Department Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Primary Location Avon Hospital
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Avon Hospital
Primary Location

Avon Hospital

Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - The Ohio State University Hospitals
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Columbus, OH USA

Medical Education - Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, MI USA

Undergraduate - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA


  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

Sports medicine, general internal medicine

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/2/2020, Dr. Alfes has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

250 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

54 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Appointment moved up for quicker meeting. Everything worked smoothly. Convient for me. Doctor Alfes was very thorough and patient. Very happy with visit and results. Proceeding along agreed next steps.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2021

Dr Alfes was amazingly kind and compassionate. hands down the best doctor I have met

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Dr. Alfes was just as personable on line as he is in person.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

For various good reasons I had to see Dr. Alfes several months before my wellness checkup was due. This was urgent. Dr. Alfes's office accommodated me, squeezed me in. I deeply appreciated this. He's also prompt in replying to MyChart messages, sometimes within a day! I don't know how he does it, because he's very, very busy!

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Dr. Alfes is such a superior physician, I don't know where to begin. I'm old enough to be his mother (maybe even grandmother), but he's always expressed great respect for me and has always made suggestions as to how I can improve my care on my own, by taking certain wise steps; e.g. to increase balance, to relieve neck pain. Besides this, I'm a woman, yet he's never behaved condescendingly towards me. He's also always discussed options, risks, and benefits of all therapies. Since I saw him during the Covid-19 epidemic, he wisely counseled me not to allow the virus to make me timid about spending time (socially distanced, of course) outside to get fresh air and to relieve the stress of being cooped up. He's also an empathetic listener, and when he listens, it's plain to me that his mind is NOT on anything else but the job at hand. I'm a very careful observer of people's behavior. I've noticed a quality about this doctor which I find it difficult to explain so that you can understand it. It's this: Yes, he's a superior diagnostician, but on several occasions I noticed Dr. Alfes observe something (e.g. a slight swelling in the ankles) when he hadn't even been looking at my ankles! He seems to have an uncanny ability to see without appearing to see! This is the best I can do to explain myself.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Excellent doctor- very professional and caring

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020

I felt Dr. Alfes really knew my medical history and was genuinely concerned and offered proactive recommendations to improve my health.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Dr. Alfes was very respectful, professional, and caring.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Dr. Alfes and his assisting Nurse (Lannie ?) were both extremely professional, kind , and caring. I have only great things to say about both of them.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Dr. Alfes is the best! He reviewed my medications, lab results and did a thorough physical exam. He also prescribed a new medication for me for long-term treatment of my asthma and also inspected the moles on my back for any signs of malignant growth. Dr. Alfes also showed me some exercises to do to improve my balance and also told me it was time for the second pneumonia vaccine, which the nurse gave me after Dr. Alfes was finished. I also am impressed with how Dr. Alfes responds very quickly to any messages I send to him via MyChart, usually the same day! I have recommended Dr. Alfes to all of our friends.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

Dr. Alfes always takes extra time to make me feel as though I am his only patient. He is a true professional but more importantly he is a great person.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Dr Alfes asked me a lot about myself as a person, seemed interested and engaged, was encouraging about the things I'm doing well, and took plenty of time to explain lab results to me.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

I am always very pleased with every appointment I have ever had with Dr. Alfes.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Dr. Alfes is professional and courteous

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

my experience with making my appointment and with Dr and staff was excellent.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Doctor was very good. first time I seen Doctor but he made me very comfortable discussing my medical issues and my concerns about my medicines.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

This was my first visit with Dr. Alfes. I simply cannot believe how much time he spent with me, or how deeply we discussed medical and other issues in my life. I'm greatful.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

I havee referred two people to Dr. Alfs since my appointment. I hope he is taking new patients.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Dr. Alfes was very concerned with my health. He spent a lot of time with me and did not rush me thru my examine.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Dr. Alfes, is an amazing doctor very personable and cares about my health as if it is his.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Treated very well by everyone. nurse was very efficient and pleasant. Dr. Alfes explained things very well and answered any question I had. All went well.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Dr. Alfes is really amazing. Approachable, "real," helpful, professional, etc. I couldn't ask for a better doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

a very good dr took care of my problems very careful and professional

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Dr. Alfes is a wonder Doctor! He actively listens to my concerns and answers my questions completely. He makes me feel like he really cares about my health and tries to figure out the best solution.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

what a great doctor and staff I couldn't ask for more actually love them people!

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Dr. Alfes has been my PCP for a number of years now and has given full attention to every concern on My Chart. I am confident that I have received exceptional care from him.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

although I have zoom on my phone and disabled block up, I had a difficult time connecting. Dr. Alfes did send an invite, clicked and was successful. I do like the virtual visits.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Dr. Alfes, fantastic physician. I trust his opinions and he's always spot on could not as for anyone better. professional and cordial. I am so lucky to have him and his team

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr. Alfes is a great guy. He's very caring and professional.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Very professional doctor. He got me in the same day and was very patient answering all if my questions. i would highly recommend.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

Dr. Alfes is the best. He thoroughly discusses everything with you and is an excellent listener.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Of all my recalled previous contacts with CCF Drs., Dr. Alfes was the ONLY physician who actually listened to what I was asking or describing. This would have been my LAST time at CCF had he not been the physician who happened to have been assigned to me on this visit. He actually instilled in me a sense that he was concerned with my well being; he asked appropriate questions before discussing or summarizing my health situations and explained his decisions before making appropriate "next step" recommendations. I did not feel ANY hint of a "Yeah, OK, whatever, just hurry up and get out of here" assessment as has been the case in most other Clinic visits!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Again, this is the only physician visit during which I have ever felt I got the necessary care and attention during such a visit at the CCF.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

I constantly recommend Dr. Alfes to people. I've seen more providers at the Cleveland Clinic than I can count on my hands and he is by far the best provider. I've always felt like a human, not a number, during my visits with him. He does a phenomenal job listening to all my concerns and walking me through his thought process in coming up with a treatment plan. I feel heard and involved throughout the entire visit. He went abroad for some time and during that time, I tried countless providers to help me with what I was experiencing and none of them matched how patient-focused and explanatory he is. I cannot speak highly enough of him, I think all physicians could learn from his approach.

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

this was for 1st appointment and it was difficult for both my husband and I were meeting the Dr. for the first time. when we had our app it was very informative and very thorough! we really appreciated the staff & especially the Dr. looking forward to being his patients!

Reviewed on May 15, 2020

I was really extremely pleased with the professional and personal interaction with Dr. Alfes.

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

Dr. Alves provides excellent care " !

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

I was a little apprehensive about a video visit. And this was an initial visit with a new doctor. When it was over, to my surprise, I actually felt like I had more and better interaction than a normal visit.

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

I really like the appointment with doctor Alfes. He explained very well my condition and answer every question that I had.

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

We love love love Dr. Alfes. He is simply the best.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020

My experience with Doctor Alfre & Beachwood Cleveland Clinic was excellent

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Dr. Alfes is what I am looking for in a doctor. Knowledgable and caring.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

great people great doctor

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

great doctor

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

already recommended doctor to family member

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Dr Alfes is one of the best doctors I have ever had. he takes the time to listen and counsel in the best route of care. I trust him and he makes me feel safe and important

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

I thought that he was very personable and friendly. One of the best doctor's that I have had in awhile.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Dr. Alfes was very thorough, answered questions completely and provided information that put me at ease. I felt like I was given a first-class exam.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

*Dr. Alfes is amazing!

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

people and the Dr were great

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

I have seen this doctor many times over the years. He unfortunately does not take in consideration what works for the patient regarding medications. I do not take any type of narcotics nor do I want to. I was talking to him about albuterol having it for my seasonal asthma due to working outside and weather conditions. He refused to understand that I need an inhaler periodically as I've used one for years in the winter. Therefore I do not have the medication I need. He also said that my indomethacin medication that I take for arthritis in my knee post surgery that was given to me by my Orthopedic surgeon- He disagreed with me and did not understand that I need to take that or I'm in significant pain. He is a good doctor however he really doesn't listen to what works for the patient. I am not Drug seeking whatsoever. I just need to be able to breathe properly and not cough all day in 20 weather outside and Cleveland being a mailman!

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

The only reason I am not giving my overall care a good remark is because of what the doctor did a deal as far as my medications.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

My Doctor is the best..

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Dr Alfres is an exceptional family physicianvery engaged extremely informative & thorough

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