Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health

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Genetic counseling: OfferedAcupuncture is not offered: Not OfferedMental health counseling is not offered: Not OfferedNutrition counseling is not offered: Not OfferedAdministration of shots: OfferedCoordinating at-home nursing is not offered: Not OfferedSelling medication: OfferedProviding backup medication is not offered: Not Offered
Nashville
719 Thompson Lane
Nashville, TN 37115
(615) 343-5700
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 2Neutral: 1Don't recommend: 16.8
4 assessments
  • 50% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 25% Neutral (7-8)
  • 25% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
Poorly operated
Operated well
Scheduling
Difficult scheduling
Easy scheduling
Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
Competent billing dept.
Nursing Team
Poor nursing team
Excellent nursing team
Attention to Detail
Low attention to detail
High attention to detail
2013 CDC Success Rates
Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
10%
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35-37
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43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
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Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
7.5
Average Doctor Score
2 doctors
4 assessments
7
Age
32
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
7
Vanderbilt Clinic is very large. I prefer a smaller office. I see Dr. Session at the 100 Oaks facility and it feels like an airport. It is nice that everything is in one location, but I am happy that she is moving to a smaller office end of May....Dr. Session has always been very kind and knowledgable. I never feel like I am just another patient. She takes her time and is compassionate.
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Age
32
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
7
Describe your experience with Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health.
Vanderbilt Clinic is very large. I prefer a smaller office. I see Dr. Session at the 100 Oaks facility and it feels like an airport. It is nice that everything is in one location, but I am happy that she is moving to a smaller office end of May.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Session has always been very kind and knowledgable. I never feel like I am just another patient. She takes her time and is compassionate.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Most of the nurses that I have seen have been great. I did have one experience with a nurse that was bland. She was not one of Dr. Sessions nurses and was filling in since I was the Doctors only patient that day.
How was your experience with Donna Session?
Dr. Session is the other person that I see. Each visit she is the one who does the ultrasounds, gives me info, etc. I have never had an appointment where I didn't see her. On my first visit there was a student doctor in the room who took notes for me and helped Dr. Session explain things. It was very helpful! She is quiet and doesn't get excited or have that type of personality, but she is kind. I never feel rushed or feel that she is in a hurry.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Donna Session?
Have questions ready to ask before you go to your appointment. Keep notes and don't be afraid to ask her anything.
Describe the protocols Donna Session used in your cycles and their degree of success.
When I had started seeing Dr. Session I had already been through 4 rounds of clomid, unmonitored. She immediately recommended switching to Femara. She was never pushy about any treatment. We are currently on our second round of Femara with Trigger shot. She is allowing us to decide when we are ready to move into IUI.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Donna Session.
Luckily, my insurance covered anything that had to be done to determine why I am not able to get pregnant. I did have to pay a co-pay for each visit and my ultrasounds, thus far, have only cost me $30 out of pocket for each. The trigger shots cost $162 each and were not covered by insurance at all. Fertility meds have been $7 each month.
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Doctor
Donna Session
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health
Nashville
Nursing
Operations
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10
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Other
10
Loved them [the staff at Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health] . When I got a good ultrasound, they would cheer with me and get me a special envelope to hold it in. They said they looked forward to my weekly visits and made me feel comfortable....I felt he truly knew what he was doing but explained things to me in a way that I could understand the doctor jargon. He [Dr John Lucas] was kind and not pushy. Respectful and genuinely got upset when he learned that other doctors had not pursued my issues earlier.
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Other
10
Describe your experience with Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health.
The ultrasound tech was AMAZING. I've had compliments on her ultrasounds from the early days. They are organized and helpful.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He looked me in the eye, respected my ability to know my own body and was kind and gentle through my 4th miscarriage. He stayed late to do an ultrasound when I was nervous with my successful pregnancy. Had a great sense of humor.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Loved them. When I got a good ultrasound, they would cheer with me and get me a special envelope to hold it in. They said they looked forward to my weekly visits and made me feel comfortable.
How was your experience with John Lucas?
I felt he truly knew what he was doing but explained things to me in a way that I could understand the doctor jargon. He was kind and not pushy. Respectful and genuinely got upset when he learned that other doctors had not pursued my issues earlier.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Lucas?
Trust him and be thankful he's your doctor. He's the best there is.
Describe the protocols John Lucas used in your cycles and their degree of success.
He did extensive bloodwork which helped us figure out the issues. I have MTHFR which makes it difficult for my body to use folic acid (a true need during pregnancy). I remember Dr. Lucas actually getting his laptop and searching the right folate for me on the internet so I would know where to get the correct vitamin I needed to take (Methylated Folate). Also, he put me on progesterone for the first trimester since mine would tank each time around 6-7 weeks. I had weekly ultrasounds from week 7-13. Then he cleared me for general pregnancy treatment and got me hooked up with the practice I wanted to deliver my baby.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Lucas.
$1500 for miscarriage d&c. A few $20 copays. All other costs factored into pregnancy/delivery through insurance.
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Doctor
John Lucas
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health
Nashville
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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10
Age
37
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
10
They [the nurses at Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health] are the absolute best. They inform you daily with lab results and the recommendation from the doctor. They are considerate of your time. Always happy and smiling.... First cycle-high doses of Gonal-F, high doses of menopur, and cetrotide. Second cycle-more of a mini ivf cycle. Letrozole, Gonal-F 75, Menopur, and cetrotide. The thought was to do lower doses but for an extended period. This was in hope that my ovaries would respond better.
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Age
37
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
10
Describe your experience with Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health.
Weakness is the office manager. She is unprofessional, unorganized, and overall insensitive to the infertility and financial aspects. She is the worst part of this clinic.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Session is amazing! Her care and personality are wonderful. I got all the answers I needed and never had to second guess her medical decisions for me. I was allowed to be an active participant in my care.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
They are the absolute best. They inform you daily with lab results and the recommendation from the doctor. They are considerate of your time. Always happy and smiling.
How was your experience with Donna Session?
Dr. Session was on point and told me what to expect and the potential outcomes. I always have the big picture, good and bad. She is also very caring and loving, and you feel that you are her priority when she is with you.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Donna Session?
Expect the truth. She is not rude but she is going to let you know what you need to hear.
Describe the protocols Donna Session used in your cycles and their degree of success.
First cycle-high doses of Gonal-F, high doses of menopur, and cetrotide. Second cycle-more of a mini ivf cycle. Letrozole, Gonal-F 75, Menopur, and cetrotide. The thought was to do lower doses but for an extended period. This was in hope that my ovaries would respond better.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
It was convenient for my schedule.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Donna Session.
All office and doctor costs were in network. All lab costs were out of network with my plan.
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Doctor
Donna Session
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health
Nashville
Nursing
Operations
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0
Age
25 - 26
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
0
The clinic was fine, needs a new doctor [Dr. John Lucas has since left] that doesn't make infertility jokes....He never remembered anything about me. Every time I went in it was like meeting him for the first time again....The doctor didn't care at all. You were just a number....The nurses were great, I wish the doctor was up to their standards.
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Age
25 - 26
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
0
Describe your experience with Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health.
The clinic was fine, needs a new doctor that doesn't make infertility jokes.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He never remembered anything about me. Every time I went in it was like meeting him for the first time again.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses were great, I wish the doctor was up to their standards.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
How was your experience with John Lucas?
One situation sums it up: He "diagnosed" me with PCOS after only running a few blood tests. No ultrasound to examine my ovaries either. He also forgot to give me this diagnosis. One day he casually mentions my PCOS and I tell him he never told me that before. He then proceeds to debate me on that point. I got a new doctor and I did not have PCOS at all.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Lucas?
Just don't go.
Describe the protocols John Lucas used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Threw me on clomid and that was that.
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Doctor
John Lucas
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
0
Clinic
Vanderbilt Center for Women's Health
Nashville
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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