Dr. Werner Neuhausser received his medical degree from Oxford University followed by an academic internship at Imperial College in London (UK). He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Boston IVF in Boston.
He 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 the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). 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.
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 as well as research grants from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the New England Fertility Society (NEFS) and the biotech company, Ovascience.
Dr. Neuhausser is currently an Instructor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School and conducts basic research at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. His research interests include therapeutic CRISPRs, human germ cell development and regulation of human meiosis as well as human embryonic stem cell differentiation. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the New England Fertility Society.
In his spare time Dr. Neuhausser enjoys mountaineering, climbing, skiing and wildlife photography. He is a certified ski instructor.
Dr. Neuhausser sees patients as a reproductive specialist at the BIVF Waltham Center and Boston Medical Center. He is also a staff physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.
Why Did You Become a Fertility Expert?
I was immediately drawn to the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) due to the ability to not just treat disease but to actually enhance patients' lives. As a physician with a special interest in research, caring for patients with fertility issues is an immense privilege, which also helps to guide my research towards answering questions that matter to patients. REI is a field that offers unique opportunities for us to translate scientific advances in stem cell biology and genomics to enable novel diagnostic tools and treatments for reproductive disorders and genetic disease. I am passionate about using my clinical and scientific expertise to help patients who are struggling with infertility.
What About Boston IVF Makes You Proud?
I am thrilled to work at Boston IVF, which is a world renowned center that prides itself for always being on the cutting edge of infertility care. As a physician scientist, I am excited that Boston IVF is involved in many research projects including basic science and large clinical trials, which help us to advance knowledge in this field and develop interventions to help patients. I am immensely proud to serve as part of an extraordinary multidisciplinary team that enables me to provide the highest standard of care to help our patients navigate complex issues around infertility successfully.
What is Your Approach to Patient Care?
Dealing with issues around infertility is often a great source of stress on individual patients and their closest relationships. I strive to listen actively to my patients and to understand where they are coming from. I feel strongly about taking the time for shared decision making and ensuring that patients know that I will support them throughout their care, with the close involvement of my clinical team and psychology colleagues.
Have Any Patients Truly Inspired You?
Caring for patients is the most fulfilling aspect of my work. I never cease to be inspired by their grace and positive attitude. No patient is the same and has unique circumstances. I always learn something from each one that helps me to continue to strive to work harder to help them and those who follow.
How Do You Spend Your Free Time?
I am a keen photographer and am particularly passionate about wildlife photography. Fortunately my wife is an adventurous infectious diseases doctor who enjoys travel to unusual locations for photography, from chimpanzees in Tanzania to brown bears in (my favorite state) Alaska! I also enjoy hiking and mountaineering and have recently started exploring cycling trails around New England.
Where is The One Place You'd Like to Visit?
I would love to travel to Antarctica for mountaineering, followed by a stint in Bora Bora to warm up . However, I'm having a bit of trouble convincing my wife about the first part! After our sea kayaking trip to Kenai National Park in Alaska last year, we are both in awe of the US National Parks service and trying hard to experience as many of them as we can.
How Would You Describe Your Personality?
I pride myself on my keen sense of humor and determination (crucial qualities for a career in medicine and science) but also like to think that I am thoughtful, caring and very loyal. I grew up in a small town in Austria and often felt like the boy from the mountains living in big cities like London and NYC but life in Boston suits my personality very well.
What’s The Most Recent Book You’ve Read?
‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle (reading to my new nephew), ‘A Struggle for Power: The American Revolution’ by Theodore Draper , ‘Arguably’ by Christopher Hitchens