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Gretchen Hallerburg received Masters' Degrees in Biology and in Library Science from Case Western Reserve University. She is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She has directed Library Services at the Cleveland Clinic since 1981.

Katie Coyne earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame in May of 2010. At the University Of Notre Dame she was the President of the Irish Kids Fighting for St. Jude Kids club and volunteered at a clinic that serves uninsured residents of St. Joseph County. Katie interned at the Cleveland Clinic American Center for Reproductive Medicine and received the Best Professional Award. Her research focus during the internship was fertility preservation and she worked on two review articles that are currently pending publication. Past internships include working at the Spanish Red Cross in Toledo, Spain and the Ireland Cancer of University Hospitals of Cleveland. She has traveled on multiple medical brigades in Honduras and hails from Shaker Heights, Ohio. She plans on attending medical school in the future.

Kathleen Franco, MD, is Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and past Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry,and past Director of Medical Student Training in Psychiatry. She is board-certified in psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. She graduated from medical college of Ohio, Toledo in 1975. She completed her residency from Medical College of Ohio Hospitals in Child Psychiatry.

Kim Dao Ly obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA in 1998. She later obtained her Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA in 2000. She joined the American Center for Reproductive Medicine Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA as a researcher for the 2009 summer internship with an interest in embryology, implantation failure after IVF, preimplantation genetic screening, and blastocyst transfer. She earned the Best Volunteer Award and first place for the Best Intern Award. She has written four research articles to be published and currently working on a book chapter pertaining to the controversy of preimplantation genetic screening.

Margaret McKenzie is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist who is on the faculty of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University (CCLCOM of CWRU), Cleveland, Ohio, where she serves as Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgery. She is the Director for Medical Student Education and the Clerkship Director in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the admissions committee of the new medical college.
Dr McKenzie received her M.D. degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis in 1988 and her M.S. degree in Biochemistry from Howard University College of Medicine in 1984. She did her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine-University Hospitals of Cleveland from 1988-1992. After being in private practice at University Hospitals, Cleveland until 1995, she joined the Faculty of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Regional Medical Practice.
She is the recipient of the 2001 Association of Professors in Gynecology (APGO) teaching award for outstanding teaching effort to medical students. She also received the 2004 Ohio State University College of Medicine Distinguished Educator Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a 2004 Harvard Macy Educational Scholar and was inducted as a member of the 2004-2005 class of the APGO-Solvay Educational Scholars. Most recently, she was named the 2007 Maria and Sam Miller Professional Excellence Award: Master Educator at the Cleveland Clinic, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding, sustained commitment to education at Cleveland Clinic throughout her career. She has been featured by Cleveland Magazine as one of Cleveland's "Top Docs" for the last 7 years and has been nationally recognized in the "National Top Docs" list. In June, 2003, she served as a member of the national task force assigned by APGO Education Program and American Association of Medical Colleges to develop competencies for medical students.
She has been involved in the design of the medical school curriculum at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine where she has served on the Basic Sciences and Clinical Curriculum Task Force. She is also a Problem-Based Learning case writer for Endocrine and Reproductive Biology basic science curriculum.
Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Physician Advisors Council for the innovative competency-based portfolio assessment system at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Her main interests are in the area of the reform of medical student education and understanding how adult learning styles can impact the trend of this reform. In addition, her passion is patient care of the mid-life patient and maintaining long term wellness as we age. She has given many national lectures to other doctors in her field including the National Medical Association, The Cleveland Clinic Panel on Menopausal Care and The Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Dr. Mary Katherine Samplaski received her Bachelors of Science degree in 2001 from Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin. She then went on to the George Washington University of Medical and Health Sciences, where she received her Medical Doctor degree in 2005. Her post-graduate training has been in Urological Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where she is currently a 4th year resident.
During her residency Dr. Samplaski has authored 11 peer-reviewed urological manuscripts on a broad range of urological topics. She has presented her work at 8 national conferences. She was recently the recipient of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction and Society for Sexual Medicine Men's Health Tenth Annual Traveling Fellowship, as well as the International Volunteers in Urology 2010 Traveling Resident Scholarship. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including Cleveland Clinic Foundation House Staff Association, American Urologic Association, Endourological Society, Ohio Urological Society, and Society of Women in Urology.
Dr. Samplaski has been involved in education throughout her young career. She spoke at the 2009 Andrology Summer Research Internship lecture series, as well as being a Gross Anatomy Clinical Instructor for the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, a Clinical Lecturer for the R.B. Turnbull Jr. School of WOC Nursing, and a Clinical Lecturer for the Cleveland Clinic General Surgery Intern lecture series.
Dr. Samplaski has most recently been involved in one year of dedicated basic science research, exploring the application of nanotechnology to the treatment of superficial bladder in a murine model. She was awarded grant funding for this work, as well as the Society of Women in Urology 2010 Elisabeth Pickett Research Award. She presented her findings at a podium presentation at the 2010 American Urological Association annual meeting in San Francisco. She is currently exploring the application of nanotechnology to the treatment of male infertility. Upon completing her residency she plans to pursue a fellowship in Male Sexual Medicine and Infertility.

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

Dr. Singh received his Masters of Biotechnology in 2003 from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India, and his Ph.D. degree in 2007 from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi while working at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India. He is a recipient of fellowship from the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India during his M.Sc. course. He received fellowship during doctorate degree from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India. He was appointed as a scientist at the Central Drug Research Institute, a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, in 2007.

Dr. Singh has published 25 scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented abstracts at both national and international scientific meetings. He is a recipient of the Young Scientist Award from the Indian Society of Human Genetics. Dr. Singh is the managing editor of the Frontiers in Biosciences and an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Andrology, Human Reproduction, and Asian Journal of Andrology. Dr. Singh is a part of the Reproductive Health Program of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. His current research interests include: understanding the etiology of male infertility, treatment of male infertility and exploring targets for male contraception.

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.

Prof. Stefan S du Plessis is Head of the Division of Medical Physiology and associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He graduated with a B.Sc. (1989), BSc. Hon. (1990), M.Sc. cum laude (1994), Hon.B., B&A (1997), MBA (1999) and Ph.D. (2002). The title oh his Ph.D. dissertation was "A study of the intracellular signaling events involved in the zona pellucida-induced acrosome reaction in human spermatozoa". Prof. du Plessis also heads up the SpermLab in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, responsible for basic research on male gametes and post graduate student training. His research interests are in the fields of oxidative stress (ROS & RNS) and anti-oxidants as well as elucidating the roles of obesity, insulin, leptin, glucose and GLUT8 on sperm parameters and function. Prof. du Plessis collaborates extensively with Prof. Ashok Agarwal (American Center for Reproductive Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA) and other internationally recognized scientists. He has published more than 35 peer reviewed scientific articles. He serves on the editorial board of two leading international journals and regularly acts as an ad hoc reviewer for various scientific journals.

Dr. Hurd is Professor of Reproductive Biology and the Lilian Hanna Baldwin Chair endowed in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology Infertility at University Hospitals/MacDonald Women's Hospital.
For almost two decades, he has been an active clinician and researcher focusing on reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He started his academic career as the Director of the IVF program at the University of Michigan Medical School. He then directed the IVF program and Reproductive Endocrinology Division at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Most recently, he was the Chief of OB/GYN and the Assistant Dean for Military Affairs at Write State University School of Medicine in Dayton Ohio. Dr. Hurd came to University Hospitals in 2007 after finishing a 31 year career with the US Air Force Reserve. He has authored over 100 articles and chapters and recently co-edited a textbook with Dr. Tommaso Falcone entitled "Textbook of Clinical Reproductive Medicine and Surgery."

J. Stephen Jones, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Regional Urology of Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic, and is Associate Professor of Surgery (Urology) at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas and a medical degree at UAMS. After completing a six year urology residency at Vanderbilt University in 1992, he joined the Springfield Clinic in Missouri.
Four years later, he assumed Chairmanship of that program, when it became one of the largest urology departments in North America. Under his Chairmanship, the Department of Urological Surgery became the highest rated non-academic urology program in America, according to U.S.News & World Report.
With specialty interests in urological oncology and male sterilization, he holds appointment in the Section of Urological Oncology. He serves on both the CCF Division of Surgery Clinical Council and Regional Council. In addition to clinical & administrative responsibilities, he is involved in basic science and clinical research involving bladder & prostate cancer, voiding dysfunction, and male sterilization. His work of over 60 peer-reviewed and over 20 non-peer-reviewed publications has been in the Journal of Urology, Urology, BJU International, Journal of Endourology, Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, AUA Update, the American Journal of Urological Reviews, the Journal of Andrology, and Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, and he is the author of almost twenty book chapters.
His book for the lay public, "The Complete Prostate Book" (Prometheus Books, Amherst N.Y. Foreword by Coach Rick Pitino), was published in August of 2005. His previous book, "Overcoming Impotence" (Prometheus Books, Amherst N.Y. Foreword by Senator Bob Dole), was published in 2003. He is Associate Editor of Operative Urology at the Cleveland Clinic (Humana Press) and Senior Editor of Prostate Biopsy: Techniques, Indications, and Complications (Humana).
He serves as the Editor of Urology News, as Associate Editor of Urology, on the Editorial Board of BJU International, Advisory Board of Maximum Fitness Magazine, Charter Member Editorial Board, Your Health Now (Subsidiary of Merck Manual), and is a former editorial board member for Urology Times. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Cryo Online Database (COLD) national registry.

Sheryl A. Kingsberg is a clinical psychologist and professor in both the Departments of Reproductive Biology and Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH. Since 1991, she has served as staff psychologist of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University Hospitals of Cleveland. In this capacity Dr. Kingsberg directs inpatient and outpatient psychological care, as well as providing clinical supervision to medical students and psychiatry residents. She also devotes significant time to conducting clinical research and teaching medical students and residents.
Dr. Kingsberg's main research interests are in female sexual function and the psychological aspects of infertility and menopause. In addition to numerous professional presentations, she is well represented in the current literature including publications in journals, including Fertility and Sterility, Menopause, The Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Women's Health & Gender-based Medicine, the International Journal of Fertility and Women's Medicine and the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. Dr. Kingsberg has authored numerous chapters on topics including, perimenopause and sexuality, oocyte donation, infertility and aging, sexual aversion disorder and the treatment of psychogenic erectile dysfunction. She has been the principal investigator on a research grant to enhance the sexual health curriculum of the Case Western Reserve University Medical School and is currently the principal investigator for two clinical trials on the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder.
Dr. Kingsberg received her PhD from the University of South Florida in Tampa (1989). She is an active member in numerous national and international organizations, including the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR), the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), the International Society for Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology (NASPOG) and the Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM). She is currently the chairwoman of the ASRM Sexual Health Special Interest Group and sits on the editorial boards for the journals Menopause, Sexuality Menopause and Reproduction and the International Journal of Impotence Research.

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.

Sylvia Morrison is Director of Database Marketing at Cleveland Clinic where she built & manages the patient and referring physician relational database and is responsible for over 700 direct marketing campaigns annually; she had been Marketing Manager of The Children's Hospital and Women's Health Center when she arrived in 2003. Prior to joining the health care sector, Sylvia was President of Wolf Direct Marketing, a full service ad agency with offices in 6 cities. She has spent over 25 years in advertising and direct marketing, developing campaigns for clients like Progressive Insurance, Things Remembered stores, and TV commercials for Chase Bank and Sears Optical.
She has conducted focus group research for consumer and business-to-business services and products. She teaches Public Speaking at the Clinic's Center for Leadership & Learning, as well as workshops on Marketing Planning. Sylvia was Senior Vice President and a partner at Liggett-Stashower Advertising, and earlier in her career, served as Entertainment Editor at Cleveland Magazine.
She earned a BA in French from Ohio State University, where she graduated with honors, having also studied Spanish, Italian and Japanese. Sylvia is a winner of the prestigious Gold Echo, the Direct Marketing Association's highest award. Sylvia is active in the community as a volunteer and fund raiser, having served on the boards of the Diabetes Association, Cleveland Music School Settlement, Jewish Community Federation, Montefiore Home, and American Technion Society. Her most gratifying volunteer endeavor is counseling aspiring communicators to break into advertising and marketing.

Amy Slugg Moore is Manager of Medical Editing Services at Cleveland Clinic, which is part of the department of Scientific Publications in the Education Institute. In her current position, she edits papers written by researchers who would like editorial help before submitting their work for publication. In addition, she teaches classes on scientific writing. Before joining the Clinic, she was an editor at Medical Economics Co. and at Slack Inc.-both publishers of medical information in New Jersey.
Ms. Moore received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1992 and earned her certificate in Editing and Writing from the American Medical Writers Association in 2003. She is a past president of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association.

Christina Anagnostopoulou, M.S. graduated from the department of Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in 2000. She completed her master's degree in Medical Biology at the same university in 2003. Since 2004 she has worked as a clinical embryologist in Athens, Greece. She was at the Cleveland Clinic's American Center for Reproductive Medicine from September to October 2011 as an invited faculty for their ART training program.
Tel: ++306972571188, ++302130025636
E-mail : anagnostc@gmail.com

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