ServicesAli S Alavi, MD provides urology services in FULLERTON, CA. A Urologist is trained to diagnose, treat and manage diseases of the urinary tract and male reproductive system, including prostatitis, kidney stones and urinary tract infections.
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I was refereed to Dr. Alavi by my primary care physician when my PSA numbers were suspiciously high.
Upon my initial visit with Dr. Alavi he recommended performing a Prostate Biopsy in order to determine if the cause of my elevated numbers was cancer. Two weeks later said biopsy was performed by Dr. Alavi after which I made a follow-up appointment for the reading of the results. This follow-up meeting is in essence the reason for this public review.
When Dr. Alavi entered the examination room where I was waiting, His first words were “I have some bad news and I have some good news. The bad news is you have cancer. The good news is we caught it early”. Only someone who was in my exact position at that exact time could understand the flood of emotions and questions rushing in at light speed.
He sat down and did ask me how and what I was feeling. He did offer hope for a positive outcome based on my low pathology scores. I feel I do need to acknowledge that much. However, this is where it took a dark turn.
He handed me a book about Prostate Cancer and told me to read it while making an appointment with a radiation therapist (of their choosing) for consolation. Then, come back in two weeks and discuss how I wanted to proceed. At this point he was on his way out the door of the examination room and on to his next patient.
I started to press him about the options, side effects, recommendations, etc. like any normal person would do after 10 minutes earlier being told they had prostate cancer. He told me he did not have the time to go into the whole subject of Urology and again told me to read the book. At this point he was starting to become irritated with me. Again, I pressed with more questions at which point he said “Read the stupid book and come back in two weeks”! He exited the room and basically left me there in an utter state of shock.
After relating this experience to my family and friends, I was encouraged to seek another Urologist at which I agreed. The next week I was at Keck Medicine of USC where my now new Urologist took more than an hour to lay out all of the options, side effects, recommendations, etc, etc. to me and my wife. I was treated with a level of empathy and care you would expect. Within two days I had decided on surgery to have my prostate removed which was the best option given my low numbers. NOT RADIATION as hinted at my Dr. Alavi.
Dr. Alavi should have taken the exact same approach with me upon delivering my diagnosis. He should have carved out an hour of his schedule to do so. But with group clinics like Fullerton Urology, it’s all about quantity not quality. A University setting like USC does operate that way.
It gets better. Four months later I received a Denial of Service letter from my insurance company for a test Dr. Alavi ran without my knowledge. A test which cost in excess of five thousand dollars. This specific test involved gene mapping using my biopsy samples. Not only did he use an Out-Of-Network lab, but did so without my approval. A test by the way, was completely unnecessary as confirmed by USC.
Two weeks ago, my prostate surgery was performed and the pathology results confirmed the cancer was contained. Had I continued with Dr. Alavi I would probably be on radiation which as I stated, should have never been given as a viable option. Oh, and this Radiation Therapist I spoke of? He was refereed by Fullerton Urology.
As a result of my experience, I cannot in good conscience recommend Dr. Ali Alavi. Always get a second opinion.
Months ago I went to see Dr. Alavi in Marinelli & Feldman office. His young nurse is HORRIBLE, she lacks compassion. She is arrogant, rude, she did everything possible to try and humiliation and embarrass me. She disclosed confidential medical information about my illness and treatment within hearing range of other staff members and patients. She has few or no people skills. She has no regard for your dignity or privacy. I will not be going back, ever. She violated the federal HIPAA privacy laws. Dr. Alavi, Marinelli & Feldman staff needs to be retrained on the HIPPA privacy laws and this nurse need to be reprimanded or fired. The 3 doctors need to re-evaluate office procedures and staff performance.
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