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PCRS 2024 Faculty



Michael Abeyta, TS

Michael Abeyta, TS (ABB) graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Biology.  He is currently the Associate Embryology Lab Director at CCRM San Francisco. Michael has two decades of experience dedicated to the field of Reproductive Biology, starting with 3 years of basic research experience in the lab of esteemed Scientist Renee Reijo Pera, where he co-authored multiple publications related to reproductive genetics and stem cell biology. It was during this time that he gained exposure to the field of clinical embryology and ultimately transitioned.  After 7 years of IVF experience at UCSF, Michael spent 5 years working in the IVF lab at Stanford. Michael has been with CCRM San Francisco since its inception in 2017, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the clinical and embryology lab teams. Over the course of his career, Michael has contributed to numerous abstracts, articles and chapters, held leadership positions on numerous advisory boards, and served as an independent consultant, clinical instructor, and speaker both nationally and internationally, all with the goal of increasing knowledge and improving IVF success rates for the entire field.

Fellows Talk/IVF Lab Influences on Outcomes
Wednesday, March 20 | 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Embryology Debate - Nature or Nurture? Born and Raised vs. Professionally Trained Embryologists
Friday, March 22 | 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Amanda Adeleye

Amanda Adeleye, MD,  is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility (REI) specialist. She is double-board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and REI. Dr. Adeleye is passionate about helping women and people with fertility and family building issues. She completed medical school and residency at Columbia University and completed an REI fellowship at the University of California San Francisco.  She has been published in many journals including Fertility and Sterility and Nature Digital Medicine and presented her work at local and national conferences. Dr. Adeleye is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Additionally, she is devoted to using research to close fertility related health care disparities. Dr. Adeleye's research interests include increasing access to care and education for the LGBTQ community and to people of color.  She is also committed to improving the educational resources available to all patients to inform them on their fertility journey. She has been featured on NPR's Short Wave, 1A and interviewed in many media outlets including the New York Times and National Geographic. She is a medical advisor for Carrot a fertility benefits company as well as Frame Fertility.


Fellows Debate: 2 vs. 3 Year Fellowship

Thursday, March 21 | 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Jason Barritt, PhD

As a dedicated researcher, Dr. Barritt oversees the daily operations of the embryology lab and coordinates studies to contribute to the advancement of infertility treatments. He holds national certifications as both a High Complexity Laboratory Director and an Embryology Laboratory Directory and has been awarded New York State Department of Health Certifications for Laboratory Directing in Andrology, Endocrinology and Human Tissue Banking. Dr. Barritt was previously responsible for all Laboratory Direction of Embryology, Andrology and Endocrinology at The Reproductive Center in Ohio and for Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York. He has held the academic position of Clinical Instructor with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York for more than 10 years. Passionate about his work, Dr. Barritt has presented his clinical and research findings at meetings around the world and has published more than 25 papers and over 100 abstracts in the field of reproductive medicine. He is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the role of mitochondria in human oocytes and embryos. Dr. Barritt is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American Association of Bioanalysts.

Embryology Debate - Nature or Nurture? Born and Raised vs. Professionally Trained Embryologists
Friday, March 22 | 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Alison Bartolucci, PhD HCLD

Alison is the ART laboratory director and assistant professor of Ob/GYN and Cell Biology at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services/University of Connecticut Medical School in Farmington CT. In addition to this role, she serves as the Director of Lab Integration and Advancement for First Fertility where she oversees the operations and coordination of multiple network laboratories across the country. Alison has a passion for optimizing ART laboratory management and outcomes through targeted troubleshooting and team collaboration. She has served on the leadership committee of SRBT, SART's executive council, and has authored numerous publications focused on reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She began her career as an embryologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and trained under the mentorship of Dr.Catherine Racowsky and the late Dr. Lynette Scott. She received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Embryology and Andrology from Eastern Virginia Medical School [EVMS] in 2005 and returned to EVMS almost 15 years later where she received her PhD in Clinical Reproductive Sciences in November 2019.

Embryology Debate - Nature or Nurture? Born and Raised vs. Professionally Trained Embryologists
Friday, March 22 | 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Troubleshooting in the IVF Lab – What, When and How To Act on Your KPI

Thursday, March 21 | 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Charlie Bormann, PhD, HCLD

Dr. Bormann is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.  He is the Director of the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Laboratory Massachusetts General Hospital.  His research interests include using deep-learning, AI-technology to help individualize patient care and assist in clinical/laboratory decision making.

Debate – Repro-AI to Optimize ART Outcome
Thursday, March 21 | 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Embryology Debate - Nature or Nurture? Born and Raised vs. Professionally Trained Embryologists

Friday, March 22 | 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Nidhi Desai, JD

Nidhi is an attorney in private practice, practicing in the areas of assisted reproductive technology (ART) and adoption. She currently serves as the Director of ART for the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA) and as a member of its Board of Directors. She serves as a board member of the Chicago Coalition for Family Building, a foundation that helps individuals and couples struggling with infertility through education and financial assistance, and has been appointed to the legal advisory group for Men having Babies, a not-for-profit group providing education and resources for prospective intended parents. She has been instrumental in helping to craft local and national policies surrounding ART. She has worked on drafting and passing legislation including the Illinois GestationalSurrogacy Act and most recently with updates to the Illinois Parentage Act to protect children and families born of gamete donation. Nidhi previously served on the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology's (SART)executive counsel as well as serving as the Chair of the Legal Professionals of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Nidhi authored the chapter on surrogacy and assisted reproduction for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Practice Handbook on Illinois Adoption Law. Her peers have also selected her as a member of the Leading Lawyers Network and she is a frequent speaker on legal issues, both locally and nationally, addressing medical and legal professionals including ASRM, the American Bar Association, and AAAA.

The Changing Landscape of Embryos and ART Law. Caselaw and Legislative Reaction After Dobbs
Saturday, March 23 | 1:45 PM – 2:30 

Nicole Doyle, MD, PhD

Nicole P. Doyle, M.D., Ph.D., FACOG, earned her medical degree and doctorate in philosophy from the Medical School of the Technical University of Munich and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Doyle went on to complete her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Doyle has published several peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, book chapters, and review articles in many leading scientific journals in the fields of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Her specific research interest is examining the timing for embryo transfer and she continues this work as a member of the research team at Shady Grove Fertility. She is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of numerous medical organizations. Dr. Doyle's clinical interests include any aspect of female and male infertility, in particular optimizing outcomes in patients with diminished ovarian reserve or premature ovarian insufficiency; making advances in vitro fertilization, oocyte donation, recurrent pregnancy loss, fertility preservation, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Dr. Doyle is married and together with her family she enjoys the outdoors, skiing, and spending time in Europe to visit family. Dr. Doyle is fluent in German and joined SGF in 2020. She sees patients in SGF's Fairfax, VA office.

Preparing for the Oral REI Certifying Examination

Wednesday, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM


Samantha Lauren Estevez, MD

Dr. Samantha Estevez is a third-year fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York. Dr. Estevez earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Women's Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated summa cum laude with her honor's thesis in Japanese history. She completed her medical school education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell in New York. Throughout her medical training, Dr. Estevez has received numerous awards, including Northwestern's Global Health Initiative Scholarship, the Northwell Health Culture of Care in Action Award, and induction into the Gold Humanism Honors Society. As a resident, Dr. Estevez was the Chief Resident of Research. She has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at several prestigious conferences, including ASRM, ACOG, and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Annual Scientific Symposium. Her research and clinical interests include LGBTQIA+ fertility, access to care for underrepresented minorities, reducing health disparities, and fertility preservation.


Fellows Debate: 2 vs. 3 Year Fellowship
Thursday, March 21 | 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Jason M. Franasiak, MD

Dr. Jason Franasiak, MD, FACOG, HCLD/ALD (ABB) is an attending physician at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey where he serves as lead physician and high complexity laboratory director of the embryology and andrology labs at the Marlton office, Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Associate Professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Clinical Assistant Professor at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, and Medical Director for the Liberty Corner Ambulatory Surgical Center at Marlton. He received his undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary and medical degree from the University of Virginia graduating summa cum laude along with being named to the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha academic societies. Dr. Franasiak is regularly invited to speak at the regional, national, and international levels and has authored and contributed to nearly 300 peer-reviewed publications, published chapters, and abstracts. He serves as the editor of a textbook on recurrent implantation failure, on the Editorial Board for Fertility and Sterility and the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and has served on the executive board of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Spermatogenesis and Fertilization
Wednesday, March 20 | 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Ravi Gada, MD

Dr. Ravi Gada has been in practice at DFW Fertility Associates since 2012.  He received his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Gada entered Texas Tech University School of Medicine in 2001 and completed a dual M.D. and M.B.A of Health Management in 2005.  He then moved to Minnesota where he completed his residency and REI fellowship at Mayo Clinic.  Dr. Gada also completed a Masters of Biomedical Sciences from Mayo Clinic Graduate School.

Debate – Repro-AI to Optimize ART Outcome?

Thursday, March 21 | 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Amber Gamma, MS, CGC

Amber Gamma is a board-certified genetic counselor with close to ten years of experience in the fields of ART and reproductive genetics. Ms. Gamma is currently the Lead Genetic Counselor at IVI RMA America, where she sees patients for a variety of clinical indications related to ART and IVF, as well as directing and overseeing the development of the company's genetic counseling program. She is the current Chair of the ASRM GCPG Professional Group and is an author of multiple abstracts and peer-reviewed publications.

Genetics Breakout/Mastering Embryo Selection in the Genomic Era: Perspectives From an REI, Embryologist and Genetic Counselor

Wednesday, March, 20 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Darren Griffin, BSc, PhD, DSc, FRCPath, FRSA, FRSB

Professor Darren Griffin received his BSc and DSc degrees from the University of Manchester and his PhD from University College London. After postdoctoral stints at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Cambridge, he landed his first academic post at Brunel University, before settling at the University of Kent, nearly 20 years ago. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts and is President of the International Chromosome and Genome Society. A world leader in cytogenetics, he performed the first successful cytogenetic PGT and played a significant role in the development of Karyomapping, an approach he now applies to cattle and pigs. He has co-authored ~330 scientific publications, mainly on the cytogenetics of reproduction and evolution, recently providing insight into the karyotypes of dinosaurs. He is a prolific science communicator, a part-time TV presenter, and an enthusiastic proponent of interdisciplinary research endeavour. He has supervised 42 PhD students to completion and his work appears consistently in the media. He runs a vibrant research lab of ~25 people (including a program of externally supervised students) and maintains commercial interests relating to the outcomes of research findings.

Conversations on Conservation: Creating Conversations To Maximize the Use of Genetics and Assisted Reproduction Technology in Applied Conservation Management
Saturday, March 23 | 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Eduardo Hariton, MD, MBA

Eduardo Hariton is a board certified Ob/Gyn and board eligible reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist. He received his medical training at Harvard, where he completed a combined MD / MBA at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School and his Ob/Gyn residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of California, San Francisco. He is currently a practicing physician at the Reproductive Science Center of the Bay Area in California. He also serves as the VP of Strategic Initiatives at US Fertility and the Managing Director of the USF Innovation Fund. Dr. Hariton combines his clinical and business backgrounds to treat patients and think creatively about how to improve the care they receive when seeking fertility services. He has published extensively on a broad range of topics ranging from infertility treatment outcomes to artificial intelligence, and his work has been published in high impact journals including Fertility and Sterility, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also serves as an advisor to early stage healthcare companies.

The REI Job Search: Paths, Timing, and Strategies
Wednesday, March 20 | 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Micah Hill, DO

Dr. Hill is the Fellowship Director of the REI Fellowship at the NIH, Walter Reed, Shady Grove Combined Federal Fellowship.  He is also the Media Editor for Fertility and Sterility, the Past President of SREI, and the Vice President of SART.  He has served on the board of directors of PCRS, ASRM, ACOG, SART, and SREI in the past two years.  He is the author of over 150 scientific papers, including publications in JAMA, Fertility and Sterility, The Green Journal, The Gray Journal, and Human Reproduction.



Iffath Hoskins, Physician

Dr Iffath Abbasi Hoskins is the Immediate Past President, ACOG; Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) subspecialist; Vice Chair, Faculty Affairs; Chief Obstetric Safety Officer; Associate Director Labor & Delivery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY. After 27 years in U.S. Navy and Marines, she retired as Captain (06), having served in Naval Secretary's Policy Board; Promotion Boards; as Faculty, Naval War College; and receiving 7 Military Leadership awards. She completed her MFM Fellowship at Uniformed Services University, MD; was Co-Director, Medical Genetics Fellowship, NIH; Chief, Obstetrics, Bellevue Hospital in the largest public health system; Chair and Residency Director in 2 Ob/Gyn Departments and maintained an MFM practice.  She was Executive Director, of Women's Health Institute, Memorial Hospital, Savannah, GA; Secretary, Department Human Resources, overseeing public health in GA.  She was Director, Obstetric Safety at NYU. She has authored 105 publications. She received ACOG Outstanding District Service Award; CREOG Excellence in Teaching Award; 2 APGO Excellence in Teaching Awards; New York Public Advocate's Community Service Award for mentoring underserved students. She was Trustee, March of Dimes; President, SE Region Ronald McDonald House; Trustee, NY American Red Cross. Her endowed, biomedical research facility, William and Iffath Hoskins Center for Biomedical Researchis at Savannah Campus, Mercer University, GA.

Mental Health in IVF

Thursday, March 22 | 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM

Role of Race in IVF

Thursday, March 22 | 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM


Lauren Isley, MS, CGC
Lauren is a Medical Science Liaison at CooperSurgical, focusing on donor gamete services and newborn stem cell preservation. Lauren received her Masters of Science in Genetic Counseling from Wayne State University. She has worked in various ART and women's health roles including preimplantation genetic testing, gamete donor screening, and prenatal genetic testing. Lauren previously served as Chair of the Genetic Counseling Professional Group (GCPG) of ASRM and currently serves as the GCPG Liaison to SART. Lauren has authored several publications and spoken at many national conferences about genetic issues in gamete donation. She is passionate about topics surrounding genetic screening of gamete donors and education of recipients, as well as promoting the integration of genetic counselors into the field of assisted reproduction.
Genetics Breakout/Weathering Turbulence in the Genetics Industry: Management of Expanded Carrier Screening Panels
Wednesday, March 20 | 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM
Tia Jackson-Bey
Dr. Tia Jackson-Bey is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist who cares for patients at RMA of New York in Brooklyn, New York. She is also assistant professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Jackson-Bey's professional interests include providing fertility related education, advocating for those affected by infertility, and mentoring the next generation of reproductive health providers. Dr. Jackson-Bey completed her undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, while simultaneously completing her Master's in Public Health from New York Medical College School of Health Behavior and Practice. Dr. Jackson-Bey completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center and joined RMA of New York after finishing her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Jackson-Bey is passionate about reproductive justice, increasing access to fertility care for all, and creating a pipeline for underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in reproductive health. She works with various organizations and medical societies to accomplish these goals. She was appointed to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force as well as the Membership Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). She served as Chair of the health disparities special interest group and the access to care special interest group in ASRM. Dr. Jackson-Bey is a dedicated fertility expert, who is committed to family building, fertility preservation, treatment success, and great outcomes for her patients.

Fellows Debate: 2 vs. 3 Year Fellowship

Thursday, March 21 | 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Sangita Jindal, PhD, HCLD

Sangita Jindal earned her PhD in Physiology from the University of Toronto, Canada and became a high-complexity clinical lab director in 1997. Dr. Jindal serves on the faculty at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York as Professor and IVF Laboratory Director in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health. She is also an off-site lab director of private and academic IVF laboratories across the country.  

Dr. Jindal attends the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) scientific congress annually where she has been an invited speaker and oral session moderator on numerous occasions. Dr. Jindal currently serves as Director-At-Large on the ASRM Board of Directors, and as Immediate Past President of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). From 2017-2023, Dr. Jindal served on the ASRM Practice Committee, she was Research Committee chair for SART from 2015-2020, and served as the Co-President of the Society for Reproductive Biologists and Technologists (SRBT) in 2011. Dr. Jindal is a six-time recipient of the ASRM Star Award and has served on numerous national committees and task forces during her years of service to ASRM. She is a member of the Editorial Boards of Fertility and Sterility Reviews, and the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, and is a reviewer for Human Reproduction and Fertility and Sterility. Dr. Jindal has published over one hundred and thirty peer-reviewed journal articles and is regularly invited to speak at international meetings and conferences. 

Lab Breakout/Does Air Quality Matter

Wednesday, March 20 | 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Embryology Debate - Nature or Nurture? Born and Raised vs. Professionally Trained Embryologists

Friday, March 22 | 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

SART Male Data

Saturday, March 23 | 10:00 AM– 10:45 AM


Anne Judge, DNP, WHNP-BC

Anne Judge, DNP, WHNP-BC, ARNP is a Nurse Practitioner at Seattle Reproductive Medicine (SRM). Anne has worked at SRM since 2007 and has both a personal and professional connection to the field of reproductive medicine.  She has a bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Washington, where she completed an honors research project on paternal infant attachment. Passionate about women's health, Anne initially worked as a labor and delivery nurse, until her personal experiences with infertility inspired her to make a career change into reproductive medicine. Anne obtained her graduate degree from Frontier Nursing University. She obtained a Master's and then Doctor of Nursing Practice degree as a women's Health Nurse Practitioner in 2016/2017, with a doctoral project on fertility care for patients with obesity. Her other professional interests include the psychological components of infertility and male factor infertility. Anne also supports outreach efforts to increase community awareness of fertility assessment and fertility preservation. She is one of the creators and co-hosts of The Whole Pineapple Podcast, which focuses on wellness and fertility.

APP/Nurse FAQ Social Hour
Friday, March 21 | 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Mandy Katz-Jaffe, PhD

Mandy Katz-Jaffe is a reproductive geneticist who completed her Masters and PhD at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. After receiving her doctorate in 2004 she moved to the US to join CCRM Fertility where she is the Scientific and Genetics Director.  Dr. Katz-Jaffe has extensive clinical expertise in both Reproductive Genetics and Preimplantation Genetic Testing. In 2007, Dr. Katz-Jaffe and the CCRM team pioneered the clinical protocol of blastocyst preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) followed by a frozen embryo transfer, which allowed for the first time the assessment of all 23 pairs of chromosomes in human blastocysts resulting in significant improvements to IVF live birth rates. Other areas of research currently being investigated in Dr. Katz-Jaffe's laboratory include identifying genetic processes associated with reproductive ageing, exploring the embryo-endometrial dialogue during the window of implantation, and in association with pregnancy failure/loss, as well as investigating epigenetic mechanisms during gametogenesis and the early stages of development. Dr. Katz-Jaffe has a broad publication record of over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and chapters and is regularly presenting at national and international conferences.

Friday, March 22 | 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM


Molly Moravek, MD, MPH, MSCI

Molly Moravek, MD, MPH, MSCI, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and the Department of Urology.Dr. Moravek received her bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan, then attended the University of Michigan Medical School, where she received both her medical degree and a master's degree in public health. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan, and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Northwestern University, where she also received a master's degree in clinical investigation.Following fellowship, Dr. Moravek was recruited back to the University of Michigan, where she serves as the director of the Fertility Preservation Program and the Associate Program Director for the Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Moravek also has a clinical interest in transgender care, and provides gender-affirming hormone therapy and fertility counseling and treatment for transgender and nonbinary patients. She has an NIH-funded transmasculine mouse model in which she is studying reproductive outcomes and is currently developing a multi-institutional database to track IVF outcomes in transmasculine individuals to identify best practices.

ART for Transgender and Gender Diverse Patients

Saturday, March 23 | 1:30 PM – 12:15 PM

Liesl Nel-Themaat, PhD, HCLD, MBA

Dr. Nel-Themaat has been in the field of assisted reproduction for more than 21 years, with the past 12 years in clinical IVF. She possesses a unique combination of a strong academic background, broad technical experience and extensive leadership, and management training. Through a multi-dimensional approach, she has helped to improve patient care and outcomes in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). She joined the University of Stanford Obstetrics and Gynecology department - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Health as a Clinical Associate Professor and IVF Lab Director in June 2022. Previously, Dr. Nel-Themaat was employed as the Regional IVF Lab Director for Shady Grove Fertility in Colorado and served as the IVF Lab Director at University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine. She received her PhD from LSU, Baton Rouge and an Executive Masters of Business Administration program from the University of Denver. Her goal is to advance the field by building strong, high performing lab teams, by carefully evaluating and adapting appropriately to industry trends, by training and educating the current and next generations, and by participating in collaborative research that enhances our understanding of reproduction.”In her free time, Dr. Nel-Themaat loves to spend time with her husband and two children, preferably in nature.

Genetics Breakout/Mastering Embryo Selection in the Genomic Era: Perspectives From an REI, Embryologist and Genetic Counselor

Wednesday, March 20 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Alexander Quaas, MD PhD

Dr. Alex Quaas is Founding Partner at Shady Grove Fertility in San Diego, California. He has trained and worked in multiple locations and settings: after medical school in England, residency at Harvard and reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) fellowship at USC, he completed a Master's program in Clinical and Translational Science and the ASRM CREST scholarship while on faculty at the University of Oklahoma. From 2021 to 2023 he was Division Director of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. As the current President-Elect of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS) he is very active in teaching and research in the field of REI, and his areas of special interest include international differences in the provision of fertility care and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in assisted reproductive technology (ART).

Genetics Breakout/Mastering Embryo Selection in the Genomic Era: Perspectives From an REI, Embryologist and Genetic Counselor
Wednesday, March 20 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Hadi Ramadan, Third Year REI Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Dr. Hadi Ramadan is a third-year fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. After completing his medical degree at the American University of Beirut, he went on to complete two years of research at the University of Chicago where he focused on the pathophysiology of preeclampsia. He then completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School. During residency, he received numerous awards for being heavily involved in research with the Jones Institute. He was also inducted to the Alpha Omega Alpha society. Dr. Ramadan has published in numerous peer reviewed journals and presented at several national and international conferences including ASRM, AAGL, PCRS, SRI, and ISSHP. His research is focused on fertility preservation, PCOS, embryo culture conditions, and embryo transfer techniques. 

Fellows Debate: 2 vs. 3 Year Fellowship
Thursday, March 21| 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Jared Robins, MD, MBA

Dr. Robins is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.  Dr. Robins has an undergraduate degree from Emory University, an MD from SUNY Stony Brook, and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He did an OB/GYN residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Robins was a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati, Brown University, and Northwestern University, where he served as Chief of REI and Director of International Medicine. He has been a funded researcher with numerous publications and grants.

Future of Fertility Care

Saturday, March 23 | 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Phillip RomanskiM.D., M.Sc

Phillip Romanski, M.D., M.Sc., is a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility physician at RMA of New York in Manhattan and is a faculty member at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Romanski completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital) and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Weill Cornell Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He additionally serves as the Associate Research Director for US Fertility and has authored over 60 peer-reviewed research publications with a particular interest in patients with a history of unsuccessful treatment and patients with diminished ovarian reserve.

Preparing for the Oral REI Certifying Examination
Wednesday, March 20 | 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM


Michael Slowey, MS, MD

Dr. Michael Slowey is one of the founding partners of Coastal Fertility Specialists and has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Slowey received all three of his degrees (BA, MS, MD) from the University of Tennessee. After graduation, he moved to San Diego, CA, where he completed his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the US Naval Hospital. Dr. Slowey's fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility was completed at the Michael Reese Hospital/University of Illinois program in Chicago. Dr. Slowey practiced as a member of the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (RMA), for eight years. Prior to his position at RMA, he served as a physician in the US Navy for 10 years, the last 4 of which as Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. Dr  Slowey practiced at CFS for 14 years prior to retiring from patient care in the summer of 2023. Dr. Slowey holds Board Certifications in General Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Slowey is also an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1995, he was honored with the National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education from the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has received numerous awards for patient care. Dr. Slowey's clinical research interests include mechanism of follicular selection, recurrent implantation failure, and the impact of GnRH analogs on ovarian function and implantation. Dr. Slowey has lectured extensively on these and other related topics, and has authored several original research articles and abstracts that have appeared in major medical journals.
Recurrent Implantation Failure

Saturday, March 23 | 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Ebbie Stewart, MD

Dr. Elizabeth A. (Ebbie) Stewart is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.  She received her B.A. in molecular biology, magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University and her M.D. from Harvard Medical School.  She completed her residency in the Harvard Medical School BWH/MGH residency program and her reproductive endocrinology fellowship at Harvard Medical School/BWH. Dr. Stewart is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of uterine fibroids, adenomyosis and infertility. She was the founding Clinical Director of the first Comprehensive Fibroid Center at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. She has authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles and a book Uterine Fibroids: The Complete Guide. She has led an NIH-funded RCT comparing UAE and MRgFUS and as Chair of the Protocol and Biospecimens Committees for the AHRQ and PCORI-funded US Fibroid Registry, COMPARE-UF.She has contributed to understanding many facets of fibroid including epidemiology, economics of fibroids and fibroid treatments, genetics, racial disparities, comparative effectiveness research, and developing new alternatives to hysterectomy.  She also studies the long-term sequela of hysterectomy.  She has worked with the industry on the development of both drugs and devices for fibroid treatment. Her complete bibliography is available at:

Uterine Fibroids: 2024
Thursday, March 21 | 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Fellows Debate: 2 vs. 3 Year Fellowship

Thursday, March 21 | 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

New Concepts in Adenomyosis

Saturday, March 21 | 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM

Jason Swain, PhD, HCLD

Jason E. Swain, PhD, HCLD is the Chief Laboratory Officer and President of Laboratory Oprations for the CCRM Fertility Network, overseeing laboratory operations of a growing network of 15 clinical IVF centers in North America.  Dr. Swain completed his BSc at Hillsdale College in his native Michigan, his MSc in Animal Science at Purdue University and his PhD in Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan. Prior to helping start the CCRM Fertility Network, Dr. Swain was a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan where he directed the ART laboratories. Dr. Swain has published extensively and served with various professional societies within the field of assisted reproduction.  He has given numerous regional, national, and international invited lectures on various topics related to the IVF laboratory.  His primary research interests include the pursuit of methods to enhance in vitro embryo culture through the development and implementation of new technology aimed at improving physical and chemical culture environments.

Onsite vs Offsite Lab Directors: Which Model is Best for High Functioning IVF Laboratories

Wednesday, March 20 | 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Embryology Debate - Nature or Nurture? Born and Raised vs. Professionally Trained Embryologists

Friday, March 22 | 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Hugh Taylor, MD

Hugh S. Taylor, M.D., is the Anita O'Keefe Young Professor of Women's Health and chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is also a Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. He is a board-certified specialist in Obstetrics/Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology. Dr. Taylor has been continuously funded as a Principal Investigator by the NIH for over 30 years. He has conducted clinical and basic research on endometriosis, endometrial receptivity, stem cells, and endocrine disruption.  He has published more than 500 articles in leading medical journals. Dr. Taylor serves on numerous editorial and review boards and is frequently invited as a speaker at national and international medical meetings. Dr. Taylor has received numerous awards including the IVI Foundation International Award for the Best Research in Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation Distinguished Scientist Award. Dr. Taylor is past president of the Society for Reproductive Investigation and past president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016.

Endometriosis Is Not Just a Gynecologic Disease
Thursday, March 21 | 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Fellows Debate: 2 vs. 3 Year Fellowship

Thursday, March 21  |8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Endocrine Disruptors

Saturday, Mach 23 | 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Ilan Tur-Kaspa, Founder and Medical Director, Institute for Human Reproduction (IHR)

Ilan Tur-Kaspa, MD, FACOG, an internationally known specialist in reproductive medicine and infertility, is the Founder and co-Medical Director of the Institute for Human Reproduction (IHR) in Chicago and Oakbrook, Illinois, and in Munster, Indiana, USA, and the Chair, Innovation & Research Committee, Pinnacle Fertility, USA. He specializes in personalized advanced ART, AI to optimize ART outcomes, reproductive imaging, and preimplantation genetic testing (PGT). Dr Tur-Kaspa has been actively involved recently in developing AI applications to predict women's response to ovarian stimulation for fertility preservation and IVF for infertility. In addition to the thousands of ART cycles he personally conducted over the years, over 3500 were IVF/ICSI/PGT cycles for single gene disorders, translocations, HLA typing and aneuploidy. He is the author and co-author of over 110 scientific publications and book chapters, and he is a co-editor of two books: Biotechnology of Human Reproductions and Ultrasound Imaging in Reproductive Medicine. Dr Tur-Kaspa served as the 2021-2022 Chair of the Reproductive Imaging Special Interest Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

Debate – Repro-AI to Optimize ART Outcome

Thursday, March 21 | 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Andrea Victor, PhD

Andrea Victor is the Associate Laboratory Director of the Reproductive Laboratory at RMA Long Island and the Technical Director of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at Zouves Fertility Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a master's degree in Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Biology from Hunter College and a PhD in Reproductive Genetics and Embryology from the University of Kent. When not performing clinical work, her research is associated with the Zouves Foundation for Reproductive Medicine whose goal is to improve IVF outcomes by furthering our understanding of molecular mechanisms in the early embryo.

Lab Breakout/Transfer of Mosiac Embryos

Wednesday, March 20 | 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Future of Fertility Care