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Ashok Agarwal, Ph.D., HCLD


Ashok Agarwal, PhD, HCLD, is the Director of the Clinical Andrology Center and Fertility Laboratory at Avon, and the Director of Research at the American Center for Reproductive Medicine. He holds these positions at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he is a Professor at the Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and, since 1993, Senior Staff in the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Obstetrics-Gynecology and Women's Health Institute, Anatomic Pathology, and Immunology.

Dr. Agarwal received his Ph.D. in 1983 from Banaras Hindu University, India. He did his post- doctorate training in Reproductive Biology under a fellowship from The Rockefeller Foundation at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was an Instructor in Surgery and then an Assistant Professor of Urology at Harvard Medical School from 1988 to 1992. He is a board certified Clinical Laboratory Director in Andrology by the American Board of Bioanalysis and an Inspector for the College of American Pathologists "Reproductive Laboratory Program" for accreditation of Andrology & IVF Laboratories. Ashok served as the Chairman of Board of the American College of Embryology from 2009 to 2012. He is selected to "International Who is Who Historical Society", "International WHO'S WHO of Professionals", "Marquis Who is Who" and "Strathmore's Who's Who". He was the recipient of 2011 Innovator Award for the development of "Remote Sperm Banking Kits" from the Cleveland Clinic Innovations, a recipient of 2011, 2012 and 2013 Star Award from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the 2011 "Scholarship in Teaching Award" from the CASE Medical School for his innovative Summer Internship Course.

Dr. Agarwal has published over 500 scientific papers and review articles in peer reviewed scientific journals, authored over 100 book chapters, and presented over 700 papers at both national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Agarwal is currently an editor of 18 medical text books/ manuals related to male infertility, ART, fertility preservation, DNA damage and antioxidants. He is the guest editor of 4 special journal issues. He is a member or office bearer of several professional societies including: American Society for Reproductive Medicine, American Society of Andrology, American Urological Association, Society for the Study of Male Reproduction and Society for the Study of Male Reproduction and Urology. Dr. Agarwal serves on the Editorial Board of Andrology, Andrologia, Asian Journal of Andrology, Bulgarian Medicine, Clinics, European Urology Review, Fertility and Sterility, Human Andrology, Human Fertility, Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, International Brazilian Journal of Urology, International Journal of Biotechnology and Bio Sciences, Journal of Clinical Embryology, Journal of Reproductive and Stem Cell Biotechnology, National Journal of Andrology, Chief editor: Open Reproductive Science Journal, Section editor: Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Reproductive Biology & Endocrinology and Translational Medicine: Current Research - Open Access. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for over 50 scientific journals.

Dr. Agarwal is active in basic and clinical research and his laboratory has trained more than 150 basic scientists and clinical researchers from the United States and abroad. In addition, over 150 medical, undergraduate, and high school students have worked in his laboratory. Dr. Agarwal has been invited as a guest speaker to over 25 countries for important international meetings. He has directed more than a dozen ART and Andrology Laboratory Workshops and Symposia in recent years. His laboratory has provided hands on training to over 130 from over 25 countries in Embryology and Andrology techniques. Dr. Agarwal is the Program Director of the highly successful Summer Internship Course in Reproductive Medicine. In the last 6 years, over 125 pre-med and medical students from across the United States and overseas have graduated from this highly competitive program.

Dr. Agarwal is the recipient of 85 research grants. His current research interests include studies on molecular markers of oxidative stress, DNA integrity, and proteomics in the pathophysiology of male and female reproduction, effect of radio frequency radiation on fertility and fertility preservation in patients with cancer. Dr. Agarwal is actively involved in laboratory and clinical studies looking at the efficacy of certain antioxidants in improving the fertility of male patients.

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