It is our entire staff's goal to provide quality care and attention to your needs throughout your experience, from your first phone call until your last post-operative visit. We have included comments from some satisfied patients below.
Short Statement about Dr. Dumesic’s care:
"Dr. Dumesic and his clinic have set the bar very high in patient care and the treatment of PCOS. He was the first doctor I met with who took the time to put all the pieces together and explain the complicated dynamics of PCOS. From the very first appointment I knew that Dr. Dumesic was invested in my health and wellbeing. At each appointment he always takes the time to explain each step of the treatment process, answer questions, and educate me on PCOS. I walk away from each appointment knowing I have all the information I need to make the next best choice in my health care. Each step of the way Dr. Dumesic has displayed genuine care and passion for helping women with PCOS and I know that I am receiving cutting edge care. Dr. Dumesic and his clinic have shown me and my family what true passion for patient care looks like and I am forever grateful for the ways that Dr. Dumesic’s medical care has impacted my health and living life with PCOS. It is hard to capture all that Dr. Dumesic brings to my care. He is compassionate, thoughtful, dedicated to providing the best patient care, and passionate about PCOS. Simply said, Dr. Dumesic is the best." Read more about this patient story >
"I am thrilled to be ten weeks pregnant, and can’t imagine being in this position without Dr. Brennan. She is truly an exceptional doctor, and I can’t praise her enough. In short, we had a great experience with her. I started seeing Dr. Brennan last year, when I quickly found out that conceiving would be a struggle. For someone that has wanted to be a mom, since her own mother died years ago, this was extremely devastating news. Dr. Brennan quickly reassured me that I had numerous options, and that she was fairly confident that I would be able to get pregnant. Beginning my infertility treatment was extremely overwhelming, and at many times scary, but Dr. Brennan was amazing during the whole process. As we worked our way through several failed attempts at getting pregnant, Dr. Brennan continued to be extremely supportive, caring, and positive. She patiently answered our numerous (and I mean numerous) questions, and thoroughly addressed all of our concerns. Never once making us feel rushed. Her attention and dedication was the same high level during my first consultation, as it was during my last appointment. Dr. Brennan responded to every email and phone message that I left for her, within hours. At times, I truly felt like I was her only patient. Dr. Brennan was absolutely fabulous on both a personal and professional level. She made both my husband and myself extremely comfortable during a stressful situation. She is incredibly knowledgeable and patient. I would strongly recommend her to any family and friend, without hesitation. She truly is an exception doctor, and human being. I am currently almost 10 weeks pregnant, and despite still having a long road ahead, my husband is already discussing going back to Dr. Brennan to help conceive our second child!"
—Satisfied Patient of Dr. Brennan
"To Whom It May Concern: For the past six months my husband and I have been struggling to begin our family. We have a few infertility issues and required medical assistance in conceiving. As I am sure you are aware, identifying this difficulty is time consuming, emotionally difficult and to be honest, at times embarrassing. Dr. Brennan took my husband and me through all of our options step by step in a safe and humorous way that allowed us to be put at ease. She answered all of our questions and never rushed us through an explanation (and she can tell you, I can talk for a while!!!). Treatment can be just as difficult as very personal activity is done in a more public type of environment and the emotional ups and downs while waiting for news is perhaps the most difficult thing I have ever had to handle. Dr. Brennan was always kind and patient with us, encouraging small victories and understanding when our hope faltered through failed attempts. In addition, all infertility costs were out of pocket and Dr. Brennan was always respectful of our financial situation while never compromising care or making us feels awkward for expressing money related concerns. Dr. Brennan is an amazing care giver who provides superior patient support and continually exceeds expectations. I could go on and on about the kind words of gratitude I have toward Dr. Brennan, however I will simply end by stating that you have an exceptional doctor on your team and I hope that you are aware of how amazing it is to find compassion in today’s often jaded healthcare system. We are now just over 10 weeks pregnant and are hopeful that this will be a successful pregnancy. Every day my husband and I talk about the amazing gift Dr. Brennan helped bring into this world and our gratitude will never lessen. Thank you for taking the time to read my comments."
"I'm 53 years old and lead an active lifestyle. A few years ago I developed a prolapse, and over a 2 year period my lifestyle subtly changed. I started living with it, putting up with the slowly increasing annoyances. I didn't walk as far, and everywhere I went I was on the lookout for the nearest bathroom. The changes were insidious and I started feeling like I was becoming old. I searched for the right Doctor and found Dr. Tarnay. He is my Superhero. A year ago he performed an operation to correct my prolapse and incontinence with laparoscopic surgery at UCLA. I now have my life back and once again I feel like I'm in my 20's. I was so worried, but I know I made the right choice. His advice and skills are life changing. I'm back to hiking, swimming, riding my bike and keeping up with my 14yr old! I'm forever grateful to Dr Tarnay and his amazing team."
"Dr. Brennan has all the qualities one looks for in a physician, but rarely finds. For the 5 months that I was under her care, I was struck by her personal, individualized attention. She was thorough in her explanations and took her time answering my questions, often anticipating them. I was further impressed with her incredible professional responsiveness in terms of communication. She responded to emails and phone calls within the same day and always contacted me personally after lab results came in. These qualities alone would have set her apart from other physicians, but Dr. Brennan went further. Unlike physicians at other medical institutions, she was proactive about addressing the various physiological conditions I had going on. She understood that every factor, however minor, is still a factor, and she dealt with each one head on. Her expertise made me feel reassured, confident and taken care of. Medical institutions aren't always so in tune with individual needs. Patients are usually one of many and are treated as such. Dr. Brennan treats each patient as if they are the only one, and it is remarkable that she makes what could potentially be an impersonal institutional context more personal and thoughtful."
"We came to UCLA after being treated for more than 2 years because of infertility. We were absolutely hopeless and discouraged about becoming parents. Having a baby had become such a distant dream for us; nevertheless, the reality of getting pregnant was too difficult to achieve. I was given a possibly wrong diagnosis at another healthcare facility in LA which made us think about surrogacy as a prominent alternative. My life was ruined, and I was in tears all the time due to having the thought of not being able to experience the amazing journey of pregnancy. After my surgery got cancelled at the other medical facility, I was recommended to contact UCLA at once to confer with the infertility team there. What initially amazed us was the courteous way that the IVF staff at UCLA approached us. They were all very meticulous about their job, and all of them were absolutely on top of their tasks. Dr. Daniel Dumesic, the division chief at UCLA infertility department, was my preferred specialist. He initially took a thorough look at my heavy, thick medical record that I had brought with me from the other facility. I immediately started feeling very comfortable and confident after a long time of being distressed about possible negative outcomes of my conversations with any infertility specialist. I was not scared this time at all.
Primarily, Dr. Dumesic took his time and spoke to us in depth. He looked at my history and walked us through his examination plans as well as his treatment options. I was at peace because I noticed he was trying to take one step at a time and taking everything into a different perspective than what I was told before. Dr. Dumesic never rushed to draw any conclusion without having necessary tests done, and we were absolutely pleased with his methodology. Dr. Dumesic’s strategy was to gather necessary information as such his treatment options would be less risky, and that approach immediately made us realize we finally came to the right healthcare facility and chose the most suitable specialist after all. The good news was that all of those tests and diagnostic appointments were scheduled without any delay, so unlike most medical facilities in LA, we didn’t have to wait for a long time just to get started. After surgery, Dr. Dumesic personally came to my bed to discuss with us what his diagnosis was, and what our options were in order to get pregnant. Fortunately, we were all on agreement on starting IVF as soon as I was ready. It was a joyful moment for all of us because after 2 years we started gaining hope again; a hope that was presented to us by UCLA’s IVF team who treated us like family. Dr. Dumesic and his professional IVF staff started taking care of me the best way possible. All of my appointments at UCLA were scheduled immediately, necessary tests were ordered and performed, important medical information was discussed with us, and most importantly we were given the option to contact UCLA IVF team at anytime we desired. I believe the level of communication at UCLA is superb, and I have never seen any other healthcare facility to be as responsive and caring as the IVF staff at UCLA is. Dr. Dumesic’s IVF nurse was always available to answer my phone calls or emails without making me wait at all, and that was very helpful during IVF cycle which can be emotionally and physically challenging. Until today, I have not seen any medical team to be so aware of every detail of their patient’s progress the way UCLA is.
Eventually, we started our IVF under Dr. Dumesic’s direct care. He is by far the most dedicated physician I have ever seen. He is very skillful, knowledgeable, aware of circumstances, and up-to- date about medical and technological advancements in the world. But, what makes Dr. Dumesic different than any other RE (reproductive endocrinologist) in town and made him become my hero in my journey of motherhood, is his unforgettable etiquette and his sincere humane character. He truly cares about his patients during such an emotionally strenuous time of trying to conceive. His passionate way of interacting with his patients made us become very faithful in his approach. He is very gracious and pays attention to different dimensions of medical field including psychological side of it. We could not ask for a better physician than Dr. Dumesic.
My husband and I truly believe in UCLA’s outstanding vision with respect to following areas:
We are one happy couple now that I am almost 4 months pregnant with our first child. We do believe that there is an absolutely great reason why UCLA is the number one hospital in The US West Coast and the fifth hospital in the whole nation when it comes to quality of care as we were touched by their professional and personal uniqueness. We are blessed to have been treated in LA’s local paradise called “UCLA’s IVF Department” and being taken care of by Dr. Dumesic, his IVF nurse, and other members of his team. They do a fantastic job in getting you the right medical treatments based on your needs. Yes, miracles do happen right near us, at our local hospital, UCLA. Now you probably know why we were motivated enough to take the drive from Irvine to UCLA during IVF just to be treated by Dr. Dumesic and his IVF team at UCLA."
—Marjan Kordbacheh & Sam Samani
"I came to UCLA for a consultation because they offer all the available non-surgical, and surgical interventions for uterine fibroids. Hysterectomy? Really? That's the standard treatment for symptomatic fibroids? This is 2010, right? Those were just a few of the questions that leapt to mind after I was diagnosed with fibroids. I like to think I have more than a sentimental attachment to my uterus, so I decided to do some research of my own, and found there are options that spare your uterus, even options that preserve your ability to bear children if that is something you want. I came to UCLA for a consultation because they offer all the available non-surgical, and surgical interventions for uterine fibroids. My treatment turned out to be a combination of the two; Dr. Raman performed MRI guided focused ultrasound as Step 1 and believe me, it will restore your faith in technology. It's a completely non-invasive, out patient treatment, with little to no recovery time. After the procedure I went home, took a long nap, and woke up with fewer symptoms from my fibroids! I still wonder if there wasn't some form of magic employed. Step 2 was meant to be robotic arm laparoscopy but morphed into myomectomy due to the size, and density of the fibroid. Dr. Tarnay had been prepared for this possibility, even discussed it with me prior to surgery, which is another reason I'm glad I chose UCLA. The fact that uterine fibroids are so common, something like 70% of women have them, would have made the idea of focused treatment centers seem like a no brainer, but I bet if you're reading this you've been told that you need a hysterectomy. It's hard to express how happy I am with my outcome, and experience without it sounding as if I'm resorting to hyperbole. I actually have relief from symptoms I didn't even know that I had the watchful waiting period before I chose to DO something merely allowed my body, and mind to become accustomed to the fatigue, and pressure that grew right along with my fibroids. If you're ready to DO something about your own fibroids do yourself a favor, and have an assessment at UCLA; a state-of-the-art hospital that attracts innovative, talented doctors who will help you find the treatment option - or options as it was in my case - best suited to you."
Satisfied Patient of Dr. Tarnay and Dr. Raman
"For any woman anticipating a hysterectomy or prolapsed surgery, I want to give words of reassurance. Although I had been very unfamiliar with medical and surgical procedures, Dr. Christopher Tarnay carefully took the time during my first office visit to explain to me in full detail all the available remedial options for my condition. He respected my concerns and questions and answered them fully. I felt completely involved in all the decisions. It was evident to me that with Dr. Tarnay’s extensive experience and expertise in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, I could trust the outcome of the surgery. On the morning of surgery, I was made comfortable and calm. I was supported by the caring and highly skilled staff of the UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and their depth of resources. The pre-op and the post-op teams were reassuring and buoyant. After the surgery, in the few days I was in my hospital room, the nurses closely monitored me, but always with grace and cheer. I had the opportunity of observing Dr. Tarnay as a fine professor and teacher when I saw him working with nurses, students, and interns as he came to my room for post-surgical checkups. This reinforced my feeling that I had selected the right doctor and the right medical center for this procedure. The recovery has been swift, without incident, and I am feeling my active self again."
Satisfied Patient of Dr. Tarnay
"Thank you and your staff for the outstanding support given to me during my time of illness. I can't express to you what that meant to me. Please don't ever change. You are the perfect Doctor. Thanks"
Satisfied Patient of Dr. Chen