401 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022, USA


(212) 593-6262(212) 593-6262

Dr. Brian Apatoff, MD

Neurologist

New York, NY


In-network insurances:

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CDPHP, Cigna, Emblem Health, MVP Health Care, Oxford, United Healthcare, Anthem

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Voro score

85% recommended

252 out of 298 patients recommend this doctor after their visit.

Recommendations

1 neighbors

Other reviews

Zocdoc

4.7(297)

Approach

Dr. Brian R. Apatoff received his MD and PhD degrees from The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He did his medical training in Boston at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and then completed his neurology residency at The Neurological Institute of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center where he served as Chief Resident. He subsequently performed a National Multiple Sclerosis Society Research Fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and The Scripps Research Institute and Clinic. He is currently Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Institute at the The Center for Neurological Disorders. He is Clinical Attending in Neurology at NY-Presbyterian Hospital, and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Apatoff serves on the Clinical Advisory Committee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and has been voted Best Doctors in Neurology.

Biography

Educations

University of Chicago - The Pritzker School of Medicine, MD, 1984

Certifications

Psychiatry and Neurology

Trainings

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1990 (residency)
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 1992 (fellowship)

Wait time

Patients typically are seen right away.

Bedside manner

Patients say this doctor has excellent bedside manner.

Reviews (298)
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Ana TomaiJan 26
 Recommends this doctor
Maria P.Feb 21
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: 15-30 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Kind, caring and very knowledgeable doctor. The wait time is sometimes a bit long but it’s worth the wait for a through exam.
AnonymousFeb 12
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: 15-30 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Great human being
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Great. Super thorough and knowledgeable.
Julia W.Jan 28
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?I feel like dr. Apatoff really listens to the patient and, in addition to having vast knowledge in the field, is not afraid to think outside the box, making him not only a great neurologist but a diagnostician as a whole.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?I had a short but thorough meeting with Dr Apatoff where he listened to my issues, asked lots of good questions and provided me both otc and prescribed solutions to my migraines. What really stood out is that when my lab results came in, he wrote me a really professional email with the actual results attached, a synopsis of what they meant, some solutions, a summary of what was discussed in our short appointment along with a nice holiday note. It was very thorough and the best doctor follow up I have ever received. I would recommend him for sure!
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: 15-30 minutes
Bedside manner: Good

How was your experience with the doctor?Very knowledgeable doctor, pleasant, and somewhat understanding. He has a lot of patients which increases wait times. Overall, I will be back for MS treatment.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Kind, efficient, skilled in his understanding of the disease and treatment for each individuals needs. Grateful to have him.
 Isn't sure about this doctor
Wait time: 15-30 minutes
Bedside manner: Unsatisfactory

How was your experience with the doctor?Lots of credentials, but the place is cash only and not particularly polite about it. More pages of paper onboarding than anticipated. Awkward jokes from provider and his staff left me feeling judged. Not sure I'd voluntarily go back there.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Highly Skilled and Kind
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?He was so personable and looks like he genuinely wants to get to the bottom of the problem and help his patients!
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: 15-30 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?He is always very pleasant and shows genuine concern for patient care. Personally, I believe he is an excellent MS Specialist and has a lot of knowledge as it relates to various MS treatments; I feel extremely confident with the care he provides.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?he is a great doctor! recommend!!!
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Fantastic consultation with Dr. Apatoff. He was extremely competent and very interested in a thorough investigation of my symptoms.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?While Dr Apatoff conducted his evaluation in a very professional manner, he also maintained a good conversation and was personable. He listened and asked the right questions in order to do a proper evaluation. I felt very well taken care of. The front desk lady was very courteous.
Ravi E.Sep 21
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Apatoff was thorough, kind, and thoughtful. From what I could tell after first visit, a great neurologist. Front desk lady was also very warm and friendly. Office is spacious and has multiple specialists working in-house. Only downside was the wait time- Dr. Apatoff is a one-man show and the receptionist was alone and fielding lots of different responsibilities, but really not too much of an issue. Overall, would recommend!
Donia M.Sep 14
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Long long wait, but it’s only because he has several emergency procedures and If I were in his shoes I would 100% do the same. Amazing receptionist who was super sweet. After the wait I did end up waiting again in the room for a very long time.however he apologized and once he finished he took the time to examine me and talk. I am going for MRIs and he had me write down how I felt and what medicine and VITAMINS (very very important) I take . The blood work didn’t hurt because I think he used a butterfly needle which was very very kind of him. Will review next appointment as well.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?GREAT.
AnonymousSep 12
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Detailed and attentive!
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?I have been a patient of Dr Apatoff for many years and wouldn’t trust anyone else when it comes to my health.
Mary B.Sep 4
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr Apatoff is knowledgeable and engaging. He’s reassuring when you are facing a health problem and you know he will find the best approach to treatment. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr Apatoff was very professional and very reassuring in his diagnosis. Highly recommended.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Excellent Doctor! Been seeing him for years. Highly recommend Dr. Apatoff.
AnonymousJul 26
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Apatoff is an outstanding traditional Neurologist who demonstrated empathy to me and clearly enjoys practicing medicine. I felt that he took the time to listen to me as well as to do a thorough Neurological exam. He also drew the blood for my tests on his own. He advised me as to when the blood test results should be available as well as when to make a follow up appointment. Finally, he thoroughly explained the differential diagnosis for my problem.
Marc W.Jul 24
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Great experience. Took his time to ask questions and actually listen to my responses.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Apatoff really knows about MS and can offer many treatment options. He gives honest answers about how the disease can affect you. He shows concern and will explain reasoning behind the diagnosis. Great MD, will definately be back.
Mary B.Jun 20
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr Apatoff is an excellent doctor who I would recommend and have recommended to several people in need of a neurological consultation. His experience and expertise is apparent as soon as he starts his assessment of a patient’s concerns. He is kind, a good listener and reassuring. You leave the office confident that he will be able to diagnose and treat your condition.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Highly skilled, Professional, listens well to concerns and works well with patient in appropriate treatment plan. I trust his skill and judgment. Very kind.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?He listened & took notes, didn’t make me feel rushed, and reviewed treatment options. I’d recommend!
AnonymousApr 24
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: 15-30 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?The wait can be a little long, but he knows his stuff inside and out.
 Isn't sure about this doctor
Wait time: 15-30 minutes
Bedside manner: Unsatisfactory

How was your experience with the doctor?I went in, told him about my problems and all he did was do blood work and told me to take Vitamin D and magnesium. Did a EEG and still didn’t get my results back. Called to explain some concerning things about my lab results and still haven’t been called back. Been calling for two weeks and still no answer. I will be finding another doctor.
 Doesn't recommend this doctor
Wait time: More than 30 minutes
Bedside manner: Awful

How was your experience with the doctor?The worst experience I've ever had during a doctor's visit. He was immediately hostile about the type of insurance I had, and gave me a lecture about how my insurance wasn't good, despite me having told him I found him on my insurance's website, and his office cleared me beforehand. He then called one of the front desk worker's in front of me and started berating them about why they told me he takes my insurance. Finally after 20 minutes he asked why I was here. I started to explain my symptoms and he immediately said they were benign and I was fine. I told him my primary care doctor suggested having 2 specific tests done and he said they were totally unnecessary and extremely painful. He gave me a 1 minute physical assessment and said, I was fine and to take vitamin D and magnesium and to come back in a month. Totally disinterested, unprofessional, impolite and I would never trust a word he says.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Expert in the field, knowledgeable in all treatments and care, and a very kind person.
 Isn't sure about this doctor
Wait time: 15-30 minutes
Bedside manner: Unsatisfactory

How was your experience with the doctor?Second visit was disappointing. Dr. Apatoff seemed unprepared, preoccupied with something and showed little interest in my treatment. I am not sure I will come back.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: 15-30 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Apatoff was extremely professional and thorough. He answered all of my questions and concerns and made me feel so comfortable. I will be going back for sure!
AnonymousFeb 12
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: More than 30 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Apatof had great bedside manner, was knowledgeable, and helped me with my concerns with the reasons for my visit. There was a long wait, which was frustrating since I had to go to work after. However, the doctor explained that there were several emergencies that caused them to be backed up. I would recommend him highly! He was very thorough.
Joseph R.Feb 11
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Very pleased
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?One of the nicest and most knowledgeable doctors I’ve ever seen!
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Excellent doctor! Knows his stuff!!!
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Apatoff took time to answer all of my questions, spent necessary time running tests, and very responsive by email for any of my concerns.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Attentive and considerate to each individual patient's needs.
Rachel L.Dec 20
 Isn't sure about this doctor
Wait time: 15-30 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?He is friendly and attentive, but everything felt rushed and I waited forever
John D.Nov 21
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Good bedside manner. Smart and thorough.
Thomas D.Nov 10
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Apatoff is great to meet with. He listened to all of my concerns and was very helpful. I highly recommend him!
Luke M.May 7
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?It was a follow up visit short but the diagnosis made sense and the treatment plan did as well.
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?He is awesome. He was very considerate, carefully explained his reasoning, and answered any questions I had.
AnonymousMar 29
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?This guy's a legend
Mike M.Mar 28
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Has been treating me for 15 years His work ethic, dedication and availability have always impressed me.
Casey F.Mar 22
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Right away
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?I thought Dr. Apatoff was great!
Mariya L.Feb 14
 Recommends this doctor
Wait time: Less than 15 minutes
Bedside manner: Excellent

How was your experience with the doctor?Great doctor! Very personable and knowledgeable