Describe your experience with Montefiore Medical Center.
There is a VERY professional medical team here. The Support staff is wonderful as well. The only thing that is a bummer (but it’s mostly everywhere, really) is that morning monitoring hours (all labs and ultrasounds) are first come first serve. The office opens at 7am but you better get there by 6am when the building opens to sit in the hallway and be within the first few patients unless Time is not an issue. I always had to get to work after monitoring so I would go early to try and be within the first few people. It’s like camping our for concert tix but otherwise if you arrive at 7 when they open, there will most likely be a wait.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Harry Lieman at Montefiore Medical Center?
Dr. Lieman has a great personality and has a great Mix of professionalism and compassion. You know he’s good at his job yet he also makes you feel comfortable and valued. He is Honest and blunt, in a good way. He has a great sense of humor and compassion for patients.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
There are a lot of nurses so I’ve onlt gotten to know a few of them. However they are all very sweet, understanding, and kind!
What specific things went wrong at Montefiore Medical Center?
- Failed to call with results
- Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Harry Lieman at Montefiore Medical Center?
Dr. Lieman explains the whole process in a way that’s easy to understand. He’s calm and patient. I tend to get very anxious and cry at consults, and he was very caring. He has a great sense of humor and my husband liked him instantly as well.he is also the lead Dr at this clinic and is very professional and knowledgeable.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Harry Lieman at Montefiore Medical Center?
He may seem slightly intimidating and serious at first but deep down I think he’s a teddy bear. He tells it to you straight but also has a caring side. He’s a good balance for the medical field.
Describe the protocols Harry Lieman used in your cycles at Montefiore Medical Center and their degree of success.
We jumped right to IVF with Dr. Lieman and this clinic. Right away at our consult, he explained the entire process clearly. He also explained options for different forms of estrogen and progesterone, and gave his opinion on each when I asked which was best/most effective. I ended up doing a mix of hormone injections for my egg retrieval (which went very well!! We got 25 eggs, but I think in part that’s because we are only dealing with male factor infertility). I ended up using estrogen injections and progesterone in oil (pio) injections, as he felt they were most effective. Even though I am afraid of needles I trusted his opinion!
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Montefiore Medical Center.
First come, first serve. Office opens at 7 but building opens at 6. I would try to arrive just before 6, be one of first in buildinf and wait in the hallway to try and be spots 1-3 to know I could get our faster. If you’re on a time crunch, prepare to arrive early.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Harry Lieman at Montefiore Medical Center.
Unfortunately my insurance covers ZERO percent of IVF. We were lucky enough to get into their IVF grant program so we got *some* assistance, but otherwise it was as follows:
IVF cycle (procedures, meds, tests): about $15K, FET cycle: about $4K per cycle (if out of pocket)
Describe Harry Lieman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Montefiore Medical Center.
Dr. Lieman and the lab wanted us to play it safe for the first transfer and we did just 1 embryo. When It didn’t work, he gave us the option for 1 or 2 embryos on the next transfer cycle. He did that again with our most recent one since we had a loss with 1, and we had 2 embryos take but lost 1 in the second cycle. He offers opinions and risks and makes it very clear. He takes patients case by case rather than a 1-size-fits-all approach which I like.