Rated 8.4
Strongly recommend: 68%Neutral: 20%Don't recommend: 12%8.4
68% strongly recommend
14 reviews
Humanity
8.8
8.8
Humanity

Ratings of 1 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a number."

Ratings of 10 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a human."

Communication
8.5
8.5
Communication

Ratings of 1 mean poor communication.

Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
6.6
6.6
Frequency Seen

Ratings of 1 mean patients only saw this doctor once or twice during treatment.

Ratings of 10 mean patients saw this doctor at every appointment.

Responsiveness
7.8
Good
Responsiveness

Scale is "poor, ok, good, excellent" and measures how responsive a care team was when patients needed to speak to them.

Education

Medical School
George Washington
Residency
George Washington
Fellowship
Eastern Virginia Jones

How Doctor Communicates

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doctor, nurse available by directline
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doctor available by personal cell phone
doctor available by personal cell phone
Abbaa Sarhan works at

Genetics & IVF Institute
Rated 9.1
Strongly recommend: 70%Neutral: 27%Don't recommend: 4%9.1

At 1 office

Fairfax
3015 Williams Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031
703.698.7355
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14 patient reviews

Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2021, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 29
1 IVF
Male Factor
PCOS
Middle Eastern
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
1st of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
From the start with the consultation appointments, she [Dr. Sarhan] was knowledgeable, kind, compassionate and determined for my husband and I. She always made sure we knew exactly what was going on and explained everything thoroughly. After trying to conceive for more than 2 years, IVF was our best option according to Dr. Sarhan...She had a strong preference that we only transfer one embryo...
my first nurse there [at Genetics & IVF Institute] was not that compassionate and kind and would never respond to any of my emails and I always felt like I was harassing by calling the clinic to get answers. I was then referred to a new nurse named Missy and She is absolutely amazing and so sweet and when she found out I was pregnant she send the most amazing email that made me cry I really felt like I was cared for...
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
She’s intelligent, knowledgeable ,friendly ,compassionate and determined. I truly felt cared for under her care. She always answered my questions in a positive but truthful way, I respected that. From the consultation appointments to my transfer everything was so smooth and I couldn’t be any happier and thankful
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
Dr. Abba Sarhan is absolutely an amazing doctor. From the start with the consultation appointments, she was knowledgeable, kind, compassionate and determined for my husband and I. She always made sure we knew exactly what was going on and explained everything thoroughly. After trying to conceive for more than 2 years, IVF was our best option according to Dr. Sarhan, so we decided to jump right in. I felt confident. I can proudly say that from the first cycle of IVF, I am pregnant and currently almost 9 weeks. I highly recommend Dr. Abba Sarhan. She’s hard working and intelligent, and doesn’t just treat you like a number. I felt cared for genuinely. Thank you so so much for everything! I can’t thank you enough, Dr. Sarhan
Describe the protocols Abbaa Sarhan used in your cycles at Genetics & IVF Institute and their degree of success.
Birth control Stims for 2 weeks Egg retrieval Progesterone in oil Estrogen pills Transfer
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Genetics & IVF Institute.
I want to protect this person‘s name but my first nurse there was not that compassionate and kind and would never respond to any of my emails and I always felt like I was harassing by calling the clinic to get answers. I was then referred to a new nurse named Missy and She is absolutely amazing and so sweet and when she found out I was pregnant she send the most amazing email that made me cry I really felt like I was cared for
Describe your experience with Genetics & IVF Institute.
Definitely ask all the questions that you may have. Infertility is difficult and can be very confusing. This office definitely had the strength of answering all the questions in depth until you truly understand.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute.
I had really good insurance through the government and I’m thankful for that so I didn’t pay as much as other people may have paid but it was still a significant amount. I prefer not to say
Describe Abbaa Sarhan's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Genetics & IVF Institute.
She had a strong preference that we only transfer one embryo at a time because of my age. At first I was hesitant and upset but I know she had the best intension for us
10
Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Genetics & IVF Institute
Fairfax
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
4 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
6 of 5
2021, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 46
Donor Eggs
European
Income $50K - $99K
1st of 3 Docs
IVF With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sarhan seemed very well acquainted with the details of my case each time I communicated with her...we were ready to move on to frozen donor eggs; Dr. Sarhan provided knowledgeable and compassionate treatment, and the fact that the clinic and egg bank are under one roof made for a streamlined and convenient process...
it can be difficult to communicate with the front desk [at Genetics & IVF Institute]; the phones often ring without being answered...Our communication difficulties with the nursing department disappeared once we had begun treatment, so it may be that the practice is concentrating its energies on communication with active clients; however, this makes for a poor first impression of the clinic’s organization, and makes it a bit challenging to get the treatment ball rolling.
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
We had a very good experience with Dr. Sarhan, GIVF, and the Fairfax Egg Bank. My husband and I were experienced with IVF and knew that we were ready to move on to frozen donor eggs; Dr. Sarhan provided knowledgeable and compassionate treatment, and the fact that the clinic and egg bank are under one roof made for a streamlined and convenient process.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
Dr. Sarhan seemed very well acquainted with the details of my case each time I communicated with her.
Describe the protocols Abbaa Sarhan used in your cycles at Genetics & IVF Institute and their degree of success.
-Estrace (6mg/day) and progesterone (injectable in oil, 2ml/day) in preparation for transfer and until week 10 of pregnancy -Recommended prenatal vitamins and low-dose aspirin -IVF with donor eggs -Embryo transfer (5-day blastocyst)
Describe your experience with your nurse at Genetics & IVF Institute. (Assigned nurse: Laurel Patton)
I had to ask to be switched to another nurse when my first assigned nurse communicated poorly and seemed unfamiliar with my case on multiple occasions. Laurel, to whom I was transferred, was wonderful — very caring and and excellent communicator.
Describe your experience with Genetics & IVF Institute.
From our point of view, the fact that we could handle all aspects of choosing an egg donor and completing the IVF process under one roof was very convenient. Our doctor was extremely knowledgeable and kind, as well, and the nursing team was very supportive once we had begun treatment.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute.
The total cost for our treatment (IVF with frozen donor eggs) came to about $8,000. The cost of the eggs themselves (through the in-house egg bank) was $13,000.
Describe Abbaa Sarhan's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Genetics & IVF Institute.
Dr. Sarhan (and the clinic) will not transfer more than one embryo at a time — at least in my case — and that is exactly as we wanted it; we wouldn’t have wanted to face the additional risks associated with multiple pregnancy.
What specific things went wrong at Genetics & IVF Institute?
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Genetics & IVF Institute.
As I mentioned above, my first assigned nurse (Sarah Crumbley) was difficult to communicate with and was unfamiliar with my case. This resulted in it taking longer for us to begin our treatment cycle than was necessary. Also, it can be difficult to communicate with the front desk; the phones often ring without being answered or it can take longer than one would expect for a professional practice for phone messages to be returned. Our communication difficulties with the nursing department disappeared once we had begun treatment, so it may be that the practice is concentrating its energies on communication with active clients; however, this makes for a poor first impression of the clinic’s organization, and makes it a bit challenging to get the treatment ball rolling.
10
Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Genetics & IVF Institute
Fairfax
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
2 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
4 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
6 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2020 - 2021, Successful
NPS
8
NPS
8
Age 38 - 39
1 IUI
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Business Executive
Neutral
Neutral
Successful
Dr. Sarhan was very warm and compassionate and laid out a plan for treatment. She was clear in her communication and I was confident I could reach out to her with any other questions. After the initial consult, however, all communication was via my nurse and I didn't have a direct line to Dr. Sarhan...Dr. Sarhan advised to do three rounds of timed intercourse with Letrozole followed by three rounds of IUI. We agreed to discuss IVF later if needed. The first IUI was successful and resulted in a singleton pregnancy.
Every person I interacted with at GIVF was very kind, however there was very little consistency with who I saw for monitoring or ultrasounds. My interactions with Dr. Sarhan were always very warm, though after the initial consult, communications went via my nurse...The billing/invoicing was all paper/mailed with no online payment option. The costs were opaque and could have included more detail than the mailed paper invoice.
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
Dr. Sarhan was very warm and compassionate and laid out a plan for treatment. She was clear in her communication and I was confident I could reach out to her with any other questions. After the initial consult, however, all communication was via my nurse and I didn't have a direct line to Dr. Sarhan.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
Every person I interacted with at GIVF was very kind, however there was very little consistency with who I saw for monitoring or ultrasounds. My interactions with Dr. Sarhan were always very warm, though after the initial consult, communications went via my nurse.
Describe the protocols Abbaa Sarhan used in your cycles at Genetics & IVF Institute and their degree of success.
Dr. Sarhan advised to do three rounds of timed intercourse with Letrozole followed by three rounds of IUI. We agreed to discuss IVF later if needed. The first IUI was successful and resulted in a singleton pregnancy.
Describe your experience with Genetics & IVF Institute.
The clinic was professional, clean, and had good COVID protocols. The billing/invoicing was all paper/mailed with no online payment option. The costs were opaque and could have included more detail than the mailed paper invoice.
8
Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
4 of 5
Communication
4 of 5
Frequency Seen
1 of 5
Trustworthiness
4 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
8
Clinic
Genetics & IVF Institute
Fairfax
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
2 of 5
Nursing Staff
4 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
5 of 5
Verified

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2021, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 38
Other
Latinx
Consultant
2nd of 2 Docs
4 IVF With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sarhan is detailed oriented, pays attention to all the data available to her, and makes recommendations that sound very reasonable and grounded...Dr. Sarhan listened to my concerns and requests and allowed me to get 2 embryos transferred instead of one...she had taken the time to understand all my infertility history. She leveraged all the information that was unearthed during my prior treatments and was able to help me get pregnant...
The clinic [Genetics & IVF Institute] runs like an well oiled machine. I am so grateful for the receptionists, the sonographer, the phlebotomist, and specially the Embryology folks (Michael and his team)...Dr. Sarhan listened to my concerns and requests and allowed me to get 2 embryos transferred instead of one....
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
Dr. Sarhan is detailed oriented, pays attention to all the data available to her, and makes recommendations that sound very reasonable and grounded. I ended up as a patient of hers when I ran out of insurance benefits through my husband's employer and had to use mine at a different practice. That's when I was blessed to meet Dr. Sarhan. Although the treatment she outlined for me was a bit longer than what I had initially anticipated, it made sense when she explained to me and I realized that she had taken the time to understand all my infertility history. She leveraged all the information that was unearthed during my prior treatments and was able to help me get pregnant. I also was very grateful that Dr. Sarhan listened to my concerns and requests and allowed me to get 2 embryos transferred instead of one. She explained all the risks associated but it the end, it worked out. As a side note, I was a bit nervous about Dr. Sarhan performing my embryo transfer (I had only had embryo transfers at a previous practice and had read that skill was key on this piece), but she did a wonderful, careful and meticulous job and today I am happy to report that I am finally pregnant!!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
Try to communicate directly with her and not through the nurses.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
Dr. Sarhan took time to review a long file with data worth 18 months+, and contacted me whenever she had questions or wanted to provide me with additional context and understanding. The fact that she took her time to digest all my data AND to come up with a carefully elaborated plan to help me get pregnant, meant the world to me.
Describe your experience with Genetics & IVF Institute.
The clinic runs like an well oiled machine. I am so grateful for the receptionists, the sonographer, the phlebotomist, and specially the Embryology folks (Michael and his team). There is one nurse also that is really amazing but I didn't get to work with her. I think her name is Wendy or Heidi.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute.
I just came to review Dr. Sarhan and this has turned into the longest survey ever.
10
Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Genetics & IVF Institute
Fairfax
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
4 of 5
Nursing Staff
3 of 5
2020, Consult
NPS
10
NPS
8
Age 41
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Unexplained
European
Latinx
Income $200K - $499K
2nd of 2 Docs
9 IUI With Other Docs
IVF With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
She steered me toward single transfer, which I am glad about now that I have a baby to care for, but was supportive of it being my decision...Dr. Sarhan was compassionate, knowledgeable, and encouraging but realistic. She took the time to clarify my many questions and concerns throughout the process. She has the right mix of being experienced but also early enough in her career to be aware of the latest methods.
I think this [Genetics & IVF Institute] clinic is headed in a good direction with the addition of Dr. Sarhan to the team. Nice that they have on-site capabilities for all of the egg/embryo storage needs as that way they have more control over the processes and overall costs...she took the time to clarify my many questions and concerns throughout the process. She has the right mix of being experienced but also early enough in her career to be aware of the latest methods.
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
Dr. Sarhan was compassionate, knowledgeable, and encouraging but realistic. She took the time to clarify my many questions and concerns throughout the process. She has the right mix of being experienced but also early enough in her career to be aware of the latest methods.
Describe your experience with Genetics & IVF Institute.
I think this clinic is headed in a good direction with the addition of Dr. Sarhan to the team. Nice that they have on-site capabilities for all of the egg/embryo storage needs as that way they have more control over the processes and overall costs.
Describe Abbaa Sarhan's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Genetics & IVF Institute.
She steered me toward single transfer, which I am glad about now that I have a baby to care for, but was supportive of it being my decision.
10
Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
4 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
8
Clinic
Genetics & IVF Institute
Fairfax
NPS
Verified

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2019, Unsuccessful
NPS
0
NPS
0
Age 40
2 IUI
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
She [Dr. Abbaa Sarhan] spoke quickly and assumed we understood the process even though we were very new in our infertility journey...Our second IUI was triggered late with low estrogen for the existing follicles, had hcg in my system from a previous cycle, follicle on right was overcooked and left were not ready. We didn't receive calls when promised to receive pregnancy results...We didn't feel we had enough information to make informed decisions.
Since we were new in our fertility journey, we were in a vulnerable state. Our second IUI [at Columbia Fertility Associates] was triggered late with low estrogen for the existing follicles, had hcg in my system from a previous cycle, follicle on right was overcooked and left were not ready. We didn't receive calls when promised to receive pregnancy results and had to wait another 24 hours to receive results. We didn't have the information to get the HCG shot when we needed it for the trigger. We didn't feel we had enough information to make informed decisions.
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
We had two IUI's and the nurse said she would facilitate the insemination and both times, it was another doctor who I've never met. Since we were new in our fertility journey, we were in a vulnerable state. Our second IUI was triggered late with low estrogen for the existing follicles, had hcg in my system from a previous cycle, follicle on right was overcooked and left were not ready. We didn't receive calls when promised to receive pregnancy results and had to wait another 24 hours to receive results. We didn't have the information to get the HCG shot when we needed it for the trigger. We didn't feel we had enough information to make informed decisions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
She does mean well, however, the practices of this clinic are not acceptable. I would recommend to go to another clinic.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
She spoke quickly and assumed we understood the process even though we were very new in our infertility journey.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Columbia Fertility Associates.
Columbia had a nurse shortage so we had to bounce around between clinics to facilitate our fertility cycle. It seemed as though the nurses were inconvenienced by us asking questions.
Describe your experience with Columbia Fertility Associates.
Their strength is that you can go in for blood work from 7am to 9am so it can fit in your work schedule. The front desk nurse at Arlington is helpful. Be sure to ask lots of questions to the doctors and nurses.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates.
IUI's were around $1500 with no help from insurance.
What specific things went wrong at Columbia Fertility Associates?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Canceled a cycle due to clinic error
0
Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
2 of 5
Communication
1 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
2 of 5
Compassion
2 of 5
Explained risks
2 of 5
Adaptability
3 of 5
0
Clinic
Columbia Fertility Associates
Arlington
NPS
Operations
2 of 5
Scheduling
4 of 5
Billing Department
1 of 5
Nursing Staff
1 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
1 of 5
Educational Resources
5 of 5
2016 - 2018, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
8
Age 32 - 34
3 IVF
Endometriosis
Poor Egg Quality
South Asian
Income $200K - $499K
Engineer
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
Dr. Sarhan had a warm manner, performed most of my monitoring ultrasounds herself, was attentive during our conversations, answered all my questions, was easy to reach and called me regularly..... Sarhan was wonderful. She knew the science/medicine and knew my case intimately well, plus she had wonderful bedside manner. I felt I could trust her... She recommended against fresh transfer due to the endometriosis.
The small team at the Arlington is great. The DC clinic is not as organized or compassionate. Also, the administrative system at this clinic overall is a bit of a mess. The admins can be rude in person and over the phone. The billing department is also disorganized and often rude...I loved nurse Kalandria and the nursing staff overall at the Arlington clinic. The nurses at the DC clinic were not as compassionate.
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
Dr. Sarhan was wonderful. She knew the science/medicine and knew my case intimately well, plus she had wonderful bedside manner. I felt I could trust her. The proof is in the pudding - thanks to her, I had a successful pregnancy.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
Find out the days she will be at your clinic (in my case it was Tuesdays and Thursdays in Arlington) and arrange your work schedule to be available those days for all monitoring. You will get a ton of face time with her.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
Dr. Sarhan had a warm manner, performed most of my monitoring ultrasounds herself, was attentive during our conversations, answered all my questions, was easy to reach and called me regularly.
Describe the protocols Abbaa Sarhan used in your cycles at Columbia Fertility Associates and their degree of success.
We used the antagonist protocol for each freeze-all retrieval. I had endometriosis so Dr. Sarhan had me suppress with birth control pills for 6-8 weeks before each frozen embryo transfer. She recommended against fresh transfer due to the endometriosis. It took me three retrievals and three transfers to achieve a successful pregnancy/live birth.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia Fertility Associates. (Assigned nurse: Kalandria Waddy)
I loved nurse Kalandria and the nursing staff overall at the Arlington clinic. The nurses at the DC clinic were not as compassionate.
Describe your experience with Columbia Fertility Associates.
The small team at the Arlington is great. The DC clinic is not as organized or compassionate. Also, the administrative system at this clinic overall is a bit of a mess. The admins can be rude in person and over the phone. The billing department is also disorganized and often rude.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Columbia Fertility Associates.
The ‘monitoring hours’ system made t super efficient - I was in and out quickly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates.
Insurance covered everything, so I don’t know.
Describe Abbaa Sarhan's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia Fertility Associates.
We only transferred single embryos until the third FET, when she recommended increasing to two embryos.
What specific things went wrong at Columbia Fertility Associates?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Columbia Fertility Associates.
I had to email the nurse coordinator for clarification a couple times.
10
Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
4 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
8
Clinic
Columbia Fertility Associates
Washington DC
NPS
Operations
3 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
2 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
3 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
2018, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 33
3 IUI
Middle Eastern
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sarhan guided my husband and I through this journey. She made us feel heard and understood, she made sure that we were given all the facts and options, and she made us feel at ease every step of the way. She is a knowledgeable, kind, compassionate, wonderful doctor with the best bedside manner. She even communicated with me after work hours to answer my questions, ease my fears, and make sure that I was OK
I completed 3 rounds of IUI with Dr. Sarhan [at Genetics & IVF Institute] . She also had me on fertility drugs because she said that would increase the chance of pregnancy. She consulted with us more than once before getting started, explained everything as she did it, and walked us through every procedure, and told us what would happen in the aftermath. She even took the time to explain how the insurance protocols
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
Dr. Sarhan guided my husband and I through this journey. She made us feel heard and understood, she made sure that we were given all the facts and options, and she made us feel at ease every step of the way. She is a knowledgeable, kind, compassionate, wonderful doctor with the best bedside manner. She even communicated with me after work hours to answer my questions, ease my fears, and make sure that I was OK. When I got a positive pregnancy test, she checked and double checked my numbers and made sure I was on the road to a safe and healthy pregnancy. She walked me through a rough period in my life and I will always be more grateful than she will ever know.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
Trust her, she knows what she’s talking about and has your best interest in mind.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
Dr. Sarhan was so kind and knowledgeable. She really helped me feel at ease. When you are dealing with infertility issues, anxiety is through the rough. She eased my fears while acknowledging the reality of the situation and giving me great options for my treatment. Her bedside manner is excellent. She is kind and so helpful.
Describe the protocols Abbaa Sarhan used in your cycles at Genetics & IVF Institute and their degree of success.
I completed 3 rounds of IUI with Dr. Sarhan. She also had me on fertility drugs because she said that would increase the chance of pregnancy. She consulted with us more than once before getting started, explained everything as she did it, and walked us through every procedure, and told us what would happen in the aftermath. She even took the time to explain how the insurance protocols. She did everything. She is an amazing doctor and anyone would be lucky to be treated by her.
Describe your experience with Genetics & IVF Institute.
The clinic was excellent and Dr. Sarhan was excellent. I would go back to Dr. Sarhan in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t have gotten through my infertility issues without her expertise and help. She was professional, kind, and knowledgeable.
10
Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Genetics & IVF Institute
Fairfax
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2018, Unknown Success
NPS
8
NPS
8
Age 37 - 38
European
Income $0 - $49K
1st of 2 Docs
1 Egg Freezing With Other Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Not sure
I wish she had [Dr. Sarhan] expressed to me the urgency of going ahead with eggs freezing, because I ended up waiting a year and a half...I wish she had been more honest with me about how fertility works. She said. These are your test results right now, I can't guarantee you'll have the same numbers again in 6 months. I interpreted that to mean that my numbers might be the same in 6 months. But of course, quality and quantity go down with age, always. I wish she had expressed to me the urgency of going ahead with eggs freezing, because I ended up waiting a year and a half.
[Columbia Fertility Associates is] a small practice which I liked...I didn't go ahead with treatment...I found another clinic with cheaper prices...When I decided to switch clinics due to finding a better price, the admin staff were very slow in transferring my records to the new clinic. I liked the financial co sultans, who sat down with me for a good amount of time to discuss options...One of my blood tests didn't get AMH tested, so I had to get it tested again. I'm not sure if this was the clinic's fault or the lab's. I had to make several calls to get my records sent to my new clinic.
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
I wish she had been more honest with me about how fertility works. She said. These are your test results right now, I can't guarantee you'll have the same numbers again in 6 months. I interpreted that to mean that my numbers might be the same in 6 months. But of course, quality and quantity go down with age, always. I wish she had expressed to me the urgency of going ahead with eggs freezing, because I ended up waiting a year and a half.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
Nothing I can think of.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
It's a small practice which I liked. The doctor gave me her email for follow up questions.
Describe the protocols Abbaa Sarhan used in your cycles at Columbia Fertility Associates and their degree of success.
I didn't go ahead with treatment with her because I found another clinic with cheaper prices.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Columbia Fertility Associates.
I didnt have much contact with the nursing staff since I just had a couple of consultations and diagnostics.
Describe your experience with Columbia Fertility Associates.
When I decided to switch clinics due to finding a better price, the admin staff were very slow in transferring my records to the new clinic. I liked the financial co sultans, who sat down with me for a good amount of time to discuss options.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates.
My insurance covered the consultation and diagnostics. I then switched clinics for a better price.
Describe Abbaa Sarhan's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia Fertility Associates.
NA
What specific things went wrong at Columbia Fertility Associates?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Columbia Fertility Associates.
One of my blood tests didn't get AMH tested, so I had to get it tested again. I'm not sure if this was the clinic's fault or the lab's. I had to make several calls to get my records sent to my new clinic.
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Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
4 of 5
Communication
4 of 5
Frequency Seen
1 of 5
Trustworthiness
4 of 5
Compassion
4 of 5
Explained risks
4 of 5
Adaptability
3 of 5
8
Clinic
Columbia Fertility Associates
Bethesda
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
4 of 5
Nursing Staff
4 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
6 of 5
2016, Unknown Success
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 39
1 IUI
Anovulation
Male Factor
Native American
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Not sure
The doctor [Dr. Abbaa Sarhan] tries to do all the monitoring appointments herself. Prepare a list of questions when you go in each time so you can get your answers. It's a quick visit and she will try to head out without spending too much time with you. However, if you know what you want to ask, she is very helpful and does answer thoroughly...Dr. Sarhan remembers me each time I see her and remembers my treatment plan. She is personable and friendly and continues to give me hope to achieve my goal.
I did have some issue with the office/front desk staff in the beginning when getting started; the staff did not know I had already had an insurance check and was ok to do bloodwork and sono later in my cycle. I was away on vacation when I suddenly got my period. They shut be down without speaking with the doctor because they are trained that insurance is the guiding force behind fertility treatments. I spoke to several people, none of which bothered the check my records. It was Dr. Sarhan who told me to ignore the office staff and just come in for my first check.
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
Dr. Sarhan has been kept me hopeful that I can have a child. When another fertility doctor would not treat me due to my weight, Dr. Sarhan was agreeable to treatment as long as I knew the risks. She has not stopped when we have come across issues and has made sure I was comfortable with every step. I do wish I could spend a bit more time with her, but I know she is a busy doctor with many patients. That would be my only criticism.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
The doctor tries to do all the monitoring appointments herself. Prepare a list of questions when you go in each time so you can get your answers. It's a quick visit and she will try to head out with out spending too much time with you. However, if you know what you want to ask, she is very helpful and does answer thoroughly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
Dr. Sarhan remembers me each time I see her and remembers my treatment plan. She is personable and friendly and continues to give me hope to achieve my goal.
Describe the protocols Abbaa Sarhan used in your cycles at Columbia Fertility Associates and their degree of success.
I started out doing 100mg of clomid. When I did not produce follicles we upped my clomid to 150. Still nothing. We then moved on to Gonal-f 150 injections. I was still producing slowly, so we upped it to 225. I then took 250 ovidrel injection to trigger with iui roughly 36 hours later.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Columbia Fertility Associates. (Assigned nurse: Kalandria)
The nursing staff at Columbia Fertility are great. They have been very helpful and thorough.
Describe your experience with Columbia Fertility Associates.
I did have some issue with the office/front desk staff in the beginning when getting started; the staff did not know I had already had an insurance check and was ok to do bloodwork and sono later in my cycle. I was away on vacation when I suddenly got my period. They shut be down without speaking with the doctor because they are trained that insurance is the guiding force behind fertility treatments. I spoke to several people, none of which bothered the check my records. It was Dr. Sarhan who told me to ignore the office staff and just come in for my first check.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates.
All of my medications were out of pocket. I paid a co-pay for each monitoring appointment. My iui was 100% covered by insurance.
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Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
4 of 5
Communication
4 of 5
Frequency Seen
5 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
4 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Columbia Fertility Associates
Arlington
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
3 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
6 of 5
2013 - 2015, Successful
NPS
9
NPS
7
Age 35 - 37
3 IUI
2 IVF
Anovulation
Male Factor
PCOS
Ashkenazi Jewish
2nd of 2 Docs
3 Fertility Medications With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
Dr. Sarhan seemed very knowledgeable and up-to-date on all the scientific debates relative to the field of infertility...I saw her during every visit that required more than just taking blood, so she got to know me pretty well.... I think she might have wanted to perform more aggressive treatments, but she knew that I was hesitant, and never pressured me. She never sugar-coated anything, but she handled all bad news with respect and compassion.
The doctor was great, but the clinic [Columbia Fertility Associates] was pretty bad. The people working at the desk and the finance person were not friendly. They had a lot of problems doing things like printing receipts and having a functioning computer system. Sometimes I couldn't pay for my visit because the system was down. I was annoyed when I began discussing IVF and was referred to the "financial advisor." She just gave me a sheet telling me how much it would all cost and said I had to pay it all up front. That didn't seem like advising. Then I could only pay by credit card, not check. That meant I had to max out two separate credit cards. I would like to have had more options. On the plus side, scheduling was easy, and I almost never had to wait. I really appreciated that since I was there 1-3 times per week for three years!
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
Dr. Sarhan seemed very knowledgeable and up-to-date on all the scientific debates relative to the field of infertility. Therefore, I completely trusted her to recommend the right things and to know all the potentials for success and failure. I saw her during every visit that required more than just taking blood, so she got to know me pretty well. We always talked about me during the visits which made me feel that she cared about me as a person, not just as a patient. She also listened to me and reassured me at every step. I think she might have wanted to perform more aggressive treatments, but she knew that I was hesitant, and never pressured me. She never sugar-coated anything, but she handled all bad news with respect and compassion. She handled good news in a way that let me know she actually cared about me as a person. She was clearly skilled in her performance of all medical procedures, so again, I trusted her completely.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
Don't be afraid to ask for what you need. If you have any questions at all, just email her or call her office. It can take up to a day or two to receive an answer, but she will answer, and she will not be (or at least seem) annoyed that you asked.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
Dr. Sarhan was warm and treated me with respect. She never talked down to me or made me feel bad about my decisions or my diagnosis. She genuinely seemed to care about the success of my treatments. She also took the time to explain everything to me in detail and understood the kind of treatment I desired.
Describe the protocols Abbaa Sarhan used in your cycles at Columbia Fertility Associates and their degree of success.
It has been a couple of years, so I don't remember all the details, but I can say that we started out conservatively, using Letrozole for stimulation. I had had adverse reactions to Clomid with a former provider, so we started with Letrozole. On my third cycle, I had a chemical pregancy. We tried for another 3 cycles and I achieved pregnancy, but I miscarried at about 6 weeks. After that, Dr. Sarhan thought we should become more proactive, so we did a few rounds of IUI, still with Letrozole since that was providing enough eggs. After three rounds of that with no success, she again recommended we become more aggressive. We did the first round of IVF with Bravelle and Menopur. That was a long (12 days maybe) and not very successful cycle. We did a trigger shot and then the retrieval. On that cycle, we only got 7 embryos, and only 2 made it to become day 5 blastocysts. Dr. Sarhan said neither looked great, but she transferred them anyway. The cycle did not result in pregnancy. For the next cycle, she changed the drugs to Follistim and Menopur. This was more of a "textbook" cycle, resulting in 12 embryos, 7 of which made it to day 5. Two were transferred, resulting in my mono-di pregnancy which resulted in 2 live births. The other 5 were frozen.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Columbia Fertility Associates.
The nursing staff went through a lot of changes while I was there. The first nurse I had did not seem compassionate or warm at all, but when I miscarried, she was wonderful and sat with me for a long time. When she left, I didn't really get to know anyone else as they were each only there for a few months. Some did a great job drawing blood, while others left huge bruises every time.
Describe your experience with Columbia Fertility Associates.
The doctor was great, but the clinic was pretty bad. The people working at the desk and the finance person were not friendly. They had a lot of problems doing things like printing receipts and having a functioning computer system. Sometimes I couldn't pay for my visit because the system was down. I was annoyed when I began discussing IVF and was referred to the "financial advisor." She just gave me a sheet telling me how much it would all cost and said I had to pay it all up front. That didn't seem like advising. Then I could only pay by credit card, not check. That meant I had to max out two separate credit cards. I would like to have had more options. On the plus side, scheduling was easy, and I almost never had to wait. I really appreciated that since I was there 1-3 times per week for three years!
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Columbia Fertility Associates.
The monitoring hours were always in the morning, which worked out fine for me. I was lucky because I was a full time student with a flexible schedule. There were sometimes a lot of people in the waiting room, but I almost never waited more than about 15 minutes. There were probably a handful of times over three years where I had to wait more like 45-60 minutes.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates.
My health insurance covered fertility medications and monitoring until I started doing IUI. The IUI procedures cost $1500 each. The IVF procedures cost around $20,000 each plus the cost of medications. I can't remember exactly how much those cost, but it was several thousand more dollars.
Describe Abbaa Sarhan's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia Fertility Associates.
She didn't really give me the choice for single or multiple embryo transfer because of the quality of the embryos, my age, and my previous lack of success. For both IVF cycles, she transferred two embryos.
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Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
7
Clinic
Columbia Fertility Associates
Arlington
NPS
Operations
3 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
1 of 5
Nursing Staff
3 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
6 of 5
2015, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
7
Age 40
Donor Sperm
Black or African-American
Income $100K - $199K
1st of 2 Docs
1 IUI With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
Dr. Sarhan was extremely personable, and very calming. She was knowledgeable, but I also felt like she really cared about what was going on with me -- and went as far as she realistically could in reassuring me during the tests and exams... She is knowledgeable, and empathetic. I felt she really related to me as a person, and didn't appear to offer any biases. Given my age, she was also up-front that, while diminished fertility might not affect me, it could. She also offered a modest course of treatment, instead of jumping to the most invasive/expensive immediately.
The front-desk staff [at Columbia - DC] was a bit brusque during my interactions with them....I only interacted with the nursing staff minimally. Most of my interactions were with Dr. Sarhan....All fertility testing was covered under my employer-provided health insurance....Dr. Sarhan was extremely personable, and very calming. She was knowledgeable, but I also felt like she really cared about what was going on with me -- and went as far as she realistically could in reassuring me during the tests and exams.
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
Great provider. She is knowledgeable, and empathetic. I felt she really related to me as a person, and didn't appear to offer any biases. Given my age, she was also up-front that, while diminished fertility might not affect me, it could. She also offered a modest course of treatment, instead of jumping to the most invasive/expensive immediately.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
Listen to what she has to say, weigh the options she provides you, and make an assessment of the direction you want to go in after that. She can help, but the decision to move forward is ultimately up to the patient.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
Dr. Sarhan was extremely personable, and very calming. She was knowledgeable, but I also felt like she really cared about what was going on with me -- and went as far as she realistically could in reassuring me during the tests and exams.
Describe the protocols Abbaa Sarhan used in your cycles at Columbia Fertility Associates and their degree of success.
I did not ultimately use Dr. Sarhan to complete my fertility journey, but she was great for the baseline testing and assessments.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Columbia Fertility Associates.
I only interacted with the nursing staff minimally. Most of my interactions were with Dr. Sarhan.
Describe your experience with Columbia Fertility Associates.
The front-desk staff was a bit brusque during my interactions with them.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates.
All fertility testing was covered under my employer-provided health insurance.
Describe Abbaa Sarhan's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Columbia Fertility Associates.
N/A
10
Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Compassion
4 of 5
Explained risks
4 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
7
Clinic
Columbia Fertility Associates
Washington DC
NPS
Operations
3 of 5
Scheduling
2 of 5
Billing Department
4 of 5
Nursing Staff
3 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
5 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2013, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 30
2 IUI
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
She [Dr. Sarhan] was great throughout the whole process. She was thorough in recording my medical history, and we talked about what had brought me and my husband to the point of seeking fertility help. My experience with her was very positive. I can't remember a time when I felt uncomfortable around her or the different treatments we discussed. She was patient, understanding, and answered all of my questions.
I do remember feeling welcome and at ease [at Columbia], and have no complaints. As someone who previously did not want to seek fertility help, I would suggest that new patients keep an open mind....She [Dr. Sarhan] was great throughout the whole process. She was thorough in recording my medical history, and we talked about what had brought me and my husband to the point of seeking fertility help. My experience with her was very positive.
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
She was great throughout the whole process. She was thorough in recording my medical history, and we talked about what had brought me and my husband to the point of seeking fertility help. My experience with her was very positive. I can't remember a time when I felt uncomfortable around her or the different treatments we discussed. She was patient, understanding, and answered all of my questions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
Be open to different treatments, especially those you may not have considered.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abbaa Sarhan at Columbia Fertility Associates?
She was very welcoming and warm, and made me feel at ease right away. I could tell she genuinely cared about me.
Describe the protocols Abbaa Sarhan used in your cycles at Columbia Fertility Associates and their degree of success.
I don't remember the specifics, because it has been several years since I had treatment. I took Clomid and had IUI, and I believe I did this for two cycles. If I remember correctly, I became pregnant the second cycle.
Describe your experience with Columbia Fertility Associates.
I don't remember much because it has been several years since I had treatment at this clinic. I do remember feeling welcome and at ease, and have no complaints. As someone who previously did not want to seek fertility help, I would suggest that new patients keep an open mind. I always thought I would become pregnant the good old-fashioned way, but I'm so happy I sought help. Now I have beautiful twin girls!
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Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
5 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Columbia Fertility Associates
Washington DC
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
4 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Successful
NPS
10
NPS
9
3 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sarhan has the best bedside manner. She always took time to speak with me and answer all of my questions. I never felt rushed. She was fully present during my appointments and consultations. And she was especially great at explaining things (procedures, approaches, recommendations, etc.)...I have an extremely diminished ovarian reserve (among other complicating factors) so Dr. Sarhan recommended I not wait and take an aggressive approach - specifically IVF
The [Genetics & IVF Institute] nurse that I worked with the most was great - very professional and kind. I also liked the other nurses I came across in the office...The clinic was very nice, clean and orderly. Scheduling was smooth - I was able to find times that worked with my schedule although on occasion I had to be flexible. Monitoring appointments were in the morning and were timely. The staff was helpful.
How was your experience with Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
I am so thankful that Dr. Sarhan was my doctor through this process. She was a highlight during all of the ups and downs. She is so knowledgeable, thorough, compassionate, empathetic, and professional. She was great at communicating. Her explanations were clear and she answered all of my questions. I felt that she was truly vested in my treatment and outcomes. I always felt she was fully present during my appointments and when calling with results. I never felt uncomfortable. I only wish that I could see Dr. Sarhan for all of my other medical needs.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
I think this advice is for anyone going through the fertility process: be prepared with your questions and really listen to what the doctor says (instead of what the internet says).
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abbaa Sarhan at Genetics & IVF Institute?
Dr. Sarhan has the best bedside manner. She always took time to speak with me and answer all of my questions. I never felt rushed. She was fully present during my appointments and consultations. And she was especially great at explaining things (procedures, approaches, recommendations, etc.) to me (a non-medical person).
Describe the protocols Abbaa Sarhan used in your cycles at Genetics & IVF Institute and their degree of success.
I have an extremely diminished ovarian reserve (among other complicating factors) so Dr. Sarhan recommended I not wait and take an aggressive approach - specifically IVF. And I am so glad that I took that advice.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Genetics & IVF Institute.
The nurse that I worked with the most was great - very professional and kind. I also liked the other nurses I came across in the office.
Describe your experience with Genetics & IVF Institute.
The clinic was very nice, clean and orderly. Scheduling was smooth - I was able to find times that worked with my schedule although on occasion I had to be flexible. Monitoring appointments were in the morning and were timely. The staff was helpful.
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Doctor
Abbaa Sarhan
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
5 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
9
Clinic
Genetics & IVF Institute
Fairfax
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
4 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5