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Qualifications and Experience
Claudia Useda, MD, received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. She then completed an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City and, prior to transitioning to Scarsdale Medical Group, maintained a full-time practice at the Center. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a Fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her practice with SMG is limited to gynecology.
Dr. Useda is fully committed to the medical and surgical needs of women and is a firm believer in the preventive aspects of gynecologic care. She is fluent in Spanish. Her office is at 600 Mamaroneck Avenue in Harrison.
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr. Useda is a kind and lovely person. She is a good listener and definitely knows her specialty. She is fairly conservative in her approach but is also thoughtful and open minded. I feel very comfortable with her.
Dr. Useda is thorough, professional and compassionate.
She was very nice and answered all the questions I had.
I felt comfortable, had a very open conversation with the doctor with great mutual understanding. Her recommendations on next steps sounded very sensible and totally in line with my expectations.
My visit was fast and efficient and I did not feel like I was being rushed. She spoke with me during my entire appointment. She made me feel very relaxed and comfortable. I would not hesitant to see Dr. Useda again.
Dr. Useda was very informative. She answered all of my questions, and helped me make a decision that was based on my health needs.
She was very thorough and knowledgable and her bedside manner was great. This was my first doctor's visit in a long time where I was very pleased and had all my questions answered.
Dr. Useda was extremely kind, professional and quick. Would recommend her to anyone!
Her bedside manner was great. I had an 8:30 appt, was in the exam room by 8:35, but had to wait until closer to 8:50 to see the doctor. She answered a lot of questions and was supportive without being pushy or judgemental.
The doctor is very Professional, approachable and explained everything to me very clearly. The office staff are very pleasant and courteous. No waiting time at all. I highly recommend the doctor! I am very satisfied!
Very professional and knowledgeable
So nice and very pro-active! Really great doctor for young women!
Professional as always. I moved states (from NY to NJ) but kept this doctor.
I walked in, went straight to an exam room, and the doc was in not 5 minutes after I changed. She spent her time with me & bedside manner was great! I have never had a gyn experience quite like it. Never going anywhere else!!
I waited too long for my appointment - 20 minutes in the waiting room then another 10 in the examining room. For the beginning of the day that was too long to wait. The doctor, however, was congenial, respectful and attentive and had a good bedside manner. I highly recommend her, but be ready to wait.
Dr. Useda has a great bedside manner.
Professional as always.
She was nice, personable, and made me feel very comfortable on my first visit. Would highly recommend.
Lovely experience, her professionalism shows in the way she makes her client feel at ease and able to be honest with her.
Dr. Useda is very pleasant and a good listener. I feel she knows her stuff and cares.
Thank you Dr. Useda for being kind, funny, and understanding! Dr. Useda made me feel very comfortable and did a great job placing my IUD.
My visit with Dr.Useda was great! She was quick, very professional and her beside manner was excellent.I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a good Ob/Gyn. Her assistant Carmen is also wonderful and makes your visit comfortable.
Very professional and good at her job. Needs to work on bedside manner. Very curt and somewhat condescending when answering questions.
Other than the wait, Dr. Useda was completely professional. She explained all of my testing, and was very considerate. I will see her again.
I have been a patient of Dr. Useda's for quite a few years. She is direct and helpful with questions. I love Carmen, her assistant. She is awesome. I only wish Dr. Useda had more availability. It can be difficult to get an appointment right away sometimes.
She's an awesome doctor
Dr. Useda is consistently kind, timely, professional and personable. She makes a not so fun process fly by. I have recommended her to several women I work with and we all love her.
While she was professional and the office was orderly and clean, I found Dr. Useda rather antagonistic. It started rather harmlessly when she asked me my height, to which she argued that I was an inch shorter than I was. My real complaint comes from when I was prescribed a new medication that was I felt was the cause of a strange reaction. When I called her office, she was again hostile, suggesting that I might have some other medical issue unrelated to the medication she prescribed me. I ended the phone conversation feeling more stressed than comforted, and I decided it best not to schedule a follow-up with her and to change doctors completely.
Dr. Useda was excellent. She was professional, thorough and knowledgable. All of my questions were answered and she made me feel very comfortable. Her staff was equally pleasant and professional.
She's professional and informative. I found her easy to talk to. Would highly recommend.
She was great! I've never been to an OB/GYN where I was in and out in less than one hour! That alone was amazing! She was extremely pleasant, efficient and professional and prescribed a test that I have to schedule. I was extremely apprehensive, but when I met her I felt completely at ease, considering no sane woman could possibly look forward to going to the Gynecologist.She was terrific and her office staff was lovely. I would definitely recommend her and will return next year.
Dr. Useda is very kind and has amazing bedside manner. She explains exactly what she is doing at all times.
Dr. Useda was very professional and her bed side manner was excellent.
She's the best! Been going 5 years.
She made the dreaded annual trip to the gyno as enjoyable as it can be. Very personable and efficient.
Dr. Useda was great. So fast, attentive, and pleasant to talk to. I will be going to her from now on.
She is great. Good bedside manner and knows her data.
Profesional and pleasant. It is great that she speaks spanish. She explains everything perfectly.
Unfortunately, I did not have a good experience with Dr. Useda. At the time, I had to find another OB-GYN on short notice as my current doc dropped my insurance. I felt that she was not concerned with my symptoms, which were fairly minor at the time. However, when I expressed that I wanted to do further testing, she said, "What do you want me to test?" As I recall, I'm not the one that completed med school. Overall, everything else was fine and regular pap came back normal. Will be transferring to an alternate GYN for the new year.
Unfriendly and brusque. I went for an annual exam. Although I have a GP whom I see regularly she asserted opinions beyond OBGYN issues. Asked me if I'm on a diet.
She was ok but not what I'm looking for in a gyn at this point in my life. She was nice & friendly but seemed distracted, in a hurry. We didn't really talk. General treatment. I'm looking for someone who really sees ME.
I always leave satisfied. Love how fast she see's her patients. Great doc!!
Dr. Useda is quick and definitely has a serious manner, but she is efficient and kind, and I really appreciated her painless/non-awkward approach.
I was concerned about the doctor's bedside manner after reading the mixed reviews. If you need a very warm & fuzzy personality to make you comfortable - then she's not the doc for you. That said, I liked her just fine, found her to be no nonsense, but perfectly approachable. I made the appointment last minute while my regular doctor (who I've been seeing for over 20 years) was out of town. Never having seen her before, I was totally comfortable with Dr. Useda. She was thorough, professional, and gave me good advice. I would recommend her.
This was my first visit - Dr. Useda was very friendly in screening me for background information and getting my exam done quickly and efficiently. She asked me about my upcoming wedding to distract me during the exam and it worked. I always get nervous at the doctor's office and she put me at ease. I had an 8 am appointment and I made it to work on East 69th Street by 9 am.
She is an understanding person. It is very easy explain her the situation and she understands quickly my needs. I will recommend her without any doubt.
I have been a patient of Dr. Useda's for over 20 years. She is a wonderful and skilled physician and I feel luck to be under her care.
Whenever I have seen Dr. Useda she has been unpleasant and condescending. I am inexperienced in dealing with medical and insurance issues, and she has made it more difficult at each step. Instead asking me to communicate my needs more clearly, she immediately gets defensive and makes me feel stupid for asking about anything. I didn't think doctors were supposed to make you feel worse. I would definitely avoid visiting this doctor.
She was very good, through and professional. Maureen R (former RN)
Dr. Uceda was cold and insensitive in the way she asked questions and talked to me. She scolded me for not hanging my clothes behind the door, which I found extreme. She was imposible to relate to and felt like a disconnected machine in a bad mood at work taking it on her client. I would never go back to her and would never recommend her.
Dr. Useda was friendly and knowledgable. I am fairly young (late 20s) and healthy, so I didn't really need anything more involved than the routine pap smear test, and she was efficient & quick with it. It was a pleasant visit and I would recommend her to other women who need their routine pap smear/gynecology check-up.
Dr. Useda is a great and caring doctor with lots of experience. She makes patients feel comfortable and well cared for. Highly recommended!
Dr. Useda is pleasant and professional. I felt extremely comfortable with her and her staff.
Highly recommend her.
It was a very good experience. I learned a couple of new things about ovarian cancer. She was very helpful, and directed me to some other tests I needed to get done.
This was my first visit to see Dr. Useda. Based on Dr. Useda's previous reviews, I was expecting her to have a good bedside manner; however, she was not at all how she was portrayed in her reviews. Dr. Useda was judgmental and condescending when she reviewed my medical history. She did not provide adequate responses to my questions, and me feel as though I was wasting her time. Dr. Useda did not explain the procedure, and was rude each of the few times she did talk to me during my appointment. As a first time patient, I expected to be treated a little more professionally, and that my appointment would last for more than 5 minutes.
Dr. Useda is very nice and spends time with patients. No wait.
Dr. Useda is kind, helpful and informative. She has a calm demeanor and takes time to ask you questions and inform you on how to take care of yourself. I was very happy with my visit. I highly recommend her...
Dr Useda was a no nonsense woman, who was upfront and professional. Some people may not respond well to her at times brusque manner, but I appreciated her being BS free. Office was clean and I was seen right away.
She was very helpful
My appointment seemed rushed. Dr. Useda wasn't very warm or friendly. She didn't allow me to complete a sentence, without jumping to conclusions, in an attempt to answer my questions. After waiting 10 -20minutes past my appointment time, I thought she would at least take the time to hear me out. While very knowledgable, whats the point, if I don't have the opportunity to share my concerns? I felt like I wasted an afternoon. Her front desk staff shared in the same "rush-her-out" attitude.
Dr. Useda is an excellent doctor. I would definitely recommend her to anyone that needs a gyn.
Dio importancia a mis preocupaciones y me explico todo muy bien.
Dr. Useda was not warm or friendly at all. She was very curt with me and kept rolling her eyes to the nurse about me. She was also was very rude to me about being overweight. I had recently lost 10lbs which I was very proud of and currently on weight loss regime but she kept telling me over and over how obese I am. I was embarrassed and very uncomfortable. She ignored my request for birth control to control my period since I am not currently sexually active. Will never see this doctor again.
She's friendly, professional, and does a great job making you feel at ease. She takes her time to speak with you, answer all your questions, and educate you on your options. It's why I keep going back to her.
This was my first time at Doctor Useda's office. And, I had a really positive experience. I didn't have to wait at all and the Doctor is very sweet, honest and clear. The receptionist was very nice. The doctor was quick, efficient and professional. I will definitely recommend her to friends.
Dr. Useda is a great doctor. She is very friendly, funny, and made me feel extremely comfortable. I would highly recommend her and will be using her as my primary OBGYN from now on.
My visit to Dr. Useda was terrific. The receptionist was friendly and courteous, and even went to extra lengths to help me with some paperwork from my employer. Dr. Useda saw me promptly and made me feel very comfortable. She was thorough but efficient.
Doctor was quick and efficient, however bedside manner was not great. Felt like she was rushing me along & was judgmental and condescending while giving her my history.
It was a horrible experience. She was extremely unprofessional. She was rude in her questioning and if my answers weren't to her liking she showed it. In addition, they had an issue with their internet and she kept on cursing about it. The office was super cold (which makes a huge difference when you're sitting there naked) and the assistant was also kind of rude. Don't go to this docotr! She was so mean.
Overall positive experience!
She is informative and professional
Visited for annual check up, Very happy with service provided. Definitely recommend.
Dr. Useda is concerned, competent, and helpful, exactly what a dr should be.
Welcoming staff and great, practical medical care
THE WORST doctor’s visit in my life. I left her office almost crying. I strongly question both her ethics and knowledge as a medical professional. 1. Refused to treat my issues in a timely manner (to charge more?) I went to see Dr. Useda due to an abnormal pap I got from my family doctor. My family doctor already told me exactly what test I needed from an OB GYN. I told the front desk when making the appointment. But When I went, Dr. Useda said she can’t do it that day because they forgot to set the test up, I needed to go back a week later. Further worried, I almost begged her try to squeeze something in instead of delaying my exam, but Dr. Useda didn't even care to check the possibility. 2. No professional opinion offered to eliminate liabilities. I also asked the doctor some birth control options. I was expecting some pros and cons from a trained medical professional so I can evaluate. But all she said was “it is completely up to you”. No value added, the doctor is more worried about liabilities than the patient. 3. Condescending attitude. I was very worried about my abnormal pap and asked many questions. Instead of providing comfort or at least information, Dr. Useda sneered at my questions as if why are you so stupid to not know the answers already. She definitely excels at making a patient feeling terrible. To sum it up, I wasted my time, being charged for nothing, knowing my issue is being delayed, and didn’t get any answers to my questions. I was going to cry! BTW, I noticed all her good reviews are from years ago and all her recent reviews are bad. I wonder why.
The office is run very efficiently and the staff is very pleasant.
Very personable, helpful, patient, friendly
I was very pleased!
She was extremely knowledgable about all of my options. She took a lot of time to show and explain my options and didn't urge to prescribe.
Quick and to the point, but listens to all concerns and questions.
Excellent doctor. Pays attention. Cares about her patients. Focuses on the best solutions for you --
My best experience with an american doctor since I live in NY! I didn't want to go and kept postponing the appointment.Now I am happy that I went. She communicated in a very kind way to get all information needed and did the control very gentle and proper. I felt safe!
Clear and direct but keeps it professional
Dr. Useda was very professional, thorough, and comfortable to talk to. Definitely one of the better OBGYN's I've gone to in NYC.
Nice office, nice staff. She was very through & asked questions. No complaints. Easy to get to. In and out in half hour, routine visit. She gave me some referrals for some testing. That's it.
Wish I could write something positive in this post; however, I will not be going back to see Dr. Useda. Both she and her receptionist gave me a rude welcoming upon my arrival and Dr. Useda was very rude during my appointment.
She did not have a very pleasant bedside manner. Talked rather condescendingly towards me. However, her staff was so nice and made me feel very comfortable.
Dr. Useda was very knowledgeable and professional. She was also very thorough and gave me some good information no other doctor had given me before and she had helpful recommendations. I would highly recommend her!
Claudia was great. She was very professional and a nice but no-nonsense bedside manner, which I really appreciated. She answered all of my questions thoroughly.
She is always very friendly and thorough in answering any questions I have. Wait time is extremely reasonably. Definitely recommend!
I've gone to Dr. Useda for many years. She is very professional and thorough. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.
I had been draining going to a OB-GYN, but doc Useda made my visit very pleasent and comfortable! I would recommend her to my friends, she is a keeper!
Dr. Useda is fast and to the point. Not very personable but a painless annual visit.
She was fantastic. I felt really comfortable with her and she was able to explain all of the next steps. Absolutely will recommend her to friends and family.
Excellent. She is knowledgeable, professional, and very strait forward, which I appreciate. She made me feel comfortable and took the time to talk through all of my concerns and questions. Highly recommend.
She is great.
Staff and Dr. took great care of me. I have already referred her to coworkers who have also now under her care.
She seemed really annoyed when she came to see me and I felt like she was lecturing me. She also talked down about her receptionist, which is just bad form. This kind of doesn't make one comfortable when one is naked and exposed physically. The office was also kind of lack luster. However, she wasn't awful and knew exactly what she was talking about.
Very warm and welcoming. Excellent staff.
Dr. Useda was easy to talk to, a fine listener and very kind. I felt her understanding and compassion immediately. She gave me good information, helped me to understand my situation and allowed me to share in the decision making. Dr. Useda treated me with respect, sensitivity and consideration.
She is great. Makes you feel comfortable and never embarrassed when asking about problems. I have also never had to wait in her office.
I WAS VERY PLEASED
Have been looking for a doctor locally and this one clearly know's what she's doing, but found her "no-nonsense" approach a bit abrasive. Considering the intimate nature of the service (OBGYN), will probably be looking for someone with a bit softer bed-side manner.
Very professional and thorough
I really liked her and she is very knowledgable and makes you feel very comfortable. I have already recommended her to my friends. I have found the best one!
The doctor herself was great- friendly and efficient. I was in and out of the actual exam in 5 minutes. The office, however was pretty disorganized. When I had some issues with my insurance it was impossible to get someone on the phone in the office to help resolve the issue so it dragged on for weeks.
Dr. Useda is very smart and to the point. No wait time at all! Would recommend.
Very helpful Great bed side manner Friendly
SHe's is very informative
Dr. Useda is very knowledgeable and detailed. I have been seeing her regularly since I first found her on Zoc Doc.
Dr Useda and her staff are wonderful. I would highly recommend her.
I went for my annual and another followup appointment. The exam was pretty standard. When I came back for a follow up STI screening, she was very judgy and lectured me even though I ALWAYS practice safe sex. She acted like I was bothering her by coming back for a screening. Won't return for another annual and am searching for a doctor with a more sensitive bedside matter.
Dr. Useda is the greatest GYNO I've ever had. Very down to business. Was in and out in about 30 minutes and all my questions were answered. Plus side she sends your prescription via email to your pharmacy so no pesky prescription paper to keep track of, which is good because I always manage to misplace them.
Dr. Useda is a very considerate and thoughtful physician. She did what she thought was best for me even though I disagreed with some of her thoughts on what birth control I should use. Ultimately, I think she knew what was best for my health, so I honored her decision. My real issue is with the office. I was scheduled for a second appointment incorrectly, leading me to make a journey into the city that was uncalled for. When I was there, the blood pressure equipment was constantly broken across three visits during a 1.5 month period. Even Dr. Useda was frustrated by this. It took me 1.5 months to get my birth control prescription dealt with, which seemed like a ridiculous hassle.
She was very friendly, straight forward, non judgmental and very professional.
This was my first visit with Dr Useda and felt so comfortable with her. She really made me feel at ease I highly recommend her!
Dr. Useda was knowledgable and competent. I appreciated that she was gentle when she did the internal exam, as I tend to tense up during them. I did not wait at all to be seen, which was HUGELY appreciated!
She was rather brusque and kind of rude. When I explained to her receptionist that I was not there for an annual exam, just a birth control consultation, the receptionist sent me directly into the doctor's office. When the doctor realized that I was a first time patient, she got really annoyed and expressed frustration with me (rather than her receptionist) for not going to an exam room for a physical examination. It was really odd.
I went to Dr. Useda to check whether I had sexual dysfunction (in particular vaginismus). The way Dr. Useda checked was by roughly and very quickly inserting two fingers into me, separating her fingers inside me and rotating them over and over. My entire body--not to mention my face--was clenched in pain. I could barely breathe or speak. Dr. Useda did not stop rotating her fingers, nor was she at all sympathetic to the extreme pain she was subjecting me to. The only positive thing about that visit was finding out that apparently I didn't have vaginismus. I will never go to Dr. Useda again, nor would I recommend her.
She was nice, but not for me. I prefer a younger woman who can understand me more. Perfectly fine doctor, good bed side manner. Nurse poked me many times trying to find vain - I had to help her.
6/29/16 - Because I can't seem to write a review anywhere else on Zocdoc, I'm writing this as a warning to those out there with medical family history. I had recently experienced some very abnormal changes to my period. Upon emailing Dr. Useda with my concerns, the response I received back was unbelievably curt, unprofessional and to sum it up "if it's heavy see urgent care, I'm on vacation until July..." No recommendation of another trusted colleague while she was away, no phone call to even express concern. There is endometrial cancer among others that run in my family, this is in my charts. I've never been so taken aback by a response from a trusted medical provider. I've been seeing Dr. Useda for a few years. I have very thick skin and I also work in a health related field but this was appalling. Please, think twice before going to see her.
she is very pleasant and does everything to make you feel comfortable
I have been with Dr. Useda for years and she is a caring professional.
She's smart. Not warm and friendly, but she knows her stuff. She will take as much time as you need to answer all your questions in-depth. She won't insist on constant appointments - in fact, she gave me enough birth control pill refills to last me a year! Nice to find a doctor who's not out for the money. Sidenote: assistant seems a little stressed and scatterbrained. Personable, though.
Dr. Useda is super nice, and the visit was great!
It was great! I did not have to wait long before I was called. Dr. Claudia Useda made me feel very comfortable during the examination. And concluded the visit by asking me if I had any questions or concerns. I highly recommend her to every women our there.
The doctor was excellent! Great experience for me
I was a bit apprehensive about the number of open time slots, but saw all the positive reviews, so gave it a shot. In short, it was the worst doctor's visit I've ever had. First, I arrived on time but sat in the waiting room for over an hour. After the doctor finally saw me, she wouldn't even let me finish explaining my situation (less than 5 minutes) and kept interrupting me. Her tone and manner were very condescending, and ultimately was not helpful at all. The visit was a complete waste of time and money. I would definitely not recommend her to anyone, even my worst enemies.
Dr. Useda was personable, thorough, and addressed my concerns. The exam was comfortable, and one of the better experiences with a gynecologist I have had.
She took the time to listen to all my concerns. Answer all my questions and explain things very nicely.
Dr. Useda was very professional and straight forward. This was my first visit, so she asked a lot of questions and gave me her opinion about an ongoing issue and her recommendation for dealing with it. I liked her and her assistant was also very nice.
Made me fell very comfortable. Easy bedside manner. I would recommend her.
Warm and friendly and very thorough. Would definitely go back and recommend her.
She was fabulous and took a long time to answer all my questions.
She's very direct and to the point which I liked.
She was straight to the point and I appreciate her honesty
The receptionist is super friendly!
Had a tendencty to put her foot in her mouth. I was there to be examined not judged. I understand now what the previous reviewer meant when she said she felt uncomfortable when she was told "it's unusual for a woman your age not to have kids."
She is nice and friendly. She explained when I didn't understand. But she made a comment about me not having kids at my age is unusual. It made me feel a little uncomfortable.
Very Good Doctor. Informative and took time to answer questions!. I would highly recommend.
I was very comfortable asking questions. She answered all of my questions.
I had to write a review to warn others. Based on the number of positive reviews of Dr. Useda and her practice, I decided to give here a try when I moved to NYC. Dr. Useda was one of the worst OB-GYN's I have ever seen. She was not only rough, but insensitive. The experience was so terrible, I really can't understand all of the positive reviews. Avoid at all costs.
Made me feel so incredibly comfortable in the most awkward situation.
The visit went very smoothly and quick, I felt very comfortable and she was very accommodating to my needs.
She was great! I'd definitely recommend her.
My first appointment with Dr. Claudia went very well. She is absolutely awesome and I will certainly return. She is knowledgeable and understanding. You can't ask for more from a doctor.
I think Dr. Useda was very professional and I really liked her a lot. My total visit time was less than 30 minutes. I would recommend her to everyone I know.
Dr. Useda was very informative, friendly and professional.
She is a wonderful doctor. Very attentive, and takes time to explain to you exactly your diagnosis and answer any questions. Honest about the doctors and clinics she refers (how good they are).
she was nice even the lady who worked at the front desk quick an friendly
Very good bedside manner and thorough in explaining things.
Great obgyn! She made me feel very comfortable. I would highly recommend her.