Ratings for Dr. Sami S. David
After my experience at this clinic I am shocked there isn't an extensive list of complaints from this past year - I really wonder how they are able to avoid or block that from happening. I wish I had been more discerning when looking at reviews of this practice before signing up - because the fact that there are only a few posted (good and bad) after so many years of him being in practice should have been a warning sign. At some point in time this doctor might have been amazing, but now it's literally a joke. You have your 800$ consultation via Skype and then you never see or hear from him again. (Apparently now he's back in the clinic) but my experience was that after one month of being a patient I was informed via email that he was closing his doors 27 days later to be a "consultant" to the world. I kid you not. I got this email one day after having my first IUI - not exactly a non stressful thing to receive. Immediately i had to get back into action to see what new doctor I'd have to transfer to and considering i'd just started with this clinic I felt beyond deceived. I spent the next 20 plus days in stress and using more precious time trying to figure out where to go and writing emails to the clinic trying to get clarity. (BTW his staff also had no idea what was going on). With the deadline of the clinic closing near and patients clearly demanding refunds and showing their displeasure with the situation - I then received a second email saying after the outcry of his patients became too loud to ignore - he was "back from his world book tour"( seriously?) and that he would now be the only person at the practice and his whole staff would be let go except for the receptionist. Within that 27 day countdown the nurse had personally given me her word to stick with me until I finished my 2nd iui so that I wouldn't lose at least that months try which I appreciated ...but to say it was within a calm and ideal environment of course was impossible for her to provide. For anyone that has been on a fertility journey the last thing you want to stress you out - is the FERTILITY CLINIC ITSELF which pretty much sums up my entire experience there. Also important to note is that following my second IUI I wound up in the ER (twice within one week) in excruciating pain and unable to physically move for over a month as a result of hyper-ovarian stimulation for using Clomid for the first time. Without going into the details of that - I can say I never received any follow-up from the doctor or clinic minus the actual days I called to report I was in the ER. In fact the only way they knew what was going on or how I was - was solely dependent on me contacting them. Great care or concern? I think not. It's scary actually to think to have put my body and trust in their care as well as a lot of my money I could have put to someone that actually cared. The ethics at this clinic are questionable both in medical practice as well as financially. Just as one example .... I was going to be billed to speak to the doctor after I demanded a phone call from him following his first email saying he was hitting the road! Only after expressing anger about the fact I believed he owed his patients the courtesy of a phone call after ditching us - did the front desk manager say she could "waive" the fee - which i think is normally around $250 dollars for 15 minutes to talk to him . As was her usual manner, she made it seem like she was doing me a big favor! REALLY?!!! I could go on and on and I wish I could put my email on here to let any woman considering going here access to ask me any question because that's how strongly i feel about this place being an absolute joke and disaster. It's amazing what someone wanting a baby is willing to accept dealing with - and it's horrible how easily and with little conscious this practice preys on those that are feeling desperate. I think at one point this was a very good place but today - no way - I say in the strongest terms possible - do not give this place even one penny and even more importantly any precious time.
A very special approach to infertility . Natural safe positive methods. The staff are caring and the office is a serene oasis. You are monitored step by step through your cycle to give you the best chance at conceiving, No guarantees. some say "low tech" ideal for the couple willing to look at the whole picture and not immediate ivf, tho for some that might be the only solution. Sadly some will not be successful. We were twice (age 42 and 45) and not because we would have been anyhow. We moved out of the city, but insisted on returning the 2nd time because of Dr Davids prescription of certain drugs, tests, timing of conception and or vitamins etc to get pregnant and stay that way ( you are under his guidance only up to the 1st trimester ). He does not take insurance, payment is requested at time of service, credit cards accepted. However, we submitted forms to ours and did get refunded. I highly recommend you read his book "Making Babies" first before you reach out to him, as his philosophy and methods are clearly laid out for you to decide if this for you and not some quick fix last ditch attempt to change what you and your partners reality is ( tho they can confirm or deny any previous diagnosis) , they never judge you on age for example, they just state the facts, try this or this at this time that's all.
This practice is terrible! Not only is it crazy expensive, but there are additional fees that they don't tell you about until you're suddenly being charged even more. On top of that, they were unable to assist me in getting pregnant. Pretty much everything they told me was stuff I already knew from other doctors. I suspect that those who have success at this practice would have gotten pregnant on their own anyway. I would NEVER send anyone to this doctor!
incredibly knowledgeable, passionate about his field, intuitive and caring. sadly, they don't make doctors like this anymore. Dr David and his team are excellent. i have been seeing him for two years and i only have praises and tremendous admiration in regards to him. regardless if i conceive, (i'm 47) i'm so blessed to have come across his book (it's great) and have him in new york city. this baby making journey has taught me a lot about myself , my body and doctors- HIGHLY RECOMMEND this doctor he is amazing!
A choir of angels could not adequately sing the praises of Dr. Sami David. I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person, but consulted with him over the phone. He is personable, kind and above all highly professional. His office staff was always courteous, extremely helpful and served as a seamless conduit for timely communication with the busy doctor. But most importantly, Dr. David gave us our little Sofia. I have no doubt that without his expert guidance our local REs would never have conceived her. His knowledge far out paces that of his colleagues’, but what really sets him apart in his field is that he does not treat his patients as statistics. I was 42½ years old when I first spoke with him and he NEVER mentioned my age as a cause of infertility or even a concern! He quietly went about his work making sure that there were no medical impediments to conception and once everything was ruled out he suggested IVF. He monitored my progress through 2 failed IVF cycles (run completely by my doctors here in Los Angeles) and then stepped in on our third and final attempt. He altered the drug protocol for the third cycle significantly lowering the dosages and thus reducing egg production by half. My local RE’s partner wanted to cancel the cycle due to “poor” egg production. We ended up with 4 top quality embryos – from eggs retrieved less than 3 months before my 44th birthday - transferred only two of the embryos, and welcomed little Sofia into the world 9 months later. Dr. David promises no miracles, yet through practicing his own revolutionary brand of compassionate, patient centered medicine, he delivers them!
I just can't say enough about how great Dr. David and his staff are. I see other reviews with some negativity and can't even relate at all. THEY ARE WRONG. If I could give him 10 stars...I would. His nurse practitioner, Kerry IS amazing. After trying for months with NYU and feeling helpless, Dr. David and his staff of nurses was the answer. They are a boutique office and offer the best one-on-one care. They call you back the same day and communicate with you via email as well. It's an individualized protocol and they get to the root of your issues like real medical detectives. They don't force IVF, drugs or any other agenda on you. It's all about what you need and not what makes their pocket fatter. It's what you should expect from a doctor and not the horrible baby mills out there. They are a sensitive, incredibly optimistic, and knowledgeable staff. Seriously A+. They watch you like a hawk and after clearing up a few issues, we were pregnant on our 3rd month with them. I could go on and on but in a nutshell, I highly recommend them. I wish I could have stayed with them my whole pregnancy and I'm so sad to leave.
After having 2 miscarriages and feeling helpless and hopeless-Dr. Sami David's caring, optimistic, upbeat, and sensitive staff from his secretaries to his nurses were amazing beyond words. Under their close watch and knowledgable recommendation, we got pregnant on the first try with them and are expecting our first baby soon. I highly recommend this practice. They are a god-send.
In my first visit with Dr. David he asked me questions and uncovered issues my OBGYN had not. Dr. David did not assume I needed hormones or should try IVF right away, as other drs had recommended in a 1st phone consult. Within 3 months of my 1st visit I successfully conceived and stayed pregnant. Months later I received calls from his staff just to see how I was doing. As a quick note on some of the negative reviews - Yes, this is an expensive doctor and no, he does not take insurance. As a patient it is your choice where to go and how much to spend. He can't guarantee results with something like fertility, but he's one of the top doctors in Manhattan and with him you can be sure you are giving it the best shot. Also, I never felt taken advantage of. He does not charge by time, never charged me for a phone call or the dozens of emails I sent his staff - some of those claims are just not true. Ultimately, when I look at my daughter, I can happily say it was worth every penny.
Dr. David is very knowledgeable, no doubt. But he is also a serious money-making machine. He carefully orchestrates his appointments with you to waste as much time as possible telling you stories of other patients he's had, in order to make sure you are there longer and pay more for your appointment. You are billed for every 15 minutes which is very frustrating and makes appointments with him very rushed and stressed. Other postings have complained about his staff and I second that, they are a bit inefficient and have attitude. I wouldn't say it was a total waste of time and if you are just beginning your journey into diagnosing infertility then I would perhaps recommend him. But if you have already been down the IVF path, I'm not sure how useful his tests are since many of them are issues which are canceled out when you've done IVF, so they are basically irrelevant. I got the sense that he gives people false hope and submits them to all kinds of tests which he profits from.
Dr. David and his staff took excellent care of us. While he does not accept insurance, they do provide a copy of services that can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. We live in CT and went to a local fertility clinic that told me after some testing that all came out normal and 4 rounds of IUI, our next step to pregnancy was IVF. I read Dr. David's book and decided it was a little too soon for IVF considering neither my husband or myself had been diagnosed with anything wrong. Dr David reviewed our tests, ordered some additional and told us it was time for some lifestyle changes. Our initial appointment was August, we began IUI in Sept and were pregnant by Dec. We have a perfect 2 month old baby boy and couldn't have done it without Dr. David and his staff, who were beyond accommodating (since we were travelling from CT) and thoughtful. Everyone on staff seemed to truly care about our progress and well being.
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- Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032 (Grad. 1971)
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