Ratings for Dr. Michael Virro
I actually chose to go with Dr Virro and MFC 2 years ago based on the excellent reviews on this site, but now I'm not so sure. I don't doubt that he is a good Doctor - I just think he is too busy and has overextended himself way too much to be able to give his best to his patients. You end up waiting weeks if not months for a follow-up with him just to sit for a rushed 15mins or less during which time he opens your file and reviews it in front of you to give you his feedback. Hardly any time to digest the information or ask questions, he's already standing up and walking you out of his office before you can even ask 2 questions. And good luck getting those questions asked after your appointment. His staff are great - but they made some mistakes that cost us a wasted cycle (time, money and emotional stress) and there was no real apology given. I am still not pregnant after another transfer and I have to wait 2 whole months to discuss next steps with him. The issue I have with Dr. Virro/MFC is therefore not his lack of knowledge but more with the patients access to him (non-existent) and how much time he has to spend inorder truly analyze a patients needs and therefore achieve the best results. So now I am getting to my breaking point on whether or not I made a good decision and if I want to stay with MFC.. I am also suffering from 'the devil you know' syndrome and sacred to move somewhere else with chances of a worse experience. IVF is a rollercoaster - not everyone has a good experience even on the best rides.
I will forever be grateful to Dr. Virro and trusted my gut when I left a previous clinic to go to his clinic. I used to see Dr. Marjorie Dixon who was horrible! Dr. Virro took the time to explain everything in simple terms and never did I feel rushed. I personally found him to be funny and loved his bedside manner. This man is not solely looking to make a profit which is how I felt at the previous clinic. I started seeing him at 37 yrs of age and he didn't pressure us to do ivf or any other costly procedures even at my advanced age of 37 at the time. After 3 failed iui's and my age (3 yrs later athis 40 yrs old) I am absolutely thrilled to say we got pregnant with our first ivf and with only 1 egg transfered!! There were 6 retrieved but only 1 made it. I trusted Dr. Virro all along and he is a genuine man who truly knows what he's doing. For the people making comments about his bedside manner or comments he makes, take a joke people the man is funny and he's not there to baby you. His job is to help you have a baby and unless you are in a hopeless situation he will help you just give him a chance. Dr. Virro is simply amazing and his team is great too. Tali is stellar and the rest of the team is awesome as well.
I just about fell off of my chair when I read the review below - I did the reverse and went from Dr. Del Valle to Dr. Virro, and have NO REGRETS!! Dr. Del Valle didn't trigger me to ovulate when I should have been triggered, resulting in me LOSING ALL OFF MY EGGS. Dr. Del Valle basically fried all of my eggs. Dr. Virro stimulates for quality, not quantity, which resulted in an error-free cycle - meaning, he collected ALL EGGS, rather than frying all of my eggs. The review below is shockingly ridiculous! Note to self: MUST write a review for Dr. Deal Valle - it'll make quite an interesting read. To all potential and current patients: Stick with Dr. V. - you won't go wrong, trust me!!!
I've read the reviews below and thought some of them were ridiculous, at best. Kathy was HORRIBLE - if the doctor decides to convert one's cycle, that has nothing to do with Kathy, and as such, she needn't concern herself about how much money the doctor saved me. Secondly, one is there to have a physical problem dealt with, namely, infertility, not an emotional problem - that's why Margaret, the councillor, is there to help with that aspect of infertility. I think Jane should spend more time focusing on her own psychiatric needs first and then concern herself about anything or anyone else. Get help lady. You need it. Oh, and Tina is great, no problem there!
Everything started well, we had our initial consultation, Dr. Virro said everything was fine and we could keep trying naturaly, few weeks later my wife was pregnant laturaly and a week later miscarried. We called several times but no one picked up, so we left a few messages and 2 days later still no call back. We had to call a lab office within the same building to see if they could walk over and get them to return our call. We set up a conference with Dr. Virro to address our concerns and what had happened with the miscarriage, waited 2 hours then Dr. Virro cancelled. We called various times to reschedule but to call back even after leaving messages. It was really strange, it seemed that his office just didnt care. We had to find another doctor.
I wanted to put a very fair review before I go through IVF at MFC. I see that lots of reviews were influenced by whether or not they successfully conceived after receiving care at MFC. I wanted to put an unbiased review here before I go through the IVF procedure based on my experiences so far and again I want to be be fair but give an honest review based on my experience. So I'll start with the positives, Kathy the nurse is fabulous. I had an education session with her. She explains things in a clear way, answers your questions and most importantly to me as a patient, she makes you feel comfortable, validated and you can't help but to trust her. The other positive things, I would say that they are OK in terms of punctuality. You have to wait but it's not as bad as the waiting I had to do for other specialist appointments. Dr. Virro seems knowledgeable. He will answer questions..so go with questions. He will only provide as much information as he thinks is necessary which maybe too little for you if you want to make an informed decision. And if you think of questions after your appointment, you will have to wait several months before another appointment. Dr. Virro appeared to be frustrated when we had questions and at the end of one visit (after he answered the questions that me and my husband asked him), he told us "you guys don't seem to be ready for anything" which I didn't appreciate it. Getting pregnant and having children for us is a BIG deal and we should not feel rushed to make any decisions-especially if we don't have all the information. He also joked about my husband's sperms results. I can't remember exactly how he said it (he used an expensive vs cheap car analogy) which I laughed about because I didn't know what else to do at the time...but it's really quite pejorative. I'm glad my husband wasn't there to be insulted. Dr. Virro is also not a doctor that is very empathetic-he will not validate feelings or use counselling techniques. He has a very stoic face and body language. So women who are looking for that type of rapport will probably be disappointed. While it seems that he does "know his stuff" in terms of science behind reproductive health and fertility treatment, he does not seem to care about your emotional state. Tina at the front desk can be very abrasive. On one of my first few visits, I came to reception the desk. I saw a sheet on the desk facing up and I looked at it to see if it a sign-sheet, she came over and very abruptly turned the sheet over and said "that's not for you to look at..you need to come over to the other side"...I think the sheet had confidential patient information. I don't understand why the sheet was right there on the reception in your line of view and why she didn't talk to me in a more professional, kind and less abrasive way. I might have some more to add after going through treatment but that has been my experience at the clinic so far.
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