Aug 23, 2023
Took time to explain in detail what was going on
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Aug 18, 2023
He showed his concern for me
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Aug 17, 2023
He Is very professional, has great bedside manners and he explained everything to me In a way I could understand It. Thank you!
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Aug 17, 2023
Great explanation of my MRI images and plan of care for upcoming procedure.
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Aug 8, 2023
Very helpful & knowledgeable
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Aug 4, 2023
It was my first visit with Dr. Naftalis. He spent time with me and explained my condition thoroughly to me and what his recommendations were.
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Aug 1, 2023
The most honest Dr. I have known. He tells it like it is good or bad. Trust him with decisions for treatment.
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Jul 26, 2023
He was very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. I felt very reassured when I left his office I would recommend him to anyone needing his services. His office staff was very helpful and nice.
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Jul 19, 2023
Thorough, personable, knowledgeable
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Jul 1, 2023
He spent a great deal of time exploring and explaining the condition of my back. He was very professional and gave me the options I had. He was also extremely knowledgeable.
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Jun 8, 2023
Dr. Naftalis was the most honest and straightforward doctor I have ever had the pleasure to meet. His office team is also genuinely professional but also genuinely polite. I have nothing negative to say. The world needs more of what his office exhibits.
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May 30, 2023
Dr. Naftalis was very specific in his questioning and in his attentiveness to my answers. He addressed my concerns with great care and direct honesty, which I greatly appreciate.
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May 28, 2023
He provided a second opinion on my diagnosis; providing an exam, explanation of condition, and possible treatment options enabling my wife and I, to make a comfortable decision on the path forward. Very well done and we are thoroughly satisfied.
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May 19, 2023
Most informative, thorough and communicative doctor I have experienced
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May 11, 2023
Told us straight info.
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May 10, 2023
Warm, funny, explained what a MRI showed in my brain, assured me that I did not needSurgery
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May 6, 2023
Friendly and professional.
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May 5, 2023
Helpful and knowledgeable answers
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May 2, 2023
Excellent, caring surgeon with continual contact!Overwhelming, genuine concern to do surgery in the least intrusive way!
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May 2, 2023
Experienced, forthright, knowledgeable , direct
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Apr 28, 2023
Very helpful, short wait time, quick to evaluate and explain situation
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Apr 21, 2023
Honest and kind. Very good and explained and gave all my options.
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Apr 21, 2023
Clearly defined communication
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Apr 14, 2023
Very nice, very helpful. Funny too! Really enjoyed meeting him, I will definitely tell my friends about him and my experience.
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Apr 13, 2023
Great
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