David L. Kulak

Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine

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Medical SchoolAlbert Einstein
ResidencyAlbert Einstein
FellowshipRutgers U
Brooklyn
6010 Bay Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11204
718-283-8600
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend David L. Kulak to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 33%Neutral: 33%Don't recommend: 33%7.3
3 assessments
  • 33% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 33% Neutral (7-8)
  • 33% 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 Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 62%Neutral: 24%Don't recommend: 14%8.7
25 assessments
  • 62% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 24% Neutral (7-8)
  • 14% Don't recommend (0-6)
3 assessments
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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We started at Genesis [with Dr. David Kulak] after 3 months of letrozole with timed intercourse and 12 months of unprotected relations. Gensis did extensive bloodwork on both me and my husband in the beginning, as well as a sonogram and a hysterosalpingogram. We went straight to 3 injectable IUI's using Follistim and Ovidrel. The first IUI cycle was stimmed for approximately 8 days using Follistim. Our dosage decreased overtime from 75, to 50, to 62.50 every other day. We triggered with Ovidrel 250 units on cycle day 12.
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish, Middle Eastern, Native American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
4
How was your experience with David L. Kulak at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
We were under the direct care of Dr Kulak for nearly a year. In this time we we underwent several rounds each of clomid and injectable IUIs and a few rounds of IVF, all unsuccessful attempts. We had carefully chosen Genesis primary for the following reasons: they were in-network and they were less than a mile from our house. Our cousins had gone through IVF at another clinic and had mentioned the daunting treks they went through every morning and how their doctors had poor bedside manners. We hoped for the best and were pleasantly surprised when we found that not only was Dr Kulak tremendously patient and kind, he was also very supportive throughout the process. One IVF cycle had to be cancelled and he moved mountains to clear a room so we could convert it into an IUI same day. Another time he went out of his way for us was around the point of 6 failed attempts. My husband had trouble making a sample and it caused a huge fight between us since as everyone who goes through this process knows everything is timed exactly to the minute. When we hadn't shown up for our IUI due to my husband, the doctor called to mediate (yes, no joke) and help us find another solution. Dr Kulak is young, approachable, and generally very warm. After a year at this clinic we decided to leave to get a second opinion as he didn't haven't much experience with patients with unexplained infertility but we still have positive feelings toward the clinic.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David L. Kulak at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
He comes across as spaced out because his nature is to be very calm and relaxed. Don't fret, he's a genius. And don't be afraid to ask questions- he will even send you research and statistics if you request it.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David L. Kulak at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
Every patient at Genesis is considered like a family member of the staff. Not only did the nurses and doctors ALWAYS remember our names, nicknames, etc., but the phlebotomist nurses always seek to find positive things to talk about with patients. This was especially helpful for me as I was deathly afraid of needles. Knowing I had a phlebotomist who was kind and trustworthy made the process that much easier.
Describe the protocols David L. Kulak used in your cycles at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
We started at Genesis after 3 months of letrozole with timed intercourse and 12 months of unprotected relations. Gensis did extensive bloodwork on both me and my husband in the beginning, as well as a sonogram and a hysterosalpingogram. We went straight to 3 injectable IUI's using Follistim and Ovidrel. The first IUI cycle was stimmed for approximately 8 days using Follistim. Our dosage decreased overtime from 75, to 50, to 62.50 every other day. We triggered with Ovidrel 250 units on cycle day 12. The IUI was performed was on 8/17/17 using a fresh sample and we had 3 follicles, 19, 13, and 10.5. We then used 50mg progesterone bullet suppositories. Our second IUI was stimmed for 7 days using Follistim 75 units then triggered with Ovidrel 250 units on cycle day 12. The IUI was performed was performed on 9/13/17 using a fresh sample and we had one follicle at 17. We then used 50mg progesterone bullet suppositories. For our third IUI, the doctor tried adjusting our dosage, again using Follistim. Our dosages were 75, 87.5, and then 100. We triggered with 250 units of Ovidrel. The IUI was performed on 10/11/17 with a fresh sample and we had two follicles, one at 15.5 and one at 14. We then used 50mg progesterone bullet suppositories. The following month while prepping for IVF we leveraged Clomid (50 units) and practiced time intercourse. We got 4 follicles, 18, 13, 9.5, and 10.5. Our first round of Fresh Cycle IVF began on 11/15.The cycle started with 200 Follistim and consistent 75 units of Menopur. Our Follistim dosage increased every other day by 50 units of until we ended at 350. This cycle was cancelled due to generating only about just one follicle at 16 with several 10 or under. Needless to day, we converted to IUI. After approximately 12 days of Follistim, Menopur, and Citrotide, we triggered. Our dosage for Follistim began at 350ui, menopur 150 units. Almost every other day the doctor requested us to change our dosage. For example, 12/22 we started at 350 Follistim, on 12/24 we went down to 275, and then on 12/25 we jumped back to 300. We came in for blood work 3 times in the first week of stims and daily the week leading up to trigger. At the final scan, we generated 19 follicles, with 4 of them mature (18-21.5 size). Our retrieval produced 18 eggs and 11 fertilized. We did a 5 day freeze transfer and found out that they performed ICSI on 8 of the embryos. We put in two embryos (5AA and 5BA) and chose to froze the remaining which were 4AB, 4BA, 3BB, 3BB, and 2BB according to their grading system. Afterwards we used progesterone suppositories 200mg and took green estradiol until our blood test.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine. (Assigned nurse: Luchia)
Overall the nursing staff at Genesis is superb. They are warm, conscientious, and professional. Luchia (IUI nurse) and Joanne (IVF lead) stood out the most for us in our time at there. Luchia stayed late to help us figure out a last minute solution for one of our almost missed IUIs. She is sweet and has a nurturing demeanor which I appreciated greatly. Joanne was our main point of contact once we began IVF. She conducted a private course for me and my husband on a Sunday (her day off) and even stayed to answer questions we both had and walk him through mixing the injections. She is an all-star nurse! We did have one negative experience with one of the nurses, Nelli, which we did report to the doctor. In performing the IUI procedure she "shoved" the catheter inside of me without even looking. I mentioned it hadn't felt like that in the previous IUI's and she screamed at me to shut up. It's possible it is her personality, but I have also witnessed her aggressiveness with other patients. I would recommend to any potential patients to request NOT to have her on their team to avoid the unprofessional attitude.
Describe your experience with Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
Genesis' greatest strength is the demeanor of its staff. From the front desk to the assistant coordinators, most staff members are very pleasant, outgoing, and friendly to all. The point of contention we found with the clinic was that they had not had much experience with couples with our diagnosis of unexplained infertility. It would suit them well to hire a doctor with this expertise to best cater toward their patients needs.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
Monitoring appointments are mornings 7-8 AM and are literally a scene of herded cattle. Genesis does not have enough seating room for their patients which leads several patients to sit on the floor in the hallway until their name is called. Patients are called on a first-come basis.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David L. Kulak at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
Since fertility treatments are covered (somewhat) by my insurance, we luckily did not have to pay an-arm-and-a-leg. We did however get large bills of 500-1,000 dollars at a time. Genesis has a rule in place that prevents any patient from going into the clinic (for even monitoring) unless their full balance is paid.
Describe David L. Kulak's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
Our doctor did not consult us prior to the day of the transfer regarding the number of embryos we would transfer. When the day came around we told them we'd like to put in 2 and he strongly advised against it due to potential complications. The clinic in general only allows 1 embryo transfer at a time as they are a proponent of singleton pregnancies, which I guess is where their greatest success comes from.
What specific things went wrong at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Provided conflicting information
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Doctor
David L. Kulak
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
6
Clinic
Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine
Brooklyn
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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Age
43 - 44
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI, 5 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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He [Dr. David Kulak] takes the time to explain things and contacts you often to see how you are doing. Great doctor...wondeful and knowledgeable. Is hands in and contact you with details and info as needed. He knows his info and is extremely compassionate and kind. Follows up often when you contact him or email him no matter the time...Gonal 350 and ovidrel for trigger
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Age
43 - 44
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Native American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 5 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
8
How was your experience with David L. Kulak at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
Dr kulak is wondeful and knowledgeable. Is hands in and contact you with details and info as needed. He knows his info and is extremely compassionate and kind. Follows up often when you contact him or email him no matter the time.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David L. Kulak at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
He is wonderful
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David L. Kulak at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
Dr kulak was and is wonderful. He takes the time to explain things and contacts you often to see how you are doing. Great doctor.
Describe the protocols David L. Kulak used in your cycles at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
Gonal 350 and ovidrel for trigger
Describe your experience with your nurse at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine. (Assigned nurse: Lucia)
Lucia is wonderful and helpful.
Describe your experience with Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
Genesis is a great facility the staff is wonderful and friendly and compassionate. They all address you by name from the minute you walk in to the minute you walk out. Love the staff. Love the doctors.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David L. Kulak at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
Other then my deductible mostly covered so no issues.
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Doctor
David L. Kulak
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine
Staten Island
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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Age
46
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, PCOS
10
[Dr. David Kulak was] Very patient, very timely answers...Very compassionate, patient, knowledgable, gets back to you right away...asks if procedure hurts, emotionally appropriate, reassuring. I felt like his only patient, though I wasn't!...FET with 2 day 5 embryos...be persistent if you have a concern-- he does not mind considering all options...Do your own research first, and come with questions.
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Age
46
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, PCOS
10
How was your experience with David L. Kulak at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
Very compassionate, patient, knowledgable, gets back to you right away. Helps find embryos, asks if procedure hurts, emotionally appropriate, reassuring. I felt like his only patient, though I wasn't!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David L. Kulak at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
Do your own research first, and come with questions. Also, be persistent if you have a concern-- he does not mind considering all options.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David L. Kulak at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
Very patient, very timely answers
Describe the protocols David L. Kulak used in your cycles at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
FET with 2 day 5 embryos.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very kind, but overworked so rushed. Also, some had accents the were hard to understand.
Describe your experience with Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
It matters who your MD is. Do HW beforehand. You will have a good experience whatever the outcome. They really try to work with you.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David L. Kulak at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
Procedure was $3800, but other things extra, saline soon $600, counselling $250, etc
Describe David L. Kulak's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
First decided one embryo then two. Happy, as one was better than another.
What specific things went wrong at Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost paperwork
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Lost or damaged samples
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Doctor
David L. Kulak
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine
Brooklyn
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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