Centre St. Location

139 Centre St, New York, NY 10013, USA


(212) 775-8585(212) 775-8585

Dr. Meredith Halpern

OB-GYN

New York, NY

45% recommended (49)


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Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beech, United Healthcare, Cigna, Consolidated Health Plans, Empire Plan, Guardian, MagnaCare, Medicare, Memorial Hermann, Multiplan, POMCO

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45% recommended

22 out of 49 patients recommend this doctor after their visit.

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4 neighbors

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3.0(45)

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Meredith Halpern is an attentive and engaged OB-GYN caring for the community of New York, NY. Dr. Halpern attended Drexel University, where she received her medical degree. She then completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Halpern is a physician at ROSH Maternal Fetal Medicine, OB/GYN & Ultrasound. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Patient’s see Dr. Halpern for a variety of reasons including incontinence, ectopic pregnancies, fibroids, ovarian cysts, and pelvic pain. She also performs procedures such as IUD insertions and removals, pelvic ultrasounds, and laparoscopic tubal ligation. Dr. Halpern is sensitive to the uniqueness of each patient's situation and adapts her consultations and treatment options appropriately to accommodate individual needs and concerns. Her top priority as a physician is the care of her patients, and she prides herself on delivering the best treatment available.

Biography

Educations

Drexel University, MD

Certifications

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Trainings

Temple University Hospital (residency)
Reviews (49)
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 Recommends this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?So warm and comforting
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Halpern has a highly customized approach and tailors each appointment to meet my unique needs.
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How was your experience with the doctor?She's no-nonsense, no judgments, kind, patient, and it's easy to find an appointment.
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How was your experience with the doctor?OH MY GOD. NEVER EVER SEE THIS DOCTOR.Had been seeing another OBGYN for 13 years who I loved but I moved recently and needed a doctor within a realistic distance....and boy am I upset I chose this one. I had my previous doctor send over my medical records and she completely disregarded them - while ALSO being skeptical of my diagnoses and anything my previous doctor said or did. She took time out of our appointment to unreasonably and thoroughly explain what PCOS was (which I've been diagnosed with for 13 years)  as well as what Endometerosis was meanwhile my previous doctor explained it to me, gave me flyers and websites to look at to understand it...She was rude, cold, in a rush and made a few unprofessional comments. Never have I ever been to a doctor that raises her voice at me when I'm explaining a concern I'm having about my body. I left her office almost in tears.
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?This was an incredibly scary experience for me as someone who has on again off again ovarian cyst problems. I went to see Dr. Halpern during work because she was the closest doctor around and I was experiencing the most painful cramping of my entire life. I thought, rather than see some random guy at an urgent care- I'd try my luck with a specialist. First red flag was the office. Which was disgustingly messy and creepily vacant. After waiting over an hour because I had to wait for the staff to get off lunch break, she finally sees me. I explain to her that I have PCOS and that I'm in level 8 pain. She feels around my stomach for maybe 2 minutes and proceeds to tell me I'm overreacting. This was incredibly hurtful and quite frankly shocking to be so coldly dismissed by another woman. I asked to get an ultrasound to see if the cysts were inflamed or something and she fully denies me. This was a traumatic experience as a woman with PCOS and I've had trouble trusting OBGYNs ever since.
Karina G.Mar 27
 Recommends this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Great doctor. She is very knowledgeable and professional. Made me feel super comfortable and took the time to answer all my questions as a first time patient. Front desk staff was nice and courteous as well. Went during lunch and was seen quickly, which was great since I needed to go back to my office ASAP. I highly recommend this doctor.
ashley j.Feb 14
 Recommends this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Halpern is absolutely fantastic! she's warm, extremely friendly, and super professional. She makes in an extremely comfortable environment from her front staff, to just herself, everyone feels like family and feels like they are all looking out for my best interest. She has always been there for me with or without insurance and in times of need when on vacation abroad. Shes found different treatment plans that has worked when other doctors couldn't figure it out. I swear, I go in when I dont even need to see her because I enjoy her company so much - I just want to always maintain my relationship with her because she is such a superb doctor.  I appreciate everything she has done for me because I have seen other doctors and no one has been as good as her.
Aja C.Dec 19
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Truly the worst doctor I have ever experienced. She was extremely cold and harsh in tone and attitude. She made me feel very uncomfortable. She was irritated that I was the last patient of the day and made a point of telling me that she did not want to talk to me for more than 30 minutes because it was the end of the day and said "she was feeling antsy." Her tone of voice was loud and blunt and she expressed no interest in listening to me. She did not ask many questions and when I told her I felt uncomfortable by how she was acting she responded defensively saying that she had a life and "didn't want to give me therapy for an hour". I left after ten minutes because I was so uncomfortable and upset. She did not even remotely try to remedy the situation, not offer any actual advice or consultation. I would never recommend this "doctor" to anyone.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Omg! I love doctor HALPERN and all of her staff Dr halpern is so wonderful . She has an incredible, thorough , thoughtful bedside manner  Her staff is fantastic She gives so much attention to each individual  patient The office staff is so competent, friendly and professional The ultrasound person is the greatest Much love
Anna A.Jun 1
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How was your experience with the doctor?Great experience all around - easy to schedule, no wait, all concerns addressed, exam painless.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Halpern is fantastic!  She is practical and down-to-earth, and answered all of my questions with kindness and humor.  She didn't deliver either of my kids (bad timing!), but she was the best resource during my pregnancies and I would go back to her in a heartbeat!
Michal B.Feb 24
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Halpern is the absolute worst doctor I have ever encountered. The whole 9 months and delivery was a horrible experience and draining. She is extremely rude, highly unprofessional, and coldhearted. Its a shame she still has patients or even good reviews on here. I had to hire a lawyer because she felt like even though I was extremely sick during my pregnancy and my job was having a hard time dealing with it that I didn't need my disability benefits just yet. The day I gave birth she was so unprofessional my family was like this lady is a joke. She was coughing everywhere( refused to cover her mouth) she made me and my partner extremely uneasy. I started to cry and she left abruptly. I never saw that lady again. Never would I recommend her to anyone.
Lisa E.Jan 6
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Look elsewhere for prenatal care. This doctor currently doesn't handle any prenatal or births, which is very strange for an OBGYN. She is also rude, cold, and not personable.
 Recommends this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Just read this article: "Why Is It So Hard to Find a Good Gynecologist?" tonic.vice.com/en_us/art… 'It inspired me to write this review of Dr. HalpernI began seeing Dr. Halpern when I first moved to  NYC and I found her to be personable, professional, and always very candid with me. I appreciated her take on care and found it most suitable to a young professional woman in her 20s. I would recommend her to all of my friends and I'm bummed that I've moved to SF.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Love love loved Dr. Halpern.  I live in NJ and use to drive all the way into the city to give birth.  She is always there to answer questions but I agree with other reviewers that she won't sit there and chit chat with you for an hour.... and THANK GOD she doesn't because then everyone would  complain about her wait times!   I miss her honesty and never ever felt uncomfortable with her.    Unfortunately; with kids going all the way into city for doctor appts is just a stretch but totally would recommend her to anyone.
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How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Halpern is the best doctor I've ever been too. She made me feel comfortable and calm when I was feeling anything but that. She was professional and compassionate with me and also very respectful and cool with her staff.  I never seen a tighter team and ob office. Dr. Halpern was basically a doctor, therapist, and understanding woman all in one. I can't thank her and the staff enough for their treatment, advice, and niceness. She even told me to get a dunkin donut afterward. And I did. Best. Doctor. Ever. Thanks.
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?It took me a whole year to get over my experience with Dr. Halpern which is why I didn't post until now. I beg of you, if you are considering Dr. Halpern, look elsewhere NOW.  I had the extremely unlucky experience of having her deliver my first child at NYU last summer. Unfortunately my entire birthing experience was tainted.  She took every ounce of joy out of the birth and left me with horrific memories.  From the moment i entered NYU doors, she yelled at me, started crying because she was so "stressed out" and hadn't slept, and couldn't care less about my well being.  She should have been escorted out.  She was unprofessional throughout the entire delivery and I would not wish that upon anyone else.  Her yelling and freakouts during MY birth caused me emotional scars.  Run and run fast.
Nix N.Jun 11
 Recommends this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Halpern has been my OB/GYN for nearly 15 years. I have followed her throughout her career. She delivered my daughter, and although I had a tricky delivery, her compassion, bedside manner and general care were/are top notch. It's not easy finding a GYN that you feel comfortable and confident in, well thankfully I have. Highly recommend  Dr. H!
r B.Jun 8
 Recommends this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Great doctor. She listens to all of my concerns and gives me good, straightforward information. It's easy to get an appointment and the waits aren't too long. The price is decent and she doesn't try to add on tests I don't want. She's friendly and makes me feel comfortable. I'm glad to see she's finally got her own office. Recommend.
Lynn Y.Jun 2
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How was your experience with the doctor?Since my last review, I had my first baby in Manhattan, and Dr. Halpern was my lead OB.  She was great, and I got lucky having her do the delivery at the end, too.  She is all the things I said originally, and she became even more familiar with me as a patient due to the frequent visits.  I'm a lifer!
J M.Feb 3
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?RUDE, OBNOXIOUS, COLD, INSENSITIVE . I switched after a couple of appts with her as i could not stand her attitude and now i love my new obgyn.Don't waste your time with this awful nasty woman..i now see Dr Kathleen Mulligan and love her, although she doesn't do ob anymore
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How was your experience with the doctor?I normally don't like to rate my doctors because I really don't want my favorite doctor ever to become so busy that she couldn't see me but these ratings are so terrible that i feel it my duty to set the record straight. Dr Halpern is the first and only OB I have seen since I moved to NYC 10 years ago. She is awesome and she delivered my baby. As I spent over 12 months involved with her i feel i can fairly speak to her character. She is not your hold your hand pat your head kind of gyno, She might even roll her eyes when you blabber on incessantly about how you read an article in Glamour and you so totally know that your vagina is falling out. She went to medical school and while you might know how to read she knows a thing or two about vaginas. She is warm caring and extremely knowledgeable. Because of her i am proud to say i delivered a 8 lbs boy with no tears.She went along with my birth plan and was supportive the entire way. And yes she had on a cute outfit while doing it.As for the comments about her staff...her nurses are wonderful the front desk can be hit or miss but objectively they are hired by the head of the dept ,. Dr. Halpern has no say in hiring or firing.
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How was your experience with the doctor?I have no complaints about Dr. Halpern however the facility she works for is a different story.  Although the wait time is very short, their billing staff is not very organized.  Dr. Halpern has made me feel very comfortable and has taken time to answer all of my questions and concerns.  He's very friendly and knowledgeable of her jobs and I find it hard to believe that she would be anything less than great at the job.  She is highly recommended. The only problem I have is you have to make sure you are being billed for the correct service.  You see, when I initially visited NY Downtown, I was in the process of becoming pregnant.  I saw Dr. Halpern, she took care of me but then I got slammed with a $1,300 bill (I am insured).  After reaching out to my insurance provider, they saw that on the date of my initial visit, I was being billed for an abortion!!! Which is the complete opposite of what I was doing in the facility to begin with.  The people at the desk did not have a clue what was going on and they failed to take down my contact information correctly (missing phone number).  I only gave this place 3 stars because of Dr. Halpern, otherwise I would give it one star for the actual service from everyone else.
 Recommends this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Highly recommend. She is smart, direct, competent, empathic doctor. Her care is excellent and I trust her with my health.I noticed she moved as of 5/2015: 139 Centre Street, PH102    212-775-8585Contemporary women doctors are (still) held to a different standard than their male counterparts. I once had a male doctor who, while aspirating a cyst on  my wrist, took a call about golf. Guess what? His yelp reviews are flawless.She's a great, compassionate doctor.
 Isn't sure about this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Dr. Halpern was my OB for several years. Most of the time, I found her to be friendly and helpful.  However, I recently became pregnant. A few things she did during my prenatal exams made me question her judgment (especially early on, when she said I would VERY likely miscarry but I didn't!). In my second trimester I decided to move to a hospital that was closer to my home, and I also didn't like how long I had to wait to see her (many times, it was over an hour), even with an appointment. It was just very inconvenient because I had a job that I had to take time off from. When I told her the news, she flipped out on me. The entire appt was wasted on her telling me how hurt she was and me defending my decision (which was hard enough). We didn't even talk about the baby!  It made me wonder if insurance companies only compensate doctors if they deliver the baby -- and not so well for the prenatal exams.  I understand that she invested herself into my prenatal visits but if she became so emotional and unprofessional at that moment, then what would have happened in the delivery room?
Elaine C.Jan 22
 Isn't sure about this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?I have been seeing Dr Halpern for about 10 years, I recommended her to many people, and will continue to. I've read the reviews here and I agree with the reviewer who said she is very nice.  She takes my concerns seriously and I enjoy talking to her.  I get the feeling that she genuinely cares about my health. She is very direct " to the point "and matter of fact and that may get misconstrued for brusque or rude... but I do agree  ...she can be curt and to the point but I personally like that. She's very busy-  but she will answer all my questions.  Recently I went to her office to pick up a referral that she said could have been faxed to me, that I didn't need to come in for, she said she would correct her staff and tell them not to make people come in if they don't have to. She cared that I wasted my time.  Her health care assistants were all sweet and nice. I also agree that when she was in Tribeca  the staff was more friendly, helpful and professional.  But once she moved downtown, the front desk staff was not friendly and the wait is longer and it seems overcrowded.  But once I got to see her she was always nice .     She is quirky but she always calls me on my cell phone directly to follow up with me, very quickly, even on a weekend.
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?I stopped going to Dr. Halpern years ago, but felt compelled to write a review because the experience still haunts me to this day. I won't go into detail about what went down in her examination room -- it's too personal -- but I will say that I left shaken and in tears. NEVER have I felt so violated by a doctor. Halpern is both physically and emotionally abusive and I would urge anyone who is thinking of making her their OBGYN to think again.
V. W.Oct 22
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?I went to Dr. Halpern a few times before she moved to the Financial District...after she did it went downhill from there.  I had two appointments with her:  one of which was a rescheduled appointment for one she had missed completely...apparently she went on vacation and her staff forgot to clear her schedule), the other she was more than several hours late and all her patients were so pissed as they had to take time off of work to see her.Her staff are complete idiots and she herself a cold fish.  There were no apologies for her completely missing 2 appointments in which I had to travel and take time off of work from.  I'm now with a new OB/GYN and can't be happier with my decision to switch.  Maybe her and her staff need to sit in a waiting room for hours to see how it feels like to be completely mistreated.
Erin F.Sep 7
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How was your experience with the doctor?After moving back to the area and researching for a new OB, I met many doctors, but by far preferred Dr Halpren's practice the best.  She is very down to earth, welcoming, personable, yet efficient.  As a working mother, I appreciate all of these attributes.  I loved my doctor in California and am glad to have found great one here in NY. I can always get an appointment time that is convenient and there is never a wait. On the contrary, some of the other doctors I tried (in my Brooklyn neighborhood) had over an hour and a half wait, and told me I would be seeing one of 5 doctors at each visit.  Dr Halpren is my doctor and I see her every time I have an appointment.  Definitely recommend.
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How was your experience with the doctor?I started going to Dr. Halpern after being referred to her by my primary care physician. I had not seen a ob/gyn in quite a while because I did not have health insurance after being laid off and the last doctor I had did not accept the plan I eventually acquired through a new job. I must say I read all these reviews before my first appointment which was the Fall of 2010 and hoped for the best. My experience of that first visit and subsequent visits have been pretty great. During the first visit Dr. Halpern spent a great deal of time actually speaking with me. We had a conversation. I appreciated that. You see I have fibroids and was contemplating a hysterectomy due to heavy bleeding and constant pain. She took one look at me and was like "you're anemic" I can see it in your eyes. I was a little taken by this but blood work conducted by her office and my primary care physician came back with, yup you guessed anemia!!.Not only am I anemic but severely so. Had Dr. Halpern not said anything I'd still be walking around lethargic and not understanding why.  With her help I found a surgeon who was willing to do a modified surgery. I think she was convinced I would still have a baby. (Not going to happen.) But I appreciated the conservancy of her recommendation. The surgery was successful but those pesky fibroids are back again.In the meantime she has helped me with medication to help stem the heavy flow which at times had kept me in the house and afraid to venture out for more than a few hours at best. Dr. Halpern is direct but I don't find her rude. She has been nothing but sensitive and kind to me. I feel understood as a woman who while does not look 40 is well into her 40s past 'reasonable' child bearing years and has the daunting task of deciding when and if to have a final surgery. I trust her and I look forward to staying with her practice.
April G.Nov 14
 Isn't sure about this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?I have been going to Dr. Halpern for several years.  Sh used to have an office in Tribeca and I loved going to that office, the staff was friendly helpful and professional.  But once she moved to the hospital, the front desk staff was not friendly and very unorganized.  My wait was long and it always seemed overcrowded.  But once I got to see the doctor she was always nice but I do agree with most of you you...she is curt and to the point but I personally like that.  I have had several bad experiences with doctors and she by far has been the best.  She is quirky but she helped me through a troubled pregnancy and was very sensitive to my needs.  So I give her 3 stars.
 Isn't sure about this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?I thought she was absolutely Great! Yes-She has some personality, I guess it might be one that'd rub some people the wrong way. But for me...I found her nice and humorous and chatty in an otherwise normally uncomfortable situation.
 Isn't sure about this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?I've been going to Dr. Halpern for at least 10 years, and as a doctor I love her. Maybe I'm biased because she was my first ob/gyn and I basically went through puberty with her. I see some here consider her rude and brusque, but I take it as matter-of-factness and appreciate her honesty. She personally would get 5 stars from me.However, ever since her move to NYU Downtown, her support staff is HORRIBLE. God forbid you have to ask a simple question when making your appointment - the receptionists have no idea what's going on, you will be transferred to 5 different people, and eventually put in some voicemail no one checks. Case in point: I use Implanon for BC and since it is a specialized procedure that a doctor must be trained for, I initially went to someone else that Dr. Halpern recommended since she was not yet qualified to insert it 3 years ago when I had it done. A few months ago, it was time to change it, and also time for my annual. When I called to make an appointment for my annual I asked the receptionist if Dr. Halpern was now certified to insert Implanon, and thus began a ridiculous transfer-chain: most of her staff/random hospital people said they didn't know, but eventually her assistant (!!!) told me that she did not. Lo and behold, when I get to my appointment she tells me she DOES do it, it just needs to be ordered in advance and she needs to check the price since she doesn't do it very often, whatever, someone will call me this week to set it up.No one ever calls me, of course. Instead, I call and make an appointment and begin a number of harassing calls that we will refer to as the "Did you guys order my Implanon yet?" series. I called at least twice a week (over a period of a month and a half, since that was how far in advance my new appointment was) and was constantly put in Dr. Halpern's assistant's voicemail. None of my calls were returned.The day of my appointment finally arrives and of course the Implanon isn't there. When did they order it? Oh, sometime last week. The receptionist was perfectly nice and sympathetic, but come on. This lack of communication is completely inexcusable. If they didn't order it when I initially asked, they should have told me so. I called the day before my appointment -- if they had told me it wasn't there, I wouldn't have come. Instead, I was forced to waste 2 hours going there for nothing in a week where I'm on a huge deadline and could really have used that couple hours working. I would really hate to switch gynos, because I've grown very attached to Dr. Halpern, but I'm seriously considering it. I just can't deal with the ineptitude of her staff anymore.
 Isn't sure about this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?I think Dr Halpern is great. I had a pretty scary situation and she treated me with calm and respect and even made me laugh now and then. She is efficient and personal, always calling me on the phone when I have questions and being firm in her recommendations. I highly recommend - though the Downtown office? is well - a little on the rough side - she is great
Anika L.Mar 29
 Recommends this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?I had my first appointment with Dr. Halpern yesterday and I love her! Not sure about the issues that others had in the past but she was quick and to the point and this is something that I actually enjoy in a doctor. I get that she's busy- just about every doctor in this city is busy, but she answered my questions and got down to business. I think that maybe because she's not a big small talker some people may be taken aback by this, but I don't need small talk, I need a doctor. Her nursing staff was great! They were all so sweet and they were welcoming. I am actually looking forward to next year now and would recommend her to anyone who's looking for a true professional.
Leah Y.Mar 24
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?I concurr completely with H.H.'s experience almost word for word.  Dr. Halpern is beyond the normal NYC curt, which I can handle.  She is rude, condescending and has zero bedside manner.  I went to her 2 or 3 times before I finally had enough.  The last visit I left the office in tears and wasn't able to get out of bed the next day when she failed to tell me the implications of a procedure (which she gave me 5 mins to decide if I wanted to have done with little to no information).  I later learned from my new OBGYN and other's accounts, that most doctors schedule separate appointments, where anti anxiety medications are prescribed beforehand and local anisthesia is used.  I was offered neither.Her front desk staff was also unprofessional and the wait times are long.  My new doctor's office is the complete opposite in every way of my experience here.  You can do MUCH better!
Noreen H.Mar 23
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Sadly, never got to see the doctor. Office staff completely inept. Canceling appt. You really are responsible for having a good front office staff if you are a doctor in this city.
Susan L.Jan 20
 Recommends this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Love her. She's been my OB-GYN for 14 years, and I can't say enough good things about her. She's smart, funny and easy to talk to. During birth, she served as my labor coach, cheering section and friend, and gave my my body time to progress enough to deliver a healthy baby. I recommend her to anyone who asks without hesitation.
Ruth F.Aug 15
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Rude, insensitive, cold, and downright unpleasant. I left the appointment near tears...not an experience one should have at a doctor's office. Stay far, FAR away.
H. H.Feb 27
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?I went to Dr. Halpern two or three times before changing gynecologists.  She barely spoke to me at all.  When she did, she was rude and insensitive.  Dr. Halpern did not tell me what she was doing, and did not warn me ahead of time that something might be painful.  After the exams, she practically ran out of the room.
Sarah T.Feb 18
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?I visited Dr. Halpern with high hopes for finding a doctor I could stick with in NYC. My first visit, which was for an annual, went pretty well. It wasn't the thorough, intimate session I was used to with my beloved hometown GYN, but that wasn't what I expected from an urban hospital practice. I got my questions answered, an HPV vaccination script pushed on me for the umpteenth time, and went on my hoping, feeling a little underwhelmed, but glad to have a basic relationship with a competent doctor. A few months later, I had to go to the ER for an emergency issue that was diagnosed a GYN matter. I received superior care, and the ER doctor really pushed for me to follow up with my GYN within a few days. I was able to schedule that appointment promptly, but what followed was one of the most unpleasant experiences I've ever had with a physician. Dr. Halpern was brusque, dismissive, and unfocused, responding to my explanation for coming in with an incredulous look, then hurling the cover-up napkin thing at me and leaving the room. The universal gesture for "undress!", I guess? I was right in doing so, because she returned and asked a lot of off-topic questions about my diet, and challenged the original diagnosis. She told me to get copies of the ER tests once they were available, because she "didn't have time for that," and I chose not to arrange a follow-up to this miserable follow-up, because her attitude was a definite turn-off. The visit ended with her abruptly exiting the examination room, without a "Goodbye" or "We're done." I've never felt less capable of reading social cues as I did in her office that day! I've experienced additional woes from her administrative staff, as I need a birth control rx. rewritten so that my insurance company will cover it. I've left about a dozen detailed messages, and have yet to receive the new rx. My pharmacy has tried contacting the office, too, with no lucky. I finally faxed an official denial notice from the insurance company with a written explanation of the situation, which I've relayed over the phone so many times, to the office, and though I was told the doctor was in that day, the rx. was not called in. Dr. Halpern's practice might be adequate for a tough-skinned, busy woman with good health and even better insurance, but overall, my experience has been quite negative.
Kenna T.Dec 20
 Isn't sure about this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?i have been to dr. halpern once, for my annual. and i have to say that i've read the reviews here (it looks like one was removed) and i agree more with the positive than the negative. she is very nice and i enjoyed talking to her; i thought she took my concerns seriously and gave me some good options. i do believe she was matter of fact which may get misconstrued for curt or rude, but i honestly don't think she is coming from that place. i do agree that when you go to see any doctor, every part of the interaction should be considered, from the time you call to the time you walk out. so there is validity of the woman who had bad experiences with dr halpern's front desk. if any front desk person for any job is not on their game it can make for an unpleasant experience.
Becky M.Sep 14
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?It's 15 months after my first review and I've read others' reviews with interest (there are also reviews on other sites if you Google.) Anyway, people's experiences seem to be all over the map with Dr. Halpern. Some women really love her, some have had experiences similar to mine. In my case, I can't chalk it up to just a fluke bad day, since it's been consistent for me at each interaction I've had with her, and it's been over 6 years now.For those who point out that Dr. Halpern is not responsible for the lack of administrative organization in her office (including a fairly illiterate and irate personal message I received -- why take the time to write and send a nasty PM to me? Why not post a public review of the doctor if your experiences have differed?), it could very well be true -- that's something I don't know for certain. But the truth is I spend 10 minutes of my appointment with Dr. Halpern and I spend many, many, MANY more times that amount of time dealing with the office staff -- that's just the reality of the way today's doctors' offices are set up, where doctors must hustle as many patients as possible through the doors during each day. My medical experience there is in large part determined by my interactions with that staff -- in this case, a negative experience. If my relationship with the doctor is totally great, it might well be worth struggling with a crappy office staff. In my case, with Dr. Halpern, it isn't worth it, even apart from the problems I've had with the office staff.I think the administrative aspect of a doctor's office is legitimately part of a review of that doctor's practice. If you are going to be that doctor's patient, you are going to be dealing with the office staff. It's part of the package, and if I'm looking through doctor reviews on Yelp it's definitely a factor I want to consider and know about. Don't you?
SD M.Jul 27
 Recommends this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?I discovered Dr. Halpern 7 years ago and have been a loyal patient since. A few of my closest friends are all patients of hers, and they have even referred a few friends themselves. She is delivering my first baby early next year!!!!! Couldn't have asked for a better doctor.
 Isn't sure about this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?I agree with the other reviewers, Meredith is calm reasonable and efficient.  She engages me in a conversation about my healthcare and LISTENS to my answers.  I find her to be low key and easy to deal with.  Her support staff is kind of a pain but I think generally find Dr's support staff to be kind of a pain.  I don't know what that's about.
jen m.Jun 15
 Recommends this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Have to agree with Jennifer. I've seen Dr Halpern for about 10 years, and she came strongly recommended by my physician. She is lovely, a real pro, and highly personable.I have recommended her to many people, and will continue to.
 Recommends this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?Really? Dr Merideth Halpern at NYU Downtown? Tiny petite woman? She has been my Dr for over 10 years. I've recommended her to MANY friends all who have had no problems with her. I started seeing her when she was at Mercer Medical and continued seeing her when she moved her office to NYU Downtown. She was excellent thru every problem that I ever had (there have been many), thru my high-risk pregnancy and thru the c-section delivery of my beautiful daughter. She always greets me by name & asks about my little girl, job, spouse etc. While I was pregnant I ran into her at a restaurant on 14th st and she even came over to say 'hi' and see how I was feeling. I really truly feel that she is a great & caring Dr. I think you may have just had a fluke bad experience. She's pretty approachable - you could always discuss it with her. I do think that the admin staff at her NYU Downtown office is a little bit unorganized, but I find it manageable. She doesn't hire them - the Dr (older gentleman) who runs the OBGYN dept does (and I know that he doesn't get along that great with his staff). I would rather deal with that though than stop going to see her. I will also say that any time she has told me that I had something come back 'abnormal' (other than a pap) i've asked to go in and talk to her about it. My abnormals have always required some sort of follow up procedure & I can't ever give a phone call my full attention as I am pretty much always at work.Come to think of it I really don't have any Dr that has a decent admin staff. (Dr. Bruno's office is the WORST). The only Dr who calls me back within the hour is my daughters pediatrician.
Pat A.Nov 13
 Doesn't recommend this doctor

How was your experience with the doctor?When I went for an annual checkup, it was unremarkable, but at a subsequent appointment, when I asked her if someone there could call my insurance company about fouled up lab bill, she grew irate that I was wasting her time with a billing question. She shouted and swore ("I'll call the #@*! insurance company!") She said she'd get it taken care of. She didn't. When the bill went to a collection agency, I paid it. Oh well.