Strongly recommend: 48%Neutral: 18%Don't recommend: 34%7.1
48% strongly recommend
42 reviews
Humanity
6.9
6.9
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
7.4
7.4
Communication

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Frequency Seen
6.9
6.9
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Responsiveness
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Medical School
Emory
Residency
U of Pennsylvania
Fellowship
Cornell

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Steven Spandorfer works at

Weill Cornell Medical College
Strongly recommend: 80%Neutral: 12%Don't recommend: 8%9.1

At 1 office

Upper East Side
1305 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(646) 962-2764
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Age 38 - 39
Treated 2019 - 2020
Success w/ Doc Yes
1 IUI
1 IVF
Latinx
Income $200K - $499K
Consultant
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Strongly Recommends
I saw Dr. Spandorfer over the course of several months and always felt like I was in very good care with him. He performed two surgeries on me (hysteroscopy & a D&C) and both were seamless with no complications. I also went through two attempts at pregnancy (1 natural IUI and 1 FET) and both resulted in a pregnancy. The IUI ended in a miscarriage and that was because the embryo had abnormal chromosomes (he performed a D&C to remove the embryo and it was tested). I also went through 1 IVF cycle with him and had the embryos tested, and transferred 1 embryo which resulted in pregnancy.
While Weill Cornell is an extremely busy practice, I appreciated the efficiency of my appointments, where I was usually in and out pretty quickly. While the nurses didn't know me personally (they see a TON of patients daily), they were always friendly and warm. I realized I was a "number" but was totally OK with that because I trusted the care of the team and always felt like I was in good hands...For daily monitoring the nurses were friendly and efficient. For my surgeries, the nursing team was extremely warm and compassionate. For IVF specifically, the nurses were warm, knowledgeable, always answered any questions and called me back promptly.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I saw Dr. Spandorfer over the course of several months and always felt like I was in very good care with him. He performed two surgeries on me (hysteroscopy & a D&C) and both were seamless with no complications. I also went through two attempts at pregnancy (1 natural IUI and 1 FET) and both resulted in a pregnancy. The IUI ended in a miscarriage and that was because the embryo had abnormal chromosomes (he performed a D&C to remove the embryo and it was tested). I also went through 1 IVF cycle with him and had the embryos tested, and transferred 1 embryo which resulted in pregnancy. Overall, I found Dr. Spandorfer to be extremely knowledgeable, friendly enough, and always made time to answer any questions I had. I always felt comfortable during all my appointments, procedures, and surgeries. When I experienced the miscarriage he expressed genuine compassion. In terms of his style and demeanor, he isn't the type to talk forever and hold your hand. You definitely need to come with the questions you have because he isn't one to divulge or give you too much info unless it's absolutely necessary. You need to be prepared with what you want to know and get clarity on - and ask! Once you do he will give you the information. He is friendly and tried to keep things light - usually cracking a light joke which I found helpful during a process that can be so intense and grueling. I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants an experienced, skilled doctor and doesn't mind that he isn't your best friend during the process.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Come prepared with your questions and ask! I found him to not say too much - only the basics are necessary info - for anything else you need to ask him.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
While Weill Cornell is an extremely busy practice, I appreciated the efficiency of my appointments, where I was usually in and out pretty quickly. While the nurses didn't know me personally (they see a TON of patients daily), they were always friendly and warm. I realized I was a "number" but was totally OK with that because I trusted the care of the team and always felt like I was in good hands.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Weill Cornell Medical College.
For daily monitoring the nurses were friendly and efficient. For my surgeries, the nursing team was extremely warm and compassionate. For IVF specifically, the nurses were warm, knowledgeable, always answered any questions and called me back promptly.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The clinic is definitely a well-run factory but I really loved that. It was super efficient and I appreciated how they were able to see so many patients on a daily basis. It's definitely a great choice for anyone who appreciates efficiency and doesn't necessarily need too much hand-holding.
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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10
Age 32 - 34
Treated 2018 - 2020
Success w/ Doc Yes
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Lawyer
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Strongly Recommends
Dr. Spandorfer is an outstanding physician for people who want a smart, straightforward doctor who is going to exercise his best judgment. He is not touchy-feely, but his medical advice is excellent. I trust completely trust his medical decision-making. He paid close attention to everything that was going on during my cycles and made important adjustments both during and after to improve our outcomes...straightforward doctor who is going to exercise his best judgment. He is not touchy-feely, but his medical advice is excellent. I trust completely trust his medical decision-making. He paid close attention to everything that was going on during my cycles and made important adjustments both during and after to improve our outcomes.
This clinic [Weill Cornell Medical College] is run like a well-oiled machine! The practice runs on time, and everyone is organized and responsive. I never had trouble reaching someone with questions--whether medical or administrative. It's an extremely pleasant place to go...Dr. Spandorfer is excellent at identifying individual infertility issues and tailoring treatment to meet individual needs. For each IVF cycle we did with him, he made important tweaks based on my prior cycles to improve our outcomes. He's not warm and fuzzy, but he's extremely smart and practical and practices evidence-based medicine.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Spandorfer is an outstanding physician for people who want a smart, straightforward doctor who is going to exercise his best judgment. He is not touchy-feely, but his medical advice is excellent. I trust completely trust his medical decision-making. He paid close attention to everything that was going on during my cycles and made important adjustments both during and after to improve our outcomes.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Don't expect to be coddled, but expect to get results!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Spandorfer is excellent at identifying individual infertility issues and tailoring treatment to meet individual needs. For each IVF cycle we did with him, he made important tweaks based on my prior cycles to improve our outcomes. He's not warm and fuzzy, but he's extremely smart and practical and practices evidence-based medicine.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
This clinic is run like a well-oiled machine! The practice runs on time, and everyone is organized and responsive. I never had trouble reaching someone with questions--whether medical or administrative. It's an extremely pleasant place to go.
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Steven Spandorfer
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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Age 44 - 45
Treated 2018 - 2019
Success w/ Doc Yes
1 IUI
1 IVF
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
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Dr Spandorfer is an amazing person. He is extremely knowledgeable, carrying, smart and respectful. Always answer all the questions. He takes initiative to provide customized care. He tried standardized protocol with me then suggested an alternative. It worked much better than the first one. ... I felt like a human. Dr Spandorfer takes time to explain everything. He is very easy going and personable.
The weakness ; It [Weill Cornell] feels like it’s a conveyer at times. Too many patients. The strength : Nevertheless, the office is clean and the wait time is very reasonable most of the time. The staff is very polite. ... [Monitoring appointments] Reasonable wait time ... Wonderful staff [nurses]. Always very helpful and ready to answer any questions.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr Spandorfer is an amazing person. He is extremely knowledgeable, carrying, smart and respectful. Always answer all the questions. He takes initiative to provide customized care. He tried standardized protocol with me then suggested an alternative. It worked much better than the first one.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Be patient if ivf doesn’t work the first time. Try again.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I felt like a human. Dr Spandorfer takes time to explain everything. He is very easy going and personable.
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
450ml Follistim + micro dose of Lupron
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Nicole)
Wonderful staff. Always very helpful and ready to answer any questions.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The weakness ; It feels like it’s a conveyer at times. Too many patients. The strength : Nevertheless, the office is clean and the wait time is very reasonable most of the time. The staff is very polite.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Reasonable wait time
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
$14k for ivf
Describe Steven Spandorfer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
N/a
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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Age 41
Treated 2018
Success w/ Doc Yes
IVF
European
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $500K
Lawyer
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Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Dr. Spandorfer is incredibly dedicated, experienced, hard working and on top of everything. His tone is not super emotional - that was perfect for us. I found his manner refreshing and that it made the process less emotionally daunting for me...Ask questions and he will take the time to answer them... spoke to me like an intelligent adult. He gave us choices every step of the way. He is very responsive. He answered all my questions and made me truly feel like he was individually invested in my success
Molly [nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College] is amazing, as is the rest of the staff. They’re so smart, knowledgeable about protocol, friendly and have amazing follow up...Super experienced team of high quality doctors and operates like a well-oiled machine. Be prepared for it to be busy and that you may not see the same doctor/nurse on daily visits...Dr. Spandorfer spoke to me like an intelligent adult. He gave us choices every step of the way. He is very responsive. He answered all my questions and made me truly feel like he was individually invested in my success
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Spandorfer is incredibly dedicated, experienced, hard working and on top of everything. His tone is not super emotional - that was perfect for us. I found his manner refreshing and that it made the process less emotionally daunting for me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Ask questions and he will take the time to answer them
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Spandorfer spoke to me like an intelligent adult. He gave us choices every step of the way. He is very responsive. He answered all my questions and made me truly feel like he was individually invested in my success
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Estrogen patch then ganorelix antagonist and follstim/menopur. Dual trigger shot for retrieval. Daily titration of medication.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Molly)
Molly is amazing, as is the rest of the staff. They’re so smart, knowledgeable about protocol, friendly and have amazing follow up.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Super experienced team of high quality doctors and operates like a well-oiled machine. Be prepared for it to be busy and that you may not see the same doctor/nurse on daily visits ! I think it is the best clinic in NYC.
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Upper East Side
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10
Age 39 - 42
Treated 2015 - 2018
Success w/ Doc Yes
2 IUI
9 IVF
Poor Egg Quality
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
South Asian
Doctor
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Open, honest, practical, compassionate. Remarkably improved experience over 2 prior NY clinics. Organized office, competent staff. Dr. Spandorfer is skilled, experienced. Open to all questions and suggestions but remains evidence-based and firm regarding recommended treatment options. Open to any non-harmful adjunctive interventions. ... Take your time, trust his judgment and timing
Organized, streamlined, expensive but worth it for expertise. Minimal wait time. Accommodating to changes in life schedule. Sometimes hard to reach after hours but you eventually reach someone. Nurses and staff [Weill Cornell] are knowledgeable in their competencies. Genetic counselors are skilled but could be more compassionate. ... Excellent, well-oiled machine [monitoring appointments] ... skilled phlebotomists
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Open, honest, practical, compassionate. Remarkably improved experience over 2 prior NY clinics. Organized office, competent staff. Dr. Spandorfer is skilled, experienced. Open to all questions and suggestions but remains evidence-based and firm regarding recommended treatment options. Open to any non-harmful adjunctive interventions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Take your time, trust his judgment and timing
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Caring, honest, personable, shared small talk about life outside of fertility
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Follistim + Menopur
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Generally compassionate, friendly, care about your outcome, skilled phlebotomists
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Organized, streamlined, expensive but worth it for expertise. Minimal wait time. Accommodating to changes in life schedule. Sometimes hard to reach after hours but you eventually reach someone. Nurses and staff are knowledgeable in their competencies. Genetic counselors are skilled but could be more compassionate.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Excellent, well-oiled machine
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
$25,000+/cycle - some of which was covered by insurance
Describe Steven Spandorfer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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10
Age 32 - 36
Treated 2014 - 2018
Success w/ Doc ?
12 IUI
14 IVF
5 Egg Freezing
6 Embryo Freezing
Anovulation
Endometriosis
Male Factor
Unexplained
Prefer not to answer
Business Executive
5th of 7 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
I did well with Lupron flare protocol [with Dr. Steven Spandorfer]...I have recommended him to all of my friends- he may not be as warm and fuzzy as some doctors but gets results. Won’t “hold your hand” but I don’t think that’s necessary. He is compassionate in an understated way...We did single transfer when it was off tested
I think IVF was 15k ish. FET are 4K [at Weill Cornell Medical College]...Amazing lab and so well organized but...very slow. Prepare to wait for all of your appointments. It’s a cattle call system. Procedures are also very long because of the admitting process. I would recommend...Nurses there are great...I did well with Lupron flare protocol [with Dr. Steven Spandorfer]...I have recommended him to all of my friends- he may not be as warm and fuzzy as some doctors but gets results
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I have recommended him to all of my friends- he may not be as warm and fuzzy as some doctors but gets results. Won’t “hold your hand” but I don’t think that’s necessary. He is compassionate in an understated way.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Ask questions even if you feel rushed.
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I did well with Lupron flare protocol.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Nurses there are great
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Amazing lab and so well organized but...very slow. Prepare to wait for all of your appointments. It’s a cattle call system. Procedures are also very long because of the admitting process. I would recommend
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cattle call. Ugh.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I think IVF was 15k ish. FET are 4K
Describe Steven Spandorfer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
We did single transfer when it was off tested
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Upper East Side
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Age 36
Treated 2017
Success w/ Doc Yes
1 IVF
Male Factor
European
Income $500K
Investment Banker
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When my husband and I showed up at his office with an unexpected severe MFI diagnosis, we were in a bit of shock and did not know what to expect. He was kind and empathetic, but did not spend much time on exploring why or how this issue came about. Had we been hoping to attempt to fix the problem naturally (or get satisfying answers) before moving on to ART, this might have been a problem for us. But we were looking for the fastest and most efficient route to a baby
It [Cornell] runs very smoothly for a high volume clinic and the staff, doctors, equipment and facilities are all top notch. Monitoring hours are early enough that I was rarely late to work. Its true that it is not a hand holding clinic. I watched Freedom Med Teach tutorials on injections, researched the protocols my doctor had me on, called the nursing staff if I was unclear on any instructions and was reached out if i had any questions or concerns that weren't addressed in regular interactions. The need for self-initiative did not bother me personally. But if you are a person who is looking for a very tailored and guided experience this may not be the right clinic for you.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I had a great overall experience with Dr. Spandorfer. When my husband and I showed up at his office with an unexpected severe MFI diagnosis, we were in a bit of shock and did not know what to expect. He was kind and empathetic, but did not spend much time on exploring why or how this issue came about. Had we been hoping to attempt to fix the problem naturally (or get satisfying answers) before moving on to ART, this might have been a problem for us. But we were looking for the fastest and most efficient route to a baby and Dr. Spandorfer ( very appropriately and capably) focused his attention his areas of expertise and helping us move forward quickly. While our interaction with Dr. Spandorfer during our fresh cycle was fairly limited (due to Cornell's pooled monitoring/procedure method), I felt like he was reachable if I had any questions and knew that he was the one reviewing my file daily and making the important calls. When our first cycle was successful but ended in a miscarriage, Dr. Spandorfer showed much more compassion than I expected for a doctor at a high volume fertility clinic (and more than I had gotten from any of my regular obgyns in the past) and became our single point of contact for all future appointments and procedures. While it is true that he is very efficient and aware of keeping to a schedule, this benefits his patients and I never found him unwilling to spend time if i had questions or engage in friendly conversation. Rapport with him was so easy that I actually found it hard to transition back to a regular ob after our successful frozen transfer.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Keep your eye on the ultimate goal; he will do his best to get you there.
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Fresh cycle: Antagonist protocol with follistim and menopur, followed by ganirelix as trigger date approached. Stimmed for approximately 10 days. Resulted in 14 eggs retrieved, 11 mature, 11 fertilized with ICSI, 1 blastocyst transferred on day 5. Resulted in positive pregnancy test but subsequent 1st trimester miscarriage. Frozen cycle: Programmed (due to luteal phase defect/low progesterone in monitoring cycle). Birth control for 3 weeks to begin, layering in lupron injections and estrogen patches, followed by Progesterone in Oil injections. Currently 5 months pregnant from this cycle.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Crystal)
I did not have one nurse exclusively during my time there so I cannot give detailed feedback, but the nurses I did communicate with were for the most part organized, supportive and helpful, despite being undoubtedly very busy.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cornell is the only clinic I worked with so I do not have a point of comparison with other clinics, but I found my experience to be a very positive one in general. As everyone notes, it runs very smoothly for a high volume clinic and the staff, doctors, equipment and facilities are all top notch. Monitoring hours are early enough that I was rarely late to work. Its true that it is not a hand holding clinic. I watched Freedom Med Teach tutorials on injections, researched the protocols my doctor had me on, called the nursing staff if I was unclear on any instructions and was reached out if i had any questions or concerns that weren't addressed in regular interactions. The need for self-initiative did not bother me personally. But if you are a person who is looking for a very tailored and guided experience this may not be the right clinic for you.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Impersonal but efficient. If you arrive before 7:30 you won't wait all that long.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I had strong insurance coverage so was not aware of detailed costs.
Describe Steven Spandorfer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Spandorfer left it entirely up to us how many embryos we would transfer, but we never considered more than 1 at a time.
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Upper East Side
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Age 41 - 45
Treated 2013 - 2017
Success w/ Doc ?
4 IVF
Donor Eggs
Poor Egg Quality
European
Income $200K - $499K
Lawyer
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Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
We have been very happy with him [Dr. Steven Spandorfer]. He has been straightforward and responsive. He did a great job stimulating me and getting lots of eggs. Once we realized it was truly an egg quality issue, he led us through the donor process. We miscarried twice after a donor transfer. Once from a Cvs and once from a genetic abnormality and he was extremely compassionate...Be proactive. Ask him questions and call. He always responds in a timely manner.
Until my last fet they [nurses at Cornell] were compassionate, responsive , supportive and honest. In my last fet there was a new nurse and i was not impressed. I do not think she understood my history and case and twice her instructions were wrong. This was the first problem I ever had at the clinic...It was a cattle call and umpersonable. Often you would wait for over an hour. However after a few rounds I knew certain nurses who would help rush me through if I was in a rush.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
We have been very happy with him. He has been straightforward and responsive. He did a great job stimulating me and getting lots of eggs. Once we realized it was truly an egg quality issue, he led us through the donor process. We miscarried twice after a donor transfer. Once from a Cvs and once from a genetic abnormality and he was extremely compassionate.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Be proactive. Ask him questions and call. He always responds in a timely manner.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Spandorfer was amazing. The whole process where they scream your name in a waiting room was not great.
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Menepur, follistim, gonal f, ganirelex and poi . No Lupton. For fet we did estrogen patches and poi.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Jackie and cheryl)
Until my last fet they were compassionate, responsive , supportive and honest. In my last fet there was a new nurse and i was not impressed. I do not think she understood my history and case and twice her instructions were wrong. This was the first problem I ever had at the clinic.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cornell has a great lab, great team and is organized, but you are one of hundreds. You wait in the morning while they call your name. You must be proactive.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
It was a cattle call and umpersonable. Often you would wait for over an hour. However after a few rounds I knew certain nurses who would help rush me through if I was in a rush.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I mostly had insurance, but I think each round of Ivf was around 20,000 and the donor was 35,000. Get were 5,000.
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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Age 48 - 52
Treated 2013 - 2017
Success w/ Doc Yes
4 IVF
Donor Eggs
Poor Egg Quality
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $200K - $499K
Only Doc Seen
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I loved Dr. spandorfer, he was responsive, compassionate and candid. he is not a warm fuzzy, but he is honest and gave real advice. he told us the true stats on when we should keep going or move on.... Dr. spandorfer is very kind and very blunt. He does not sugarcoat anything. I trusted him completely. he called us each time we miscarried to see how we were
Cornell is a machine. Very little compassion from the admin side. you need to be proactive and on top of everything. with the donor program, you really need to be a squeaky wheel. make sure you understand your meds and protocol before you start.... Jackie [a nurse] was amazing for 3 plus years. the nurse on our last cycle was disorganized and not quite as compassionate. I heard he has a new nurse.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I loved Dr. spandorfer, he was responsive, compassionate and candid. he is not a warm fuzzy, but he is honest and gave real advice. he told us the true stats on when we should keep going or move on.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
be a squeaky wheel.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. spandorfer is very kind and very blunt. He does not sugarcoat anything. I trusted him completely. he called us each time we miscarried to see how we were
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Bcp, Menepur, follistim/final f, ganirelix, hug trigger. Our only issue was egg quality. the levels were very low for age.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Jackie )
Jackie was amazing for 3 plus years. the nurse on our last cycle was disorganized and not quite as compassionate. I heard he has a new nurse.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Cornell is a machine. Very little compassion from the admin side. you need to be proactive and on top of everything. with the donor program, you really need to be a squeaky wheel. make sure you understand your meds and protocol before you start.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
it is a cattle call. Sometimes 10 minutes and othertimes 2 hours.
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Age 42 - 45
Treated 2014 - 2017
Success w/ Doc ?
4 IVF
Donor Eggs
Poor Egg Quality
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $200K - $499K
Lawyer
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I really liked dr 4. Spandorfer. He was honest and warm. When I had a miscarriage or failed cycle he always called me. He did a great job. We always got a great number of embryos. We had poor egg quality and he was very kind and straightforward about pushing us towards donor eggs....Be proactive. Don't wait for him to call you...We had a great experience with spandorfer nurse and the donor team....Menepur, follistim, ganirelex, poi. Donor cycle: estrogen patches and poi.
We had a great experience with spandorfer nurse and the donor team [at Weill Cornell Medical College]. He has a new nurse that we used for a fet...I felt that tlshe did not try to get to know me. Also she provided incorrect instructions twice..thankfully I knew what to do and questioned it...The nurses I had were wonderful and warm. The clinic is very cold but you get to know a few nice people....Dr spandorfer was very responsive, honest and caring.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I really liked dr 4. Spandorfer. He was honest and warm. When I had a miscarriage or failed cycle he always called me. He did a great job. We always got a great number of embryos. We had poor egg quality and he was very kind and straightforward about pushing us towards donor eggs.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Be proactive. Don't wait for him to call you
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr spandorfer was very responsive, honest and caring. The nurses I had were wonderful and warm. The clinic is very cold but you get to know a few nice people.
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Menepur, follistim, ganirelex, poi. Donor cycle: estrogen patches and poi.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Jackie--she is now gone. I do not like his new nurse. )
We had a great experience with spandorfer nurse and the donor team. He has a new nurse that we used for a fet...I felt that tlshe did not try to get to know me. Also she provided incorrect instructions twice..thankfully I knew what to do and questioned it.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
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Age 39
Treated 2016
Success w/ Doc Yes
6 IUI
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
European
Income $200K - $499K
Business Executive
2nd of 2 Docs
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Dr. Spandorfer has an excellent bedside manner. He puts you at ease with his humor. He gives you hope even in the most grim situation while still being frank about the circumstances. He gave me treatment even when a previous doctor had given me no hope. When the first round of IVF was unsuccessful, he carefully tailored and alternative method of treatment for the next cycle. Ultimately, he helped me to successfully have a baby girl and for that I am eternally grateful to him.
Several doctors [at Cornell] who meet together to determine e best course of treatment. Clean, modern facility. Very large so tons of patients...For 2 cycles about $40k including all medications...Know that you will not see him [Dr. Steven Spandorfer] at every visit which is typical of larger fertility clinics, however, he will call you back if you leave messages with his assistant...Jackie was absolutely amazing. She called me back instantly, was very informative and always full of hope. The other nurses at the clinic are nice and attentive as well.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Spandorfer has an excellent bedside manner. He puts you at ease with his humor. He gives you hope even in the most grim situation while still being frank about the circumstances. He gave me treatment even when a previous doctor had given me no hope. When the first round of IVF was unsuccessful, he carefully tailored and alternative method of treatment for the next cycle. Ultimately, he helped me to successfully have a baby girl and for that I am eternally grateful to him.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Know that you will not see him at every visit which is typical of larger fertility clinics, however, he will call you back if you leave messages with his assistant.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
The doctors and nurses at the clinic were very responsive and willing to take time to answer all of my questions. Dr Spandorfer puts you at ease with humor and gives you hope.
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
39yo, dimished ovarian reserve, 6 failed IUI cycles at age 33 with another doctor, 1 miscarriage (natural pregnancy) at 7 weeks at age 36, 2 cycles IVF at 39 yo,1 live birth of singleton girl at 39 yo 1st IVF Cycle 4 eggs retrieved, 1 fertilized but did not make it to day 3, day 3 transfer cancelled. Estrogen patch Gonal-F Menopur Garilinix 2nd IVF Cycle 4 eggs retrieved, 4 fertilized with ICSI, 4 transferred on day 3 (14 cell, 10 cell & (2) 8 cell). 1 implanted. 1 successful live birth of healthy baby girl. Birth control Lupron Gonal-F Progesterone
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Jackie Stahl)
Jackie was absolutely amazing. She called me back instantly, was very informative and always full of hope. The other nurses at the clinic are nice and attentive as well.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Several doctors who meet together to determine e best course of treatment. Clean, modern facility. Very large so tons of patients.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Tons of patients, however, wait time was not too long.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
For 2 cycles about $40k including all medications
Describe Steven Spandorfer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Because of my history, age, low AMH, we transferred all 4 embryos (per doctors suggestion)
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Treated 2013 - 2016
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4 IUI
1 IVF
Anovulation
Unexplained
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $200K - $499K
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He [Dr. Steven Spandorfer] was very direct and caring at the same time. He helped me to move on to surrogacy when it was appropriate. He was very available when I had mid second trimester losses. He always made me feel hopeful...He will always give you his honest opinion...Caring and straight forward...Iui w clomid and letrozole. Then retrieval w gonolith and menopur after ocp. Transfer w ocp, lupron, the estrogen patch and progesterone.
[Weill Cornell - Upper East Side] Very organized. There are a lot of patients...[Monitoring Appointments] Very organized...[Nursing staff] Execellent. Always called in a timely fashion... He [Dr. Steven Spandorfer] was very direct and caring at the same time. He helped me to move on to surrogacy when it was appropriate. He was very available when I had mid second trimester losses. He always made me feel hopeful
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He was very direct and caring at the same time. He helped me to move on to surrogacy when it was appropriate. He was very available when I had mid second trimester losses. He always made me feel hopeful
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He will always give you his honest opinion
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Caring and straight forward
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Iui w clomid and letrozole. Then retrieval w gonolith and menopur after ocp. Transfer w ocp, lupron, the estrogen patch and progesterone.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Execellent. Always called in a timely fashion
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Very organized. There are a lot of patients
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Very organized
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
$60000
Describe Steven Spandorfer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
With PGS he recommended one
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3 IUI
1 IVF
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He's [Dr. Spandorfer] a good RE for you if you appreciate the facts. He can be very empathetic, and is always pleasant, but he's not going to be a touchy-feely hand-holder. For my money, that's good, because you know he's giving you the lay of the land and not b.s.'ing you.
The billing staff [at Cornell Weill] is courteous and will help you navigate things....Jackie Stahl is amazing. I cannot say enough about her. She is knowledgeable, funny, kind, encouraging, efficient but will take the time you need, generous, organized... I really could go on and on.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Dr. Spandorfer was good to work with. He's pretty down to earth, pleasantly jocular (but professional), and in my experience was able to both level with me and my husband as well as be sensitive at tough times. He also rolled with my husband's inappropriate sense of humor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He's a good RE for you if you appreciate the facts. He can be very empathetic, and is always pleasant, but he's not going to be a touchy-feely hand-holder. For my money, that's good, because you know he's giving you the lay of the land and not b.s.'ing you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He was always very pleasant, could crack a good (but still professional) joke here or there, and even though he may have simply glanced at my chart right before he walked in every time to remind himself who I was in the first month or so (I mean, let's be honest), it never felt like that - it always seemed like he knew just who I was.
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
We started with a Clomid 100mg+TI cycle, as I'd done one unmonitored Clomid cycle with my OB and apparently not ovulated (PCOS), and my husband's MFI wasn't so pronounced as to make TI a complete waste of time. It took that cycle to discover I needed a trigger to ovulate, and we repeated Clomid 100mg+TI the next cycle, when I successfully ovulated. The following cycle we stepped up to IUI. Our 3rd cycle with Dr. Spandorfer I didn't respond to the initial dose of 100mg so was bumped up to 200mg (I think?) and did ovulate, again IUI. In December, continuing with 200mg/IUI I had visual disturbances on the Clomid, which Dr. Spandorfer took very seriously, and gave me the IVF talk. Due to my very high AMH, he was not open to doing injects IUIs with me, so we went to IVF+ICSI after our final IUI cycle was a bust. We did a standard antagonist protocol with ICSI. Started at 125iu FSH, went down after bloodwork monitoring, then back up, then down again, added in 1 vial Menopur/day after about 5-6 days, along with Ganirelix. Triggered with 5,000iu hCG. 23 retrieved, all 23 mature, which I think says something very impressive about Dr. Spandorfer's management of my crazy PCOS ovaries. 16 fertilized with ICSI (which is around the 70% fert rate "they" look for with ICSI). I developed mild OHSS ahead of the transfer, but Dr. Spandorfer had me come in for close monitoring to ensure the transfer would be safe. We did a 5dt of one blastocyst (Dr. Chung did it - he was lovely and very encouraging) and were able to freeze an additional 7. I realized I was successfully pregnant when my OHSS returned (moderate this time - incredibly unpleasant). The upside of the OHSS was that I got a bunch of early ultrasounds to confirm an intrauterine pregnancy by 4 weeks 6 days, onward. I was released to the care of my OB by 7+ weeks, and the result is my almost 4-month-old daughter who's sleeping in her crib as I type this. If we decide to try for a second, we'll go back to Dr. Spandorfer, even though he's not on our insurance any longer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Jackie Stahl)
Jackie Stahl is amazing. I cannot say enough about her. She is knowledgeable, funny, kind, encouraging, efficient but will take the time you need, generous, organized... I really could go on and on.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The facilities are pretty up to date and not overly cold or clinical. The waiting room is large, which is in a sense nice because when it's crowded (every morning) you get a sense of how many people are in the infertility journey with you. I appreciate that the egg retrievals and embryo transfers are done in a sterile OR environment, not in an office, though I was a little sad my husband couldn't be in the OR for the transfer. The billing staff is courteous and will help you navigate things.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
IVF monitoring hours are "monitoring hours." TI or IUI monitoring hours are (with the exception of weekends) all with your dedicated RE, and specifically scheduled.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
IVF was about $15K. TI/IUI cycles were about $4-5K. I had to tack on extra costs for OHSS management at the end of the IVF cycle. I was fortunate that diagnostic testing early on and blood work throughout were covered, otherwise that would have added up astronomically in the IUI cycles. (IVF fee covers blood work until actual pregnancy testing and evaluation.)
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Age 43 - 46
Treated 2012 - 2015
Success w/ Doc Yes
2 IUI
5 IVF
Donor Eggs
Poor Egg Quality
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $500K
2nd of 2 Docs
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Dr. Spandorfer has developed the co-culture protocol which takes cells from the mother's uterus to create a customized culture in which to grow the embryo. I thought that was neat. We tried that with him and a variety of different protocols (lupron, estrogen patch, etc.)...He is very to the point and honest. I found him warm and friendly but I could see how others might not. He has a good sense of humor and a good perspective on the serious work he does. My husband and I trusted him and liked him.
I found the nurses to be extremely helpful and friendly. Some of the phlebotomists were more friendly than others. Yes, it had a bit of a factory [Weill Cornell] feel but that was not my actual experience 1:1... Get there early and your wait is usually less than getting there in the middle of the monitoring hours. ... Everything is very clean and professional. Note: they do call out your full name in the waiting room, so if you would find that difficult, consider other options.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He is very to the point and honest. I found him warm and friendly but I could see how others might not. He has a good sense of humor and a good perspective on the serious work he does. My husband and I trusted him and liked him.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Do not expect warm and fuzzy but know that he knows what he is doing and has a big heart.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
CRM is very popular and people come from all over the world. I found the nurses to be extremely helpful and friendly. Some of the phlebotomists were more friendly than others. Yes, it had a bit of a factory feel but that was not my actual experience 1:1.
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
Dr. Spandorfer has developed the co-culture protocol which takes cells from the mother's uterus to create a customized culture in which to grow the embryo. I thought that was neat. We tried that with him and a variety of different protocols (lupron, estrogen patch, etc.).
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Jackie--but she is no longer there)
Jackie was phenomenal, though she is no longer working at CRM the last I was in touch with her. Honest and encouraging and no beating around the bush.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
CRM is huge. I used to describe the waiting room as the United Nations of assisted fertility since people come from all over the world for treatment. They have exceptional knowledge and expertise, and so there are a lot of patients. I never really felt like "just a number" but it is a bit overwhelming to be in such a large waiting room. Everything is very clean and professional. Note: they do call out your full name in the waiting room, so if you would find that difficult, consider other options.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
It is a very large waiting room and they call out names every 30 seconds or so. Get there early and your wait is usually less than getting there in the middle of the monitoring hours. Getting there on the later end of the window could also work sometimes. The waiting is comfortable, though most people are understandably pretty stressed out.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Insurance covered three rounds of everything then it covered the monitoring and procedures we paid out of pocket. I don't remember the amount.
Describe Steven Spandorfer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
They deferred to our preference.
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Age 30
Treated 2015
Success w/ Doc No
4 IUI
7 IVF
Poor Egg Quality
European
Income $100K - $199K
3rd of 4 Docs
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He [Dr. Steven Spandorfer] was amazing! Our flight was delayed which brought us into NYC after the clinic closed. He actually came back and took care of us at like 8 pm. He tailored my meds. He also called after each chemical pregnancy and talked me through everything.... It [Weill Cornell Medical College] feels like a bit of a cattle call and wait times cane be long but it was worth it. He gave me hope and was so supportive....
He [Dr. Steven Spandorfer] was amazing! Our flight was delayed which brought us into NYC after the clinic closed. He actually came back and took care of us at like 8 pm. He tailored my meds. He also called after each chemical pregnancy and talked me through everything.... It [Weill Cornell Medical College] feels like a bit of a cattle call and wait times cane be long but it was worth it. He gave me hope and was so supportive....
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He did a great job asking questions and being supportive of my journey. He did things with my meds that allowed for the most eggs retrieved and the best graded embryos I had up until that point. He was direct and honest.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
It feels like a bit of a cattle call and wait times cane be long but it was worth it. He gave me hope and was so supportive.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
He was amazing! Our flight was delayed which brought us into NYC after the clinic closed. He actually came back and took care of us at like 8 pm. He tailored my meds. He also called after each chemical pregnancy and talked me through everything.
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I have been through so many IVF cycles that is hard to remember what he did. I know it was called estrogen priming where I wore a patch after my period. I also remember that he did give me as many drugs as my STL doctors. I felt the best will on his protocol.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Weill Cornell Medical College. (Assigned nurse: Jackie)
Jackie called me to remind me of my meds changing on some days. She also went out or her way to get meds shipped to NYC because they extended past my supply. She was awesome!
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
See comments on what patients should know about doctor Spandorfer
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I had insurance coverage so I do not know cost. I will say there were not any "hidden" costs.
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Age 36
Treated 2014
Success w/ Doc Yes
2 IUI
1 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
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Dr. Spandorfer was not a hand holder but he was efficient clear and willing to work with me despite my diminished ovarian reserve....Spandorfer was really not phased by my high FSH and low antral follicle count. Unlike my doctor at my previous clinic, Spandorfer told me he would be willing to go ahead to retrieval even if we only managed to produce one bag he said it was my decision. That made me feel like he respected my agency and like he wasn't fixated on statistics.
Weill-Cornell was like a breath of fresh air.... The facility was clean with new looking equipment...it's attached to a research university...I felt that Weill-Cornell is willing, therefore, to take risks on patients rather than pushing them to look elsewhere or opt for donor eggs....One thing I noticed it was different from the other clinic I attended is that they would call you up for monitoring by first and last name
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I answered some of this in the previous question but I would say Dr. Spandorfer was not a hand holder but he was efficient clear and willing to work with me despite my diminished ovarian reserve. And by work with me I mean he was willing to do an egg retrieval and insemination and a transfer even with very few eggs produced by stimulation -- which by the way I had gotten from other doctors with various mixes of medication so I think it was inevitable .
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Be aware that you might not have your transfer with him. iIt might be another doctor and in my case that other doctor pushed for us to transfer two embryos even though we only wanted to transfer one.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
After a long, bad experience at a more commercial IVF clinic in NYC, Weill-Cornell was like a breath of fresh air. Literally, actually. The waiting room had natural light coming from big windows as opposed to being a cramped crowded dark space space. The facility was clean with new looking equipment as opposed to the other facility I'd been a patient at. And I found Cornell to be much more efficiently run. To answer the number versus human question a bit more directly, Spandorfer was really not phased by my high FSH and low antral follicle count. Unlike my doctor at my previous clinic, Spandorfer told me he would be willing to go ahead to retrieval even if we only managed to produce one bag he said it was my decision. That made me feel like he respected my agency and like he wasn't fixated on statistics.
Describe the protocols Steven Spandorfer used in your cycles at Weill Cornell Medical College and their degree of success.
I'm a bit hazy on the protocol specifics. I remember estrogen priming high doses of Gonal-F and something else I can't remember. None of the DHEA or anything else that I've heard some doctors use for diminished ovarian reserve cases.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Weill Cornell Medical College.
They were just really efficient organized professional .
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
It is clean and organized. It's a pleasant place to be relatively speaking. Most importantly though it's attached to a research university which I think is a very important aspect of any medical establishment. This means that the doctors are more informed of their more curious and innovative and they're less fixated on statistics and money than other places. I felt that Weill-Cornell is willing, therefore, to take risks on patients rather than pushing them to look elsewhere or opt for donor eggs.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
It was an efficient well oiled machine . One thing I noticed it was different from the other clinic I attended is that they would call you up for monitoring by first and last name. The other clinic would just use first names presumably for anonymity. I found that kind of stupid because of course you could see the person, so if you know them you know that they're there for infertility. But I also found the use of first names only at the other office in the monitoring hours to be subtly infantilizing. It did mean at Cornell that I noticed a colleague was there and I might not of noticed that she was there if she hadn't been called up to the desk by first and last name. But I didn't think this was a big deal since obviously were all in the same situation so it's not like I'm going to go gossiping to our mutual colleagues that she was at my infertility clinic, thus outing myself as a fellow infertile.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I have insurance from the state of Massachusetts --" Romney care "-- which provides excellent coverage so I was not too aware of the price per procedure .
Describe Steven Spandorfer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
We had a different doctor for the transfer I think his name was Dr. Cho . I was in the surgery room and he said something like, "Did Dr. Spandorfer talk to you about transferring one or two embryos?" He hadn't and then Dr. Cho sort of talked us out of our preference for a single embryo transfer even though we absolutely positively did not want to have twins and felt very strongly about single embryo transfer .
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Age 31 - 32
Treated 2013 - 2014
Success w/ Doc Yes
3 IUI
PCOS
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Income $200K - $499K
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Once we met with Dr Spandorfer there was a clear path, though of course it varied when needed. We always felt supported and knew that if there was a way to get pregnant, Dr Spandorfer was the one who could help us. While his bedside manner is not as warm as one might want, all of his other characteristics -- especially his knowledge of infertility -- more than made up for this. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a great RE with proven results.
Center for Reproductive Medicine [Weill Cornell Medical College clinic] is a large practice. Each morning the waiting room is filled with hundreds of women at various points in their fertility journey. The first morning I arrived at the clinic I was overwhelmed -- I couldn't believe how many people were in the same situation as me. As the visits turned into months of visits, I became more accustomed to the full, and eerily silent, waiting room.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I'm very lucky to have found Dr Spandorfer. Before seeing him I was left wondering why we couldn't get pregnant, and what the next steps would be. Once we met with Dr Spandorfer there was a clear path, though of course it varied when needed. We always felt supported and knew that if there was a way to get pregnant, Dr Spandorfer was the one who could help us. While his bedside manner is not as warm as one might want, all of his other characteristics -- especially his knowledge of infertility -- more than made up for this. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a great RE with proven results.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Trust him.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
Center for Reprodictive Medicine is a large practice. Each morning the waiting room is filled with hundreds of women at various points in their fertility journey. The first morning I arrived at the clinic I was overwhelmed -- I couldn't believe how many people were in the same situation as me. As the visits turned into months of visits, I became more accustomed to the full, and eerily silent, waiting room.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College.
The majority of the services I received were covered by insurance.
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Steven Spandorfer
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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Treated 2007 - 2012
Success w/ Doc Yes
1 IUI
3 IVF
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
When I came to Dr. Spandorfer, I'd already been told by two other doctors that there was likely no hope for me to have a baby. Dr. Spandorfer said, "there's always hope," and agreed to treat me - unlike my previous two doctors who'd declined to treat me again because of two failed IVF cycles. ... Dr. Spandorfer was kind, funny, steadfast ... He was patient and kind with me ...
The clinic - at least when I went there a few years ago - was truly state-of-the-art. They really seemed to have everything under control and orderly, from making appointments, to timing of all the medical aspects, to moving patients through the process. ... The nursing staff is knowledgeable and extremely capable. That said, this is a very busy clinic. As such, once you've started the fertility protocol, you're on a somewhat rigid and set schedule of tests and injections, and the nursing staff sometimes doesn't have a ton of time to explain things in infinite detail.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
It would be impossible to overemphasize how amazing my experience as a patient of Dr. Spandorfer's was. He took me as a patient, despite a history of failed IVF. At the time, many clinics were not taking patients like me because they didn't want to mess up their high ratings. He was patient and kind with me - and most importantly, there's now a beautiful little girl who exists because of him. I owe him my new life as a mom.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Be patient and trust his advice.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
When I came to Dr. Spandorfer, I'd already been told by two other doctors that there was likely no hope for me to have a baby. Dr. Spandorfer said, "there's always hope," and agreed to treat me - unlike my previous two doctors who'd declined to treat me again because of two failed IVF cycles. They didn't want to reduce their clinic's success ratings. Dr. Spandorfer was kind, funny, steadfast - and his expertise as a physician made me into the mom of a beautiful, amazing baby.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Weill Cornell Medical College.
The nursing staff is knowledgeable and extremely capable. That said, this is a very busy clinic. As such, once you've started the fertility protocol, you're on a somewhat rigid and set schedule of tests and injections, and the nursing staff sometimes doesn't have a ton of time to explain things in infinite detail. They're empathetic, but the process is such that it does feel rushed sometimes. That said, the internet exists to do the research of the super-fine details of procedures and protocols.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
The clinic - at least when I went there a few years ago - was truly state-of-the-art. They really seemed to have everything under control and orderly, from making appointments, to timing of all the medical aspects, to moving patients through the process.
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Steven Spandorfer
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper West Side
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Age 37 - 39
Treated 2007 - 2009
Success w/ Doc No
4 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
European
Income $500K
Lawyer
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
If it had been my first IVF instead of my fourth, I probably would have been upset that i almost never saw him but it was fine because it was my fourth time.
I did not like dealing with Cornell. The staff and some of the nurses are rude. I was definitely just a number there. And the wait times were absurdly long.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I spoke to Dr. Spandorfer once on the phone and I saw him twice (once on the day of the egg harvest and the day of the transfer), otherwise I saw other doctors at Cornell. Spandorfer was very nice and had a great bedside manner. But if it had been my first IVF instead of my fourth, I probably would have been upset that I almost never saw him but it was fine because it was my fourth time.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
I spoke to Dr. Spandorfer once on the phone and I saw him twice (once on the day of the egg harvest and the day of the transfer), otherwise I saw other doctors at Cornell. Spandorfer was very nice and had a great bedside manner. But if it had been my first IVF instead of my fourth, I probably would have been upset that i almost never saw him but it was fine because it was my fourth time. However, I did not like dealing with Cornell. The staff and some of the nurses are rude. I was definitely just a number there. And the wait times were absurdly long.
Describe your experience with Weill Cornell Medical College.
...I did not like dealing with Cornell. The staff and some of the nurses are rude. I was definitely just a number there. And the wait times were absurdly long.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Wait times were over an hour for monitoring appointments.
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College.
One mistake they made was when they gave me the prescription for one for the drugs that required a "pen" to administer, they did not give me the pen and I assumed I would get it from the pharmacy, but they didn't know I needed it because it wasn't on the prescription, so when I got drugs, I didn't have the ability to administer that medicine, and I had to call around to numerous pharmacies in New York and Connecticut before I found one in CT that had them. I could have missed my opportunity to start my cycle.
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Steven Spandorfer
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Weill Cornell Medical College
Upper East Side
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Success w/ Doc Yes
2 IUI
IVF
Immunological
Other
European
Income $100K - $199K
Business Executive
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Great doctor. Nothing bad to say.... I got pregnant on my fourth cycle ( third at Cornell, using on own eggs). I delivered my son one month after my 43rd birthday.
[Dr. Spandorfer was a] great doctor. Nothing bad to say.... I got pregnant on my fourth cycle ( third at Cornell, using on own eggs). I delivered my son one month after my 43rd birthday.
How was your experience with Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
at the time (2002-2003) he had a lot of experience with the over 40 crowd. I got pregnant on my fourth cycle ( third at Cornell, using on own eggs. I delivered my son one month after my 43rd birthday.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Spandorfer at Weill Cornell Medical College?
Great doctor. Nothing bad to say
What specific things went wrong at Weill Cornell Medical College?
  • Lost appointments
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