Christopher E. Avendano, MD


Pulmonology, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Patient Rating
4.8 / 5 (Based on 160 Reviews)

Call 419-609-7506

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  • Treating Patients on Firelands Virtual Care

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
4.8 / 5 (Based on 160 Reviews)
October 20, 2021
Wonderful, caring dr. I would never go to anyone else.
September 23, 2021
Very good!
August 31, 2021
Excellent doctor, answered all my questions in detail, treated me like I was family.
August 09, 2021
July 20, 2021
Dr Avendano is the best!!
July 02, 2021
Very knowledgable. He took time to explain choices to me and pros and cons of them. And he listened to me
June 02, 2021
very good
June 01, 2021
We are fortunate to have Dr Avendano and his entire staff in Sandusky.
May 20, 2021
highly recommend
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
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.
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