Christopher E. Avendano, MD


Pulmonology, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Patient Rating
4.9 / 5 (Based on 167 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







Medical School

The Ohio State University - Columbus, Ohio


The Ohio State University Medical Center - Columbus, Ohio


Medical University of South Carolina


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
4.9 / 5 (Based on 167 Reviews)
June 17, 2022
Excellent rapport with the doctor.
June 16, 2022
Dr. Chris was top notch. Thorough, informative and engaging.
June 07, 2022
Dr. Avendano is a great Dr. I have had positive interactions every time I see him, and staff always very prompt in answering any questions I may have if I call them to ask a question or get a medication refill.
May 31, 2022
*Dr. Avendano & his staff are caring & attentive.
May 20, 2022
Thorough, communicates well, and knowledgeable.
April 26, 2022
Dr Avendano & staff are fantastic!
April 22, 2022
Have been seeing Dr. Avendano for years and I am very satisfied with how he treats me and my health issues.
April 15, 2022
Good listener; explained in easy terms. Very happy with my new medical regime.
April 14, 2022
Good experience.
April 11, 2022
*Dr. C. Avendano IS the best. I am always recommending him to friends with lung issues. Only problem he is SO busy.
April 01, 2022
Very happy with visit
March 11, 2022
*Dr. Avendano explained things very well always asked if I had any questions, answer questions He made sure I understood all the information.
February 25, 2022
January 13, 2022
Dr.Avendano was very professional. Willing to listen and answer questions. Very good at explaining the testing I had done and future testing.
December 07, 2021
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