Timothy Hickman

CCRM Houston/Houston IVF

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Medical SchoolSt. Louis U.
ResidencyJohns Hopkins
Houston - Fannin
7400 Fannin
Houston, TX 77054
(713) 465-1211
Houston - Gessner
929 Gessner
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 465-1211
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Timothy Hickman to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 70%Don't recommend: 30%7.1
12 assessments
  • 70% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 0% Neutral (7-8)
  • 30% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
Treated like a human
8.2
Humanity

Ratings of 1 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a number."

Ratings of 10 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a human."

Communication
Poor communication
Excellent communication
8.7
Communication

Ratings of 1 mean poor communication.

Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
Rarely saw at appts.
Always saw at appts.
6.1
Frequency Seen

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

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

Responsiveness
Poor response time
Excellent response time
Poor
Responsiveness

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

On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend CCRM Houston/Houston IVF to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 72%Neutral: 13%Don't recommend: 15%8.2
43 assessments
  • 72% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 13% Neutral (7-8)
  • 15% Don't recommend (0-6)
12 assessments
9
Age
33
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
Because ours was a case of "unexplained infertility", Dr. Hickman strategy was to begin from the less invasive procedures and gradually move towards the more complex procedures. Both me and my husband have been tested and already identified a slight but important alteration in my thyroid which I already begun treating. After assuring that eggs, sperm, fallopian tubes and uterine cavity are fine, next step will be a cycle of Clomid and IUI.
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Age
33
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Latino
Income
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
How was your experience with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Dr. Hickman seemed to be very knowledgeable and sensitive at the same time. He explained our options without imposing an specific course of treatment. He also detailed his rationale for each treatment option and let us free to decide which and when. I am still under treatment, but so far I feel pretty confident I found the right doctor for me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Trust his experience.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Before consulting Dr. Hickman I had many biases against using reproductive assisted technology and had experienced patronizing behavior from other medical doctors which I disliked. Dr. Hickman treated us with respect and explained his hypothesis in clear terms, in a humble manner and with regard for our concerns.
Describe the protocols Timothy Hickman used in your cycles at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF and their degree of success.
Because ours was a case of "unexplained infertility", Dr. Hickman strategy was to begin from the less invasive procedures and gradually move towards the more complex procedures. Both me and my husband have been tested and already identified a slight but important alteration in my thyroid which I already begun treating. After assuring that eggs, sperm, fallopian tubes and uterine cavity are fine, next step will be a cycle of Clomid and IUI. We also chose to do a genetic screening which was really helpful to decide that trying IUI is still a viable option. Understanding the steps of treatment was reassuring and the level of detail an specialist can go makes the difference for those who are wondering why they can't get pregnant and have not found any answer yet.
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF. (Assigned nurse: Sarah)
My nurse seems to be very knowledgeable and she always answer my questions with parsimony. Therefore I feel I can trust her. However, she seems to be busy and always in a rush, with less warmth that I would like.
Describe your experience with CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
The clinic is a peaceful environment. It seems to be a lack of coordination regarding lab results and it's a little complicated to access your your information (currently there are 2 portals, not very clear or integrated). Staff has been partially helpful with orientation.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
The initial visit, lab tests, medication I needed for thyroid and genetic counseling, with our insurance, have been under $1000. Next cycle we are predicting about $2000 for an exam, Clomid and one cycle of IUI. The max. # of trials with IUI will be 3. So if it does not work, before deciding if we want to try IVF, we will have spent about $6000.
Describe Timothy Hickman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
Not there yet
What specific things went wrong at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
9
Doctor
Timothy Hickman
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
CCRM Houston/Houston IVF
Houston - Gessner
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10
Age
28 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Other
10
I never felt rushed. Even one time I told Dr. Hickman in the hallway "I know you are so busy, but what do you think about _______" and he responded so kindly, looked me in the eye, and said to not ever feel like I can't ask him questions or like he is rushed.... Dr. Hickman was always calm and made me feel like I was in the best hands possible. He took time to answer my questions and was just so friendly and caring. My journey started in 2014 and after 3 IUIs, I became pregnant on the 3rd try, leading to a healthy baby boy.
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Age
28 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Other
10
How was your experience with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Dr. Hickman was always calm and made me feel like I was in the best hands possible. He took time to answer my questions and was just so friendly and caring. My journey started in 2014 and after 3 IUIs, I became pregnant on the 3rd try, leading to a healthy baby boy. We decided to try again in 2017 and found out I had borderline underactive thyroid, so he prescribed Synthroid. I got pregnant my first IUI but miscarried at 8 weeks. During the miscarriage, I had to see Dr. Hickman a lot and he never made me feel rushed and he remained positive but sympathetic at the same time.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Make an appointment NOW- do not wait! Just take the leap of faith now.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
I never felt rushed. Even one time I told Dr. Hickman in the hallway "I know you are so busy, but what do you think about _______" and he responded so kindly, looked me in the eye, and said to not ever feel like I can't ask him questions or like he is rushed. His nurses are also so empathetic and caring.
Describe the protocols Timothy Hickman used in your cycles at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF and their degree of success.
For my first time around, the plan was 3 iuis with Clomid and ovidrel and then we would reconvene after and discuss the next step (possibly ivf). I got pregnant on the 3rd IUI. For my next pregnancy, blood work showed that I had high TSH so I was put on Synthroid. Since I had a successful IUI last time, Dr. Hickman was confident it would work again. I got pregnant my very first IUI with clomid and ovidrel, but miscarried. Now I am waiting a couple of cycles by my own personal choice to start trying again.
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF. (Assigned nurse: sarah)
Although Sarah was my primary nurse, I can say that every single person I worked with left a lasting positive impact. Sarah was always quick to call me back (I usually had to wait less than an hour to hear from her) and I called her A LOT. She never made me feel bad or silly for my questions, but instead left me feeling validated and in good hands. When I miscarried, I worked a lot with another nurse. I wish I remembered her name. She was so, so caring and warm. It brings tears to my eyes thinking about her kindness and empathy.
Describe your experience with CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
This clinic itself is gorgeous. You have views of i-10 and it is incredibly clean and welcoming. It was always easy to schedule appointments and to go in same day or next day. They are open 365 days a year (or maybe 364), so there is no need to worry about your IUI day landing on a weekend. They were even open every day during hurricane Harvey, when much of the city was closed down. I really don't see any weaknesses and believe Houston IVF is the best of the best. I will always be so grateful for them. We even took my son to meet the doctor and nurses that helped create him!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
Each IUI was 1300. The hysterocopy I had to have with him was $200.
10
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Timothy Hickman
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Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
CCRM Houston/Houston IVF
Houston - Fannin
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10
Age
29 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
10
He’s incredibly personable and calm. He is able to put fears at ease and is very willing to listen and understand. We had many questions going into the procedures, and he was always willing to talk with us about any questions we had. He was always very thorough in his explanations.... this past frozen transfer I remember that he was very particular that we use endometrum suppositories
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Age
29 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
10
How was your experience with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
He’s incredibly personable and calm. He is able to put fears at ease and is very willing to listen and understand. We had many questions going into the procedures, and he was always willing to talk with us about any questions we had. He was always very thorough in his explanations.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Go see him sooner! Haha we waited a while to finally see an Infertility specialist and I wish we’d done it sooner because we received such great care.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Their office was incredible. There was rarely another patient waiting. The longest I waited in the waiting room was five minutes. Once back, I had a nurse or someone with me the entire time providing comfort. They were extremely personable.
Describe the protocols Timothy Hickman used in your cycles at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF and their degree of success.
It is hard to remember specifics from my first cycle... but this past frozen transfer I remember that he was very particular that we use endometrum suppositories instead of other progesterone supplements. He felt that the success rate with this medication was better than regular progesterone supplements.
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF. (Assigned nurse: Amanda)
The nurses were very on top of it. My nurse was very matter of fact. She wasn’t superfluous in what she needed to say, which I appreciated.
Describe your experience with CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
They have a million strengths in my eyes. Their office is beautifully located- on the top floor of a building that overlooks Houston. The waiting room is spacious and peaceful. I never had to wait more than five minutes. Once back- the nurses were so helpful and kind. I was literally walked through each step of the process.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
Monitoring was super quick and easy! It was usually early morning so people could still get to work.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
I remember total- it was $13,000 and the second time with a frozen transfer was around $7,000
Describe Timothy Hickman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
Our doctor was very open to what we wanted to do. He was very willing to let us select one or two embryos, based on how we felt.
What specific things went wrong at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
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Doctor
Timothy Hickman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
CCRM Houston/Houston IVF
Houston - Fannin
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10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2010 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
7 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
He is compassionately matter-of-fact, and what I mean is that he delicately tells you the truth. I was a patient for a year doing IUIs and during that time I didn't really see him (except for the initial consultation) because his nurses perform all of the procedures. I ended up doing IVF and that's really when I felt like he was present.
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Age
32 - 33
Treated
2010 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$500K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
7 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
How was your experience with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
I had the best experience as Dr. Hickman's patient! His office is so prompt and efficient. The whole clinic is so well run. Dr. Hickman was incredibly professional. He is compassionately matter-of-fact, and what I mean is that he delicately tells you the truth. I was a patient for a year doing IUIs and during that time I didn't really see him (except for the initial consultation) because his nurses perform all of the procedures. I ended up doing IVF and that's really when I felt like he was present. He had to perform a minor surgical procedure on me before we could proceed with IVF, and he was just wonderful. He did a fantastic job, but he also made my family and me feel like he cared. He took extra time with them going over my surgery and explaining everything in detail. He was equally wonderful performing the IVF. I really believe his is sensitive to his patients (who are under extreme amounts of stress and pumped up with hormones) and I felt he was very smart. I think he takes his success rate seriously which I appreciate. Overall I never questioned that I was receiving the absolute best care and treatment. I met with him the first time and left thinking "this is the doctor for me". It has been over three years since the birth of my twins and I still think that he was the perfect choice.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
I wish I would not have waited so long to move from IUIs to IVF. I don't think that anyone at the clinic ever suggested that IUIs weren't working and that I should be considering other options. Although, it might have been discussed during the initial consultation. So, don't wait for them to contact you if you have questions or feel things aren't progressing. Call them and they will take care of you
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
As an IVF patient I was assigned my own nurse who handled all of my communication with their office and was present for all of my appointments and procedures. She returned all of my phone calls promptly and answered all of my questions. I believe she really wanted my treatments to work. When you have a point person in the office its like you, Dr. Hickman, and your nurse are a team doing everything possible to get you that baby. The nurse calls you to give you your pregnancy results. My husband and I couldn't be together to take the call, so I had her leave a message for me giving me the results. The nurse was so excited on the message and so sweet; I still have the message on my phone.
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF. (Assigned nurse: Judy)
She was always easy to get in contact with, and she was very encouraging.
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Doctor
Timothy Hickman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
CCRM Houston/Houston IVF
Houston - Fannin
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0
Age
41
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
0
He [Dr. Hickman] was caring during consultation. During treatments he barely even looked at me, no time to ask him questions. After negative pregnancy test during follow up, he made me feel like it was all my fault and had poor quality eggs....He needs to show more compassion, not just throw his hands in the air when it didn’t work or tell us that egg donors and adoption are also ways to have s family. We have no children, we wanted to experience childbirth. He had no advice on improving egg quality, just said that it doesn’t work.
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Age
41
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Investment Banker
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 4 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
0
How was your experience with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
He needs to show more compassion, not just throw his hands in the air when it didn’t work or tell us that egg donors and adoption are also ways to have s family. We have no children, we wanted to experience childbirth. He had no advice on improving egg quality, just said that it doesn’t work. Some other clinics have treatments that DO work.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Do your research, make him answer your questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
He was caring during consultation. During treatments he barely even looked at me, no time to ask him questions. After negative pregnancy test during follow up, he made me feel like it was all my fault and had poor quality eggs. There were sooo many problems we had during our cycle that were clinics fault.
Describe the protocols Timothy Hickman used in your cycles at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF and their degree of success.
Lipton, Menopur, Bravelle, it was his most aggressive protocol, I responded perfectly.
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF. (Assigned nurse: Judy)
She was great, relaying messages were not good. We drove 2 1/2 hours for s Transfer, she never let us know instead of doing a 3 day, we’re doing a 5 day since embryos were doing so good.
Describe your experience with CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
Desk staff is rude, never wanted to give receipts, list my payment when we paid for anesthesia in cash! Needs improvement all around! They do have a financial consultant whom was awesome. She let me know if employers that offer insurance coverage that covers IVF! She was very transparent.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
We spent about 22,000 total
Describe Timothy Hickman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
He made the decision to transfer 3, feel he knew we had no chance
What specific things went wrong at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
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Doctor
Timothy Hickman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
1
Clinic
CCRM Houston/Houston IVF
Houston - Gessner
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10
Age
27 - 32
Treated
2012 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage
10
Dr. Hickman did explain everything well before beginning ivf. After a failed cycle he would always call me himself and answer every single question I had. I felt he was a great doctor and trusted him completely...We used the antagonist protocol and I always used lupron with every cycle. I would trigger with 10,000 units of hgh. I would always react decently...I did feel taken care of.
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Age
27 - 32
Treated
2012 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Latino
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage
10
How was your experience with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Dr. Hickman did explain everything well before beginning ivf. After a failed cycle he would always call me himself and answer every single question I had. I felt he was a great doctor and trusted him completely.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Ivf isn't easy and it isn't cheap, but he was worth it.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
I did feel taken care of.
Describe the protocols Timothy Hickman used in your cycles at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF and their degree of success.
We used the antagonist protocol and I always used lupron with every cycle. I would trigger with 10,000 units of hgh. I would always react decently.
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF. (Assigned nurse: Susan Gibbons)
Susan was there for all my questions and to help with everything along the way. She was wonderful!
Describe your experience with CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
I thought the clinic was great. Your doctor isn't always the one who performs the retrieval or transfer, which I didn't know going in, sometimes its another RE on site. But all of them were wonderful.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
All monitoring appointments were scheduled before 8am and there were several nurses working to get you back to do bloodwork while the doctors were in and out doing ultrasounds. Things always moved very fast in the mornings.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
If was vey expensive, I think it was close to 35 thousand for two cycles. Thanks to several loans, our life savings and my grandmother who helped us pay for everything. Everything was included in the price except for the anesthesia. Acupuncture was also separate.
Describe Timothy Hickman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
My first two transfer he allowed 3 each time, but my third only 2 were transferred per new law/rule.
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Timothy Hickman
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
CCRM Houston/Houston IVF
Houston - Fannin
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0
Age
35 - 42
Treated
2005 - 2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Other
0
He [Dr. Timothy Hickman] performed lots of tests and did ultimately treat one issue of mine (small tumor pressing on my pituitary gland) but apparently misdiagnosed the quality of my husband's sperm and told us we wouldn't get pregnant without IVF. We left his practice after getting a second opinion on the sperm, concentrated on my cycle times and got pregnant on our own.
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Age
35 - 42
Treated
2005 - 2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Engineer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Other
0
How was your experience with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
He performed lots of tests and did ultimately treat one issue of mine (small tumor pressing on my pituitary gland) but apparently misdiagnosed the quality of my husband's sperm and told us we wouldn't get pregnant without IVF. We left his practice after getting a second opinion on the sperm, concentrated on my cycle times and got pregnant on our own.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
If you are in a super hurry to get pregnant and want to pay for IVF, then he might be okay. But if you are patient and just want to see if you can treat a possible small issue before getting pregnant on your own, then find another doctor.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
In the end, I felt pressured to pay for IVF but when getting a second opinion about my husband's sperm, we found out there was nothing wrong with it and we ended up getting pregnant on our own even though the doctor said we never would.
Describe the protocols Timothy Hickman used in your cycles at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF and their degree of success.
We did a lot of tests and he found 2 problems. He treated me with bromocriptine to shrink my pituitary because I had a small tumor on it. Then he diagnosed my husband with "bad sperm" and then told us we couldn't get pregnant because of this and wanted to schedule IVF. We got a second opinion about the sperm which ended up being completely normal and ended up getting pregnant without the IVF.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Neutral
Describe your experience with CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
I guess the only issue I have with the clinic is the misdiagnosis of my husband's sperm which could've led to us spending a whole lot of money for nothing. So, I don't trust this doctor or the clinic.
What specific things went wrong at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
  • Provided conflicting information
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Doctor
Timothy Hickman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
0
Clinic
CCRM Houston/Houston IVF
Sugar Land
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1
Age
27
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing (cancer)
Diagnosis
Cancer
1
Dr. Hickman never diverted from his protocol. Both of our transfers ended in the same result, but he still did not change the treatment for the subsequent transfers. ... He did do every ultrasound on his own. ... He preferred to do a single embryo transfer for my first transfer. Since it resulted in a chemical pregnancy, he transferred two embryos on the second transfer. ... For the fresh, I took menopur, follistim, ganirelix, and a HCG trigger. For the frozen, I had to take the progesterone suppositories and estrogen patches. ...
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Age
27
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
South Asian
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing (cancer)
Diagnosis
Cancer
1
How was your experience with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
I personally had a poor experience with Dr. Hickman. He would not divert from protocol even if my body required it. Every person has individual and unique needs which should be treated accordingly. He did do every ultrasound on his own.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Verbalize your needs and concerns.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Dr. Hickman never diverted from his protocol. Both of our transfers ended in the same result, but he still did not change the treatment for the subsequent transfers.
Describe the protocols Timothy Hickman used in your cycles at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF and their degree of success.
Dr. Hickman followed a strict protocol for both fresh and frozen transfers. For the fresh, I took menopur, follistim, ganirelix, and a HCG trigger. For the frozen, I had to take the progesterone suppositories and estrogen patches.
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF. (Assigned nurse: Tiffany)
Tiffany was nice enough but didn’t have much knowledge and was unable to answer many of my questions.
Describe your experience with CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
Clinic was nice and large. It has one central location where they perform everything. They do not have any other locations. This includes all bloodwork, ultrasounds and any procedures. The front staff is very friendly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
I do not recall.
Describe Timothy Hickman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
He preferred to do a single embryo transfer for my first transfer. Since it resulted in a chemical pregnancy, he transferred two embryos on the second transfer. This also produced the same result.
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Timothy Hickman
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CCRM Houston/Houston IVF
Houston - Gessner
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2
Age
40 - 41
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
2
My husband and I didn't get to see Dr. Hickman [at Houston IVF} much. In fact, we only saw him once in preparation for our IUI. The IUI wasn't even performed by him. It was performed by a nurse. I think that's normal, but someone should've informed us of this prior to the procedure. When my husband and I decided to go to a different clinic for our IVF, I requested that my records be sent to the new clinic. It took over a month to get them sent, and I had to make several phone calls.
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Age
40 - 41
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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How was your experience with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
He was very technical, and not the least bit warm. I might've been okay with this if we had seen him more frequently or if he had told us that his nurses would be doing everything.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Don't expect to see him often. Ask lots of questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
My husband and I didn't get to see Dr. Hickman much. In fact, we only saw him once in preparation for our IUI. The IUI wasn't even performed by him. It was performed by a nurse. I think that's normal, but someone should've informed us of this prior to the procedure.
Describe the protocols Timothy Hickman used in your cycles at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF and their degree of success.
We went in to discuss IVF, but we ended up deciding to try IUI first. I was on Bravelle and Ovidrel. It was unsuccessful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
Unfortunately, I don't remember names, but our care coordinator was kind. She gave us some of the medications (we were still charged for them) so we wouldn't have to pay for them right then.
Describe your experience with CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
The waiting area is lovely, the waits aren't too long, and an acupuncture clinic is also available. I did love that they didn't scoff at the idea of acupuncture as some clinics do.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
I had insurance coverage for an IUI. It was only $1,500 plus the medications.
What specific things went wrong at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
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Timothy Hickman
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CCRM Houston/Houston IVF
Houston - Fannin
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Age
33 - 35
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Unexplained
10
He was amazing. He is methodical and can explain why he is doing what he is doing clearly. He has no problem with questions. He is available if you need him.
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Age
33 - 35
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Prefer not to answer
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Engineer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Unexplained
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How was your experience with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
He was amazing. He is methodical and can explain why he is doing what he is doing clearly. He has no problem with questions. He is available if you need him. He called me back at night one time because i was so worried the night before my second IUI. He explained why he really thought this cycle would work (which it did).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Don't wait. Go see him.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Dr. Hickman was AMAZING!!! He took the time, anytime, including at night after he got off work, to answer my questions. He explained everything to me and seemed to even enjoy the fact I was asking questions. A different doctor I went to first actually blamed me for my infertility. He told me that my past was my past and the goal now was to get me pregnant, which he did. I can't recommend him enough.
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF. (Assigned nurse: Susan)
She cared so much about me. I am currently going back to try to conceive a second child. She found me, remembered me, my background, when my child was born, my interest. She is incredibly patient when I ask questions...lots of questions. She has been there for me when medication didn't get delivered and made sure I had what I needed at all times.
What specific things went wrong at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
  • Failed to convey critical information
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Timothy Hickman
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10
Clinic
CCRM Houston/Houston IVF
Houston - Fannin
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Age
31
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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Honest and forthright. He [Dr. Timothy Hickman] answered all questions and explained the process almost to the point of over explaining (but I had done a lot of research prior to our first appointment). He called with results of the egg retrieval personally. Found out later that he has a tendency to always propose multiple embryo transfer if more than one viable embryo is available
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Age
31
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Engineer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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How was your experience with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Honest and forthright. He answered all questions and explained the process almost to the point of over explaining (but I had done a lot of research prior to our first appointment). He called with results of the egg retrieval personally. Found out later that he has a tendency to always propose multiple embryo transfer if more than one viable embryo is available.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Everyone at the clinic was very welcoming. Dr. Hickman explained everything I needed to know and was responsive to any questions I had.
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
Organized and efficient. My appointments started on time and I was seen quickly. My nurse called me promptly with lab results and instructions when applicable.
Describe your experience with CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
Organized and knowledgeable. Wonderful experience. There are multiple doctors and you will end up seeing all of them at one point in time or another so if continually seeing the same doctor is important to you that might be a weakness but I had no issue with it.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
All in, egg retrieval and 1 transfer was about $17k
Describe Timothy Hickman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
He tends to propose multiple embryo transfer. As I had never had a failed IVF cycle and knowing current success rates I might have chosen to only transfer one at a time.
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Timothy Hickman
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Clinic
CCRM Houston/Houston IVF
Houston - Fannin
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10
Age
24 - 27
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Other
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He [Dr. Timothy Hickman] dedicated a lot of time explaining me well my not so common sindrome. My case was super wired and he was able to manage it as it was something common. Each time I will need more explanation he will contact his nurse and give me a call to explain well..... Strenghts: - smart - patience - have lots of knowledge - always know the last technologies and ways of doing procedures - take his time explaining -gives hope - tell the truth Weakness: - At some point of the Ivf there was a confusion because my anatomy is different from the rest. My ovaries where much up than usual ( difficult to know to every single doctor). We learn that in my sindrome case is better to do some other tests before ivf like Testosterone. But this was not dr fault. This was a one in a million cases. Think I was his jumber 1 case like this. But he overcome ir perfectly and now I have one baby with me. No real weakness.
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Age
24 - 27
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Latino
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Entrepreneur
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Other
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How was your experience with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Strenghts: - smart - patience - have lots of knowledge - always know the last technologies and ways of doing procedures - take his time explaining -gives hope - tell the truth Weakness: - At some point of the Ivf there was a confusion because my anatomy is different from the rest. My ovaries where much up than usual ( difficult to know to every single doctor). We learn that in my sindrome case is better to do some other tests before ivf like Testosterone. But this was not dr fault. This was a one in a million cases. Think I was his jumber 1 case like this. But he overcome ir perfectly and now I have one baby with me. No real weakness.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
Get all your results from the other clinic and go visit asap dr hickman! He will tell you the truth and will tell you your proplbabilities of conceiving and your real options.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF?
He dedicated a lot of time explaining me well my not so common sindrome. My case was super wired and he was able to manage it as it was something common. Each time I will need more explanation he will contact his nurse and give me a call to explain well.
Describe the protocols Timothy Hickman used in your cycles at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF and their degree of success.
Blastocysts at day 3-4 ( 50% more of chance to have good embrios) Blood test exams every single 3 days on the last weeks of ivf to see the hcg ( estrogen and testosterone increasing or decresing) 6 weeks. 2 birth control pill and 4 belly hormines injections . Plus one trigger before retrieval.
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF. (Assigned nurse: Jessica Gibbs )
Nurse staff in the physical location amazing!! But the nurses in charge of patiences dont know wht but have left the mayority hat were working with me the last year and now is difficult to communicate with rhem because all of them are gone. Maybe i just need to go again physical and claim for a new new nurse. Have not been there since the last transfer . 1 year ago.
Describe your experience with CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
Clean, efficient, effective, easy process, easy admission , nice clean flow since you enter and you leave. Super hiper well organized. Impressive for a lot of people that I have recomend this doctor and they went.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Timothy Hickman at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
Aprox. 28,000$ All ivf process. 4000 medications for ivf to me 4000 for my surrogate estimulation 4000 second time surrogate estimulation 2000 transfer numer 1 2000 transfer numer 2
Describe Timothy Hickman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at CCRM Houston/Houston IVF.
Multiple is much better. You always have better probabilities to have just ONE if you put two than having 2. And when you put just one your pribabilities decreese to less than 30% of success. If you put 2 I think it goes up to 45-50%. And always better to do pgs. This process is so tought , long and pricey that is important to know if your embrios are 100% healthy.
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CCRM Houston/Houston IVF
Houston - Gessner
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