Boris B. Ivkov, MD

★★★★☆

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I've known Dr.Ivkov for over five years. He is attentive, listens to my problems, explains the problems in layman's terms , speaks several languages and is a true european gentleman. He is very straight forward in his instructions, a no nonsense physician.
Dr.Ivkov is also a humble person with a dry self effacing sense of humor (willing to admit when he is not sure regarding a particular clinical problem and explaining alternative options) considering he trained at prestigious institutions like Lenox Hill Hospital and at Harvard.
I admit to be heavily biased in his favor as my former doctor treated my shortness of breath with asthma pumps for two years until Dr Ivkov diagnosed me with heart failure, literally threw the pump into the garbage can and initiated pills for heart therapy. He saved my life and I still have a reasonable and active lifestyle, as he found the right combination of medicine to arrest the progression of the heart failure.

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I've known Dr.Ivkov for over five years. He is attentive, listens to my problems, explains the problems in layman's terms , speaks several languages and is a true european gentleman. He is very straight forward in his instructions, a no nonsense physician.
Dr.Ivkov is also a humble person with a dry self effacing sense of humor (willing to admit when he is not sure regarding a particular clinical problem and explaining alternative options) considering he trained at prestigious institutions like Lenox Hill Hospital and at Harvard.
I admit to be heavily biased in his favor as my former doctor treated my shortness of breath with asthma pumps for two years until Dr Ivkov diagnosed me with heart failure, literally threw the pump into the garbage can and initiated pills for heart therapy. He saved my life and I still have a reasonable and active lifestyle, as he found the right combination of medicine to arrest the progression of the heart failure.

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I passed out at a party and bumped my head, no big deal, but my Mom insisted that I see her doctor because there was a small bruise around my eye. I visited Dr. Ivkov, first time ever, he looked at my eye and inside my nose and said I had to go to the hospital for surgery right away. I protested, I mean you just met me one minute ago and are telling me surgery??? All of a sudden the doctor become my buddy, put his arm around my shoulder, talked about his youth and drinking days and I really liked him and believed him. He also told me that I am the best doctor as I know my body better than anyone else. Then he asked me, in a very kind voice would I mind if we spoke with Mom on a conference call, "just to put her mind at ease". I foolishly agreed, and once on the phone he become his real self again, dropped the jokes and friendlieness ( it was all an act) and told Mom the same story how I broke my scull bone and that my brain was hanging out in the nasal cavity waiting to get infected and turn into pus and mush and that I could end up being a veggie. I protested as I felt fine, but than my Mom starting yelling at me over the phone, and I agreed. Two big male nurses came shortly with an ambulance van and drove me to the hospital, where they did X-Rays and operated on my head. Currently I am back in school with a large scar across the top of my head, fortunatelly the hair is growing back. I resent the doctor as he treated me like a child, but my parents oredered me to write this 5 star review.

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★★★★★

I passed out at a party and bumped my head, no big deal, but my Mom insisted that I see her doctor because there was a small bruise around my eye. I visited Dr. Ivkov, first time ever, he looked at my eye and inside my nose and said I had to go to the hospital for surgery right away. I protested, I mean you just met me one minute ago and are telling me surgery??? All of a sudden the doctor become my buddy, put his arm around my shoulder, talked about his youth and drinking days and I really liked him and believed him. He also told me that I am the best doctor as I know my body better than anyone else. Then he asked me, in a very kind voice would I mind if we spoke with Mom on a conference call, "just to put her mind at ease". I foolishly agreed, and once on the phone he become his real self again, dropped the jokes and friendlieness ( it was all an act) and told Mom the same story how I broke my scull bone and that my brain was hanging out in the nasal cavity waiting to get infected and turn into pus and mush and that I could end up being a veggie. I protested as I felt fine, but than my Mom starting yelling at me over the phone, and I agreed. Two big male nurses came shortly with an ambulance van and drove me to the hospital, where they did X-Rays and operated on my head. Currently I am back in school with a large scar across the top of my head, fortunatelly the hair is growing back. I resent the doctor as he treated me like a child, but my parents oredered me to write this 5 star review.

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He's fantastic - full testing, extremely intelligent, and gets down to the facts - this is the doctor you want to see!

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He's fantastic - full testing, extremely intelligent, and gets down to the facts - this is the doctor you want to see!

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Some major concerns about this physician. As a primary doctor, he really should know how to screen for breast cancer risk. I have a high prevalence of breast cancer on my father's side of the family, and from talking to several other doctors, I know that I am at an equal risk to those who are are at risk from the mother's side. He told me it only comes from the mother's side. He was decent enough to say that he'd look into it by asking some fancy surgeon he knows, but I think that as a doctor, he should know how to research such basic info on his own. And if he wants to check with a colleague, shouldn't he check with an oncologist or someone like that, instead of a surgeon, who may or may not be up on genetics? He did a lot of other name-dropping about all the fancy doctors he knows, and not all that much discussing of my symptoms and the matter at hand. Equally as irresponsible, he never called me back to go over test results even though I had called regularly for nearly two weeks. And finally, when I had gone in to get some follow up blood work done, they did not have their scheduling system straight and I ended up having to leave after waiting for a very long time. I was told I didn't need to make an appointment and to just show up during certain hours. But when I got there, I was told by a Esther, a very rude receptionist, that I in fact did need to make an appointment. Even when the tech corrected her in front of me, she didn't give me so much as an apology. And when I called back later, she was equally as rude. The other receptionist, Rose, was very nice when I spoke to her a few times during the many times I called to request a callback which i never got. But Ivkov is not worth dealing with Esther when she's the one there. Anyway, you get the idea. So unless you're looking for a doctor who's out of date and who doesn't call you back, you may want to look elsewhere.

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Some major concerns about this physician. As a primary doctor, he really should know how to screen for breast cancer risk. I have a high prevalence of breast cancer on my father's side of the family, and from talking to several other doctors, I know that I am at an equal risk to those who are are at risk from the mother's side. He told me it only comes from the mother's side. He was decent enough to say that he'd look into it by asking some fancy surgeon he knows, but I think that as a doctor, he should know how to research such basic info on his own. And if he wants to check with a colleague, shouldn't he check with an oncologist or someone like that, instead of a surgeon, who may or may not be up on genetics? He did a lot of other name-dropping about all the fancy doctors he knows, and not all that much discussing of my symptoms and the matter at hand. Equally as irresponsible, he never called me back to go over test results even though I had called regularly for nearly two weeks. And finally, when I had gone in to get some follow up blood work done, they did not have their scheduling system straight and I ended up having to leave after waiting for a very long time. I was told I didn't need to make an appointment and to just show up during certain hours. But when I got there, I was told by a Esther, a very rude receptionist, that I in fact did need to make an appointment. Even when the tech corrected her in front of me, she didn't give me so much as an apology. And when I called back later, she was equally as rude. The other receptionist, Rose, was very nice when I spoke to her a few times during the many times I called to request a callback which i never got. But Ivkov is not worth dealing with Esther when she's the one there. Anyway, you get the idea. So unless you're looking for a doctor who's out of date and who doesn't call you back, you may want to look elsewhere.

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My ophtalmologist of many years recommended Dr.Ivkov, as he was unable to explain the changes in my left eye, and needed someone else to look for systemic roots of my problem, as I kept mentioning my repeated fatigue and headaches.
My initial visit with Dr Ivkov did not go too smoothly, as I became frustrated over the fact I had to wait fifteen minutes to see the doctor in a busy waiting room. He explained that he shared the office with his three partners, and partially blamed patients for clumping up in the middle of the day, avoiding to make appointments in the early morning or late afternoon hours. I folowed up with the question as to what kind of practice did him and his partners actually run, to which he gave me a slightly arrogant answer, though in a polite tone that " if the practice was good enough for the late Kathleen Hapburn and a couple of Nobel laureates it might be good enough for other people, too ". After that I decided to quiet up, and it proved to be a good decision, as he proceeded in asking me for very detailed medical information, provided a thorough exam and had his staff perform several technical studies on me. It all lasted about an hour, than I was referred to a facility at Lenox Hill Hospital for an additional study. Upon departure, Dr.Ivkov said that often current medical tests are not sensitive enough to actually diagnose the subtle pathology I am suffering from, and that he wished I came in year 2020 when better tests would be available. Puzzled by this statement, I proceeded in scheduling a follow up appointment a week later.
The second appointment was much shorter in duration, Dr .Ivkov went thru all the test results done on me, and reiterated that his initial impression was correct and that there was nothing wrong with me "on paper".
What happened next prompted me to write this review: Dr. Ivkov explained the possibility of how lifestyle and dietary changes, as well as some alternative medical treatments available may help my condition. Initialy, Dr.Ivkov warned me about the hazards of the largely unregulated field of alternative medicine, and then he pointed me to do some research on my own, upon hearing my educational background was in bioengeneering, mainly to people he knew and trusted, namely Dr.Donald Levy, of Harvard Medical School - a nutrition expert. When I told Dr. Ivkov that I was temporarily relocating for three months to my native Munich, he immediatelly recommended his acquaintance Dr. Dominik Irnich, of Klinikum der Universitat Munchen, and it turned out this renowned pain/acupuncture expert treated me subsequently with acupuncture that resulted in significant relief.
Dr. Ivkov's thoroughness in attempting to diagnose my problems using the tools of conventional medicine was topped by his humility in disclosing his inability to do so.
I am almost leaving one star out as Dr.Ivkov seemed to be too conservative in his referrals to alternative medical treatments, stating that he strongly believed "if anyone only physicians could be trusted with those as there was too much mythology and too little liability out there".

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★★★★★

My ophtalmologist of many years recommended Dr.Ivkov, as he was unable to explain the changes in my left eye, and needed someone else to look for systemic roots of my problem, as I kept mentioning my repeated fatigue and headaches.
My initial visit with Dr Ivkov did not go too smoothly, as I became frustrated over the fact I had to wait fifteen minutes to see the doctor in a busy waiting room. He explained that he shared the office with his three partners, and partially blamed patients for clumping up in the middle of the day, avoiding to make appointments in the early morning or late afternoon hours. I folowed up with the question as to what kind of practice did him and his partners actually run, to which he gave me a slightly arrogant answer, though in a polite tone that " if the practice was good enough for the late Kathleen Hapburn and a couple of Nobel laureates it might be good enough for other people, too ". After that I decided to quiet up, and it proved to be a good decision, as he proceeded in asking me for very detailed medical information, provided a thorough exam and had his staff perform several technical studies on me. It all lasted about an hour, than I was referred to a facility at Lenox Hill Hospital for an additional study. Upon departure, Dr.Ivkov said that often current medical tests are not sensitive enough to actually diagnose the subtle pathology I am suffering from, and that he wished I came in year 2020 when better tests would be available. Puzzled by this statement, I proceeded in scheduling a follow up appointment a week later.
The second appointment was much shorter in duration, Dr .Ivkov went thru all the test results done on me, and reiterated that his initial impression was correct and that there was nothing wrong with me "on paper".
What happened next prompted me to write this review: Dr. Ivkov explained the possibility of how lifestyle and dietary changes, as well as some alternative medical treatments available may help my condition. Initialy, Dr.Ivkov warned me about the hazards of the largely unregulated field of alternative medicine, and then he pointed me to do some research on my own, upon hearing my educational background was in bioengeneering, mainly to people he knew and trusted, namely Dr.Donald Levy, of Harvard Medical School - a nutrition expert. When I told Dr. Ivkov that I was temporarily relocating for three months to my native Munich, he immediatelly recommended his acquaintance Dr. Dominik Irnich, of Klinikum der Universitat Munchen, and it turned out this renowned pain/acupuncture expert treated me subsequently with acupuncture that resulted in significant relief.
Dr. Ivkov's thoroughness in attempting to diagnose my problems using the tools of conventional medicine was topped by his humility in disclosing his inability to do so.
I am almost leaving one star out as Dr.Ivkov seemed to be too conservative in his referrals to alternative medical treatments, stating that he strongly believed "if anyone only physicians could be trusted with those as there was too much mythology and too little liability out there".

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Boris B. Ivkov, MD Office Locations:

212-737-2270

184 East 70th Street

New York, NY, NY 10021

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184 East 70th Street Office B1

New York, NY, NY 10021

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