Dr. Alex J. Messina, MD

Dr. Alex J. Messina, MD

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Internal Medicine | Male | 81 years old

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Dr. Messina specializes in Internal Medicine and practices in Santa Monica, CA. He practices at 1 location.

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in West Los Angeles, CA |
My wife and I have been going to Dr. Messina for about 5 years now and We're very satisfied with the care we've received. Dr. Messina makes it a point to sit with patients and discuss his diagnosis. He is very straight forward with his recommendations and explicitly explains what patients need to follow (e.g. meds, diet, etc.). As such, I have been able to control my hypertension (to a point that I didn't need meds) much better than when I have been in the care of my previous doctors.
in Los Angeles, CA |
Worst doctor I've ever been to... ever! He doesn't listen, and shuts you up when you try to talk to him. He makes up things and puts words in your mouth. I told him I had a backache from the statins he prescribed. He said that was"impossible" and refused to examine me. He is very condescending and a bitter person. He said that I have "lousey insurance" and that was why he referred me to another lousey doctor. At least he knows he is. Very rude and offensive language. Ruined my day.
Santa Monica, CA |
His knowledge is severely outdated, he seems unable to concentrate on the patient, takes terrible histories, does not allow the patient to talk, and does not listen if you do. He jumps to conclusions and obsesses over some tiny detail then just cuts you off. He is especially dismissive of women, our problems are obviously hysterical. Worse? He talks about the other patients, so you know he will talk about you. Do not go.
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Dr. Messina's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Internal Medicine
  •  No board certification on record with Healthgrades
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Education

  • Medical School
    University of Bologna / Faculty of Medicine And Surgery

    Graduated in 1965

  • Residency Hospital
    Elmhurst Hospital Center Mt Sinai
    Queens Hospital Center
    Vet Affairs Med Center Brooklyn

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian

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Specialties

  • Internal Medicine

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