Dr. Alice Domar is the Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health and a pioneer in the application of mind/body medicine to women's health issues. She established the first Mind/Body Center for Women's Health in the country.
Dr. Domar conducts ongoing ground-breaking research that focuses on the relationship between stress and different women's health conditions - and actively creates innovative programs that help women to decrease the physical and psychological symptoms associated with infertility. She has conducted research on infertility, breast cancer, menopausal symptoms, ovarian cancer, and premenstrual syndrome - and has earned an international reputation as one of the country's top women's health experts.
She received her M.A. and PhD in Health Psychology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf School of Professional Psychology of Yeshiva - and completed her post-doctoral training at the Beth Israel Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, and Children's Hospital in Boston.
She is an Associate 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, an advisory board member for Parents Magazine, and a Board of Experts member at 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 USA and around the world. Additionally, she was named to the prestigious list of "15 Women to Watch in 2004” by Lifetime TV.
Why Did You Become a Fertility Expert?
I decided to focus on infertility for a couple of reasons, the most compelling of which was that my parents had gone through it. Throughout my childhood and young adulthood, they both spoke of the emotional anguish and pain they endured to bring my sister and I into the world. I had also always wanted to be a pioneer in the field of health psychology/behavioral medicine and when I was doing my post-doctoral work, there was no one doing research in infertility. So I was able to follow my personal passion because of what my mom went through and my professional dream of helping people in a unique way.
What About Boston IVF Makes You Proud?
Boston IVF is one of the only, if not the only, infertility center which contains a scientifically-validated integrative care center. Boston IVF patients are able to avail themselves not only of the most cutting-edge medical and surgical treatments, but also the most well researched and efficacious approaches to treating and preventing emotional distress as well as enhancing pregnancy rates. We provide comprehensive care to our patients, which is so rare. A patient can literally see her physician, an acupuncturist, and listen to our relaxation CD, all within an hour. A patient in crisis can be seen by a psychologist within minutes.
What is Your Approach to Patient Care?
Well, in my opinion everyone who is experiencing infertility is struggling in some way. It can be a very challenging process. My approach is for us to offer a wide variety of services which we know can improve physical and emotional health while at the same time increasing the chance of conceiving a healthy baby.
Have Any Patients Truly Inspired You?
I am inspired by every single one of my patients. I learn from my patients every day, and hopefully they learn from me. The strength they demonstrate to pursue their goal of parenthood is amazing. There are of course some, even ones from 20 years ago, whom I think about frequently. I see miracles every day, and I don't forget them.
How Do You Spend Your Free Time?
I love to bake sweets and bread, love to travel, read, watch the Patriots, and go to as many of my daughters' soccer games as possible. They are both goalies so I get pretty anxious for every game.
Where is the One Place You'd Like to Visit?
I think the top of my bucket list is a trip to the Galapagos. I love watching wildlife and love being on boats.
What Music Do You Enjoy Listening To?
The first dance at my wedding was a U2 song so they are still tops for me. Second is probably Adele. Although she is a very close second. She is amazing.
How Would You Describe Your Personality?
Highly extroverted! Very compassionate and caring. Probably too sensitive.
What’s The Most Recent Book You’ve Read?
I am on the 8th book of the 16-book series by author Daniel Silva.