Brian Walsh

Brigham & Women's Hospital

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Medical SchoolBrown
ResidencyHarvard
FellowshipHarvard
Boston
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 732-4222
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Brian Walsh to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 40%Neutral: 60%8.8
3 assessments
  • 40% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 60% Neutral (7-8)
  • 0% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
Treated like a human
Communication
Poor communication
Excellent communication
Frequency Seen
Rarely saw at appts.
Always saw at appts.
Responsiveness
Poor response time
Excellent response time
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Brigham & Women's Hospital to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 72%Neutral: 20%Don't recommend: 8%8.9
72 assessments
  • 72% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 20% Neutral (7-8)
  • 8% Don't recommend (0-6)
3 assessments
10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
10
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
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Age
32 - 33
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
10
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
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Doctor
Brian Walsh
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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8
Age
35
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
8
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
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Age
35
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Engineer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
8
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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Doctor
Brian Walsh
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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8
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
11 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage, Uterine Fibroids
8
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.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
11 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage, Uterine Fibroids
8
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
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Doctor
Brian Walsh
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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