Musa Zamah

University of Illinois at Chicago

Available Lines of Communication

Doctor, Nurse available by emailNurse available by direct lineNot available by cell phone
Medical SchoolDuke
ResidencyStanford U.
FellowshipUCSF
Chicago
1740 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612
866.600.CARE
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Musa Zamah to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 82%Neutral: 18%9.4
4 assessments
  • 82% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 18% Neutral (7-8)
  • 0% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
Treated like a human
Communication
Poor communication
Excellent communication
Frequency Seen
Rarely saw at appts.
Always saw at appts.
Responsiveness
Poor response time
Excellent response time
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend University of Illinois at Chicago to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 36%Neutral: 28%Don't recommend: 36%7.4
7 assessments
  • 36% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 28% Neutral (7-8)
  • 36% Don't recommend (0-6)
4 assessments
10
Age
34 - 37
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
My first cycle with dr zamah, he just copied my protocol from a previous ivf cycle with a different dr.It was a fresh ivf cycle.Birth control.lupron.progesterone, although he tweaked it so i wouldn't get my ovaries enlarged (forgot technical word), which happened to me with previous dr.Transfered one 5day blast and was successful...Dr. Zamah may look young but he knows his stuff.He answers every question you can think of with a smile.He is compassionate:when I found out i was having a chemical pregnancy during an ultrasound i was very emotional, and when he found out he rushed to talk to me right away.He is very friendly and funny and makes you feel at ease with every appointment.Great bedside manner.
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Age
34 - 37
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
How was your experience with Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Dr. Zamah may look young but he knows his stuff.He answers every question you can think of with a smile.He is compassionate:when I found out i was having a chemical pregnancy during an ultrasound i was very emotional, and when he found out he rushed to talk to me right away.He is very friendly and funny and makes you feel at ease with every appointment.Great bedside manner.I notice that whenever i need to do a procedure/ test, knowing it will be painful or awkward for me, he starts talking about random topics to try to distract me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
His nurses at uic are really busy and are prone to making mistakes.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Im the type that asks too many questions and he gladly always answers all my questions and made sure i understand everything going on.my first ivf cycle with him was a success and when it was time to transfer to a reg dr he actually took the time to call me personally to congratulate me.my second cycle was unfortunately a chemical pregnancy/ miscarriage, and right after the ultrasound and bad news he took the time to talk to me right away even though he had dozens of patients waiting to talk to him/ have procedures done.
Describe the protocols Musa Zamah used in your cycles at University of Illinois at Chicago and their degree of success.
My first cycle with dr zamah, he just copied my protocol from a previous ivf cycle with a different dr.It was a fresh ivf cycle.Birth control.lupron.progesterone, although he tweaked it so i wouldn't get my ovaries enlarged (forgot technical word), which happened to me with previous dr.Transfered one 5day blast and was successful. Second cycle with dr zamah was a frozen cycle.embryos i had made with previous dr about 4 years ago; chemical and eventually a miscarriage.Im currently on my 3rd cycle with dr zamah (4th ivf try).frozen cycle.
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Illinois at Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Karen)
Karen has been wonderful.She also doesn't answering my 100 questions and makes sure i got everything i needed; my instructions, my calendar, my work note, and communicates well.super lucky to have her as my nurse considering theres another nurse there who is just awful and doesnt belong in an ivf clinic.This unnamed nurse was not pleasant at all when it came to rescheduling me for test, bloodwork, and ultrasounds due to not being able to miss work.This unnamed nurse gave me wrong information, but fortunately for me being a ivf pro, i caught her mistakes.I feel real bad for the person who eventually gets assaigned to this unnamed nurse.The clinic gets busy and you need to be proactive.question everything.double check everything.bring a copy of all your paperwork with you at every visit because they can lose your results, paperwork etc.your medications...make sure you tell them when you run out of something...ie progesterone.a friend of mine who went to uic ivf clinic, ran out of progesterone, her nurse forgot to tell her she needed to keep taking it.most of the staff are wonderful and pleasant.again...except unnamed nurse.
Describe your experience with University of Illinois at Chicago.
Strengths :Dr. Zamah and cheaper ivf costs Weaknesses: nurses can get so busy that they can misplace your paperwork, will make you retake bloodwork because of this.Unorganized, saying you need to bring in one more thing of paperwork but you already gave it a week ago. One particular nurse at this clinic is simply an idiot and no compassion at all.Ivf protocol:they dont put you to sleep during procedures and you will be awake n feeling every pain out there (unlike other ivf clinics).
Describe the costs associated with your care under Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago.
I had insurance so my situation will be diffrent from others with no insurance.I do know ivf costs here are much more affordable considering they only do a few procedures (one specific week per month).
Describe Musa Zamah's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at University of Illinois at Chicago.
With multiple embryo transfers, in my case dr zamah strongly feels against it because of my bicournate uterus and history of incompetent cervix.
What specific things went wrong at University of Illinois at Chicago?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
10
Doctor
Musa Zamah
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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7
Age
31 - 33
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Male Factor
7
[Dr Zamah was]...very intelligent, honest and compassionate. Always open to explaining, considering my input or revisiting issues...Don't be afraid ask all the questions on your mind. Tell him to give you straight answers and he will....First cycle attempted natural IUI -- negative Second utilized u/s and trigger shot (ovidrel) -- negative Third medicated cycle (clomid and ovidrel) -- positive with m/c at 6 weeks Next 2 IUIs with clomid and ovidrel were negative. First IVF -- antagonist protocol ganirelix, menopur and follistim -- 11 eggs retrieved 5 fertilized, 2 6 cell transferred -- negative beta Second IVF -- agonist long Lupron protocol menopur and follistim with FSH co trigger -- 12 eggs retrieved, 11 fertilized but poor quality on day 3 but for one 8 cell grade 2 embryo. 3 day transfer with 2 embryos -- awaiting test results. I've been constantly told I "look good on paper" -- relatively young age, normal lab values, good egg counts noted, but seem to have an egg quality issue. Dr. Zamah was receptive to my concerns about over stimulating with menopur and adjusted dosage throughout second cycle.
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Age
31 - 33
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Male Factor
7
How was your experience with Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Very intelligent, honest and compassionate. Always open to explaining, considering my input or revisiting issues
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Don't be afraid ask all the questions on your mind. Tell him to give you straight answers and he will
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Very thoughtful and attentive
Describe the protocols Musa Zamah used in your cycles at University of Illinois at Chicago and their degree of success.
First cycle attempted natural IUI -- negative Second utilized u/s and trigger shot (ovidrel) -- negative Third medicated cycle (clomid and ovidrel) -- positive with m/c at 6 weeks Next 2 IUIs with clomid and ovidrel were negative. First IVF -- antagonist protocol ganirelix, menopur and follistim -- 11 eggs retrieved 5 fertilized, 2 6 cell transferred -- negative beta Second IVF -- agonist long Lupron protocol menopur and follistim with FSH co trigger -- 12 eggs retrieved, 11 fertilized but poor quality on day 3 but for one 8 cell grade 2 embryo. 3 day transfer with 2 embryos -- awaiting test results. I've been constantly told I "look good on paper" -- relatively young age, normal lab values, good egg counts noted, but seem to have an egg quality issue. Dr. Zamah was receptive to my concerns about over stimulating with menopur and adjusted dosage throughout second cycle.
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Illinois at Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Karen)
Nursing staff seem really busy, but receptive to calls/questions. Thorough review of results and instructions.
Describe your experience with University of Illinois at Chicago.
in the outpatient building at UIC. Waiting room often really crowded. Obnoxious check in policy of signing in, waiting for clerk to enter info then told to go into another room and register over the phone with an operator.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago.
mostly covered by insurance. Because this clinic does not do full sedation/anesthesia during egg retrieval, the cost of the procedure is significantly lower.
What specific things went wrong at University of Illinois at Chicago?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Provided conflicting information
7
Doctor
Musa Zamah
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
Dr. Zamah was compassionate and watched me very closely so I did not overstimulate as I had a higher risk to do so. He is skilled at what he does, and I am thankful to him that we are expecting our first baby...He was always available to ask a question (when on call) even after transfer...going through the initial steps [at UIC - Chicago] were difficult, but once the clinic knew me, I felt like I got more attention and needs met...[nurse] Karen was able to communicate with me via email, my preferred contact method...
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Age
36 - 37
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Native American
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
How was your experience with Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
Dr. Zamah was compassionate and watched me very closely so I did not overstimulate as I had a higher risk to do so. He is skilled at what he does, and I am thankful to him that we are expecting our first baby in August 2017.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
be patient with treatments
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Musa Zamah at University of Illinois at Chicago?
He was always available to ask a question (when on call) even after transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Illinois at Chicago. (Assigned nurse: Karen)
Karen was able to communicate with me via email, my preferred contact method.
Describe your experience with University of Illinois at Chicago.
going through the initial steps were difficult, but once the clinic knew me, I felt like I got more attention and needs met.
What specific things went wrong at University of Illinois at Chicago?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
10
Doctor
Musa Zamah
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
35
Treated
2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Dr. Zamah was warm, caring, smart and experienced. He was considerate but didn't hide the reality of the challenges of our situation. He was thoughtful about our IVF protocol.
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Age
35
Treated
2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$500K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
How was your experience with Musa Zamah at UCSF?
Dr. Zamah was warm, caring, smart and experienced. He was considerate but didn't hide the reality of the challenges of our situation. He was thoughtful about our IVF protocol.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Musa Zamah at UCSF?
He was personal, understanding and empathetic.
10
Doctor
Musa Zamah
Communication
Compassion
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
UCSF
San Francisco
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