New York City IVF

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Genetic counseling: OfferedAcupuncture: OfferedMental health counseling is not offered: Not OfferedNutrition counseling is not offered: Not OfferedAdministration of shots: OfferedCoordinating at-home nursing is not offered: Not OfferedSelling medication is not offered: Not OfferedProviding backup medication: Offered
Manhattan
400 East 56th St
New York, NY 10022
(800) 853-7595
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend New York City IVF to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 18Neutral: 1Don't recommend: 19.7
20 assessments
  • 90% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 5% Neutral (7-8)
  • 5% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
Poorly operated
Operated well
Scheduling
Difficult scheduling
Easy scheduling
Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
Competent billing dept.
Nursing Team
Poor nursing team
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Attention to Detail
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2013 CDC Success Rates
Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
10%
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60%
<35
35-37
38-40
41-42
43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
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Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
9.5
Average Doctor Score
2 doctors
20 assessments
10
Age
34
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
[The nursing staff at New York City IVF is] Extremity nice and responsive. easy to communicate with for appointments, prescriptions and any requests...She [Dr. Alyaa Elassar] had a preference to use 2 embryos in our case but she likely has a very personalized recommendation based on various factors...Clinic is new, clean and organized. the facility is equipped with all the surgical needs, 2 scan rooms, offices with plenty of space to sit down and review results, go through procedures, medications and also live video
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Age
34
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
Clinic is new, clean and organized. the facility is equipped with all the surgical needs, 2 scan rooms, offices with plenty of space to sit down and review results, go through procedures, medications and also live video
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr Elassar has genuine compassion and is very personal and caring
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Extremity nice and responsive. easy to communicate with for appointments, prescriptions and any requests
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr Elassar is in every detail and closely manages everything. She does all the scans herself and clearly communicates what she sees. She is also always interested in the wellbeing of the patient, follows up after every treatment. She is available 24 hours a day and always sends lab results to you the same day as they come in with clear next steps. She clearly explained that we may need a few rounds to adjust the medication for better stimulation and when we got to the right meds all went as planned with good implementation. unfortunately the pregnancy did not last past 9 weeks but we will continue to try again with Dr Elassar We are lucky to have her and hope to get the result we want soon.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
the personal care is worth the time and the perhaps additional payment
Describe the protocols Alyaa Elassar used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
First cycle - birth control pills 2 weeks then gonal-F 300 + Menopur 150 (not good stimulation, cancelled after a few days) 2nd cycle - estrogen patches, then gonal-F 300 + Menopur 150 (better stimulation, but early ovulation, cancelled cycle) 3rd cycle - birth control pills 2 weeks + testosterone gel then Lupron + gonal-F 200 + Menopur 150 (good stimulation + retrieval + pregnancy)
Describe Alyaa Elassar's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at New York City IVF.
She had a preference to use 2 embryos in our case but she likely has a very personalized recommendation based on various factors
10
Doctor
Alyaa Elassar
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
34
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
10
NYC IVF is a great place - doesn't have the 'hospital feel' so it is very comfortable to be there. The admin staff is very caring and attentive, knows all patients by name (this is a small clinic). Towards the end, I felt like I was coming to a friend's house rather than to a doctors office.... All of the staff was incredibly helpful and caring. The bloodwork didn't even bother me that much!
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Age
34
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
10
Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
NYC IVF is a great place - doesn't have the 'hospital feel' so it is very comfortable to be there. The admin staff is very caring and attentive, knows all patients by name (this is a small clinic). Towards the end, I felt like I was coming to a friend's house rather than to a doctors office.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr Elassar was pretty much available 24/7 for any questions I had along the way and could see me on short notice even on weekends when it was needed. She is the most kind and supportive doctor I ever met. Cannot recommend her enough!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
All of the staff was incredibly helpful and caring. The bloodwork didn't even bother me that much!
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr Elassar is a magician and and is the most caring and nicest I have ever experienced. People come to see her from all over the world so I feel privileged to be her patient - she is really best in class. She got me confident and optimistic right away - she is clearly at the front edge of all newest research and technologies. There was never a question she couldn't answer or support with data. She remembered all my personal details and numbers on top off her head. She is incredibly professional but personal and approachable at the same time. I cannot recommend her enough and will come to her for another baby!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Don't get overwhelmed at your first visit! Just trust her experience, you will learn more along the way and she will guide you carefully.
Describe the protocols Alyaa Elassar used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
Used Gonal and Cetrotide to mature eggs for retrieval which worked great, although my hormone level was growing a bit slow so we did not do the Lupron shot. I had a very high number of eggs (22) with high success rate (ended up with 8 embryos, several very high quality). We froze the embryos to do the transfer next cycle because I wasn't feeling great (and because we did not use Lupron at the end). Transferred one embryo and it worked the first time! Have been adjusting the dose of estrogen along the way, as well as progesterone and increasing my TSH synthoid (I have a thyroid issue so Dr Elassar monitored my TSH and adjusted the dose progressively). Everything is going great!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF.
I had insurance cover most of it
Describe Alyaa Elassar's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at New York City IVF.
We decided to go with one embryo because I am still under 35 and we were ready to take our chances vs potentially getting multiple births. Dr Elassar explained all the statistics and our odds very carefully which we appreciated.
10
Doctor
Alyaa Elassar
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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9
Age
32
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
9
It [New York City IVF] was a nice and clean facility. All blood tests, regular monitoring, egg retrieval and embryo transfer was at the same location. Great doctor and staffs. All are friendly and caring as well. This facility made me feel comfortable and important throughout the whole process...The nursing staff was kind, accommodating for medical appointments, supportive throughout the process and prompt in taking care of medications, refills, blood tests.
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Age
32
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
Occupation
Engineer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
9
Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
It was a nice and clean facility. All blood tests, regular monitoring, egg retrieval and embryo transfer was at the same location. Great doctor and staffs. All are friendly and caring as well. This facility made me feel comfortable and important throughout the whole process.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
During my visit with Dr. Elassar, I was treated with utmost care. She was very prompt in responding to emails and I was able to resolve any of my questions for the doctor on the same day.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was kind, accommodating for medical appointments, supportive throughout the process and prompt in taking care of medications, refills, blood tests.
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
I was fortunate enough to meet with this doctor and the best decision we took after failed IUIs/IVF at another facility. On our first visit, she took the time to understand my previous medical history and gave us the confidence to start the second round of IVF. Her words gave us so much trust right from the beginning we met her and we always thought that this second attempt would work. She is a very knowledgable, kind-hearted and caring doctor. She has a customized approach for each couple. She also laid the potential options for us, clearly communicated the details when we had to take a big decision for embryo transfer. She is prompt in responding to emails any time of the day and that helped me to clarify any doubts I had while undergoing this process. She made it so easier and better despite the stress you undergo with this whole process. It was really sad on the day when I graduated from her facility. She also showed her concern and asked me to give updates on how our pregnancy has been progressing.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Be prepared with the list of questions that you would want to ask the doctor and be informed. Have trust in this doctor !! My husband and I were extremely happy with the whole process.
Describe the protocols Alyaa Elassar used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
I was given Lupron, Menopur and Gonal-f and did a fresh embryo transfer. After the transfer, I continued with the progesterone in oil injection until 8 weeks before moving to ob/gyn.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF.
Be prepared for the costs to be higher considering the standards and also compared to other facilities, the entire process is slightly higher priced. But you get more than what you pay for.
10
Doctor
Alyaa Elassar
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
34
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
10
This is a great practice. Its grand midtown offices could be a little intimidating at first, because they schedule the appointments so that there is rarely anyone else waiting, but you'll get over that at first. It's a very personal practice...Adilen is a very warm and reassuring presence, with a good sense of humor and a great manner, who was always completely prepared and good at her job. She took blood all the time, but I never got bruised or anything.
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Age
34
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
This is a great practice. Its grand midtown offices could be a little intimidating at first, because they schedule the appointments so that there is rarely anyone else waiting, but you'll get over that at first. It's a very personal practice and Dr Elassar sets a tone of kind, optimistic intelligence and order.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
in her explanations about what was going on. She didn't condescend at all, but treated me like a peer, someone equally interested in the topic and equally intelligent. Then - when I was as interested as she but certainly not as intelligent! - she was patient and good-natured about explaining things in great detail. I felt that getting to know me as a person was a priority of hers, as well as a natural inclination. She always had time for me. She was open and friendly about taking about the process, as well as talking about other things. She seemed invested in the whole project of my relationship and me having a family, which really meant a lot.
Describe your experience with your nurse at New York City IVF. (Assigned nurse: adilen hindi)
Adilen is a very warm and reassuring presence, with a good sense of humor and a great manner, who was always completely prepared and good at her job. She took blood all the time, but I never got bruised or anything.
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr Elassar is a wonderful person. She is intelligent, thoughtful, funny, and very focused on the project at hand. I felt completely confident in her abilities and totally comfortable in her care. I wasn't even sure I was going to proceed with anything when I first met her - I was just checking it out - but she was so clearly trustworthy and smart that when she recommended that I go forward, I decided to do it, and I only started liking her more from then. She is gracious, warm, and thoughtful. She is direct and always compassionate. She clearly loves what she does.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Don't be intimidated by the office. You'll develop very personal relationships with the people here.
Describe the protocols Alyaa Elassar used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
Dr. Elassar just did a pretty basic egg retrieval for me. She tested my blood to decide how much hormones to give me, gave me the minimum always. Oh! She put me on birth control for a couple days before I began the process because I was going to get my period over Thanksgiving and that way I could still do the retrieval in November. Then she allowed me to stay on the birth control for a few more days because I had an event I wanted to go to on the projected day of the harvest. She was totally non-judgmental about that and what it was (it was a holiday party, so pretty frivolous to be moving a medical procedure because of, but she didn't ask and I'm sure would have said that was a perfectly fine reason). Once i went on the hormones, it was pretty simple. I just went and checked in with her every couple days so she could make sure things were going according to plan. She always tested my blood and then adjusted the dose. She was available on email all the time, even when I wrote to her at 7pm with an inquiry and needed a response by 7:30pm because of the timing. So we did those hormones for the expected number of days and then she gave me the final triggering injection I needed to take. I did that, then she checked on me again and gave me a little more of that one. Then she did the procedure the next day! I had fewer side effects than I expected on every leg of the process, especially the recovery from the procedure. Results were good. I got a bunch of eggs and then most of them ended up successfully frozen (more than 20)
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF.
$8000 plus drop costs
10
Doctor
Alyaa Elassar
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
31
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
I always felt comfortable [with the nurses at NYCIVF] asking any and all questions, even some uncomfortable ones. They would always recognize my voice over the phone when I would call the office. It was a truly personalized experience. There was never any issue getting an appointment at any time necessary. They were always extremely accommodating and sweet...The nurse and office manager were the most kind and pleasant ladies. They began to feel like friends.
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Age
31
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
I can not think of a single weakness for this clinic. Their strengths on the other hand are immeasurable. Everyone from the doctor, to the nurse, to the office manager are thorough, proactive, organized, extremely knowledgeable, never miss a single possible thing and always responsive by email day or night for any and all questions, and your experience is very personalized. You never feel like just a random patient or a number.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr. Elassar felt like a close friend who was doing everything in her power to get me pregnant safely, all while monitoring my health very carefully and keeping my well being a high priority.
Describe your experience with your nurse at New York City IVF. (Assigned nurse: Adilen Hindi)
The nurse and office manager were the most kind and pleasant ladies. They began to feel like friends. I always felt comfortable asking any and all questions, even some uncomfortable ones. They would always recognize my voice over the phone when I would call the office. It was a truly personalized experience. There was never any issue getting an appointment at any time necessary. They were always extremely accommodating and sweet.
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr. Elassar is so incredibly knowledgeable, personable, compassionate and has a kind, warm heart and a beautiful soul. She is an excellent communicator and makes sure you understand everything along the way. She made the IVF journey seem almost easy. She set my medication dosage exactly as was needed in order to stimulate me appropriately in order to get the most mature eggs, but was very careful to never overstimulate me and put my health at risk. Because of this I always truly felt great. She monitored me extremely carefully from the beginning to the end of my IVF journey constantly. She was always kind, came in with a smile and was always uplifting and reassuring. She was always immediately available by email to answer any and all questions day or night. When we found out that I was pregnant after my first embryo transfer, she was genuinely so happy for me, like a best friend would be. I could not have ever imagined such a wonderful and pleasant experience. Dr. Elassar was truly God sent. My husband and I will be forever grateful to her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
I would advise any prospective patient of Dr. Elassar to never hesitate for one second on using her as a doctor for all of their fertility needs.
Describe Alyaa Elassar's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at New York City IVF.
eSet was the choice my husband and I both had decided on ourselves. However, based on my young age (30) and good health, eSET happened to be the recommended approach for embryo transfer for someone in my age/health demographic as well.
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Doctor
Alyaa Elassar
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
40
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Overall nice and quiet office [New York City IVF]. Convenient location -- you go there for your routine ultrasounds and blood draws. Procedures take place in a different location -- the lab, which is is also a very nice recently renovated place in midtown. Head embryologist is a very professional, friendly guy - you get to know him well too during the process...The nurse is not your primary contact here - you communicate directly with the doctor.
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Age
40
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
It is run by Dr. Elassar, so anything that pertains to the doctor -- pertains to the clinic. Overall nice and quiet office. Convenient location -- you go there for your routine ultrasounds and blood draws. Procedures take place in a different location -- the lab, which is is also a very nice recently renovated place in midtown. Head embryologist is a very professional, friendly guy - you get to know him well too during the process.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
I don't have any experience with a big clinic, but from reading other reviews I understand my NYC IVF experience with Dr. Elassar has been very unique. She does work with your schedule. As an extremely busy professional, I could not see her in the morning hours (these hours are usually left for monitoring). I could only have been seen during short lunch breaks or weekends -- and the doctor made it possible. She was available 24/7 by email.
Describe your experience with your nurse at New York City IVF. (Assigned nurse: Adilen Hindi)
The nurse is not your primary contact here - you communicate directly with the doctor. However, secondary questions, like medication refills, blood test requisitions for an outside lab -- are among the things Adilen handles. She responded to all my emails in a very timely manner, always nice and accurate. She came in before the work hours for me to draw blood one day when I could not make it to my appointment at lunch time. She leaves no bruising when she draws blood. Overall very nice and friendly.
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Productive and pleasant. I have fully trusted Dr. Elassar since our first appointment. I am 40 years old and from the very beginning we wasted no time. It took just one full cycle to complete all the tests -- from genetics to ruling out fibrosis and all the hormonal levels -- and assess our chances. We had no major issues. We started the IVF stims with my second cycle. I got pregnant on the third transfer after one failed fresh and one failed FET cycle. Overall experience took less than six months from the first introductory appointment in March to graduation in the beginning of September. I only saw Dr. Elassar during my appointments and she was constantly available by email, including late hours and weekends to answer all your questions and adjust treatment as necessary. She checked if I received all the right meds from the online pharmacy by emailing me and asking me to open the box and list all the meds that I got before starting the stims. The doctor was there when my first two transfers failed to support me. I was completely devastated and emotionally destroyed when that happened - Dr Elassar made me believe again that it could still happen -- and voila -- it did! She never promises anything unrealistic, just simply states the facts and gives you a clear assessment of your chances. I have a very demanding job -- I start at 7am and it is extremely difficult to step out of the office even at a lunch break. But Dr. Elassar made it work adjusting her schedule to fit mine, which sounded next to impossible to me before we started the treatment -- but somehow it worked. Above all -- Dr. Elassar is just a great professional and a very pleasant person.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Prepare for your first visit - send all your period calendars, previous test results etc. to the doctor ahead of your first visit. She will review them before your first appointment and you will have a more productive conversation right from the start. Prepare for all your visits. The Doctor sees all her patients herself and is extremely busy - you will make it a better experience for both of you if you come prepared. State you time and money limitations right from the start - both the Doctor and you need to set expectations clear right from the start.
Describe the protocols Alyaa Elassar used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
1st fresh cycle: Short (flare/microflare) agonist protocol - Lupron, Follistim (300iu), Menopur (150iu) -- failed. FET cycle - estadiol both orally and vaginally -- failed. 2nd fresh cycle - Antagonist protocol - Follistim (300iu), Menopur (150iu), Ganirelix -- success.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF.
Dr. Elassar was out of network. I have Anthem BCBS. So I had to pay around $10k out of pocket. Insurance paid the rest and I exhausted all of $30k life-time maximum insurance funds available for IVF. Meds are entirely covered by insurance with no limit.
Describe Alyaa Elassar's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at New York City IVF.
Quality over Quantity
10
Doctor
Alyaa Elassar
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
It's [New York City IVF] a small clinic so you are going to get lots of attention from Dr. Elassar. Please give yourself time when you go to an appointment. Since Dr. Elassar does not rush her patients, I would sometimes have to wait past my appointment time to meet with her. I didn't care because I knew the level of attention and detail she was giving to each patient...I only saw [nurse] Adilen during my time with Dr. Elassar. She would call me with all medication updates and was extremely professional, caring, and kind. It was amazing to just have the team of two, Adilen and Dr. Elassar working with me.
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
It's a small clinic so you are going to get lots of attention from Dr. Elassar. Please give yourself time when you go to an appointment. Since Dr. Elassar does not rush her patients, I would sometimes have to wait past my appointment time to meet with her. I didn't care because I knew the level of attention and detail she was giving to each patient.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
rom our first meeting, she put forth a plan of action to get us pregnant that I not only felt completely comfortable with, but also that I was a part of planning. Dr. Elassar answered all of my questions and assured me every single step of the way. She was available on email ALL THE TIME. I'm not exaggerating - I would email her at 8pm and two hours later, I would have a response from her. It was incredible and not something that many doctors do, let alone reproductive endocrinologists who have a number of patients who I'm sure are constantly emailing her. As her patient, I only saw Dr. Elassar every step of the way. She was the one who had to call me when my first transfer didn't work, a devastating time. She shared in my grief but more importantly, she never lost faith that I would be pregnant. Our next transfer a month later, it was her optimism and dedication to me that kept me hopeful. The transfer was a success and we are currently 13 weeks pregnant.
Describe your experience with your nurse at New York City IVF. (Assigned nurse: Adelien)
I only saw Adilen during my time with Dr. Elassar. She would call me with all medication updates and was extremely professional, caring, and kind. It was amazing to just have the team of two, Adilen and Dr. Elassar working with me.
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
I think of Dr. Elassar and wonder how I got so lucky and fortunate to have met someone like her. Dr. Elassar has truly been a godsend during an extremely difficult time. My husband and I decided to see Dr. Elassar after we were trying to get pregnant for 6 months with no luck. For those thinking of doing IVF, I can't stress enough how important it is to find a doctor like Dr. Elassar. From our first meeting, she put forth a plan of action to get us pregnant that I not only felt completely comfortable with, but also that I was a part of planning. Dr. Elassar answered all of my questions and assured me every single step of the way. She was available on email ALL THE TIME. I'm not exaggerating - I would email her at 8pm and two hours later, I would have a response from her. It was incredible and not something that many doctors do, let alone reproductive endocrinologists who have a number of patients who I'm sure are constantly emailing her. As her patient, I only saw Dr. Elassar every step of the way. She was the one who had to call me when my first transfer didn't work, a devastating time. She shared in my grief but more importantly, she never lost faith that I would be pregnant. Our next transfer a month later, it was her optimism and dedication to me that kept me hopeful. The transfer was a success and we are currently 13 weeks pregnant. I "graduated" from Dr. Elassar's office a few weeks ago and still miss them. Incredibly, Dr. Elassar reached out to me just a week ago to see how I was doing. It made me cry and think of how truly lucky I am to have her in my life. For you women about to go through this difficult journey. please know that having Dr. Elassar in your corner will make you stronger, make the process more bearable, and should there be some heart ache involved as there was in mine, you will have someone in your corner to cry with you but to also pick you up and moving toward your ultimate goal. Your questions will be answered, you will be seen my one of the most thorough doctors I have ever met, and more importantly, you will feel like this is someone who is by your side during what can be a challenging time. You will not regret choosing her. Best of luck to all you ladies starting this journey. My heart is with you.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Go see her sooner rather than later if you are older. Don't wait for an OB doctor to refer you. I listened to my acupuncturist and went straight to Dr. Elassar once I couldn't get pregnant after 6 months. I am 35 years old and didn't want to wait a full year before seeing an RE.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF.
She was out of network for me, so it was $8000 total for the procedure. My meds were covered by our insurance.
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Alyaa Elassar
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
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Age
29
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
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I felt like the entire office [at NYC IVF] was vested in the success of your treatment. Given my demanding job, I also very much appreciated the early appointment hours and Dr. Azim's punctuality at most all appointments (and there were many)...During treatment, I was monitored throughout for egg growth/development, to determine when to administer the hcg trigger shot and for hormone levels after. In the first weeks of the pregnancies, I had frequent sonograms to check for development.
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Age
29
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
East Asian
Income
$500K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
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During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
Dr. Azim was incredibly understanding of how trying fertility difficulties could be emotionally and physically. Even though my difficulties were not nearly as problematic as many others, I always felt that Dr. Azim took the time to explain the procedures to me and never discounted my frustrations.
How was your experience with Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
Dr. Azim was great and particularly supportive through a miscarriage. I never felt pressured into any treatment - Dr. Azim explained all the options to me (pros and cons) while sharing his professional advice without pushing any particular alternative. I felt like the entire office was vested in the success of your treatment. Given my demanding job, I also very much appreciated the early appointment hours and Dr. Azim's punctuality at most all appointments (and there were many).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
I think Dr. Azim may initially come off as very clinical but the more you work with him, the more you realize that it's all driven by a desire to help you and to have your fertility treatment succeed. He really cares for his patients.
Describe the protocols Amr Azim used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
I had high AMH and wasn't ovulating. I had tried Clomid (unmonitored) with my OBGYN for one cycle without success. Dr. Azim monitored me on Letrozole. I got pregnant in the second cycle (miscarriage) and third cycle (healthy baby girl). During treatment, I was monitored throughout for egg growth/development, to determine when to administer the hcg trigger shot and for hormone levels after. In the first weeks of the pregnancies, I had frequent sonograms to check for development. After my miscarriage, Dr. Azim was very helpful in working towards figuring out what may have gone wrong and how it could be prevented thereafter. We are now happy parents to a baby girl.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amr Azim at New York City IVF.
All handled through insurance other than co-pays
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Doctor
Amr Azim
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
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Age
39
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
9 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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The [NYC IVF] clinic is shared with a dentist office. Don't be thrown off by the odd decor in the reception area. The admin assistant is quiet and has a reserved demeanor, but is thorough. The billing process was not as well explained or organized as we would have liked, but it didn't amount to much problem. It cost what was expected. The examination rpoms were clean and efficient...
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Age
39
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Architect
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
9 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
The clinic is shared with a dentist office. Don't be thrown off by the odd decor in the reception area. The admin assistant is quiet and has a reserved demeanor, but is thorough. The billing process was not as well explained or organized as we would have liked, but it didn't amount to much problem. It cost what was expected. The examination rpoms were clean and efficient.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Very personalized treatment with frequent adjustments based on individual assessments.
Describe your experience with your nurse at New York City IVF. (Assigned nurse: Adilen)
At this clinic the doctor did 90% of the care giving. The nurse's role was limited but the care was sufficient.
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
We came to Dr. Elassar after visiting some of the bigger hospital affiliated clinics (NYU, Cornell, etc). Our level of stress immediately went way down. Dr. Elassar took time to understand our situation and explain every detail thoroughly. She clearly thinks a mile a minute but is willing to walk you through her thought process, and her approach is tailored to each couple. The bottom line is, we were able to achieve pregnancy after our first IVF implantation. After trying for so long (including 7 IUIs) it felt like a miracle. We can't recommend Dr Elassar more highly. Don't be put off by the shared reception area. It's a small operation but that's how she works best. We (almost) always were seen by Dr Elassar every step of the way, which mattered a lot to us. She answers email and phone calls directly. She is a blessing.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Don't be put off by the shared reception area or the small operation. It's professional and clean and not stressful.
Describe the protocols Alyaa Elassar used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
In general, we were given choices for the protocols but the doctor was careful to assess progress and change protocols as needed. In the end, we were able to use fewer drugs and did not have to use injected progesterone treatments.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF.
$14,000 for the IVF. All the medications were around $4,000.
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Doctor
Alyaa Elassar
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
36
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
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NYC IVF is a small clinic in Manhattan. I am able to get the times I want for appointments, the receptionist is very professional and able to work with me if I need help with insurance or appointment times. They are upfront about fees and payment expectations. I felt the waiting times were very short for a doctor office and they were respectful of my time. I was going into the office once a week and sometimes multiple times a week and I was able to get in and out in about 30 min on average...
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Age
36
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$500K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
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Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
NYC IVF is a small clinic in Manhattan. I am able to get the times I want for appointments, the receptionist is very professional and able to work with me if I need help with insurance or appointment times. They are upfront about fees and payment expectations. I felt the waiting times were very short for a doctor office and they were respectful of my time. I was going into the office once a week and sometimes multiple times a week and I was able to get in and out in about 30 min on average.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr. Elassar is on-call 24/7 for any questions I may have or issues that may come up. She was with me every step of the way and would see me every day if necessary. She evaluated my progress during stimulation and did not set arbitrary dates for retrieval. I felt like she was very patient to get the most optimum results.
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
The road of infertility can be rocky and we may not get the results we desire on the first try. Dr. Elassar was very clear about this and to keep a positive attitude. I am currently pregnant after a second IVF cycle (third transfer) and it was hard to try again on the second cycle with the same doctor as you think "am I doing everything I can to make this situation work..." but her one-to-one attention at a smaller clinic has been the best experience I can ask for. I see her, I can call or email her and I get her responding to me any time I have a question. I also have some thyroid issues that have come to light over the first trimester and even though I had "graduated" to my OB, Dr. Elassar still made herself available to me to answer questions and to validate medication decisions as well as she checked in on me to make sure I was doing okay. I very much appreciate her commitment to my case and her warmth in her bedside manner.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
I feel that Dr. Elassar was aggressive in the schedule but she did ask us how serious we were about getting pregnant this year. We were serious and she pushed us to try again when we had a negative result (chemical on the first transfer and negative pregnancy test the second transfer). Her encouragement to try again can sometimes be a lot when you are emotional but I am glad to have her pushing towards the goal that I set for myself. I appreciate her in so many way. I think she is an excellent doctor and guided me through a really difficult process.
Describe the protocols Alyaa Elassar used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
I have unexplained fertility. There weren't a lot of obvious roadblocks. The first cycle we used lupron, gonal f and menopur. I had a good number from the retrieval 7+ and was able to transfer 1 blastocyst (ended in chemical) and freeze two (frozen transfer the next month with a negative pregnancy test). The second cycle, we substituted lupron for ganrilex. They were only able to harvest 3 eggs and I only had 1 good (grade A) embryo and one mediocre embryo. I am currently 12.5 weeks pregnant with a singleton.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF.
There are co-payments along with the billing to insurance for doctor's office visits. There was a fee to the doctor for the stimulation process, there is a fee to the clinic for the retrieval and there is a fee to the clinic for the handling and freezing of extra eggs not used in the transfer.
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Alyaa Elassar
Communication
Trustworthiness
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
38
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
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[At NYCIVF] You are not handed off to another 23 different people the way it's done in other clinics....NYCIVF is located in a midtown east offices shared with a couple of other medical offices, small, quiet, comfortable, there is also water with fruits handy in the waiting room...there was no nursing staff, everything was done by Dr. Elassar
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Age
38
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Engineer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
4th of 4 Docs
Treatment
2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
NYCIVF is located in a midtown east offices shared with a couple of other medical offices, small, quiet, comfortable, there is also water with fruits handy in the waiting room.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
NYCIVF is an office with just two partners, my doctor, Alyaa Elassar, and dr. Amr Azim. Beyond them, there is a receptionist, an invisible person who handles billing, and a gal who usually sits in a conference room reading who would join you for the ultrasound or other sensitive procedures to make you feel more comfortable. This means that your doctor talks to you about why you are seeing them and what you want to achieve, about the process and what to expect, that same doctor does the bloodwork and the ultrasound and shows who to do injections and pretty much is the only and main person who cares for you. You are not handed off to another 23 different people the way it's done in other clinics. Besides the fact that you are pretty much only seeing just one doctor, dr. Elassar is also a wonderfully warm and caring human who remembers not only your name, but also your partner. For one of the two cycles, she had to hand me over to her partner towards the end of the cycle while she attended the conference. While out of town, she called me the day I had to do a trigger shot and pretty much held my hand while on the phone to make sure things go smoothly. Dr Azim who took over the remainder of that cycle as well as egg retrieval was also a wonderfully caring and warm person. I have only done embryo freezing at this point, am yet to attempt to get pregnant.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
there was no nursing staff, everything was done by Dr. Elassar.
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Because NYCIVF is a two partner office, and there is really no other medical staff there, your primary doctor is also the person who discusses things with you, does your bloodwork, does your ultrasound, and everything in between. In addition to having this one caregiver, dr. Elassar also manages to remember your name, what you like to do, and what your partner is up to, which makes the whole objectively rather unenjoyable experience of being poked and proded much more bearable. I never felt like I was in a factory farm.
Describe the protocols Alyaa Elassar used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
don't recall the dosages, but the following medications were used: Follistim, Ganirelex, Menopur
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at New York City IVF.
Monitoring appointments were done by the same doctor who saw me for all other needs, and as such it was as enjoyable as those things can possibly get. Other than an occasional waiting room reading time, since, again, it's one doctor handling everything, rather than a whole team.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF.
it ended up being partially covered by health insurance, which significantly helped with medication costs. i believe my out of pocket costs were under $12k for two cycles of ivf.
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Doctor
Alyaa Elassar
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
6 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Dr. Azim will encourage genetic testing so be ready for that....Dr. Azim's clinic is basically all him and his lovely receptionist....Dr. Azim works 24/7 for his patients. He saw me on many Saturdays and Sundays. He is extremely precise and usually backs up his statements with research. He guided me to be patient and allow a pregnancy with a singleton instead of upping the doses of medicine to release more eggs and increase risk for twins. He is very supportive of having a singleton and tries to avoid multiples. He did all of my testing and appointments personally and is very tech savvy and uses his phone and e-mail. Even today we are in touch as I try to navigate my next pregnancy and the Zika virus. I recommend him 100%, especially if you do not want to be a number in a large practice. Finally, he accepted whatever my insurance paid and I did not come out of pocket for his help.
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Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
6 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
Dr. Azim's clinic is basically all him and his lovely receptionist.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
Dr. Azim gave generously of his time to evaluate our history trying to get pregnant and give me his feedback on the best options for us. He knew my name after my first appointment. He was there to comfort me when I cried because I didn't get pregnant during two cycles with him. At one point he asked if I wanted IVF and I said I did but I could not afford it and he quickly said "we will find a way to get you the drugs for less money." He was simply wonderful.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
N/A for Dr. Azim. He treats patients personally.
How was your experience with Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
Dr. Azim works 24/7 for his patients. He saw me on many Saturdays and Sundays. He is extremely precise and usually backs up his statements with research. He guided me to be patient and allow a pregnancy with a singleton instead of upping the doses of medicine to release more eggs and increase risk for twins. He is very supportive of having a singleton and tries to avoid multiples. He did all of my testing and appointments personally and is very tech savvy and uses his phone and e-mail. Even today we are in touch as I try to navigate my next pregnancy and the Zika virus. I recommend him 100%, especially if you do not want to be a number in a large practice. Finally, he accepted whatever my insurance paid and I did not come out of pocket for his help.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
Dr. Azim will encourage genetic testing so be ready for that.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amr Azim at New York City IVF.
I have Aetna insurance and Dr. Amir accepted what my insurance paid. I have no idea how much that is, but I didn't come out of pocket, except for small amounts for the medicine.
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Doctor
Amr Azim
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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Age
33 - 37
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Convenient location - 2 blocks from E/M subway stop. Office [NYC IVF] is new and beautiful. I enjoyed sitting in the waiting room (not that I ever sat there long). Tahira, the office manager, is very professional and organized. All prescriptions were called in immediately - and any follow-up needs or questions were handled easily over email....Adilen is efficient, friendly and professional. She was a very accurate blood-taker!...be sure to walk thru the financials prior to any procedures.
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Age
33 - 37
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
Convenient location - 2 blocks from E/M subway stop. Office is new and beautiful. I enjoyed sitting in the waiting room (not that I ever sat there long). Tahira, the office manager, is very professional and organized. All prescriptions were called in immediately - and any follow-up needs or questions were handled easily over email.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
I never felt like a number. All staff members knew me by name. I was never sitting in a waiting room with 10 other patients. Usually it was just me or 1 other patient. Doctor make personal calls himself.
Describe your experience with your nurse at New York City IVF. (Assigned nurse: Adilen)
Adilen is efficient, friendly and professional. She was a very accurate blood-taker!
How was your experience with Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
Dr. Azim and Dr Elassar are both incredibly warm and professional. Always willing to take the time to talk/explain. I felt like they truly cared about my well-being. Communication was easy and frequent - both by phone and email.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
They don't accept many insurance providers. So be sure to walk thru the financials prior to any procedures.
Describe the protocols Amr Azim used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
I don't remember specifics. In general it was a very traditional retrieval and transfer procedure.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amr Azim at New York City IVF.
$3000 frozen transfer, +$300 for each ultrasound (I had 2). plus small lab fees that were covered partially by insurance. I don't recall the cost of the egg retrieval in 2014.
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Doctor
Amr Azim
Communication
Trustworthiness
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
39
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
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Appointments [at New York CIty IVF] were frequent and had no issues with scheduling. They work with your schedule...Most of my interaction with Dr. Elassar herself. She has an assistant Adeline and an Office manager Tahira. They work very well coordinated team...It is a small clinic and will never feel like a number. The whole staff knows you. Communication is easy and everyone makes themselves available to answer any questions you may have. They have just moved into a new space in midtown. The space is beautiful and modern
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Age
39
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Latino
Income
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
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Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
It is a small clinic and will never feel like a number. The whole staff knows you. Communication is easy and everyone makes themselves available to answer any questions you may have. They have just moved into a new space in midtown. The space is beautiful and modern
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr. Elassar made herself always available. She called in results herself and made herself available 24/7. I never once felt like a number
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Most of my interaction with Dr. Elassar herself. She has an assistant Adeline and an Office manager Tahira. They work very well coordinated team
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
My obgyn recommend her after 6 failed clomid cycles. At our first visit with Dr Elassar she went through our history and was very thorough. After required tests, she recommended IVF and explained th reasons for it. She helped me get ready for the IVF cycle by adjusting my thyroid medication. I was well informed throughout the process and grateful for her kindness in the moments I was feeling a bit scared/insecure.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Don't be afraid to ask questions and trust her.
Describe the protocols Alyaa Elassar used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
We did 1cycle of IVF IMSI with own eggs. I don't recall the dosage but used Follistim, Menopur, Ganirelix for stimulation. My body was a bit stubborn and she adjusted the dosage and medication accordingly.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at New York City IVF.
Appointments were frequent and had no issues with scheduling. They work with your schedule
Describe Alyaa Elassar's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at New York City IVF.
We put 2 embryos in and glad we did so. Currently 2nd trimester
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Doctor
Alyaa Elassar
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
37
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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nurse, Adilen, and office manager, Tahira, are...both very professional and kind. It is a lovely office [NYC IVF] where you feel like family...The clinic is a small practice, so you receive the personal support and individual attention that eases your mind, especially during a process as emotionally and financially taxing as IVF...I believe the IVF was $12,000 and do with medicines, etc., the total came to $15,000-$18,000.
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Age
37
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
The clinic is a small practice, so you receive the personal support and individual attention that eases your mind, especially during a process as emotionally and financially taxing as IVF.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr. Azim, Dr. Elassar and the entire staff were unbelievably attentive and responsive. Questions were answered within hours in a kind and helpful way.
Describe your experience with your nurse at New York City IVF. (Assigned nurse: Adilen)
Adilen is a fabulous nurse - very straightforward but also caring.
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr. Elassar is very no-nonsense but also incredibly generous and compassionate. The perfect combination for a doctor! She saw me every visit (except when I just went in to give blood) and answered all my questions within hours - even panicked emails sent way after business hours. I could not recommend her more highly. Her nurse, Adilen, and office manager, Tahira, are also both very professional and kind. It is a lovely office where you feel like family.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr. Elassar'a no-nonsense approach may seem surprising at first, but stick with it. She's the best!
Describe the protocols Alyaa Elassar used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
I was prescribed an agonist protocol (I think), menopur and follistem for the egg retrieval, which went better than the doctor had predicted. After the transfer I was on progesterone and estrogen. The medication was very manageable, and Dr. Elassar tweaked the dosage at several points along the way in response to blood tests.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF.
I believe the IVF was $12,000 and do with medicines, etc., the total came to $15,000-$18,000.
Describe Alyaa Elassar's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at New York City IVF.
Dr. Elassar recommended single embryo transfer for the health of the mother and the embryos, but was not adamant.
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Doctor
Alyaa Elassar
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
35
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
46 Eggs Frozen
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
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The office [at New York City IVF] is very small. It is only two doctors, one nurse (or perhaps physician's assistant or resident) and an office manager. I mostly spoke with Dr. Azim or his office manager Tihara. Tihara is very organized, nice and personal; she got me an appointment quickly and helped coordinate insurance, etc....$8500 for the treatment cycle and retrieval. I spent approximately $2000 on medications and long-term storage will be approximately $600 a year.
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Age
35
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
46 Eggs Frozen
Race
European, Latino
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
10
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
Dr. Azim always took the time to explain everything to my partner and me and was very available (including on weekends and nights) and caring and interested in our input and reactions throughout the entire process.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The office is very small. It is only two doctors, one nurse (or perhaps physician's assistant or resident) and an office manager. I mostly spoke with Dr. Azim or his office manager Tihara. Tihara is very organized, nice and personal; she got me an appointment quickly and helped coordinate insurance, etc.
How was your experience with Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
Dr. Azim is an amazing doctor. He is very knowledgeable and caring. My partner and I knew very little about the egg freezing process and our options, and we spent a lot of time with us during our consultation educating us about the process and helping us decide what we wanted to do. He was also very flexible with us in terms of timing and kept us informed during all the ultrasounds, etc. I had some questions for him at night and over the weekend while administering the medication, and he was always available. I found the process to be much easier and less stressful than I expected, and I credit that to him. I felt that he really cared about his patients and having a successful outcome for each patient.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amr Azim at New York City IVF.
$8500 for the treatment cycle and retrieval. I spent approximately $2000 on medications and long-term storage will be approximately $600 a year.
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Doctor
Amr Azim
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
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Age
33
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
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The whole group [nurses at New York City IVF] showed a lot of support. They tried hard to communicate with the insurance company and the pharmacy. They will reply to your mails prompt. I love this group...Without PGS, almost 20,000 dollars per cycle...The clinic just moved to a new office and is very comfortable. Its location is very convenient to reach. The most outstanding strengths of this clinic is Dr. Elassar's expertise and her team.
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Age
33
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
East Asian
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
The clinic just moved to a new office and is very comfortable. Its location is very convenient to reach. The most outstanding strengths of this clinic is Dr. Elassar's expertise and her team. Dr. Elassar has multiple experience in the field, and she can understand patient's anxiety and worries very well. She works very hard to take care of each patient, even at night or on the weekend she wrote back to my inquiry mail in time.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr.Alyaa Elassar, MD has been following up each step of the IVF cycle. She was ready to answer your inquiry anytime, even during the weekend. I really appreciated her help during this tough journey.
Describe your experience with your nurse at New York City IVF. (Assigned nurse: Adilen Hindi)
The whole group showed a lot of support. They tried hard to communicate with the insurance company and the pharmacy. They will reply to your mails prompt. I love this group.
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr. Alyaa Elassar solved my inquires with her expertise, which helped me to know my body better and also saved a lot of unnecessary spending, like Hysteroscope. What is the most important is that I finally get pregnant after 3 times IUI failure and twice embryos transfer failure in other clinic. So Dr. Alyaa Elassar is highly recommended.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
nil
Describe the protocols Alyaa Elassar used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
nil
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF.
Without PGS, almost 20,000 dollars per cycle.
Describe Alyaa Elassar's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at New York City IVF.
Since my husband and I would like to have two babies, we asked our doctor to transferred two embryos.
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Doctor
Alyaa Elassar
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
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10
Age
38 - 39
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
[New York City IVF is a] Small clinic which offers more personalized treatment but sometimes less seamless (re: set morning monitoring hours, emails after each visit with blood results) than a bigger clinic. I preferred the smaller and less crowded feel of this clinic and had no issues getting the information that I wanted or needed...Adilen [nurse] was great. Very helpful and nice throughout the entire process.
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Age
38 - 39
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
South Asian
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
Small clinic which offers more personalized treatment but sometimes less seamless (re: set morning monitoring hours, emails after each visit with blood results) than a bigger clinic. I preferred the smaller and less crowded feel of this clinic and had no issues getting the information that I wanted or needed.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr. Elassar was very patient with all my questions in person and answered all my questions in timely manner by email.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Adilen was great. Very helpful and nice throughout the entire process.
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Dr. Elassar personalized my treatment and modified the protocol to my specific needs (i.e. low responder with potential egg quality issues). The results (# of eggs retrieved and fertilized and transferred) were more successful than previous attempts with another facility.
Describe the protocols Alyaa Elassar used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
Cycle 1 w. Dr. Elassar: Menopur, Follistim, Ganirelix, before retrieval, progesterone before transfer Cycle 2 w. Dr. Elassar: Lupron, Menopur, Follistim, Ganirelix, testosterone before retrieval, progesterone / endometrin before transfer Had retrieval and transfer cycles previously with another facility.
Describe Alyaa Elassar's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at New York City IVF.
Yes, I was aware of the trade-offs of a single embryo vs multiple embryo transfer
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Doctor
Alyaa Elassar
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
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6
Age
34
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
6
Communication and response time [at NYC IV] is good...Dr. Azim is clearly passionate about what he does but we felt he ultimately was a salesman rather than a partner in our medical care. At some points he was utterly disrespectful which was surprising...He is proactive reaching out to other doctors to coordinate care however and is clearly efficient...Dr. Azim spent plenty of time with us, but was pretty set in his assumptions about what was going on to the extent that we felt he didn't listen or thoroughly review our medical histories. But he is proactive and responsive.
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Age
34
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
6
Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
Communication and response time is good.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
Dr. Azim spent plenty of time with us, but was pretty set in his assumptions about what was going on to the extent that we felt he didn't listen or thoroughly review our medical histories. But he is proactive and responsive.
How was your experience with Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
Dr. Azim is clearly passionate about what he does but we felt he ultimately was a salesman rather than a partner in our medical care. At some points he was utterly disrespectful which was surprising. He offered to do a biopsy of my thyroid on the spot on my first visit which I was very taken aback by (I am monitored by an endocrinologist and he was aware). He is proactive reaching out to other doctors to coordinate care however and is clearly efficient.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
Go here if you're ready to go straight to IVF and don't want to explore further research, options or investigation into male factor.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amr Azim at New York City IVF.
At the time I had insurance with fertility coverage so amazingly was not out of pocket.
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Doctor
Amr Azim
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
6
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
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10
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
Dr Azim has incredible bedside manner. He's as passionate about helping us have a baby as we are. He delivers good and bad news with kindness and care.
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Age
36 - 37
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
Dr Azim has incredible bedside manner. He's as passionate about helping us have a baby as we are. He delivers good and bad news with kindness and care.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Dr. Azim performs all of the typical duties of a nurse.
How was your experience with Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
Dr. Azim is the doctor that you see at every appointment. He draws blood, does the ultrasounds and performs all of the procedures. He is always very reachable whether its via cell phone or email. I'm not sure when he has the time to sleep :)
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amr Azim at New York City IVF?
You are in very good hands.
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Doctor
Amr Azim
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
New York City IVF
Manhattan
Nursing
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