Rated 8.1
Strongly recommend: 42%Neutral: 42%Don't recommend: 16%8.1
42% strongly recommend
7 reviews
Humanity
9.7
9.7
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
8.6
8.6
Communication

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Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
9.4
9.4
Frequency Seen

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

Responsiveness
8.3
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Education

Medical School
Tel Aviv U.
Residency
UMDNJ
Fellowship
Emory

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Vitaly Kushnir works at

West Coast Fertility Centers
Rated 9.1
Strongly recommend: 76%Neutral: 22%Don't recommend: 2%9.1

At 1 office

Fountain Valley
11160 Warner Ave
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
714.513.1399
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2017, Successful
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9
Age 43
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
East Asian
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I went to Dr. Kushnir after another doctor recommended egg donation and wouldn't let me try with my own eggs. Dr. Kushnir explained that the odds of getting pregnant with my own eggs were low given my low AMH, but told us that he was willing to help us if we wanted to go that route. We had 2 IVF cycles, back to back, and I got pregnant in the second cycle.... We had an early retrieval in the first cycle, but he went even earlier in the second, when the lead follicle was 16 mm. With this adjustment, we got more eggs and better-quality embryos than in the first cycle, one of which resulted in a pregnancy
Strengths: They [Center for Human Reproduction] really seem to believe that patients should be the one to make their own life decisions with full information, which we appreciated. Lots of research going on at the center, which seems to result in strategies that don't exist at other IVF centers, like the early retrieval protocol we used.... Weaknesses: They take very few insurances. Ours (BCBS) wasn't in network. They also require full payment upfront. Sometimes I had to play phone tag with their staff (nurses and front desk), though most things could be handled through email.
How was your experience with Vitaly Kushnir at Center for Human Reproduction?
I went to Dr. Kushnir after another doctor recommended egg donation and wouldn't let me try with my own eggs. Dr. Kushnir explained that the odds of getting pregnant with my own eggs were low given my low AMH, but told us that he was willing to help us if we wanted to go that route. We had 2 IVF cycles, back to back, and I got pregnant in the second cycle. He said during the follow-up conversation we had after the first one didn't result in a pregnancy that our case was reviewed by everyone at the center, and he adjusted the protocol and timing based on the discussion. We had an early retrieval in the first cycle, but he went even earlier in the second, when the lead follicle was 16 mm. With this adjustment, we got more eggs and better-quality embryos than in the first cycle, one of which resulted in a pregnancy. Throughout all this, Dr. Kushnir explained everything in detail, and we appreciated that he shared the reasoning behind the approaches he was recommending, instead of just telling us what to do.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Vitaly Kushnir at Center for Human Reproduction?
Dr. Kushnir spent nearly an hour for our consultation, while other doctors almost immediately dismissed us as too old to even try with our own eggs. After taking detailed history on us and reviewing test results, he laid out what we would be up against, told us that we'd be far more likely to succeed with donor eggs (which we knew), but was willing to do what he can to help us have our own biological child. He also responded to our innumerable questions via email during my treatment cycle.
Describe the protocols Vitaly Kushnir used in your cycles at Center for Human Reproduction and their degree of success.
I already wrote about this in response to an earlier question, but here's what we had: DHEA and CoQ10 for about 2 months (to prepare my ovaries). During that time, they were monitoring a number of hormone levels that I can't fully recall, in order to ensure that the effects of these supplements were in place before we started our cycles. We also didn't take a break after the first cycle failed, at his recommendation. We used high doses of FSH and HMG, and hCG for trigger after 7 days for the 2nd cycle (the successful one) when the lead follicle was 16mm. Dr. Kushnir said the reasoning behind this early retrieval was to keep my eggs from getting "overripe" because my ovaries were maturing eggs in an accelerated pace, which he said is typical for women with low reserve.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Center for Human Reproduction.
I was actually transferred to a second nurse after the first nurse left the center. Both were good, very efficient and clear, but I definitely jelled better with my second nurse, who was more openly compassionate than my first nurse. It's a matter of preference, though--both did a perfectly fine job explaining everything to me (I asked a lot of questions because this was my first time going through IVF, and I like to know everything), organizing the logistics and keeping me updated about results and what not.
Describe your experience with Center for Human Reproduction.
Strengths: They really seem to believe that patients should be the one to make their own life decisions with full information, which we appreciated. Lots of research going on at the center, which seems to result in strategies that don't exist at other IVF centers, like the early retrieval protocol we used. It's a small, private center. We felt like we knew everyone and everyone greeted us with our names, which felt great during this difficult time. Weaknesses: They take very few insurances. Ours (BCBS) wasn't in network. They also require full payment upfront. Sometimes I had to play phone tag with their staff (nurses and front desk), though most things could be handled through email.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Center for Human Reproduction.
It would have been great if the monitoring hours were a bit earlier.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vitaly Kushnir at Center for Human Reproduction.
Around $18,000 per IVF cycle plus $2,500 for medications.
Describe Vitaly Kushnir's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Center for Human Reproduction.
They don't believe in universal eSET, and let us decide what to do. We went with multiple embryos, as we were fine with twins and wanted to maximize our chances.
What specific things went wrong at Center for Human Reproduction?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Center for Human Reproduction.
There was some miscommunication over the cost of freezing and storing the extra embryo we had. We had to speak with the billing manager and our nurse for clarification. It was annoying, but it could also be us being newbies at the time. This center treats a lot of patients with past experiences with IVF, so sometimes thought we knew something when we didn't. After this, though, they were noticeably more careful about making sure we understood everything.
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Center for Human Reproduction
New York
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2018, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 34
IVF
Poor Egg Quality
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Sales Representative
2nd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Kushnir is a very compassionate person who clearly understands the patient's individual needs and makes you feel very comfortable. Convinced me that I don't need donor's eggs unlike other doctors I consulted with...Thoroughly explained what my issues were, and assured that I still have a chance to get pregnant with my own eggs. Very good on following up...450 IU of Gonal 150 IU of Menopur Early retrieval
[The nurses at Center for Human Reproduction are] Very good on coordinating and follow up...Around $20,000 for a fresh IVF cycle...Latest technologies, friendly approach. Extremely coordinated and make you feel comfortable. Every procedure is done on premises. Professional staff and quick to get an appointment. I highly recommend...[Eset approach is] Single embryo...Dr. Kushnir is a very compassionate person who clearly understands the patient's individual needs and makes you feel very comfortable. Convinced me that I don't need donor's eggs unlike other doctors I consulted with.
How was your experience with Vitaly Kushnir at Center for Human Reproduction?
Dr. Kushnir is a very compassionate person who clearly understands the patient's individual needs and makes you feel very comfortable. Convinced me that I don't need donor's eggs unlike other doctors I consulted with.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vitaly Kushnir at Center for Human Reproduction?
Everything is great as it is
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Vitaly Kushnir at Center for Human Reproduction?
Thoroughly explained what my issues were, and assured that I still have a chance to get pregnant with my own eggs. Very good on following up.
Describe the protocols Vitaly Kushnir used in your cycles at Center for Human Reproduction and their degree of success.
450 IU of Gonal 150 IU of Menopur Early retrieval
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Center for Human Reproduction.
Very good on coordinating and follow up
Describe your experience with Center for Human Reproduction.
Latest technologies, friendly approach. Extremely coordinated and make you feel comfortable. Every procedure is done on premises. Professional staff and quick to get an appointment. I highly recommend.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vitaly Kushnir at Center for Human Reproduction.
$50 copay for appointment Around $20,000 for a fresh IVF cycle
Describe Vitaly Kushnir's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Center for Human Reproduction.
Single embryo
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Vitaly Kushnir
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
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10
Clinic
Center for Human Reproduction
New York
Operations
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2017 - 2018, Unsuccessful
10
N/A
Age 38 - 39
3 IUI
3 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $0 - $49K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr Kushnir always smiled at me and spoke to me in a personal manner. He remembered every question I had asked in between visits and always made direct eye contact... First we did a round of Clomid because i was more comfortable with it and did not want an abundance of embryos then we did 2 full ivf cycles using follistim and menapur. We also used ICSI
Although my cycles were not successful being with this clinic [Center for Human Reproduction] was like being surrounded by family. I felt safe and cared about. It turned out that I had endometridis and needed antibiotics before i could do another cycle but i would choose this clinic again... Dorota was amazing. She became my best friend thru all of this and even answered my questions after
How was your experience with Vitaly Kushnir at Center for Human Reproduction?
Although my cycles were not successful being with this clinic was like being surrounded by family. I felt safe and cared about. It turned out that I had endometridis and needed antibiotics before i could do another cycle but i would choose this clinic again
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vitaly Kushnir at Center for Human Reproduction?
Trust him he knows what he's doing.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Vitaly Kushnir at Center for Human Reproduction?
Dr Kushnir always smiled at me and spoke to me in a personal manner. He remembered every question I had asked in between visits and always made direct eye contact
Describe the protocols Vitaly Kushnir used in your cycles at Center for Human Reproduction and their degree of success.
First we did a round of Clomid because i was more comfortable with it and did not want an abundance of embryos then we did 2 full ivf cycles using follistim and menapur. We also used ICSI
Describe your experience with your nurse at Center for Human Reproduction. (Assigned nurse: Dorota)
Dorota was amazing. She became my best friend thru all of this and even answered my questions after
Describe Vitaly Kushnir's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Center for Human Reproduction.
Definitely agreed with the multiple transfers and knew the risks of multiples.
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