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San Diego Fertility Center (SDFC) - provider profile and satisfaction report

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Locations: San Diego, CA, USA
Contact: Dr. Susanna Park OR Lisa Van Dolah
Email: spark@sdfertility.com OR lsouza@sdfertility.com
Phone: 858-794-6363

To find out if this provider participates in our Gay Parenting Assistance Program (GPAP), please see the summary table of our Directory.


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  Surrogacy agency?
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Year founded: 1989


About San Diego Fertility Center:*

San Diego Fertility Center physicians: Dr. Susanna Park, Dr. Michael Kettel, Dr. Sandy Chuan, and Dr. Brooke Friedman, proudly announce the welcome addition of Dr. Said Daneshmand! San Diego Fertility Center is one of the most highly respected and well-established fertility centers worldwide, serving a diverse patient population with compassion, respect and confidentiality. With more than 60 years of collective experience diagnosing and treating infertility, San Diego Fertility Center is proud to offer the LGBT community solutions in achieving parenthood through egg donation, surrogacy, IVF and Intrauterine Inseminations. San Diego Fertility Center consistently maintains some of the highest live birth rates for Egg Donor IVF worldwide! San Diego Fertility Center experiences clinical pregnancy rates of 70% - 80%. Additionally, San Diego Fertility Center partners with national and international surrogate agencies to help Intended Parents successfully build their families. Unlike other egg donor agencies, San Diego Fertility Center's in-house Egg Donor Program is supervised by nationally recognized fertility specialists. Egg Donor IVF recipients have the option of selecting an in- house candidate or utilizing an agency egg donor. The opportunity for “known donation” and “future contact” is also possible. San Diego Fertility Center has a Success Guarantee financial program which offers hope, confidence and peace of mind that you have chosen the right team to build your family!

* This description was provided by the service provider.






Ratings and reviews - from our Surveys

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Fertility clinic satisfaction - overall score (out of 10)

  Clinic score
Count: 72
Not Applicable: 0

Clinic experience

  Clinic rating
Quality of medical services (contribution to the success of journey)
Count: 72
Not Applicable: 0
Responsive, informative and supportive
Count: 72
Not Applicable: 0
Egg donor options, screening and matching
Count: 64
Not Applicable: 0
Gay friendly and knowledgeable
Count: 65
Not Applicable: 0
Accommodation of international parents
Count: 55
Not Applicable: 0

Clinic recommendation rate

Value Percent  
Yes 100.0%
Total Responses 70
Average 1.0

Clinic reviews and comments

(2008, International parents) Great experience, we worked with Dr. D and his team, they are great, helpful. Dr. D is very kind, and answered all our questions he is great profesional.
(2011, International parents) They are serious, and very friendly.
(2012, USA parents) I loved my experiene with SDFC. The staff was great and kept me informed every step of the way.
(2015, International parents) Working with SDFC was a fantastic experience. Being a Physician myself, it was really great being able to talk with my clinician and discuss the pros and cons of various options and strategies including th more esoteric ones. After having 3 failed attempts with our previous clinic (NEFI) this was particularly salient as the clinicain there was unwilling to consider any other opinion suggested to him. Our Surrogate also felt the same as she felt the staff and facilities were way superior and she felt that her care was more individualised and targeted. The fact that they had access to a fabulous pool of egg donors was great as we managed to get one who ticked almost all our boxes. we are so impressed that family and friends are all wanting to use them.
(2015, International parents) Very professional and friendly people: the clinic has our highest recommendation. Very responsive to questions in a professional way. We opted for an open relationship with the egg donor; this was asked to her during the selection process. It worked out very well, and I would recommend intended parents to go for single embryo transfer.
(2016, USA parents) Dr. Park is amazing. The staff (especially Chris) is amazing. There are a lot of hiccups and stress points of this type of journey. The SDFC was not one of them. They are communicative and supportive. It took a few tries admittedly, but these things do happen (and one of the failed attempts was completely unavoidable by SDFC). I would recommend them in a heartbeat.
(2017, International parents) Fantastic Clinic and staff. I could speak to Dr Daneshmand whenever I needed , he was always available and made me feel I was his only client. Really an amazing experience.
(2017, International parents) SDFC was one of the two best decisions we made next to our Agency. They were top, top notch and Dr.D and his staff were not only one of the most professional teams we had encountered on our 6 year journey, but they helped us achieve a beautiful little bundle of joy on the first try. ... can't say enough from 2 very proud parents !
(2017, International parents) This clinic is amazing! Do yourself a favour and make contact with them for your consultation.
(2017, International parents) premier essai avec cette clinique premiere réussite contrairement aux cliniques canadiennes. réactivité et professionnalisme au rdv, couts similaires au cliniques canada quand on compare tous les coûts .
(2017, USA parents) Dr Daneshmand and his team were fantastic and a pleasure to work with!
(2017, USA parents) Dr. Brooke Friedman at SDFC is extremely meticulous, thorough, kind, warm, smart, and accessible. She took the time to answer all of our questions and was very honest about setting realistic expectations. After three failed transfers for myself, Dr. Friedman was very straight forward, but sensitive, that she felt surrogacy was the best option for us. Her guidance helped us make some heart wrenching decisions which ultimately led us to have our miracle baby! We are SOOO very grateful to SDFC and to Dr. Friedman. We will be starting on a sibling surrogacy journey with SDFC again soon.
(2017, USA parents) Dr. Daneshmand is the best!
(2017, USA parents) Dr. Park was wonderful. We felt in such good hands throughout the process. We would never think doing this again with anybody but Dr. Park.
(2017, USA parents) Dr. Susana Park and Megan B. our nurse were amazing. From the minute we met with them at San Diego Fertility Center we knew we were in good hands. Both are highly competent professionals. During our 21 month journey Dr. Park and Megan were available for the ups and downs. They are a fantastic team who held our hand with patience, knowledge and sincerity. Each time we recieved news (both good and not so good) they took the time to explain it to us in detail. They are serious about their jobs and take your journey seriously as well. They are both compassionate and excellent communicnators and I could not highly recommend them enough. We would not hesitate to work with Dr. Park and Megan for another journey in the future.
(2017, USA parents) SDFC and Dr. Daneshmand was a clinic recommended by a few surrogacy professionals. We decided we needed a fresh start and moved our embryos to SDFC and have been thrilled ever since. Dr. D and the rest of the SDFC were phenomenal. I received prompt responses to questions within 24 hours, I could even text questions and get answers. SDFC took care of the psychological evaluation for our surrogate as well, which saved us time finding a qualified Psychologist., I got to speak directly to the Psychologist to review her evaluation. The transfer went smoothly and resulted in a healthy live birth. The team at SDFC continued to check in on our progress throughout the journey and asked for updates, including pictures of our newborn. If I had questions (even after we had transitioned to the OB), Dr. D would answer them. We successfully thawed one embryo and only had to do one transfer. The entire staff was always positive and engaging, knowing how many transfers and surrogates that we had worked with previously. They also have great financial options to ensure that we would go home with a live baby -- and were willing to work on a payment plan for us to support our journey with them. I am glad we chose to work with them when we decided to start over with a new clinic - we now have a healthy son thanks to Dr. D, Debbie, Susanna, Barbara and Michelle.
(2017, USA parents) SDFC was amazing start to finish. Everyone we worked with was caring, supportive, and knowledgeable. They were always available to answer questions. We had the best experience and would recommend them as one of the top fertility clinics in the country.
(2017, USA parents) We loved working with SDFC!! They were some of the most helpful and positive people. They were very quick when responding during the early stages of our journey, and thoroughly kept us informed. Our nurse Megan was amazing! She was caring, personable and really made the process more enjoyable and less stressful. We made the trip to San Diego and everyone was so welcoming and we got to be in the room for our transfer. Dr. Park was great and we felt like they did everything to get the best results possible. We can't say enough about San Diego Fertility and we highly recommend them!
(2018, International Parents) Doctor Said Daneshmand is simply amazing!!!
(2018, International Parents) SDFC statistics speak for themselves. They are THE BEST. But what was appreciated more than anything was the fact that they were responsive, caring and thoughtful, whereas some agencies I spoke to seemed arrogant or pushy. I've already referred about a dozen people to SDFC and have several friends on their journey
(2018, International Parents) This clinic and the doctor we met was amazing. Our doctor can speak French and that can be very helpful. He was very professional and accessible. The first cycle was a success they really help us to select the right surrogate profil and also the right donor.
(2018, International parents) Dr Susanna Park and her team at SDFC provided us with an excellent journey. We also used an SDFC egg donor. I cannot praise SDFC enough for the very professional service that we received. Good communication, great facilities (which we had a very thorough tour of), really friendly, fun and ultra efficient staff throughout the whole process. I cannot say enough good things about SDFC. I am very happy to highly recommend Dr Susanna Park and her team. Being from London, I think we got very lucky in selecting this clinic/team for our journey. We met Dr Park and her colleagues at the MHB Conference in New York for the first time in November 2016. It all started for us from that meeting. We now have a gorgeous little boy :-)
(2018, International parents) Everyone was so professional and friendly. I was truly made to feel like family. Very helpful considering I was and international guest.
(2018, International parents) I have already connected a few intended parents to SDFC as their care and support were incredible. It was an honour to go back and introduce my newborn son to them. Every member of staff is phenomenal
(2018, International parents) The professional and totally friendly team at SDFC made our journey smooth and most importantly successful. They honestly felt like old friends in that they were as excited as we were. Always professional but seemed to really love their work and invested in the families they were helping. They shared our joy when the news was good and also worked through our concerns when things got difficult or confusing for us. The quality of treatment was amazing we had great results and have a healthy happy son. We received great advice and were supported in every decision. For example I kept asking if we should transfer two embryos into our surrogate, I think I asked that a dozen times because of anxiety about success. They always talked me through the options , explained the reasons why this or that would be best and helped me make an informed choice that single transfer was best. I wasn't choosing out of fear. They were excellent at communicating and coordinating us internationally. We came from Australia. We would recieved prompt and detailed responses. They answered any concerns. And they're just a friendly and funny group of people. Lots of love during a journey that should be full of love.
(2018, International parents) Un soutien tout au long du parcours par Dr Daneshmand, des informations et des skypes à chacune de nos demandes
(2018, International parents) We are extremely happy to have worked with SDFC for this journey. They are extremely professional and knowledgeable about the entire process. We could contact them at any time with questions and they would immediately know who we were and where we were at. The team is awesome and so friendly. Dr Daneshmand is a miracle worker and he managed to get our surrogate pregnant on the first transfer. He is friendly, accessible and has extremely great bedside matters. Both our surrogate and ourselves highly recommend working with SDFC. In case we have a second surrogacy we will definitely use their services again! without a doubt!
(2018, International parents) We loved working with Dr Daneshmand and his medical tea. They were very kind, informative and caring during the sperm donation, egg donation and transfer processes. We definitely recommend working with them. However, their finance department was less than 100% efficient. As we were working with a GC who had previously been matched with other IPs for a journey that did not proceed in the end, several of her tests had already been paid for. As we had already paid in full, these had to be credited back to us. When approached about this, our questions were initially met with silence, and later animosity. Our surrogacy agency had to step in to sort this out.
(2018, USA Parents) They are incredible from start to finish. They are truly on your side and want nothing but success. Dr. Park and her staff were top notch and I would recommend them to anyone and everyone local or not. Their in-house donor program is fantastic as well and a great way to help save money without needing an egg donor agency.
(2018, USA parents) Look no further than Dr. Parks, she was the partner I needed to get the job done.
(2018, USA parents) We have previously submitted a review as part of the survey. They were awesome.
(2018, USA parents) We used SDFC as our fertility clinic and egg donor agency, and had an amazing experience. The medical team is highly professional and responsive - our nurse coordinator, Megan, and physician, Dr. Park, thoroughly explained every medical aspect and were always there to speedily answer any questions. The actual facility in San Diego is very pleasant, and we had a very positive experience when we flew down for the embryo transfer. Our journey was a little bumpy: our first embryo transfer was successful, but our surrogate had a miscarriage after a few weeks. SDFC were there for us, helping us figure out how to proceed and to thoroughly explain the medical aspects. Megan and Dr. Park stayed in touch even after our surrogate was released from SDFC's care, and we felt that we could always consult with them. SDFC egg donor bank is large and very convenient to search. We wholeheartedly recommend SDFC to any prospective IPs, and will definitely retain their services again for any future journey.
(2018, USA parents) We were referred to SDFC- Dr Daneshmand from our agency Simple Surrogacy. He was truly awesome!! Dr Daneshmand has awesome bedside manner, so much that our experienced surrogate would only work with Dr D. Dr D was there for us throughout our journey. Our first transfer resulted in an ectopic and Dr D personally discussed with us the situation and was readily available for any questions we had, before during and after. Our 2nd transfer resulted in two healthy full term twins. We used SDFC for our egg donor as well, their donor pool is pretty large with active donors and a great website to review profiles of potential donors. The match was fast within a week or so and testing on the donor began within weeks of the match. I highly recommend both Dr Dandeshmand/SDFC and their egg donor pool for your journey.
(2018, USA parents) Words cannot describe how amazing SDFC was for our journey. The level of professionalism, the quality of care, and the level of warmth and personalization of care exuded by all staff members at SDFC are all characteristics that deserve the highest accolades. Dr. Park and her supporting staff provided us with the level of care we did not expect, especially for a high volume clinic such as SDFC. We had one failed transfer; however, Dr. Park and her team dusted off their shoulders and got right back to work on our second transfer, which successfully resulted in the birth of our son. We will definitely use SDFC again for our second journey.
(2019, International Parents) Dr Daneshmand and his team at SDFC provided an amazing service for us. We felt confident that everything was being done correctly. Our surrogate felt that she was looked after really well and she was impressed by the attention to detail by all the staff both before and after transfer.
(2019, International Parents) Dr daneshmand est très compétant, humain, gentil à l'écoute absolument professionnel
(2019, International Parents) Fantastic clinic, fantastic staff, responsive, efficient and professional whilst ensuring a very human touch also.
(2019, International Parents) Just awesome!
(2019, International Parents) La clinique est parfaite, seul bémol, elle est extrêmement chère.
(2019, International Parents) SDFC is an excellent clinic Doctor Daneshman and his team are really efficient, friendly and available for any question
(2019, International Parents) SDFC were the absolute right choice for us. The whole team was incredibly supportive throughout that stage of our journey.
(2019, International Parents) We started the journey with Dr Kettle which, whilst OK, led to two failed journeys. We were then fortunate to be able to move to Dr Daneshmand who was outstanding. Caring, kind, available, informative and very sensitive with the surrogate. We can't rate him highly enough and the team he works with. His first transfer and we were blessed with the birth of our baby daughter.
(2019, International parents) We were introduced to SDFC through a friend. From the outset we were impressed by their knowledge, professionalism and results. That remained the case throughout. They were fantastic when we travelled to San Diego. They cared for our surrogate as we hoped. They kept us informed and included. Most importantly, they ensured we had a fit and healthy little baby, Freddie, who we adore - and on our first transfer. We could not have hoped for more.
(2019, USA Parents) Dr. Said and his team are great. He was very informative in the process and supportive during the journey.
(2019, USA Parents) It was one of the best experiences with a fertility clinic. They were very welcoming and professional. Dr. Said Daneshmand has been with us for several years, he is one of the best fertility doctors around!
(2019, USA Parents) San Diego Fertility Center is an amazing clinic with really kind, knowledgeable doctors and nurses. We needed multiple attempts before our surrogate became pregnant, but that was really down to the biology of the surrogate. Our team at SDFC worked with us through each attempt, strategizing what we could do definitely to ensure success. We felt that we were in very good hands. They also have an excellent egg donor database, and it was so easy to work with them to create our embryos and then do the transfers.
(2019, USA Parents) We worked with Dr. Daneshmand at SDFC, and we can't recommend him more highly. He was extremely knowledgeable, caring, taking his time with us, answering all of our questions. They aren't the cheapest option out there, but we only needed to do one transfer and it was successful. Obviously there are other factors involved (and luck), but I believe their professionalism played a great part in this success and have watched friends go with cheaper clinics only to spend much more than we did when the transfers weren't successful. Both our egg donor and surrogate only had positive things to say about their experiences as well - which was really important to us. To give you an idea of how much we like them: no one, not us, not the egg donor, not the surrogate, lived in CA, but we flew everyone out because that's how much we believed in SDFC. They were so professional and kind - highest recommendation!!
(2019, USA parents) I work with Dr. Said Daneshmand and he is very aimable, professional and responsive. He and his team provided me clear guidance. Overall, it was a good experience.
2018, International Parents) The whole team at SDFC is extremely friendly and empathic yet super professional. They are absolute experts in what they do and we were lucky enough to get pregnant with the first transfer. Highly recommended if you are looking for the highest level of expertise and quality (and are willing to pay its price).
Dr. Parks is the BEST
Regarding SDFC, we are impressed by their professionally. The most important for them is performing a professional job. They are friendly and very responsive to any questions you might have. For us, we indicated we would like to be in contact with the egg donor in the future. This was asked to the egg donor before the donation. A good choice, for parents and egg donors who find future contact important.
Was an absolute pleasure working with SDFC.
We felt completely supported by the whole clinic from Lisa Van Dolah, the CEO to Debbie Goode the CFO and of course the clinic team headed by Dr Park. We owe our successes to their guidance and support. We were less impressed by the SDFC Egg Donor team and felt that they were less concerned about us than getting the task done. Would recommend looking around for Egg Donor agency options.
Words cannot describe how amazing SDFC was for our journey. The level of professionalism, the quality of care, and the level of warmth and personalization of care exuded by all staff members at SDFC are all characteristics that deserve the highest accolades. Dr. Park and her supporting staff provided us with the level of care we did not expect, especially for a high volume clinic such as SDFC. We had one failed transfer; however, Dr. Park and her team dusted off their shoulders and got right back to work on our second transfer, which successfully resulted in the birth of our son. We will definitely use SDFC again for our second journey.

Journey statistics for service provider

Number of IVF / IUI cycles done until journey resulted in a birth

Value Percent   Count
One 76.8%
Two 13.0%
Three 7.3%
Four 2.9%
  Totals 69
Total Responses 69
Average 1.4

Type of transfer that resulted in pregnancy (if done IVF)

Value Percent  
Egg donation - fresh 39.4%
Egg donation - frozen / egg bank 21.2%
Frozen embryo transfer (from your previous cycle) 39.4%
Total Responses 66

Known / Anonymous egg donation

Value Percent   Count
Unknown 55.1%
Known 37.7%
Other 7.3%
  Totals 69
Total Responses 69
Responses "Other" Count
Left Blank 67
Semi open. Registered with donor database so option to communicate in future 1
Semi-Open 1
semi open 1
semi-anonymous 1
sister 1

Egg donation source

Value Percent   Count
Intended mother (no donor) 1.4%
Family or friend 1.4%
Surrogacy agency 8.6%
Independent Egg donation agency 20.0%
Fertility clinic 68.6%
  Totals 70
Total Responses 70

Demographics / family makeup

Gay / straight

Value Percent   Count
LGBT 83.1%
Straight 16.9%
  Totals 71
Total Responses 71


Value Percent   Count
United States 46.5%
France 12.7%
United Kingdom 9.9%
Australia 5.6%
Canada 5.6%
Netherlands 2.8%
Germany 2.8%
Spain 2.8%
Belgium 2.8%
Sweden 1.4%
Italy 1.4%
Greece 1.4%
Ireland 1.4%
Norway 1.4%
Portugal 1.4%
  Totals 71
Total Responses 71