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1300 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 742-4100
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255 Greenwich Street
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Weill Cornell Medical College to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 67%Neutral: 21%Don't recommend: 13%8.6
301 assessments
  • 67% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 21% Neutral (7-8)
  • 13% Don't recommend (0-6)
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Annual Cycles for this Clinic
5,790
Annual Cycles National Avg.
635
301 assessments
5
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
5
Weakness: Speaking to billing [Weill Cornell] might not be private. Clinic could get crowded during the monitoring hours. ... During monitoring hours, They also have a "card" system where you just swipe your card and let them know you have arrived. ... I feel that since they [nurses] have many patients, sometimes they could loose their "patience". They would always return your phone call but you most times have to leave a message in an answering machine and waiting for their phone call.
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Race
East Asian
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
5
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Strengths: clinic physically is clean and spacious. They have a separate area for doctor's appointment and during "monitoring hours". During monitoring hours, They also have a "card" system where you just swipe your card and let them know you have arrived. You don't have to fall in line to "register". The egg retrieval and embryo transfer are done in a hospital setting. What I also like it that they have a "pre-op" class prior to the egg retrieval, they check your labs, vitals". Weakness: Speaking to billing might not be private. Clinic could get crowded during the monitoring hours. Some receptionist in the front could be more friendlier.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Glenn Schattman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I rate my experience is neutral. I like Dr. Schattman - he called us personally to discuss test results; he will also call back if I leave any messages. When you see him during monitoring, I don't feel rushed to ask him questions. However, the nurse communication/instructions could be better. They have different numbers for appointments, Main office # and nurses. For the nurses, there will not always be someone to pick up your call. You will have to leave a voice message. Although they will call you back before the end of the day when you leave a message, during this stressful journey I feel that having someone answer your phone call (may it be to relay a message) feels more "human" or less anxious provoking. Also, sometimes you also gets a voice message thru Dr. Schattman's office. When I leave a message, there is always that thought what if my message get deleted by mistake or the voice mail machine acts up. What now? Just my thought. In terms of their monitoring and appointments, they have a different section for both which I like. You don't feel the crowdedness in the morning during monitoring hours if you have an appointment with your doctor.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Jen)
My primary nurse at Weill Cornell is very knowledgeable about fertility treatments. Although I had difficulty communicating with them. I feel that since they have many patients, sometimes they could loose their "patience". They would always return your phone call but you most times have to leave a message in an answering machine and waiting for their phone call. I also feel that sometimes, they are rushed when you are in the phone with them or in person. This infertility journey is as stressful as it could be and we need someone from our team to be there for us to help us get through his journey. I remember one time during in this clinic during monitoring, the doctor (not my primary doctor) told me to give ganirelix since some of my eggs are growing faster than the rest. I thought she would repeat the instructions before leaving. I didn't ask again, I thought I could just ask a nurse. I went and asked for a nurse but the nurse (not my primary nurse) told me, if the doctor told you to do it, do it; "nothing yet is written in your file so I don't know what the doctor said". I left and cried but went back to the doctor that did the monitoring. This could have been avoided if the nurse just had asked the doctor what was said! As a nurse myself, I try to bridge that gap between the patient & the doctor. If something was not clear to the patient, I will make sure and even take "strides" to ask the doctor about the plan of care. I also feel that they could have an email sent to patients for "instructions" during monitoring as to avoid confusions.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
How was your experience with Glenn Schattman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Strength: he tries to see his patients during "monitoring" hours. This puts me at ease as he knows everything that is going on with me. He will also try to call back your phone call by the end of the day. What I like about him is that he calls us personally with results of tests and what are the treatments. I liked that I don't feel rushed when I asked him questions after ultrasound during monitoring (which could be awkward for some). Weakness: I have had 2 failed embryo transfer with him. The last one was devastating as I transferred 2 of my last remaining embryos but I didn't receive any phone call from him. Even just to say, "sorry it didn't work". The only call I received was from my nurse that my pregnancy test was negative. I had to do a follow up appointment to speak to him about the next step. I know he might be busy or might be away during that time but days/weeks passed and still no phone call.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Glenn Schattman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Be prepared with your questions during your initial consultation. Do your own research also as to what IVF is. Be an advocate for yourself - if you don't understand something or want to discuss something with him don't be afraid to do so.
Describe the protocols Glenn Schattman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I don't know that protocol Dr. Schattman used but he started me with Estrogen patches (after a positive ovulation using ovulation predictor kit) changing it every 2 days, till the 4th patch and getting my period. He then gave me letrozole for 5 days together with follistim/gonal-f and menopur. After a few days on those (I forgot exactly), I needed to get ganirelix to prevent "maturing" of my eggs. I had 1-2 that is growing faster than the rest. Then they gave me a Lupron trigger prior to egg retrieval. I have about 24 eggs retrieved with 3 embryos making it to freezing. I had one blastocyst transferred in October 2018 but failed and 2 morulas in April 2018 which also failed.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Weill Cornell's monitoring hours was from 6:30 am-8 am so it was convenient for me. I will still be late for work since I start 7 am but I will just have to come to the clinic at 6:30 or earlier. It is a well oiled machined will lots of people taking blood so we move quickly. Dr. Schattman will also try to see me during monitoring hours for the ultrasounds which I liked since it also gives me opportunity to ask him questions.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Glenn Schattman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
for regular appointments with Dr. Schattman, I only paid my copay with my insurance. For IVF cycle, please be advised that this clinic might be more expensive that the others. their IVF cycle for 1 fresh transfer: 10,500 for any frozen embryo transfer: $ 4,260 ICSI: $ 2, 630 Cryopreservation: $ 1,050 (storage $ 262. 50/quarterly); 1st 6 months waived Anesthesia fee varies if your insurance covers it but they have a facility fee $ 1005.84 during the day of egg retrieval which is an additional expense.
Describe Glenn Schattman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Weill Cornell Reproductive team has a sheet where you can put it who many embryos to transfer. The recommend embryo transfer for my age was only 1 but my second transfer since the embryos are in the morula stage, Dr. Schattman decided two embryos transfer but it also failed.
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Glenn Schattman
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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3
Age
39 - 41
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
3
Cornell has a research profile and reputation that is nearly unmatched, as far as I can tell. ... But I experienced it as a large, impersonal practice, which very little investment in whether or not I personally had a successful outcome. ... I was in excruciating pain for 24 hours after each retrieval, and did not feel that the clinic took my pain seriously until my final cycle, and that was after speaking with four different people.
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Age
39 - 41
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Writer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
3
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cornell has a research profile and reputation that is nearly unmatched, as far as I can tell. And I know colleagues who have found success there. But I experienced it as a large, impersonal practice, which very little investment in whether or not I personally had a successful outcome. At the beginning of this process I thought I didn't need compassionate care if the research chops were there, but over time and repeated failures my needs changed, and I completed treatment elsewhere.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Cornell is a large cattle-call practice. I was monitored by a different attending almost every time. I didn't have a consistent nurse. I felt like my treatment plans were by the numbers, rather than tailored to me specifically, and I had real problems with pain management after egg retrieval. Over two years, they never even pronounced my name correctly. It wasn't great.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I had a different nurse every time, so it's hard to say. Once I had to request a different phlebotomist because she was having so much trouble taking my blood. Honestly, my experience with them wasn't great.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I went to Dr. Davis because of his reputation as a researcher, which is impeccable. However, he has so many patients that our interactions were very brief. By my third cycle I felt like he had lost interest in my case. During my fourth cycle - a protocol that I requested - I neither saw nor spoke to him once.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Go prepared to ask a lot of questions, and do not expect hand holding. I thought I didn't need personalized attention if I was seeing someone with incredible research chops, but discovered that this is a more emotional process than I realized.
Describe the protocols Owen Davis used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
3 IUI with Clomid, no success. One IVF cycle with estrogen priming and high doses of Follistim and Menopur, canceled due to nonresponse. One IVF cycle with estrogen priming, Clomid, and low doses of Follistim and Menopur, resulting in 3 day 3 fresh embryos transferred, no success. One IVF with estrogen priming, Clomid, low doses of Follistim and Menopur, plus endometrial co-culture, which was painful and not covered by insurance, 4 day 3 fresh embryos transferred, no success. One IVF with estrogen priming and Lupron flare (my request), 2 day 3 fresh embryos transferred, no success.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
It was a cattle call with a line around the corner. I regularly waited at least an hour, and once was forgotten in an examining room waiting for an ultrasound.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I had insurance coverage. My out of pocket expenses were $1000 for endometrial co-culture, several trigger shots, and misc.
Describe Owen Davis's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Davis was a strong proponent of fresh day 3 transfers, and one time we transferred 4 of them, which made me pretty nervous. He felt that embryos had a better chance of success in a woman's body than in a petri dish. I ultimately had success with a fresh day 3 transfer with another doctor.
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Owen Davis
Communication
Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
3
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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10
Age
37
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
10
front-desk staff [at Weill Cornell Medical College] are the nicest and sweetest team members. They remember your name, ask how you're doing, and are always on top of everything...[the nurse] replied very timely to emails...Monitoring appointments were very efficient...The office seems newer with state-of-the-art equipment and the most friendly staff. His staff are extremely helpful, especially if you need support dealing with prior-auths and insurance - they stepped in and before I knew it everything was handled.
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Age
37
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Weill Cornell Reproductive Medicine is a top center for infertility. As I said we traveled from PA to NY to be a patient and it was worth it in every way. I only wish we had done this from the beginning instead of wasting a year with a different RE in PA. Dr. Reichman's Tribeca office is absolutely wonderful. The office seems newer with state-of-the-art equipment and the most friendly staff. His staff are extremely helpful, especially if you need support dealing with prior-auths and insurance - they stepped in and before I knew it everything was handled.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman is an extremely personable physician. He makes his patients feel like they matter. He takes time at every appointment with you, answers every question you have, and does not make you feel rushed. There were a couple times he suggested we set an appointment for a "strategy meeting" - his words - which we loved. He knows every detail about his patients. He remembers everything, even asking about how our trip to Chicago was when we had a follow-up appointment with him. His front-desk staff are the nicest and sweetest team members. They remember your name, ask how you're doing, and are always on top of everything.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Hannah)
My primary nurse that I communicated with was Hannah. She always showed compassion during every interaction or phone call. She answered every question and made sure you understood your directions and next steps before hanging up the phone. Even when meeting in person about something Hannah never rushed you and was very thorough in her care and explanations. She also replied very timely to emails.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman is like no other. We traveled from Pennsylvania to New York and it was all worth it. From the moment we had our initial consultation with him he gave us hope and made us feel like he truly cared. I have not had an easy journey with fertility - 2 natural pregnancies both ending in miscarriages, being told by a previous RE my lining was too thin and so never even getting to a transfer attempt, retained products of conception after a D&C by my OB. But Dr. Reichman never gave up. I remember starting my IVF cycle with him in March 2018 and during a saline sonogram is when he discovered I had retained products of conception and told me he would have to go in and do surgery after I completed the IVF cycle and retrieval. I started crying in the exam room. Dr. Reichman was extremely comforting, telling me "I am in your corner," letting me know that he would take care of me during the surgery as I was worried about my lining, and that together we would get through this and meet our end goal of having a baby. He is an extremely compassionate and caring physician, but he is also a realist - he is very straightforward with what he thinks. This is a quality my husband and I appreciated; we wanted someone who would be direct and honest. Dr. Reichman is always thinking about what is best for his patients; he individualizes every plan of care to each of his patients.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Don't be afraid to ask questions. He answers every single one of them without making you feel rushed or that it's a silly question.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I was on Gonal-F, Menopur, and Cetrotide, with an HCG trigger shot before the egg retrieval. I can't remember the exact dosages but he had me on a low dose of Gonal-F. I only had 5 antral follicles. We retrieved 5 eggs, all 5 fertilized, 3 made it to PGS testing and all 3 were PGS normal! We did not expect this and were thrilled, as my last miscarriage was confirmed due to chromosome issues.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Monitoring appointments were very efficient. You have a window of time they do "morning monitoring" and you don't have to wait very long once you arrive. Once you are pregnant, the 2-3 ultrasounds you have to have are via appointment after monitoring hours.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I was lucky as my insurance covered IVF 100%; the cost of the medications were mostly covered as well. We did pay a few hundred dollars though for some genetic testing and other blood work to be done as I had two previous miscarriages.
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
From my experience, I believe Dr. Reichman prefers single embryo transfer.
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David Reichman
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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9
Age
40
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
9
In the Tribeca office [of Weill Cornell Medical College] it is a very pleasant experience even when crowded -- and it's never that bad. I don't think I have waited longer than 30 min to be seen and sometimes i get seen within 10 min...Approx 10K for egg retrieval (all monitoring included)...The Tribeca location is fantastic. It is calm, comfortable, and all new...The nurses are all very nice. It's so much better than the UES location! The receptionists are also very nice and helpful
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Age
40
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The Tribeca location is fantastic. It is calm, comfortable, and all new. It can get a little crowded during monitory hours but never too bad and they are really organized. The nurses are all very nice. It's so much better than the UES location! The receptionists are also very nice and helpful
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman sees me every visit (unless it is a weekend or he is off for a holiday), which I appreciate. He always seems to consider my case and our next steps carefully. He doesn't have the warmest bedside manner, and doesn't seem to plug into the emotional toll this takes, but he does lay out the numbers and realities and stays positive.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Hannah)
Dr. Riechman's main nurse is fantastic. She always answers my questions and when I wanted to order fewer meds since i had to pay OOP as I hit my insurance limit, she worked with me on ordering just what was necessary. She's a pleasure every time I speak with her. Any other nurses that cover for her are also great.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I came to Dr. Reichman from another doctor only because my insurance changed and it now covers IVF and the other place I was going doesn't take my insurance. Dr. Reichman agreed with the assessment of my other doctor (age-related infertility). Although I feel I got more compassionate "bedside manner" from the first doctor, I appreciate that I see Dr. Reichman for every monitoring visit (at the Tribeca Office). He may take a day or so to email back, but he always always responds to email. His answers are short but to the point. He's gives it to you straight so you have to be able to take that, but I have no doubt he knows that he's talking about! I feel I am in good hands for sure.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He can be blunt with the reality of things, but he does care about you getting success and knows his stuff. If you want someone with a super compassionate bedside manner he may not be the one for you, but he certainly takes his work seriously and is always positive yet realistic. If you are paying out of pocket, he also understands the great cost of IVF and takes that into account when recommending next steps, which I really appreciate.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
2 stimulation cycles. Both times mostly 150 menapure, 300 gonal f, then leuprolide added in. Egg retrieval and fertilization with ICSI using fresh sample. Waited the 5 days to see which embryos survived and did genetic testing on those that did. Cycle 1 - 10 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 6 fertilized, 4 embryos genetically tested, 1 recommended for transfer. Cycle 2 - 7 eggs retrieved, 6 mature, 3 fertilized, 2 genetically tested - awaiting results. Still have not yet done an embryo transfer.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
In the Tribeca office it is a very pleasant experience even when crowded -- and it's never that bad. I don't think I have waited longer than 30 min to be seen and sometimes i get seen within 10 min.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
My insurance paid for up to 40K of my expenses. After I hit my limit, I have to pay OOP. Approx 10K for egg retrieval (all monitoring included), 1K for ICSI fertilization, 4K for PGD/PGS testing. 1K hospital fee. Not sure what frozen embryo transfer will cost. Meds were covered by insurance but i think it cost 10K
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David Reichman
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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Age
33
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
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This [Weill Cornell] is an extremely busy practice and while it is run as efficiently as possible, I found the experience to lack personal attention. The front desk employees are not overly friendly. The doctors handing ultrasounds for follicle growth always seemed to be in a rush and I would need to ask questions quickly to get an answer before they left the room for the next patient. I never had a dedicated nurse assigned to my case while I was a patient.
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Age
33
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$500K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
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Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The reputation for this clinic is extremely strong in the NYC area. I know many people who have gone to this clinic and had success. I feel like if you have a more common issue or case and can follow standard protocols, you'll be good. The lab is also supposed to have a great reputation and rates of success. I felt like everyone was competent and I was in good hands but often felt like I was being shuffled along due to the amount of patients.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
This is an extremely busy practice and while it is run as efficiently as possible, I found the experience to lack personal attention. The front desk employees are not overly friendly. The doctors handing ultrasounds for follicle growth always seemed to be in a rush and I would need to ask questions quickly to get an answer before they left the room for the next patient. I never had a dedicated nurse assigned to my case while I was a patient. Every call would be from a different individual which made it difficult if I had questions on my treatment....there was no consistency. For my egg retrieval and transfer at the hospital, it was one big waiting game. The room was full of patients and you were filed into the operating room one after the next. The process was quite long and there was a lot of down time while waiting your turn.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
This is an area that could be greatly improved upon. There should be consistency in the person you speak to during an IVF cycle. I felt like I needed to give color on my case or background information given I was always speaking to a new person. For my first failed transfer, the lack of compassion I received from the nurse who called to tell me my test was negative was very upsetting. There was no emotion or feeling of empathy as she spoke to me and the call last all of 2 minutes. At times nurses had attitudes and made you feel like you were bothering them if you called with a question. You would always have to leave a voicemail and someone would eventually call you back.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Spandorfer was pleasant during our consult and took an extensive history for both my partner and I. He acknowledged the emotional toll infertility takes on a woman and highlighted the psychological/counseling resources that are available at the clinic. While I had a basic understanding of my diagnosis from doing research on my own prior to my first consult (my OBGYN had completed basic hormone level testing which indicated severe diminished ovarian reserve and high FSH and referred me to the clinic), looking back I feel that Dr. Spandorfer could have been more specific and blunt about my chances of success doing IVF and using my own eggs. At no point would he give us an estimated chance at success given my young age and diagnosis. He explained that while I would likely only produce 2-4 eggs per retrieval, there was a good chance that due to my young age, there was a chance I could produce a good quality egg within that cycle. As we progressed with treatment and moved on to second and third rounds of IVF, I often found that he would present options (ex: medication protocols) and I would be left to make the decision on which path to choose. I would have preferred the doctor to have more conviction and state "we should go with XX option given this will give you your best shot". I received a lot of "well we just don't know..." in my time with this doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Be your own advocate. Do your research and be well prepared for your consult and appointments. You will need to speak up for yourself and not be afraid to ask questions about your plan of treatment.
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Cycle 1: estrogen priming/antagonist protocol- 300 units Gonal F and 150 units Menopur; eggs retrieved: 3 Cycle 2: low dose medication protcol with clomid-&gt; (150 units Gonal F and 75 units Menopur; meds were eventually bumped up due to lack of response) we tried this approach given my body will never produce a large amount of follicles and I had been told by other parties that this is a good approach for poor responders/diminished ovarian reserve patients. This protocol unfortunately did not work at all and I was left stimming for approx. 18 days without any follicles growing past 10mm and cycle was then cancelled. Cycle 3: returned to original protocol- estrogen priming/antagonist protocol- 300 units Gonal F and 150 units Menopur; eggs retrieved: 1
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
The clinic has the flow down for monitoring appointments and is run efficiently however, there can be long waits due to the number of patients if you decide to go at "peak time". It is best to go when monitoring hours open or if it works for you, to their Tribeca office.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
From what I recall, an IVF cycle with ICSI was approximately $20K.
Describe Steven Spandorfer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
For my first transfer, we transferred two embryos. The doctor gave me the choice if I wanted to transfer 1 or 2 embryos. He and the doctor performing the embryo transfer explained that there was an increased chance of twins by transferring 2 embryos.
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Steven Spandorfer
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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0
Age
40
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI, 8 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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100% a cattle call. ... there were literally 75- 100 people waiting to be seen. ... You check in with a swipe card. ... When you get called in you will see random blood draw person- i swear I never saw teh same person twice. ... I hated that I literally never saw Dr. Davis and they drs doing the scans were so clearly like- whatever- about their job. ... you are called by name and given scribs to change into they put the IV in your arm. And then you are put in a waiting room with all the same women AND their partners, parents etc..
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Age
40
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
4th of 7 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 8 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Let me start by saying that I hated pretty much everything about the way this clinic is run. it is impersonal. It is a factory but not a well oiled machine. All REs love to talk about how their labs are teh best. Literally every single RE will tell you they have the best lab. And while there are some labs that may be better than others in some ways, for the most part i think it's negligible once you get past a certain threshold of care. So I think Cornell hides behind "we have the best lab" argument to avoid actually providing quality continuity of care. The waiting room holds 100 people. You check in with a swipe card. It is incredibely impersonal. They do not run on time. When you get called in you will see random blood draw person- i swear I never saw teh same person twice. Then you will be assigned a room and random young dr will do your scan. I seriously had to ask a few of tehm if they were med students or not becuase tehy looked so young, and again, I never saw teh same person twice. This is a problem becuase everyone measures follicles differently and you are relying on their measurements being given to your dr to decide on what next steps are needed. So if you are deciding when to trigger and someone measures either generously or conservatively it can actually have a major impact on your outcome. I hated that I literally never saw Dr. Davis and they drs doing the scans were so clearly like- whatever- about their job. It is a factory. I also really, really have a major issue with how they handle retrievals. First of all, EVERYONE is required to come to a 6am class and sort of group blood work the day before your retrieval even if you have already done multiple retrievals. They come out with a clipboard and the order that your name goes on teh clipboard is the order that you are seen. So you sit around a conference table with all the women who are being retrieved the next day. Too bad about HIPPA and expectations of privacy- there are NONE. You could end up sitting there with your boss, or your sister in law, or your hairdresser. I actually can;t believe it's legal. Then they call yuo back one at a time to do blood and sign forms. I then refused to stay for the class ofw hat to expect becuase this was going to be by 4th or 5th retrieval which I told them. The nurses were not nice about it all and threatened to cancel my cycle if I messed up anything. I was like- you are handing me a piece of paper with the extensive instructions of what to do. i can read and I will follow them . And then I left. Then the next day I showed up at 6am again- for a 10am retrieval- which is just obnoxious. Then again, you are called by name and given scribs to change into they put the IV in your arm. And then you are put in a waiting room with all the same women AND their partners, parents etc... in scrubs... with an IV sticking in your arm. And you wait. Again. And then they call you by name in groups of 3 and take you to a tiny waiting room. There one at a time the anethesiologist pulls you into the hallway (i swear) to have a private converastion about any anethesia you may have. I had 2 very lovely girls I was sitting with and we kinda chatted a bit but honestly, what if you don't really want to be in scrubs with strangers having a convo right before your retrieval? Then they take you one at a time and you see whoever is on call for retrievals that day- you may or may not have ever met them. Then you go to recovery. They wake you up with mandatory pain pills and send you on your merry way. They do tell you how many eggs were retrieved and thats it. Having had a a fair amount of clinic experiences by the time I got there I had a lot of comparisons to other clinics and this model is by a loooong shot, my least favorite. I ended up moving my 10 frozen 2PNs to another clinic because I refused to ever cycle with them again.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Davis is a very nice person. He was very patient and available on the phone and reassuring. I absolutely hated the clinic and that was the reason I only did 1 cycle there. But I liked him as a Dr and respected his approach.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I remember Dr. Davis's manager a lot more than his nursing staff. His office manager was excellent. The way that Cornell organizes their clinic make me so aggravated that I honestly don't think I had a main nurse. You literally never see teh same person twice- nurse or even phlebotomist. They were all.... fine. It really is truly a factory so the nurses respond to the culture that they are a part of and have no power to change.
How was your experience with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Davis was the 4th fertility doc on my long list. i came to him because i was told he would do day 2 or 3 freezing and fresh transfers if desired and appropriate. This was the first time that those options had been offered to me and given the fact that i cannot get an embryo to day 5 in a dish this was comforting. We had one initial converastion to make a plan. It was extended and I never felt rushed. I asked him about the reason that nothign ever made it to day 5 in the dish and he said probably egg quality but not necessarily. He is not didactic in his approach to treatment and has been doing this long enough to remember the days before automatically pushing to day 5 blasts and pgs was the norm. We ultimately decided on a freeze all cycle with the plan to do another cycle immediately following which I ended up not doing because I hated the clinic so much. I told him I thought I had been way overmedicated in my previous cycle and he listened and dosed lower as a result. We ended up having a very solid outcome of that cycle with 10 to freeze. Ultimately the one pgs normal was in that group but it ended up not taking in transfer.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Be aware that you will probably never see him in person again after your initial consult. He was available by phone as was consistent in returning phone calls and I never felt rushed in our conversations.
Describe the protocols Owen Davis used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
It was lose dose- i think it was 25 clomid on cycle days 3-7 and then 125 follistim. He likes double ganirelix on theses low dose cycles, but I thouht it may have been over-suppressive so i actually just did one and a half ganirelix instead of 2X a day.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
100% a cattle call. See above. I walked in one saturday and there were literally 75- 100 people waiting to be seen. It is the worst model for monitoring.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I paid OOP for this whole cycle. I think it was around 20k?
Describe Owen Davis's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
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Owen Davis
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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10
Age
41
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
10
[Weill Cornell] does not accept my insurance plan so I was a self-pay patient...I was told that I had to pay upfront and then get a form that I could submit to my insurance for reimbursement...The office staff was organized in explaining and obtaining the necessary paperwork. I was seen by the provider in a timely manner in relation to my appointment. I do wish that the office had a direct # that is not affiliated with the main # for NY Presby/Weill Cornell. I had received a phone call the morning of my appointment that I missed. When I called back the # I spoke to the answering service telling me the office was closed when I just received a message.
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Age
41
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 6 Docs
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
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Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The office staff was organized in explaining and obtaining the necessary paperwork. I was seen by the provider in a timely manner in relation to my appointment. I do wish that the office had a direct # that is not affiliated with the main # for NY Presby/Weill Cornell. I had received a phone call the morning of my appointment that I missed. When I called back the # I spoke to the answering service telling me the office was closed when I just received a message.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I was warmly greeted by the doctor by name and handshake. He took over an hour to explain all the details of my specific case and my available options. This doctor is not only interested in solving the problem, but to ensure the patient's level of comfort.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I have not had any interaction with the nursing staff at this clinic as I have not gotten past the testing stage.
How was your experience with Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I have always experienced pain in the area of my right ovary at first during when I thought I was ovulating. Over the years this pain got progressively worse and more frequent. I was told by my OB/GYN that it was a uterine fibroid on the outside of the uterus in the back and it was sitting on a blood vessel. I sought fertility treatment from the Chief of a well known health system on LI. He advised me that he wasn't sure it was a fibroid, but rather it was a "mass". An MRI of the Pelvis showed absolutely nothing but the pain was even occurring during my period. I had a round of IVF in which I had 13 mature egg and all of them fertilized. A grade A embryo was implanted and it didn't take. We were devastated to say the least. I sought Dr. Elias for a 2nd opinion as I knew something was not right. After reviewing all of my documentation he was able to provide a potential diagnosis....not a fibroid at all but rather a blocked Fallopian tube. Not only could this be causing my pain, but could be the reason my IVF cycle was unsuccessful. He is thoughtful, cautious, kind, caring and patient. All the things that a doctor should be. I am willing to drive from LI to Westchester for him to be my doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Don't be afraid to voice your concerns or questions as he is very willing to listen and give an explanation in layman's terms.
Describe the protocols Rony Elias used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Dr. Elias has prescribed a HSG to confirmed discussed diagnosis. Based on the results a Hysteroscopy is possible.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Elias does not accept my insurance plan so I was a self-pay patient. My plan does have out-of-network benefits, however, I was told that I had to pay upfront and then get a form that I could submit to my insurance for reimbursement.
Describe Rony Elias's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Elias explained that due to a number of factors including advanced maternal age as well as other medical issues I would be prudent to only transfer one embryo for not only a positive outcome for pregnancy but to my long term health.
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Rony Elias
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10
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Westchester
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10
Age
29 - 31
Treated
2017 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage, Uterine Fibroids
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They [nurses at Weill Cornell] were great to work with and when I called multiple times for follow up questions, they always called me back the same day...the Mt. Kisco office would get crowded during monitoring appointments, but it was more of a personal feel getting to see Dr. Elias (being able to ask your own DR questions). NYC office was always packed, but they always moved pretty quick...IUI was ~750, IVF cycle was approximately 10k for one cycle plus injections were ~6k
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Age
29 - 31
Treated
2017 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage, Uterine Fibroids
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
If you can try to go to the Mt. Kisco office for morning monitoring because you get to see Dr. Elias for US and Blood work everyday except Thursday's and weekends. The NYC main office is more of the factory feel and you get a different doctor or nurse each time. They are extremely fast though because there are so many NP's there.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Elias always made us feel comfortable. My husband and I had multiple appointments with him because of my pre-ops for my fibroid surgeries, lap, etc. He has great bed side manner, he's very kind, compassionate and extremely patient. We always knew the success rates going in which helped when a treatment didn't work and he always took the time to thoroughly explain everything.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Lisa and Jane )
Lisa and Jane are Dr. Elias's two IVF NYC Nurses that call to give daily updates. They also called me for IUI next steps as well. They were great to work with and when I called multiple times for follow up questions, they always called me back the same day.
How was your experience with Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
We would not be expecting our little boy in December if it wasn't for Dr. Elias. We will forever be grateful to him. Dr. Elias always called me to follow up after surgeries and several times when i freaked out over results. I truly feel he genuinely cares about his patients and ask my husband, he was the only person that could calm me down. You just feel a sense of comfort when he's talking to you. Dr. Elias is also extremely patient - pretty sure i repeated several questions over multiple appointments and he always answered them without hesitation. Although morning monitoring was fast, i never felt he rushed me without answering my questions. Dr. Elias was able to remove my fibroid with three minimally invasive hysteroscopic surgeries. After multiple IUI's and laparoscopic surgery which confirmed my blocked tube, we ended up doing IVF. Dr. Elias never made us feel rushed to move onto the next step until we were ready, but also gave us his honest opinion, which i really appreciated. The first IVF cycle ended in a CP, but was my first FET was a natural unmediated cycle and it was a success.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Don't be afraid to ask him questions or give him your opinion on research you found, etc. He really takes the time to address your concerns so that you can understand his protocol, etc. He's happy to repeat himself though if you don't understand what he says the first time.
Describe the protocols Rony Elias used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
1 clomid cycle and TI, 5 IUI cycles of 100mg Clomid (1 was 150mg Clomid). We were going to move forward with IVF after 4th IUI but we missed deadline due to time of year. For IVF: 150iu Gonal F, Menopour 75, Cetrotide. 17 eggs retrieved, 14 mature, 12 fertilized with ICSI, 10 made it to blastocyst. Fresh cycle ended in a CP, Frozen was un-medicated with 1 BL and it was a success.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Already stated above, but the Mt. Kisco office would get crowded during monitoring appointments, but it was more of a personal feel getting to see Dr. Elias (being able to ask your own DR questions). NYC office was always packed, but they always moved pretty quick.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College.
IUI was ~750, IVF cycle was approximately 10k for one cycle plus injections were ~6k, plus ICSI was ~2,500, Frozen cycle was ~4k. Insurance covered Fibroid surgeries, lap, IUI and IVF but i had to pay until we hit our out of pocket max.
Describe Rony Elias's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Elias strongly recommended SET due to my age even after my fresh cycle ended in a CP.
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Rony Elias
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Westchester
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10
Age
39
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Tubal Blockage
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Ivf cycle [at Weill Cornell was] $10,500...The retrieval and transfer are typically done by the doctor that is assigned to the OR that day. I had [Dr. Pereira] for my retrieval but someone else for the transfer...he was very knowledgeable and comforting as well...Everyone at the clinic was very nice and always helpful. Setting up appointments was easy and I always got a follow up call with results in the afternoon. If they couldn’t reach me they’d call again instead of just leaving a message. I always felt like everyone knew who I am when I called and they directed my concerns to dr Pereira as necessary. This was the first clinic (out of 3) where I did not feel like a number
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Age
39
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Architect
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Tubal Blockage
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
At the tribeca office I never had to wait very long. However, the main office on the weekend gets crowded. I still feel like they were very organized and things moved well. You will always see your doctor for checkups. They are not done my a nurse or random doctor like other clinics. The only exception may be the weekend - but even then I was lucky enough to see my doctor. The retrieval and transfer are typically done by the doctor that is assigned to the OR that day. I had dr. P for my retrieval but someone else for the transfer. I forgot the name of the doctor that did my transfer, but he was very knowledgeable and comforting as well.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr Pereira always encouraged me that this will work and that there’s no reason that I can’t get pregnant. He always responded to my emails the same day and took all my concerns seriously. He was the only person I saw for all my checkups and the retrieval.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Chrystal )
Everyone at the clinic was very nice and always helpful. Setting up appointments was easy and I always got a follow up call with results in the afternoon. If they couldn’t reach me they’d call again instead of just leaving a message. I always felt like everyone knew who I am when I called and they directed my concerns to dr Pereira as necessary. This was the first clinic (out of 3) where I did not feel like a number
How was your experience with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr Pereira took the time to review my history thoroughly and took the time to answer all my questions. He was the only person I saw for checkups and he was able to switch things around to do my retrieval as well. He was always encouraging and always followed up. If I had any concerns he saw me the same day or next day. I cannot recommend him enough! He is compassionate and really cares about his patients!
Describe the protocols Nigel Pereira used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I started the cycle with 100mg of Clomid for 5 days. On day 4 I added 150iu Gonal and 150iu Menopur. Menopur was increased to 225iu after a few days (this was my request cause i felt i wasn’t responding well enough). The last 5 days before the retrieval I added Cetrotide. Since I had a failed transfer at another clinic with a PGS normal 6AA embryo, dr P suggested a fresh transfer for me. He explained that sometimes it’s better to do a day 3 transfer cause some embryos don’t like the lab and there’s a chance that my embryo was rejected by my immune system so an “untouched” embryo may be better for me.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I always saw my doctor for monitoring and I never had to wait very long - even if it was crowded. The team is very organized.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Ivf cycle $10,500 ICSI $2,630 Sounding $600 Facility Fee $1005,84 Anesthesia $600 ————————- FET $4,260 Embryo Cryopreservation $1,050
Describe Nigel Pereira's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Since I had 1 PGS normal out of 3 embryos during that first cycle, we decided to transfer 3 embryos. This is also the clinics recommendation for non-tested embryos at my age
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Nigel Pereira
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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10
Age
35
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Cornell's early monitoring hours are really great and and make it really easy to avoid a disruption to work. It was easy to make appointments and get in for super last minute ultrasounds if I was ever feeling nervous about anything. Highly recommend Cornell's fertility care...The nurses at Cornell were really great and friendly which is really important when coming in daily at some points. They were always prompt with their calls to report blood results and some were particularly warm and friendly. At times it was hard to get in contact with them via phone, but they always returned your calls.
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Age
35
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$500K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cornell's early monitoring hours are really great and and make it really easy to avoid a disruption to work. It was easy to make appointments and get in for super last minute ultrasounds if I was ever feeling nervous about anything. Highly recommend Cornell's fertility care.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
From the moment my husband and I met Dr Pereira, we really liked him. He is not only knowledgeable, but incredibly warm and compassionate and always made me feel like a priority, which was especially important after I suffered an additional miscarriage while under his care. He never made me feel like a number and treated my case specifically based on my medical history. If I ever had any questions for Dr P, he would email or give me a call even after hours. He is a wonderful person and the best doctor I have ever had.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Crystal Wright)
The nurses at Cornell were really great and friendly which is really important when coming in daily at some points. They were always prompt with their calls to report blood results and some were particularly warm and friendly. At times it was hard to get in contact with them via phone, but they always returned your calls.
How was your experience with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
As previously mentioned, Dr Pereira always made me feel incredibly cared for. He always made time to explain everything and answer my questions thoroughly - no appointment ever felt rushed and I always felt like a priority of his.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
To chose him as your reproductive doctor!
Describe the protocols Nigel Pereira used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
As I had gotten pregnant two times previously on my own before visiting Cornell (and lost them), he started me out by putting me on Progesterone supplements post ovulation surge. I became pregnant naturally after my first cycle under his care and all was going well until week 9, when a heartbeat could no longer be detected. After testing it was determined that the fetus likely died due to a blood clot as it was 'normal' and I have Factor V Leiden blood clotting disorder. It was decided at that point that I would give myself daily Enoxaparin Sodium injections starting with my next positive pregnancy test. We decided to try IUI to increase our pregnancy success rate and got pregnant. Unfortunately I lost that pregnancy too at about 6 weeks though giving myself injections (on top of Progesterone supplements). Not wanting to deal with a 5th pregnancy loss that could potentially be due to an abnormal embryo, my husband decided to take aggressive action with IVF. We became pregnant with our first transfer of one embryo and I am currently 16 weeks pregnant and will be giving myself daily 40mg injections of Enoxaparin Sodium through my pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
While the office was generally super busy during monitoring hours and the wait could be longer than ideal, it was all managed quite well and the actual monitoring was really quick.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College.
As we did not qualify for IUI and IVF medical coverage with mine or my husband's medical status, we had to pay a lot of money out of pocket, easily in excess of $20k after IVF.
Describe Nigel Pereira's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr Pereira felt strongly that I should only have 1 embryo transferred due to my history with miscarriages and wanting to mitigate risk. This was in line with what my husband and I wanted to do also.
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Doctor
Nigel Pereira
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Trustworthiness
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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10
Age
33 - 34
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
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Worked with Hannah [nurse at Cornell] during the IUIs, she was fantastic. She then went on maternity leave and we worked with a new nurse, who was less familiar in the lead role. Had a few hiccups along the way, but got better as went went...We did ICSI, genetic testing on the embryos, and a frozen transfer. Including the cost of meds, anesthesia for the retrieval, and the aforementioned choices, we spent about $25K on IVF.
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Age
33 - 34
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
South Asian
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Entrepreneur
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Amazing clinic- super kind staff, very prompt ‘service,’ extremely clean and modern facility. This is one well-oiled machine, with a very uncommon level of care and humanity. I really appreciate how quickly I could get in and out of the office, esp given the frequency of appointments.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Though Dr. Reichman is a busy doctor, I always felt like our questions were answered, issues clarified, etc. I was fairly active on email and he was super responsive.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Christine )
Worked with Hannah during the IUIs, she was fantastic. She then went on maternity leave and we worked with a new nurse, who was less familiar in the lead role. Had a few hiccups along the way, but got better as went went.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
My early reaction, and continued perspective on Dr. Reichman, is that I wish every doctor I had was like him. He’s super intelligent, passionate about his work, focused on results, data oriented, and a caring, communicative doctor. From our first consultation, he provided us with assurance that we had previously been lacking. The road wasn’t always smooth (2 failed IUIs), but we knew that the likelihood of getting pregnant that way was much lower than with IVF, given the data he presented in the first consult. When we had a hiccup with meds/insurance while starting IVF, he personally found a way to get us what we needed, allowing us to begin the cycle in what was a good month. I can’t ever say I’ve had a doctor that has gone so above and beyond. He was always very receptive to our thoughts and questions, to some concerns we had along the way, dedicated to making sure our experience was as good as it could be.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
If you’re results oriented and respond to data and a logic-based approach, he’s your guy.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
2 IUIs, first cycle with Clomid and second with Letrozole. Second cycle elicited a larger egg count, but ultimately, both cycles did not produce a pregnancy. For IVF, we did a frozen transfer to allow for timing flexibility on the transfer (to evaluate the lining of my uterus) and the option to genetic test the embryos. Got 12 oocytes, which led to 10 mature eggs. 8 fertilized, and 6 were viable after genetic testing. Meds prescribed pre-retrieval were Gonal F, Menopur, and Cetrotide. Did the trigger shot the night before the retrieval. Followed the transfer with progesterone inserts.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
IUIs cost about $400 with our insurance, not sure about the actual cost. Our insurance didn’t pay for ivf, so we paid out of pocket. We did ICSI, genetic testing on the embryos, and a frozen transfer. Including the cost of meds, anesthesia for the retrieval, and the aforementioned choices, we spent about $25K on IVF.
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Thought it was smart and strategic that we transferred one, given my age, the number of viable embryos we had, and the potential risks posed with multiples.
10
Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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10
Age
32 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
10
Holly, Lindsay, Connie and Jersey [nurses at Weill Cornell] are the best. The treat you like family and not just a number. They care about your success and are always positive even when you are going through the worst...I only had one instance where I didnt get a call on my directions for the following day but the on call Dr gave me a call back within minutes to update me...While it is no secret that the Hospital Waiting room can feel cold and "factory" it is a small price to pay for what expertise they have
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Age
32 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$500K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cornell is known to be the best clinic in NYC and even the country. While it is no secret that the Hospital Waiting room can feel cold and "factory" it is a small price to pay for what expertise they have
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Melnick and her staff are all extremely warm, personal but also direct. They care about their patients but also value honesty which meant a lot to me in the process.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Holly)
Holly, Lindsay, Connie and Jersey are the best. The treat you like family and not just a number. They care about your success and are always positive even when you are going through the worst
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Failed to call with results
How was your experience with Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Melnick is at the top of her field. She is young and up to date on current advice regarding infertility treatment. She has a protocol she follows but knows when to adjust to meet patients needs. She is extremely smart and confident in her abilities which as a patient helped me with so much of my anxiety.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Book an appointment as soon as possible!
Describe the protocols Alexis Melnick used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
When I saw Dr Melnick I was 1 year into TTC with 1 miscarriage (first month trying) because my labs / test showed no reasons why I couldn't get pregnant again we started with natural cycle IUI. The first cycle was negative and then we tried clomid + IUI for 3 rounds which resulted in 2 chemical pregnancies and 1 full miscarriage. At that point I was certain nothing would work however Dr. Melnick suggested IVF with PGS testing (which was confirmed recommendation by 2 other second opinions). We started IVF a few months later and had a very successful round with 23 eggs resulting in 12 embryos, 6 of which tested PGS normal. Because of my history, Dr Melnick had me take baby aspirin and increased doses of Progesterone during my transfer and early pregnancy. I had a healthy baby boy and am now starting to think about round #2!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Insurance covered but roughly $20,000. Dr Melnick takes Aetna but the Hospital sadly does not
Describe Alexis Melnick's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr Melnick did not suggest multiple embryo transfers given that mine had been through PGS
10
Doctor
Alexis Melnick
Communication
Trustworthiness
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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7
Age
38 - 39
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
7
[Experience with nurses at Weill Cornell was] Generally great but I had one major problem with billing that was in contrast to what the nurse told me...After my initial consultation the IUI nurse explained the process for submitting for insurance approvals and calling in and administering prescriptions. I was direcly told that I would not have to worry about insurance approvals and that Cornell handled that on my behalf. Unfortunately, they proceeded with my third IUI although my insurance denied it. They have billed me in full. Their stance is that upon my initial visit, I was read a script by their receptionist and asked to sign (many things) in acknowledgement before the Doctor would see me. In my state and the rush imposed, I may well have done so. It's a shame this is their practice and excuse. The billing representative I spoke with ("Supervisor") was condescending and rude - she seemed annoyed at my questions and had a "too bad" attitude. Once I had to call for a prescription order I was told was being placed - It was handled immediately after I called. I have requested my medical records (2+ weeks ago) and have not yet recieved.
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Age
38 - 39
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
7
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Generally great, reception is polite although a bit hasty and patronizing - I assume because of the volume of emotional women they deal with all day. Wait times can be up to an hour but for the most part were very quick and I felt the clinic did all possible to mitigate waiting. Facilities were clean and modern. Staff was all professional and friendly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I did understand what tests were being done, nor the outcome or meaning. I would have liked to better understand what he/ we learned from each test and cycle. I often felt in the dark and my questions were answered but curtly and without elaboration.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Generally great but I had one major problem with billing that was in contrast to what the nurse told me.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I felt he was competent and knew exactly what he was looking for and observing - I wish he shared more insight. I still do not understand why none of our attempts worked or if he had any understanding. Our first consultation was jarring because he assertively suggested IVF immediately (at 38 years old), but I can't blame him for my shock. Throughout, he was very matter-of-fact and direct. There were no elaborations, explainations were as minimal as necessary, he seems busy but always made time for pleasantries and to ensure I was OK. There were a few times I had to call nurses after the appointment for clarity on next steps.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Do your reserach before seeing him to understand potential outcomes, alternatives and questions to ask. He will competently answer all, but not necessarily offer excess info.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
We attempted three IUI, first two with Clomid and third with Letrozole. We monitored frequently (expensively) and I gave blood and had an ultrasound for consecutive days prior to procedure. Each time I recieved conflicting recommendations for when to have intercourse following the IUI. Each IUI attempt was unsuccessful and if there was any suggestion of explaination, I never heard it.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
IUI was apx $5K per attempt, including monitoring.
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
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8
Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
Nursing
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10
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
Leave messages with questions. They always call you back [at Weill Cornell]...The ladies at the front desk always greeted me by name and were warm...The nursing staff was always friendly and answered all of my questions when they called with test results. They were also excellent when responding to messages I left for them... Our plan was to do one more cycle with IUI and then move on to IVF because my insurance would pay for it and my husband and I did not want to wait. Since it was our last IUI cycle Dr. Reichman though I should try clomid rather than letrozole to see if it yielded different results. I did not respond to clomid, so I went back on letrozole and did one last IUI. This cycle worked and I am now pregnant!
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Leave messages with questions. They always call you back........…................................... ..........….....................................................................................................
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
The ladies at the front desk always greeted me by name and were warm. Dr. Reichman always had a smile on his face and asked how I was. He responded quickly to my emails outside of office hours. He also always took what my husband and I wanted into consideration when presenting plans for next steps. I always felt like Dr. Reichman cared for me and was always rooting for the end result we wanted.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was always friendly and answered all of my questions when they called with test results. They were also excellent when responding to messages I left for them.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Reichman. I have never felt like a doctor was so invested in me as I did with Dr. Reichman. He not only is an amazing doctor but he is warm and compassionate. He was very patient and thorough when explaining options, procedures and next steps. He made me feel very confident in the choices I made because I felt he had given me all of the information I needed. I also always felt very confident with his recommendations. When I emailed him questions he responded quickly even outside of office hours. When I came in for monitoring appointments he took my work schedule into account and would see me earlier in the morning.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Choose him as your doctor.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I do not ovulate on my own due to PCOS. Dr. Reichman started me out on 2.5mg of letrozole to help me ovulate. He said that women with PCOS often respond better to letrozole than clomid. I did not respond to that dosage, so the next month he increased it to 5mg. I responded to that dosage and continued to use it for 3-4 cycles combined with regular monitoring, trigger shot and timed intercourse. Those cycles were met with negative pregnancy tests, so Dr. Reichman did a procedure to test my Fallopian tubes to make sure they were open. They were clear so, we moved on to 2 cycles of letrozole and IUI. Our plan was to do one more cycle with IUI and then move on to IVF because my insurance would pay for it and my husband and I did not want to wait. Since it was our last IUI cycle Dr. Reichman though I should try clomid rather than letrozole to see if it yielded different results. I did not respond to clomid, so I went back on letrozole and did one last IUI. This cycle worked and I am now pregnant!
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
My insurance covered everything except for my copays.
10
Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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10
Age
38
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, 7 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
10
Cornell is a well oiled machine. They are efficient and organized. However, they are extremely busy so a wait time is expected. I was there over a Monday holiday weekend, and my wait times exceeded 1 hour and there were no chairs left....after many IUI and 7 IVF, I would consider myself experienced. I have used multiple clinics for IVF and have sought multiple second opinion consults. BY FAR, my experience at Cornell with Dr. Davis has been the best.
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Age
38
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Income
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 7 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
I am still in my fertility journey, and after many IUI and 7 IVF, I would consider myself experienced. I have used multiple clinics for IVF and have sought multiple second opinion consults. BY FAR, my experience at Cornell with Dr. Davis has been the best.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
With my complicated history, Dr. Davis clearly reviewed my extensive fertility records prior to our visit and was prepared to lay out a well formulated plan. He was honest but extremely informative.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Cornell is a huge and busy clinic. Nursing care was not personalized for me, but most were nice and helpful. Sometimes I felt there was some miscommunication, so I felt it was important to advocate for yourself as a patient.
How was your experience with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Davis was by far the best RE I have ever worked with. He is the most knowledgeable and I truly trust his clinical judgement. He provided clear and concise recommendations, and I always understood the plan. He was readily accessible for questions, and always called me after a failed cycle. I was referred to him by a physician after multiple failed cycles for a second opinion and I believe he is known to take complicated cases. I completely understand why. He provided a very personalized treatment plan, incorporating my complicated history. I had received multiple other 2nd opinions at other prestigious clinics, and only received generic "cookie cutter" recommendations. I was extremely impressed with the care I received from Dr. Davis at our very first meeting. My husband was also impressed (and trust me, it takes A LOT to impress him!) I would give Dr. Davis my highest recommendation!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Have a list of questions prepared, because you will get every single one answered!
Describe the protocols Owen Davis used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Antagonist protocol with estrogen patch. I had a history of asynchronous follicle development, so Dr. Davis chose this protocol. I had some of the best quality embryos to date, but unfortunately it did not result in pregnancy. He did recommend a protocol that they do at Cornell where they do an endometrial biopsy and grow your embryos on your own endometrial cells - which requires extra visits.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cornell is a well oiled machine. They are efficient and organized. However, they are extremely busy so a wait time is expected. I was there over a Monday holiday weekend, and my wait times exceeded 1 hour and there were no chairs left.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I paid out of pocket for IVF, which was around $15K.
Describe Owen Davis's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I did not have strong preferences on the number of embryo transferred, and took his recommendations which were based on age and prior transfer history for me.
10
Doctor
Owen Davis
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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10
Age
44
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Considering the results [at Weill Cornell], the embryologist and the lab were excellent...Weekend monitoring on the UES was painless as the wait time was quick and the nurses always pleasant... loved going to the Mt. Kisco office which was much more intimate and the team there is fantastic. It felt like a family practice...They [nurses] were consistent and very considerate with regard to advice for my medication as I was paying out of pocket (advising on the more cost effective pharmacies). I received very quick responses to all my emails. I als
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Age
44
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
East Asian
Income
$500K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Considering the results, the embryologist and the lab were excellent. I would assume that my rate of conversion from egg --&gt;embryo--&gt;blast is on the higher range of success for any clinic. Weekend monitoring on the UES was painless as the wait time was quick and the nurses always pleasant.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Elias is great listener and thoughtful about his approach to treatment. I had previously seen another RE that had discouraged me from IVF due to my age, and relative AMH and AFC; however, Dr. Elias had a positive outlook from the onset which made a huge impact in the process. He assessed HSG records from specialists that I had seen previously and where others failed to, he educated me on the results with his recommendation. He has a great bedside manner and is highly responsive to any concerns or questions.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Lisa Artusa)
Lisa and Jane were great and communicated with a lot of positivity and high energy. They were consistent and very considerate with regard to advice for my medication as I was paying out of pocket (advising on the more cost effective pharmacies). I received very quick responses to all my emails. I also loved going to the Mt. Kisco office which was much more intimate and the team there is fantastic. It felt like a family practice.
How was your experience with Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Elias offered a lot of guidance throughout the process, and took the time to explain his diagnosis, recommendation, as well as what to expect during the various stages of the cycle. He was highly compassionate and very human. I was fortunate to see him for almost every monitoring and he performed the retrieval. He was committed to delivering the best results and based on his protocol, his initial assumptions were spot on. I really felt that I was in the best possible care with his knowledge, ability, and expertise.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Elias is more than happy to share his knowledge - ask questions!
Describe the protocols Rony Elias used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Estrogen priming antagonist protocol with 150 Gonal-F, 150 Menopur and Cetrotide. Trigger with HCG/Lupron. 8 mature eggs retrieved, 6 embryos, and 5 day 5 blasts. Shockingly positive results for my age and have to acknowledge the excellent work of Dr. Elias, his team, and the lab. All were aneuploidy and unfortunately in this case, I was a statistic of my age group. However, Dr. Elias still had a very positive outlook given the results and I appreciate that he had developed a strategy for the next IVF round during our follow up after the genetic results.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College.
No insurance coverage unfortunately. IVF Cycle Fee $9463, ICSI $2630, Freezing $1050, PGS $4850, Medication $4500, Hospital Fee $1000
Describe Rony Elias's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
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10
Doctor
Rony Elias
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Westchester
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9
Age
30 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
6 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation
9
At times it is easy to feel like a number when waiting in the Cornell waiting room, but now that they take appointments for monitoring it felt more human- I knew who I’d be seeing, and have a general sense of how long I’d be waiting....I didn’t always feel like they were the best or most efficient communicators. I often waited until 5-6pm to get instructions; and even waited till that time for results of a pregnancy test. When I called and left messages w questions they typically called back within a few hours.
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Age
30 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation
9
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
I had issues with prior authorization for one of the medications I needed/ they totally dropped the ball on it- telling me it would take 2 weeks for an answer; when I already waited 2 weeks and needed the meds already...I needed to follow up multiple times for that to be resolved. Otherwise, I had an overall positive experience w the clinic.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College?
At times it is easy to feel like a number when waiting in the Cornell waiting room, but now that they take appointments for monitoring it felt more human- I knew who I’d be seeing, and have a general sense of how long I’d be waiting. Additionally, once in the room with Dr Goldshlag I felt understood and well taken care of.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I didn’t always feel like they were the best or most efficient communicators. I often waited until 5-6pm to get instructions; and even waited till that time for results of a pregnancy test. When I called and left messages w questions they typically called back within a few hours. There were times I was given misinformation and had to push/ask them to clarify w the doctor because the nurse told me something different than he said earlier that same day.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr Goldschlag always seemed positive and hopeful, yet is realistic in discussing options and recommendations with me. He is supportive and kind, and I trust his insight. I liked that I could typically see him for monitoring, and if he was in the clinic on the day of IUI he would certainly do the procedure once requested.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Ask questions! He seems willing to discuss and give info about any questions I have- I just need to be prepared with them :)
Describe the protocols Dan Goldschlag used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I had a successful (yet complicated pregnancy) IUI cycle using Follistim and Ovidrel I. 2016-17. When I returned for continued treatment we attempted first to use clomid and letrozole to lower the chance of multiples. I didn’t respond to those so now I’m back to using Gonal F. So far, I’ve been responding but unsuccessful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College.
So far insurance has covered all of my procedures, and I’ve needed to pay a copay for each visit.
Describe Dan Goldschlag's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I haven’t yet done IVF but in consultation about it, i was told that it would depend on embryo quality.
9
Doctor
Dan Goldschlag
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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10
Age
33
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
The office [Weill Cornell Medical] is clean and beautiful and I never dreaded having to go see Dr. Pereira... Strengths: Office is beautiful, Dr. P and the nurses are great. Location is easy to get to. I always felt like I had access to nurses and Dr. P. Dr. Pereira also takes early appointments, I could go before work! Weaknesses: wait times depending on when you go. The earlier the better.... Karla and Kristin were wonderful, as were all the nurses. Past experiences have left much to be desired, but not at Dr. Pereira's office.
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Age
33
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Latino
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Strengths: Office is beautiful, Dr. P and the nurses are great. Location is easy to get to. I always felt like I had access to nurses and Dr. P. Dr. Pereira also takes early appointments, I could go before work! Weaknesses: wait times depending on when you go. The earlier the better.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Pereira is amazing in every way. He is knowledgeable, warm, and considerate. He has high standards, as does his staff. After I became pregnant, I did not want to leave his care because he was such a great doctor. The office is clean and beautiful and I never dreaded having to go see Dr. Pereira. If you want results and a doctor who is transparent and considerate, definitely go to Dr. Pereira.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Karla and Kristin were wonderful, as were all the nurses. Past experiences have left much to be desired, but not at Dr. Pereira's office. They were kind, understanding, patient, and knowledgeable.
How was your experience with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Pereira is smart, transparent, knowledgeable, and has a wonderful bedside manner. He had a consultation with me before we started our work together, which I really appreciated. He got to know me and my background and what I wanted out of this experience. If a question popped up in my head later, I could email him and receive a response in 24 hours, this was a first for me, I have never experienced that before.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Know what you want out of the experience, ask lots of questions because Dr. P will take the time to answer them. Be honest with Dr. Pereira.
Describe the protocols Nigel Pereira used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
timed conception, letrozole.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I paid a copay, which I knew I had to. I paid a copay every time I saw Dr. Pereira because with my insurance, he is considered a specialist. I found Dr. Pereira because he was in network with my insurance, so besides copays, I paid nothing out of pocket. As for medications, I had one expensive medication, but I didn't have to take it every month, it was more of a one time prescription.
Describe Nigel Pereira's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
n/a
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Doctor
Nigel Pereira
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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10
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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10
Age
42 - 48
Treated
2013 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
10
The clinic itself [Weill Cornell] was great and had a pleasant and clean atmosphere. My only criticism was the morning wait was often extremely long. Several times I waited over an hour for them to call my name for bloodwork and ultrasounds.... The nurses (Cheryl Sabatino, Sarah Fricke, Juliana Shen, etc.) were all very capable, knowledgeable and efficient. They got back to me within a reasonable amount of time and responded to my questions in detail. The nurses who drew blood, in the mornings, were also very professional and caring.
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Age
42 - 48
Treated
2013 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The clinic itself was great and had a pleasant and clean atmosphere. My only criticism was the morning wait was often extremely long. Several times I waited over an hour for them to call my name for bloodwork and ultrasounds.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Pak Chung at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Chung always treated me and my husband in a very warm, caring and genuine way. Even though I wasn't able to conceive under his care (probably due to circumstances out of his control), I have zero doubt that him and his staff/team tried their absolute best to help us reach our goal of having a baby. Dr. Chung always listened patiently to my long list of questions and never made me feel rushed or silly for asking them. His assistants, Lily, Liliane, Phoebe and Alice were also always available to talk to me and assist me, and extremely helpful at all times.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Cheryl Sabatino, Sarah Fricke, Juliana Shen)
The nurses (Cheryl Sabatino, Sarah Fricke, Juliana Shen, etc.) were all very capable, knowledgeable and efficient. They got back to me within a reasonable amount of time and responded to my questions in detail. The nurses who drew blood, in the mornings, were also very professional and caring. These nurses (who were part of the monitoring staff in the mornings) are some of the only nurses I've met who consistently were able to draw blood on the first try, instead of poking me repeatedly to find a good vein.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Lost paperwork
How was your experience with Pak Chung at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I could not have asked for a better physician than Doctor Chung. His genuine goal was to help me succeed, and I sincerely felt that he cared about the outcome more than your average Doctor would. I spent a span of six years (2013-2019) under his care, freezing and retrieving eggs and transferring embryos, and could not have been happier with the quality of care and treatment he provided me. There were several occasions where he took the time, outside of office hours, to call and explain things to me or console me when I received a negative pregnancy test. He is a true gem and a very kind doctor, in addition to being most knowledgeable about his area of expertise, fertility.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Pak Chung at Weill Cornell Medical College?
To a prospective patient of Dr. Pak Chung, I would say "don't be afraid to ask many questions". Dr. Chung is the type of doctor who appreciates questions and has the patience and knowledge to answer them well.
Describe the protocols Pak Chung used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I would say that Dr. Chung started me with the basic protocol and modified it, when he saw that it wasn't working. With each round that did not succeed we would trouble-shoot to see how we could do things differently in order to increase our chances for success. Dr. Chung even conferred with my gynecologist several times, in order for me to get the optimal results out of a hysteroscopy, performed by my gynecologist.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
The monitoring appointments were mostly organized, except for the very long waiting process (sometimes 1 1/2 hours). The monitoring hours were a little early, but I understand why they needed to be, so that they can have your blood work results back by that afternoon.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Pak Chung at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I paid, out-of-pocket, $60,000 or more for costs including, egg retrieval and freezing, embryo creation, frozen embryo transfers, doctors visits, special ultrasounds, etc. The breakdown of the costs was very hard to keep track of, so I had to write diligent notes and create charts to stay organized and be financially prepared for the bills to come.
Describe Pak Chung's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Chung was always direct in telling me his concerns regarding pregnancy of multiples He gave me all of the statistics, but when push came to shove, he allowed me to put in two, even though he objected to it.
10
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Pak Chung
Communication
Trustworthiness
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10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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8
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, PCOS
8
Weill Cornell is a very streamlined operation. They have their processes down and are very efficient and organized. The professionalism of the office is comforting during this complicated process. Make sure to get one of their cards so you can check in yourself in the morning.... I unexpectedly had to halt my treatment when I learned I needed surgery to address another condition, and Dr. Spandorfer was great and was prepared to alter my treatment if needed given the new condition. He has called me personally on a number of occasions.
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
South Asian
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, PCOS
8
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Weill Cornell is a very streamlined operation. They have their processes down and are very efficient and organized. The professionalism of the office is comforting during this complicated process. Make sure to get one of their cards so you can check in yourself in the morning.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Spandorfer is very direct and is pretty good with the dad jokes (in a good way). I had a lot of questions and he sat down with me and addressed them all, even when they were beyond basic. I unexpectedly had to halt my treatment when I learned I needed surgery to address another condition, and Dr. Spandorfer was great and was prepared to alter my treatment if needed given the new condition. He has called me personally on a number of occasions.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
So far they have been very responsive, returning my calls within hours.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I was referred to Dr. Spandorfer by a friend who became pregnant after two IVF cycles under his care -- she was very happy with him and his level of knowledge and professionalism. My experience thus far has been overwhelmingly positive. He dealt with an unexpected (and unrelated) medical situation with care and compassion and has answered all of my questions every time. My one note is that he has not been proactive about discussing what my test results have meant in detail and relied on the clinic's class to make sure I understand drug protocol and administration for egg retrieval. But I trust that he knows exactly what he is doing based on my interactions with him and my friend's successful pregnancy.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Come prepared with your questions and make sure to ask him about anything you need to know to feel comfortable.
8
Doctor
Steven Spandorfer
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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7
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
7
The clinic [Weill Cornell] at Tribeca is filled with the nicest people I have ever met. However, because of the volume at their other office at York, the same treatment is not found there. And as a patient, you will need to visit both offices. At York, the woman at the front speaks too fast and seems uninterested in speaking with others. She called me on the day that should have been my third IUI at 10:40 AM claiming that she called me and left a message at 8 AM and if I was still coming in.
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
South Asian
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
7
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The clinic at Tribeca is filled with the nicest people I have ever met. However, because of the volume at their other office at York, the same treatment is not found there. And as a patient, you will need to visit both offices. At York, the woman at the front speaks too fast and seems uninterested in speaking with others. She called me on the day that should have been my third IUI at 10:40 AM claiming that she called me and left a message at 8 AM and if I was still coming in. I never got any missed call or message (because I was hoping the clinic would call me back in time and had my phone on my person all morning) but once 9AM hit, I told my husband to just go to work because we couldn’t wait all day, plus the follicles were very small and the doctor (Dr. Reichmann) when he did my ultrasound, had no impression that I would be ready for an IUI. I was annoyed that the woman was more interested in proving she was right than realizing that I missed my third IUI. I did not express that to her, but just said that my husband had to go to work and we would not be coming in that day. I have not gone back for treatments at Weill Cornell, or any clinic for that matter, because this very last experience left me discouraged and very stressed. This is pretty much the experience I have had at every ob/gyn before switching over to a fertility clinic. I will try another fertility clinic when I am ready again in a few months, but I think all the heavy lifting needs to be done by the patient.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Samantha Pfeifer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Her bedside manner was great. She was really good at listening to me and not telling me only what she knew.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was always patient, answered all my questions, and very compassionate. I once met Crystal, and she was very kind and always explained things very well to me.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Canceled a cycle due to clinic error
How was your experience with Samantha Pfeifer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I was very happy with Dr. Pfeiffer until for one cycle, when we were setting up the IUI appointment she said “remind me for next cycle that you ovulate early” and it just showed me she did not have faith that this cycle would work. I already felt like it was a waste of time. At my consultation, one of the recommendations was laparoscopy and when I went in to try that as an option, she said if I was open to IVF then that would be the better option. However, when she discussed the IUI, I felt like she just felt that IVF was going to be what I did and was dismissive of other options. I thought she was a great doctor, and very thoughtful and compassionate, but I did feel like what she truly believed was not what she wanted me to do. It was as though I was rushing through the IUI’s so that I could be eligible for IVF. Also, there was only one cycle of the 4 cycles I was there that I saw her throughout the entire process. I really wanted her to be my doctor but she was often out of the office.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Samantha Pfeifer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Be mindful that she is not always available and you will need to see other doctors quite often
Describe the protocols Samantha Pfeifer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
First cycle was clomid 50mg only but no timed intercourse or IUI. My husband had a viral infection and Dr. Pfeiffer was not sure if his sperm would be okay to use for the IUI. Second cycle was clomid 50mg again with an IUI (this is the cycle I saw Dr. Pfeiffer throughout). Third cycle was clomid 50mg with an IUI. My follicles were very small and I was already surging when I was told to go in for my IUI the next day. Fourth cycle was clomid 100mg with timed intercourse because the IUI was not scheduled on time. The two follicles were small (13-14) and I was again already surging when I was to schedule the IUI the following day. All four cycles resulted in negative pregnancy tests.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Samantha Pfeifer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
All costs were paid by my insurance except some medication and copays. I paid for Clomid, Sperm wash, and IUI through insurance.
Describe Samantha Pfeifer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
N/a
7
Doctor
Samantha Pfeifer
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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3
Age
33 - 36
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
3
The downtown office is smaller. Very clean and organized. You will usually always see your Dr when you go. The staff is friendly and knows your name. They always get your meds in on time. They only issue I found is it takes forever to get your records. So if you need them quickly you will have to stay on them. ... I only ever spoke to Hannah and Christine [nurses]. Both were good and responsive. However they will never really answer questions for you and will tell you to email Dr Reichman.
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Age
33 - 36
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
3
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The downtown office is smaller. Very clean and organized. You will usually always see your Dr when you go. The staff is friendly and knows your name. They always get your meds in on time. They only issue I found is it takes forever to get your records. So if you need them quickly you will have to stay on them.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
When i initially saw Dr Reichman in 2016 after 2 losses he was nothing short of amazing. He was kind, empathetic and really took the time to discuss treatment, calm anxiety and let you know he was there to support you. When I saw him again in 2018/2019 everything changed. He was blunt, short, easily annoyed and combative. I really felt like I was dealing with a completely different Doctor. He was no longer willing to try different things or think outside the box. It was very his way or the highway. I did not feel the comfort and support I once felt with him at all.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Hannah Giaimo)
I only ever spoke to Hannah and Christine. Both were good and responsive. However they will never really answer questions for you and will tell you to email Dr Reichman.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Canceled a cycle due to clinic error
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I first went to him back in 2016. He was empathetic, concerned and took the time to walk you through everything and also made sure that you were handling everything ok mentally. He was the kind of dr that would call you from vacation or on his way home to check in and explain things. I will add that we did get pregnant during that time at his practice, however it likely would've happened regardless. When we returned to him in 2018/2019 for baby 2 it was a very different experience. He was overly blunt, cold and got extremely upset whenever he was questioned or I advocated for myself. He just seemed like he was too busy too care anymore. Emails would go unanswered for days and you never received phone calls when requested. It was like I was dealing with a completely different dr.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
If you tend to ask questions and advocate for yourself do not work with him.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
We only got as far as letrozole and timed intercourse with him. He also missed my ovulation twice.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
25k+ for IVF before medication, IUI 1.4k and trigger shots $100 if not covered by insurance.
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
He will never implant more than one embryo at a time. Or at leas that is what he said. He is extremely conservative.
3
Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
3
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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9
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
9
Weaknesses: They [Weill Cornell] have so many patients, which sometimes makes me feel like a number. ... I never received a call on what time to take my trigger shot. I was told I would receive a call in the evening by 6 pm. I did not. Once I called, I received a call back right away, but this added stress. ... Strengths: After going to another clinic first, I was extremely impressed with the organization of this clinic. Everyone is vey nice, they are efficient. Hours are great. Never have to wait long. ... [Monitoring] Hours start at 6:45 and end at 8:30 so it did not interrupt my work schedule. The earlier the arrival, the less I had to wait.
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Age
36 - 37
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
9
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Strengths: After going to another clinic first, I was extremely impressed with the organization of this clinic. Everyone is vey nice, they are efficient. Hours are great. Never have to wait long. Weaknesses: They have so many patients, which sometimes makes me feel like a number.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He was very down to earth in our initial consultation. Asked my husband and I personal questions, which I liked, as it made me think he wanted to get to know us and cared. Always speaks to me like his equal, rather than a patient.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Christine Lu)
She is extremely responsive. ALways answers my questions in a timely matter. She is organized.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He is thoughtful and thorough, Always explains everything so I understand. If I need clarification for something, he explains it. He is realistic. I am currently still under his care and only starting round #2 of IVF, but he always comes up with a plan with me, rather than for me, and explains his rationale.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He is not warm and fuzzy, but he is thoughtful and reasonable. If you are looking for hand holding, he is not for you. But his knowledge and his confidence are very impressive.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
For my first round, I used Gonal F 300 and night, then added Menopur 75IU and Cetrotide (can't remember specifics). I only had four follicles from. 5 eggs were retrieved. Only on embryo made. Sent for genetic testing. Embryo was not recommended for transfer (can't remember reasoning). For my second round (just started tonight), I am using Micro Lupron twice daily and adding Menopur 150IU and Gonal F 300 in the evening.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
It was convenient. Hours start at 6:45 and end at 8:30 so it did not interrupt my work schedule. The earlier the arrival, the less I had to wait. There were often many people there (especially on the weekend, where we had to go to the main central location), which again makes me feel like a number.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I'm lucky that my insurance covers 15K in fertility medication (per lifetime) and 3 rounds (per lifetime). For the first round, we reached out 15K in medication! We still had to pay out of pocket almost 3K for medications on top of that. We learned that pharmacies charge insurance companies insane amount of $$ for meds. If you are paying out of pocket for medications, there is a significant discount. For the second round (new med protocol and paying out of pocket, we have spent about $3100 so far, significantly less than previous. I do not know the cost of specific services. Genetic testing is not covered under insurance and is about $4100 out of pocket. Even if not embryos are recommend for transfer.
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Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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8
Age
25 - 26
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
6 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS, Other
8
busy office [Weill Cornell] and you have to come in early, sometimes a wait but never more than 30 minutes. And usually they take you within 5 mins of your arrival. ... eveyrone who works there is really nice and friendly. ... ALso sometimes you have to wait in the room for the doctor to come in for 10 mins but not more. usually very fast.
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Age
25 - 26
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
6 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS, Other
8
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
busy office and you have to come in early, sometimes a wait but never more than 30 minutes. And usually they take you within 5 mins of your arrival. ALso sometimes you have to wait in the room for the doctor to come in for 10 mins but not more. usually very fast. eveyrone who works there is really nice and friendly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman is always extremely responsive to emails (answers usually right away) and questions I had while at the office for ultrasound appointments and bloodwork. However usually when I am there for ultrasounds the visit lasts less than 5 minutes and he doesn't ask if I have any questions and doesn't always explain what he's seeing in the ultrasound. However, when we first started seeing him, we had an hour meeting with him to discuss the plan and we just had another hour meeting with him to discuss potential IVF, in which he took the time to explain everything to us and answer any questions. He definitely treats me like a human and not just a number.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were great, really responsive and nice and friendly.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman is a great doctor and he clearly cares a lot about his patients and is very responsive. Also extremely bright and has a nice bedside manner. However, he overlooked something that could have saved my husband and I months of trying to conceive. Since I was diagnosed with PCOS on my first visit to him, he assumed that the problem was me and therefore did not recommend that my husband get tested as well. After 6 months of Letrozole (which worked very well for me and got me to ovulate on the first try) and not getting pregnant, we finally pushed for a semen analysis (although he didnt recommend it yet) and found out that my husband had a low sperm count, at which point Dr. Reichman recommended IUI. After 3 IUI's and still not pregnant, WE asked Dr. Reichman if he thought it would be a good idea to see a reproductive urologist and he said it couldn't hurt and gave us a recommendation. We ended up seeing the urologist who told my husband that he had a double varicocele on both testicles and he had surgery to remove them. Now it has been 3 months post surgery and still not pregnant but at our last IUI a week ago, his sperm count had trippled. Howeevr, no we are finding out that there may be another problem with his capscore (ability of sperm to fertilize the egg) and the only way to deal with that is through IVF, however we want to wait at least until 6-7 months post-op to start IVF. In my opinion, Dr. Reichman is a great doctor, but he should have told us from the start to get my husband tested, because you never know if its just one persons fault or both until you get tested. If I had a freind going to see Dr. Reichman, I would recommend that she push to have her husband get tested on the first visit to avoid any further complexities and to make the process go faster.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
get your husband tested on the first visit even if he doesnt recommend it
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
fFirst I just did letrozole and since i have PCOS I reacted really well to it and began ovulating on the first try. Did this for a couple months. Dr. Reichman says normal couples TTC have a 1/5 chance of getting pregnant every time so he thought we should do that for 5-6 months. 7th month we did IUI after finding out that my husband had low sperm count, although he probably wouldve waited to do another cycle or 2 without IUI if we hadnt done semen analysis of my husband. Then we did IUI for 6 cycles. last 2 IUI's I was on clomid instead of letrozole so I would ovulate more than one egg and have a better chance of conceiving
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
normal co-pay for ultrasounds, price depends on your insurance. my insurance didnt cover IUI, so we paid $750 out of pocket every time. Also HSG was around $250 that we paid out of pocket, but depends on your insurance and fertility benefits.
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
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7
Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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10
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
10
Organized! The staff [Weill Cornell Medical College] is attentive, knowledgeable about the process, and are able to guide you. The team works as a team and the flow of the office is efficient! When you have to go to a doctors as often as we do, they make it tolerable versus burdensome and make it efficient so it doesn’t dictate your day.... Efficient, I get to see dr. Schattman almost always, even on the weekends!
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Age
35 - 36
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Organized! The staff is attentive, knowledgeable about the process, and are able to guide you. The team works as a team and the flow of the office is efficient! When you have to go to a doctors as often as we do, they make it tolerable versus burdensome and make it efficient so it doesn’t dictate your day.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Glenn Schattman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He takes into consideration the personalities of the patient and partner while speaking with you and making next plans. For example, I am More serious than my husband who is a comedian, and we both use humor to lessen the severity of situations- Dr. Schattman despite my tears, when appropriate, has me chuckle and my husband chuckle allowing us to relate and feel even more comfortable with him. He also is very honest and allows us to get to know him as well- which makes things more personal.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Jen)
Organized, responsive, empathic, helpful when you feel you are an emotional mess.
How was your experience with Glenn Schattman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
My experiences with Dr. Schattman have been wonderful- i feel that we are on the same page and he even anticipates my questions even if they are going down the black hole of the web. He guides us and keeps our thoughts and hearts on the path to success even with our current hurdles. He seeks more information to have us successful and I feel That he a team player which Increases my already found respect for this man. He works with his colleagues and us to make sure we are doing everything right and not missing any details that may be impacting our chances of success.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Glenn Schattman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Don’t go down the black hole of the internet! Every case is entirely different, he is the expert and each time that we aren’t successful he uses it for more information to increases the chances that the next time is more so- trust his process, even when you feel you have lost all control.
Describe the protocols Glenn Schattman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Numerous
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Efficient, I get to see dr. Schattman almost always, even on the weekends!
10
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Glenn Schattman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
The front desk staff at WC [Weill Cornell] are extremely friendly, and very quickly remembered my name which I was always impressed by. ... The office ALWAYS called with results and instructions on time, and she [nurse] is just genuinely a warm person. ... The Tribeca office is great - nice staff, efficiently run, and very comfortable environment. I was always seen on time. ... The UES, where you will have to go for IUIs and on the weekends when Tribeca is closed, is less so - there's a higher volume of patients and so there's longer wait times, more anxiety in the waiting room, etc.
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Age
32 - 33
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The Tribeca office is great - nice staff, efficiently run, and very comfortable environment. I was always seen on time. The UES, where you will have to go for IUIs and on the weekends when Tribeca is closed, is less so - there's a higher volume of patients and so there's longer wait times, more anxiety in the waiting room, etc. Also know that if you're doing IUI that Dr. Reichman most likely won't be doing the procedure unless he happens to be on call - it wasn't a big deal to me and I had the same doctor do the procedure both times who was lovely.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Even though he was likely seeing dozens of patients a morning for very short periods of time, I could tell that Dr. Reichman always prepared himself to see me, knowing the details of my treatment and even remembering personal details about my job, husband etc. The front desk staff at WC are extremely friendly, and very quickly remembered my name which I was always impressed by.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Hannah )
Hannah was who I mostly spoke to during my treatment. The office ALWAYS called with results and instructions on time, and she is just genuinely a warm person. I didn't have all that many needs for frequent communication but I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I loved my experience with Dr. Reichman. He's very direct and to the point, which can come off as blunt but I appreciated because he was always very honest and helped manage my expectations. He only tells you what you absolutely need to know, and monitoring appointments are very quick, so if you're like me and prefer to be over informed, know that you should come to your appointments prepared with questions to ask. Dr. Reichman really knows his stuff - I always had full confidence in his plans - and appreciated how he would always explain his plan of attack, including recommending that I schedule a "strategy session" to discuss next steps if I was not pregnant after 3 rounds of Clomid. He always answered questions via email very quickly and encouraged me to email him directly at any time.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Ask a lot of questions and try to prepare for your appointments in advance because he sees a lot of patients. Go in for monitoring appointments on the earlier side (before 8am) if you want to get seen without any wait. Put your faith in him and do as he says and stay off of Google!
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
After he diagnosed me with mild PCOS, he recommended Clomid as a starting point as it appeared I only needed help ovulating more regularly based on bloodwork. He didn't push me to get other tests done right away (other than genetic screening) as he could sense I was hesitant, but after my husband decided to get a SA and it came back with a lower than average count, he recommended IUI to improve our chances of success. After the first round of Clomid didn't result in pregnancy, he recommended an HSG to make sure we weren't facing any additional obstacles, and he also recommended back to back IUIs for the 2nd round of Clomid. I got pregnant on that 2nd round, but if I hadn't we would have had an appointment to discuss our next steps and I believe he would have recommended moving on from Clomid after the 3rd round.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I have Cigna and all of my procedures and appointments were 100% covered, except for genetic testing (that was around $350 - they have a deal worked out not to exceed that if your insurance doesn't cover), so I mostly just had a specialist co-pay each visit of $40. Since there are a lot of monitoring appointments, all in I'd say I was spending $200-250 a month on co-pays or so.
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
NA
10
Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
Nursing
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10
Age
40 - 41
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF, 2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
10
The nursing staff [Weill Cornell] was always available to answer questions, speak through concerns, and show kindness through the whole process. They returned calls in a very timely fashion and explained anything I didn't understand.... Upon initial consultation I met with the patient coordinator, Amanda, who explained all the steps I would need to take in order to begin the process. She was very patient and informative and guided me throughout.
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Age
40 - 41
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Writer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF, 2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Upon initial consultation I met with the patient coordinator, Amanda, who explained all the steps I would need to take in order to begin the process. She was very patient and informative and guided me throughout. As a new patient the process can be quite daunting but she always took the time to explain everything to me thoroughly. Make sure to coordinate any insurance issues with the billing department, as that is a time consuming process.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman took the time to ask me exactly what I wanted out of the process and tailored a plan specifically for me, and treated me with precise care each visit
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Hannah Giaimo)
The nursing staff was always available to answer questions, speak through concerns, and show kindness through the whole process. They returned calls in a very timely fashion and explained anything I didn't understand. They were professional and skilled in performing any tests required.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman is a skilled, highly educated and kind doctor. I always felt that he was attentive to my needs and gave me straightforward answers. When we got a few embryos after the first retrieval he advised me to do a second one before doing a transfer, as I had told him at our initial consult that I wanted as many kids as possible,and if we waited it would be more difficult in the future, based on my age. I appreciated that he took me at my word and advised me according to what I wanted out of this whole process. He is completely informed on the latest technologies available and always treated me with complete kindness. I have recommended him to many people already.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Trust him and do what he says!
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Estrogen patch for a week before period 150 menopur + 300 FSH first few days, then added Cetrotide, HCG trigger shot
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Monitoring hours are in the early morning and I would make sure to arrive pretty close to when they opened. A typical wait for me was 10-15 minutes tops, they work quite efficiently there.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
~$11,000 for the retrieval ~$10,000 for the PGS testing ~$3,000 for medications (insurance covered some) ~$4,000 for the transfer
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I initially asked Dr. Reichman for a multiple embryo transfer, I thought it would be fun to have twins, he explained the risks involved and as we were doing PGS testing on the embryos the chances of success of one implanting were higher
10
Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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8
Age
38 - 39
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
The facilities [Weill Cornell] are great. The waiting area has nice light and comfortable seating. The clinic is quite big and feels very different from seeing Dr. Melnick at her office, which is a few blocks away and quite small (but, also new and very nice!). Even though there are comfortable couches, due to it’s size - it feels like a hospital. I have had to wait quite a while a few days. My first trigger shot, I somehow ended up waiting for like 2 hours (there was a class
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Age
38 - 39
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Architect
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The facilities are great. The waiting area has nice light and comfortable seating. The clinic is quite big and feels very different from seeing Dr. Melnick at her office, which is a few blocks away and quite small (but, also new and very nice!). Even though there are comfortable couches, due to it’s size - it feels like a hospital. I have had to wait quite a while a few days. My first trigger shot, I somehow ended up waiting for like 2 hours (there was a class - it is a teaching facility). After that, my husband always gave me the trigger shot. All of the staff are very nice.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Melnick and her team are very warm and very efficient. Most of my appointments have been in the morning before work (as it seems with most of her patients). She teaches and has surgeries during the regular hours I would have possibly been able to go in. My experience was always one of an efficient morning with caring people getting things done (reminded me of a family environment getting ready to go school / work in the morning).
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Holly Nadal)
Holly the nurse who helps with prescriptions and such is super helpful - responds well to emails and is very informative. The other staff - Connie (manager?), Lindsay (nurse who assists Dr. Melnick and takes bloods), and Jersey (front desk) are all very nice and work really well as a team.
How was your experience with Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Melnick is very smart, sensitive, and efficient. Early on (maybe our first meeting), she told us that she likes to take the stress off of her patients and that they will be monitoring all of my hormones, etc.. I think she made this statement after I had asked about or shown my ovulation testing (urine strips vs. temperature). My husband and I have relief with this statement for sure, but we also want to know and wrap our heads around things. My first bloodwork was uploaded onto MyChart (Weill Cornell uses this system), which was great because we could go in and see - but all of the following results were never uploaded. I think Dr. Melnick’s philosophy is that unless we ask for details about things or have specific questions, she will continue with the next course without giving a lot of details or explanation. (Maybe this is standard practice because nothing was alarming in any of my test results) This has worked out well for us as it has taken the stress away at times. It has also made us gather a list of questions to ask before a visit. Dr. Melnick was recommended to me by a friend and I see why. For me (and I’m sure others), she’s been a great balance of warmth and cool / calm / efficiency.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Morning appointments have always been really easy to get in and out for me and come with specific questions to ask as your meeting with her will be quick.
Describe the protocols Alexis Melnick used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I have had 7 rounds of Clomid and 4 IUI’s. My body responded well the first month to Clomid (I believe it was 50mg), but the second month only 1 or 2 follicles so the third cycle the prescription was increased to two tablets. This worked well for the last 5 cycles. Everything she prescribed made a lot of sense. Our insurance does not cover IVF - and, if it did we probably would have tried IVF after 2 IUI’s. She told us that the percentage of IUI working goes down each time, but she worked with us with what made sense financially. Because our insurance deductible was paid, we continued with IUI’s and Clomid through the rest of the calendar year. Now we are gearing up for IVF in this new year.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I now am out-of-pocket that I’m starting the process for IVF and I just paid $600 for my sounding. The IUI procedures along with all the bloodwork and ultrasounds were paid by insurance and I saw some very bizarre negotiations between the clinic and the insurance so I don’t have straight numbers for them. All of my medications needed pre-authorization and I would pay out of pocket mainly due to timing for Clomid, which is quite inexpensive.
Describe Alexis Melnick's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I haven’t really gotten to a conversation with her about this yet. She said that it’s most efficient for the clinic to fertilize all of the eggs that are extracted and freeze extras - but we didn’t talk about how many would be transferred.
9
Doctor
Alexis Melnick
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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7
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
7
Weill Cornell has a large volume of patients, and it's not cheap. But hopefully you get top notch treatment and that will make it all worthwhile. For daily monitoring, come as early as you can (ideally before 7 AM) to get in & out more quickly.... Thus far in my treatment at CRM, I have not felt like I had one particular assigned nurse or clinical coordinator. Would be really helpful for them to establish a single point of contact up front for clinical questions/issues, and in particular if you could communicate
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Age
36 - 37
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$500K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
7
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Weill Cornell has a large volume of patients, and it's not cheap. But hopefully you get top notch treatment and that will make it all worthwhile. For daily monitoring, come as early as you can (ideally before 7 AM) to get in & out more quickly. Also, it seems in 2019 they have enhanced their financial collection efforts - I had not even invoiced yet for coinsurance from my 1st cycle and they were asking me to pay the balance prior to starting my 2nd cycle.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Hey-Joo Kang at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Based upon the process thus far, we are happy we chose Dr. Kang. She has a nice demeanor, and is very easy to talk to but also professional & clinical. I've been fortunate to see her for all my monitoring ultrasounds at CRM except one (which was with an RE fellow). Given the volume of patients they have at the clinic, she is good with remembering our specifics and has been helpful in keeping our spirits up during what can be an emotional, difficult process.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Thus far in my treatment at CRM, I have not felt like I had one particular assigned nurse or clinical coordinator. Would be really helpful for them to establish a single point of contact up front for clinical questions/issues, and in particular if you could communicate with them more directly via email, secure message etc. Sometimes you are not in a workspace conducive to being on the phone talking about your treatment, and at those times having an alternate method by which to communicate with their staff would be invaluable.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Hey-Joo Kang at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Kang has been great thus far - I appreciated that she did not immediately push us to IVF and instead took a more pragmatic approach of trying IUI. She did my first IUI, and then the 2nd cycle I asked to do a double IUI, both of which were performed by nurse practitioners. One thing I will say is I feel like the timing of the IUIs may not have been ideal. First cycle was only 22 hours post trigger (which seemed early), and 2nd cycle had IUIs at 26 & 51 hours (2nd seemed really late). I would prefer they teach you how to administer the trigger shot at home on your own so you can get the timing closer to 36 hours (my IUIs were all in the morning about 9:30-11). We're still awaiting results of 2nd cycle, but if it didn't work I'm going to push for that.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Hey-Joo Kang at Weill Cornell Medical College?
The clinic is busy and they talk fast. Be prepared with questions for each visit with her, or you can call & talk to her assistant (Diana) or the nursing staff. Especially when it's your first cycle I feel like you need to do this or you may wish later on you'd done things differently (it's expensive you want to maximize your odds of success each round).
Describe the protocols Hey-Joo Kang used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
First cycle, I went in for baseline bloodwork & ultrasound on Day 2, then took 100 mg Clomid/day for Days 2-6, monitoring bloodwork & ultrasound Days 12, 13 & 15, and trigger shot on Day 15 with IUI next morning (22 hours after trigger; 2.25 hours post collection). Had 3 mature follicles (16, 20, & 21) on day of trigger. Did not work and Dr. Kang said afterward that clomid had resulted in thinning of the uterine lining (endometrial stripe was 6.8 when triggered), so we would try letrozole/femara next round. Second cycle did baseline bloodwork & ultrasound on Day 4, with 5 mg letrozole/day for Days 4-8, monitoring bloodwork & ultrasound Days 11 & 15, and trigger shot on Day 15 with double IUI next 2 mornings (26 hours after trigger, 1.5 hours post collection, & 51 hours after trigger, 2 hours post collection). Had only 2 mature follicles (21 & 14) on letrozole but better uterine lining (9.4), but given my age if this cycle doesn't work she recommended going back to clomid to increase our odds with more follicles.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Hey-Joo Kang at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Our insurance has a $30K lifetime max for infertility treatment so I've been tracking costs of everything really carefully. Would recommend putting it in a spreadsheet right away because there will be A LOT of insurance claims and it can get very confusing. Here's how it breaks down thus far (total for both husband & myself): o Diagnosis (physician consult, bloodwork/ultrasound, semen analysis & HSG test) = Billed charges ~$5,700; after discounts our insurance paid ~ $3,200; our cost sharing (deductible & coinsurance) ~ $900. o Genetic Testing (through Mt. Sinai Genomics/Sema4) = Billed charges ~$20,500; after discounts our insurance paid ~ $1,400; our cost sharing ~ $500 ** I think the billing staff at CRM said if the genetic testing was not covered by insurance it would only cost a few hundred dollars each, so was completely shocked by the enormous amount billed to our insurance. Wish they would have told us about that in advance (and fortunately our insurance confirmed genetic testing would not go toward our $30K lifetime maximum).** o IUI cycle #1 (medical) = Billed charges ~$4,600; after discounts our insurance paid ~ $3,300; our cost sharing ~ $300; o IUI cycle #1 (Rx-clomid & ovidrel) = after discounts our insurance paid ~ $70; our cost sharing ~ $130 o IUI cycle #2 (medical-estimate) = Billed charges ~$4,700; after discounts our insurance paid ~ $3,500; our cost sharing ~ $400; o IUI cycle #2 (Rx-letrozole & ovidrel) = after discounts our insurance paid ~ $50; our cost sharing ~ $120
Describe Hey-Joo Kang's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
N/A - have not discussed since we are only doing IUI so far.
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Doctor
Hey-Joo Kang
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Trustworthiness
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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10
Age
43 - 44
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis
10
I believe they [Weill Cornell] have the latest technology. And they dealt with big numbers of cases that I feel they know what they are doing. They are dealing with big numbers of people but quite organized. Blood works and ultrasound to monitor follicles during the cycle is very early in the morning from 6:30-8:30.... Nurses are very kind, warm, and have positive energy. It’s hard to go through cycle. But at least they seem to understand our pain and try to put efforts to minimize the pain. I really feel thankful to them.
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Age
43 - 44
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
East Asian
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
I believe they have the latest technology. And they dealt with big numbers of cases that I feel they know what they are doing. They are dealing with big numbers of people but quite organized. Blood works and ultrasound to monitor follicles during the cycle is very early in the morning from 6:30-8:30.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Davis is very accessible. He always returns the call. He speaks very fast. But he always try to give me answers to my questions. He is very realistic but in a warm way.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Nurses are very kind, warm, and have positive energy. It’s hard to go through cycle. But at least they seem to understand our pain and try to put efforts to minimize the pain. I really feel thankful to them.
How was your experience with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Davis speaks very fast but he is very informative. I feel he knows what he is dealing, so I can confidently follow his instructions. When I had questions about culturing or not, he explained who needs it and why. So I can make right decisions. I also asked if I should do fresh transfer or not. To each of my question, he gives me his opinion to navigate my decision. In order to reach him, leave a message to his assistant, and he calls me back. During the cycle, almost every cycle, I see him at least once while I go for the morning ultrasound check ups. So I didn’t feel I was abandoned. But since he doesn’t take insurance, we only had one time actually we sat with him in his office for an hour at the beginning for consultation. But my insurance covered it as out of network. So that helped us.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I would write down all the questions I want to ask and give him a call. He will try to explain and navigate.
Describe the protocols Owen Davis used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I started low stimulation strategy with starting with estrogen patch, cromid, 175 follistim, 75 menopure. And then I got 5 eggs retrieved 2 fertilized. Next cycle, he wanted to push a bit, and same except 225 follistim. And we got 7 eggs and 2 fertilized. He thinks that’s good result even only 2 fertilized. The 3rd cycle, we kept the same as 2nd cycle. We got 5 eggs but no fertilized. I try to figure out his analysis for that now.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
It is well oiled machine. Quite organized.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I think it was about $580 or so. And I got out of network insurance Coverage for it.
Describe Owen Davis's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
N/A
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Doctor
Owen Davis
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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8
Age
25 - 29
Treated
2015 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
8
This clinic [Weill Cornell] strengths are that they are really advanced on a technological, medical, research basis. The lab is really amazing and always try to improve, find new treatments. ... Weaknesses are the costs of course... You have to pay for success. Some people find also that it's like a factory because there is so much women and patient who are dealing with that and sometimes you will maybe have the feeling to be treated like a number.
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Age
25 - 29
Treated
2015 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Middle Eastern
Income
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
8
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
This clinic strengths are that they are really advanced on a technological, medical, research basis. The lab is really amazing and always try to improve, find new treatments. If you are dealing with a severe trouble to conceive, don't hesitate one second to go to them because they will surely find a way to get out. Weaknesses are the costs of course... You have to pay for success. Some people find also that it's like a factory because there is so much women and patient who are dealing with that and sometimes you will maybe have the feeling to be treated like a number. But I will definitely tell you something, most of fertility clinics are like that. This doesn't bother me or my husband, but I can understand that some women prefer more intimacy.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr Elias is a very good listener who is willing to do everything he can to achieve our goals together. Our situation is very complicated with very low chances to conceive, but he never made us feel that it was impossible. He's ready to explore every treatment, every solution for us to get pregnant. I will never change for another doctor because he's really aware of our situation and always tries to do the best for us.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Lisa Artusa and Jane Mary Taraf )
At first I was communicating with Lisa Artusa, she was really sweet, caring and always there when I had questions. It's been two years or so now that a new nurse came (Jane Mary Taraf) and she is also amazing. Always there, responsive, so sweet. I have some trouble for my bloodworks because I have some really little veins. I almost faint everytime and she's here to take care of me, she stays until everything is over and she has so much compassion. Thanks God she's here! I feel like I can tell her everything.
How was your experience with Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
As I said before, he's willing to try everything for us to get pregnant. I am deeply convinced that he thinks of our situation outside our appointments with him, because he always come back with new solutions or treatment. I have a really good feeling with him and give him all of my trust. I am truly convinced that if I get pregnant one day, it will be with his help.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Don't hesitate to ask him everything you wish for. He will find a way if he can. I believe he's truly a good person beside his doctor qualifications.
Describe the protocols Rony Elias used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I don't have any trouble to conceive, but my husband has. On the first IVF round, we didn't find any sperm to try a embryo transfer. Later, he got in touch with my husband's doctor and find some new way to create sperm. So we got one embryo to transfer. Didn't get pregnant. During next years, we had the chance to have some more embryo to transfer, I did two transfer of two embryo (day 3 each) . Didn't get pregnant either. Now I think he wants to change something, I will have to see with him next time.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Sometimes it's really crowded and you have to wait a little but it's really not that long. Doctors are very professional during ultrasound and nurses very caring for bloodworks.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I really can't tell because he's part of general costs that we pay for IVF.
Describe Rony Elias's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I'm young (28) and when I started IVF with him I was 25, he insists of not putting a lot of embryo at the same time; he prefer to put one, or maximum two.
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Rony Elias
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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10
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
The Tribeca office [of Well Cornell] is absolutely fantastic! Facilities are very clean and wait times were minimal, even during monitoring hours which can get pretty busy if you do not arrive before 8AM. The staff is extremely friendly and helps make you feel at ease during a difficult time, their smiles and personality make being at the doctor's very early in the morning multiple times a week much more bearable...The nursing staff at CRM is fantastic. Whenever I had a question about medications or procedures I received a call back the same day. The IVF class CRM offers is lead by the nursing team, this made me and my husband feel so much more comfortable about injections.
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Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The Tribeca office is absolutely fantastic! Facilities are very clean and wait times were minimal, even during monitoring hours which can get pretty busy if you do not arrive before 8AM. The staff is extremely friendly and helps make you feel at ease during a difficult time, their smiles and personality make being at the doctor's very early in the morning multiple times a week much more bearable.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Pereira is very knowledgeable, warm, and compassionate. When meeting with him he really treats you like family and helps put us at ease during an emotionally challenging time.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Crystal )
The nursing staff at CRM is fantastic. Whenever I had a question about medications or procedures I received a call back the same day. The IVF class CRM offers is lead by the nursing team, this made me and my husband feel so much more comfortable about injections.
How was your experience with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
My husband and I were lucky enough to receive a positive pregnancy test after our first round of IVF and we attribute most of our success to the amazing guidance and care provided by Dr. Pereira. When meeting with Dr. Pereira you can see how passionate he is and he really treats you like family. He is very accomplished in his research but is able to breakdown all information so you can easily understand. Dr. Pereira put us at ease every time we met with him. After I became pregnant I was sad to “graduate” from his fertility program because he is such a great doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Share all medical information so that Dr. Pereira can create the best fertility plan to meet your needs. When meeting with Dr. Pereira feel free to ask any questions to help put your mind at ease. Follow his plan, take a couple of months on the front end, and allow Dr. Pereira to create the best course of action based on your expectations and financial abilities.
Describe the protocols Nigel Pereira used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
From March-May we met fairly regularly to track ovulation to have planned intercourse. Throughout this process it was determined we had unexplained infertility so we began shots for our egg retrieval and embryo transfer in late May. To prepare for the egg retrieval we used Follistum, Menopur, and Ganirellix. After our egg retrieval I took a z-pac and Medrol. Once the embryo transfer was complete we started with the Progesterone shots.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I made sure to arrive no later then 7:30AM as typically the closer you got to 8AM the longer the wait times. If I arrived by 7:30AM I was able to have my ultra sound and blood work to make it back up to midtown by 8:30AM.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Megi (Dr. Pereira’s assistant) was great explaining everything to review with our insurance company so we could better plan for any out of pocket costs. Our insurance is Cigna and our out of pocket expenses for services from March-August have been well under $2,000.
Describe Nigel Pereira's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
For our scenario Dr. Pereira recommended a single egg transfer and to freeze the remaining embryos. Dr. Pereira decided this based on my health, our discussions about our future family plans, and to help minimize any risk.
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Doctor
Nigel Pereira
Communication
Compassion
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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10
Age
37
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
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f you got there [Weill Cornell] early [for monitoring] then you were out early. I always came in around 8-8:15ish and was out before 9am. That meaning i had my ultrasound, blood work & saw Dr. P[ereira]... The receptionist all remembered my name which I don't think is easy considering they see so many people a day. The phlebotomist were always good at taking blood painlessly...I had insurance coverage at 100% as long as I stayed within the center of excellence. Dr. Pereira was in the center of excellence. My medication total came out to about $75 out of pocket for the egg retrieval. I also was responsible for $25 office visit copay. I would think the total was around $3K out of pocket.
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Age
37
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
South Asian
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cornell Tribeca was close to where i lived and was very convenient. The receptionist all remembered my name which I don't think is easy considering they see so many people a day. The phlebotomist were always good at taking blood painlessly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. P was always there for any questions & concerns. He must have spent at least an hour & a half to explain things to me in length and then again with my husband. After my egg retrieval i was crazy nervous and he spoke to me and relived a lot of my issues. Every time I saw him he knew why I was there, what happened last time & what i needed to do moving forward. Most importantly HE LISTENED!
How was your experience with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Pereira was amazing. He always responded to my emails and phone calls within the hour. Never acted like he was too busy. In fact I felt like I was his only patient. When i had my egg retrieval he made it a point to be there & do it himself. I trusted him after our first conversation.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Listen to him. He knows what he's talking about. Explain your concerns and let him guide you.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
It was fine. If you got there early then you were out early. I always came in around 8-8:15ish and was out before 9am. That meaning i had my ultrasound, blood work & saw Dr. P.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I had insurance coverage at 100% as long as I stayed within the center of excellence. Dr. Pereira was in the center of excellence. My medication total came out to about $75 out of pocket for the egg retrieval. I also was responsible for $25 office visit copay. I would think the total was around $3K out of pocket.
Describe Nigel Pereira's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I have not done the transfer yet but he suggested a single embryo transfer whereas i want multiple embryo. He said it is entirely up to him
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Doctor
Nigel Pereira
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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Age
28 - 29
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
The nurses [at Weill Cornell] were wonderful. After every visit I had blood work they would call in the afternoon to review results. They were always very patient and answered every single question. When I would call up to ask a question, I always got a call back the next visit day...Scheduling appointments is very easy. The office gets a bit busy after 745am, so it's always best to schedule your appointment early. The front desk staff is extremely kind and answered all my questions related to billing and scheduling procedures.
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Age
28 - 29
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Scheduling appointments is very easy. The office gets a bit busy after 745am, so it's always best to schedule your appointment early. The front desk staff is extremely kind and answered all my questions related to billing and scheduling procedures.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman always came into the room knowing my information (ie where I was in a cycle, what the treatment plan was) and always knew even the most minute details of my case. He always let me ask questions during the appointment and I never felt he was rushed.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses were wonderful. After every visit I had blood work they would call in the afternoon to review results. They were always very patient and answered every single question. When I would call up to ask a question, I always got a call back the next visit day. In the rare event they couldn't answer a question, they would always confer with Dr. Reichman and call me back with the answer
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman really knows his stuff. At our first consultation, he had data to support his treatment plan and answered all of our questions without hesitation. Dr. Reichman truly makes you feel that you are in the best hands possible. He takes his time to answer your questions and provides alternatives and next steps at each visit. He put my husband and myself at ease during the entire process.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Be on time for your appointments. I was always taken on time and most of the time earlier than my scheduled appointment. He's usually very prompt
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I went through 4 rounds of clomid with timed intercourse. On the fifth cycle, Dr. Reichman gave us the option of continuing with timed intercourse or undergoing IUI. He explained IUI would slightly increase the probability of conception but it wasn't 100% necessary to proceed if we wanted to continue trying with just clomid and timed intercourse. We decided to proceed with IUI and got pregnant that cycle
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
My insurance covered most of the costs of my care. The IUI was paid for 100%. In total for all office visits and my HSG procedure, we paid about $3000 out of pocket
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Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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10
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
10
She [nurse at Weill Cornell] was very compassionate, kind and you could tell she genuinely cared about my well-being...it's very busy. I wish there was more privacy instead of the receptionist asking you your business in front of other patients. Other than that, clean and efficient. To be honest it was a little reassuring going there and knowing that I was not the only one going through my problem...During visits, he [Dr. Reichman] can seem like he is in a rush but this is because he has lots of other patients. He was always accessible to me via email...he favored low dosages and was very cautious about not overcooking the eggs...he recommended 1 and I think that was the VERY best decision...I did not waste my time trying IUI because he had already told me my chances are very slim and so I just went straight for IVF which saved me not wasting my time and money.
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Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cattle cow but that's ok because it's very busy. I wish there was more privacy instead of the receptionist asking you your business in front of other patients. Other than that, clean and efficient. To be honest it was a little reassuring going there and knowing that I was not the only one going through my problem.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman was so compassionate. I went to him not knowing him at all, not knowing anyone he had treated before. I was at my lowest point before a few months before my OB who I never want to see ever again had told me "there is no way you will have a baby unless you find a donor." This was very hurtful considering A. She told me this not in her office but while I was crossing a busy intersection on the phone and B. She had not done any comprehensive tests on me and my husband. When I told Dr. Reichman this during our meeting, he said to ignore that as he was very confident my OB did not know what she was talking about. And right he was.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Christine Lu)
Christine Lu was the absolute, absolute and I repeat absolute best. She was very compassionate, kind and you could tell she genuinely cared about my well-being. I could not have asked for a better nurse than her. I became fully dependent on her kindness and advice.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
If you want a doctor who knows what he is doing Dr. Reichman is the Dr. for you. He delivers results and is very brutally honest about the process. I did not waste my time trying IUI because he had already told me my chances are very slim and so I just went straight for IVF which saved me not wasting my time and money. During visits, he can seem like he is in a rush but this is because he has lots of other patients. He was always accessible to me via email.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Trust trust trust trust him and at first, you don't succeed, don't give up. Trust him. I completely trusted him and don't be afraid to ask questions.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Don't remember that much but I the only thing I remember is that he favored low dosages and was very cautious about not overcooking the eggs
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
My insurance with Cigna only covered $10,000 max for IVF and I paid close to $15,000 out of pocket
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Yes, he recommended 1 and I think that was the VERY best decision. I have had severe morning sickness and I can't imagine if I was carrying twins.
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Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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Age
41
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
10
The clinic [Weill Cornell] is very clean. It is a warm environment. Patient information is all kept private. The fact that the team is so organized, helps with waiting times. You will not sit in the waiting room for 1hr wondering if anyone forgot about you. They are on point...The nursing staff are amazing. The whole team is organized and professional. They are friendly and take their time with you. They smile when they greet you. They actually seem like they love their jobs. Nobody has ever been rude, unfriendly, or unkind. They promptly return calls and walk through each step to take next. They make sure they consult with the physician and know every necessary detail before they contact you. Each conversation or given direction was executed professionally and accurately. They're knowledge and dedication make every experience and visit run very smooth.
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Age
41
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Latino
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The clinic is very clean. It is a warm environment. Patient information is all kept private. The fact that the team is so organized, helps with waiting times. You will not sit in the waiting room for 1hr wondering if anyone forgot about you. They are on point.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
The physician is compassionate, empathetic, yet confident. He takes his time with you and explains every detail step by step. He makes it a point to know his patients and reach the best solution to each situation with them. He guided my husband and I regarding insurance coverage and what would be the best option for us not to get overwhelmed with financial responsibility. It's not about the money for him
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff are amazing. The whole team is organized and professional. They are friendly and take their time with you. They smile when they greet you. They actually seem like they love their jobs. Nobody has ever been rude, unfriendly, or unkind. They promptly return calls and walk through each step to take next. They make sure they consult with the physician and know every necessary detail before they contact you. Each conversation or given direction was executed professionally and accurately. They're knowledge and dedication make every experience and visit run very smooth.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
My experience with Dr. Reichman was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. His confidence gave me strength. He is extremely knowledgeable in his field of medicine. He is prompt and thorough, yet he takes his time to make sure that you understand every aspect of the situation. He is friendly and caring. Excellent bedside manner. Gentle during procedures. One of the best medical professionals I have ever dealt with. I trust him with my health 100% and would recommend anyone I care about to him. He is absolutely amazing.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Trust him. If he says there is a chance for a successful pregnancy then follow his lead. I was at the point where I had no hope. I went to the consultation because my husband really wanted to go. After a few miscarriages, I didn't think anything would work. Dr. Reichman didn't sell me a dream or make promises in any way. He told us our options and made us think about it. We chose to move forward and from day one Dr. Reichman guided me through each step. Everything he said or expected to happen, happened. I'm not saying that every patient will have a success story, but he knows what he is doing. I can't imagine him leading a patient on. He is upfront but gentle when discussing your medical condition. It took me a little while to have confidence in him, but once he gained my confidence I knew I was in the right hands.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
In my case, my eggs were poor quality. Which Dr. Reichman mentioned, could be a possibility, during our first consult with him. He recommended Genetic Testing. We knew I could conceive but we couldn't control which egg was being fertilized. By having the eggs Genetically tested, we were able to transfer the healthiest egg. So I took injections for a few weeks, went for the egg retrieval, waited for the lab tests, had the genetic testing done, and finally had the egg transfer. I am now almost 2mo pregnant and all is going well.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Monitoring appts, as well as most other appts. are all done first thing in the morning. Monitoring is very frequent. It is very convenient for the working woman. You can get all your monitoring done and report to work without a problem.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
With Dr. Reichman's suggestion, I upgraded my insurance to a plan that covered 90% of the infertility treatment. Everything done in the office was covered. Majority of medication and medical supplies were covered.
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
In Dr. Reichman's opinion, I didn't need multiple embryo transfer. I'm glad he chose the approach that he did. It was perfect for my individual situation. May not work for every patient but it worked for me and that's all that matters.
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Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
Nursing
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Age
31
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS
8
Cornell is a large clinic with many doctors. Sometimes the waiting room feels impersonal and like you're "just a number". We've only been to this clinic so I am not sure if that is how it is or specific to Cornell.... There are many nurses in the clinic, so it is somewhat hard to keep track of which ones are more compassionate or helpful. The trigger shot was administered by a nurse and she was very kind, asking how i preferred to receive the shot (countdown, no talking, etc.). Also, when we did not conceive the nursing staff showed a lot of compassion stating that they were sorry we were not successful and asking if we wanted to continue or take a break.
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Age
31
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish, Middle Eastern
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS
8
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cornell is a large clinic with many doctors. Sometimes the waiting room feels impersonal and like you're "just a number". We've only been to this clinic so I am not sure if that is how it is or specific to Cornell.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
The office staff is very warm without being overly intrusive or clinical. Dr. Pereira has a gentle bedside manner and it is clear he has a thought process to next steps. He answers every question thoroughly and responds to emails and calls quickly. The office has many doctors so the waiting room is often busy.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
There are many nurses in the clinic, so it is somewhat hard to keep track of which ones are more compassionate or helpful. The trigger shot was administered by a nurse and she was very kind, asking how i preferred to receive the shot (countdown, no talking, etc.). Also, when we did not conceive the nursing staff showed a lot of compassion stating that they were sorry we were not successful and asking if we wanted to continue or take a break.
How was your experience with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Pereira is very kind. We felt that we could trust him completely and he would provide us with the best possible information. Dr. Pereira put us at ease every time we met with him. Our diagnosis came as somewhat of a shock and Dr. Pereira explained our specific issues clearly, left time for questions, and walked us through the best course of action. Dr. Pereira was always flexible with our schedules and made us feel that we were in control, as much as we could be, as far as timing and how quickly we wanted to conceive.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
If you are not well versed in medical jargon or fertility jargon, ask lots of questions. Dr. Pereira will explain each term and plan of action. Sometimes he needs to be prompted.
Describe the protocols Nigel Pereira used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
We are still in the process, but so far we have used letrozole with a trigger shot (ovidriel). Dr. Pereira recommended letrozole in light of clinical studies that have shown better outcomes for women with PCOS. We were not successful with just this course of action and Dr. Pereira recommended moving to IUI to account for low sperm motility.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Ongoing, but so far about $2,000
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Doctor
Nigel Pereira
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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10
Age
34 - 37
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
12 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
This clinic [Weill Cornell Medical College] has been on the forefront of research and development for reproductive medicine. It's a very large clinic that has been partitioned into small practices around the city. Monitoring can take place at multiple locations. When I call I don't get to speak with someone right away but they are very consistent with calling back within a couple of hours.... All nursing staff has been very professional, compassionate and knowledgeable.
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Age
34 - 37
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Latino
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
12 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
This clinic has been on the forefront of research and development for reproductive medicine. It's a very large clinic that has been partitioned into small practices around the city. Monitoring can take place at multiple locations. When I call I don't get to speak with someone right away but they are very consistent with calling back within a couple of hours.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr Melnick listened to my story, asked questions and showed genuine interest in helping my husband and I conceive. I felt heard and I felt known. She engaged by asking questions and reviewing my medical history with the two of us.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
All nursing staff has been very professional, compassionate and knowledgeable. I always felt like I could ask questions. I have been very impressed with my continuum of care when I see new nurses on a regular basis.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
What I appreciate about Dr Melnick is that she normalizes this experience, which to a patient is beyond normal. Her knowledge of fertility/infertility is reflected in the confidence she shows when she tells me what treatment path we’re going to take. Whenever we talk or email I feel like I’m communicating with my much smarter more confident friend. It’s refreshing.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Take notes because she takes fast!
Describe the protocols Alexis Melnick used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
We started doing IUI with clomid and progesterone suppositories and went that route six times until we decided to start with IVF. I am currently undergoing my first cycle and have started with 150 IU of Menopur and 225IU of GonalF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College.
IVF medications- Approximately $6,000 IVF cycle- Approximately $15,000
Describe Alexis Melnick's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I have not had a transfer yet, but in my case Dr Melnick said she would only consider transferring two embryos at day three and that she would not consider transferring more than one at day 5.
8
Doctor
Alexis Melnick
Communication
Trustworthiness
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10
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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2
Age
38 - 39
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
6 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
2
[Weill Cornell Medical College is] an assembly line of care - you are a number. You won't see your doctor more than once a cycle. But they take insurance and have a good lab. I would recommend finding something smaller with care that is more attentive...In her [Dr. Melnick's] own words, our very first round of IVF was a 'total bust.' she called it too early and we didn't get enough mature eggs. Only 3 mature, didn't do ICSI cause she didn't explain it to us, only one fertilized and transferred day 3 and didn't take. The second round, we only got 3 eggs out of what looked like 10 follicles growing. I think I ovulated the eggs early, but of course, she wouldn't tell me that. And she allowed me to believe it was a problem with my eggs. Those two rounds of insurance covered IVF went up in smoke due to her lack of experience and attention to detail. I always sensed I had a carrying issue, cause I've had chemicals and not real miscarriages. I asked for the receptivity and ERA tests on my lining - Melnick told me those tests weren't necessary. My second private doctor (with YEARS more experience than Melnick) has been able to retrieve 11 eggs, with at least four making it to day 5 blasts. I got these numbers two retrievals in a row. Melnick only retrieved a total of 5 eggs over two retrievals. My current doctor also did the biopsies on my lining and discovered I have endometriosis - something Melnick didn't think to look into - even after requesting testing. I lost valuable time and money with Melnick. I would recommend finding a doctor with much more experience who will treat your infertility like a medical case to be figured out.
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Age
38 - 39
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
2
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
its an assembly line of care - you are a number. You won't see your doctor more than once a cycle. But they take insurance and have a good lab. I would recommend finding something smaller with care that is more attentive
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
She's very friendly but very fast. Too quick doesn't pay enough attention to the case in front of her.
How was your experience with Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
In her own words, our very first round of IVF was a 'total bust.' she called it too early and we didn't get enough mature eggs. Only 3 mature, didn't do ICSI cause she didn't explain it to us, only one fertilized and transferred day 3 and didn't take. The second round, we only got 3 eggs out of what looked like 10 follicles growing. I think I ovulated the eggs early, but of course, she wouldn't tell me that. And she allowed me to believe it was a problem with my eggs. Those two rounds of insurance covered IVF went up in smoke due to her lack of experience and attention to detail. I always sensed I had a carrying issue, cause I've had chemicals and not real miscarriages. I asked for the receptivity and ERA tests on my lining - Melnick told me those tests weren't necessary. My second private doctor (with YEARS more experience than Melnick) has been able to retrieve 11 eggs, with at least four making it to day 5 blasts. I got these numbers two retrievals in a row. Melnick only retrieved a total of 5 eggs over two retrievals. My current doctor also did the biopsies on my lining and discovered I have endometriosis - something Melnick didn't think to look into - even after requesting testing. I lost valuable time and money with Melnick. I would recommend finding a doctor with much more experience who will treat your infertility like a medical case to be figured out.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Find someone more experienced
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Doctor
Alexis Melnick
Communication
Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
2
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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9
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS, Unexplained
9
The technology and equipment at Cornell Tribeca is state of the art all brand new. The front desk team is lovely, energetic and kind. For a smaller office the waiting area is often packed. Most days moved pretty quickly, but others I waited 45min just for blood. Communication via email or the portal could be better. Most of the time I received phone calls....At the time of my miscarriage, my primary Dr was out of office. The Dr standing in was nice, but committed that someone would follow up with me about my options for DNC
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Age
35 - 36
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS, Unexplained
9
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The technology and equipment at Cornell Tribeca is state of the art all brand new. The front desk team is lovely, energetic and kind. For a smaller office the waiting area is often packed. Most days moved pretty quickly, but others I waited 45min just for blood. Communication via email or the portal could be better. Most of the time I received phone calls.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Samantha Pfeifer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Pfeifer always took time to speak to me about the course of action, when results weren’t good she always made sure we spoke and reviewed next steps. She connected as a person not just about the care.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Christine )
The majority of my interactions at the office and via phone we great. The team remembered me absent my name at each visit .Willing to review care and dosage, answer questions etc. Christine was assigned to me for my third round as I had a bad interaction with someone on a follow up call after my miscarriage.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Failed to call with results
How was your experience with Samantha Pfeifer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Pfeifer always had a positive attitude and disposition. She explained what she was looking for and what she found. With tough news she was always the one to personally call whether from the office or her personal phone. Her attention to detail with my personal life made it lovely to connect with her at each visit.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Samantha Pfeifer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Know that you get the facts along with a person who genuinely cares about your success. Dr. Pfeifer is easy to talk with, ask questions and she volunteers information.
Describe the protocols Samantha Pfeifer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
When we first started together I had already been diagnosed with PCOS. The treatment was timed intercourse with Clomid, which we did 2 cycles and then moved to Clomid with IUI for 2 cycles and 1 with Letrozole. After 3 failed IUIs, Dr. Pfeifer moved us quickly to an IVF protocol controlling the start date with BC then started with Follistim (started with 150, reduced to 125, and fluctuated based on BW), added in Menopur and Cetrotide on day 5 of the shots. Trigger used was Lupron and HCG. We got 4 embryos from this cycle, 12 eggs retrieved, fertilization rate not ideal. We did a day 5 fresh transfer with 1 embryo and froze the other 3. The fresh transfer didn’t take, so we moved to transfer 1 frozen, this also didn’t work. Based on the results from IVF round 1 and the transfers, the recommendation was to try and bank more embryos, Dr. Pfeifer moved us to an increased dose of Gonal-F 225 adding in Menopur and Cetrotide on day 4, Lupron and HCG trigger on day 9. We got 26 eggs, 14 mature but 0 fertilizer and I had OHS. We regrouped after I recovered and decided to transfer both of my remaining embryos via a programmed cycle (using estrogen patches and adding progesterone shots). I did get pregnant with one baby from this cycle, but lost the baby at 8 weeks after hearing the heart beat at 7weeks. We took a 4 month break after that and started again with a cycle ( 75 Gonal and menopur at the same time, adding Cetrotide on day 5) Trigger on day 10 with Lupron and HCG. We got 10 eggs, 4 mature one day 5 embryo which we genetically tested. Recommend for testing came from the miscarriage and the lack of fertilization in the previous cycles. The embryo was not recommended for transfer.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
It was a combination of efficiency and a ton of women just waiting. Some days you would have a scheduled time, other was “just come between 7-830”. Weekend at the uptown office were always packed. Earlier the better!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Samantha Pfeifer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
At first , I had no coverage and monitoring appointments ran about $450 each time. My husbands insurance added some coverage during our rounds which helped but everything, especially the medicine and retrieval were expensive.
Describe Samantha Pfeifer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Pfeifer cares so much for her patients that she overall preferred to transfer single embryos. We spoke several times about risks with multiples and weighed the options very carefully before putting my 2 embryos back.
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Doctor
Samantha Pfeifer
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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9
Age
36
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
It was about $1,200 per IUI [at Weill Cornell Medical College]... in a convenient location and runs on time. Unfortunately the procedures take place at the Center for Reproductive Medicine, which is huge and does feel like a factory. Dr. Melnick did not actually perform any of my IUIs, and the location of the hospital is not convenient. This was not properly explained to me at my initial visit, and I didn't know Dr. Melnick would not be doing the actual procedure.
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Age
36
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Latino
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Melnick's office is great, in a convenient location and runs on time. Unfortunately the procedures take place at the Center for Reproductive Medicine, which is huge and does feel like a factory. Dr. Melnick did not actually perform any of my IUIs, and the location of the hospital is not convenient. This was not properly explained to me at my initial visit, and I didn't know Dr. Melnick would not be doing the actual procedure.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
She has a kind and friendly manner and tailored the treatment protocol to my specific situation, and advised against more aggressive treatments that she didn't feel were necessary yet.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Holly is the main nurse)
I only interacted with Dr. Melnick's primary nurse over the phone. All of our interactions were perfectly pleasant, but it can take some time to get them on the phone (you usually have to leave a message and get a call back by end of day). Sometimes I got a call back from her AFTER the receptionist had left, so if she told me I needed to make an appointment for the following day, I was unable to.
How was your experience with Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
She is young and relatable, so it feels like you are speaking with a friend and makes the whole process feel a little more personal and less clinical. She was kind and compassionate, though sometimes it did feel as if the appointments were a bit too quick and slightly rushed.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Make sure to ask for the follow-up steps for this cycle, as well as what you should do if the cycle is unsuccessful. If the cycle is unsuccessful, you will have to be proactive in making your next appointment on the right day and ordering any medicines to ensure that you have them on the day that you need them. There really isn't a lot of follow-up in between cycles, maybe because they have some veteran patients, so after my first cycle, I was a bit disoriented as far as next steps.
Describe the protocols Alexis Melnick used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Because my labs were good, my age is "young" for the clinic, and I had given birth less than two years prior, she wanted to be very conservative and initially recommended IUIs without medication because she didn't want me to end up with twins. Neither was successful, so I then tried a third IUI with Clomid, which was also unsuccessful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College.
It was about $1,200 per IUI. My insurance should have covered my doctor visits and ultrasounds, but they took it out of my deductible.
Describe Alexis Melnick's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
n/a
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Doctor
Alexis Melnick
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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6
Age
37
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
6
The clinic [Weill Cornell] has a good system for monitoring appointments where patients checked in for the appointments in the morning 7 days a week.... I found the clinic well run. I liked that waiting area is not too small. This is not directly about the clinic, but we drove to the clinic so it was hard at times to find a parking space. We used different parking facilities nearby.... I spoke with two different nurses from the office of Dr.Davis. Both of them knew my case and clarified my misunderstanding. It required me to study all documents they sent to us about the IVF cycle.
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Age
37
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
East Asian, South Asian
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
6
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
I found the clinic well run. I liked that waiting area is not too small. This is not directly about the clinic, but we drove to the clinic so it was hard at times to find a parking space. We used different parking facilities nearby.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Even though the Upper East Side facility of Weill Cornell as many described as well run facility, care providers, nurses, and doctors took reasonable time to answer questions I had. When I had communicated with nurses from Dr.Davis's office over the phone, they were prompt and courteous.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I spoke with two different nurses from the office of Dr.Davis. Both of them knew my case and clarified my misunderstanding. It required me to study all documents they sent to us about the IVF cycle.
How was your experience with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I found Dr.Davis competent and respectful of a patient. When he had a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) done on me, he explained every step to me even though I might have not understood every steop. During the IFV cycle, I did not see him until a couple days before an egg retrial surgery. Because he talked fast, it was at times hard for me to understand everything especially it was about unfamiliar medical subjects. He, however, answered my questions patiently so that I could understand well. He was very sympathetic when finding out that our IVF treatment was unsuccessful. And he provided us with options to improve the chance of success next time.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I wished I could have became more familiar with basics of the IVF treatment and anatomy on a female reproductive system so that I could have used the limited time more effectively.
Describe the protocols Owen Davis used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I went to a usual IFV cycle with regular monitoring. I used Follistim, Menopour, and Ganorelic until the egg retrieval. I used Novarel for egg triggering and afterword Progestorne. Dr. Davis monitored our case though we did not speak to him everyday. Egg retrieval was successful but we did not have mature embryos except 2 embryos used in the embryo transfer procedure. The IVF treatment was unsuccessful but Dr.Davis offered additional procedures to increase the chance of success next time.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
The clinic has a good system for monitoring appointments where patients checked in for the appointments in the morning 7 days a week. I had to get used to in the beginning but soon it became a routine.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College.
We had to pay a fixed fee for the IVF treatment in the beginning.
Describe Owen Davis's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Our doctor suggested multiple embryo transfer to increase a chance of pregnancy thought he talked to us about a chance of getting twins and its risks.
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Doctor
Owen Davis
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
6
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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7
Age
35
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor
7
I was not a fan of the clinic [Weill Cornell] for IUI purposes. I can’t comment on IVF but IUI was poorly run. The wait is very long between arrival and the procedure and they mislead you on how long the wait will be. A nurse, not your Dr, performs the IUI. The third time I had the IUI done, the nurse couldn’t find my cervix and ended up injuring me.... They lost several signed consent forms and we had to resign them (which was annoying because they were required to be notarized) and a few times I had to call them for my blood work results.
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Age
35
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor
7
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
I was not a fan of the clinic for IUI purposes. I can’t comment on IVF but IUI was poorly run. The wait is very long between arrival and the procedure and they mislead you on how long the wait will be. A nurse, not your Dr, performs the IUI. The third time I had the IUI done, the nurse couldn’t find my cervix and ended up injuring me. I literally kicked her out of my body and the room and requested someone else. The IUI process itself was so stressful that I cannot help but wonder if that was part of the reason we were not successful,
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr Periera always resounded to my emails right away and always had very polite bedside manner.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was abrupt but informative if you pressed them. Sometimes I felt like an intrusion.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Periera was always very kind and sincere. He answered all of my questions thoroughly and promptly and made the experience easier to handle. Although I ultimately did not conceive, I do not believe it had anything to do with Dr Periera or his protocol. With the exception of one thing. When I switched clinics, my new Dr told me I had a thyroid imbalance and put me on synthyroid. I felt better within 3 days - more energy; better mood and better quality sleep. I’m disappointed Dr Periera did not catch this.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College?
If you are seeing Dr Periera for IUI, he will not be performing the procedure itself. While Dr Periera is great, Cornell on the other hand was not the best.
Describe the protocols Nigel Pereira used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
The first two cycles of IUI were natural cycles. Dr Periera recommended that because we only had male favor infertility secondary to chemotherapy and already had a daughter conceived nautwlly from prior to chemo. However, my husbands samples always fell below the amount/motility parameters and I believe that is why I did not get pregnant. The third round of IUI we tried clomid and a trigger shot which did produce 2 follicles. But again, my husband’s sample fell below.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Nigel Pereira at Weill Cornell Medical College.
It was covered by insurance.
Describe Nigel Pereira's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
N/A
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Doctor
Nigel Pereira
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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10
Age
37 - 39
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
Cornell is a large clinic and a well-oiled machine. They know their stuff. Monitoring generally moves very quickly, as they have a large nursing staff. A doctor almost always does all your ultrasounds, but may not always be your primary doc. Egg retrievals and transfers are done by the doc on-call that day. I found all the docs to be very good. The clinic is associated with New York Presbyterian, which I found to be an absolutely wonderful hospital.
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Age
37 - 39
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cornell is a large clinic and a well-oiled machine. They know their stuff. Monitoring generally moves very quickly, as they have a large nursing staff. A doctor almost always does all your ultrasounds, but may not always be your primary doc. Egg retrievals and transfers are done by the doc on-call that day. I found all the docs to be very good. The clinic is associated with New York Presbyterian, which I found to be an absolutely wonderful hospital.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Elias has great bedside manner and always took the time to answer my questions and explain things in a way I could understand. He always seems as though he genuinely cares.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Lisa Artusa)
Lisa, Dr. Elias’s main IVF nurse, is ok. I generally felt pretty rushed when talking on the phone with her and occasionally she gave incorrect information. I really like Jane, one of the other nurses. The nursing staff in general is great at this clinic.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I feel Dr. Elias is very knowledgeable and I trusted him completely with my care. He always takes as much time with you as you need to ask questions. He actually seems to care. I feel he was careful to tailor my protocols just for me, and adjusted them for next time when it wasn’t working. He took the time to call me personally after my first egg retrieval, and again after my D&C to see how I was doing. I really appreciated that personal touch. I also liked that he did most of my monitoring ultrasounds, rather than an ultrasound tech.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Be proactive and ask questions. He has no problem explaining things in a way you can understand.
Describe the protocols Rony Elias used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
We did 4 rounds of IVF, first 3 with the estrogen priming antagonist protocol (Menopur, Follistim, Ganirelix). For the fourth cycle, we added clomid for the first 5 days. I responded best on the first cycle (3 eggs), poor response the next 2 (one egg each), and a little better on the fourth (2 eggs). We did get pregnant from our very first cycle (transferred 2 day 3s, one stuck), but ended in miscarriage at 8 weeks from trisomy 15. Second cycle was a chemical, third I had a positive hpt but negative beta (likely another chemical), fourth cycle a BFN. A few weeks after our 4th cycle, we managed to get pregnant on our own and I’m currently 8 weeks along. I feel as though maybe the fertility treatments may have helped.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Monitoring in Westchester is pretty quick, as it’s a small satellite office. Monitoring in NYC also is generally pretty quick, as they have a large nursing staff. There are a lot more patients in the main NYC office, but the waiting area is comfortable. Monitoring is very early (6:30-8:30 in the city and 7:30-9 in Westchester).
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College.
We were lucky to have infertility coverage through insurance, so we only paid copays.
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Doctor
Rony Elias
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Westchester
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10
Age
33 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
21 Eggs Frozen
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
10
Weill Cornell is an well-functioning machine. It is extremely efficient - I was amazed by the smoothness in which monitoring hours operated and followup calls with instructions were all timely and professional. Everyone was pleasant and nice. My only critique is that it felt a tad impersonal, you know you’re one of many...no Nurse is going to remember your name or face specifically. So something to keep in mind if that’s important to you. I never felt that care or attention was lacking though.
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Age
33 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
21 Eggs Frozen
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Weill Cornell is an well-functioning machine. It is extremely efficient - I was amazed by the smoothness in which monitoring hours operated and followup calls with instructions were all timely and professional. Everyone was pleasant and nice. My only critique is that it felt a tad impersonal, you know you’re one of many...no Nurse is going to remember your name or face specifically. So something to keep in mind if that’s important to you. I never felt that care or attention was lacking though.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Melnick was personable, direct, and professional. Understood my reasons for pursuing egg freezing but did not do a hard sell - if anything she was adamant about me deciding to do so because I wanted rather than because of the scare tactics in stats, graphs, etc for fertility viability in women after 35. I’d also done an initial consultation with her in 2016, followed up in 2018 when I was actually ready. I appreciated being allowed the space and time to come to the decision on my own with professional advice if needed.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Holly Nadal)
My nurse took the time and energy to field my million and one questions. She was wonderful and timely as possible. Additionally, the nurses who handled monitoring hours were all friendly and efficient.
How was your experience with Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Melnick was personable, professional, and direct. I sought out her practice for an initial consultation in 2016 as I was considering egg freezing. She heard my reasoning, but insisted I pursue only because I wanted to versus succumbing to the scare tactics of stats, graphs etc on the fertility viability of women after 35. I followed up when I was ready to move forward in 2018.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Be open about your fears, concerns, questions, etc...
Describe the protocols Alexis Melnick used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
150 Follistim, 150 Menopur for 3 days 125 Follistim, 150 Menopur, Cetrotide for 4 days 50 Follistim, 150 Menopur, Cetrotide for 2 days. Trigger Shot, 80 units of Lupron, 1500 of Novarel
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alexis Melnick at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Egg Retrieval Cycle ~8K Medications ~ 1.7 K ( was able to reduce by using unused, remaining meds from friends) Hospital admitting fee ~ 1 K Anesthesia $750 Total cost ~11.5k
10
Doctor
Alexis Melnick
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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9
Age
42
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
9
One of the difficulties of this clinic [Weill Cornell] is that there are multiple locations. While this can be convenient for monitoring (I've gone to three locations to accommodate my schedule) it does mean information can fall through the cracks between offices. The biggest pain point in using this clinic is they are totally clueless on making the consent process go smoothly. On each of our three retrievals they have always requested some new consent at the 11th hour that causes tremendous stress for my husband and me. It makes no sense that I can be at one of their offices every single day and without fail they have some urgent need for a form less than 24 hours before retrieval.
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Age
42
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$500K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
9
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
One of the difficulties of this clinic is that there are multiple locations. While this can be convenient for monitoring (I've gone to three locations to accommodate my schedule) it does mean information can fall through the cracks between offices. The biggest pain point in using this clinic is they are totally clueless on making the consent process go smoothly. On each of our three retrievals they have always requested some new consent at the 11th hour that causes tremendous stress for my husband and me. It makes no sense that I can be at one of their offices every single day and without fail they have some urgent need for a form less than 24 hours before retrieval. To try to make the third time the charm, my husband accompanied me to their UES location so we could meet personally with the consent person and ensure every form was signed and appropriately witnessed. We even told her if there were forms we might need that she wasn't sure about we'd be happy to submit those for safekeeping. Even still, we were made aware of more forms that needed to be signed and witnessed four days later and another form a day after that. They know this is a problem and don't care enough to fix it.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman is exceptionally personable, brutally honest (in a good way!!) and has a great sense of humor. He knew exactly how to communicate to my husband and me throughout the process.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman takes personal ownership of his cases and wants to be with you every step of the way. He (jokingly) got offended when I went to the UES location because he likes to be sure he's available to his patients throughout the process.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Always go to the Tribeca office for monitoring. You'll get Dr. Reichman as opposed to the revolving door of doctors at the UES location.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
All three times we used an antagonist strategy: first cycle: 300 IU Gonal-F / 150 IU Menopur / Cetrotide. 15 eggs --&gt; 12 mature --&gt; 12 fertilized by ICSI --&gt; 6 day 5 blastocysts (preceded by 27 day menstrual cycle) second cycle: 300 IU Gonal-F / 150 IU Menopur / Cetrotide. 12 eggs --&gt; 9 mature --&gt; 5 fertilized by ICSI --&gt; 2 day 5 blastocysts (preceded by 21 day menstrual cycle) third cycle (in progress): 375 IU Gonal-F / 75 IU Menopur / Cetrotide (preceded by 25 day menstrual cycle) I (not Dr. Reichman) attribute the difference in yield between the first and second cycles to the extremely shortened menstrual cycle. My second cycle was done immediately after my first cycle; there were two months between my second and third.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Monitoring is easy breezy at this location. It is not available on weekends, however.
9
Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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7
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
7
When we miscarried, the nurse [at Weill Cornell Medical College] mistakenly advised us that our HCG looked great and to continue with the Progesterone shots which was heart wrenching. The follow up tests, the nurse didn’t know about until I had to mention on it. In other words you definitely need to remind them of what was prescribed and advocate for yourself when they are mistaken.
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Latino
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
7
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The clinics strengths is that they are organized considering the amount of patients. The weaknesses are that it can feel impersonal at times and if you are feeling sensitive about it which many people do feel about this process; this may not be the best place for you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College?
It is a large clinic and on days for monitoring you feel like a number. On days when I see Dr. Goldschlag I feel more like a human.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
When we first started with the clinic the main nurse we were dealing with as part of Dr. Goldschlag’s team was not the nicest and easily frustrated. I don’t believe she is currently at the clinic and since that time the nurses have been friendly and willing to answer questions and work with us.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Goldschlag is personable when you he sees you in person and is very patient. He is good about answering questions and taking his time with you. I have trusted him with our treatment and he has been compassionate about our set backs.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Understand that it is a big clinic and that you won’t see Dr. Goldschlag unless you personally ask for him.
Describe the protocols Dan Goldschlag used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
After we were evaluated and I had done a hysteroscopy to remove a small polyp; Dr. Goldschlag advises we could start with IUI or IVF. We decided to do a medicated IUI which all resulted in negative results. We then moved forward with our first IVF in April 2018. We were excited when it resulted in a pregnancy but then it resulted in a miscarriage at 8 weeks. Dr. Goldschlag gave me the option of miscarrying naturally and we proceeded with a second IVF cycle in September 2018 that resulted in a negative pregnancy test.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
The wait time wasn’t exaggerated but it is a different doctor each time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College.
My co-pay and extraneous costs not covered by insurance.
Describe Dan Goldschlag's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Goldschlag recommended to transfer one embryo if it made it to Day 5 and two embryos if we made it to Day 3 and given my age at the time.
8
Doctor
Dan Goldschlag
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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7
Age
44
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
7
Cattle call on UES [of Weill Cornell Medical College], but very efficiently run if you weren’t at the start of your cycle. Tribeca civilized and well run, never waited there more than 20 minutes...20-25k per cycle...and they don’t allow outside lab monitoring, so no traveling if you can’t get back every other day...I didn’t forge any relationship wit the nursing staff, they vary as did the quality of their communication.
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Age
44
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish, Black or African-American
Income
$500K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
7
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Crowded on UES location, and they don’t allow outside lab monitoring, so no traveling if you can’t get back every other day. The tribeca location was easy and civilized and little wait but of course Dr Davis isn’t there, so i never saw him.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Davis spoke to me honestly and explained in detail the statistical chances of success and the reasons for the protocol he’s chosen.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I didn’t forge any relationship wit the nursing staff, they vary as did the quality of their communication.
How was your experience with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Davis is up to date on all of the research and is a preeminent expert in the field. I only saw him in person once because I live uptown and decided to do all my monitoring in Tribeca, but when I had questions it was very easy to schedule a call and he always took the time to speak with me and answer any of my questions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Have faith, and even though the clinic itself is very crowded and impersonal, know that an experts eyes are monitoring you daily and in charge of tour cycle and outcome.
Describe the protocols Owen Davis used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
300 Gonal F, 150 menopur, Cetrotide. We did PGS testing given my age. Estrogen priming the second round. First round, 8 eggs retrieved, 4 fertilized with icsi, 3 made it to day 5 (blastocyst), all anaploid. Second round 10 retriever, 8 mature, 3 fertilized with icsi, 2 made it to day 5 (blastocyst), one mosaic and one anaploid.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cattle call on UES, but very efficiently run if you weren’t at the start of your cycle. Tribeca civilized and well run, never waited there more than 20 minutes.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College.
20-25k per cycle.
7
Doctor
Owen Davis
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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10
Age
37
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Other
10
The egg transfer was frozen (due to possible polyp recurrence) and the FET cycle was natural [at Weill Cornell Medical College]...They [nurses] called every day and always returned voice mails...Cornell itself gives a sheet on how many embryos to transfer based on age and if you're doing fresh or frozen...Strength: it's a well-oiled machine. They have their protocols and follow them to a T. They also tell you in advance what problems they have with insurance so you can get everything pre-authorized before you start. Weaknesses: it can get busy at times so either be prepared to come early or to wait.
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Age
37
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Doctor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Other
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Strength: it's a well-oiled machine. They have their protocols and follow them to a T. They also tell you in advance what problems they have with insurance so you can get everything pre-authorized before you start. Weaknesses: it can get busy at times so either be prepared to come early or to wait.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Glenn Schattman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He talked to me like a person. He answered all questions I had as he would a colleague, asked about my weekend plans and was flexible when it came to me getting testing done. And he made jokes. Most importantly, my husband liked him and he usually hates doctors.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They called every day and always returned voice mails.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Glenn Schattman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
As a doctor myself, I've always treated patients the way I want to be treated and I feel threat Dr. Schattman does the same. He explained everything when doing ultrasounds and answered all questions I had, including when I could start my next round after my current pregnancy. My only complaint is that when it looked like one of my babies wasn't doing as well as the other, he said it could go either way when in his notes, he wrote "likely resolution." I think I would have preferred having been toldhe wasn't going to make it because I spent 2 weeks hoping he'd catch up with his sister, which he never did and was pretty gutted when I learned I'd miscarried.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Glenn Schattman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
Describe the protocols Glenn Schattman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Menopur/gonal F and cetrotide with an hcg and leuprolide dual trigger. The egg transfer was frozen (due to possible polyp recurrence) and the FET cycle was natural. Then only progesterone suppositories for 6 weeks.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
It was pretty well oiled, I think.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Glenn Schattman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Only had to pay for copay and embryo freezing but my insurance does have an 18k cap so the next cycle will be out of pocket
Describe Glenn Schattman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
He preferred only one or two embryos at a time. Cornell itself gives a sheet on how many embryos to transfer based on age and if you're doing fresh or frozen.
10
Doctor
Glenn Schattman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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6
Age
40 - 42
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 Egg Freezing, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
6
The nurses [at Weill Cornell Medical College] are great. Slightly frazzled, lots going on. But they are caring, compassionate and smart. I liked them better than my doctor, to be honest...One of the more expensive places in NYC. Owen Davis charges for clomid monitoring, which seems semi-insane. Around 1250 / IUI...It is a factory. On the plus side, they know what they're doing and they are efficient. On the minus, there is not a ton of personal connection here. The ladies behind the front desk at the monitoring station can be quite cold. If you want warm and fuzzies, this clinic is not the place.
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Age
40 - 42
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 Egg Freezing, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
6
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
It is a factory. On the plus side, they know what they're doing and they are efficient. On the minus, there is not a ton of personal connection here. The ladies behind the front desk at the monitoring station can be quite cold. If you want warm and fuzzies, this clinic is not the place.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr Davis is a strong scientist. He is not a hand-holder. I felt like our interactions were very brief, straightforward and business-like.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses are great. Slightly frazzled, lots going on. But they are caring, compassionate and smart. I liked them better than my doctor, to be honest.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I know he is good at what he does. However, I feel like there were several oversights in association with my treatment, and I wonder if his ego got in the way. As an example, he waited several cycles before performing an HSG on me. Most clinics use that in their initial diagnostic phase. IUIs with a blocked fallopian tube is pointless. AND an HSG can increase the chances of IUI success. No reason in the world that this shouldn't have been done before I started. Lots of money down the drain, and I consider that careless.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
DO YOUR HOMEWORK and make sure you ask for as much info as possible. Silly things, like getting on a prenatal as you start treatment were never disclosed. You really have to ask for the things you need with OD, cause it will not be volunteered. He is not a bad human and I think he cares about what he does. But again, too many clients and a slightly large ego makes him a bit tricky.
Describe the protocols Owen Davis used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Clomid for 5 days (I'm 42, low AMH) and IUI. HSG after 4th IUI.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College.
One of the more expensive places in NYC. Owen Davis charges for clomid monitoring, which seems semi-insane. Around 1250 / IUI
6
Doctor
Owen Davis
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
6
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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3
Age
36 - 38
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
3
Everything was out of pocket for us [at Weill Cornell Medical College]. We spent 15-20k for each cycle...embryology lab met to discuss our failures, as did the andrology team. I was told that they were devastated and stumped by our results. Dr. Palermo offered my husband a couple of tests after our second failure. We have yet to receive the results of the second test about 7 months later.
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Age
36 - 38
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, East Asian
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
3
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Palermo's embryology lab met to discuss our failures, as did the andrology team. I was told that they were devastated and stumped by our results. Dr. Palermo offered my husband a couple of tests after our second failure. We have yet to receive the results of the second test about 7 months later.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
After meeting with Dr. Reichman, I had a spontaneous chemical pregnancy, 1 failed IUI, and then a spontaneous pregnancy which ended at 9 weeks, soon after being passed on to my OBGYN. After my d and c, I had retained products of conception and my OBGYN wanted to do a second d and c. Dr. Reichman called me and firmly told me not to do the second d and c and that it could affect future fertility, and offered to do a hysteroscopy instead. I knew he truly cared about my well being. I then had two IVF cycles with him. The first round yielded 22 eggs, 10 mature, and 1 fertilized with ICSI. That embryo failed to develop. At the time he told us that it would be like lightning striking twice for similar result to happen again. We tried a second round (everything was paid for out of pocket), had 26 eggs retrieved, 24 mature, and 0 fertilized with ICSI. Dr. Reichman was truly stumped. I don't fault him personally, but feel that if your case is tricky, Weill Cornell is not the place for you. I am now under the care of another doctor and have already been diagnosed with PCOS among other things, which I am being treated for, but which never came to light at Cornell. I believe the biggest mistake that Dr. Reichman made was allowing us to proceed with a second round without ensuring that we learned something from it (such as doing half with donor sperm). After our final meeting with him post 2nd IVF, he still have no idea if it was an egg or sperm issue. My husband has normal sperm count and motility, but low morphology, but that shouldn't have led to the results we got. Dr. Reichman did offer us a third round at a discount to try a cycle without ICSI, but we didn't feel there was any evidence to put ourselves through that.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff at the Tribeca office is warm and caring. My first IVF coordinator was cold and businesslike. The second one was much more pleasant and helpful.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman is a conscientious, responsive, and caring, but he is conservative and didn't go above and beyond to help us get to the root of our problem. We had 48 eggs retrieved over the course of two cycles, 34 of which were mature, only 1 fertilized with ICSI, and that embryo didn't survive long enough for transfer. We felt he shrugged us off and was ready to let us move on without trying to dig in and search for answers, run additional tests, etc. This was a let down.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
If you aren't getting typical results, move on to another clinic, or even a reproductive immunologist. You won't get a rigorous scientific examination of your results.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
IVF #1: Day 1-6: 225 gonal f, 150 menopur Day 7: 225 gonal f, 150 menopur, 2.5 cetrotide Day 8-9: 175 gonal f, 150 menopur, 2.5 cetrotide Day 10: 175 gonal f, 150 menopur, 2.5 cetrotide Day 11 150 gonal f, 150 menopure, ganirelix Day 14: 22 eggs retrieved. 10 mature. 1 fertilized. No embryos. IVF #2: Day 1-5: 1/16 225 gonal f, 150 menopur Day 6-8: 125 gonal f, 150 menopur, 2.5 cetrotide Day 9-10: 125 gonal f, 150 menopur, 2.5 cetrotide Day 11: 50 gonal f, 150 menopur, 2.5 cetrotide Day 12: Trigger thurs 1/24 9:30pm Lupron 4mg Hcg 2500 Retrieval 26 eggs 0 of 24 mature eggs fertilized
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Fairly efficient, but impersonal when the monitoring MD is not your own.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Everything was out of pocket for us. We spent 15-20k for each cycle. I do not recall IUI cost.
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
He preferred to transfer a single embryo for us, but we never had one to transfer.
3
Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
3
Clinic
Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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8
Age
25 - 28
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Male Factor
8
the cost at the time was approximately $12000 for IVF with ICSI [at Weill Cornell Medical College]... Something else that could be a little discomforting for patients is that because there are so many patients and the clinic is part of the hospital, not everything takes place in the clinic. Somethings take place in the radiology dept and then the lab, egg retrievals, and transfers happen in a surgical center in the hospital (I liked this because it was just IVF procedures happening there so no one else was walking in and out and you knew the nurses and front desk people did this all day every day).
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Age
25 - 28
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Male Factor
8
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The clinic is HUGE. If you are not ready for that, either find someplace new, or prepare yourself to advocate. If you are in their face and vocal you will have a better experience because they will know who you are. That being said this clinic also specializes in taking cases that no one else will touch. They are not as concerned with their success rates and only taking patients who will improve their rates, rather they are willing to give almost anyone a shot and they will adapt their protocols to meet patient's needs. One thing I like is that they have team meetings and come up with protocols as a team, not individual doctors making decisions on their own. This is comforting because you know that they are checking each others work. Something else that could be a little discomforting for patients is that because there are so many patients and the clinic is part of the hospital, not everything takes place in the clinic. Somethings take place in the radiology dept and then the lab, egg retrievals, and transfers happen in a surgical center in the hospital (I liked this because it was just IVF procedures happening there so no one else was walking in and out and you knew the nurses and front desk people did this all day every day). Also, the Andrology lab is on a different floor so you have to take the elevator and walk around with the sperm sample in a paper bag from when they give it to you to when you give it back to the nurse and have the IUI done (a little weird for people who know what is in the tube and see you walking around with it).
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Goldschalg and I get along very well. He has a very calming presence and helps bring me down off my crazy (sometimes hormone induced) tantrums about why it is not fair that I was not getting pregnant. He was very patient with me, always answered all my questions, talked to me about all the options and why something would be a good/bad/or ok idea for treatment. He always said that he would be willing to do anything I wanted, but he wanted me to listen to his opinion on the matter before making decisions. He knows that I am a healthcare professional and brings it up regularly, in explanation for decisions and for why he is explaining things to me in a scientific way. He talks to me in a way that I feel I understand what we are talking about, but that he respects my intelligence and research on our diagnosis. When we had a cycle fail with no viable embryos, Dr. Goldschlag called me several days in a row, sometimes multiple times a day to update me on the situation and make sure I was ok. We spent over an hour talking about the results and what we were going to proceed with and he did not hang up the phone until he knew I was ok, and we had scheduled an appointment to meet and go over everything, despite it being a holiday weekend. I know a lot of people who have cycled with Dr. Goldschlag sometimes are not pleased with their experience because they feel like a number, but I think that is more due to the size of the clinic. Cornell has hundreds of patients cycling through on a regular basis and if you do not stand up for yourself and advocate for your care, you may get lost, but if you are able to do that, you will get excellent care at a top rated clinic.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Jamie, Allison, Cheryl, Tamara)
Jamie - Only had her the first cycle. She called me the first day and the last to let me know it failed but other than that I always talked with Allison. She gave me the wrong info which had to get changed and was thankfully caught before I gave myself the wrong meds. Was weird hearing from her that my cycle failed when I literally had nothing to do with her. She was no longer with Dr. Goldschlag when I came back six months later for my next cycle. Allison - Was there from my first cycle (she caught Jamie's mess up) all the way until my successful pregnancy. She often seemed overwhelmed, probably because of Dr. Goldschlag's caseload and how many phone calls she had to make. She always returned phone calls, and gave clear instructions. She was also a lot more down to earth than some of the other nurses I came across there, which was nice. She also was SOO happy when she got to call me with my positive pregnancy test after our fourth cycle, we were both crying on the phone together, because she had been with me through it from the beginning. Cheryl and Tamara - Dr. Goldschlag's nursing team this time is a little more haphazard, but they call me back and they seem to have things together. I dont have a real feel for them yet because I just returned to the clinic in the past month, but so far nothing bad to say.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Lost appointments
How was your experience with Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Goldschlag is very patient, always asks me how I am doing, how I am feeling - he knows after our three year journey how my emotions can get the best of me and he always asks how things are at home. He talks to me in a way that I understand what is going on, but also that shows he respects my intelligence as a health care professional. Dr. Goldschlag also has a way of lightening the mood without coming off as uncaring or harsh. He jokes with me about my reliance on Dr. Google, and he always is up to date on all the studies and new tests I bring up and what is good about the studies or what was lacking in them and why he does or does not buy into the findings. I like that he is constantly researching and learning and not just doing the same thing over and over. No two of my protocols have ever been the same (until this current cycle bc the last cycle we did I got pregnant with my daughter and we are hoping to recreate that!!), he is always taking my latest hormone levels into account and tweaking everything so I react to the meds the best way possible. Also, he always gives my husband and I a few minutes after a monitoring appointment in the room to ask questions and talk about what is going on in order to make sure that we are comfortable with everything. It can be very hard to reach anyone in the office, and almost impossible to reach him on the phone, so I like that he gives us that time. Another thing he has started doing (I am not sure if this is for everyone, but my IVF cycles were not like this), is scheduling monitoring appointments with him specifically, so I am on his schedule and know when I am going to be seeing him so that I do not have to wait as long, and there is a continuity of care, as opposed to seeing which ever MD is on call that day for ultrasounds, and then it taking several days before I see him again and can get my questions answered. Dr. Goldschlag is also EXCELLENT when the cycle fails. We have had multiple cycles fail - very, very difficulty failures - and the way he handled it, my emotions, my husband's emotions, he was very straight forward and honest with us about our bleak situation and what the next steps were. I appreciated the honesty and when he was not being straightforward with me at one point I called him out on it and from then on he gave it to me like it was. I feel for myself and my husband, it is better for us to know the truth from the outset than for us to be under the assumption that we are going to have this amazing experience. Overall he was very willing to work with us and ultimately he was able to help us get to our goal and give us our beautiful daughter.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Give him a chance to get to know you before you assume he is too quiet or hands off. Once I got to know him a little better and we were all able to relax around each other, it got much easier.
Describe the protocols Dan Goldschlag used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
As an Orthodox Jew, Cornell has a specific protocol they use to help push off the egg retrieval until a little farther on in the cycle (called the Mikva Protocol), to help shorten the period and keep any spotting at bay. Started with estrogen patches for a few days, then added a Ganirelix shot for three days, then started Menopure and GonalF, then added the Ganirelix back in, then triggered with HCG. My dosages were incredibly low bc of my VERY high AMH levels. First cycle was extended (I dont think the dosages were high enough and I was injecting them incorrectly so I wasnt getting the full dose). Second cycle was the same overall, but higher dosages and I had better quality eggs (more mature) than the first cycle. (Cycle failed due to Male factor component) First IUI with clomid - did not respond well to Clomid, poor follicle and lining Second IUI with Letrazol - started with 5mg a day for 5 days, three days off, then bumped up to 7.5 mg a day for 5 days. Went in and had 2 beautiful 24mm follicles (one on each ovary) and lining was almost 9mm. Triggered with 10kHCG and IUI the following day.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
What I do now is schedule an actual appointment, show up then and get seen within 15 minutes of that appointment. At the same time and what I used to do was show up anywhere from 6:30 to 9 am and sign in and wait in the waiting room to first get called for bloodwork and then ultrasound. The MD you see for the scan can be any of the doctors in the practice. Their system is automated, so there is a computer system that tells the tech who the next patient they are taking for blood or ultrasound is and what room to put them in. This keeps things moving assuming patients are not missing in the bathroom or grabbing coffee outside at the cart on the sidewalk. Sometimes there can be close to 100 patients waiting to be seen though, which can make the wait take several hours.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College.
My IVF was covered by insurance but the cost at the time was approximately $12000 for IVF with ICSI (we also did Micro-TESE in conjunction which was $15k out of pocket) My IUI is also under insurance so I am not aware of the costs.
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Dan Goldschlag
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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Age
35
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
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Monitoring at Tribecca [Weill Cornell Medical College] was a well-oiled machine - I was always in and out in less than 30 minutes and often less than 15. On the UES (weekends), it felt a bit more like a cattle call - so many people in the waiting room and often long waits...Tribeca office is excellent - front desk staff were always helpful...Hannah [nurse] was always prompt and clear with follow up phone calls.
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Age
35
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
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Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cornell's Tribeca office is excellent - front desk staff were always helpful and friendly and I never had to wait long. Weekend monitoring and all IUIs are done at the UES office, which is much bigger and has longer waits. Also, keep in mind that Dr. Reichman will do all of your weekday monitoring and manage your treatment, but he will not do your IUIs and probably not weekend monitoring or egg retrieval (though for weekend monitoring and egg retrieval he does some as they have a rotating schedule).
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman always took the time to explain thoroughly every decision that we made. He was optimistic throughout, while allowing for me to feel disappointed each time I didn't get pregnant. When a potential complication arose, we had an hour-long appointment to discuss all possible options and outcomes.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Hannah)
Hannah was always prompt and clear with follow up phone calls.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman is probably the best doctor I've ever had. He is not only extremely knowledgeable and skillful as a physician, but is also a highly effective communicator. He made sure I was fully informed at every step of the process and laid out pros and cons of every decision, including financial considerations (e.g. when deciding on next steps, he explained what he would recommend if money were no consideration and what he would recommend given the cost, and then left it up to me to decide what made the most sense for my situation).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Prepare questions in advance of an initial consultation or longer follow-up appointment. Morning monitoring appointments are very quick and didn't allow much time for in-depth conversation, though he never made me feel rushed and answered any questions I had then too. Email him directly any time you have additional questions. He typically responded to my emails in less than 24 hours.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I did four unmedicated IUI's with an HCG trigger shot using donor sperm. During monitoring for the 2nd IUI, Dr. Reichman noticed on the ultrasound that I had a potential mild hydrosalpinx, which had not shown clearly on the HSG I had done. We had a long appointment to discuss options and decided to do four IUI's and then move on to IVF. Dr. Reichman gave the option of surgery for the hydro, but said it was not required in my case. I did an IVF cycle with 8 days of stims (Menopur, Follistim, and starting on day 4, ganerelix as an antagonist). My body was very sensitive to the stims and my estrogen shot up, so Dr. Reichman had me on very low doses throughout and had to adjust my dosage more frequently than usual. Because of my high estrogen and large number of follicles, we used a Lupron trigger instead of HCG. Specific dosages are below. CD 2 - 125 follistim, 75 menopur CD 3 - 125 follistim, 75 menopur CD 4 - 75 follistim, 75 menopur CD 5 - 50 follistim, 75 menopur, 1 ganerelix CD 6 - 50 follistim, 75 menopur, 1 ganerelix CD 7 - 50 follistim, 75 menopur, 1 ganerelix CD 8 - 92 follistim, 75 menopur, 1 ganerelix CD 9 - 42 follistim, 75 menopur, 1 ganerelix CD 10 - 1 ganerelix, lupron trigger CD 11 - no medication CD 12 - egg retrieval - 24 eggs retrieved, 18 mature, 15 fertilized, 11 5-day blasts for PGS-testing, 4 PGS-normal embryos, 3 mosaic embryos
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Monitoring at Tribecca was a well-oiled machine - I was always in and out in less than 30 minutes and often less than 15. On the UES (weekends), it felt a bit more like a cattle call - so many people in the waiting room and often long waits.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
IUI's were mostly covered by insurance, aside from $25 copay for each appointment (including monitoring) and $125 for trigger shot. In total, I paid about $300 each IUI. For IVF, the total cost was about $20000 (including PGS-testing), almost all out-of-pocket. Medications were an additional $2000. Each frozen transfer will be another $4500 (or so).
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Reichman strongly advised a single embryo transfer given my age. I agreed with him.
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David Reichman
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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8
Age
35 - 38
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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They [Weill Cornell Medical College] see a high volume of patients but I've never had issues with wait time, they have convenient morning monitoring hours and it was great to be able to go to the UES or Tribeca office for my monitoring. I appreciated the calls from my nurses with instructions and next steps but feel as though email communication could be helpful in communicating medicine dosages, next appointments, etc. The billing was definitely a bit of a mess and I never felt like I had a clear understanding of what I was being billed
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Age
35 - 38
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
In general I found my experience to be positive. They see a high volume of patients but I've never had issues with wait time, they have convenient morning monitoring hours and it was great to be able to go to the UES or Tribeca office for my monitoring. I appreciated the calls from my nurses with instructions and next steps but feel as though email communication could be helpful in communicating medicine dosages, next appointments, etc. The billing was definitely a bit of a mess and I never felt like I had a clear understanding of what I was being billed for.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Spandorfer isn't the hand holding type but I appreciated his warm personality and light humor. He was positive, empathetic and helped make a stressful and emotional process a bit easier. He doesn't always explain next steps thoroughly but was always willing to answer questions or elaborate if I asked.
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I had two unsuccessful IUIs before moving on to IVF. My first retrieval resulted in 26 eggs that became 13 embryos. Due to my age and good test results Dr. Spandorfer did not recommend PGS testing. We did one fresh transfer which resulted in a miscarriage and then 3 frozen transfers before getting pregnant. Each time we did natural FET cycles. I'm now trying for my second and after doing 2 natural FET cycles from frozen embryos from my 1st cycle, I did another retrieval that yielded 31 eggs and resulted in 17 embryos. This time we did PGS testing and have 7 high quality embryos. We have transferred 4 of those in 3 different FETs, 2 natural and 1 medicated cycle and have yet to be successful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
$10,500 - IVF Cycle (Not including PGS testing or ICSI if needed) $2,630 - ICSI $4,260 - Frozen Embryo Transfer
Describe Steven Spandorfer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Spandorfer recommended eSET but after a few failed transfers he supported our decision to transfer two embryos.
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Steven Spandorfer
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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8
Age
34 - 36
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Other
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They [nurses at Weill Cornell] have made mistakes. Often i ask them to double check with dr Davis and their directions would change as a result. They did not seem to be able to answer my questions. Generally unimpressed. I had Katie last time and i thought she was on top of things. This time the nurses keep changing and i have not being impressed...It makes the process mor Nerve racking because i wish i could trust the nurses and not have to second guess.
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Age
34 - 36
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Other
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Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr Davis is great and very knowledgeable. Be your own advocate with the nurses and ask questions. When necessary ask them to double check with the doctor. The billing department is inefficient and annoying.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr Davis was always knowledgeable About my situation. The nurses did not seem to always be knowledgeable and i felt like a number with them.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They have made mistakes. Often i ask them to double check with dr Davis and their directions would change as a result. They did not seem to be able to answer my questions. Generally unimpressed. I had Katie last time and i thought she was on top of things. This time the nurses keep changing and i have not being impressed.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I would 100% recommend him if he had a different staff. He is always knowledgeable about my situation, answers my questions and seems to be on top of his game. Usually he calls me back immediately. Once i had been notified of a chemical pregnancy but he didn’t call me until Monday (i asked to speak to him Friday morning).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Be your own advocate with the nurses. Get the plan from dr Davis and question the nurses if they are incorrect or if it was different than the plan dr Davis mentioned.
Describe the protocols Owen Davis used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
First time i got pregnant in 2016 after a natural cycle iui with estrogen priming for an ivf cycle i did not need to start because i was pregnant. I then did 3 natural cycle iuis (because it was successful the first time). Started Estrogen priming for ivf but had to Stop protocol Because i had a positive pregnancy test. Turned out it was a chemical pregnancy. Starting ivf next cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College.
He was out of pocket. So expensive
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Owen Davis
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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This clinic [Weill Cornell- Tribeca] runs like a well-oiled machine. They know what they are doing and do it well. The morning bloodwork feels a bit number like--but they have a massive amount of people to get through in a short time. Tribeca is definitely better about being more human and caring than the main office in the upper east side--and it's so much more peaceful and quiet. Be aware that your doctor will not necessarily be the one doing your procedures. Each clinic's doctor is assigned to a specific day since there is only one surgical room. The doctors I've had though for retrieval and transfer have been great. Also know that your ultrasounds will not necessarily be with your doctor. And on retrieval and transfer day...you will wait. Last time I was told to be there at the earliest time, but was the last one to go in about 3 hours later. Super annoying watching people that arrived an hour after you go in an hour before
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Age
32 - 33
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
This clinic runs like a well-oiled machine. They know what they are doing and do it well. The morning bloodwork feels a bit number like--but they have a massive amount of people to get through in a short time. Tribeca is definitely better about being more human and caring than the main office in the upper east side--and it's so much more peaceful and quiet. Be aware that your doctor will not necessarily be the one doing your procedures. Each clinic's doctor is assigned to a specific day since there is only one surgical room. The doctors I've had though for retrieval and transfer have been great. Also know that your ultrasounds will not necessarily be with your doctor. And on retrieval and transfer day...you will wait. Last time I was told to be there at the earliest time, but was the last one to go in about 3 hours later. Super annoying watching people that arrived an hour after you go in an hour before you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Samantha Pfeifer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
With Dr. Pfeifer, I absolutely felt like a human 100%. She was kind, caring, and remembered many details about us and our situation without staring at a file. The nurses for my first 2 transfers were great, but my last transfer it seemed like the nurse changed every time I called and they seem to go really quickly and don't really like questions.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
My nurses for my retrieval and first two transfers were great. Compassionate and happy to answer questions. With my last transfer, it seemed like I had a different nurse every time I called or was called back. And none of them were the same as my first transfers. That just meant that I felt like I was being passed off. Crystal was always good, but I think they switched her off my care at some point and I got people who didn't always seem to know what they were doing.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Samantha Pfeifer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Pfeifer was/is excellent. She was compassionate and caring and very knowledgeable--but still blunt enough so that you know to expect realistically. She keeps up-to-date with emerging studies surrounding IVF and doesn't just jump on the bandwagon of extras unless she truly thinks they could help. I love that she takes your thoughts and opinions and concerns but at the end of the day she is the doctor and I can trust her to make the best decisions for my protocols.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Samantha Pfeifer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Feel free to ask questions. If you aren't getting helpful enough information from the nurses, you can call Dr. Pfeifer's assistant for an appointment with her. I have never walked away from a consultation wondering what to do or what was going on.
Describe the protocols Samantha Pfeifer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
For us, our infertility was male factor with no issues on my side. Because of this, and my risk of OHSS, Dr. Pfeifer took a more conservative approach to the stim meds. I never did more than 150 units of follistim per day, and then I also had menopur and cetrotide. And then progesterone in oil going into transfer. They retrieved 13 eggs, 9 mature, 8 fertilized. By Day 3, they were concerned none would make it to day 5 in the lab so we transferred fresh at day 3. Neither took. I had 2 embryos make it to freeze. The first transfer was positive but ended in miscarriage. Second transfer was positive but ended as a chemical pregnancy. We will be going for a 2nd egg retrieval in 2019 and I know she is going to up the meds a bit to try to get more eggs. We will do a day 5 fresh transfer (my decision, not the doctor's) and then PGS test the rest of the embryos that make it to freeze.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Not a cattle call. It was a well-oiled machine. You walk in, sign in, and then sit down until they call you back. Honestly, I was almost always out of there within 20 minutes. The only time I wasn't was when my veins were not cooperating and it would take a couple people to find a vein.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Samantha Pfeifer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
IVF with ICSI including fresh transfer was just under $12,000. Medications were about $6,000-8,000. Hotel for 3 weeks was about $6,000. FETs were about $4,000 plus medication and hotel.
Describe Samantha Pfeifer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Pfeifer is very smart about it. She prefers to transfer just one, but will allow 2 if you really want. She moreso bases it on age and circumstances. I'm under 35 so I only transfer 1. At 35, 2 would be okay. I'm not sure, but I believe she does not recommend more than 2.
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Samantha Pfeifer
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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Age
41
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Other
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The coordinator [at Weill Cornell Medical College] was very helpful in informing me what is covered. And, if it is not covered giving me alternatives labs to use for some tests that are not covered... The fertility process is very time sensitive, so I really appreciated the coordinators making sure I get the correct meds at the correct timing. The only weakness, is it can be difficult to get someone on the phone if you have a question. I usually have to leave a voice mail, and then they call me back a few hours later. It would be much easier if they communicate via email, since I can not always get to my phone if it is a busy work day.
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Age
41
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Other
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Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The people are very compassionate and friendly. I feel everyone there is competent at their job. I am always able to get an appointment when I need it. The fertility process is very time sensitive, so I really appreciated the coordinators making sure I get the correct meds at the correct timing. The only weakness, is it can be difficult to get someone on the phone if you have a question. I usually have to leave a voice mail, and then they call me back a few hours later. It would be much easier if they communicate via email, since I can not always get to my phone if it is a busy work day.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Goldschlag always asks how I'm doing and gives thorough explanations of treatment and option. I always feel like he is doing what is in my best interest. He has never pushed ivf treatment like some other doctors might do because that is where the money is.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Ara Cho)
She has been very organized and thorough. She was able to communicate with my insurance so I had a clear understanding of what part of the treatment is covered, and what I should expect to pay for. There was no surprise bills. She has also been helpful in letting me know what is the next step in procedure such as when to get blood work, when to take meds, etc.. The only negative I can say, is it can be difficult to speak with them on the phone. There is some phone tag. It would be much easier if they can communicate via email.
How was your experience with Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Goldschlag is very mild mannered, soft spoken, and always asks how I'm doing. I am 40, and have been trying to conceive for 1 year. He did not jump to ivf, he first made sure my body is in the best condition it can be to to conceive before proceeding with further fertility treatment. Since I have hypothyroid, he had to make sure it is at optimal level. He has also surgical removed a polyp in my uterus, which has been blocking egg implantation. It is something my regular obgyn failed to inform me about. I have now done 1 round of IUI, but has failed. I will continue 2 more rounds of IUI before moving onto to IVF. He does seem to have a full schedule so appointments can be quick. I sometimes have to rely on his assistant to explain the next steps.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Don't wait! I waited a bit to go to a fertility doctor because I did not want to be pressured into ivf. But, that was not my experience at all with Dr. Goldschlag. I wish I had seen him sooner so I can understand what is going on with my body. My only other advice is to ask a lot of questions. He gives a good explanation of your fertility plan, but the steps you need to take such as when to get blood work, when to take the drugs, and etc.. sometimes needs to be clarified.
Describe the protocols Dan Goldschlag used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
His treatment made sure my body is in the best condition it can be to to conceive before proceeding with further fertility treatment. Since I have hypothyroid, he had to make sure it is at optimal level. He has also surgical removed a polyp in my uterus, which has been blocking egg implantation. I have now done 1 round of IUI, but has failed. I will continue 2 more rounds of IUI before moving onto to IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Dan Goldschlag at Weill Cornell Medical College.
The costs you are responsible for really depend on your insurance. I had to cover cost of sperm washing for IUI, which was $375. Other then that it was just co-pays. The coordinator was very helpful in informing me what is covered. And, if it is not covered giving me alternatives labs to use for some tests that are not covered.
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Dan Goldschlag
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10
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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10
Age
29
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
The entire nursing staff at Cornell is amazing - they are caring, take the time to walk you through every detail of your protocol and answer any and all questions you have... is unlike any doctors office I've ever been to. It is clean, everyone is extremely friendly and remembers your name, and they are always on time. I never waited more than five minutes in the lobby before being taken back to the exam room.
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Age
29
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Weill Cornell is unlike any doctors office I've ever been to. It is clean, everyone is extremely friendly and remembers your name, and they are always on time. I never waited more than five minutes in the lobby before being taken back to the exam room.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman remembers every detail of his patients' life and their cycles. He is friendly but not fake, which I appreciate.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Hannah)
The entire nursing staff at Cornell is amazing - they are caring, take the time to walk you through every detail of your protocol and answer any and all questions you have.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr.Reichman is friendly, easy to talk to and caring, but also very to the point, which is so important to me. He doesn't beat around the bush and explains every possible outcome in detail, which is so important throughout this process. He is also sarcastic and cracks jokes - SO needed with all the stress infertility brings.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He is blunt at times - some people might not like this, but I really do. I want to know the good and the bad, with nothing sugar coated.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Our first round was just Clomid, taking 50mg per day. My body responded too well to the medication and we had to cancel due to three matured follicles. The second round, we reduced the dosage of Clomid to two days of 50mg then three days of 25mg. My body did not respond enough, after the 5 days of Clomid, we didn't have any mature follicles. At that point, we added in daily Menopur injections. We did about 10 days of injections, at differing dosages, which Dr. Reichman adjusted day to day. We had two mature follicles, which was great, but unfortunately my estrogen had dropped to basically zero over 24 hours between injections. We decided to trigger ovulation and see what happens. Unfortunately due to my low estrogen the cycle did not work. We are now starting a third cycle of Menopur injections and hoping we can get my body to ovulate with the perfect amount of follicles. If that doesn't work, we will move onto IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
My insurance covers all infertility treatments, except IVF, so luckily everything up to now has been covered. My only costs are my regular copay for office visits and medication.
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
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Doctor
David Reichman
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10
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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10
Age
34
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Other
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I trust the technical expertise of the Weill Cornell Centre for reproductive medicine completely. I trust their research and methods and skills at performing procedures. I was very happy with all procedures performed by the team of doctors including IUI, egg retrieval and transfers. On the other hand, the administrative/ billing team was not familiar with Aetna insurance which led to multiple, time wasting, and high stress instances of the admin team incorrectly telling me I was responsible for meds out of pocket when in fact I was 100% covered. At one point i was on vacation to de-stress from the cycles and them emailed to tell me i would be responsible for bills of $10k for medication - this was incorrect due to poor research on their part. (Dr. Reichman actually volunteered to help get it sorted by reporting the errors to the head of the Weill Cornell insurance billing team, who then worked with me directly).
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Age
34
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$500K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Other
10
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
I trust the technical expertise of the Weill Cornell Centre for reproductive medicine completely. I trust their research and methods and skills at performing procedures. I was very happy with all procedures performed by the team of doctors including IUI, egg retrieval and transfers. On the other hand, the administrative/ billing team was not familiar with Aetna insurance which led to multiple, time wasting, and high stress instances of the admin team incorrectly telling me I was responsible for meds out of pocket when in fact I was 100% covered. At one point i was on vacation to de-stress from the cycles and them emailed to tell me i would be responsible for bills of $10k for medication - this was incorrect due to poor research on their part. (Dr. Reichman actually volunteered to help get it sorted by reporting the errors to the head of the Weill Cornell insurance billing team, who then worked with me directly). I also had billing issues, receiving bills for thousands of dollars, when I had already paid for a complete IVF package in full. This all got rectified, but was extremely time consuming and stressful.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman formed a relationship with us, asked after my husband on the occasions I had solo appointments. He was extremely responsive on emails, days, nights and weekend. He offered sincere condolences when cycles were not successful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Hannah Giamo)
My main nurse coordinator, Hannah, was very helpful with treatment and appointments and trying to resolve issues with my insurance coverage. The IVF training nurse was excellent, helpful and compassionate also. And the nurses that drew my bloods each day were skilled, gentle, upbeat and friendly.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman performed a thorough work up of both me and my husband. He explained the tests. He was very friendly and we looked forward to our visits. On the occasions that I was particularly hormonal/emotional/struggling with what felt like a long period of treatment he was not overly supportive. I felt he was more comfortable at appointments if my husband was present. As part of treatment there are a lot of transactional ultrasounds and I found that he (as well as other male doctors) are less gentle than my subsequent experience of female doctors. That said, I fully trusted Dr. Reichman to get us the result we wanted - without question - and therefore was fine with the minor discomfort.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
If patients have worries about treatment or symptoms during treatment I recommend framing the question to Dr. Reichman as “this is happening - is this because of the fertility treatment or does this pose a challenge or risk to my cycle?”. Dr. Reichman is not a primary care physician so if any symptoms are not a result of, or will impact fertility treatment he will direct you to your regular doctor.
Describe the protocols David Reichman used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Gonal-F 900 IU Menopur 75 IU Cetrotide 250mcg HCG shot Lupron 2 week kit Progesterone in oil Medrol Z-pac
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Timing was convenient - early morning before work. Wait times were not an issue. Equally, I called once to say I was running late due to a subway breakdown and they calmly assured me I would be seen no problem when I would get there. If I had too many questions for a morning monitoring appointment, Dr. Reichman would arrange to see my husband and I later that day.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College.
~$28k out of pocket
Describe David Reichman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Reichman strongly encouraged elective single embryo transfer. I was happy with this approach.
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Doctor
David Reichman
Communication
Trustworthiness
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10
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Tribeca
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Age
42 - 43
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Tubal Blockage
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Dr Elias [at Weill Cornell Medical College] said with my age, 42, he recommended day 3 transfer of 3-4 embryos to give me the best chance of pregnancy (embryos do better back in the body) and PGS testing on remaining embryos to freeze...They have an excellent lab, are organized. Definitely felt like a number in the NYC office, but the Mt Kisco satellite office was much more personable. Often very long waits for monitoring at the NYC upper east side and a complete cattle call. Monitoring hours were 7-9am which was tough for me to make.
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Age
42 - 43
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Tubal Blockage
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Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
They have an excellent lab, are organized. Definitely felt like a number in the NYC office, but the Mt Kisco satellite office was much more personable. Often very long waits for monitoring at the NYC upper east side and a complete cattle call. Monitoring hours were 7-9am which was tough for me to make.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr Elias frequently checked in with me and was always very quick to respond to my emails. More to the point, when my ivf cycle failed he left me a voicemail and expressed his sympathy. During our follow up appointment soon after, he was caring, but also realistic presenting all the facts.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College.
The nursing staff in NYC upper east side was very busy and I felt like just a number - which was fine. I had most monitoring visits in the satellite office in Mt Kisco and the nurse there wasn’t too friendly not talkative, but she was overall ok - that didn’t bother me.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Failed to call with results
How was your experience with Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr Elias is extremely intelligent and knows his stuff. Among other tests, he did a HSG and felt one of my tubes was questionable and told me I would need a lap. However, when the radiologist read the images, the radiologist read them as normal. Dr Elias then said we should hold off on the lap and try some clomid cycles, some with IUI. They didn’t work and finally I told him I wanted the lap and to move to ivf which he agreed to readily. Turned out my left tube was completely blocked, Black, twisted, a total mess and had to be removed. I wish Dr Elias had been more aggressive and gone with his gut feeling after the HSG that the tube was not right and recommended a lap from the beginning (which I would have been fine with) - especially since previous to developing the tube issue developing, I’d always gotten pregnant on the first month of trying (although many ended in miscarriage). I wasted 7 months and a large chunk of my insurance money on IUIs and clomid cycles that were never going to work with that tube. At the age of 42, the wasted 7 months was the hardest to swallow. Shortly after tube surgery, i had a failed ivf cycle, but then got pregnant naturally 2 months later. With that said, Dr Elias knows his stuff and is a kind and caring doctor - wish he’d been more aggressive particularly with my age.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College?
If you want to try something other than what Dr Elias suggests, bring it up - you don’t always need to follow his advice. He is pretty amenable to doing what you want at the end of the day. He was even willing to work with a reproductive immunologist (Dr Braverman) and make changes to the ivf protocol that I suggested.
Describe the protocols Rony Elias used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
2 clomid cycles with timed inter course. 1 clomid cycle with IUI. 1 ivf with estrogen prime, menopur, gonal-f, cetrotide - produced 9 eggs, 4 fertilized, day 3 fresh transfer of 3 embryos (bfn) and the other 2 embryos didn’t make it to feeeze.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
NYC Upoer east side was a cattle call - I only went there on weekends and would sometimes have to wait 2 hours With every seat taken in their extremely large waiting room. Mt Kisco Office was much better, much more personable with sometimes no wait, and never more than 45 Min wait.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rony Elias at Weill Cornell Medical College.
They were covered under my Fertility insurance, but the costs at Cornell are very high. About $15K per cycle plus then add on service - freezing, ICSI etc
Describe Rony Elias's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr Elias said with my age, 42, he recommended day 3 transfer of 3-4 embryos to give me the best chance of pregnancy (embryos do better back in the body) and PGS testing on remaining embryos to freeze.
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Rony Elias
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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10
Age
32
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation
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The Tribeca office of Weill Cornell CRM is a hidden gem. The facilities are new, the waiting room is never packed, and the front desk staff are wonderful. My husband and I visited the main office on the UES once, for our IUI, and it was a night-and-day contrast to Tribeca - incredibly crowded, seemingly somewhat dated, and huge. Given the large number of doctors and patients, I would be surprised if they are able to support the same continuity of the Tribeca office (as in, always seeing your doctor for each monitoring appointment, which was amazing!).
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Age
32
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation
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Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The Tribeca office of Weill Cornell CRM is a hidden gem. The facilities are new, the waiting room is never packed, and the front desk staff are wonderful. My husband and I visited the main office on the UES once, for our IUI, and it was a night-and-day contrast to Tribeca - incredibly crowded, seemingly somewhat dated, and huge. Given the large number of doctors and patients, I would be surprised if they are able to support the same continuity of the Tribeca office (as in, always seeing your doctor for each monitoring appointment, which was amazing!). I suppose if there is one downside to the Tribeca office, it is that on weekends, holidays, and for procedures like an IUI or embryo transfer, you will need to visit the UES location.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman knew exactly where we were in our treatment cycle, every time he saw us. He needed no prompting about any of my personal details, or what our plan was. And when I had emotional moments, the level of compassion he showed me was well beyond what I expect from even the best-trained medical professionals..
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I didn't have a great deal of interaction with the nursing staff, as I did not undergo IVF. I called a few times with questions, and they were very helpful in their responses. I wasn't assigned a specific nurse, but when you start treatment at CRM, you receive contact information for your specific doctor's team, including nurses whose duties are divided and specified. The nurse I typically reached out to (based on these descriptions) was frequently out of the office (it was during the summer, so this may not be the case year-round). When I left messages on Dr. Reichman's general nursing line, however, they were always quick to call back.
How was your experience with David Reichman at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Reichman was, in short, a dream to find, in a city full of top REs. From the moment we sat down in our consultation, it became clear that he was not only an excellently trained physician, but was also passionate about his specialty, and sincerely empathetic towards his patients. This combination allowed me to truly relax and leave myself in his hands (e.g., no more endless googling!)