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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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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: 28
Not Applicable: 0

Clinic experience

  Clinic rating
Quality of medical services (contribution to the success of journey)
Count: 28
Not Applicable: 0
Responsive, informative and supportive
Count: 28
Not Applicable: 0
Egg donor options, screening and matching
Count: 22
Not Applicable: 0
Gay friendly and knowledgeable
Count: 24
Not Applicable: 0
Accommodation of international parents
Count: 18
Not Applicable: 0

Clinic recommendation rate

Value Percent  
Yes 100.0%
Total Responses 28
Average 1.0

Clinic reviews and comments

(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) 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) 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, 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.
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 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!

Journey statistics for service provider

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

Value Percent   Count
One 88.9%
Two 3.7%
Three 7.4%
  Totals 27
Total Responses 27
Average 1.2

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

Value Percent  
Egg donation - fresh 36.0%
Egg donation - frozen / egg bank 28.0%
Frozen embryo transfer (from your previous cycle) 36.0%
Total Responses 25

Known / Anonymous egg donation

Value Percent   Count
Unknown 76.9%
Known 23.1%
  Totals 26
Total Responses 26
Responses "Other" Count
Left Blank 28

Egg donation source

Value Percent   Count
Intended mother (no donor) 3.7%
Surrogacy agency 7.4%
Independent Egg donation agency 25.9%
Fertility clinic 63.0%
  Totals 27
Total Responses 27

Demographics / family makeup

Gay / straight

Value Percent   Count
LGBT 67.9%
Straight 32.1%
  Totals 28
Total Responses 28


Value Percent   Count
United States 55.6%
France 11.1%
Canada 7.4%
Netherlands 7.4%
United Kingdom 7.4%
Portugal 3.7%
Spain 3.7%
Sweden 3.7%
  Totals 27
Total Responses 27