Dr. Damian Portela, MD

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Dr. Portela
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Palm Beach Urology Associates

1100 S Main St Belle Glade, FL 33430

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Dr. Damian Portela, MD is a Urology Specialist in Belle Glade, FL. Dr. Portela has more experience with Urinary Conditions and Urinary Calculi & Removal than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Jfk Medical Center and JFK Medical Center North Campus. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Portela to book an appointment.

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Dr. Portela's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Portela

3.0

Based on 38 ratings

5 Stars
39.473684210526315%
(15)
4 Stars
10.526315789473685%
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3 Stars
2.6315789473684212%
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2 Stars
5.2631578947368425%
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1 Star
42.10526315789474%
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I have never met a more unprofessional and uncaring excuse for a doctor in my life. Fifty minutes after arriving for an appointment front desk staff said his whereabouts were unknown and there was no ability to contact him. I questioned how it could be possible that a doctor with a 2:00 PM appointment was MIA nearly an hour later but no one had an answer. Just then, Dr. Portela walked in and his response was “I don’t have to tell you or anyone where I am or what I’m doing “. I let him know that professionalism and common courtesy are not his strong suit and that a caring doctor would advise his staff to notify a patient if running late. As he shrugged his shoulders in disregard, I realized that this is not the office that I would choose for any procedure for my 80 year old mother who was the patient in this case, for myself or for my worst enemy. I’m confident we’ll find better care elsewhere since the bar has been set so low.
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Rosemary Mulero – Mar 11, 2021
Was referred to dr Portela due to positive FISH test (bladder cancer.) Broke my COVID quarantine because, well, cancer. To start, office was filthy. The tile floors in staff area were 100 shades lighter where chair legs had scraped off the dirt. No clean pens. Papers, insurance cards, etc. passed around to staffers then to me without cleaning... and no one used Purell. Urine sample had no cover, no sterile container, no place to go. They wanted to do pelvic exam and cytoscopy despite my just having had these procedures. Doc wanted me to come back every few months for four years for $4-5,000 procedures each time. He used the ‘cancer fear’ threat... citing examples where people ignored his advice and died. I had to press for a phone call to get results of his FISH test. He said that it was negative and I didn’t need treatment. Then, I had to call three times to get a written copy of the test results — which were actually positive!!! I’ll get treated, but never, ever by this dr.
What went well
  • Listened & answered questions
What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
1 person found this helpful
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Oct 31, 2020
While Dr. Portela May run late on occasion, to me it is because he takes a great deal of time & care explaining and discussing things to the patient. Yes, they have a busy, successful practice and I don’t like to wait either. But, in this case, “the juice is worth the squeeze “. He performed a TURP and I am happy with the results and care provided
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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AllanF in Palm Beach, FL – Sep 12, 2019
Timely well informed visit with Dr Portela.Kind and understanding took his time to explain the surgical procedure.Office staff were warm and welcoming.Very positive experience will the whole team.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Josef in Royal Palm Beach , FL – Jul 23, 2019
This is by far the worst doctors office I have ever been to. After booking my appointment over the phone for the specific purpose of getting a letter written, three weeks later and I still don't have a letter. When arriving to the office I had to wait 30 minutes to be seen. Dr. Portela said he needed to run some tests on me and that he would write everything down and he would have his assistant write up the letter I needed. Three weeks later and I’m told he will not write letter.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
8 people found this helpful
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Kristie Lagalante in Boca Raton , FL – Apr 02, 2019
This is by far the worst doctors office I have ever been to. After booking my appointment over the phone for the specific purpose of getting a letter written, three weeks later and I still don't have a letter. When arriving to the office I had to wait 30 minutes to be seen. Dr. Portela said he needed to run some tests on me and that he would write everything down and he would have his assistant write up the letter I needed. Ran up the bill and never wrote letter. Lacks integrity.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
2 people found this helpful
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Kristie Lagalante in Boca Raton, FL – Apr 02, 2019
Mi experiencia fue excelente,gracias a el Dr Portela y todo su equipo.
2 people found this helpful
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Mar 26, 2019
Accurate diagnostic always. Treatment to the point. Communicative, explains clearly. High human quality. In clinic or hospital he knows what he is doing. His team of nurses and staff, great people too
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Victor in West Palm Beach, FL – Feb 15, 2019
I was suffering of an enlarged prostate for about 4 to 5 years and someone has refered me to Dr Portela. I was getting up at night 5 to 6 times to urinate with lots of pain and sometimes could not even urinate and has to use a catheter .Dr. Portela was very confident that I will get better. After trying Flomax 5 , 10mg, Rapaflo, and still was not helping. Dr. Portela suggested that I do the surgery and I feel great today only 5 weeks after the surgery I sleep like a baby at night. Thankyou!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Yves Pressoir in Wellington, FL – Jan 24, 2019
Me quiero dar las gracias al Dr Portela y a todo su equipo ,lo recomiendo Como doctor 100%. Exelente ser humano.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Arturo Romay in Lake Worth, FL – Jan 17, 2019
El servicio y atencion son excelentes,el Dr Portela es in ejemplo de verdadera atencion all paciente
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jose R Diaz in Lake Worth, FL – Jan 17, 2019
Excellent Dr , would highly recommended
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Ivan in West Palm beach, FL – Jan 09, 2019
Muy buena experiences con el doctor muy professional . si lo recomiendo Como in gran professional.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Raul in West palm beach, FL – Jan 08, 2019
I just referred a friend. Most efficient office I’ve been to in a long time. Found my problem immediately which is amazing since my other dr had been treating me for the wrong problem for months!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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J Graham in FL – Jun 22, 2018
He listens and cares!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
1 person found this helpful
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Eugenio Renata in West Palm Beach, FL – Jul 07, 2017
I actually did refer a friend
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Jeff in Lake Worth, FL – Jun 14, 2016
Horrible office mgmt./staff. Scheduled to see Dr. Portela 10 days in advance, got the 'bait and switch' after waiting 40 minutes. They tried to pass me off on a PA, failing to say Dr. Portela never even came in for his appointments! Then they say he had an 'emergency'. Yeah, sure. Why no phone call to reschedule patients then? I took back my intake info and they asked, Do you want to cancel your appointment? I laughed and said, Dr. Portela failed the appointment, not me! Unprofessional.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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Maire in Lake Worth, FL – May 21, 2016
Doctor Portela truly saved my life! He is caring & supportive. I was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer 3 years ago, he was completely invested in my surgery, prognosis & continued follow up care. He gives 100% of himself in caring for his patients. He shows empathy & outstanding knowledge in his field. His bedside manner & ability to communicate medical information to his patients is above any doctor I have come in contact with. He made a very scary diagnosis into a wonderful outcome!!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Christine in Boynton Beach, FL – May 17, 2016
Dr. Portela is an excellent doctor and surgeon, He operated me a cancer in my right kidney. I am more than satisfied with his work on with me, this is my third year of follow up and give thanks for the great patience that has for patients. Thanks a lot for your attention and much care you give us
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Leonardo ,artinez in Lake Worth, FL – May 17, 2016
Misdiagnosed my mom's kidney cancer. Did an invasive procedure which was not necessary and then told her she had no cancer. My mom kept telling him how much discomfort she was experiencing and he finally did a needle test to check the tumor on her kidney. This procedure should have been done first. Discovered cancer and she died 5 months later. Also, has poor communication skill and bedside manner. Somewhat condescending.
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
5 people found this helpful
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RC in West Palm Beach, FL – Feb 20, 2016

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About Me

Care Philosophy

At Palm Beach Urology Associates, we offer more than just state-of-the-art urology treatments -- we offer world class medical services by specialists who...Read more

Biography

Dr. Damian Portela III is a board certified urologist who has been in practice for 13 years.  He begun training at the University of Puerto Rico School...Read more

Specialties

  • Urology

Board Certifications

Education

2005
New York Medical College
Fellowship Hospital
2005
St Vincent'S Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2004
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine & Affiliated Hospitals
Residency Hospital
1999
UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Internship Hospital
1994
University Of Miami
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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What are Dr. Damian Portela, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Portela frequently treats Urinary Conditions and Urinary Calculi & Removal. See all practice areas where Dr. Portela specializes.

Where is Dr. Damian Portela, MD's office located?

Dr. Portela's office is located at 1100 S Main St, Belle Glade, FL 33430. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Portela

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Portela treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Portela treats other conditions, please contact the office at (561) 790-2111.

Urinary Conditions

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Dr. Portela is experienced in the area of Urinary Conditions. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 12 conditions and procedures

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Dr. Portela
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Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
Polyuria
Nighttime Urination (Nocturia)
Painful Urination (Dysuria)
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Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Urinary Calculi & Removal

Urologists or nephrologists diagnose and treat kidney stones, small pieces of hard, crystallized material that form in the kidney and typically pass naturally, but may require shock wave therapy, a catheter procedure, or surgery.Compare with other Urinary Calculi & Removal specialists.

Dr. Portela is experienced in the area of Urinary Calculi & Removal. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 10 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Portela
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Urinary Stones
Kidney Stones
Lithotripsy
Urinary Stone Removal (Litholapaxy)
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Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
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Dr. Portela's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Atrophic Vaginitis
  • Bacteriuria Screening
  • Balanitis
  • Balanoposthitis
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bladder Diverticulum
  • Bladder Exstrophy Repair
  • Bladder Function Test
  • Bladder Infection
  • Bladder Scan
  • Bladder Stones
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Blood in Semen (Hematospermia)
  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria)
  • Chlamydia Infection Screening
  • Chronic Kidney Diseases
  • Chronic Prostatitis
  • Circumcision
  • Cystometry
  • Cystotomy
  • Cystourethroscopy and Transurethral Resection of Bladder Neck
  • Destruction of Penile Lesion
  • Dipstick Urinalysis
  • Elevated PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Epididymitis
  • Excision of Testicular Lesion
  • Gonorrhea Infections
  • Gonorrhea Screening
  • Herpes Simplex Screening
  • HIV Screening
  • Hydrocele
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hypogonadism
  • Incomplete Circumcision Repair
  • Incontinence Sling Procedure
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Kidney and Ureter Removal
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Infection
  • Kidney Infection, Acute
  • Kidney Stone Removal
  • Kidney Stone Removal, Closed
  • Kidney Stones
  • Laparoscopic Destruction of Kidney Lesion
  • Lithotripsy
  • Male Infertility
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Nighttime Urination (Nocturia)
  • Orchiectomy
  • Orchiopexy for Undescended Testicle
  • Orchitis
  • Painful Urination (Dysuria)
  • Paraphimosis
  • Penile Cancer
  • Percutaneous Destruction of Kidney Lesion
  • Peyronie's Disease
  • Peyronie's Disease Injection Therapy
  • Phimosis
  • Polyuria
  • Prostate Biopsy
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Prostate Cancer Screening Exam (DRE)
  • Prostate Cyst
  • Prostate Removal
  • Prostatic Abscess
  • Prostatitis
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening
  • Spermatocele
  • STD Screening
  • Syphilis Screening
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Trichomoniasis Screening
  • TURP (Transurethral Resection of Prostate) or Laser Destruction of Prostate
  • Undescended Testicles
  • Ureteral Stones
  • Ureteral Stricture or Kinking
  • Urethral Dilation
  • Urethral Stricture
  • Urinary Hesitancy
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Stone Removal (Litholapaxy)
  • Urinary Stones
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Uroflowmetry
  • Vaginitis and-or Vaginosis
  • Varicocele
  • Varicocelectomy or Hydrocelectomy
  • Vesicoureteral Reflux
  • Wound Repair
  • Yeast Infections

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Dr. Portela accepts the following insurance:

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National (BlueCard) PPO
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Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Blue Care HMO
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Group Plan PPO
Coventry Health Care of Florida
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Emblem Health
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Golden Rule
Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
GEHA
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Group Health Cooperative
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Harvard Pilgrim Health Care PPO
HealthPartners
Humana
Choice Care PPO
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MedHealthInsurance
Medicaid
Molina Healthcare
Molina
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Neighborhood Health Plan
Tricare
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Navigate POS
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Options PPO

Locations

Palm Beach Urology Associates

Palm Beach Urology Associates1100 S Main St Belle Glade, FL 33430
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Palm Beach Urology Associates1620 S Congress Ave Ste 202 Palm Springs, FL 33461
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Palm Beach Urology Associates3347 S State Road 7 Ste 101 Wellington, FL 33449
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Portela is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Jfk Medical Center

Atlantis, FL

61% Patient Experience Rating, 8% lower than the national average

6 Awards Received

JFK Medical Center North Campus

West Palm Beach, FL

Palms West Hospital

Loxahatchee, FL

65% Patient Experience Rating, 4% lower than the national average

7 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

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