Christopher E. Avendano, MD

Specialties:

Pulmonology, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Patient Rating
4.8 / 5 (Based on 99 Reviews)

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My medical degree is from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. I interned at the University of Michigan and then went back to Ohio State for my residency. After that, I completed a fellowship in Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

I decided to go into medicine, in part, because my father was a physician and I worked in his office. It became something I was destined to do, I guess. Originally, I was drawn to cardiology, but I knew I wanted a broader focus. I chose internal medicine. During my rotations, I trained in the Intensive Care Unit and I really liked helping people who were critically ill to get better. Pulmonology was personally interesting to me because I have asthma. Pulmonology is also incredibly important when treating those who are critically ill because of the need for ventilators, which provide essential life support for people too ill to breathe on their own. I became a pulmonologist, in part, because I was intrigued by the variety of cases I saw and because I like to do procedures that make a difference in the quality of life for my patients. When I perform a procedure on a patient, the outcomes typically mean they see positive change in every aspect of their lives. I really enjoy that.

I started working as a pulmonologist in Norwalk. In 2002 I joined North Coast Pulmonary Associates and moved into Sandusky. I am from Cleveland and my wife is from Ohio, so Sandusky is close to family for us. We knew we didn’t want to be in a large city and I knew I wanted to be in an area that didn’t have a large amount of pulmonologists. I wanted to contribute to the overall health of the people that lived in and around the community in a way that was more hands-on than in bigger cities.

Firelands is a great-sized hospital for this community. We have wonderful physicians here and the medical center is big enough to provide a lot of specialists, but not so big and institutional that patients get lost in the system. I think consistency of care is going by the wayside in a lot of bigger places, but here, we still have an interpersonal connection to patients, while providing excellent care.

Contact Information

  • Office: 419-609-7506

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Gender:

Male

Status:

Active

Medical School

The Ohio State University - Columbus, Ohio

Residency

The Ohio State University Medical Center - Columbus, Ohio

Fellowship

Medical University of South Carolina

Internships

University of Michigan Hospitals - Ann Arbor, Michigan

What Patients Are Saying

"Dr. Avendano and his nurse Jill helped me with paperwork to apply to get my inhaler through a patient assistance program. Dr. Avendano and his staff are so kind and caring!"

Provider Review Comments

Patient Rating
4.8 / 5 (Based on 99 Reviews)
April 23, 2021
*Dr. Avendano is the best!
April 14, 2021
*Dr. Avendano has been wonderful! He listened to all our concerns. He explained everything very well. He even contacted a previous doctor regarding a procedure he was unfamiliar with before proceeding. We are extremely pleased with his care.
April 12, 2021
I like *Dr. Avendano and all staff I have dealt with.
April 05, 2021
Amazing!
March 30, 2021
I am hearing impaired and everyone helped me to understand what they were talking about.
March 30, 2021
One of the most honest and caring doctor visits I've had.
March 26, 2021
I received excellent care with understanding and compassion. I was included with input and decisions regarding my care.
March 26, 2021
excellent physician!!
October 07, 2020
Dr. listened & answered every question with care.
September 27, 2020
great experience with the first time telephone appointment
June 29, 2020
Always very thorough & highly concerned.
June 16, 2020
Very knowledgeable and courteous
June 14, 2020
good
June 10, 2020
Who knows how many doctors I've seen in my lifetime - Dr. Avendano is #1 in "bedside manner" that includes his staff!
May 23, 2020
Dr A. is fantastic. He went above and beyond to help me. He treated me as a patient not a disease. He listened cared and genuinely wants me to get better. He is a great doctor and very easy to talk to. I would definitely recommend.
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