Rated 6.6
Strongly recommend: 36%Neutral: 7%Don't recommend: 57%6.6
36% strongly recommend
5 reviews
Humanity
6
6
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
8.4
8.4
Communication

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Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
6.9
6.9
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
6.2
OK
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
UCLA
Residency
U. of Texas Southwestern
Fellowship
UCSF

How Doctor Communicates

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Anthony Dobson works at

Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Rated 7.8
Strongly recommend: 63%Neutral: 14%Don't recommend: 23%7.8

At 2 offices

Fremont
3200 Kearney Street
Fremont, CA 94538
800-597-2234
San Jose
2581 Samaritan Dr.
San Jose, CA 95124
(800) 597-2234
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5 patient reviews

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2020, Unknown Success
6
3
Age 39
1 IUI
Poor Egg Quality
Unexplained
Other
South Asian
Income $200K - $499K
Engineer
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr Dobson is a very capable fertility physician. At our first appointment, he went into great detail about the factors affecting fertility and conception, hormonal changes during each cycle, potential timing problems, possible points of intervention etc. He also explained age-related factors, chromosomal abnormalities and probabilities...I found myself having to make rushed choices, while filling out forms with the NP / patient coordinator. Likely due to time constraints, the doctor would often only review charts during the appointments, and have to be reminded about findings, NP's suggestions etc. The plan of treatment for the next cycle, was also communicated on-the-fly, and it seemed without much analysis of prior data
PAMF-REI (like other PAMF specialties), is a practice designed for high patient-throughput. This invariably results in treatments feeling impersonal. Doctors rotate, case specifics have to be recalled, treatment coordination is left to non-medical staff...The visit with the NP was long and detailed. She reviewed all hormone tests, looked for the trends in fertility, and changes in cycle...Diagnostics (SHG ~ $1204 , some ultrasounds $322) were covered by my insurance. Fertility treatments were not (IUI without medication ~$1384).
How was your experience with Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
Dr Dobson is a very capable fertility physician. At our first appointment, he went into great detail about the factors affecting fertility and conception, hormonal changes during each cycle, potential timing problems, possible points of intervention etc. He also explained age-related factors, chromosomal abnormalities and probabilities. This was very informative, and helpful in understanding why conception at advanced maternal age gets harder. He also asked relevant questions about our overall health, as it pertained to ability to conceive, and reviewed some issues from a previous pregnancy. With this backdrop, we expected to have specific troubleshooting, cycle monitoring and diagnoses, of whether there were the aforementioned issues. However, aside from an SHG - there wasn't much effort spent, on trying to determine the rootcause of our failure to conceive (presumed to be chromosomal abnormalities due to advanced maternal age). Overall, the approach was to follow established protocol of (possibly several) cycles of treatment, with hormone supplementation / injection as part of protocol (regardless of need), and without necessarily customizing it to each couple's circumstances. While this might actually be the most efficient path to achieve pregnancy, it wasn't necessarily what we were looking for. Too often, it seemed to us that the treatment was shooting in the dark. Dr Dobson was willing to work with our reservations about extensive interventions, refusal to consider IVF and PGT-A. He was understanding and respectful, and suggested instead to proceed with IUI cycles. As the cycles proceeded, it would have been better to have a consultation where the plan of treatment was clearly discussed, chances of success for various alternatives explained, and a recommendation made. I found myself having to make rushed choices, while filling out forms with the NP / patient coordinator. Likely due to time constraints, the doctor would often only review charts during the appointments, and have to be reminded about findings, NP's suggestions etc. The plan of treatment for the next cycle, was also communicated on-the-fly, and it seemed without much analysis of prior data. This is likely an artifact of the oversubscribed PAMF-REI practice. Other than that, Dr Dobson had good bedside manner, compassion and a great sense of humour, which was a relief during otherwise awkward procedures.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
If you want to get more information - ask questions. The doctor is knowledgeable, but doesn't necessarily explain the tradeoffs, and calculations behind making informed choices. (Again, not every couple may want to know those details, but we did). When we did, we got detailed, accurate and honest answers.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
We actually went into this, with an intention to make data-driven decisions. So we sought information about age-related fertility statistics, success rates of procedures etc., and these were provided (both by the Dr & the genetic counselor), in detail - which we appreciated. The PAMF-REI practice is set up in a way, that there isn't continuity of care between multiple doctors, who rotate at different PAMF clinic locations. Overall, the number of patients each doctor sees is likely so high, that the doctor may not remember the specifics of each case, until they look at the patient charts. That made the treatment feel somewhat impersonal. Communication between nurse practitioners, doctors and coordinators could also be better. It seems that treatment plans, prescriptions and issues/concerns, were not reviewed/understood by the entire team.
Describe the protocols Anthony Dobson used in your cycles at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and their degree of success.
IUI with Clomid, progesterone supplementation.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. (Assigned nurse: Terri Stewart)
The visit with the NP was long and detailed. She reviewed all hormone tests, looked for the trends in fertility, and changes in cycle. Her suggestion of possible luteal phase insufficiency was plausible. However, wasn't communicated to the Dr. The care coordinator, wasn't aware of medication protocol (e.g. Ovidrel injection was not needed in IUI cycles without Clomid).
Describe your experience with Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
PAMF-REI (like other PAMF specialties), is a practice designed for high patient-throughput. This invariably results in treatments feeling impersonal. Doctors rotate, case specifics have to be recalled, treatment coordination is left to non-medical staff. (I overheard so many phone conversations while waiting in the lobby, where the appointment staff was having to explain the treatment steps to patients, so they could schedule dates!) Specifically for the EPA clinic, the doctor isn't available all 5 days. If you want to see the same doctor, you will have to trek to another faraway location (Fremont, San Jose). If your cycle days are on a weekend, ditto for treatment at the SJ clinic. Logistically, that is a nightmare. My OB-GYN is also in the PAMF system - that helped to get the data from previous tests, and case specifics about some other relevant medical issues were reviewed easily.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Diagnostics (SHG ~ $1204 , some ultrasounds $322) were covered by my insurance. Fertility treatments were not (IUI without medication ~$1384).
What specific things went wrong at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Minor things: * NP didn't put in an order for antibiotic before SHG (the doctor promptly put it in). * IUI with/without Clomid - protocol change meant certain medications were not needed. Prescription was put in anyway.
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Doctor
Anthony Dobson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
3
Clinic
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Fremont
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 45 - 47
4 IUI
5 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Dobson is excellent. He is caring, thorough, honest, straightforward, and experienced. He takes his time, explains everything, and answers all questions. Thanks to him, we have six frozen embryos using our own eggs and sperm waiting for transfer, nearly impossible given our age...His colleagues are equally outstanding...They work as a team...[Eset approach] He was open to both, and we chose to go with his recommendations each cycle
The clinic [at Palo Alto Medical Foundation] is excellent. There are three locations with an incredible team of doctors, nurses, and staff working together. Dr. Dobson was our doctor, but we did see all the other doctors as well. They are all excellent...Aside from our particular coordinator, everyone is fantastic. Our coordinator made some mistakes that we had to keep an eye on, but were always corrected
How was your experience with Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
Dr. Dobson is excellent. He is caring, thorough, honest, straightforward, and experienced. He takes his time, explains everything, and answers all questions. Thanks to him, we have six frozen embryos using our own eggs and sperm waiting for transfer, nearly impossible given our age. His colleagues are equally outstanding: Dr. Abusief, Dr. Ezzati, Dr. Okeigwe and Dr. Kim. They work as a team.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
He is truly one of the best. With each cycle, he fine-tuned our protocol resulting in more embryos with each retrieval, beating the odds at my age.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
Dr. Dobson and the whole team were outstanding. Everyone was caring, thorough, and honest.
Describe the protocols Anthony Dobson used in your cycles at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and their degree of success.
For all cycles, we did Estrace 6 mg priming. For IUIs, we used Clomid, Follistim, stims and progesterone after. For IVF, the first round included aggressive protocol with micro Lupron, Follistim, Menopur, Dexamethasone, Prednisone, and prog in ethyl oleate. For all other IVF rounds, Clomid, Follistim, Menopur, Ganirelix, Omnitrope, Dexamethasone, Prednisone, and progesterone in ethyl oleate. This change in protocol increased eggs retrieved and embryos with each round.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Aside from our particular coordinator, everyone is fantastic. Our coordinator made some mistakes that we had to keep an eye on, but were always corrected.
Describe your experience with Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
The clinic is excellent. There are three locations with an incredible team of doctors, nurses, and staff working together. Dr. Dobson was our doctor, but we did see all the other doctors as well. They are all excellent. I wouldn't have wanted to go anywhere else, and there are a few well-known clinics in the area. I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Dobson and his colleagues.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Appointments were fine.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Unfortunately our insurance didn't cover treatment. We used two ARC Fertility packages for six rounds of IVF. We were also provided with several specialty pharmacies, and two were incredible with lower prices and special discounts.
Describe Anthony Dobson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
He was open to both, and we chose to go with his recommendations each cycle.
What specific things went wrong at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Our particular coordinator made some mistakes prescriptions and protocols. We were able to get them all corrected with no further issues.
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Doctor
Anthony Dobson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
San Jose
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015 - 2017, Successful
9
10
Age 29 - 31
6 IUI
1 IVF
Anovulation
PCOS
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
European
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
When beta was confirmed, he [Dr. Anthony Dobson] started me on lovonox for 12 weeks. This resulted in my 5 month old daughter...I was on low dosages of each because of my PCOS and I could be easily over stimulated. I stimmed for two and a half weeks. I had 44 eggs, and did an ICSI split. 19 fertilized with ICSI and 1 the traditional way. I ended up with 9 day 5 blasts...He takes the time to talk about treatment, next steps, and what each step will entail. My first visit, he spent 2 hours talking through IVF and what I could expect. He took the time to answer my messages at 10:30 at night and was always willing to talk when I had questions.
They [Palo Alto Medical Foundation] were great. They always were able to find me an appointment, whether it was with my dr or not. They were flexible in scheduling me as early as possible because of my work. The secretaries were very responsive. They are a very busy practice, so it was sometimes hard to get squeezed in, but they did it!...She [the nurse] was amazing. She called me back after ever question, guided me through each of the transfers, and called me the minute my beta was availible.
How was your experience with Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
He is kind and caring. He takes the time to talk about treatment, next steps, and what each step will entail. My first visit, he spent 2 hours talking through IVF and what I could expect. He took the time to answer my messages at 10:30 at night and was always willing to talk when I had questions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
Get on his list! He cares deeply about each of his patients. I would also recommend asking as many questions as you feel you need to understand the process. He’s willing to answer them
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
He took great interest in our case. When we had several miscarriages, he really took the time to find out why, and recommend a course of treatment that might fix the issue and it did. He was just as excited as me when the heartbeat appeared on my last ultrasound.
Describe the protocols Anthony Dobson used in your cycles at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and their degree of success.
For my retrieval, they used ganarelix, follistom, and menopure. I was on low dosages of each because of my PCOS and I could be easily over stimulated. I stimmed for two and a half weeks. I had 44 eggs, and did an ICSI split. 19 fertilized with ICSI and 1 the traditional way. I ended up with 9 day 5 blasts. We transfered one fresh on day 3. This did not result in a pregnancy. My first FET we did oral estrace 3 Times a day and then vaginal estrace after 10 days to increase lining. Also used Lupron for two weeks. PIO shots began 5 days before transfer. This resulted in a blighted ovum at 7 weeks. Since this protocol was successful in getting me pregnant, we used the same protocol with the addition to estrogen patches for lining support. This resulted in a miscarriage at 5 weeks. My final FET was similar with the addition of baby aspirin and 2 estrogen patches. When beta was confirmed, he started me on lovonox for 12 weeks. This resulted in my 5 month old daughter
Describe your experience with your nurse at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. (Assigned nurse: Kim Haas)
She was amazing. She called me back after ever question, guided me through each of the transfers, and called me the minute my beta was availible.
Describe your experience with Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
They were great. They always were able to find me an appointment, whether it was with my dr or not. They were flexible in scheduling me as early as possible because of my work. The secretaries were very responsive. They are a very busy practice, so it was sometimes hard to get squeezed in, but they did it!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Initial cost for retrieval, fresh transfer, and one FET was $14565. Cost of meds was $1500. For each FET after that, it was approx 4,500 and meds were $400-500.
Describe Anthony Dobson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
He suggested because I was 29/30 at the age of transfers, one embryo was our best shot because I had a high chance of multiples with more than one embryo
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Doctor
Anthony Dobson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Fremont
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017, Unsuccessful
0
0
Age 47
IVF
Donor Eggs
Donor Sperm
European
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
He [Dr. Dobson] walked into the room, never having met me, on the most important day of my life, embryo transfer day, and did not even say, "Hi" or introduce himself...During the embryo transfer, with me strapped into stir-ups and nervous... He roughly shoved a size 20 catheter into me and I screamed. He proceeded to fill up my bladder, yanked it out and I screamed again. He made no apologies, and proceeded with the transfer...I am afraid the damage done to my urethra is permanent.
The nursing staff [at PAMF] made mistakes on several instances and asked me about my "husband." I am single and intend to single parent....Also, they require a psychological evaluation, but you must use one of their 4 psychologists who charge $250 instead of a psychologist you already have a relationship with or one that is covered by your insurance...15,000 donor eggs, 1,000 donor sperm, 10,000 for attempted embryo transfer...You think you are choosing your doctor, but they will pull the old "switcheroo" on you at the last minute.
How was your experience with Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
During the embryo transfer, with me strapped into stir-ups and nervous, he asked me if he could fill up my bladder. I was thinking that I had just had 3 full glasses of water, couldn't he just wait? I hesitantly asked if it was necessary. He answered that if I wanted a successful result I would have to. He roughly shoved a size 20 catheter into me and I screamed. He proceeded to fill up my bladder, yanked it out and I screamed again. He made no apologies, and proceeded with the transfer. To make a long story short, he denied responsibility later for my urethral damage. I continue to have constant pain, and have to pee every 10 minutes or less, every couple of hours all night long. I am still out of work due to constant pain and urination and am awaiting my pregnancy test.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
Unless you are into medical rape, avoid this doctor at all costs.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
He walked into the room, never having met me, on the most important day of my life, embryo transfer day, and did not even say, "Hi" or introduce himself. He immediately turned his back to me and looked at my chart for a long time before turning around and saying anything to me at all.
Describe the protocols Anthony Dobson used in your cycles at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and their degree of success.
I had never met him on the day of embryo transfer. He had one simple but very important job to do and he messed it up.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
The nursing staff made mistakes on several instances and asked me about my "husband." I am single and intend to single parent.
Describe your experience with Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
You think you are choosing your doctor, but they will pull the old "switcheroo" on you at the last minute. Also, they require a psychological evaluation, but you must use one of their 4 psychologists who charge $250 instead of a psychologist you already have a relationship with or one that is covered by your insurance.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
15,000 donor eggs, 1,000 donor sperm, 10,000 for attempted embryo transfer
Describe Anthony Dobson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
I was not offered the option of multiple embryo transfer.
What specific things went wrong at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
I am afraid the damage done to my urethra is permanent. All Dr. Dobson had to do was wait for the water that went down my throat to reach my bladder. I think of him every time I pee. I was not told ahead of time that if I did not arrive with a full bladder, I would be injured. When confronted later with his mistake, he lacked compassion and denied responsibility, saying it was standard practice to use a urinary catheter to fill the bladder during embryo transfer, when that is false.
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Doctor
Anthony Dobson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
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0
Clinic
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
San Jose
Operations
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Educational Resources
2014 - 2015, Unsuccessful
8
8
Age 24 - 25
2 IUI
IVF
Endometriosis
European
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
He spent 2 hours looking through all of mine and my husband's health history... I'm glad we have stuck with him.
The PAMF office in Fremont is a better. The San Jose office has lost an appt for me before, ordered the wrong lab test, and the front desk ladies are not as friendly.
How was your experience with Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
Dr. Dobson has overall been a good doctor; I'm glad we have stuck with him; he is the head of the PAMF-FPNC department, so he has a lot of knowledge and experience. In my very first visit with him, he spent 2 hours looking through all of mine and my husband's health history, and gave us insight/ideas for moving forward, and let me know if I disagreed with any suggestions along the way that I could let him know and we would compromise. So far, although we have not gotten pregnant yet, they have done everything well as far as treating us and starting with least invasive first (my request). The only reservations I have are that; 1) PAMF is one of the more expensive facilities, 2) It can be hard to get a hold of them by phone/make appts when you want due to them being busy and closing at 3:30pm, 3) They are not too keen on natural treatment such as vitamins/supplements (unless labs show they are needed), 4) They tend to ask me a lot of the same questions each time I am seen. With all of that being said, they do their best to make you comfortable and you won't get tossed around to different providers each visit.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
If you are wanting to go a more natural route with fertility treatment, I would suggest seeing a different provider, as he is a provider that tends to treat patients that need more aggressive treatment.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Anthony Dobson at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
For the most part, they get to know you as an individual; you can't expect to not feel like a number sometimes, as they see so many patients. I really felt like the MA's and IUI/IVF coordinators do a great job communicating with you and making you feel comfortable.
What specific things went wrong at Palo Alto Medical Foundation?
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to order appropriate test
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
The PAMF office in Fremont is a better run clinic; the receptionists are friendlier, and they seem to know more about what they are doing. The San Jose office has lost an appt for me before, ordered the wrong lab test, and the front desk ladies are not as friendly.
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Doctor
Anthony Dobson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
San Jose
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Educational Resources