Elizabeth Ginsburg

Elizabeth Ginsburg

Brigham & Women's Hospital

Strongly recommend: 77%Neutral: 13%Don't recommend: 10%8.8
77% strongly recommend
16 reviews
Humanity
8.5
8.5
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
8.8
8.8
Communication

Ratings of 1 mean poor communication.

Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
7.2
7.2
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
Mount Sinai
Residency
Harvard
Fellowship
Harvard

How Doctor Communicates

doctor, nurse available by email
doctor, nurse available by directline
doctor, nurse available by directline
not available by personal cell phone
not available by personal cell phone
Elizabeth Ginsburg works at

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

At 3 offices

Boston
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 732-4222
South Shore
1032 Main Street
South Weymouth, MA 02190
(781) 682-4564
Stratham
75 Francis Street
Stratham, NH 03885
(617) 732-5500
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10 patient reviews filtered by:

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10
Age 31 - 32
Treated 2019 - 2020
Success w/ Doc ?
4 IVF
PCOS
Poor Egg Quality
Other
European
Income $100K - $199K
Marketer or PR
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Because of my age, she [Dr. Ginsburg] prefers doing a single embryo transfer. Also, because of my fertility issues we need to do PGS and PGD teting on all embryos, so we would only transfer testing, normal embryos... I lost count of the amount of times we've seen Dr. Ginsburg during the 7 months we've been with her. After experiencing two miscarriages with my previous doctor, she ran a recurrent miscarriage panel on my husband and I. When those results came back, she personally called me (not a nurse) to tell me the not-so-great news. She has always been kind and understanding, while also being clinical, direct and realistic. When we were fighting with insurance for coverage on treatment, she called me personally at 9pm one night to tell me she's been brainstorming my case and has an alternative approach to try that insurance will cover. She has fought for us with our insurance company, and has really gone above in a lot of ways that make us feel like we are in good hands.
they [staff at Brigham & Women's Hospital] uncovered a huge reason for why I cannot get pregnant. They're diligent and they have never once forgotten to call me with results or instructions. It's easy during this process to get upset or feel alone, but I think they really try to help you along and want the absolute best for you. They may be a little bit more direct and upfront, but I'd prefer that over not having all the information or being given false promises...The nursing staff in the south shore office is phenomenal. To be honest, they're tough, but they also care. I have called them so many times asking so many questions and they never seem annoyed. With that being said, they will tell you how things go and how things should be. They're direct, but most importantly, they care. I was having a particularly different time with some complex fertility issues and the nurse sat down and cried with me. She always tells me how much they're rooting for me and that they're thinking about us and not to give up.
How was your experience with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
She's very clinically focused, and does use a lot of examples from studies. But she also uses her own experience. She's very upfront and honest, but is also kind. She has been willing to switch up medications and protocols, and uses your past cycles as reference. There have been multiple instances when she's called me personally instead of the nurses, and she always answers all of our questions. We never feel rushed when we meet with her, and she answered all of our questions. She's honest, which quite frankly, is what women need during this process. She's never offered us false hope, but she's also never deterred us either. You can tell she has the same end goal as you--to get pregnant. I don't feel the same way about the other clinic or physician I was with before Dr. Ginsburg.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
I was highly recommend her to anyone going through fertility treatment. She truly has your best interests at heart. She may seen "cold" to some, but I believe that's her being clinical. I never felt she was cold. She's only been kind, and really helped us explore every option while never pushing things on us.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Before coming to Dr. Ginsburg, I was with another fertility clinic. I saw that doctor a total of 2 times throughout the year I was with him. One of those times was our initial consultation, and the other was when he just so happened to be the doctor to preform my egg retrieval. I never heard from him during my two miscarriages. I lost count of the amount of times we've seen Dr. Ginsburg during the 7 months we've been with her. After experiencing two miscarriages with my previous doctor, she ran a recurrent miscarriage panel on my husband and I. When those results came back, she personally called me (not a nurse) to tell me the not-so-great news. She has always been kind and understanding, while also being clinical, direct and realistic. When we were fighting with insurance for coverage on treatment, she called me personally at 9pm one night to tell me she's been brainstorming my case and has an alternative approach to try that insurance will cover. She has fought for us with our insurance company, and has really gone above in a lot of ways that make us feel like we are in good hands.
Describe the protocols Elizabeth Ginsburg used in your cycles at Brigham & Women's Hospital and their degree of success.
The first two IVG cycles I did before Dr. Ginsburg were antagonist with Gonal-F, low dose HCG, Cetrotide and a lupron trigger. For the first cycle with Dr. Ginsburg we used the antagonist protocol with Gonal-F, Menopur, Cetrotide and a lupron trigger. For the next cycle we completely switched it up and used the long-lupron protocol and an HCG trigger.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
The nursing staff in the south shore office is phenomenal. To be honest, they're tough, but they also care. I have called them so many times asking so many questions and they never seem annoyed. With that being said, they will tell you how things go and how things should be. They're direct, but most importantly, they care. I was having a particularly different time with some complex fertility issues and the nurse sat down and cried with me. She always tells me how much they're rooting for me and that they're thinking about us and not to give up.
Describe your experience with Brigham & Women's Hospital.
I've had family members on my husband's side that have gone to this clinic and had success. Even though I haven't yet, they uncovered a huge reason for why I cannot get pregnant. They're diligent and they have never once forgotten to call me with results or instructions. It's easy during this process to get upset or feel alone, but I think they really try to help you along and want the absolute best for you. They may be a little bit more direct and upfront, but I'd prefer that over not having all the information or being given false promises.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
My insurance covered my rounds of IVF with my own eggs. They covered some but not all of the fees associated with genetic testing. We also looked at donor eggs and that was not covered by insurance.
Describe Elizabeth Ginsburg's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
Because of my age, she prefers doing a single embryo transfer. Also, because of my fertility issues we need to do PGS and PGD teting on all embryos, so we would only transfer testing, normal embryos.
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Elizabeth Ginsburg
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
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10
Age 32
Treated 2019
Success w/ Doc ?
10 Fertility Medications
Other
European
Income $100K - $199K
Business Executive
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
I would say that if you are overly sensitive to prepare yourself for science and straightforwardness. I appreciated this with her [Dr. Elizabeth Ginsburg], but I have also had my diagnosis for years...She is funny, straight to the point and warm without giving false hope...She listens to our concerns and did not push anything that we were not comfortable with. She explained things to us completely and made sure we had clear instructions for the next steps.
Overall, the clinic [Brigham & Women's Hospital] is great. Sometimes there can be a long wait, but it’s probably because they spend as much time as needed with their patients. I wish there was a satellite clinic closer to me as it is an hour from my house and coming in for blood work and appointments can be cumbersome...staff is pleasant and helpful...Pam [nurse] is very helpful, very kind and responsive...Consultantations that are not diagnostic are around $200.
How was your experience with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr. Ginsburg is intelligent, funny and straightforward. She is kind but does not give false hope. She listens to our concerns and did not push anything that we were not comfortable with. She explained things to us completely and made sure we had clear instructions for the next steps.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
I would say that if you are overly sensitive to prepare yourself for science and straightforwardness. I appreciated this with her, but I have also had my diagnosis for years.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
She is funny, straight to the point and warm without giving false hope. Her staff is pleasant and helpful.
Describe the protocols Elizabeth Ginsburg used in your cycles at Brigham & Women's Hospital and their degree of success.
First, she put me on metformin ER 1500mg with the plan to take until 2nd trimester of pregnancy. The side effects were too much for my body so she reduced it to 750mg after 3 months. During the first first she also gave me a 6 month prescription for letrozole 2.5mg to be taken days 3-7 of my cycle until pregnancy occurs. She also had my husband do a sperm analysis and did not assume the problem was me even with my diagnosis. She also suggested I get an HSG done. We decided to hold off on that until the 6 month period was over. I was only 30 at the time so she was fine with that. After the six months, I had the HSG showing no issues. She doubled the dose of letrozole and I am currently on my second cycle of that level dose. The first cycle drastically increased ovulation so they are hopeful it will take this round. If not, we are going to try one more cycle and then discuss IUI.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Brigham & Women's Hospital. (Assigned nurse: Pam Whitney)
Pam is very helpful, very kind and responsive.
Describe your experience with Brigham & Women's Hospital.
Overall, the clinic is great. Sometimes there can be a long wait, but it’s probably because they spend as much time as needed with their patients. I wish there was a satellite clinic closer to me as it is an hour from my house and coming in for blood work and appointments can be cumbersome, but it is all worth it.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
Some were covered by insurance as it was “Diagnostic”. Consultantations that are not diagnostic are around $200. We have not had many other bills yet. It costs $9 an hour to park in the garage.
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Elizabeth Ginsburg
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston
Operations
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9
Age 35 - 36
Treated 2018 - 2019
Success w/ Doc No
3 IVF
Endometriosis
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Dr Ginsburg herself was lovely and although she's not the warmest doctor I've encountered, she certainly cares (she's just not touchy-feely, and that was okay for me). She is brilliant and experienced, but she also sees hundreds of patients and she practices at one of the biggest hospitals in the world, so it's hard not to sometimes feel like a number, even if it's not intentional.... Dr. Ginsburg had seen other women in my situation (severe endometriosis and multiple ectopic pregnancies) and she was able to give me clear direction and guidance. It was refreshing to hear someone make the call for me, when all I had experienced was "sure, we can try that if you want".
The Center for Infertility is deep inside BWH. It's a huge pain to drive to (you have to pay $8 in the parking garage each and every time you go for monitoring) and it's not an in-and-out type of place....When you go for monitoring at BWH, you are quite literally a number and you're there waiting for blood/ultrasound with 20 other people who are also there for a million other things, pregnancy monitoring included. For this reason, if you are particularly sensitive or triggered by women with big bellies, this is not the clinic for you.
How was your experience with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Before coming BWH and seeing Dr. Ginsburg, I was a patient at a much smaller fertility clinic called Fertility Solutions. The difference between the two clinics was considerable. At FS, there are just 3 doctors and over the course of my two year treatment there, I got to know each doctor very well and all the nurses as well. Dr. Ginsburg is one of about 12 (this is just a guess) Reproductive Endocrinologists at BWH and she sees hundreds of patients. This does not mean she cares less about each individual, it just means (in my opinion) she has a more streamlined and matter of fact approach simply due to the volume of people she sees. I came to her because my treatment at FS came to a screeching halt due to having to make incredibly difficult decisions. The doctors wanted to help, but I just felt like they didn't have the experience or knowledge at this point to help me make important choices. They were willing to try new things, but it was all up to me. Dr. Ginsburg had seen other women in my situation (severe endometriosis and multiple ectopic pregnancies) and she was able to give me clear direction and guidance. It was refreshing to hear someone make the call for me, when all I had experienced was "sure, we can try that if you want". Sometimes you just want someone to tell you what to do. Dr. Ginsburg is not warm and fuzzy, but she's brilliant and confident, and she shows her true compassion in her own special way.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
If you're okay with a direct approach and matter of fact guidance, Dr. Ginsburg is the doctor for you. I would recommend her to anyone because of how brilliant she is at her job, but I would absolutely warn them that they will not be seeing her much (only for initial consultations or meetings to discuss big decisions) and make sure they are okay with very little handholding.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr Ginsburg herself was lovely and although she's not the warmest doctor I've encountered, she certainly cares (she's just not touchy-feely, and that was okay for me). She is brilliant and experienced, but she also sees hundreds of patients and she practices at one of the biggest hospitals in the world, so it's hard not to sometimes feel like a number, even if it's not intentional.
Describe the protocols Elizabeth Ginsburg used in your cycles at Brigham & Women's Hospital and their degree of success.
Unlike my other two cycles, Dr. G had me on menopur and much less progesterone in oil. She also increased my Gonal F a considerable amount. I produced about 20% more eggs with her protocol.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Brigham & Women's Hospital. (Assigned nurse: Pam Whitney)
Pam echoes Dr. Ginsburg's approach in her directness. She is warm in her own way, but you won't get endless hugs or handholding. She is matter of fact and quick in her delivery. I often felt a little silly asking her a million questions and although I was worried I was bothering her, she never acted that way. She was very quick to respond, which I appreciated.
Describe your experience with Brigham & Women's Hospital.
The Center for Infertility is deep inside BWH. It's a huge pain to drive to (you have to pay $8 in the parking garage each and every time you go for monitoring) and it's not an in-and-out type of place. My last clinic had a parking lot and everything was fast and simple, so switching to BWH was a major adjustment. When you go for monitoring at BWH, you are quite literally a number and you're there waiting for blood/ultrasound with 20 other people who are also there for a million other things, pregnancy monitoring included. For this reason, if you are particularly sensitive or triggered by women with big bellies, this is not the clinic for you.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
I shared this in my review of the clinic itself, but monitoring is very impersonal here. It didn't bother me because I have fairly thick skin, but for those who are more nervous and triggered by the site of pregnant women literally everywhere, the monitoring experience would be difficult. Your ultrasound will be done by a different person every time so becoming comfortable with the process is necessary
Describe the costs associated with your care under Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
My insurance covered most of the costs of my IVF treatment here, but we are moving on to using a gestational carrier and insurance does not cover this at all.
Describe Elizabeth Ginsburg's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
I did not end up transferring at BWH
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Elizabeth Ginsburg
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Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
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Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston
Operations
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10
Age 37
Treated 2018
Success w/ Doc ?
Fertility Medications
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
European
Income $100K - $199K
Doctor
2nd of 2 Docs
LGBTQ
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Dr. Ginsburg has been very considerate of our desires and our treatment. She has considered all factors, but also been willing to work around situations and numbers. She has explained information thoroughly, and has been available when we've had further questions.... we are doing a complicated reciprocal IVF. She had us meet with maternal fetal medicine due to us both being overweight. She tested both of us thoroughly to help us make the best decision as to who will undergo the egg retrieval and who will undergo the embryo transfer.
The doctors and nursing team [Brigham & Women's Hospital] have been extremely thorough, helpful, and informative. They have taken the time to explain all of our options to us and have considered our needs, wishes, and our future unlike other clinics have. The clerical staff can at times be short and was initially difficult to communicate with, but overall they have improved. This clinic seems to see fewer LGBTQ clients; likely due to the size of the state, so there has been some confusion at times.
How was your experience with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr. Ginsburg has been very considerate of our desires and our treatment. She has considered all factors, but also been willing to work around situations and numbers. She has explained information thoroughly, and has been available when we've had further questions. She has been open and flexible and has truly made us feel like she is working with us.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
To be sure to ask a lot of questions and to be completely open.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr. Ginsburg didn't just look at numbers, she thought about mine and my wife's future. She considered our wishes and worked with us despite some numbers.
Describe the protocols Elizabeth Ginsburg used in your cycles at Brigham & Women's Hospital and their degree of success.
We have not yet started our cycle, but we are doing a complicated reciprocal IVF. She had us meet with maternal fetal medicine due to us both being overweight. She tested both of us thoroughly to help us make the best decision as to who will undergo the egg retrieval and who will undergo the embryo transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Brigham & Women's Hospital. (Assigned nurse: Carey)
She has been very helpful and informative. She has returned my calls promptly and reached out to Dr. Ginsburg with all of my follow-up questions.
Describe your experience with Brigham & Women's Hospital.
The doctors and nursing team have been extremely thorough, helpful, and informative. They have taken the time to explain all of our options to us and have considered our needs, wishes, and our future unlike other clinics have. The clerical staff can at times be short and was initially difficult to communicate with, but overall they have improved. This clinic seems to see fewer LGBTQ clients; likely due to the size of the state, so there has been some confusion at times.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
$22,000
Describe Elizabeth Ginsburg's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
We have requested multiple embryo transfer. Here, we feel that we are slightly being treated like a number now, but there seems to be some flexibility and willingness to work with us there.
What specific things went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
  • Failed to order appropriate test
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
There was just one blood test that wasn't ordered and had to be repeated.
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Elizabeth Ginsburg
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
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Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
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10
Age 29 - 30
Treated 2017 - 2018
Success w/ Doc Yes
1 IVF
Anovulation
PCOS
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
When with Dr.Ginsburg I always felt Respected and listened to. My question were always anwsered and we always left with a sense of hope!...She will tell you how it is, explain whatever you need explaining. She is very professional and won't sugar coat news...She always had a plan for me and our visits were productive. She advocated for me with my insurance company and listened to my concerns. I never felt pressured into trying medication or doing the next step. I cannot say enough positive things about her!!!
Billing [at Brigham & Women's] was through an app or in office. It was easy to pay but difficult to understand what you were excatly paying for...When I needed off hour support, the fellow on staff was always available. They were professional and caring at all hours of the night...Very busy and you got who you got for your medical procedures. However, all staff at the hospital were great! I always felt confident and comfortable. I was prepared for each step. The scheduling and insurance personnel were easy to work with. I could easily contact them during normal business hours.
How was your experience with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr Ginsburg knows her stuff! For that reason alone I would recommend her. She will tell you how it is, explain whatever you need explaining. She is very professional and won't sugar coat news. I needed that because I knew I could trust her. She always had a plan for me and our visits were productive. She advocated for me with my insurance company and listened to my concerns. I never felt pressured into trying medication or doing the next step. I cannot say enough positive things about her!!!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Expect honest answers that are not sugar coated.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
When with Dr.Ginsburg I always felt Respected and listened to. My question were always anwsered and we always left with a sense of hope! However the clinic is very busy and the nurses in the Weymouth office can make you feel rushed. As long as you advocate for yourself and don't mind repeating info to them, they get the job done!
Describe the protocols Elizabeth Ginsburg used in your cycles at Brigham & Women's Hospital and their degree of success.
Leterzole- 3times, 3 different doses. This was supposed to get my body to ovulate. It failed Leterzole (7.5mg) with trigger shot. This made me ovulate but no successful pregnancy IUI- we did not do this because once on injectable medication my response could not be controlled. I would produce more than a few eggs even on a small dose based on my AMH level (15). iVF- we used various injectable medication. I had an egg retrieval that got 28 mature eggs. 16 lasted to day 5. However I had to freeze all because even with my modified trigger shot, I developed a slight case of hyper stimulation. Frozen Egg Transfer- after pills and pio shots, we had a successful transfer. I am currently pregnant from this procedure.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
Strengths- they always got right back to me with answers to my questions and/or with next steps. They would listen to me if I advocate for myself and seemed to respect that. Blood and ultrasound was fast and efficient Weakness- often times conversations would be rushed and overwhelming. They never seemed to know my history. The hospital staff in Boston was always caring and did not seem rushed!
Describe your experience with Brigham & Women's Hospital.
Very busy and you got who you got for your medical procedures. However, all staff at the hospital were great! I always felt confident and comfortable. I was prepared for each step. The scheduling and insurance personnel were easy to work with. I could easily contact them during normal business hours. When I needed off hour support, the fellow on staff was always available. They were professional and caring at all hours of the night.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
I paid whatever was not covered by insurance. Billing was through an app or in office. It was easy to pay but difficult to understand what you were excatly paying for
Describe Elizabeth Ginsburg's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
My doctor prefer to do a SET for my safety. We agreed as that was what was covered by insurance and in our best interest.
What specific things went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
This happen once. It was a last-minute Rx beci Fed ex lost my package. The off hours fellow was able to fix it.
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Brigham & Women's Hospital
South Shore
Operations
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10
Age 25 - 28
Treated 2015 - 2018
Success w/ Doc ?
1 Egg Freezing (cancer)
1 Embryo Freezing (cancer)
Cancer
European
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
She [Dr. Ginsburg] has given us hope after cancer took our opportunity to become parents naturally...She has helped me fill out fertility grant applications immediately after I emailed her asking if she had time to do so. She made me feel important and hopeful. She recommended different grants/financial assistance options to help pay for fertility preservation costs. She was very easy to get a hold of when I had questions during my IVF cycle regarding medication. She made quick adjustments to a similar medication when my insurance did not cover a specific medication during IVF.
The billing coordinator [at Brigham & Women's], Gene Diaz, has made herself very available for questions and has broken down the costs to me in great detail both over the phone and email. She emails me back very quickly and provides much detail for each one of the fees I will eventually need to pay for surrogacy...So far I am yet to encounter any weaknesses... They are extremely accommodating and very inviting. From the front desk staff, to the coordinators, to the doctors. Everyone I have met at the clinic has been wonderful. They stay open late one day a week to help accommodate work schedules.
How was your experience with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr. Ginsburg is a very intelligent, calm, confident, and compassionate doctor. She has made me and my fiance more than comfortable and confident that we will be able to become parents via gestational surrogacy. She has walked and talked us through the necessary steps towards gestational surrogacy and has explained everything in great detail. She takes her time when meeting with us and genuinely cares about the success of our future embryo transfer. She has given us hope after cancer took our opportunity to become parents naturally. We met Dr. Ginsburg during a very difficult time in our lives and she gave us the hope that we so desperately needed back in 2015. Having a family of our own is the single most important thing in the world to my fiance and I and Dr. Ginsburg demonstrates that she cares about the success of the embryo transfer just as much as we do. Examples of her compassion: She has helped me fill out fertility grant applications immediately after I emailed her asking if she had time to do so. She made me feel important and hopeful. She recommended different grants/financial assistance options to help pay for fertility preservation costs. She was very easy to get a hold of when I had questions during my IVF cycle regarding medication. She made quick adjustments to a similar medication when my insurance did not cover a specific medication during IVF. She suggested testing my ovarian reserve level every 6 months to help me feel more involved and aware of the changes my body was going through and would email me my lab results as soon as they became available. She remembered little details I would tell her at past appointments about my family and hobbies/social life, she paid great attention to details. She makes me feel like part of the treatment time and keeps me hopeful through her kind/warm personality. She has more than 1 clinic location and has flexible hours making her very easy to get in touch with.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr. Ginsburg will explore every aspect of your fertility needs and if there is a way to help you start a family she will most definitely find it.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr. Ginsburg is absolutely wonderful. She is very responsive to emails and goes above and beyond to make sure her patients needs are being addressed. She has seen me at 2 different clinics and has always called/emailed me back right away. She never makes me feel rushed when meeting with her and answers all of my questions/concerns at length. She assured me everything was going to be OK and that she would work with me and my fertility needs when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 25. I am so thankful to have her as a provider and I feel as though I could not be in better hands. Dr. Ginsburg and the entire staff at Brigham and Women have been tremendous. I am 100% confident in her care and strongly believe she will help make my dreams of becoming a mom a reality.
Describe the protocols Elizabeth Ginsburg used in your cycles at Brigham & Women's Hospital and their degree of success.
Dr. Ginsburg had me do 1 cycle of IVF while on tamoxifen (due to stage 3 estrogen positive cancer) back in 2015. My treatment plan consisted of injections and pills. Together, we discussed the options for eggs and embryos and the pros and cons of each. She helped me decided how many I was going to create embryos with. We froze 4 eggs and 4 embryos (originally had 6 embryos but 2 did not make it). She explained that the embryos would be frozen on day 3 to get "as money in the freezer as possible". Her plan is to transfer 2 embryos to a gestational surrogate as each embryo has a 40% chance of success. Her strategy to transfer 2 lines up with our goals, financial needs, and of course safety concerns. She explained everything in great detail.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Brigham & Women's Hospital. (Assigned nurse: Allison Ruhe)
Allison is simply exceptional. We have been in constant contact for about a year now. We email weekly and she answers in great detail every and any questions I have. She has talked to numerous potential surrogates of ours and has included as in all aspects of surrogacy process. She always makes sure I completely understand everything she is telling me. She will email me detailed information and also call me with updates when we had potential surrogates. She has helped me fill out about 10 applications for fertility grants and continues to support us in any way that she can.
Describe your experience with Brigham & Women's Hospital.
Strengths: They are extremely accommodating and very inviting. From the front desk staff, to the coordinators, to the doctors. Everyone I have met at the clinic has been wonderful. They stay open late one day a week to help accommodate work schedules. They think outside the box and present different treatment options and scenarios to you regarding fertility and parenthood. They are easy to get in touch with over the phone and via email. I have never had any billing issues with the clinic and they accept most insurances. I have actually referred a friend to their clinic. Weaknesses: So far I am yet to encounter any weaknesses. One thing that would definitely be a great additional would be a grant program/scholarship for their patients to help pay for the surrogacy costs.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
There was a high volume of patients waiting for ultra sounds during my IVF cycle but I was never waiting for a long period of time. They were open 7 days a week and I was always seen when I needed to be. The results were always available online within a couple hours and my clinic would always call me as soon as they got results. They were very on top of my care during my IVF cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
My IVF cycle was covered in full by my insurance. I did have to pay about $500 out of pocket for medications. My estimated hospital costs for gestational surrogacy services were quoted at 10K. The billing coordinator, Gene Diaz, has made herself very available for questions and has broken down the costs to me in great detail both over the phone and email. She emails me back very quickly and provides much detail for each one of the fees I will eventually need to pay for surrogacy.
Describe Elizabeth Ginsburg's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
We prefer to transfer 2 embryos to increase of chance of success on the first transfer. She was completely on board with this decision and also agreed that it was for the best. She assured us this choice is safe and is confident it will result in a live birth.
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Age 35 - 38
Treated 2013 - 2016
Success w/ Doc Yes
4 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Latinx
Income $200K - $499K
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
She [Dr. Elizabeth Ginsburg] goes directly to the point and is very clear about possibilities and scenarios. She was quick to adjust my protocol when she did not get the amount of eggs expected. She is knowledgeable about insurances and will keep contact with other providers to ensure everything is ready... Pam handled most of the communication, but all of the nursing staff was always quick to return calls and keep me updated. When they had bad news to report they always did it in a manner that felt they were sorry and empathetic.
Getting a first appointment can take a long while, also because they Brigham & Women's Hospital] are so busy they will only allow you to have one pending appointment at a time. When problems arise they do get you in the same day without problems... Pam handled most of the communication, but all of the nursing staff was always quick to return calls and keep me updated. When they had bad news to report they always did it in a manner that felt they were sorry and empathetic.
How was your experience with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
She goes directly to the point and is very clear about possibilities and scenarios. She was quick to adjust my protocol when she did not get the amount of eggs expected. She is knowledgeable about insurances and will keep contact with other providers to ensure everything is ready
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Our first transfer ended up with an ectopic pregnancy, she showed a lot empathy and urged us to find the silver lining that we had achieved pregnancy. With every failed cycle she always mentioned how we were getting closer to our goal. She is not touchy-feely but she is not cold either.
Describe the protocols Elizabeth Ginsburg used in your cycles at Brigham & Women's Hospital and their degree of success.
Most treatments were the same, Lupron as well as GonalF. My last cycle where she adjusted the protocol to try to increase the egg yield, she added a birth control patch and Menopur
Describe your experience with your nurse at Brigham & Women's Hospital. (Assigned nurse: Pam Reilly)
Pam handled most of the communication, but all of the nursing staff was always quick to return calls and keep me updated. When they had bad news to report they always did it in a manner that felt they were sorry and empathetic.
Describe your experience with Brigham & Women's Hospital.
Getting a first appointment can take a long while, also because they are so busy they will only allow you to have one pending appointment at a time. When problems arise they do get you in the same day without problems. Getting appointments that require testing can result in you having an ultrasound at 10 am and then seeing the doctor at 1 pm, so you need to plan accordingly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
Everything was covered by insurance, we only had to pay deductible, but I believe a full cycle with retrieval and transfer was around $15,000
What specific things went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
  • Lost results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
The hospital had technical difficulties during one of my cycles because of ruptured pipes over the retrieval facilities. They transferred the retrieval to another facility and the timing scheduled was missed and I had ovulated by the time they went in to retrieve my eggs. This counted against my insurance limit and it put us through an undue amount of stress
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Age 37
Treated 2014
Success w/ Doc Yes
1 IUI
Unexplained
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $100K - $199K
Marketer or PR
4th of 4 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
She [Dr. Ginsburg] knows what has worked and doesn't really need to know a lot about you personally. But she still makes an effort to be kind and get to know you - she's pretty cut/dry (not a lot of chit chat), but friendly...Her nursing staff is super sweet. Her administrative staff sucks.
The [Brigham] nursing staff is super sweet...The admin staff is really bad. They don't return phone calls very quickly, are not helpful on the phone. When I filled out paperwork to get my records (as I was moving), they gave me the wrong instructions. When my new doctor requested records from them, they never came.
How was your experience with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr. Ginsburg is an expert - not necessarily warm and fuzzy, but super fair and helpful and patient. I was seeking a compassionate caregiver, but also one who could help guide us on the right next steps when you aren't always certain what to do. She's no nonsense. Her nursing staff is super sweet. Her administrative staff sucks (bluntly - rude and unresponsive, hard to make apps, etc.). That part can make it difficult. Also, since she is at a hospital, simple procedures like IUI will cost a lot more (need to pay hospital fee vs. just doing it at a clinic). Luckily she pointed this out, so we went to do IUI at the Harvard Vanguard clinic.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Figure out which simple procedures may be cheaper to do elsewhere so you can avoid expensive hospital fees. For IVF, I believe it's the same cost. Also, figure out a way to make appts while you're there so you can avoid having to call their unhelpful staff.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr. Ginsburg knows her stuff and has seen dozens and dozens of cases. In some instances, this means that she knows what has worked and doesn't really need to know a lot about you personally. But she still makes an effort to be kind and get to know you - she's pretty cut/dry (not a lot of chit chat), but friendly. Her nursing staff is great, but administrative staff is super unresponsive, and that makes it frustrating.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
One of the nurses specifically recommended we try Clomid without IUI. The doctor hadn't actually suggested this, but she turned out to be right. That's what ultimately worked!
What specific things went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
The admin staff is really bad. They don't return phone calls very quickly, are not helpful on the phone. When I filled out paperwork to get my records (as I was moving), they gave me the wrong instructions. When my new doctor requested records from them, they never came.
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Age 31
Treated 2015
Success w/ Doc No
3 IUI
3 IVF
PCOS
European
Income $200K - $499K
Nurse or HC Services
3rd of 4 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
I first saw Dr. Ginsburg for a 2nd opinion. She went through all of my medical records and we came up with a plan for a different protocol moving forward...Although you may not see her often, she is always behind the scenes directing your care.
My nurse had to give me a methotrexate shot for my ectopic/chemical. She was very compassionate.
How was your experience with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Dr. Ginsburg is a caring and knowledgeble clinician. She really took the time to listed to me and review my past fertility cycles to come up with the best plan for me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Although you may not see her often, she is always behind the scenes directing your care.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
I first saw Dr. Ginsburg for a 2nd opinion. She went through all of my medical records and we came up with a plan for a different protocol moving forward. She listened to my concerns and treated me like a person instead of a number.
Describe the protocols Elizabeth Ginsburg used in your cycles at Brigham & Women's Hospital and their degree of success.
One IVF was done with the antagonist protocol. The first tranfer of a day 5 blast took but ended in a chemical/ectopic. The second was BFN.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Brigham & Women's Hospital. (Assigned nurse: Pam)
My nurse had to give me a methotrexate shot for my ectopic/chemical. She was very compassionate.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
My IVF was covered 100% by insurance.
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Age 32
Treated 2011
Success w/ Doc Yes
1 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
4th of 4 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
If you're looking for someone who is warm and fuzzy, she isn't it. However she is extremely knowledgeable and talented. I would not hesitate to use her again if I wanted more children.
They [the nursing staff] were calm and understanding. The coordinator was a bit scattered. I had to call and ask when I was supposed to start my meds instead of them reaching out. It was stressful. She was either stretch too thin or not organized. That was the only negative part of my experience.
How was your experience with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
If you're looking for someone who is warm and fuzzy, she isn't it. However she is extremely knowledgeable and talented. I would not hesitate to use her again if I wanted more children.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
Ask questions
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Elizabeth Ginsburg at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
The team was not always sure of who I was but after my second meeting with Dr. Ginsburg, I knew I was in good hands. She was extremely confident and knowledgable.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
They were calm and understanding
What specific things went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
The coordinator was a bit scattered. I had to call and ask when I was supposed to start my meds instead of them reaching out. It was stressful. She was either stretch too thin or not organized. That was the only negative part of my experience.
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