Physicians and Staff

Patients at Boston IVF work with one team of caregivers. This allows us to develop personal relationships based on communication and trust - the foundation of quality care.

Following are brief biographies of the members of our medical, scientific, and counseling staff.

All Boston IVF physicians are affiliated with The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.

Medical Staff

  

Dr. Michael M. Alper

Boston IVF Medical Director & Reproductive Endocrinologist

Michael Alper, MDDr. Alper co-founded Boston IVF in 1986. Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, he received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He fullfilled his residency at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, where he also completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. In addition, he completed two years of post-graduate research at the University of Ottawa in Canada.

Dr. Alper is an Associate Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. His interest of in vitro fertilization has led him to be involved in many research studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has written numerous articles, abstracts, letters and books---and has lectured at many  scientific meetings throughout the world. 

His focus of research has been to maintain the highest quality of treatment in IVF and in other areas of clinical and scientific research (such as egg freezing and fertility diagnostics).

In his spare time Dr. Alper enjoys aviation, new technologies and most importantly, travelling with his wife and two young boys.

Dr. Alper sees patients at the Waltham and Worcester Centers, Bangor, ME, Scarborough, ME and Nantucket.

Call (888) 300-BIVF to contact Dr. Alper's office. 

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Dr. Steven R. Bayer

Reproductive Endocrinologist

Steven Bayer, MDDr. Bayer -- who joined Boston IVF in 1998 -- is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology &  Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

Dr. Bayer received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Ohio State University and completed his residency training at Mt. Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He then completed his research fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Hospital and the Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Prior to coming to Boston IVF, Dr. Bayer was Director of the In Vitro Fertilization program at New England Medical Center and was an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Tufts Medical School. He then moved on to the Boston Regional Center for Reproductive Medicine in Stoneham, MA where he served as Medical Director.

Dr. Bayer has written numerous published articles, book chapters and is the first author of a book entitled “The Boston IVF Handbook of Infertility”. He is actively involved in clinical research which has focused on the identification of factors that affect IVF success and ovulation induction protocols used for IVF.

Dr. Bayer is a dedicated teacher of medical students, residents and fellows. He has a special interest in ovulatory disorders, reproductive surgery and in vitro fertilization.

He is a member of several professional societies including the Boston Obstetrical Society, New England Fertility Society, American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, among others.

In his spare time Dr. Bayer enjoys woodworking and pizza making.

Dr. Bayer is a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Medical School and sees patients in Waltham.

Call (888) 300-BIVF to contact Dr. Bayer's office. 

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Dr. Brian M. Berger

Reproductive Endocrinologist

Brian Berger, MDDr. Brian M. Berger, Medical Director of the South Shore Center and Director of Boston IVF's Donor Egg and Gestational Carrier program, joined Boston IVF in 1998. Board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Dr. Berger specializes in the treatment of women with unexplained infertility, decreased ovarian function or elevated FSH, treatment of miscarriage, as well as male infertility. He completed a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California/San Diego and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. 

Many patients seeking treatment by Dr. Berger have previously experienced IVF failures at other centers. He strives to consistently provide the utmost personal, compassionate  and state-of-the-art care while delivering cutting-edge medical techniques and protocols.

Dr. Berger is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the New England Fertility Society and the Massachusetts Medical Society. He currently teaches at Harvard Medical School and has lectured worldwide on various topics in reproductive medicine, including diminished ovarian function, recurrent miscarriage, ovarian hyperstimulation, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and optimizing progesterone therapy in infertility.

His research has focused on studying and developing new fertility-enhancing protocols (he recently published an original protocol for treating women with decreased ovarian function). He has been invited to review articles for several medical journals including Fertility and Sterility. He has also written numerous articles and chapters for medical text books and recently authored a chapter titled Infertility in Older Women in Endocrinologic Basis and Management Options in Women.

Dr. Berger sees patients at the South Shore Center and treats and montitors patients at both the Waltham and Boston Centers.

Call (888) 300-BIVF to contact Dr. Berger's office. 

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Dr. Merle J. Berger

Reproductive Endocrinologist

Merle Berger, MDDr. Merle Berger, one of the founders of Boston IVF, has been in practice for over 35 years. Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Reproductive Endocrinology, he received his medical degree from Western Reserve University, School of Medicine. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Berger was a research fellow in obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical School and surgery at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Formerly Dr. Berger was the Medical Director of Boston IVF and the President of the Boston Fertility Society.

Dr. Berger is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School and has been teaching at Harvard for over 35 years. He is on staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and heads the Medical Advisory Committee for Mass NARAL. He is proud to have been teaching students, residents and fellows, conducting research in the field of reproductive medicine, and caring for infertility patients for his long career.

In his spare time Dr. Berger is an avid tennis player, sailor and chef.

Dr. Berger sees patients at both the Boston and Waltham Centers.

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Benjamin M. Lannon, MD

Reproductive Endocrinologist

ImageDr. Benjamin Lannon, a Reproductive Endocrinologist and infertility specialist, joined Boston IVF in July, 2011.

Dr. Lannon grew up in Exeter, NH. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Brown University. He also obtained a Masters degree in Evaluate Clinical Sciences from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He then completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, and Boston IVF.

Dr. Lannon's clinical interests include infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, endocrine disorders affecting reproduction and surgical treatment to optimize fertility. He focuses on providing patient-centered, compassionate care to his patients. Dr. Lannon also has an interest in education and has received several awards for teaching at Harvard Medical School. He enjoys his role as a clinical instructor at Maine Medical Center.

Dr. Lannon's research interests include the development of patient-friendly assisted reproduction protocols and the use of prediction models to improve medical decision-making in IVF. He has presented and published his research nationally.

In his spare time, Dr. Lannon enjoys fly-fishing, biking, cooking, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Lannon sees patients at both the Maine Center and the Seacoast NH Center.

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Dr. Stephen Lazarou

Urologist

Dr. Stephen LazarouDr. Stephen Lazarou -- the head of Boston IVF's Male Infertility Clinic -- is also a Clinical Instructor of Urology at Harvard Medical School and is an an active staff member at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in male infertility and sexual medicine (andrology) at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Urology.

Dr. Lazarou specializes in a full range of evaluations and treatment in male reproductive medicine with an emphasis in fertility preservation for cancer patients, treatment of severe male factor infertility,. treatment of men  with clinical hypogonadism (symptoms of low testosterone), as well as sexual dysfunction. He is specialty trained in advanced microsurgery of the male reproductive system.

He has also lectured nationally and internationally  on various topics in male reproductive and sexual medicine before medical and patient groups.

Dr. Lazarou is a member of several professional organizations including: the American Urological Association, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, The New England Fertility Society, the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction. and the Sexual Medicine Society. He has written numerous medical articles and recently co-authored a book chapter on the effect of advancing age on male reproduction.

In his spare time, Dr. Lazarou enjoys spending time with family, reading and listening to music.

Dr. Lazarou sees patients at the Waltham Center.

Call (781) 237-9000 to contact Dr. Lazarou's office. 

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Dr. Selwyn Oskowitz

Reproductive Endocrinologist

Selwyn Oskowitz, MD Dr. Oskowitz, one of the founders of Boston IVF, has been in practice for over 25 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado, Denver. He was a research fellow at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston in Reproductive Endocrinology. Dr. Oskowitz was formerly the medical director of Boston IVF as well as the president and Founder of the Boston Fertility Society.

The Consumer's Research Council of America lists Dr. Oskowitz in America's Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Boston Magazine lists Dr. Oskowitz in Boston's Best Infertility Specialists. He received the Lew Millendez Award from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Health Professionals and the Family Building Award from the American Fertility Association.

Dr. Oskowitz also has the distinction of delivering the first In-Vitro fertilization child conceived in Massachusetts. He also achieved the first conception and birth by Gamete Intra-Fallopian Tube Transfer (GIFT) in Massachusetts.

Dr. Oskowitz has been teaching Reproductive Biology at Universities for 25 years. He is currently Assistant Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School and is on staff at New England Baptist Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Columbia Labs in New Jersey and is involved with many professional societies such as the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Society of Male Reproduction and Urology.

He has conducted research into the causes and treatment of infertility and written numerous original reports and articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is an accomplished speaker and has a long list of invited presentations and lectures nationally and internationally.  

Dr. Oskowitz sees patients at the Boston Center.

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Dr. Alan S. Penzias

Boston IVF Surgical Director & Reproductive Endocrinologist

Alan S. Penzias, MDDr. Penzias is the Surgical Director of the Surgery Center of Waltham, a division of Boston IVF, joined Boston IVF in 1996. 

Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from SUNY – Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Penzias is the Director of the fellowship program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School.

He has received numerous grants for research in the field of infertility, the most recent being a comparison study of medication in controlled ovarian hyperstimulation for IVF.

He is an active member of almost a dozen infertility and medical societies and is on the Board of Directors of the American Fertility Association and is a member of the Executive Counsel of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies. He is also on the Editorial Board of Reproductive Biomedicine online and serves as an ad hoc editor for Fertility and Sterility, reviewing papers submitted for publication.

Dr. Penzias has served on the Medical Advisory Boards for Organon, Serono Laboratories, and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. He has published more than 75 peer reviewed articles, reviews, chapters, abstracts and books in the field of infertility. His book, “The Boston IVF Handbook of Infertility,” co-authored with Dr. Alper and Dr. Bayer, has been labeled as “the premier resource" in the field.

In his spare time Dr. Penzias, a licensed pilot, enjoys aviation and traveling.

Dr. Penzias sees patients at the Waltham Center, Portland, ME and Lewiston, ME.

Call (888) 300-BIVF to contact Dr. Penzias' office. 

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Dr. David Ryley

Reproductive Endocrinologist

David Ryley, MDDr. Ryley, a native of the Boston area, is a graduate of the Tufts University School of Medicine. After completing his internship and residency at Tufts, Dr. Ryley practiced general Obstetrics and Gynecology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital from 1989-2002. He completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2005, and has extensive experience in infertility, ovulatory dysfunction, recurrent miscarriage, and reproductive genetics.

Dr. Ryley’s research interests include the genetic control of oocyte maturation, IVF outcomes in patients with a decreased response to ovulation induction, and the effects of body mass index on female fertility. He has presented his research at the national meetings of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Society of Gynecologic Investigation and his research has recently been published in Fertility and Sterility.

Dr. Ryley has co-authored book chapters on normal and abnormal sexual development with national leaders in the field of reproductive endocrinology and he is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School.

His interests also include the preservation of fertility for male and female survivors of cancer, as well as those who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Dr. Ryley was recently appointed to the medical advisory board of Fertile Hope, a national nonprofit organization based in New York that provides comprehensive support to cancer patients whose medical treatments put their fertility at risk. Dr. Ryley is also an active member of the International Society of Fertility Preservation.

Dr. Ryley is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in General Obstetrics and Gynecology and hold a subspeciality certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and continues to contribute to research in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He is on staff at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

In his spare time Dr. Ryley plays piano and is an avid sports fan.

Dr. Ryley sees patients at the Boston Center.

Call (888) 300-BIVF to contact Dr. Ryley's office. 

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Dr. Rita Sneeringer

Reproductive Endocrinologist

Rita Sneeringer, MDDr. Sneeringer graduated with honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed an internship and residency in OB/GYN at the Harvard affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She then completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Boston IVF and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Sneeringer is a clinical instructor at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. She is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society of Reproductive Medicine and Society for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.  She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Dr. Sneeringer's clinical interests include infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, amenorrhea, premature ovarian failure and hyperprolactinemia. Dr. Sneeringer also has an interest in the medical and surgical treatment of fibroids and endometriosis. She performs minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy and hysteroscopy) for the purpose of optimizing fertility.

Dr. Sneeriniger has published research studies on various topics including ovarian factors that are associated with fertility and comparative rates of success for various fertility treatments.  She has presented her research nationally. She continues to be involved in research studies at Boston IVF.

In her spare time Dr. Sneeringer enjoys photography, drawing, watercolors and hiking.  

Dr. Sneeringer sees patients at the Waltham Center and the Mt. Auburn Center for Women.

Call (888) 300-BIVF to contact Dr. Sneeringer's office. 

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Dr. Kim L. Thornton

Reproductive Endocrinologist

Kim Thornton, MDDr. Thornton is Clinical Director of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis at Boston IVF. Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, she received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland OH. She completed her residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale School of Medicine in Norwalk, CT. Prior to joining Boston IVF in 1998, Dr. Thornton was an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, CT.

Dr. Thornton is the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of OB-GYN at Harvard Medical School. She is on staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Metrowest Medical Center and Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton.

Dr. Thornton is actively involved in American Society of Reproductive Medicine and has served on numerous committees within the society. She is also an active member of the New England Fertility Society and the Obstetrical Society of Boston. She has written numerous chapters, articles and abstracts. She is a reviewer for “Fertility and Sterility” and “Obstetrics and Gynecology” and is a co-investigator in the NIH funded trials of “Conventional Infertility Therapy versus FAST Track to IVF” and “Optimal Infertility Therapy RCT: Women 40 and Older”.

In her spare time Dr. Thornton enjoys cooking, fine dining, traveling and reading.

Dr. Thornton sees patients at the Framingham, Waltham and Worcester Centers.

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Dr. Alison Zimon

Reproductive Endocrinologist

Alison Zimon, MDDr. Zimon received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree at Yale. She came to Boston to train with Boston IVF through a residency in obstetrics & gynecology and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology & infertility at Boston IVF/Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

She works with patients who are seeking assistance with reproductive and childbearing options. This includes evaluations and treatment for preconception, subfertility, infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, ovulation induction, insemination, IVF, genetic disorders, embryonic genetic screening, as well as use of donated sperm, eggs, embryos and childbearing through a gestational carrier. 

She provides care for reproductive endocrinological conditions such as amenorrhea, anovulation/polycystic ovaries, premature ovarian failure, diminished ovarian reserve, thyroid disease, uterine disease, anomalies (such as polyps, fibroids, Asherman's syndrome/scarring) and endometriosis. Reproductive genetic counseling is also offered.

Her research interests have included biological mechanisms of ovarian aging and medical conditions affecting ovarian function and has published nationally in these areas. She is presently conducting research that is aimed to make the infertility process easier.

She has an appointment at Harvard and is a member of both local and national reproductive endocrinology & infertility societies.

Her major interest outside of reproductive medicine is art -- particularly painting and photography. She also loves sports and plants.

Dr. Zimon sees patients at the South Shore (Quincy) Center, Foxboro, Yarmouth - and The Providence, RI Fertility Center for consultations.

Call (888) 300-BIVF to contact Dr. Zimon's office. 

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Carol Lesser, NP

Nurse Practitioner

>Carol LesserCarol Lesser, a nurse practitioner at Boston IVF since 1988, has been providing infertility services to couples in the Boston area for more than 25 years. Ms. Lesser is NAACOG certified as an OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner and NCC certified in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility.

She earned a BS in Psychology from Cornell University, a BSN from SUNY Stony Brook and an MSN with a specialty in OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner from Boston College.

A previous member of Resolve of the Bay State and a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the New England Fertility Society, Ms. Lesser was the 2006 recipient of the national Jean Purdy Visionary Award for Excellence in Reproductive Nursing and the 2009 recipient of RESOLVE's Hope Award for Service. She has delivered presentations on the subject of fertility enhancement at numerous seminars, including the Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education, and speaks frequently to IVF nursing groups across the United States. Ms. Lesser has authored several publications on infertility --in medical journals, as ASRM abstracts, in online newsletters and for CME programs. Her areas of interest include ovarian decline in the later reproductive years; in vitro fertilization medications and the patient experience with injections for controlled ovarian stimulations. She has also served as a consultant to the infertility industry. 

In her spare time Carol enjoys yoga, meditation and a love of travelling anywhere warm!

Ms. Lesser sees patients at the Boston Center.


Ariel Mullen, PA-C, MSPA

Physician Assistant

Ariel MullenAriel Mullen, a Physician Assistant at Boston IVF, received her undergraduate degree at Simmons College and completed her Masters of Science (MS) in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of New England. She is nationally certified by the National Committee for Certification of Physician Assistants.

Ms. Mullen is also a current member of the New England Fertility Society and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

She has worked in the field of women's health/reproductive endocrinology for over ten years.

In her spare time Ariel enjoys reading and hiking.

Ms. Mullen sees patients for initial consults, physical exams, diagnostic procedures, prenatal evaluations and treatment consults at the Waltham, Quincy and Worcester Centers.




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Fellows

Kathryn Humm, MD

Kathryn (Kate) Humm is a native of Bethesda, Maryland. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University in 2002.  She then spent a year as a Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health.

Kate earned her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2007.  She then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA where she was elected as the Administrative Chief Resident during her fourth year.

During her residency, Kate received multiple teaching awards including the CREOG Teaching Award, the Principal Clinical Experience Outstanding Resident Teaching Award from Harvard Medical School, and the Chief Resident Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Kate was recently elected as an associate member of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Academy of Medical Educators.

She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is FLS certified by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic surgeons. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the New England Fertility Society.

Kate's research interests include fertility preservation in women with cancer, minimal stimulation IVF, and epigenetics. She is supported by a New England Fertility Society research grant.

Kate enjoys sailing, running, and spending time with her husband Steve and her daughter Isla.


Werner Neuhausser, MD

Werner Neuhausser, MD, PhD is a native of Innsbruck, Austria. Werner graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master's degree in Physics from Vienna Technical University and, as a Fulbright Fellow, went on to receive a PhD in Biomedical Sciences working with Dr. David Julius at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco). His PhD work earned him a cover article in Nature (Mar 7 2002) that was selected as one of the 10 major scientific breakthroughs of 2002 by the journal 'Science'. He has presented his research nationally and internationally as invited speaker in Nagoya, Japan.

Werner received his medical degree from Oxford University in 2007 followed by an academic internship at Ealing Hospital and Imperial College in London, UK. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the New England Fertility Society. He also has an interest in education and has received a teaching award at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

He has received several fellowships and grants during his career including a Fulbright grant, a Postgraduate Fellowship from the Austrian Ministry of Science, the Sir Richard Stapley Fellowship, the Eduard Wallnoefer Fellowship and the GlaxoSmithKline Fellowship for Medicine.

His research interests include germ cell development, regulation of meiosis and human embryonic stem cell differentiation. He is currently a post-doctoral research fellow with Dr. Kevin Eggan at Harvard University and supported by a New England Fertility Society research grant.

In his spare time he enjoys mountaineering, climbing, skiing and wildlife photography. He is a certified ski instructor.


Kara Nguyen, MD

Khanh-Ha (Kara) Nguyen, MD MPH was raised in Harrisburg PA. Kara graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BS degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry in June 1999. After working at GlaxoSmithkline doing research in the oncology department, she obtained a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University followed by an MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. Kara completed her Ob/Gyn residency at Christiana Hospital in 3 years and with approval of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gyencology. She was able to bridge a fellowship in Clinical Medical Genetics at the National Institutes of Health before joining Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a clinical fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics and has served on the Committee on Genetics for the American College of OBGYNs. She is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the New England Fertility Society. She has received teaching awards from Jefferson Medical College and research awards from the NIH Extramural Contraception and Infertility Research Program, American Society for Reproductive Immunologists, and the first OBGYN accepted into the competitive Clinical Investigator Training Program through Harvard Catalyst.

Her research interests include oocyte physiology, hypothalamic neurons, embryonic development, and genetic contributions to infertility and has received the NEFS/Ferring research grant for her stem cell research in the Dr. Kevin Eggan laboratory at Harvard University.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling internationally, sailing, crafts, cooking, and power yoga.


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Scientific Staff

C. Brent Barrett, PhD

Scientific & Laboratory Director

Dr. Barrett is responsible for laboratory protocols, quality control, and is involved in several research projects. Dr. Barrett, who has more than 15 years experience working with mammalian oocytes and embryos, received his doctoral degree in biology from Boston College. He completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Colorado Medical School including basic research in reproductive biology and the control of oocyte maturation.


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Denny Sakkas, PhD

Scientific Director

Dr. Denny Sakkas received his undergraduate training at the University of Melbourne, Australia and received his Doctorate of Philosophy at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. His Ph. D. was performed at one of the leading Reproductive Research Units in the world; which was responsible for many of the innovations used in routine IVF today including, hormonal stimulation, embryo freezing and micromanipulation.

Dr. Sakkas has been the Laboratory Director of IVF units in Switzerland and England and has aided numerous groups in establishing their own IVF units around the world. He has extensive experience in clinical IVF and reproductive research. He is internationally recognized, having organized conferences and workshops on reproduction related topics, and is frequently invited as a speaker at major conferences worldwide. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and 30 chapters in the field of fertilization, early embryo development and male infertility. He is currently on the Editorial Board of 5 leading journals including Human Reproduction Update and Reproduction. He has been extensively funded in his career, investigating many aspects of gamete and embryo biology.

Dr Sakkas will serve as the Scientific Director of Boston IVF. He has previously held positions as Chief Scientific Officer at Molecular Biometrics Inc. and was an Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale University School of Medicine were he headed a successful Gamete Biology Research Team and served as the Director of Assisted Reproductive Treatment Laboratories of the Yale Fertility Center.

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Counseling Staff

Alice Domar, PhD

Executive Director, The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health

Alice DomarDr. Domar, the Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, is a pioneer in the application of mind/body medicine to women's health issues. She not only established the first Mind/Body Center for Women's Health, but also conducts ongoing ground-breaking research in the field. Her research focuses on the relationship between stress and different women's health conditions, and creating innovative programs to help women decrease physical and psychological symptoms.

She has conducted research on infertility, breast cancer, menopausal symptoms, ovarian cancer, and premenstrual syndrome, earning an international reputation as one of the country's top women's health experts. She is the founder and executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health.

Dr. Domar received her M.A. and PhD in Health Psychology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf School of Professional Psychology of Yeshiva. Her post-doctoral training was at Beth Israel Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, and Children's Hospital, all in Boston. She is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and a senior staff psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Domar has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments as an author, media authority and sought-after public speaker. She is the author of numerous books, a columnist for Health Magazine, on the advisory board for Parents Magazine and on the Board of Experts of Luminari. She is also the series editor for the new series of mind/body books by Harvard Medical Publications/Simon and Schuster. Dr. Domar has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dateline NBC, CNN and the CBS and NBC Evening News, to name a few. She presents lectures and conducts workshops throughout the US and around the world. She was named to the prestigious list of 15 “Women to Watch in 2004” by Lifetime TV.

Karen Marans, PhD

Mind/Body Group Leader/Individual and Couples Counseling

Dr. Marans is a licensed psychologist and a clinical neuropsychologist. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University, and completed a two-year post doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology.

She specializes in treating women's health including infertility. She has extensive experience working with patients with a wide range of presenting problems including mood and anxiety disorders, relationship/marital issues, grief and loss, and the emotional and adjustment issues of pregnancy and postpartum.




Elizabeth Ward, PhD

Mind/Body Group Leader/Individual and Couples Counseling

Dr. Ward has worked with individuals and couples for over 10 years as a licensed psychotherpist. She received her doctorate in clincal psychology from Fielding Graduate Psychology and her master's in counseling psychology from the University of Denver. Elizabeth is a member of Professor Ellen Langer's mindfulness lab at Harvard University as well as the American Psychological Association, Association for Applied Sport Pschology and Wellesley Centers for Women. Elizabeth has a wealth of experience working with women with fertility issues. Additionally, the mind-body focus at the Domar Center relates well to her work with high-performing athletes.




Kristin Fabbri, MA, LMHC

Eating Disorder Specialist

Kristin Fabbri is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in the field of eating disorders and infertility. She graduated from Boston College with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and received a certification in Holistic Therapy from Lesley University. Prior to graduate studies, Kristin received a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Psychology. She worked as the Director of Education and Outreach and provided clinical services as a counselor and group leader at MEDA, the Multi-service Eating Disorders Association. She has conducted a number of speaking engagements at high schools, colleges, clinics and retreats on eating disorders and mental health and wellness. Kristin’s main interest is working on women’s health and wellness, with a primary focus is on the link between healthy eating and exercise and fertility.



Social Worker/Counseling Staff

Our professional counselors, who are Masters-level social workers, hold the highest level of licensure in Massachusetts. They are all Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers (LICSW) and have a Board Certified Diploma in Clinical Social Work (BCD). They each have over 30 years of experience working in fertility treatment centers and hospital settings.

Lynn Nichols, LICSW, BCD


Lynn is a clinical social worker with a particular expertise in women’s health issues, infertility and pregnancy loss. She offers both short and long-term individual and couples therapy. Ms. Nichols has served as chief clinical social worker in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Departments of both Beth Israel Deaconess and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. She received her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut.

Terry Chen Rothchild, LICSW, BCD


Terry is a clinical social worker who offers consultations related to the emotional aspects of infertility, egg donation, sperm donation, and adoption. She provides gestational carrier evaluations. She also offers psychotherapeutic consultations and both short-term and long-term psychotherapy to individuals and couples. She received her Masters degree from Boston University School of Social Work.

Jeanie Ungerleider, LICSW, BCD


Jeanie is the Director of Psychological Services at Boston IVF and chairs Boston IVF’s Ethics Committee. She offers individual and couples consultation and psychotherapy. She specializes in infertility, including issues of reproduction with donor sperm, ovum donation, pregnancy loss, secondary infertility, and adoption. She received her Masters degree from Simmons College School of Social Work.

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