Dr. Rafael Allende, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 60

Dr. Allende
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Health First Medical Group

1251 HICKORY ST Melbourne, FL 32901

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(321) 434-3420

Dr. Rafael Allende, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Melbourne, FL. He is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Allende to book an appointment.

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Dr. Allende is affiliated with Central Florida Regional Hospital Sanford, a highly rated hospital.

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  • Explains Conditions Well
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  • Offers Telehealth
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  • Practices at Top Hospital
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No malpractice claims found for Florida
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Allende's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Osteoarthritis of Spine
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Allende treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Allende treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Intervertebral Disc Disease
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Allende treats Intervertebral Disc Disease more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Allende treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Spine Deformities
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Allende treats Spine Deformities more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Allende treats this condition more than 93% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acrodysplasia Scoliosis
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Cavernous Malformation of Spine
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Lordosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Occult Spinal Dysraphism
  • Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis as Part of Neurofibromatosis
  • Scoliosis With Unilateral Unsegmented Bar
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Split Spinal Cord Malformation
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Dr. Allende's conditions and procedures:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neurological Diseases
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion With Robotic Assistance
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Dr. Allende accepts the following insurance:

AARP
Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Assurant Health
AvMed
Beech Street (Multiplan)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Careplus
CHAMPVA
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care
Medicare Advantage PFFS
EmblemHealth
Emblem Health
Federal Employee Program (FEP)
First Choice Health
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
GEHA
Health Net
HealthSource of Ohio
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Preferred PPO
Select HMO
Medicaid
Medico
Meritain Health
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
Mutual of Omaha
MVP Health Care
One Health
PacifiCare Health Systems
PEHP
Preferred Health Professionals
Prudential
SelectHealth
State Farm
Tricare
TriCare for Life
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare
WellCare
Wise Provider Networks
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

Dr. Allende's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Allende

4.8

Based on 72 ratings

5 Stars
94.44444444444444%
(68)
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
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Dr. Allende is an excellent physician. He is thorough in his evaluation, takes his time explaining and answering all your questions in a truly caring manner. He has helped me manage my lower back pain after suffering from chronic back pain for years. I hope not to need additional back surgery in the future but if I do, I would trust him completely to be the best!
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
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M. Poppell – Jun 15, 2021
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I would rate DR ALLENDE as an EXCELLENT surgeon. He did my neck and lower back. He has a great bedside manner. If you ask a question he will explain it. He did follow up at the hospital and a week later, I saw his PA at the office. I would highly recommend him.
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Steve – May 23, 2020
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Dr. Allende and his staff are very friendly and very caring. Dr. Allende takes his time with you, answers all your questions and makes sure you understand. He is a wonderful surgeon. He has done 3 different surgeries on me and each one has been a success. I have not had a better doctor or surgeon than Dr. Allende
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
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Carol Crimmons – Mar 17, 2020
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Dr Allende put my wife at ease with his question and answers. We are glad we found Dr Allende.
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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Myong – Feb 27, 2020
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Dr. Allende is the best Dr. I have ever had. He is a caring sincere person.
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
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Feb 11, 2020
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Very pleased with attention at first visit. Looking forward to our next visit on Feb/2020.
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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Cecilio Rivera – Jan 27, 2020
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I first visited doctor alende two years ago after being sent to the pain management clinic and many other doctors no one was like doctor alende he's professional honest wonderful takes his time explains everything he's a true gentleman and what is left of a true doctor today he did my surgery and we are still seeing one another today four different issues I have recommended him to over 40 patients I would recommend him to anyone I first visited doctor Elan day 2 years ago after being sent to the pain management clinic and many other doctors no one was like Dr Elan day he's professional honest wonderful takes his time explains everything he's a true gentleman and what is left of a true doctor today he did my surgery and we are still seeing one another today for different issues I have recommended him to over 40 patients I would recommend him to anyone he has got the best bedside manner I've ever seen and wonderful and he takes his time and explains everything
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Angela A Bonanno – Dec 16, 2019
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Dr. Rafael Allende explained thoroughly all my options for care in a very detail and informative manner. He took the necessary time to answer all my concerns in reference to my medical condition. I must say that he was the most caring Doctor that I have ever spoke with. Having to make decisions about surgery is not an easy option, but his explanation of my condition and how to take care of it, helped tremendously to follow a care plan that hopefully will reduce my pain and alleviate my condition. Glad that I saw him. I recommend him to anybody who is having chronic pain to seek his guidance and expertise.
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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Edwin Lasanta – Nov 24, 2019
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I was more than impressed I was blown away! From filling out the inclusive questionnaire and the first phone call to meeting the doctor everyone was above par! The doctor explained his thoughts openly and honestly. Thank you Dr. Allende!
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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Karen Snizek – Nov 23, 2019
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as always, always amazing and listens. His assistant also is so very helpful. I’m so happy I found him after numerous doctors that have misdiagnosed me and mistreated me. I’ll never see anyone but him!!
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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Linhda – Oct 01, 2019
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While awaiting a knee replacement my hip began to hurt and my orthopedic doctor thought it might be coming from my spine. Dr. Allende read the MRI and x-ray and told me it was the pain coming from my knee, not the spine. I trust him completely as I know he will not operate unless he believes it is necessary. He did surgery on my spine eight years ago and I never had anymore pain.
What went well
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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JoAnn Kolafa – Sep 09, 2019
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Great service from staff, nurse and Dr. Allende
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Sep 07, 2019
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Dr Allende always listens and takes his time with me to answers any concerns I have. His staff is the greatest they are always polite and caring.
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Sep 06, 2019
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I couldn't be happier with the services and care from this office. Thank you Dr. Allende and your whole staff!
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Anthony D. – Aug 29, 2019
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Dr. Allende is a fantastic Dr. I just had neck surgery done a few months ago and I feel great! He has passion for his job... He greets his patients with a smile all the time! Also he has great bedside manners!!!! I would recommend to anyone who needs surgery!! As soon as my neck heals my lower back will be next. He’s that good that I would let him do surgery on me again!
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Susan trudeau – Aug 26, 2019
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Up-to-date on the latest procedures, inspires conference
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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Aug 09, 2019
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I would highly recommend Dr. Allende to anyone who needs surgery. He is kind, thoughtful and friendly. He listens and tries to fix your problem. I have been extremely happy with him. He is also funny and human with you.
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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Lorraine shaw in Debary, FL – Jul 29, 2019
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i would recommend him to any one
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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barbara cole in sanford, FL – Jun 22, 2019
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Fantastic Doctor....Beyond impressed. Dr. Allende is very thorough, compassionate, caring, and has a most ratinal and intelligent approach versus other surgeons who treat you like a number, unless you agree to surgery. Further, Dr. Allende's staff is first rate, and made me feel most comfortable from the moment I first contacted them. There is a reason why Dr, Allende's patients rate him the highest in all of Central Florida....it's his integrity, compassionate approach, in which he communicates on a level very easy to understand and comprehend, with no nonsense or bs whatsoever. I would give Dr. Allende 10 stars if I could...well deserved.
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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Scott Silver in FL – Jun 21, 2019
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Dr was very informative & honest & has a wonderful approachable personality. Helped me to understand my diagnosis that was difficult to take in at first. He explained everything in detail.
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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David Mickelsen in Winter Springs, FL – Jun 19, 2019
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Care Philosophy

Dr. Allende is committed to the care and improvement of the human life.

Biography

Dr. Rafael Allende joined The Neurohealth Sciences Center at Central Florida Regional Hospital on April 1st, 2008. Dr. Allende previously practiced in...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

2013
Medical College of Georgia
Fellowship Hospital
2001
University of Rochester
Residency Hospital
1997
University of Rochester
Internship Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. Rafael Allende, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Allende has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

Is Dr. Rafael Allende, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Rafael Allende, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Allende frequently treats Osteoarthritis of Spine, Intervertebral Disc Disease, and Spine Deformities. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Allende treats.

Where is Dr. Rafael Allende, MD's office located?

Dr. Allende's office is located at 1251 HICKORY ST, Melbourne, FL 32901. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Rafael Allende, MD speak?

Dr. Allende speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

Health First Medical Group

Active Chiropractic LLC1251 HICKORY ST Melbourne, FL 32901
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Central Florida Regional Hospital

Sanford, FL

68% Patient Experience Rating, 1% lower than the national average

2 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)