Lawrence Grunfeld

RMA of New York

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Doctor, Nurse available by emailDoctor, Nurse available by direct lineNot available by cell phone
Medical SchoolMount Sinai
ResidencyAlbert Einstein
FellowshipYale
NY - Eastside
635 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
212-756-5777
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Lawrence Grunfeld to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 29%Neutral: 29%Don't recommend: 42%6.9
19 assessments
  • 29% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 29% Neutral (7-8)
  • 42% 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 RMA of New York to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 57%Neutral: 23%Don't recommend: 20%8
207 assessments
  • 57% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 23% Neutral (7-8)
  • 20% Don't recommend (0-6)
19 assessments
1
Age
40 - 42
Treated
2015 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
1
[Dr. Lawrence Grunfeld was] Not a good listener; talks without pause so you have to interrupt to say or ask anything. Did not tell us I had diminished ovarian reserve until at least 6 months after treatment started. Because we were instead told nothing was wrong with either of us we delayed treatment. He never told me that there was a possibility anything could go wrong during my IVF cycle other than not getting pregnant after transfer, so I was shocked, confused and devastated when he cancelled my cycle because I did not produce eggs. This is after he told me when my retrieval date would be without ever saying it was contingent on the stimulating medication working. I never knew not getting to retrieval was a possibility.
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Age
40 - 42
Treated
2015 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Graphic Designer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
1
How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Not a good listener; talks without pause so you have to interrupt to say or ask anything. Did not tell us I had diminished ovarian reserve until at least 6 months after treatment started. Because we were instead told nothing was wrong with either of us we delayed treatment. He never told me that there was a possibility anything could go wrong during my IVF cycle other than not getting pregnant after transfer, so I was shocked, confused and devastated when he cancelled my cycle because I did not produce eggs. This is after he told me when my retrieval date would be without ever saying it was contingent on the stimulating medication working. I never knew not getting to retrieval was a possibility.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Ask a lot of questions. Find out as much as you can about treatments before seeing him. Take it upon yourself to get educated as he is very relaxed and doesn't seem to think need fertility help is as traumatic to patients as it can be.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Felt rushed through visits and had to be incredibly forceful to have a chance to ask questions. Did not feel he really wanted to answe my questions. Did not give us a thorough diagnosis or explain the process and possible setbacks that can happen during an IVF cycle.
Describe the protocols Lawrence Grunfeld used in your cycles at RMA of New York and their degree of success.
Since I was ovulating on our initial visit, we opted to try IUI. When that didn't work he suggested not trying IUI again and do IVF. I was hesitant about all the medications, and since he said nothing was wrong with either one of us, we decided to try naturally for a few more months. When still no success we went back and that's when he said- by looking at the original bloodwork- that I had low ovation reserve. We were startled and decided to do IVF as soon as possible. I started meds and went for monitoring two times where he told me everything was good and when my retrieval would be, then on the third he said "nope nothing is happening" when I had an ultrasound. I asked what he meant and he said nothing is happening so the cycle is cancelled and sent me home. My husband scheduled a follow up as we were shocked and confused, and the dr was very casual said who know's why and we can try again without any suggestions for changing the process. So we left and decide to check into other doctors.
Describe your experience with your nurse at RMA of New York.
The nurses were very knowledgeable. Some were also caring, some were cold.
Describe your experience with RMA of New York.
Very organized nurses and staff, polite front desk personnel. Waits could be very long. Educate yourself before your first visit.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York.
I don't remember specifically but with treatment and medication comebine we probable spent about $1000 out of pocket (I have insurance)
Describe Lawrence Grunfeld's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RMA of New York.
He said multiple isn't recommended.
What specific things went wrong at RMA of New York?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to convey critical information
1
Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
1
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
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4
Age
40
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
4
When I miscarried my genetically-tested embryo, I felt I could have used a little more sympathy and care from Dr. Grunfeld. He said he was "sorry" and knew it was "disappointing" but at my follow up appointment (after the miscarriage and after the second failed cycle) was all about statistics and why I should keep going, with little thought to what I had been through...I think Dr. Grunfeld is a good "doctor" and by that, I mean a scientist. I think he "knows his stuff" and is generally a decent person. My chief complaint is that he was way too overly optimistic when I first started and, as a consequence, I was extremely shocked by what happened and where I am now.
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Age
40
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
4
How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
I think Dr. Grunfeld is a good "doctor" and by that, I mean a scientist. I think he "knows his stuff" and is generally a decent person. My chief complaint is that he was way too overly optimistic when I first started and, as a consequence, I was extremely shocked by what happened and where I am now. When I went to see him about IVF, he made it seem like a fait-accompli that I would have a baby. And it all went well -- until it didn't. I had one embryo from my first round that genetically tested normal and implanted. I miscarried it, and it turned out the fetus had Down's Syndrome. Dr. Grunfeld never communicated to me that PGS was not 100% (I am sure I signed something that said I know). I would have appreciated a little more caution from him and a little more sympathy. When I went in for my follow up appointment, he didn't remember that the fetus had Down's and was not prepared. This was upsetting. He also urged me to another round which I did. I got 10 eggs but no PGS-normal embryos. When I went to see him for my next follow-up appointment, he told me to keep going but I could not at that point as my insurance had run out. I then did an IUI where I really felt like an afterthought to him and the clinic. Overall, it was a disappointing experience though I don't really blame Dr. Grunfeld.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Be careful if he is overly optimistic. IVF is not a fail-safe. Dr. Grunfeld will make it seem like it is.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
I'd say on balance, I felt more like a number. The cycle process itself is very "cattle-cally" with little time spent with the patient. This did not bother me so much because I understand they have to see a lot of patients, and it is very much a "numbers" game. When I miscarried my genetically-tested embryo, I felt I could have used a little more sympathy and care from Dr. Grunfeld. He said he was "sorry" and knew it was "disappointing" but at my follow up appointment (after the miscarriage and after the second failed cycle) was all about statistics and why I should keep going, with little thought to what I had been through.
Describe the protocols Lawrence Grunfeld used in your cycles at RMA of New York and their degree of success.
I had the same protocol for both cycles. Gonal-F (c. 150), Menopur (between 2-3 vials), then the trigger. Dr. Grunfeld made no adjustments in between cycles which I understand. Both cycles produced a good amount of eggs -- it was just an egg quality issue given my age.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff is overall very responsive and very nice. I have no complaints about them.
Describe your experience with RMA of New York.
Strengths are experience, organization, coordination. Weaknesses are that it can feel a bit impersonal.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at RMA of New York.
There were on occasion very long waits but I don't blame the clinic for that. I think they moved people in and out as efficiently as possible.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York.
My insurance covered most of it though I had to $1,000 per cycle for shipping of the embryos, $750 per cycle for anastheisa, and $3,000 for genetic testing of up to 10 embryos.
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
27 - 32
Treated
2009 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Dr Grunfeld always gave me his time and explained everything with patience and care. He responded to emails and calls right away (either personally or via his nurse) He also made me feel like he was disappointed when I was disappointed and he was optimistic when I couldn't be. I felt like he was a cheerleader all along...My diagnosis was unexplained secondary infertility so we knew we had a good chance of a positive outcome out was just a matter of the right egg and the right sperm at the right time. I got pregnant on a medicated cycle with timed intercourse (had my second baby). When we decided we wanted a third child and the same treatment didn't work Dr. Grunfeld encouraged me to consider IVF and reviewed my chances of success etc. When we finally decided to go ahead with it he discussed our desire to transfer two embryos (he advised not to but told us it was our decision and I'm glad we listened!!). We had our third healthy baby, on our second transfer.
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Age
27 - 32
Treated
2009 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
I felt I was in the hands of a true expert who is one of the top in his field. I knew about Dr. Grunfeld's excellence and knowledge, yet his humble and down to earth personality made me feel that he was approachable and truly cared about the outcome of our treatments (Not just my payments).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Ask questions and don't be shy!!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Dr Grunfeld always gave me his time and explained everything with patience and care. He responded to emails and calls right away (either personally or via his nurse) He also made me feel like he was disappointed when I was disappointed and he was optimistic when I couldn't be. I felt like he was a cheerleader all along.
Describe the protocols Lawrence Grunfeld used in your cycles at RMA of New York and their degree of success.
My diagnosis was unexplained secondary infertility so we knew we had a good chance of a positive outcome out was just a matter of the right egg and the right sperm at the right time. I got pregnant on a medicated cycle with timed intercourse (had my second baby). When we decided we wanted a third child and the same treatment didn't work Dr. Grunfeld encouraged me to consider IVF and reviewed my chances of success etc. When we finally decided to go ahead with it he discussed our desire to transfer two embryos (he advised not to but told us it was our decision and I'm glad we listened!!). We had our third healthy baby, on our second transfer.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were very professional, organised, patient and knowledgeable.
Describe your experience with RMA of New York.
Can feel a bit like a factory at monitoring time but that's the nature of the job. I understood they had about 100 women to monitor in a two hour window, they had to move fast.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at RMA of New York.
Well oiled machine. Super efficient.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York.
Insurance covered my medicated cycles and meds. They also covered my ivf meds. I paid for my ivf via a loan from a charitable organization that works with couples trying to conceive. They work with RMA very frequently.
Describe Lawrence Grunfeld's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RMA of New York.
He knew what he was talking about!!
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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Educational Resources
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10
Age
42
Treated
2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
10
Dr. Grunfeld is very knowledgeable and knows what he is doing. He personalay follows his patients through their treatments and he makes the decisions about medications and timing. Not all doctors do that, even at RMA. We got pregnant very quickly while working with Dr. Grunfeld. Some people say he is not warm and fuzzy and I am sure there are doctors who rate higher on that metric, but he is not cold, and gets results
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Age
42
Treated
2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
10
How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Dr. Grunfeld is very knowledgeable and knows what he is doing. He personalay follows his patients through their treatments and he makes the decisions about medications and timing. Not all doctors do that, even at RMA. We got pregnant very quickly while working with Dr. Grunfeld. Some people say he is not warm and fuzzy and I am sure there are doctors who rate higher on that metric, but he is not cold, and gets results
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Dr. Grunfeld is excellent at giving information and explaining your situation. We saw him for a second opinion and just looking through my chart from another clinic, he gave me lots of information the original doctor had not, even though it was the other doctor's chart. He also gave me more information following a physical exam. He explains things well and answers questions well. When we got bad news during one cycle, he was immediately available and followed up quickly and thorouthly. I also felt his information was realistic.
Describe the protocols Lawrence Grunfeld used in your cycles at RMA of New York and their degree of success.
Don't recall
Describe your experience with your nurse at RMA of New York. (Assigned nurse: Kimberly (coordinator) Carrie (nurse).)
The staff was fantastic. Theyare responsive, helpful, and suportive. They call you back quickly. I once called with basic ally a very emotional question and when I apologized for calling with such, the nurse said this was part of her job and really calmed me down. They also helped with prescriptions and referrals very quickly. Dr. Grunfeld had mentioned seeing an endocrinologist for a thyroid issue. That doctor did not take my insurance. When I asked the coordinator, she told me not to spend out of pocket money for that and helped me find another in network doctor with whom I was very happy.
Describe your experience with RMA of New York.
RMA is very well run and very warm. The doctors have coordinators and nurses who work their patients. I went for screening at the East side location and in Brooklyn. Sometimes screening in Brooklyn could take a long time because there was only one doctor. You could always meet with a nurse during screening too.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at RMA of New York.
Screening was in the morning. I generally tried to get there early and did not wait long. The doctors at the East side location did not spend a lot of time with you but you could see a nurse. In Brooklyn, the doctor would spend more time and would generally give you a lot of information about your exam and answer questions but you could also wait longer.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York.
We were covered by insurance
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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5
Age
29 - 33
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
5
I feel like he [Dr. Grunfeld] genuinely cares about me, but I also feel like he has a million patients and doesn’t remember all the details of my history (without looking it up) and sometimes changes his advice in unexpected ways - also sometimes difficult to get in touch with...I do which he were a little more aware of the psychological and emotional implications of this process...He always respects my wishes for treatment - eg he wanted to do genetic testing for embryos and I didn’t but was ok with my Choice
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Age
29 - 33
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$500K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
5
How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
He’s an expert in his field and has been doing this longer than most. At this point he knows my history and has given me my amazing child so it’s hard to have negative feelings, but I do which he were a little more aware of the psychological and emotional implications of this process.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Don’t expect sensitivity all the time - he is not the most socially aware person.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
I feel like he genuinely cares about me, but I also feel like he has a million patients and doesn’t remember all the details of my history (without looking it up) and sometimes changes his advice in unexpected ways - also sometimes difficult to get in touch with
Describe the protocols Lawrence Grunfeld used in your cycles at RMA of New York and their degree of success.
He always respects my wishes for treatment - eg he wanted to do genetic testing for embryos and I didn’t but was ok with my Choice
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Almost all of the nurses are very sensitive and communicate Instructions clearly.
Describe your experience with RMA of New York.
Very organized and almost always available - they run like a machine. Everyone able to access our records so no issues seeing different doctors and nurses. Sometimes hard to get in touch via phone - you call and leave a message and person may not call you back until much later in the day at an inconvenient time.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at RMA of New York.
Like could get very long on the weekends but felt it was as efficient as possible. Sometimes I can’t a little after monitoring hours and was never an issue
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York.
About $10k for IVF cycle and $5k for meds
What specific things went wrong at RMA of New York?
  • Failed to call with results
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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5
Age
32
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
5
Dr. Grunfeld is very patient and easy going, he very knowledgeable is good about answering any questions you have; however, I felt like I had to be in charge... I also felt he was very pushy towards doing an IVF. I feel like the saline ultrasound should have been done before my 3 unsuccessful IUI s...r. Grunfeld saw the ultrasound he was convinced my uterus was fine and that it wasn't anything to worry about. I had to push him to do the hysteroscopy , he did in fact find and remove polyps.
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Age
32
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Middle Eastern
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
5
How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Dr. Grunfeld is very patient and easy going, he very knowledgeable is good about answering any questions you have; however, I felt like I had to be in charge. For example I kept on telling him I was staining between cycles he said it's normal, may just be mid-cycle bleeding. It wasn't until I went to the Brooklyn office to do monitoring where I spoke to Dr. Kudesia and she suggested a saline ultrasound sound, she did it and found polyps. She told me I should have a hysteroscopy to remove them. Even after Dr. Grunfeld saw the ultrasound he was convinced my uterus was fine and that it wasn't anything to worry about. I had to push him to do the hysteroscopy , he did in fact find and remove polyps. I also felt he was very pushy towards doing an IVF. I feel like the saline ultrasound should have been done before my 3 unsuccessful IUI s.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
do your research and fight for what you want and believe.
Describe your experience with your nurse at RMA of New York. (Assigned nurse: Don't remember the name)
Nurse always answered phone calls took few days to get an answer via email. Nurse was patient and caring
Describe your experience with RMA of New York.
Very organized , sometimes wait times during weekend monitoring hours are long. You need to be on top of them with your paperwork and blood work, they don't always call u back for results u need to call back
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York.
I was covered by insurance for IUI and Clomid. I paid $75 for Ovadril. I paid approximately $1400 for hysteroscopy which went towards my $2000 deductable .
What specific things went wrong at RMA of New York?
  • Failed to call with results
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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Educational Resources
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6
Age
27
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
6
When I came in for my consultation I was a little taken aback because he [Dr. Lawrence Grunfeld] didn’t review all my records. He said he trusted my previous doctor who in the end made big mistakes. However throughout my treatment with him everything went smoothly and he did everything correctly...He was very adamant about a single embryo transfer would not even consider multiple
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Age
27
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Entrepreneur
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
When I came in for my consultation I was a little taken aback because he didn’t review all my records. He said he trusted my previous doctor who in the end made big mistakes. However throughout my treatment with him everything went smoothly and he did everything correctly
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
I came from a previous clinic where I was treated as a number. Here I felt more like a human. A doctor saw me at all times. Billing was so helpful always trying to help me find a way to cover costs. I felt like I was cared for
Describe the protocols Lawrence Grunfeld used in your cycles at RMA of New York and their degree of success.
Took medication days 5-9 and came in for ultrasound day 12. Came back one time after that to make sure I was ready for ovidrel injection which they administered in the office
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were very competent and caring.
Describe your experience with RMA of New York.
Even though it is a big clinic you are still treated like a human and not overlooked. Everything is taken care of for you and they are on top of everything. The financial advisor is amazing and tries to help you save money with insurance and explains everything very clearly
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York.
My insurance covered 90 percent of all costs. The costs were very minimal
Describe Lawrence Grunfeld's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RMA of New York.
He was very adamant about a single embryo transfer would not even consider multiple
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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9
Age
32 - 36
Treated
2011 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF, Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS, Uterine Fibroids
9
He [Dr. Grunfeld] has a calming presence and you feel safe in his care. He was very clear with me about the reality of my condition and the odds of getting pregnant. He is kind and enthusiastic and always available by phone... If you want to see Dr.Grunfeld he will find the time... You have to be willing to trust what he says and not want to be coddled.
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Age
32 - 36
Treated
2011 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF, Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS, Uterine Fibroids
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How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
He has a calming presence and you feel safe in his care. He was very clear with me about the reality of my condition and the odds of getting pregnant. He is kind and enthusiastic and always available by phone.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
He is kind but brief. You have to be willing to trust what he says and not want to be coddled.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
There are so many patients and you do feel like something in between a number and patient. However, you get a timely response to each email and each call. If you want to see Dr.Grunfeld he will find the time. for me it was much more about efficiency and they have a great system that allows you to go through the process and still maintain your life.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses at RMA have to handle hundreds of patients so you cannot expect too much from them. That being said they are great about calling you back, following up and answering every crazy question and concern. They are experts and really can answer anything.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at RMA of New York.
Monitoring hours at the uptown location are a cattle call- you have no idea how long you will be waiting. The newly opening downtown location is amazing. Its clean, quick and better organized.
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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Educational Resources
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8
Age
42 - 43
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IUI, 8 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage
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Dr. Lawrence Grunfeld was honest and candid about my odds using my own eggs and we tried that route with no success. He didn't seem too eager to adjust the treatment plan for my second attempt with OE but when I insisted he listened and followed suit. He was compassionate when needed and helped me move onto donor eggs when that time came...will only consider eSET, at least in my case.
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Age
42 - 43
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 8 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage
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How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Dr. Lawrence Grunfeld was honest and candid about my odds using my own eggs and we tried that route with no success. He didn't seem too eager to adjust the treatment plan for my second attempt with OE but when I insisted he listened and followed suit. He was compassionate when needed and helped me move onto donor eggs when that time came.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Do you research, ask lots of questions and be your own advocate.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
The doctor took time to explain the treatment and options clearly.
Describe the protocols Lawrence Grunfeld used in your cycles at RMA of New York and their degree of success.
Gonal 300-450/daily, menopur 1/2 vial/daily & trigger shot.
Describe your experience with your nurse at RMA of New York. (Assigned nurse: Aja Kane )
The nursing staff was efficient with good follow through. Emails were returned quickly.
Describe your experience with RMA of New York.
There are lots of resources due to the size of the clinic. Larger clinics maybe more/less appealing depending on the type of patient and your needs. Doctors are very knowledgable but have very specific opinions about care. Monitoring times were usually efficient.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York.
$30K
Describe Lawrence Grunfeld's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RMA of New York.
Dr. Grunfled will only consider eSET, at least in my case.
What specific things went wrong at RMA of New York?
  • Provided conflicting information
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Westside
Nursing
Operations
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Age
43
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
8
He [Dr. Lawrence Grunfeld] wasn’t a good listener but he’s good at his craft. I trusted he knew what he was doing but it’s a busy clinic so I didn’t feel like I got all the attention I deserved. Luckily I caught a mistake and was able to set back the month of my transfer, ultimately making it a success. It was my doing, not the doctor or office.
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Age
43
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
8
How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
He wasn’t a good listener but he’s good at his craft. I trusted he knew what he was doing but it’s a busy clinic so I didn’t feel like I got all the attention I deserved. Luckily I caught a mistake and was able to set back the month of my transfer, ultimately making it a success. It was my doing, not the doctor or office.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Know your body and trust your intuition.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
He talked at me and didn’t listen too well. I got pregnant though so he’s the man :)
Describe your experience with your nurse at RMA of New York. (Assigned nurse: Kim)
Primary nurse (Clara) was good and always contacted me. My IVF coordinator was useless.
Describe your experience with RMA of New York.
The place is busy. Always. It made me trust that they knew what they were doing, if for nothing else because they did it so much. But you need to keep up on your own schedule and not trust that they are able to- they’re too busy
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York.
I had city insurance which covered 25% co-insurance
Describe Lawrence Grunfeld's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RMA of New York.
Because of my age they would only transfer one embryo (I’m over 40).
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
Operations
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Age
34
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
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Dr. Grunfeld was very detailed oriented, had an obvious expertise in this area and explained on a macro level what was going on and what to expect (the nurses handled the day to day). I understood my diagnosis and what the treatment would be...Don't expect to get to talk to him whenever you want...Since I have PCOS and ovulate late (my cycles around about 3 months long), we started on Clomid and a trigger shot and tried that for a number of cycles. When it didn't work he met with me and we talked about other options, and decided that before anything more invasive we should try another medication - i went on Letrazole and after 2 cycles got a positive pregnancy test.
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Age
34
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
8
How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Dr. Grunfeld was very detailed oriented, had an obvious expertise in this area and explained on a macro level what was going on and what to expect (the nurses handled the day to day). I understood my diagnosis and what the treatment would be.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Don't expect to get to talk to him whenever you want. At RMA, you see your Dr. occasionally but the nurses are really who you deal with the most.
Describe the protocols Lawrence Grunfeld used in your cycles at RMA of New York and their degree of success.
Since I have PCOS and ovulate late (my cycles around about 3 months long), we started on Clomid and a trigger shot and tried that for a number of cycles. When it didn't work he met with me and we talked about other options, and decided that before anything more invasive we should try another medication - i went on Letrazole and after 2 cycles got a positive pregnancy test.
Describe your experience with RMA of New York.
It's always packed there - get to your appointments and monitoring hours early.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York.
approx $2000
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
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6
Age
27 - 28
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Other
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He is extremely competent and knowledgable and genuinely wants his patients to have successful cycles, but he can also be flippant about emotional needs. I also felt that any time I complained about side effects from various medications, there was never a strong attempt to alleviate anything. I was just expected to accept that a range of uncomfortable symptoms come with the territory.
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Age
27 - 28
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Other
6
How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
He is extremely competent and knowledgable and genuinely wants his patients to have successful cycles, but he can also be flippant about emotional needs. I also felt that any time I complained about side effects from various medications, there was never a strong attempt to alleviate anything. I was just expected to accept that a range of uncomfortable symptoms come with the territory.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Go to him for sound medical guidance, but rely on someone else for emotional comfort.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
The team did seem to care about my outcome, but was also relatively unsympathetic and forgetful about the particulars of my situation (having to undergo fertility treatments to conceive because my husband had cancer.)
Describe your experience with your nurse at RMA of New York.
They had so many patients that they seemed to have trouble distinguishing patients and histories. There is also a large and varied staff; some nurses are far more compassionate and pleasant than others.
What specific things went wrong at RMA of New York?
  • Failed to call with results
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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Age
22 - 30
Treated
2006 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
12 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
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Extremely understanding and very patient, Truthfully caring. When we failed a cycle we literally felt like it affected Dr g [Dr. Lawrence Grunfeld] personally. Dr g would always return out calls, he would try to schedule our visits so that we didn't have to ruin our weekends. When we failed our first ivf he allowed us to start our second cycle of ivf in August, although he doesn't usually do cycles then.... Very efficiently run. Great phlebotomy team. Very large practice and from time to time long waits
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Age
22 - 30
Treated
2006 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
12 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
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How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Extremely understanding and very patient, Truthfully caring. When we failed a cycle we literally felt like it affected Dr g personally. Dr g would always return out calls, he would try to schedule our visits so that we didn't have to ruin our weekends. When we failed our first ivf he allowed us to start our second cycle of ivf in August, although he doesn't usually do cycles then.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Share all your fears and hopes (re infertility issues)with Dr g. He'll put u at ease and will respond truthfully without giving false hope or unrealistic expectations albeit with a Healthy dose of hope
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Spoke in a language we can understand.
Describe the protocols Lawrence Grunfeld used in your cycles at RMA of New York and their degree of success.
Clomid, iui's and finally ivf when all else failed
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very thorough, gave instructions clearly and in and understansavle fashion
Describe your experience with RMA of New York.
Very efficiently run. Great phlebotomy team. Very large practice and from time to time long waits
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Westside
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
41 - 43
Treated
2009 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
very trustworthy - took me seriously - respected me as a single mother - not a lot of small talk but that fit my style - in retrospect wish i had not spent so much time and money on iui and gone straight to ivf - he was efficient and caring...thought he respected me as a person - would have liked to have individualized my plan a bit more...6 iui - 3 with clomid and 3 with injectable 1 ivf...about my remaining embryos - i assumed they would be frozen and was only told after the fact when i inquired that they were not good enough quality and were disposed of
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Age
41 - 43
Treated
2009 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Doctor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
very trustworthy - took me seriously - respected me as a single mother - not a lot of small talk but that fit my style - in retrospect wish i had not spent so much time and money on iui and gone straight to ivf - he was efficient and caring
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
push for ivf sooner
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
thought he respected me as a person - would have liked to have individualized my plan a bit more
Describe the protocols Lawrence Grunfeld used in your cycles at RMA of New York and their degree of success.
6 iui - 3 with clomid and 3 with injectable 1 ivf
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
i felt like i wanted more support from the nursing staff than i got
Describe your experience with RMA of New York.
very efficient with getting me in and out for all the lab draws and u/s very good place for a working woman
Describe Lawrence Grunfeld's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RMA of New York.
i felt like 5 embryo transfer was the best option for me - i was not sufficiently prepared though for the fact that the remaining 5 embryos would not be good enough to freeze
What specific things went wrong at RMA of New York?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to convey critical information
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2010 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
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We happened to be very lucky and treatment worked within 8 months of starting it, but he [Dr. Grunfeld] made the process smooth and amazing...He was candid and patient from the very first visit...Really treated me as a whole person - from head to toe - taking into account psychological state as well as physical state.
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2010 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
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How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
He was candid and patient from the very first visit. Gave us realistic assessment. We happened to be very lucky and treatment worked within 8 months of starting it, but he made the process smooth and amazing.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Go to him!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
he listened to our concerns. Really treated me as a whole person - from head to toe - taking into account psychological state as well as physical state.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Compassionate, careful. I have bad veins, but they were able to do the bloodwork expertly. Great staff!
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at RMA of New York.
efficient, well-oiled machine
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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7
Age
30 - 33
Treated
2012 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
6 IUI, 2 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
7
He speaks very quickly and doesn't leave a lot of time to ask questions, but if you are assertive, he responds. Became warmer once he got to know me.
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Age
30 - 33
Treated
2012 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
Occupation
Writer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI, 2 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
7
How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
He seems smart and interested in taking action. Very methodical.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Do research, ask a lot of questions!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
He speaks very quickly and doesn't leave a lot of time to ask questions, but if you are assertive, he responds. Became warmer once he got to know me.
Describe the protocols Lawrence Grunfeld used in your cycles at RMA of New York and their degree of success.
I don't know.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Whitney is the best!
What specific things went wrong at RMA of New York?
  • Lost paperwork
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Westside
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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7
Age
33 - 34
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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He [Dr. Grunfeld at RMA of New York] knows what he is doing and gets results. His bedside manner could be better, but he genuinely believes in what he is doing....Be prepared to be inundated with information. Make sure to come with your questions prepared because he will talk over you otherwise. That being said, he always gives thorough answers to questions...The wait time can be long. Arrive early to ensure being seen in a timely manner.
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Age
33 - 34
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
He knows what he is doing and gets results. His bedside manner could be better, but he genuinely believes in what he is doing.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Be prepared to be inundated with information. Make sure to come with your questions prepared because he will talk over you otherwise. That being said, he always gives thorough answers to questions.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at RMA of New York.
The wait time can be long. Arrive early to ensure being seen in a timely manner.
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
Operations
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3
Age
41
Treated
2011
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
3
Very blunt. Was eager for me to start IVF right away after two miscarriages (naturally conceived). failed to mention that they were genetically normal. Misled us.
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Age
41
Treated
2011
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish, Middle Eastern
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Writer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 5 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
3
How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Very blunt. Was eager for me to start IVF right away after two miscarriages (naturally conceived). failed to mention that they were genetically normal. Misled us.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Only go if you want IVF
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
RMA is a factory. I wouldn't recommend it.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
it's a factory with lots of people so don't expect personal care.
What specific things went wrong at RMA of New York?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to call with results
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
0
Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
31 - 34
Treated
2010 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
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Dr. Grunfeld was great. There were other doctors in the practice that I didn't like nearly as much.
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Age
31 - 34
Treated
2010 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Entrepreneur
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
How was your experience with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Straightforward but also warm.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Try and schedule your monitoring for days that he'll be there.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lawrence Grunfeld at RMA of New York?
Dr. Grunfeld was great. There were other doctors in the practice that I didn't like nearly as much.
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Doctor
Lawrence Grunfeld
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
RMA of New York
NY - Eastside
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