Selwyn Oskowitz

Boston IVF

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Medical SchoolU. of Witwatersrand
ResidencyU. of Colorado
FellowshipHarvard
Boston
800 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
888 300-2483
Brookline
1 Brookline Place
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 735-9000
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Selwyn Oskowitz to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 71%Don't recommend: 29%8.3
7 assessments
  • 71% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 0% Neutral (7-8)
  • 29% 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 Boston IVF to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 62%Neutral: 18%Don't recommend: 20%8.1
105 assessments
  • 62% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 18% Neutral (7-8)
  • 20% Don't recommend (0-6)
7 assessments
10
Age
34 - 41
Treated
2003 - 2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Poor Egg Quality
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Dr. Ozkowitz is not necessarily overtly warm, yet the care he has for his patients is nonetheless obvious and he is wise and careful in his treatment plan....Dr. Oskowitz made a very astute plan as treatment evolved and after initial failure (and although the primary diagnosis of PCO was fairly standard there was unexplained poor egg quality that required some further finesse and analysis). The end result was 2 beautiful girls who are now 13 and 16. I can only imagine in the decade plus since my treatment, technology and care has continued to improve.
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Age
34 - 41
Treated
2003 - 2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$500K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Poor Egg Quality
10
How was your experience with Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
Dr. Ozkowitz is not necessarily overtly warm, yet the care he has for his patients is nonetheless obvious and he is wise and careful in his treatment plan.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
Not to expect a big bear hug, that's not his personality, but he is a very good doctor.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
Because the care was personal and appropriate for my situation. Dr. Oskowitz made a very astute plan as treatment evolved and after initial failure (and although the primary diagnosis of PCO was fairly standard there was unexplained poor egg quality that required some further finesse and analysis). The end result was 2 beautiful girls who are now 13 and 16. I can only imagine in the decade plus since my treatment, technology and care has continued to improve.
Describe the protocols Selwyn Oskowitz used in your cycles at Boston IVF and their degree of success.
With my first child, I was treated only for PCO with injections and eventually a successful IUI. It was discovered in my first pregnancy that I have an incompetent cervix which made me a high risk pregnancy. It also made it impossible for me to carry twins. So when it was time to attempt conceiving my 2nd pregnancy, we went straight to IVF to control the number of embryos implanted (only 1 at a time) to ensure I didn't have twins. What we found out when I went through IVF was that for an unexplained reason the embryos were poor quality. After 2 unsuccessful IVF treatments (and sorry, I just realized I put 2 IVF cycles in the questionnaire but it was actually 3), he recommended we wait until day 5 for transfer to really understand which embryo was good enough quality to survive. Only 1 embryo survived to day 5, and she is now almost 14. His treatment plan was a success.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Boston IVF.
I cannot remember the names now, treatment was a while ago, but the nurses were wonderful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF.
Covered by my insurance.
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Selwyn Oskowitz
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Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Boston IVF
Boston
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10
Age
43 - 50
Treated
2004 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
Dr. Oskowitz spoke warmly and individually. We were never rushed... He's a bit formal, very appropriate, and very knowledgeable. He's been doing this a long time. He isn't mushy or warm, but is very kind and smart...Gonal F for ovulation induction (I have PCOS and was probably not ovulating)...It was a great experience working with him...His nurse Karen was sweet and warm. He also worked with a nurse practitioner we really liked.
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Age
43 - 50
Treated
2004 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
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How was your experience with Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
He's a bit formal, very appropriate, and very knowledgeable. He's been doing this a long time. He isn't mushy or warm, but is very kind and smart. I absolutely loved this practice and have recommended it to many people.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
I can't think of anything. It was a great experience working with him, after a terrible one.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
Dr. Oskowitz spoke warmly and individually. We were never rushed. His nurse Karen was sweet and warm. He also worked with a nurse practitioner we really liked. And the phlebotomists were so kind and skilled that I wrote a note the supervisor who read it at a staff meeting. Love this practice.
Describe the protocols Selwyn Oskowitz used in your cycles at Boston IVF and their degree of success.
Gonal F for ovulation induction (I have PCOS and was probably not ovulating), and IUI just to cover the bases in case we had to go to IVF b/c my insurance would only do IVF after three IUI cycles.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Boston IVF. (Assigned nurse: Karen)
I loved her. She was sweet, organized, and caring.
Describe your experience with Boston IVF.
It's organized as a cluster of mini private practices within a larger office. You see your doctor, your nurse (and in my case, your nurse practitioner, though just saw her once, b/c we were successful the first cycle). There is an insurance person for the whole practice who helps navigate all of that. I love this practice.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF.
None--I think everything was covered by our insurance in MA.
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Selwyn Oskowitz
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Boston IVF
Boston
Nursing
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Age
33 - 35
Treated
2012 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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...my doc [Dr. Oskowitz] was always kind and spent time with us...There are a lot of different doctors and nurses you could see depending on the day. But I did feel like they all cared in their own way, and they try to make it not like a factory, even though with the number of people through the doors, that's kind of what it is...
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Age
33 - 35
Treated
2012 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
9
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
Listen, BostonIVF is a factory of sorts. They see a LOT of people. And they see a lot of people because they are one of the best. That means that there are a lot of techs who do the blood draws. There are a lot of staff members who welcome you. There are a lot of different doctors and nurses you could see depending on the day. But I did feel like they all cared in their own way, and they try to make it not like a factory, even though with the number of people through the doors, that's kind of what it is. But my doc was always kind and spent time with us. Had a great therapist through the Waltham office. The nurse who explained how to administer the drugs spent lots of time with us. So yes, you are a number. But in my experience, being a number also comes with options and extra help and several locations that might be more convenient depending on whether I'm at home or at the office on the day I need to go in.
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Selwyn Oskowitz
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Age
40 - 45
Treated
2006 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
9 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
6
[Dr. Selwyn Oskowitz was] professional and straight forward. Not warm and fuzzy. I felt like he would get the job done...It was a busy practice, but I felt like I was treated professionally and appropriately. I mostly saw his NP who provided the most "human" contact...There were some insurance coverage mix ups [at Boston IVF] but they got worked out. The clinic was great about doing early morning before work ultrasounds and blood draws.
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Age
40 - 45
Treated
2006 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Doctor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
9 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
6
How was your experience with Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
Professional and straight forward. Not warm and fuzzy. I felt like he would get the job done. I am now filling in more words to get to 200 characters. How much more do I have to write? I think there is a glitch. He was professional and straight forward. I am a physician so I was not expecting or needing more.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
He is professional and straight forward.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
It was a busy practice, but I felt like I was treated professionally and appropriately. I mostly saw his NP who provided the most "human" contact.
Describe the protocols Selwyn Oskowitz used in your cycles at Boston IVF and their degree of success.
It was 2007, we used basic protocols as I was a single woman with no speicific fertility issues other than age at 39 and being single.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was kind.
Describe your experience with Boston IVF.
There were some insurance coverage mix ups but they got worked out. The clinic was great about doing early morning before work ultrasounds and blood draws.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF.
Copays, insurance covered.
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Doctor
Selwyn Oskowitz
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Boston IVF
Boston
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
31 - 32
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
He did a great job of explaining the process and his approach and recommendations, but also always asking what I was comfortable with and willing to adjust the course to meet my personal needs. He answered as many questions as I needed and made me feel like I was in charge of my care.
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Age
31 - 32
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
How was your experience with Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
He did a great job of explaining the process and his approach and recommendations, but also always asking what I was comfortable with and willing to adjust the course to meet my personal needs. He answered as many questions as I needed and made me feel like I was in charge of my care.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
Ask lots of questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
They knew who I was and catered to my particular circumstances, always making sure that I was on-board with the plan and ready to listen if something wasn't working.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were on top of things, understanding and compassionate.
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Doctor
Selwyn Oskowitz
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Boston IVF
Brookline
Nursing
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10
Age
43 - 50
Treated
2003 - 2010
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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[Dr Selwyn Oskowitz] took time to explore all the issues/possibilities/probabilities. Showed interest in my overall health not just ovaries. Very supportive and encouraging. Respectful...Informative, respectful, competent. Honest re probabilities, possibilities, shared professional opinions, honest re competencies, concerns. Professional.
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Age
43 - 50
Treated
2003 - 2010
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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How was your experience with Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
Informative, respectful, competent. Honest re probabilities, possibilities, shared professional opinions, honest re competencies, concerns. Professional.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
OK to ask lots of questions and share any concerns. He seemed to 'get it.'
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
Took time to explore all the issues/possibilities/probabilities. Showed interest in my overall health not just ovaries. Very supportive and encouraging. Respectful.
Describe your experience with Boston IVF.
Organized, clean, timely, professional, mostly considerate of time and stress involved in this kind of care.
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Doctor
Selwyn Oskowitz
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Boston IVF
Boston
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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3
Age
41 - 42
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
3
He was reserved, knowledgeable, clearly an expert, but not warm at all. I trusted him, but did not like how negative he was....Be aware for bluntness, and not a lot of compassion. Also, he does not perform many of the actual procedures.
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Age
41 - 42
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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How was your experience with Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
He was reserved, knowledgeable, clearly an expert, but not warm at all. I trusted him, but did not like how negative he was.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
Be aware for bluntness, and not a lot of compassion. Also, he does not perform many of the actual procedures.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Selwyn Oskowitz at Boston IVF?
He knew who I was and about my case, but his bedside manner was gruff andkind of negative.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Boston IVF.
They were very nice. The main nurse I dealt with was very repetitive. Maybe she found that necessary. I found hearing something three times unnecessary.
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Selwyn Oskowitz
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
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Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Boston IVF
Brookline
Nursing
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