Rated 8
Strongly recommend: 63%Neutral: 15%Don't recommend: 22%8
63% strongly recommend
11 reviews
Humanity
8.1
8.1
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
8.2
8.2
Communication

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Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
9.1
9.1
Frequency Seen

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Ratings of 10 mean patients saw this doctor at every appointment.

Responsiveness
6.3
OK
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Education

Medical School
SUNY Upstate
Residency
Lincoln Hosp
Fellowship
U. of Louisville

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Maher Abdallah works at

American Reproductive Centers
Rated 7.4
Strongly recommend: 53%Neutral: 24%Don't recommend: 24%7.4

At 4 offices

Costa Mesa
1640 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949-309-3330
Palm Springs
1199 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-346-4334
Corona
900 S. Main Street
Corona, CA 92882
951-878-6666
La Quinta
79-180 Corporate Ctr. Dr.
La Quinta, CA 92253
760-346-4334
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2018 - 2019, Successful
9
10
Age 28 - 29
1 IUI
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Unexplained
European
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
My visits with [Dr. Abdallah] were very quick. To which I wish I took notes incase i missed something. But, he seemed like he knew what he was doing...He was a great doctor, and with a slim chance of being able to conceive with IUI it happened on the first round. Unfortunately it ended up as an ectopic pregnancy. He did suggest IVF solely though because of my DOR (before I wanted to try IUI).
This [American Reproductive Centers] office was small, but convenient. Very easy to access even coming from 29 palms, the only downfall was that they were closed for a couple weeks I believe in November so your cycle and procedures would have to revolve around this...Everyone was so compassionate and after awhile knew who you were. From the nurse that prepped me for my room to the person answering the phones!
How was your experience with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
He was a great doctor, and with a slim chance of being able to conceive with IUI it happened on the first round. Unfortunately it ended up as an ectopic pregnancy. He did suggest IVF solely though because of my DOR (before I wanted to try IUI).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
He is straight to the point (a bit blunt) but don’t take it personal. He knows what he is doing and is very thorough!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
My visits with him were very quick. To which I wish I took notes incase i missed something. But, he seemed like he knew what he was doing.
Describe the protocols Maher Abdallah used in your cycles at American Reproductive Centers and their degree of success.
He first suggested IVF because of my DOR. At the time, that was completely out of the question for us because of cost. I wanted to explore IUI. It happened so fast I honestly don’t remember exact medications but the procedure was successful. The actual procedure with the catheter was uncomfortable but I loved being able to see the screen as he was injecting. It unfortunately ended up being ectopic though. Caught after about a month into the pregnancy and I was seen at my local hospital for this.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at American Reproductive Centers.
This was one of my favorite things about this office, was the nursing staff!!! Everyone was so compassionate and after awhile knew who you were. From the nurse that prepped me for my room to the person answering the phones!
Describe your experience with American Reproductive Centers.
This office was small, but convenient. Very easy to access even coming from 29 palms, the only downfall was that they were closed for a couple weeks I believe in November so your cycle and procedures would have to revolve around this.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers.
IUI was not covered and was to be paid at the front desk but medications could be filled anywhere.
Describe Maher Abdallah's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at American Reproductive Centers.
N/a
9
Doctor
Maher Abdallah
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
American Reproductive Centers
Palm Springs
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Successful
10
10
Age 31 - 32
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Male Factor
European
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr.Abdallah is a great doctor. As a patient, I felt confident knowing what was going to happen at every step. As it was our first procedure, he made sure we knew everything going on and were comfortable with all the steps. When we went through a second cycle of IVF, he did not assume that we know everything. He continued to monitor us and inform us of every step. Because he has two clinics he runs, it can be difficult with timing, be he always makes it work out.
All of the nurses at American Reproductive Centers are amazing!...Our Retrieval and Frozen Embryo Transfer protocol was about $12,000 (not including the cost of medication). Our second Retrieval and Fresh Transfer protocol was about $10,500...This clinic is always clean and presentable. They have a lab and surgery center on site, so it is very convenient and accessible. My husband's semen analysis was able to be performed and tested on site without being sent to a lab. I live an hour away from my clinic and it is easy to get to and worth the drive.
How was your experience with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Dr.Abdallah is a great doctor. As a patient, I felt confident knowing what was going to happen at every step. As it was our first procedure, he made sure we knew everything going on and were comfortable with all the steps. When we went through a second cycle of IVF, he did not assume that we know everything. He continued to monitor us and inform us of every step. Because he has two clinics he runs, it can be difficult with timing, be he always makes it work out.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Working with Dr. Abdallah has been a great experience going through IVF. He is very knowledgable and tailors his treatment with your body and response. Be ready to make frequent trips to the office for constant monitoring. Make sure to ask questions, do not afraid to be annoying if you have to! Dr. Abdallah has always been so kind and supportive.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Dr. Abdallah performs all the ultrasounds himself and is in constant contact with his patients. He personally called us to inform us about our developing embryos, after hours. I felt like a human and that he honestly cared. He called to inform me personally with the news that my transfer had resulted in a chemical pregnancy and he talked with me for over a half hour as I was crying. He was supportive and understanding throughout the entire process and really made us feel comfortable through this difficult journey. He helped us mentally and physically prepare for round two and helped us understand our options
Describe the protocols Maher Abdallah used in your cycles at American Reproductive Centers and their degree of success.
I was diagnosed with DOR at the beginning of our treatments, so Dr. Abdallah put me on a higher dosage of the medication for stimulation. I have an AMH of 0.8 at 31 years old. I was put on 75 IU of Menopur and 300 IU of Gonal-F for 9 days of stimulation. I produced 7 follicles and we retrieved 6 eggs. All 6 fertilized, but only 2 made it to 5-day Blastocyst. Before my Frozen Embryo Transfer, I was on three weeks of Lupron and birth control. I started E2 injections (1cc/ml) twice a week, two weeks before transfer. I started my PIO shots (1.5 cc/ml) daily, five days before transfer. I continued this until I found out my transfer resulted in a chemical pregnancy. My Progesterone and E2 levels tested great at all my blood tests. Our medication for stims was the same on our second round. We produced 6 eggs again and 3 embryos. PIO started right after retrieval for the fresh transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at American Reproductive Centers. (Assigned nurse: Ashley)
All of the nurses at American Reproductive Centers are amazing! I was under the care of Ashley, who was a patient there herself. I asked her about her personal feelings and how she felt going through. She can relate and that is so important! I felt comfortable calling them multiple times with my many questions, and each time they were friendly and understanding. I never felt rushed, or stupid during the entire process. I also worked with Nelly during my transfer, and she is the sweetest person there! She talks to you and encourages you. I love the nursing staff at ARC.
Describe your experience with American Reproductive Centers.
This clinic is always clean and presentable. They have a lab and surgery center on site, so it is very convenient and accessible. My husband's semen analysis was able to be performed and tested on site without being sent to a lab. I live an hour away from my clinic and it is easy to get to and worth the drive.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers.
Our Retrieval and Frozen Embryo Transfer protocol was about $12,000 (not including the cost of medication). Our second Retrieval and Fresh Transfer protocol was about $10,500 (not including the cost of medication).
Describe Maher Abdallah's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at American Reproductive Centers.
Because I have low AMH, Dr. Abdallah suggested transferring our only 2 embryos. This also helped us save cost, as another transfer would be about $4,000 including the cost of medication. We did transfer 2 embryos both times. We now have twins!
What specific things went wrong at American Reproductive Centers?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at American Reproductive Centers.
One of the nurses, who was not on my case, sent me a lab slip for a pregnancy test which I was not due for. My natural cycle, for our second try, was canceled due to elevated E2 levels. I was instructed to take four weeks of birth control pills and to come back after to create a new calendar. The nurse was not informed that my calendar had been changed.
10
Doctor
Maher Abdallah
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
American Reproductive Centers
Palm Springs
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unsuccessful
4
3
Age 39
3 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Male Factor
Poor Egg Quality
European
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
He [Dr. Maher Abdallah] lacks compassion and sets all patients on the same treatment schedule—there is not enough personalization and fine-tuning to ensure success...I am devastated that our 1 precious embryo was not treated as such—the doctor never suggested ERA testing or any other extra precautions to ensure be chances for implantation, despite my concerns...was late to every single appointment because he does all of the ultrasounds himself and gets spread too thin. Then when he finally had time for me it was limited and rushed. He barely looked me in the eye and never had time to answer questions or encourage me.
One time [at American Reproductive Centers] my blood draw was mixed up with another patient’s and we both had to come back in later that day to redo the test. I asked for copies of my signed consent forms multiple times and they kept saying they’d have them for me at the next appointment but I did not receive them until I told them I wasn’t going to leave without them that time. They made me feel like a difficult patient even though my needs were reasonable and typical of any patient going through such complicated, expensive, and emotional treatments...
How was your experience with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
I believe Dr Abdallah is very knowledgeable, but is mainly in this area of medicine for the money. He lacks compassion and sets all patients on the same treatment schedule—there is not enough personalization and fine-tuning to ensure success.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
The doctor was late to every single appointment because he does all of the ultrasounds himself and gets spread too thin. Then when he finally had time for me it was limited and rushed. He barely looked me in the eye and never had time to answer questions or encourage me.
Describe the protocols Maher Abdallah used in your cycles at American Reproductive Centers and their degree of success.
I took Gonal-F 300 IU and Menopur 75 IU daily for the first retrieval cycle. That resulted in very few (4) and poor quality eggs, none of which made it past Day 3 of development. When we tried the second time, I took DHEA and Co-Q10 supplements (in addition to prenatal vitamins and baby aspirin, of course), and Gonal-F 375 IU and Menopur 75 IU. We retrieved 7 eggs from that cycle, 3 embryos made it to Day 6 for PGS testing and freezing; 1 was deemed genetically normal. The transfer of that embryo went smoothly, but did not result in a pregnancy. I am devastated that our 1 precious embryo was not treated as such—the doctor never suggested ERA testing or any other extra precautions to ensure be chances for implantation, despite my concerns.
Describe your experience with your nurse at American Reproductive Centers. (Assigned nurse: Ashley)
In general the nursing staff at this clinic is scattered and unprofessional. They routinely promised to call me back or provide the documentation I requested and then forgot. I had to chase them for the basics. The lead nurse is extremely sweet and helpful, but not available beyond clinic hours, which often left me hanging.
Describe your experience with American Reproductive Centers.
They lack organization, professionalism, and responsibility. The clinic’s equipment is outdated and the doctor is routinely (and severely) late for appointments. The lead nurse is fantastic, but her supporting staff is constantly changing and have very limited abilities—almost every time I had my blood drawn there, the first nurse failed and had to get help from the lead nurse, so I’d get stuck twice and often bruised from the failed attempts. The front office was terribly disorganized and unwelcoming. If you call, be prepared to sit on hold and then have to explain what you are calling about multiple times.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers.
Each cycle (retrieval, genetic testing, and transfer) is set at $17,500. If the retrieval does not result in any viable embryos, the cost for genetic testing is credited to a clinic account (can be applied to the next cycle), but the cost for the unused transfer procedure is lost.
What specific things went wrong at American Reproductive Centers?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Lost or damaged samples
Describe the specific things that went wrong at American Reproductive Centers.
One time my blood draw was mixed up with another patient’s and we both had to come back in later that day to redo the test. I asked for copies of my signed consent forms multiple times and they kept saying they’d have them for me at the next appointment but I did not receive them until I told them I wasn’t going to leave without them that time. They made me feel like a difficult patient even though my needs were reasonable and typical of any patient going through such complicated, expensive, and emotional treatments.
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Doctor
Maher Abdallah
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
3
Clinic
American Reproductive Centers
Palm Springs
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unsuccessful
0
0
Age 36
Anovulation
PCOS
European
Income $500K
Nurse or HC Services
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Every visit my husband and I left with more anxiety than reassurance and more questions than answers. He [Dr. Abdallah] would much rather take a patient in for surgery rather than do a much less invasive procedure. ... I was placed on a medication that I previously had a very bad reaction for that put me into a nearly full heart arrhythmia and was told that I had to take it and then was going to be scheduled for surgery that was unnecessary. ...
I always felt like a number rather than a human being every time I walked in there [American Reproductive Centers]. ... Later on I find out that his surgery scheduler scheduled me for surgery that I had never been consented for and then violated my privacy by not doing me as I had requested considering it’s a facility that I work at and I wanted my privacy to be maintained. ...
How was your experience with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
I always felt like a number rather than a human being every time I walked in there. I never felt like I had any sort of a say so or any autonomy over my care or what was to happen. I was placed on a medication that I previously had a very bad reaction for that put me into a nearly full heart arrhythmia and was told that I had to take it and then was going to be scheduled for surgery that was unnecessary. My privacy was breached considering I was supposed to be doe I always felt like a number rather than a human being every time I walked in there. I never felt like I had any sort of a say so or any autonomy over my care or what was to happen. I was placed on a medication that I previously had a very bad reaction for that put me into a nearly full heart arrhythmia and was told that I had to take it and then was going to be scheduled for a surgery that was unnecessary. My privacy was breached considering I was supposed to be doe’d Considering the surgery was supposed to happen at my place of employment and I did not want my coworkers knowing my business, too late for that now considering the surgery was supposed to happen at my place of employment and I did not want my coworkers knowing my business, too late for that now. Every visit my husband and I left with more anxiety than reassurance and more questions than answers. He would much rather take a patient in for surgery rather than do a much less invasive procedure. His scheduler also lacks integrity claiming she talked to me and I was consented for surgery when I had NEVER been talked to about it. At the end the day I’m pretty positive his and goal was to make it where my only choice was to conceive via IVF so that he could get more money. I am mortified now after my coworkers now know my business. The nurses were cold and there was no compassion or regard for comfort during testing or even the courtesy of introducing myself before you were staring at my vagina. Very unprofessional
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Don’t come here unless you like a physician who would rather do surgery than less invasive options better for the patient.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
From the moment that I walked into that office I felt like I was nothing but a number preceded by a dollar sign followed by at least five zeros. The initial consult he seemed very friendly and warm but then every single visit afterwards we had more questions and answers in more anxiety than reassurance. We always felt like we were being dismissed with any of our concerns. Later on I find out that his surgery scheduler scheduled me for surgery that I had never been consented for and then violated my privacy by not doing me as I had requested considering it’s a facility that I work at and I wanted my privacy to be maintained. I come to find out that he wanted to remove both of my fallopian tube’s and my ovaries based on what the surgery was supposed to be.
Describe the protocols Maher Abdallah used in your cycles at American Reproductive Centers and their degree of success.
I had a vaginal ultrasound and the most painful attempt for a saline infused sonogram
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at American Reproductive Centers.
Cold and uncaring.
Describe your experience with American Reproductive Centers.
Poor communication, shady staff, poorly organized. I can remember sitting for hours waiting for my appointment to find out that they had even taken anyone back into the room which very understandably upset the positio I can remember sitting for hours waiting for my appointment to find out that they had even taken anyone back into the room which very understandably upset the physician.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers.
Copays however seven analysts was covered under my insurance but they had us pay full price
Describe Maher Abdallah's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at American Reproductive Centers.
N/a
What specific things went wrong at American Reproductive Centers?
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
Describe the specific things that went wrong at American Reproductive Centers.
I was placed on a medication which I had previously been on and had a known major adverse reaction and was told I must take it (metformin)
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Doctor
Maher Abdallah
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
0
Clinic
American Reproductive Centers
Palm Springs
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 37 - 38
2 IVF
Donor Eggs
Anovulation
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Endometriosis
PCOS
Tubal Blockage
Uterine Fibroids
European
Latinx
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Abdallah is personable and extremely driven to treat infertility. He starts with the most modern treatments available and does not waste your money/time/emotions on lower grade treatments that won't normally work. It is clear that he will try every avenue possible to help you conceive. ... will take on your case even if your chances are much lower than desired. He is very aware of the emotions connected to infertility and sensitive to each couples' situation.
They [ARC] communicate well, no question is small or stupid and they are happy to answer all concerns. The technology is quite modern and the facility is professional and inviting as well. They also have their own facility to perform all egg retrievals and embryo transfers, it's like a mini hospital that treats only their patients ... The entire [nursing] staff are very attentive and compassionate about the job they do to help infertile couples.
How was your experience with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Dr. Abdallah is personable and extremely driven to treat infertility. He starts with the most modern treatments available and does not waste your money/time/emotions on lower grade treatments that won't normally work. It is clear that he will try every avenue possible to help you conceive. My husband and I feel very fortunate to have been referred to Dr. Abdallah from the beginning of our infertility issues and not had to waste any time or money on a doctor that does not intend to do everything needed to assist infertile couples.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Trust that he and his office really care about you as a person not just a number.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
The doctor is very determined to help couples conceive and will take on your case even if your chances are much lower than desired. He is very aware of the emotions connected to infertility and sensitive to each couples' situation.
Describe the protocols Maher Abdallah used in your cycles at American Reproductive Centers and their degree of success.
1st round IVF - Gonal-F 300IU & Menopur 75IU daily for 2 weeks; prenatal and baby aspirin daily; Cetrotide; HCG trigger shot; I did not respond no eggs retrieved. 2nd round IVF - half dose of Gonal-F daily, everything else the same. Did not respond, my hormone levels for eggs is too low and I still cannot produce eggs. 1st round Donor Eggs - 6 eggs donated, Lupron daily 15 units; baby aspirin, 4 medrol, prenatal daily; Delestrogen .5cc twice weekly; Progesterone 1.5cc daily. Did not get to do embryo transfer, some eggs did not survive thawing the rest did not fertilize. Doctor believes the eggs did not fully activated before retrieval from donor. I responded very well to treatment and was ready for embryo transfer. This facility uses ICSI to inject sperm directly into eggs which is more successful for fertilizing. We are currently starting the process again with a second egg donor.
Describe your experience with your nurse at American Reproductive Centers. (Assigned nurse: Ashley Sanchez, RN, BSN)
The entire staff are very attentive and compassionate about the job they do to help infertile couples. Ashley is very communicative, always responsive to all questions and genuinely cares about each patient.
Describe your experience with American Reproductive Centers.
They communicate well, no question is small or stupid and they are happy to answer all concerns. The technology is quite modern and the facility is professional and inviting as well. They also have their own facility to perform all egg retrievals and embryo transfers, it's like a mini hospital that treats only their patients and all procedures are performed by Dr. Abdallah.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers.
They directed us to Lending Club to receive a medical loan. We originally opted for genetic testing which cost an extra $7000 so our loan was a total of $28,000. That included all doctor appointments, all medication, and all procedures.
Describe Maher Abdallah's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at American Reproductive Centers.
If 2 or more embryos are produced this facility will only transfer 2 at a time, which I would prefer.
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Maher Abdallah
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
American Reproductive Centers
Palm Springs
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
6
7
Age 34 - 35
1 IVF
Endometriosis
European
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Abdallah is the only RE in the desert, so compared to previous visits with a “fertility specialist” he was much more thorough and diagnosed my endo which I knew I had. He is knowledgeable and can be helpful, but sometimes you need to track him down for answers, or do your own research and suggest treatment ideas. ... But often we feel like we’re on an assembly line more than patients with unique needs.
... sometimes even very early appointments will have you waiting there [ARC] for 30 minutes before being admitted. It can be frustrating if you have a job. Otherwise the surgery center is right across the street from the clinic, so all procedures are in the same area, which is great. ... This office seems to always push for multiple embryo transfer.
How was your experience with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Dr. Abdallah is the only RE in the desert, so compared to previous visits with a “fertility specialist” he was much more thorough and diagnosed my endo which I knew I had. He is knowledgeable and can be helpful, but sometimes you need to track him down for answers, or do your own research and suggest treatment ideas. I would say what Dr Abdallah offers is a “standard” fertility practice, where PGS testing and all the bells and whistles are offered. But often we feel like we’re on an assembly line more than patients with unique needs.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Find out all the possible treatment options after all possible outcomes of your initial treatment. If you have a CP or miscarry after the first cycle, how long must you wait until the next cycle, what will change with the treatment itself, etc. Its always an option to take your frozen embryos elsewhere if you don’t think you’re getting the correct treatment for your situation.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
The waiting time at the appointments was often long, and the visit itself very short. The doctor typically doesn’t ask if I have any questions after the ultrasound, he just makes and assessment and says see you next week.
Describe the protocols Maher Abdallah used in your cycles at American Reproductive Centers and their degree of success.
We were put on Medrol, Lupron, baby aspirin and prenatals about a month before the transfer, followed by estrol valerate and progesterone injections, as well as doxycycline closer to transfer date. I’m not sure if this is the standard treatment or if anything was specific to my endo condition.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at American Reproductive Centers.
I’ve had a few issues with the nursing staff not calling me back after requesting insurance info or to ask the doctor something. All in all however the nurses are considerate and helpful during the process.
Describe your experience with American Reproductive Centers.
I’m not sure what the issues are with scheduling, but sometimes even very early appointments will have you waiting there for 30 minutes before being admitted. It can be frustrating if you have a job. Otherwise the surgery center is right across the street from the clinic, so all procedures are in the same area, which is great.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers.
With the uterine surgery and 2 IVF FET procedures we paid around $30k for everything.
Describe Maher Abdallah's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at American Reproductive Centers.
This office seems to always push for multiple embryo transfer. We transferred two the first time (CP) and will transfer the last two next time. I’m not sure if this is to increase the odds of children born, or to burn through your eggs faster so you have to start over sooner.
What specific things went wrong at American Reproductive Centers?
  • Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at American Reproductive Centers.
We wish the team had been more accommodating on the day we got the results that our pregnancy was chemical. We were put on hold for 20 minutes while the nurse waited for the doctor to be free, then she said he’d call us back, which took another half hour (an extraordinairily long wait at a time like that). Finally when he called he was trying to patch in the nurse from an adjoining office who had the actual beta number and we had technical problems, it was a mess.
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Maher Abdallah
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
American Reproductive Centers
Palm Springs
Operations
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Nursing Staff
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2021, Successful
10
10
Age 25
1 IUI
1 IVF
Anovulation
Male Factor
PCOS
Other
Income $0 - $49K
Nurse or HC Services
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
He [Dr. Abdallah] never judged me of my age. He helped me in every way he can. He took the time to figure out what was wrong and why we couldn’t get pregnant. He knew from the very start what would be the best treatment for me and my husband, he was so kind and compassionate about everything...GONAL f 150 for 9 days along with lupron trigger shot to prevén ohss because of my pcos...
The office [American Reproductive Centers] is very well organized, the nurses are always there for you via email or phone call. You get your ultrasounds and blood work done in the same office which is nice and convenient. You get same day results every time you come in for your IVF cycle...nurses were always there for me when I had any questions and they always showed compassion. They always made sure I knew what I was doing, and made me feel at home...
How was your experience with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Dr abdallah was such a great dr. I knew from an early age that I would have trouble trying to get pregnant. He never judged me of my age. He helped me in every way he can. He took the time to figure out what was wrong and why we couldn’t get pregnant. He knew from the very start what would be the best treatment for me and my husband, he was so kind and compassionate about everything.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
He will do everything he can to have the best outcome. He does not give up on his patients.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
He took the time to actually listen to my concerns, and he always made sure to answer all of my questions, always made me and my husband feel comfortable and safe
Describe the protocols Maher Abdallah used in your cycles at American Reproductive Centers and their degree of success.
I was on GONAL f 150 for 9 days along with lupron trigger shot to prevén ohss because of my pcos
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at American Reproductive Centers.
The nurses were always there for me when I had any questions and they always showed compassion. They always made sure I knew what I was doing, and made me feel at home
Describe your experience with American Reproductive Centers.
The office is very well organized, the nurses are always there for you via email or phone call. You get your ultrasounds and blood work done in the same office which is nice and convenient. You get same day results every time you come in for your IVF cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers.
Everything was reasonable, and there were no surprises
Describe Maher Abdallah's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at American Reproductive Centers.
I had the option to choose weather I wanted to transfer one or two. Because I wanted to transfer a boy and girl
10
Doctor
Maher Abdallah
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
American Reproductive Centers
Palm Springs
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 30
4 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Endometriosis
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Not sure
Dr Abdullah was not very social but always very kind and clear with what the plan was for my treatment. I would recommend him to anyone. He has been supportive through this entire process and constantly coming up with a better plan to make the next cycle work. ... After my first egg retrieval we found out I had endometriosis, so we decided to treat that first and then do another round of IVF
My advice to anyone going to this clinic [American Reproductive Centers] is to know that since they are the only fertility clinic in the area they were very busy and that will show in their wait times. But they all love what they do and they do support their patients. ... The nurse Ashley was so great always supportive kind and very knowledgeable. Along with all the MAs that assisted her.
How was your experience with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Dr Abdullah was not very social but always very kind and clear with what the plan was for my treatment. I would recommend him to anyone. He has been supportive through this entire process and constantly coming up with a better plan to make the next cycle work.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Advice I would give would be to ask questions if you’re not understanding why the treatment plan was chosen
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
My doctor in the office was always very supportive and kind with any and all questions I have.
Describe the protocols Maher Abdallah used in your cycles at American Reproductive Centers and their degree of success.
After my first egg retrieval we found out I had endometriosis, so we decided to treat that first and then do another round of IVF. After I did the Labre scopic to help with the endometriosis we did our first egg retrieval and we got zero eggs from doing a full cycle with Gonal-F and menophur. Dr Abdullah said that sometimes people don’t respond to the highest level of medication so we decided to reduce my stems medication for the next cycle. The next cycle I was able to get for eggs. My problem with the last two cycles and transfers is that my Endo lining Is very thin and we don’t know why. The next cycle we are planning on adding estrogen.
Describe your experience with your nurse at American Reproductive Centers. (Assigned nurse: Ashley )
The nurse Ashley was so great always supportive kind and very knowledgeable. Along with all the MAs that assisted her.
Describe your experience with American Reproductive Centers.
My advice to anyone going to this clinic is to know that since they are the only fertility clinic in the area they were very busy and that will show in their wait times. But they all love what they do and they do support their patients.
10
Doctor
Maher Abdallah
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
American Reproductive Centers
Palm Springs
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2013 - 2019, Unsuccessful
7
8
Age 44 - 50
3 IUI
IVF
Donor Eggs
Donor Sperm
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Uterine Fibroids
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Toward the end, I felt more like a number. Visits were very quick, and I didn’t feel like there was time to ask any questions. ... I had questions about my treatment and what we might do differently to achieve success, but I felt like they were dismissed. He’s [Dr. Abdallah] very kind, I just thought he was very busy. ... We resorted to donor eggs after we tried a cycle with my own that didn’t make it to retrieval. I was glad for the opportunity to try. Everything else was very standard-like he used the same medications for everyone, no matter what.
The clinic is very clean, the staff is caring, and it was easy to schedule appointments. Everything is laid out ahead of time. Cost, procedures, etc. There was also very minimal wait time. My appointments were completed very quickly. ... The [nursing] staff is very caring and very interested in me as a patient. ... We have paid a little over $60,000 for all of our treatments. ... I was always given the choice and went with multiples.
How was your experience with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
His visits are very quick. I had questions about my treatment and what we might do differently to achieve success, but I felt like they were dismissed. He’s very kind, I just thought he was very busy.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Meet with him and come with a list of questions and ideas that you e heard. Ask to be a part of the process.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Toward the end, I felt more like a number. Visits were very quick, and I didn’t feel like there was time to ask any questions.
Describe the protocols Maher Abdallah used in your cycles at American Reproductive Centers and their degree of success.
We resorted to donor eggs after we tried a cycle with my own that didn’t make it to retrieval. I was glad for the opportunity to try. Everything else was very standard-like he used the same medications for everyone, no matter what.
Describe your experience with your nurse at American Reproductive Centers. (Assigned nurse: Melissa)
The staff is very caring and very interested in me as a patient.
Describe your experience with American Reproductive Centers.
The clinic is very clean, the staff is caring, and it was easy to schedule appointments. Everything is laid out ahead of time. Cost, procedures, etc. There was also very minimal wait time. My appointments were completed very quickly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers.
We have paid a little over $60,000 for all of our treatments.
Describe Maher Abdallah's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at American Reproductive Centers.
I was always given the choice and went with multiples.
7
Doctor
Maher Abdallah
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
American Reproductive Centers
Costa Mesa
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2018, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 28 - 29
3 Fertility Medications
Anovulation
PCOS
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
He [Dr. Maher Abdallah] was great at explaining what he was going to do and making sure we felt comfortable with each plan as well as understood the process completely. He was very respectful very kind and very empathetic... He was very respectful, explained things in detail and was very thorough. He also spent time with us and remembered us at each visit... I had insurance that covered my costs so I paid only a $20 visit copay but my husband had to pay $825 for his lab work
They [American Reproductive Centers] are a very safe space, comfortable and inviting. They make you feel at ease and they make you feel comfortable opening up. The only thing I would say is sometimes they are understaffed so you wait awhile to see the doctor, however when your the patient with him he gives you all the time you need and you don’t feel rushed
How was your experience with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
He was great at explaining what he was going to do and making sure we felt comfortable with each plan as well as understood the process completely. He was very respectful very kind and very empathetic
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Don’t go into the appointment with expectations, keep your mind open
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
He was very respectful, explained things in detail and was very thorough. He also spent time with us and remembered us at each visit
Describe the protocols Maher Abdallah used in your cycles at American Reproductive Centers and their degree of success.
We have not undergone treatment with him as of yet but his plan is high estrogen birth control until we can afford IUI or IVF then use injectables to coordinate the cycle
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at American Reproductive Centers.
Very kind helpful and empathetic. Also respectful patient and understanding.
Describe your experience with American Reproductive Centers.
They are a very safe space, comfortable and inviting. They make you feel at ease and they make you feel comfortable opening up. The only thing I would say is sometimes they are understaffed so you wait awhile to see the doctor, however when your the patient with him he gives you all the time you need and you don’t feel rushed
Describe the costs associated with your care under Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers.
I had insurance that covered my costs so I paid only a $20 visit copay but my husband had to pay $825 for his lab work
10
Doctor
Maher Abdallah
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
American Reproductive Centers
Costa Mesa
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015, Successful
7
7
Age 26
1 IVF
Endometriosis
Male Factor
Tubal Blockage
European
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $0 - $49K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Successful
He [Dr Abdallah] was good with making me feel like a human but some of the things he said that shouldn't happen happened like 0HSS and vanishing twin...He really was confident in his work.
All the nurses [at American Reproductive Centers] were good Mayra at the front desk was kind of slow responses...Very clean and state-of-the-art had everything we needed on site...$16,000 for 2 cycles - but once pregnant with the first cycle the extra $3000 just got absorbed and was not able to use. $6,000 meds $1,400 had to go under anesthesia had to get water removed from OH SS
How was your experience with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
He really was confident in his work.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
Guard yourself it's a hard process.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers?
He was good with making me feel like a human but some of the things he said that shouldn't happen happened like 0HSS and vanishing twin
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at American Reproductive Centers.
All the nurses were good Mayra at the front desk was kind of slow responses
Describe your experience with American Reproductive Centers.
Very clean and state-of-the-art had everything we needed on site
Describe the costs associated with your care under Maher Abdallah at American Reproductive Centers.
$16,000 for 2 cycles - but once pregnant with the first cycle the extra $3000 just got absorbed and was not able to use. $6,000 meds $1,400 had to go under anesthesia had to get water removed from OH SS
7
Doctor
Maher Abdallah
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
American Reproductive Centers
Costa Mesa
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources