How was your experience with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Davis is highly competent, intelligent, compassionate, realistic, and thorough -- all the things I could have hoped for in a doctor. He is a man on a fertility mission; he is all business yet still manages to make you feel like a person. Despite the high volume of patients he sees on a daily basis, he was always up to speed with my treatment and was available whenever I needed to speak with him directly. At no time was I confused about my treatment or what the next steps were going to be. I can't recommend him highly enough.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Do not wait to make an appointment - if you want to see him, the sooner the better.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Even though the practice at CRM is huge, everyone I met with treated me with respect and kindness. There are literally hundreds of patients waiting in the monitoring room each day yet I did not encounter any frustrated doctors, nurses, or other staff. Whenever I met with Dr. Davis, he was completely up to speed on my treatment.
Describe the protocols Owen Davis used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I started a protocol of 300 cc follistim, 150 menopur for the first 12 days of my cycle - around day 8 as I was getting ready for the retrieval, he prescribed ganirelix to prevent me from ovulating. I was monitored every day or every other day with blood work and then ultrasounds. I did not have any side effects, which I am so grateful for. I was triggered on day 13 and retrieved on day 15, closely following my natural cycle. Dr. Davis retrieved 14 eggs, 11 of which were mature. Of the 11, 8 fertilized with ICSI, and 5 went on to be blastocysts. I transferred a single embryo on day 5 - prior to the retrieval we discussed my desire to transfer just 1 embryo if possible. I was thrilled to get a positive blood pregnancy test on day 28, and now have an additional 4 embryos frozen for future use. Dr. Davis did not recommend genetic testing in my case because of family history and age; he explained that it was an additional step to freeze and unfreeze the embryos and that in my circumstances, the risks were not worth doing it.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Katie)
Katie is an excellent nurse and always answered my questions within a few hours. She is super thorough and organized - nothing ever fell through the cracks with her. I saw her frequently, but other nurses often did the blood work monitoring or ultrasounds. They were all great. Like Dr. Davis, Katie was always completely up to speed on my treatment, which reassured me that my case was being followed personally.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Many other patients have described CRM as a well-oiled machine. It is, which, when it comes to IVF, is a great thing. Having experienced both kind of clinics - more personal vs more automatic - I prefer this environment. Everyone is super nice and professional, but the automation keeps things moving smoothly. With this volume of patients, everything has to be timed to the minute. Despite the high volume, the obvious compassion and level of training from everyone - the billing team, receptionists, nurses, doctors - makes you feel like a person.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Super efficient. I do not live close to the clinic in Manhattan (I am about 2 hours away) so it was a pain sometimes getting there in the morning before 8:30. However, I never had to wait long to see someone (less than 15 minutes) and was always in and out. Everyone super nice and professional. Usually there are between 75-100 people waiting. The Mount Kisco location is closer to my house, but unfortunately not as efficient. I think they only have 1-2 nurses there, and usually only 5-10 people waiting, but much longer wait times (usually 30 minutes or more).
Describe the costs associated with your care under Owen Davis at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Medications - $14,000; IVF - $10,500; ICSI - $2,700; Hospital Fee - $1800; Embryo cryopreservation - $1100 per year; Individual consultations/visits with Dr. Davis - $550 each, probably around 6-8 of those total including initial consultation and follow up after achieving pregnancy
Describe Owen Davis's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
In my first consultation with Dr. Davis, I expressed to him that I wanted to transfer just 1 embryo if possible. He noted my wishes and said that realistically he could transfer either 1 or 2, but it depended on the embryos themselves: how many were fertilized, and how they looked on day 3 post-fertilization. This made sense, and post retrieval he and my nurse Katie kept me aware of how they were doing and how likely a day 5 transfer would be. Happily, 5 embryos made it to day 3 and looked good enough to wait until day 5 for a single embryo transfer.