Strongly recommend: 38%Neutral: 62%8.8
38% strongly recommend
3 reviews
Humanity
7.3
7.3
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
10
10
Communication

Ratings of 1 mean poor communication.

Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
8
8
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
1
Poor
Responsiveness

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

Education

Medical School
Brown
Residency
Harvard
Fellowship
Harvard

How Doctor Communicates

doctor, nurse available by email
nurse available by directline
nurse available by directline
not available by personal cell phone
not available by personal cell phone
Brian Walsh works at

Brigham & Women's Hospital
Strongly recommend: 82%Neutral: 13%Don't recommend: 4%9.2

At 1 office

Boston
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 732-4222
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3 patient reviews

10
10
Age 32 - 33
Treated 2017 - 2018
Success w/ Doc ?
1 IVF
Male Factor
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Dr. Walsh has been great. He is compassionate and attentive to my needs and questions. When things don't work out we have tried others and have done a plethora of tests to ensure all bases were covered (testing chromosomes, clotting factors, endometrial biopsy,etc after 2 CPs. Ensuring my miscarriage had pathology done, doing more tests. Creating a new plan for the next egg retrieval with PGS testing). The one negative would be that sometimes this information and appointments
It's a large clinic [Brigham] but the doctors are amazing!!! ...Kathy this far has been excellent. However before I was assigned her I did not have a set nurse and that at times was frustrating since I did not have anyone dedicated to me. Once I felt like the nurse who called did not know what was going on and I had to call back to demand more answers. ..Efficient well oiled machine with sign in sheets and call backs
How was your experience with Brian Walsh at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr. Walsh has been great. He is compassionate and attentive to my needs and questions. When things don't work out we have tried others and have done a plethora of tests to ensure all bases were covered (testing chromosomes, clotting factors, endometrial biopsy,etc after 2 CPs. Ensuring my miscarriage had pathology done, doing more tests. Creating a new plan for the next egg retrieval with PGS testing). The one negative would be that sometimes this information and appointments can be overwhelming and I felt like I had to decide to move forward quickly when maybe I'd want a cycle off. I also had my first egg retieval when Dr walsh nurse had retired and I was bounced around by nurses.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brian Walsh at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Just to ensure you always are on top of meds and instructions. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brian Walsh at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr Walsh always takes time for my husband and I. I write down a lot of questions and he always sits patiently and explains and answers all of them. Additionally, I recent had a miscarriage where Dr. Walsh performed the d and c. I'll never forget him holding my hand as I went under.
Describe the protocols Brian Walsh used in your cycles at Brigham & Women's Hospital and their degree of success.
First we began testing. Hormone levels for me, hsg, and hysteroscopy. My husband had 2 sperm analysis done which showed male factor. My husband was also sent to a specialist. We tried clomid for 2 rounds as we were doing testing which did not work based on my husband's male factor issues. Due to mfi we were told ivf was our only option. Since I am borderline on fsh and amh the protocol was semi aggressive with 2 vials menopur and 150 iu follistim which was increased to 225. I stimmed for 13 days and had a duel trigger lupron and HCG. I had 16 eggs, 13 mature, 8 fertilized with ICSI. We ended w 3 day 5 embryos of great quality. I did one fresh transfer w crinone that ended in a CP. We next did a natural FET without meds except for crinone support after transfer that also ended in a CP. We decided to try the last FET as a medicated cycle with 3 mg of estrace twice daily (6mg total) and once my lining got to 7mm we added progesterone a few days before the transfer and after. I had a positive beta HCG test 3 times and we set up an 8 wk ultrasound. Unfortunately there was no heartbeat and I had an enlarged placenta. Dr Walsh wanted to do a d and c to determine the cause and to check for a molar pregnancy ( I had high hcg). The results came back that it was NOT molar but the miscarriage was due to trisomy 18. We went into see Dr Walsh for a post on and we discussed next steps which was additional tests to determine any other reason for my 3 miscarriages and another hysteroscopy before we started IVF again. We also discussed PGS, genetic counseling, and higher doses to get more eggs for pgs testing. We will also freeze all day 5 embryos for ogs and do a medicated FET as I preferred the shots to crinone and I had the most successful pregnancy when we did the protocol medicated. I am currently waiting for my ultrasound to start stimulation for egg retrieval. My doses are going up to 3 vials of menopur and 225 iu of gonal f ( and we will bump up to 4 and 300 iu)
Describe your experience with your nurse at Brigham & Women's Hospital. (Assigned nurse: Kathy Charbonnier)
Kathy this far has been excellent. However before I was assigned her I did not have a set nurse and that at times was frustrating since I did not have anyone dedicated to me. Once I felt like the nurse who called did not know what was going on and I had to call back to demand more answers. Thankfully someone else called back and addressed it
Describe your experience with Brigham & Women's Hospital.
It's a large clinic but the doctors are amazing!!! Just remember to stay on top of them and the nurses and ask lots of questions until you are satisfied. Don't be intimidated by the size or credentials. Do your own research and come prepared.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
Efficient well oiled machine with sign in sheets and call backs
Describe Brian Walsh's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
Dr Walsh follows SART recommendations and I only have had a single embryo transferred based on quality and age.
What specific things went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
On my second CP I requested a second beta after my first was positive. I don't think this was portrayed well and I had to call for results. The nurse I spoke too seemed to not understand and that was when I called back to get answers about my next steps. The medication issue was a mix up either CVS specialty messed up or someone forgot a med. I noticed that cetrotide wasn't there since I was on my second cycle and knew the protocol and had to request it.
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Brian Walsh
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston
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10
Age 35
Treated 2018
Success w/ Doc Yes
1 IVF
Male Factor
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $100K - $199K
Engineer
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Strongly Recommends
Dr Walsh explained things thoroughly and was technically proficient at all exams throughout the process including hysteroscopy, etc, recommendations for genetic testing, the full IVF process. He managed expectations well and mentioned the chances for success...ICSI was recommended for male factor infertility hysteroscopy and other testing was performed to rule out female infertility causes
[nurses at Brigham & Women's Hospital] explained everything thoroughly on all followup phone calls throughout the process which was like 20+ after every blood test, ultrasound etc...[monitoring appointments were a ] well-oiled machine...BWH is a great hospital for IVF, thorough, clean, and great staff. They are available 7 days a week; however, the location is annoying to get to if you don't live in that part of Boston. Parking requires payment in nearby garages or valet parking is available.
How was your experience with Brian Walsh at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr Walsh explained things thoroughly and was technically proficient at all exams throughout the process including hysteroscopy, etc, recommendations for genetic testing, the full IVF process. He managed expectations well and mentioned the chances for success.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brian Walsh at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Ask all the questions you have
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brian Walsh at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Explained things clearly
Describe the protocols Brian Walsh used in your cycles at Brigham & Women's Hospital and their degree of success.
ICSI was recommended for male factor infertility hysteroscopy and other testing was performed to rule out female infertility causes
Describe your experience with your nurse at Brigham & Women's Hospital. (Assigned nurse: Kathy)
explained everything thoroughly on all followup phone calls throughout the process which was like 20+ after every blood test, ultrasound etc
Describe your experience with Brigham & Women's Hospital.
BWH is a great hospital for IVF, thorough, clean, and great staff. They are available 7 days a week; however, the location is annoying to get to if you don't live in that part of Boston. Parking requires payment in nearby garages or valet parking is available.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
well-oiled machine
Describe the costs associated with your care under Brian Walsh at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
covered under insurance
Describe Brian Walsh's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
An algorithm was used that said 1 embryo transfer was the maximum allowed, this wasn't really up for debate
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Brian Walsh
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston
Operations
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7
Success w/ Doc No
11 IVF
Donor Eggs
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Male Factor
Poor Egg Quality
Tubal Blockage
Uterine Fibroids
European
Income $200K - $499K
Teacher
2nd of 3 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
He's an excellent doctor and did a great job on my myomectomy and did give my my only child, from IVF # 2... We were given incorrect instructions regarding my husband's preparation for day of egg retrieval/fertilization day. This resulted in zero fertilization on 11 eggs.
We were given incorrect instructions regarding my husband's preparation for day of egg retrieval/fertilization day. This resulted in zero fertilization on 11 eggs.
How was your experience with Brian Walsh at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
He's an excellent doctor and did a great job on my myomectomy and did give my my only child, from IVF # 2.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brian Walsh at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Don't be over 42 :-)
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brian Walsh at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
It was a bit rushed.
Describe the protocols Brian Walsh used in your cycles at Brigham & Women's Hospital and their degree of success.
We did use several different ones, I don't remember.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
It worked fairly well. As I recall, it was a first come, first served arrangement. As I work for a school, I would get in there early and would usually get seen quickly. The techs were not allowed to comment/give any info as they were doing the scans, which was a bit frustrating. But I understand why they do it that way.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Brian Walsh at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
I don't recall. It was all covered by insurance. I believe our IVF with ICSI was in the $15K area.
What specific things went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Canceled a cycle due to clinic error
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
We were given incorrect instructions regarding my husband's preparation for day of egg retrieval/fertilization day. This resulted in zero fertilization on 11 eggs.
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Brian Walsh
Humanity
Communication
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Trustworthiness
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Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston
Operations
Scheduling
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