University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago
1740 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612
866.600.CARE
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend University of Illinois at Chicago to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 36%Neutral: 28%Don't recommend: 36%7.4
7 assessments
  • 36% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 28% Neutral (7-8)
  • 36% 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
Excellent nursing team
Attention to Detail
Low attention to detail
High attention to detail
2013 CDC Success Rates
Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
<35
35-37
38-40
41-42
43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
134
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
7 assessments
5
Age
34 - 37
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
5
His nurses at uic are really busy and are prone to making mistakes...Weaknesses: nurses can get so busy that they can misplace your paperwork, will make you retake bloodwork because of this.Unorganized, saying you need to bring in one more thing of paperwork but you already gave it a week ago...Ivf protocol:they dont put you to sleep during procedures and you will be awake n feeling every pain out there (unlike other ivf clinics).
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Age
34 - 37
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
5
Describe your experience with University of Illinois at Chicago.
Strengths :Dr. Zamah and cheaper ivf costs Weaknesses: nurses can get so busy that they can misplace your paperwork, will make you retake bloodwork because of this.Unorganized, saying you need to bring in one more thing of paperwork but you already gave it a week ago. One particular nurse at this clinic is simply an idiot and no compassion at all.Ivf protocol:they dont put you to sleep during procedures and you will be awake n feeling every pain out there (unlike other ivf clinics).
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Im the type that asks too many questions and he gladly always answers all my questions and made sure i understand everything going on.my first ivf cycle with him was a success and when it was time to transfer to a reg dr he actually took the time to call me personally to congratulate me.my second cycle was unfortunately a chemical pregnancy/ miscarriage, and right after the ultrasound and bad news he took the time to talk to me right away even though he had dozens of patients waiting to talk to him/ have procedures done.
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Illinois at Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Karen)
Karen has been wonderful.She also doesn't answering my 100 questions and makes sure i got everything i needed; my instructions, my calendar, my work note, and communicates well.super lucky to have her as my nurse considering theres another nurse there who is just awful and doesnt belong in an ivf clinic.This unnamed nurse was not pleasant at all when it came to rescheduling me for test, bloodwork, and ultrasounds due to not being able to miss work.This unnamed nurse gave me wrong information, but fortunately for me being a ivf pro, i caught her mistakes.I feel real bad for the person who eventually gets assaigned to this unnamed nurse.The clinic gets busy and you need to be proactive.question everything.double check everything.bring a copy of all your paperwork with you at every visit because they can lose your results, paperwork etc.your medications...make sure you tell them when you run out of something...ie progesterone.a friend of mine who went to uic ivf clinic, ran out of progesterone, her nurse forgot to tell her she needed to keep taking it.most of the staff are wonderful and pleasant.again...except unnamed nurse.
What specific things went wrong at University of Illinois at Chicago?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Dr. Zamah may look young but he knows his stuff.He answers every question you can think of with a smile.He is compassionate:when I found out i was having a chemical pregnancy during an ultrasound i was very emotional, and when he found out he rushed to talk to me right away.He is very friendly and funny and makes you feel at ease with every appointment.Great bedside manner.I notice that whenever i need to do a procedure/ test, knowing it will be painful or awkward for me, he starts talking about random topics to try to distract me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
His nurses at uic are really busy and are prone to making mistakes.
Describe the protocols Musa Zamah used in your cycles at University of Illinois at Chicago and their degree of success.
My first cycle with dr zamah, he just copied my protocol from a previous ivf cycle with a different dr.It was a fresh ivf cycle.Birth control.lupron.progesterone, although he tweaked it so i wouldn't get my ovaries enlarged (forgot technical word), which happened to me with previous dr.Transfered one 5day blast and was successful. Second cycle with dr zamah was a frozen cycle.embryos i had made with previous dr about 4 years ago; chemical and eventually a miscarriage.Im currently on my 3rd cycle with dr zamah (4th ivf try).frozen cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago.
I had insurance so my situation will be diffrent from others with no insurance.I do know ivf costs here are much more affordable considering they only do a few procedures (one specific week per month).
Describe Musa Zamah's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at University of Illinois at Chicago.
With multiple embryo transfers, in my case dr zamah strongly feels against it because of my bicournate uterus and history of incompetent cervix.
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Doctor
Musa Zamah
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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5
Age
38 - 39
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IUI, 5 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
5
The clinic [UIC - Chicago] shares a waiting room with MFMs and OBs. For doctor's appointments, it is common to wait with obviously pregnant women and children. Monitoring is done before this other section of the clinic is open...I've had to call multiple times to get RXs called in. I've had temps call me when cycles have failed (rather than the regular nurse or the RE). There was an instance when the doctor said I was okay to cycle and the nurse disagreed. In the time it took to clear up the confusion the cycle filled and I was delayed two months.
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Age
38 - 39
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 5 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
5
Describe your experience with University of Illinois at Chicago.
The clinic shares a waiting room with MFMs and OBs. For doctor's appointments, it is common to wait with obviously pregnant women and children. Monitoring is done before this other section of the clinic is open. The clinic is part of a very large health system so you have the potential to benefit from many doctors, in many specialities.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mary Stephenson at University of Illinois at Chicago?
The majority of our appointments were spend correcting information that was put into the system wrong. Even after two years of treatment, she still looked at me like I was a stranger every time she saw me.
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Illinois at Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Karen)
Nurses tend to return calls by close of business the following day. They are generally compassionate. Their attention during procedures is excellent. Unfortunately, it wasn't clear if they were actually passing on information (from calls) to the doctors. There were several occasions where I felt as if they were making decisions for the doctors.
What specific things went wrong at University of Illinois at Chicago?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Canceled a cycle due to clinic error
How was your experience with Mary Stephenson at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Dr Stephenson is a brilliant scientist. However, if your issues do not lie squarely within her interest of study, she shrugs you off. She is uninterested in the work of other doctors and does not care to try methods common at other clinics. As a patient, I did not feel that she took a personal interest in our case. She is always rushed, often running off to a conference, and her post-procedure write-ups regularly included errors.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mary Stephenson at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Do your research ahead of time. Have your questions ready and your history clearly written out. If you are interested in a specific treatment, bring supporting documents with you. Don't read into her tone; she talks to everyone that way.
Describe the protocols Mary Stephenson used in your cycles at University of Illinois at Chicago and their degree of success.
I primarily saw Dr Stephenson for RPL management. She is an advocate of TLC aka weekly first trimester ultrasounds. She also very carefully monitors TSH.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mary Stephenson at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr Stephenson's care was mostly covered under my insurance. The only exception was the EFT (Endometrium Function Test) which cost $600.
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Doctor
Mary Stephenson
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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7
Age
31 - 33
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Male Factor
7
in the outpatient building at UIC. Waiting room often really crowded. Obnoxious check in policy of signing in, waiting for clerk to enter info then told to go into another room and register over the phone with an operator....Nursing staff seem really busy, but receptive to calls/questions. Thorough review of results and instructions....Delay in ordering prescriptions that needed prior auth Incident in which wrong lab was ordered to determine timing of IUI.
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Age
31 - 33
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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Describe your experience with University of Illinois at Chicago.
in the outpatient building at UIC. Waiting room often really crowded. Obnoxious check in policy of signing in, waiting for clerk to enter info then told to go into another room and register over the phone with an operator.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Very thoughtful and attentive
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Illinois at Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Karen)
Nursing staff seem really busy, but receptive to calls/questions. Thorough review of results and instructions.
What specific things went wrong at University of Illinois at Chicago?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Very intelligent, honest and compassionate. Always open to explaining, considering my input or revisiting issues
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Don't be afraid ask all the questions on your mind. Tell him to give you straight answers and he will
Describe the protocols Musa Zamah used in your cycles at University of Illinois at Chicago and their degree of success.
First cycle attempted natural IUI -- negative Second utilized u/s and trigger shot (ovidrel) -- negative Third medicated cycle (clomid and ovidrel) -- positive with m/c at 6 weeks Next 2 IUIs with clomid and ovidrel were negative. First IVF -- antagonist protocol ganirelix, menopur and follistim -- 11 eggs retrieved 5 fertilized, 2 6 cell transferred -- negative beta Second IVF -- agonist long Lupron protocol menopur and follistim with FSH co trigger -- 12 eggs retrieved, 11 fertilized but poor quality on day 3 but for one 8 cell grade 2 embryo. 3 day transfer with 2 embryos -- awaiting test results. I've been constantly told I "look good on paper" -- relatively young age, normal lab values, good egg counts noted, but seem to have an egg quality issue. Dr. Zamah was receptive to my concerns about over stimulating with menopur and adjusted dosage throughout second cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago.
mostly covered by insurance. Because this clinic does not do full sedation/anesthesia during egg retrieval, the cost of the procedure is significantly lower.
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Doctor
Musa Zamah
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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9
Age
35
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
9
Some of the staff [at UIC-Chicago] is very nice and caring and informative and other office staff not so much.... They don't really have a concept of timing tho. They tend not to take into consideration that people who are TTC tend to not want to drag out the length of treatment unnecessarily.... The use of Clomid with men to regulate hormones and increase sperm production
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Age
35
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
9
Describe your experience with University of Illinois at Chicago.
Its a Nice place, staff is ok, we feel like we are in good hands with Dr Neiderberger. They don't really have a concept of timing tho. They tend not to take into consideration that people who are TTC tend to not want to drag out the length of treatment unnecessarily.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Craig Niederberger at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Personalized care
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Some of the staff is very nice and caring and informative and other office staff not so much.
How was your experience with Craig Niederberger at University of Illinois at Chicago?
He has been very friendly and has a good bedside manner. He seems very intelligent and very good at what he does, Although he is a very busy Dr and seems to have alot going on. Getting in to see him isn't always the easiest.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Craig Niederberger at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Have patience
Describe the protocols Craig Niederberger used in your cycles at University of Illinois at Chicago and their degree of success.
The use of Clomid with men to regulate hormones and increase sperm production
Describe the costs associated with your care under Craig Niederberger at University of Illinois at Chicago.
It adds up. Office visits and testing every three months, office visits in order to review results of testing, parking every time, price of tests, one plus side is if youre self pay(insurance doesn't cover fertility) they do give you a discount
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Doctor
Craig Niederberger
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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8
Age
36 - 38
Treated
2012 - 2014
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
8
The clinic was always so busy and I had to keep reminding Dr. Scoccia of my history. It was impossible to get a hold of the doctor whenever I called.
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Age
36 - 38
Treated
2012 - 2014
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
8
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Bert Scoccia at University of Illinois at Chicago?
The clinic was always so busy and I had to keep reminding Dr. Scoccia of my history. It was impossible to get a hold of the doctor whenever I called.
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Illinois at Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Debbie Stevenson)
The nursing staff only responded once a day which was frustrating. I wish they'd take emails to answer questions.
What specific things went wrong at University of Illinois at Chicago?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
How was your experience with Bert Scoccia at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Dr. Scoccia tried many things to determine the causes of my infertility. He explored many options. I only wish he weren't overbooked the whole time I was seeking treatments. The clinic was going through a transition which made communication more difficult.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Bert Scoccia at University of Illinois at Chicago?
I would demand more communication from him.
Describe the protocols Bert Scoccia used in your cycles at University of Illinois at Chicago and their degree of success.
Dr. Scoccia wasn't conservative with the medications and always proposed experimental drugs / supplements which I appreciated. He would adjust medications if I wasn't responding well in the first day or two of the cycle. He was careful to monitor the progress and adjust as needed.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Bert Scoccia at University of Illinois at Chicago.
I was completely covered by HMO insurance so I paid very little out of pocket for procedures and meds.
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Doctor
Bert Scoccia
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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8
Age
33
Treated
2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
Be prepared for the experience of waiting in a reception area with regular OB patients who are pregnant (which can be hard as a fertility patient.)
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Age
33
Treated
2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Bert Scoccia at University of Illinois at Chicago?
This was a busy clinic with regular OB patients as well as infertility patients, but I felt that Dr. Scoccia and his nurse cared about me individually and felt confident that we could conceive and have a normal pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Illinois at Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Amy Cuevas)
She gave me her email address and responded to all emails very promptly. She seemed to understand how important it was to have a good connection with her.
How was your experience with Bert Scoccia at University of Illinois at Chicago?
The clinic/office is very busy and not fancy. I was skeptical at first. However, I felt that Dr. Scoccia and his nurse were attentive and cared about me as a person.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Bert Scoccia at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Be prepared for the experience of waiting in a reception area with regular OB patients who are pregnant (which can be hard as a fertility patient.) Expect to have to wait for a while at appointments, but also know that Dr. Scoccia and his nurse are very attentive and know what they are doing.
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Doctor
Bert Scoccia
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
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going through the initial steps [at UIC - Chicago] were difficult, but once the clinic knew me, I felt like I got more attention and needs met...[nurse] Karen was able to communicate with me via email, my preferred contact method...Dr. Zamah was compassionate and watched me very closely so I did not overstimulate as I had a higher risk to do so. He is skilled at what he does, and I am thankful to him..He was always available to ask a question (when on call) even after transfer.
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Age
36 - 37
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Native American
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
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Describe your experience with University of Illinois at Chicago.
going through the initial steps were difficult, but once the clinic knew me, I felt like I got more attention and needs met.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
He was always available to ask a question (when on call) even after transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Illinois at Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Karen)
Karen was able to communicate with me via email, my preferred contact method.
What specific things went wrong at University of Illinois at Chicago?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
How was your experience with Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Dr. Zamah was compassionate and watched me very closely so I did not overstimulate as I had a higher risk to do so. He is skilled at what he does, and I am thankful to him that we are expecting our first baby in August 2017.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
be patient with treatments
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Doctor
Musa Zamah
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago
Nursing
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