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Ali Ahmady


Lab Director
MacDonald Fertility & IVF Program, Mac 5034
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Tel: (216) 844-3317 (office)
        216-337-5920 (cell)
Fax: 216-201-4398
E-mail: ali.ahmady@UHhospitals.org
Website: www.thestemcellcenter.org/bios/bio_aahmady.htm

Dr. Ali Ahmady is the Lab Director at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, and assistant professor of Reproductive biology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. His is a member of National Center for Regenerative Medicine, and Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.

He holds board certified lab director (HCLD) from American Board of Bioanalysis and certificate of qualification as Lab Director in Andrology and Endocrinology from New York State Department of Health.

Dr. Ahmady received his Ph.D. in embryology from National University of Singapore under the supervision of Professor SC Ng. He developed the Single Sperm Curling test for selecting a viable sperm in ICSI procedure. He has also developed the hamster-ICSI assay for evaluating the fertilizing ability of sperm. Dr. Ahmady produced the first live birth in the mouse using ICSI. Dr. Ahmady is an author of a manual for IVF, co-author of a chapter in the atlas of embryology, and has published more than 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Doris J. Baker


Professor, Division of Clinical and Reproductive Sciences
Director, Graduate Programs in Reproductive Laboratory Science
126E Charles T. Wethington Bldg
900 South Limestone Drive
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
Tel: (859) 218-0854 (office)
(859) 312-4757 (cell)
Fax: 859-323-8957
E-mail: DBake0@uky.edu

Dr. Baker is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Reproductive Sciences at the University of Kentucky. She received her in Medical Technology training at the University of Virginia Department of Pathology and her M.S., with an emphasis in reproduction, from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. After completing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with research in embryology from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio she focused on education for reproductive laboratory personnel. Dr. Baker established the first curricular-based master's degree program in Reproductive Laboratory Science in the United States (2000) and the first Ph.D. in Reproductive Sciences with a clinical embryology option worldwide (2009) at the University of Kentucky, where she is professor and director of graduate studies in reproductive sciences.

Dr. Baker is certified as an embryologist by the American College of Embryology, a high complexity laboratory director by the American Board of Bioanalysis, and is licensed as a medical laboratory director by the state of Nevada.

Dr. Baker's research interests focus on clinical outcomes and policy issues in assisted reproductive technology (ART). She has conducted investigations in reproductive microbiology with a focus on sexually transmitted infections in the gamete/embryo donor population and policy issues in assisted reproductive technology (ART), including regulation of ART laboratories and education in reproductive laboratory science. She has received federal and university grants for research and industry support for her education programs.

Dr. Baker's professional activities and service include membership in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, where she served as a legislative monitor and the American College of Embryology where she serves as Chair of the Education Committee responsible for accreditation examinations and continued education.

Certificate of Dr. Doris Baker web talk to the CRM ART trainees

Reflection Letter

Mohamed Ali Bedaiwy
M.D., Ph.D.


REI Fellow
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
E-mail: bedaiwymmm@yahoo.com

Dr. Mohamed Ali Bedaiwy received his M.D. degree from the University of Assiut, Egypt in 1993. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (1997) and Fellowship in Gynecology (1999) from Assiut University Hospital, Egypt. He was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Research in Human Reproduction, Infertility and Sexual Function, Cleveland Clinic Foundation from 1999-2001 and in the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Cleveland Clinic from 2001-2003. He received his Ph.D. degree (2003) from the Department of Gynecology, University of Assiut, Egypt and is a lecturer of Gynecology there. Dr. Bedaiwy was a Teaching Scholar in the Division of Reproductive Sciences, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 2003 to 2006.

Dr. Bedaiwy received the Society of Reproductive Surgeons Award (SRS) in 2001 for his research and the Australian Fertility Society Travel Award from the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in 2003. He also received the Trainee Merit Award by the National Institute of Health and International Society of Andrology in 2001. He received the Serono In-Training Award by the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCSR) in 2002 and the Best Video Award from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) at the 2001, 2002, and 2003 meetings.

Dr. Bedaiwy is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology, and Middle East Fertility Society. His special interests are in the areas of reproductive surgery/endocrinology and include fertility preservation in cancer patients, ovarian tissue cryopreservation, optimizing IVF outcome, pathophysiology of endometriosis, and clinical and surgical treatment of female infertility. Dr Bedaiwy has published more than 34 original articles, 64 abstracts, and 6 book chapters in the area of reproductive medicine. He has 8 educational videos in the area of reproductive surgery and infertility; 3 of them are part of the permanent video library of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Alumni Award for Excellence in Gynecology Research
ASRM Meeting, Washington, DC, October 14, 2007

Catherine Combelles


Assistant Professor
Biology Department
McCardell Bicentennial Hall 350
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
Tel:  802-443-5251
Fax: 802-443-2072
E-mail: ccombell@middlebury.edu

Dr. Catherine Combelles is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department of Middlebury College, Vermont. She completed her post graduate degree in 1995 from the University of Hawaii and received her PhD degree from the Tufts University in 2002. She was a Research Staff at the Harvard Medical School from 2003-04 and a Senior Embryologist at the Brigham's and Women's Hospital from 2002-04. Dr. Combelles is a cell biologist by training and her broad interests lie in oocyte quality and the optimization of culture systems. Most of her work has been on in vitro oocyte maturation in mouse and human oocytes. She is now working on oxidative stress in the ovary and its potential influences on oocyte maturation and oocyte quality at large. She has published over 20 original articles and reviews and is a reviewer for a number of journals which includes Human Reproduction, Biology of Reproduction and Biomaterials.

Certificate of Recognition
ASRM Meeting, Washington DC, October 14, 2007

Donald P. Evenson


Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry
South Dakota State University
President and Director, SCSA Diagnostics Inc.
Multiplex Research & Technology Center
807 32nd Ave.
Brookings, SD 57006
Tel: 605-692-5938
Toll Free: 866-219-1338
Fax: 605-692-9730
E-mail: scsa@brookings.net

Dr. Donald P. Evenson is a Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry at South Dakota State University and President and Director of SCSA® Diagnostics, Inc. a private corporation that is solely dedicated to using the SCSA® test to determine the relationship between infertility and DNA fragmentation in sperm. Dr. Evenson invented and developed the SCSA® test and has over 20 years experience measuring thousands of animal and human sperm samples. Readers Digest highlighted the SCSA® test as one of the Medical Breakthroughs for 2004.
Dr. Evenson received his B.A. degree in Biology-Chemistry at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD and his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Colorado, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Boulder, CO.
In 1983, Dr. Evenson accepted a position as Professor of Biochemistry at South Dakota State University. During his tenure at SDSU, Dr. Evenson has supervised graduate students, published over a hundred articles in peer reviewed journals, participated in extensive collaborations with international laboratories, been invited to speak around the world at professional meetings and has received several NIH grants for his research work.

Bhushan K. Gangrade


Laboratory Director
Center for Infertility and Reproductive Medicine
Orlando, Florida
Email: bkgangrade@hotmail.com

Dr. Bhushan K. (BK) Gangrade received PhD from Banaras Hindu University, India in 1984. In 1986, he joined the Department of Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center as a Rockefeller Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. He then moved to the Women's Research Institute in Wichita, Kansas to continue his research on the role of growth factors in ovarian function and was promoted to the position of Research Assistant professor in 1991. During his tenure at the Women's Research Institute Dr. Gangrade became interested in the field of assisted reproduction and received initial training in the field of human embryology and infertility at the Center for Reproductive Medicine, Wichita, Kansas.

He accepted a position as the Laboratory Director at the Center for Infertility and Reproductive Medicine in Orlando, Florida in 1993. Dr. Gangrade is credited for the birth of first ICSI and first PGD baby in Central Florida. Dr. Gangrade is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). He serves on the Board of American College of Embryology (ACE) and as the Member Liaison representing Embryologist and Reproductive Laboratory personnel in the Florida Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (FSREI). He has authored or co-authored more than 25 publications in the field of mammalian reproduction.

Certificate of Dr. Bhushan K. Gangrade web talk to the CRM ART trainees

Peter Zsolt Nagy
M.D., Ph.D.


Scientific Director
Reproductive Biology Associates
1150 Lake Hearn Dr.; Suite 600
Atlanta, GA, 30342
Tel: 404-257-1840
Fax: 404-257-3314
E-mail: peter.nagy@rba-online.com
Website: www.rba-online.com

Zsolt Peter Nagy, Ph.D., born in Hungary and regarding Belgium as a second home, joined Reproductive Biology Associates as Scientific and Laboratory Director in August 2002. He brings to RBA vast experience and expertise in performing and supervising assisted reproduction procedures and conducting embryo biopsy for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Dr. Nagy has performed and coordinated various research projects including haploidization of somatic cell nuclei, stem cell separation, and developing PEP-based PCR from a single cell.

Dr. Nagy graduated summa cum laude from the Semmelweis Medical University of Budapest in 1986. He was a member of the medical staff at the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Nyiro Memorial Hospital Budapest between 1986 and 1989. He was awarded a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Free University of Brussells (VUB) in 1991. He went on to obtain a degree in Hospital medicine at VUB in 1993 and in 1998 was awarded a Ph.D. degree in biomedical science at VUB. He then took a specialty course in OB/GYN at the Medical University of Budapest and obtained a Specialist degree in 1997.

Prior to joining the team at RBA he was Scientific and Laboratory Director at Clinica de Reproducao Humana in Brazil from 1999 to 2002. Between 1994 and 2001, he set up five ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) laboratories at different points of the world. Between 1997 and 1999, Dr. Nagy was Scientific and Laboratory Director of Reproductive Medicine, European Hospital in Rome, Italy. He was employed as a medical scientist on the ICSI team in the Department of Reproductive Medicine AZ-VUB from 1989 to 1997.

Dr. Nagy is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), the Society for Study of Reproduction, and serves on various committees of professional societies. He has been an invited speaker at more than fifty medical and scientific meetings over the last 5 years. Dr. Nagy has organized and/or chaired more than thirty congresses, symposia, and workshops between 1991 and 2001. He is a reviewer for Human Reproduction and Reproductive Biomedicine Online and an ad hoc reviewer for Reproduction, Fertility and Development, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, and Fertility & Sterility. Dr. Nagy has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles published in medical or scientific journals.

Certificate of Dr. Nagy’s talk at the 2011 Summer Internship Course

Sijo J. Parekattil


Director of Robotic Surgery & Urology
Assistant Professor
Department of Urology
Winter Haven Hospital & University of Florida
Director of Robotic Surgery & Urology
200 Avenue F.N.E.
Winter Haven. Fl 33881
Tel: (863) 292-4652
E-mail: Sijo.Parekattil@urology.ufl.edu

Dr. Sijo Parekattil is Co-Director of Robotic Surgery & Director of Male Infertility and Microsurgery in the Department of Urology at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He is an Assistant professor of Urology and an Adjunct professor of Bioengineering. He was an Electrical Engineer (University of Michigan) prior to his medical training and thus has interests in surgical techniques incorporating technology, robotics and microsurgery. He completed his urology residency training at Albany medical Center and then went onto complete dual fellowship training from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland in Laparoscopy/Robotic Surgery and Microsurgery/Male Infertility.

Dr. Parekattil's research focuses on the clinical application of robotics in microsurgery. He has performed some pioneering work in the arena of robotic microsurgery and has now performed over 240 such procedures. His research interests include work in the area of chronic orchialgia and the use of nerve imaging modalities during surgery, nerve re-growth inhibitory matrix sheaths to prevent neuroma formation, nerve function and genetic abnormalities in such patients, the use of robotic microsurgery for congenital obstructive syndromes in male infertility, and spermatogenic factors in patients with non-obstructive azoospermia.

Certificate of Dr. Parekattil’s talk at the 2011 Summer Internship Course

Botros Peter Rizk


Professor and Director
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36604
Tel: 251-680-2441
Fax: 251-415-1552
E-mail: botros4@gmail.com

Botros Rizk, MD, is Professor and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility of the Department of Ob-Gyn at the University of South Alabama. He graduated from Cairo University Medical School, Cairo, Egypt, in December 1981. He completed his residency in Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, from University of South Alabama in 1993-1996.

His main research interests include the modern management, prediction and the genetics of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), as well as the role of vascular endothelial growth factor and interleukins in the pathogenesis of severe OHSS. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed published papers, book chapters and has edited and authored ten medical textbooks on various topics in reproductive medicine.

Suresh C. Sikka


Professor and Research Director of Urology
Tulane University Health Sciences Center
1430 Tulane Avenue, SL-42 New Orleans
Louisiana 70112-2699
Tel:  504-988-5179
Fax: 504-988-5059
E-mail: ssikka@tulane.edu

Prof. Sikka received his doctorate degree from the Department of Pharmacology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India, in 1978. After his initial research fellowship at AIIMS, New Delhi in Reproductive Biology, he joined Department of Biochemistry at University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles and obtained excellent training in protein-lipid interactions in cell membranes. In 1982, Dr. Sikka moved to University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), as Director of Urology Research Laboratory at Harbor-UCLA medical Center and actively pursued his research interests in reproductive biology, erectile dysfunction, and environmental reproductive-toxicology issues. Dr. Sikka joined Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in Dec.1988 as Assistant Professor of Urology. He obtained his board certification as High-complexity Clinical Lab Director (HCLD) in 1995 and directs CLIA approved Andrology clinical laboratories at Tulane. His current research interests focus on understanding the biology and prevention of many aging related Urological disorders including infertility, erectile dysfunction, prostate diseases. He has authored over 130 peer reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and review articles, and over 200 abstracts and many presentations at various National and International scientific and professional meetings. He has been Principal Investigator or Co-investigator of many federal and privately funded research grants. He has served on the editorial boards of many journals and participated as grant reviewer of various study panels. He was Tulane University Senate member from 2002-2005. He has set-up a unique standardized quality controlled semen-analysis training program at Tulane that caters to the need of many pharmaceutical companies for their multi-center clinical trials to evaluate reproductive toxicology of their products.

Emre U Seli


Associate Professor
Associate Director for Research
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Director, Oocyte Donation and Gestational Surrogacy Program
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Yale University School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8063
Tel:   203-785-4018
Fax: 203-785-7134
E-mail: emre.seli@yale.edu

Emre Seli, MD, is Associate Professor, and Associate Director for Research in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale University School of Medicine. He also serves as the Director of the Yale Oocyte Donation and Gestational Surrogacy Program at Yale Fertility Center. Dr. Seli received his medical degree from the University of Istanbul Medical School and completed his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University. His postdoctoral training included a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as well as a research fellowship in molecular biology, both at Yale University.

Dr. Seli is the recipient of multiple awards for teaching, clinical excellence, and research, including: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Fellowship Award for Research in Endocrinology of the Postreproductive Woman, North American Menopause Society/Solvay Pharmaceuticals Corporation Fellowship Grant Award, John J. Meehan-Clifford R. Miller Award for academic excellence, Yale University "Resident of Excellence Award" for research, and the The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons' "Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Surgeon Award." His work on infertility has received two President's Presenter Awards from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, the National Institutes of Health K08 grant award, and most recently the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Ira and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award. His current research program is focused on the investigation of the regulation of gene expression during oocyte and early embryo development and non-invasive embryo assessment in assisted reproduction.

Keerti Singh


Department of Basic Medical Sciences
University of the West Indies
Mona Campus, Kingston 7
Jamaica, West Indies
Tel: 876-879-9104 (M)
E-mail: keertisinghis@gmail.com

Dr. Keerti Singh is a Lecturer at University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences. She holds a degree in MS (Anatomy) from Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), New Delhi, India and MBBS from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. Dr. Singh has over 11 years of experience in Anatomy with a keen interest in teaching and research in Andrology and clinical embryology.

She is the program in charge of the final year Bachelors degree in Basic Medical Science degree in Anatomy. In this capacity she has been instrumental in developing an effective implementation of the curriculum and also successfully guiding the students in their research projects.

Dr. Singh is currently pursuing her PhD in the area of male infertility from the University of West Indies, Mona under the supervision of Dr. Wayne McLaughlin, Head of Basic Medical Science Department. She has been involved in research and studies on "Assessment of Mesterolone therapy in Oliogospermic Males"; at MAMC. She was also actively involved in assisting the out patient clinic for treating infertile couples.

Dr. Singh was a research observer at the Cleveland Clinic and is further exploring the future research projects and collaborations with the clinic and UWI. She is a member of various Anatomical associations in India and the U.S. She is also the recipient of Dr MM Cooper Memorial Award in 2002 and 2003. She has numerous publications in Anatomical journals in India and West Indies.

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