Orhan Bukulmez

UT Southwestern

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Medical SchoolAnkara U.
ResidencyS. Ill Med / of OK
FellowshipU. of Texas Southwestern
Dallas
1801 Inwood Road
Dallas, TX 75390
214-645-3858
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Orhan Bukulmez to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 19%Neutral: 69%Don't recommend: 12%7.8
6 assessments
  • 19% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 69% Neutral (7-8)
  • 12% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
Treated like a human
9
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
Poor communication
Excellent communication
6.8
Communication

Ratings of 1 mean poor communication.

Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
Rarely saw at appts.
Always saw at appts.
6.2
Frequency Seen

Ratings of 1 mean patients only saw this doctor once or twice during treatment.

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

Responsiveness
Poor response time
Excellent response time
OK
Responsiveness

Scale is "poor, ok, good, excellent," and measures how responsive a care team was when patients needed to see or speak to them.

On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend UT Southwestern to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 46%Neutral: 39%Don't recommend: 16%7.4
13 assessments
  • 46% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 39% Neutral (7-8)
  • 16% Don't recommend (0-6)
6 assessments
10
9
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
9
He [Dr. Orhan Bukulmez] is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. I trust him with my care. He is very thorough with explanations and answers all questions. I do not feel rushed with him...Lab work, HSG testing, ultrasound I did min stim IVF with ICSI and embryo freeze...Orally I took estrace and clomid. Subcutaneously I took cetrotide, menopur, chorionic gonodotropin Result after 1 cycle: 1 frozen embryo...I felt like a human because when he does your consultation he sits down and talks with you in his office. He is very patient answering questions.
This clinic [UT Southwestern] is great. Clean, organized, runs well with doctors, nurses, lab and office staff. It is in a major hospital system which I like because all of your care is interconnected. It’s located in a busy area of Dallas so traffic can be bad at times...Nursing staff is great. Quick to respond to mychart messages. Friendly and informative...Monitoring is between the hours of 7:30-10 am. They would give you a specific time to come to avoid long wait times but as long as you’re in this time frame you can have your testing done. I never had to wait more than 10 minutes to be called back.
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
9
How was your experience with Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. I trust him with my care. He is very thorough with explanations and answers all questions. I do not feel rushed with him. My husband struggled a little with his accent.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
Bring something to write things down. It’s a lot of information. Write down any questions you have.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
I felt like a human because when he does your consultation he sits down and talks with you in his office. He is very patient answering questions.
Describe the protocols Orhan Bukulmez used in your cycles at UT Southwestern and their degree of success.
Lab work, HSG testing, ultrasound I did min stim IVF with ICSI and embryo freeze Orally I took estrace and clomid. Subcutaneously I took cetrotide, menopur, chorionic gonodotropin Result after 1 cycle: 1 frozen embryo
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Nursing staff is great. Quick to respond to mychart messages. Friendly and informative.
Describe your experience with UT Southwestern.
This clinic is great. Clean, organized, runs well with doctors, nurses, lab and office staff. It is in a major hospital system which I like because all of your care is interconnected. It’s located in a busy area of Dallas so traffic can be bad at times.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at UT Southwestern.
Monitoring is between the hours of 7:30-10 am. They would give you a specific time to come to avoid long wait times but as long as you’re in this time frame you can have your testing done. I never had to wait more than 10 minutes to be called back.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern.
Cycle management, physician consult, psychological consultation Sonograms and cycle monitoring lab tests Oocyte retrieval including anesthesia In-vitro fertilization, ICSI, extended culture and embryo freeze $3800 Medications at outside pharmacy ~$1000
Describe Orhan Bukulmez's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at UT Southwestern.
N/A
10
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Orhan Bukulmez
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Frequency seen during appointments
9
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8
7
Age
38 - 41
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
17 IVF, 17 Egg Freezing, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Other
8
7
He [Dr. Bukulmez] very knowledgeable and does not use generic protocols for everyone. He takes a lot of blood work and tells you what to do the day before. If you are cycling with him you must be open to appointments everyday because he gives you a calendar but does not follow it. So be aware that changes are dependent on your sonogram and blood work from the day before.... I did mini ivf with him. Once you are ready to start. You do baseline to make sure you are surpressed, after that you take clomid for about 4-5 days with cetrotide.
The turn over with nurses [UT Southwestern] really hinder my cycles. But they are getting better. Now the biggest change is that the financial coordinator is gone. This will also hurt them as a clinic. Utsw does not work with you on cost. They gave us a set cost and will now force us to talk to someone outside the fertility clinic and there’s no sense of compassion in that area now.... 4000 per mini cycle- 12k for traditional but prices change yearly. It has gone up every year. I guess since they are more busy they charging more.
Age
38 - 41
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
South Asian
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
6th of 7 Docs
Treatment
17 IVF, 17 Egg Freezing, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Other
8
7
How was your experience with Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
He very knowledgeable and does not use generic protocols for everyone. He takes a lot of blood work and tells you what to do the day before. If you are cycling with him you must be open to appointments everyday because he gives you a calendar but does not follow it. So be aware that changes are dependent on your sonogram and blood work from the day before.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
He speaks with accent and many people say he hard to understand but I understand him. He doesn’t have other programs like egg donation. He limited to what utsw allows him to do.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
He took time to explain and very knowledgeable but his appointment are short notice it’s hard to work and cycle because you could have appointments with him daily for a week or two
Describe the protocols Orhan Bukulmez used in your cycles at UT Southwestern and their degree of success.
I did mini ivf with him. Once you are ready to start. You do baseline to make sure you are surpressed, after that you take clomid for about 4-5 days with cetrotide. Then you have mix of menopur and clomid until follicles are ready for retrieval.
Describe your experience with your nurse at UT Southwestern. (Assigned nurse: Kalie)
The nurses are slow to respond. I understand they wait for dr to review and let them know what to do but they could at least acknowledge that they got your email.
Describe your experience with UT Southwestern.
The turn over with nurses really hinder my cycles. But they are getting better. Now the biggest change is that the financial coordinator is gone. This will also hurt them as a clinic. Utsw does not work with you on cost. They gave us a set cost and will now force us to talk to someone outside the fertility clinic and there’s no sense of compassion in that area now.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern.
4000 per mini cycle- 12k for traditional but prices change yearly. It has gone up every year. I guess since they are more busy they charging more.
Describe Orhan Bukulmez's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at UT Southwestern.
He always suggested single embryos transfers
What specific things went wrong at UT Southwestern?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
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Orhan Bukulmez
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Trustworthiness
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Explained risks
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Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
UT Southwestern
Dallas
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7
7
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
7
7
I chose Dr Bukulmez given that each patient receives personalized care and protocols. Bukulmez is extremely giving of his time during my consultations... He does communicate at a very high, medical level.... My only complaint is I would have liked to get more detailed updates during my IVF cycle to more fully understand what was going on. He is very responsive to the portal messaging via his nursing staff
This is an academic institution [UT Southwestern] so there is significant turnover of the nursing staff...They are usually extremely quick to respond to portal messages... Strengths-individualized care... Weaknesses-nurse turnover, not as much hand holding like you would get at a private practice... Things to know- reproductive endocrinology fellows perform the tracking ultrasounds, not Bukulmez.
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Doctor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
7
7
How was your experience with Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
Bukulmez is the chairman of the department and one of my main reasons for seeing him was that he is at the forefront of the field, individualizes his protocols, and takes the toughest cases. He does communicate at a very high, medical level. I am a physician so I liked that, but it could possibly be challenging for people not in the medical field or going through this for the first time. My only complaint is I would have liked to get more detailed updates during my IVF cycle to more fully understand what was going on. He is very responsive to the portal messaging via his nursing staff
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
I chose Dr Bukulmez given that each patient receives personalized care and protocols. Bukulmez is extremely giving of his time during my consultations, much more so than the 2nd opinion I received prior to pursuing IVF from an outside physician
Describe the protocols Orhan Bukulmez used in your cycles at UT Southwestern and their degree of success.
Estrace priming followed me Antagonist protocol with follistim, menopur, cetrotide. His goal is quality over quantity and we were shooting for 8-14 quality eggs
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
This is an academic institution so there is significant turnover of the nursing staff or the nurses are float nurses and not permanent. Bukulmez was very open that this was the case. I believe all the nurses now are permanent. They are usually extremely quick to respond to portal messages. I did have to advocate for myself sometimes so that I could speak to a fellow when it was a question above the nurses head.
Describe your experience with UT Southwestern.
Strengths-individualized care, quick response to portal questions Weaknesses-nurse turnover, not as much hand holding like you would get at a private practice(but that was largely ok with me), they don’t do a high number of cases Things to know- reproductive endocrinology fellows perform the tracking ultrasounds, not Bukulmez. That was fine by me since most other places they are done by ultrasound techs. The fellows are board certified obgyns already so this was a bonus. Bukulmez does the transfers and retrievals and the early work up procedures
Describe the costs associated with your care under Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern.
$10k not including meds
Describe Orhan Bukulmez's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at UT Southwestern.
He usually only recommends single embryo transfers in my experience. We only transferred >1 bc they were concerned we wouldn’t make it to blastocyst stage
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Orhan Bukulmez
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Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
UT Southwestern
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6
4
Age
43
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IVF, 4 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
6
4
We never tried a regular IVF cycle, as my doctor [Dr. Orhan Bukulmez] thought mini-IVF would be the better route. But that resulted in only 4 eggs total over 4 rounds of treatment. I don't feel like I got a fair chance to try and conceive. Because it was mini-IVF and required less drugs than a regular IVF cycle it cost me about $25k for 4 tries, instead of $20-$25k for one try of regular IVF...wasn't a bad doctor, he just didn't have that "never give up" attitude.
Mini-IVF was recommended [at UT Southwestern] because I was over 40. It did result in fewer eggs but I don't believe it improved the quality. Over 4 rounds I had 4 eggs retrieved and none made it to blastocyst stage or were ever frozen, so I never made it to a transfer...They [nurses] were great at answering questions, calling in RX's, and just overall helpful...Mini IVF round would have run about $7,000 to completion including the transfer. I never got that far. So I paid about $4,000. Each cycle was billed as a lump sum fee that included all visits, ultrasounds and retrieval.
Age
43
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Latino
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IVF, 4 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
6
4
How was your experience with Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
Dr. Bukulmez seemed to be a good doctor. Never rude or mean. But he told me up front that I had only a 17% chance of having a baby with my own eggs. He recommended mini-IVF to focus on quality of eggs and not quantity. We went 4 rounds of mini-IVF. 1st round - 2 eggs retrieved, both fertilized, neither made it to blastocyst. 2nd round - 1 egg retrieved, 1 fertilized, made it to Day 3 only. 3rd round - 0 eggs retrieved. (I was given a $1,000 credit towards my next IVF because none of the sacs contained eggs.) 4th round - 1 egg retrieved, 1 egg fertilized, made it to Day 3. I think the one thing I wish would have happened was more trying different options. I felt like we were repeating the same protocol each time and hoping to get a different result. I could have pursued it further but after 4 rounds I was out more than $25,000 and I just couldn't afford to continue. Each round was looking less and less promising. Had it been the other way around and I felt like we were making progress I may have continued with Dr. Bukulmez but that wasn't the case. Not a bad doctor, I just didn't feel like his recommendations were very specialized based on my tests or outcomes. We tried one option and that was it. I probably should have pushed more, but I didn't see him often. Usually working with assistants or nurses.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
Be pushier. Ask more questions. Insist on more options.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
Doctor was nice. Never treated like a number. He does have a very strong accent though so you really have to pay attention. Goes through the information quickly. He always seemed rushed as a I assume there were lots of patients, but I didn't feel like a number. Not rude, just hurried.
Describe the protocols Orhan Bukulmez used in your cycles at UT Southwestern and their degree of success.
Mini-IVF was recommended because I was over 40. It did result in fewer eggs but I don't believe it improved the quality. Over 4 rounds I had 4 eggs retrieved and none made it to blastocyst stage or were ever frozen, so I never made it to a transfer.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were great at answering questions, calling in RX's, and just overall helpful.
Describe your experience with UT Southwestern.
No issues. Billing was fine. Front desk was polite. Labs were done in the office and the girls there were very patient even though it often took several stabs to draw my blood. I originally chose UT Southwestern because I thought they were on the cutting edge and might have new options for my "lost cause" case. I didn't really get that feeling though. We never tried a regular IVF cycle, as my doctor thought mini-IVF would be the better route. But that resulted in only 4 eggs total over 4 rounds of treatment. I don't feel like I got a fair chance to try and conceive. Because it was mini-IVF and required less drugs than a regular IVF cycle it cost me about $25k for 4 tries, instead of $20-$25k for one try of regular IVF. But the end result is the same. I never got to attempt a transfer because none of my eggs were viable, resulting in zero pregnancies. Had I had the money to continue I think I would have looked for a different doctor with new and different ideas. Dr. Bukulmez wasn't a bad doctor, he just didn't have that "never give up" attitude. I felt like I was climbing an uphill battle the whole way and didn't feel like he had much hope for my situation. I want a doctor who is my cheerleader and wants to make my dream come true. This just wasn't that place.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern.
Mini IVF round would have run about $7,000 to completion including the transfer. I never got that far. So I paid about $4,000. Each cycle was billed as a lump sum fee that included all visits, ultrasounds and retrieval.
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Orhan Bukulmez
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Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
4
Clinic
UT Southwestern
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8
9
Age
40
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF, 4 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
9
He's [Dr. Orhan Bukulmez] very thorough in explaining the process of mini IVF's, benefits and goals. He shows compassion and specialized care/approach for each patient. Even though UTSW is a teaching hospital, nice to know he does all surgeries and transfers...He wanted to do mini IVF retrievals in order to get fewer but better quality eggs. He explained that every cycle is different with some months being better than others. Results have been positive so far with 4 frozen embryos.
They're [nurses at UT Southwestern] organized, timely for appt, compassionate. Weaknesses-since dr is monitoring closely medications are adjusted daily. I ran out of Menpour first round of mini IVF due to no communication and planning on their end...Emails thru my chart has been effective with getting questions answered...He [Dr. Bukulmez] wanted to do mini IVF retrievals in order to get fewer but better quality eggs. He explained that every cycle is different with some months being better than others. Results have been positive so far with 4 frozen embryos.
Age
40
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF, 4 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
9
How was your experience with Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
He's very thorough in explaining the process of mini IVF's, benefits and goals. He shows compassion and specialized care/approach for each patient. Even though UTSW is a teaching hospital, nice to know he does all surgeries and transfers.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
Be sure to clear your schedule and be flexible from days 5-14 of your cycle for doctors appointments.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
More specialized care, plus more monitoring and appts than previous dr.
Describe the protocols Orhan Bukulmez used in your cycles at UT Southwestern and their degree of success.
He wanted to do mini IVF retrievals in order to get fewer but better quality eggs. He explained that every cycle is different with some months being better than others. Results have been positive so far with 4 frozen embryos.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They're organized, timely for appt, compassionate. Weaknesses-since dr is monitoring closely medications are adjusted daily. I ran out of Menpour first round of mini IVF due to no communication and planning on their end.
Describe your experience with UT Southwestern.
Advice would be to plan ahead on having extra medicine when doing an IVF, better to have extra. Don't schedule travel during a cycle and keep schedule open/flexible if possible. Emails thru my chart has been effective with getting questions answered
Describe the costs associated with your care under Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern.
My insurance, BCBS of IL has been good, with all benefits met so no major charges yet in 2017
Describe Orhan Bukulmez's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at UT Southwestern.
I'm not to the transfer part yet, although we have discussed implanting 2 embryos
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Orhan Bukulmez
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Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
9
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UT Southwestern
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7
7
Age
38 - 40
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
7
7
When we first met Dr. B[ukulmez], one of the things he said about infertility being like other diseases and why people should look at it that way made a difference to me - showing how he looks at and approaches our situation. He is open about our chances but maintains a sense of hope that he can get us pregnant. Sometimes it’s difficult to understand him but overall we had minimal issues.
The finance department [at UT Southwestern] does the minimal - it seems like they are best at taking payments. If you have insurance, they do little to assess your benefits or coordinate any required pre approvals without a lot of effort on my part to ensure all the paperwork is provided and timely...None of the same nurses are at the clinic compared to the day we started. This makes it difficult to rate because they have varied - some better than others.
Age
38 - 40
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
East Asian, South Asian
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
7
7
How was your experience with Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
When we first met Dr. B, one of the things he said about infertility being like other diseases and why people should look at it that way made a difference to me - showing how he looks at and approaches our situation. He is open about our chances but maintains a sense of hope that he can get us pregnant. Sometimes it’s difficult to understand him but overall we had minimal issues.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
Ask questions - he is always open to our questions which is important
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Orhan Bukulmez at UT Southwestern?
He spoke to us with empathy and respective to our specific situation.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
None of the same nurses are at the clinic compared to the day we started. This makes it difficult to rate because they have varied - some better than others.
Describe your experience with UT Southwestern.
The finance department does the minimal - it seems like they are best at taking payments. If you have insurance, they do little to assess your benefits or coordinate any required pre approvals without a lot of effort on my part to ensure all the paperwork is provided and timely.
Describe Orhan Bukulmez's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at UT Southwestern.
Single transfer recommended due to my unicornate uterus
What specific things went wrong at UT Southwestern?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
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7
Clinic
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