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Patients at Boston IVF work with one team of caregivers.

This allows us to develop personal relationships based on


communication and trust - the foundation of quality care.

Following are brief biographies of the members of our Signature Success


medical, scientific, and counseling staff. When it comes to helping
you become a
parent, Boston IVFbelieves
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Dr. Michael M. Alper, Medical Director,
co-founded Boston IVF in 1986.
Board Certified in Reproductive
Endocrinology by the American Board
of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr.
Alper received his medical degree
from McGill University, Montreal, Click HERE to learn more
Quebec. He fulfilled his residency at on how the Domar Center
Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel can help you create
Hospital, Boston, MA where he also measurable, positive
completed his fellowship in changes in your health thru
reproductive endocrinology and its vast array of mind/body
infertility. Dr. Alper is on staff at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, services.
Surgery Center of Waltham, Newton Wellesley Hospital,
and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
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Dr. Alper is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard
Medical School. His interest of in vitro fertilization has led
him to be involved in specific research studies including
NIH-funded “FASST TRACK STUDY”, and privately funded,
industry sponsored clinical trials. Dr. Alper has published Christine and
extensively and has written articles, abstracts, letters and Dave Flaherty
books. In the past two years he has lectured all over the are now proud
world, from Argentina to Canada to Japan. parents

Dr. Alper has co-authored several books – his latest book,


“Quality Management Systems for Assisted Reproductive
Infertility After Age 40
Technologies: ISO 9001:2000" has just been published by
Taylor & Francis.
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Dr. Steven R.
Bayer joined Boston IVF in 1998. He
is board certified in Obstetrics and Want Answers to Your
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Gynecology. Dr. Bayer received his complete audio library
undergraduate and medical degrees ofBoston IVF's "Birds and
from Ohio State University and
completed his residency training at Mt. the Bees" Infertility
Carmel Medical Center in Columbus,
Ohio. He then completed his research fellowship in Medical Minute.
Reproductive Endocrinology in the Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Hospital and the
Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Prior to coming to Boston IVF, Dr. Bayer was Director of


the In Vitro Fertilization program at New England Medical
Center and was an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Tufts
Medical School. He then moved on to the Boston Regional
Center for Reproductive Medicine in Stoneham, MA where
he served as Medical Director.

Dr. Bayer has written numerous published articles, book


chapters and is the first author of a book entitled
“The Boston IVF Handbook of Infertility”. He is actively
involved in clinical research which has focused on the
identification of factors that affect IVF success and
ovulation induction protocols used for IVF. Dr. Bayer is a
dedicated teacher of medical students, residents and
fellows. He has a special interest in ovulatory disorders,
reproductive surgery and in vitro fertilization.

Dr. Bayer is a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Medical


School. He is on staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center and Newton Wellesley Hospital. He is a member of
several professional societies including
theBoston Obstetrical Society, New England Fertility
Society, American Society of Reproductive Medicine,
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, among
others.
He takes great pride in his wife and four children and lives
in Brookline, Massachusetts. In his spare time he enjoys
woodworking, bicycling and playing basketball and tennis.

Dr. Bayer sees patients in Concord and Waltham,


Massachusetts and Dover, NH.

Dr. Brian M. Berger received his


medical degree from the University
Texas Health Science Center and
completed his Clinical Fellowship in
Reproductive Endocrinology and
Infertility at the University of California,
San Diego. He also underwent
additional training in Assisted
Reproductive Technology (ART) at the
Center for Reproductive Medicine and
Infertility at Weill Medical College of
Cornell University in New York City.
His internship and residency in
obstetrics and gynecology took place at The Medical
College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Board certified in
both Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Reproductive
Endocrinology and Infertility, he specializes in the full range
of evaluations and treatment in reproductive medicine with
an emphasis onIVF, ICSI for severe male factor, treatment
of women with decreased ovarian function, recurrent
miscarriages, endometriosis, and operative laparoscopy
and hysteroscopy.

Former academic appointments include serving as a


clinical instructor at the University of California at San
Diego, and he is currently a clinical instructor at Harvard
Medical School. He has lectured worldwide on various
topics in reproductive medicine before medical and patient
groups.

Dr. Berger is a member of several professional


organizations including: a Fellow in the American College of
Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society of
Reproductive Medicine, New England Fertility Society, and
the Massachusetts Medical Society. He is an ad hoc
reviewer for several medical journals including Fertility and
Sterility. He has writing numerous medical articles and
chapters for medical text books and recently authored a
book chapter on Infertility in the Older Woman in:
Comprehensive Management of the Menopause.

Dr. Berger is the medical director of the Donor Egg and


Gestational Carrier Program at Boston IVF. He is active in
studying new fertility-enhancing protocols and he
developed an original protocol utilized at Boston IVF for
treating women with decreased ovarian function. He is
currently performing research studying women with
unexplained infertility, and women with decreased ovarian
function.

Dr. Berger sees patients at the Quincy Center.

Dr. Merle J. Berger, one of the


founders ofBoston IVF, has been in
practice for over 35 years. Board
Certified by the American Board of
Obstetrics and Gynecology in
Reproductive Endocrinology, Dr.
Berger received his medical degree
from Western Reserve University,
School of Medicine. He completed his
residency in obstetrics and
gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital,
Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Berger was a research fellow in
obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical School and
surgery at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Formerly Dr.
Berger was the Medical Director of Boston IVF and the
President of the Boston Fertility Society.

Dr. Berger is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in


Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at
Harvard Medical School and has been teaching at Harvard
for over 35 years. He is on staff at Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center and heads the Medical Advisory Committee
for Mass NARAL. He is proud to have been teaching
students, residents and fellows, conducting research in the
field of reproductive medicine, and caring for infertility
patients for his long career.

Dr. Berger sees patients at the Boston Center (Brookline,


MA).

Dr. Selwyn P. Oskowitz, one of the


founders ofBoston IVF, has been in
practice for over 25 years. Dr.
Oskowitz received his medical degree
from the University of Witwatersrand,
South Africa and completed his
residency in Obstetrics and
Gynecology at the University of
Colorado, Denver. He was a research
fellow at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard
Medical School, Boston in
Reproductive Endocrinology. Dr.
Oskowitz was formerly the medical
director of Boston IVF as well as the president and
Founder of the BostonFertility Society. The Consumer's
Research Council of America lists Dr. Oskowitz in
America's Top Obstetricians and
Gynecologists;Boston Magazine lists Dr. Oskowitz in
Boston's Best Infertility Specialists. He received the Lew
Millendez Award from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Health Professionals and the Family Building Award from
the American Fertility Association.

Dr. Oskowitz has the distinction of delivering the first In-


Vitro fertilization child conceived in Massachusetts. He also
achieved the first conception and birth by Gamete Intra-
Fallopian Tube Transfer (GIFT) in Massachusetts. Dr.
Oskowitz has been teaching Reproductive Biology at
Universities for 25 years. He is currently Assistant
Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive
Biology at Harvard Medical School, Boston. He is on staff
at New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA and Beth
Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. Dr.
Oskowitz is a member of the Board of Directors of
Columbia Labs, NJ and is involved with many professional
societies, such as the Society of Assisted Reproductive
Technology and the Society of Male Reproduction and
Urology. Dr. Oskowtiz's research interests are aging and
fertility, hormone dynamics relating to ovulation, and in-vitro
fertilization. He has written numerous articles, abstracts,
reports, and reviews. Dr. Oskowitz is an accomplished
speaker and has a long list of presentations and lectures.

Dr. Oskowitz sees patients at the Boston Center


(Brookline, MA).
Dr. Alan S. Penzias, the Surgical
Director of the Surgery Center of
Waltham, a division of BostonIVF,
has been in practice for over 15 years.
Board Certified in Reproductive
Endocrinology and Infertility by the
American Board of Obstetrics and
Gynecology, Dr. Penzias received his
undergraduate degree from the
University of Pennsylvania and his
medical degree from SUNY –
Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn,
NY. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and
Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital/Harvard
Medical School and his fellowship in Reproductive
Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale University School of
Medicine.

Dr. Penzias is the Director of the fellowship program in


Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
and Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and
Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. He has
received numerous grants for research in the field of
infertility, the most recent being a comparison study of
medication in controlled ovarian hyperstimulation for IVF.
He is an active member of almost a dozen infertility and
medical societies and is on the Board of Directors of the
American Fertility Association and is a member of the
Executive Counsel of the Society for Assisted Reproductive
Technologies. He is also on the Editorial Board of
Reproductive Biomedicine online and serves as an ad hoc
editor for Fertility and Sterility, reviewing papers submitted
for publication.

Dr. Penzias has served on the Medical Advisory Boards for


Organon, Serono Laboratories, and Ferring
Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Penzias has published more than 75
peer reviewed articles, reviews, chapters, abstracts and
books in the field of infertility. His book,
“The Boston IVFHandbook of Infertility,” co-authored with
Dr. Alper and Dr. Bayer, has been labeled as “the premier
resource" in the field.

Dr. Penzias sees patients in Waltham, Cambridge,


Portland, ME and Lewiston, ME.
Dr. David Ryley, a native of
the Boston area, is a graduate of the
Tufts University School of Medicine.

After completing his internship and


residency at Tufts, Dr. Ryley practiced
general Obstetrics and Gynecology at
Newton-Wellesley Hospital from 1989-
2002. He completed a fellowship in
Reproductive Endocrinology and
Infertility at Harvard Medical
School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2005, and
has extensive experience in infertility, ovulatory
dysfunction, recurrent miscarriage, and reproductive
genetics. Dr. Ryley’s research interests include the genetic
control of oocyte maturation, IVF outcomes in patients with
a decreased response to ovulation induction, and the
effects of body mass index on female fertility. He has
presented his research at the national meetings of the
American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the
Society of Gynecologic Investigation and his research has
recently been published in Fertility and Sterility. Dr. Ryley
has co-authored book chapters on normal and abnormal
sexual development with national leaders in the field of
reproductive endocrinology and he is a clinical instructor at
Harvard Medical School.

His interests also include the preservation of fertility for


male and female survivors of cancer, as well as those who
are undergoing treatment for cancer. Dr. Ryley was recently
appointed to the medical advisory board of Fertile Hope, a
national nonprofit organization based in New York that
provides comprehensive support to cancer patients whose
medical treatments put their fertility at risk.

Dr. Ryley is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics


and Gynecology. He is board certified by the American
Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in General Obstetrics
and Gynecology and hold a subspeciality certification in
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is an active
member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine,
and continues to contribute to research in the field of
reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
Dr. Ryley is on staff at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He sees patients at
the Boston Center (Brookline).

Dr. Kim L. Thornton is Clinical Director


of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
at BostonIVF. Board Certified in
Reproductive Endocrinology and
Infertility by the American Board of
Obstetrics and Gynecology, she
received her medical degree from
Case Western Reserve School of
Medicine, Cleveland OH. Dr. Thornton
completed her residency in
Obstetrics/Gynecology at Wayne State
University School of Medicine, Detroit,
MI and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and
Infertility at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Prior
to joining Boston IVF, Dr. Thornton was an associate
professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington,
CT.

Dr. Thornton is the Division Director of Reproductive


Endocrinology and Infertility at the Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center and an Assistant Professor in the
Department of OB-GYN at Harvard Medical School. She is
on staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston,
Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham, and Newton-
Wellesley Hospital, Newton. Dr. Thornton is actively
involved in American Society of Reproductive Medicine and
has served on numerous committees within the society.
She is also an active member of the New England Fertility
Society and the Obstetrical Society of Boston. She has
written numerous chapters, articles and abstracts. She is a
reviewer for “Fertility and Sterility” and “Obstetrics and
Gynecology” and is a co-investigator in the NIH funded
trials of “Conventional Infertility Therapy versus FAST Track
to IVF” and “Optimal Infertility Therapy
RCT: Women 40 and Older”.

Dr. Thornton sees patients in Waltham


and Framingham.

Dr. Alison Zimon received her


undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her
medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine.
After her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Beth
Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical
School, she continued her training in Boston and
completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology &
Infertility at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard
Medical School and Boston IVF.

Dr. Zimon has a strong interest in women’s health and


fertility and aims to improve reproductive healthcare access
and education. She has a particular interest in conditions
affecting ovarian health and function including infertility,
polycystic ovarian disease, endometriosis, and premature
ovarian failure. She has focused her scientific research on
aging mechanisms in the ovary and has presented and
published this work internationally. She is a clinical
instructor at Harvard Medical School and enjoys clinical
care, teaching and research. She actively participates in
local and national research meetings and is a member of
the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the
Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the
New England Fertility Society and the Massachusetts
Medical Society.

Dr. Zimon sees patients at the South Shore Center in


Quincy and is also available in Waltham and Fall River,
MA.

Scientific Staff

C. Brent Barrett, PhD, Scientific & Laboratory Director, is


responsible for laboratory protocols, quality control, and is
involved in several research projects. Dr. Barrett, who has
more than 15 years experience working with mammalian
oocytes and embryos, received his doctoral degree in
biology from Boston College. He completed postdoctoral
studies at the University of Colorado Medical School
including basic research in reproductive biology and the
control of oocyte maturation.

Counseling Staff
Alice D. Domar, PhD, is a pioneer in the application of
mind/body medicine to women's health issues. She not
only established the first Mind/Body Center for Women's
Health, but also conducts ongoing ground-breaking
research in the field. Her research focuses on the
relationship between stress and different women's health
conditions, and creating innovative programs to help
women decrease physical and psychological symptoms.

She has conducted research on infertility, breast cancer,


menopausal symptoms, ovarian cancer, and premenstrual
syndrome, earning an international reputation as one of the
country's top women's health experts. She is the founder
and executive director of the Domar Center for
Complementary Healthcare.

Dr. Domar received her M.A. and PhD in Health


Psychology from Albert Einstein College of
Medicine/Ferkauf School of Professional Psychology of
Yeshiva. Her post-doctoral training was at Beth Israel
Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, and Children's Hospital, all
in Boston. She is an Assistant 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, on the advisory
board for Parents Magazine and on the Board of Experts of
LLuminari. 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 US and around the world. Most recently, Dr. Domar was
named to the prestigious list of 15 “Women to Watch in
2004” by Lifetime TV.

Our professional counselors, who are Masters-level social


workers, hold the highest level of licensure in
Massachusetts. They are all Licensed Independent Clinical
Social Workers (LICSW) and have a Board Certified
Diploma in Clinical Social Work (BCD). They each have
over 30 years of experience working in fertility treatment
centers and hospital settings.

Lynn Nichols, LICSW, BCD, is a clinical social worker with


a particular expertise in women’s health issues, infertility
and pregnancy loss. She offers both short and long-term
individual and couples therapy. Ms. Nichols has served as
chief clinical social worker in the Obstetrics and
Gynecology Departments of both Beth Israel Deaconess
and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. She received her
Masters degree in Social Work from the University of
Connecticut.

Terry Chen Rothchild, LICSW, BCD, is a clinical social


worker who offers consultations related to the emotional
aspects of infertility, egg donation, sperm donation, and
adoption. She provides gestational carrier evaluations. She
also offers psychotherapeutic consultations and both short-
term and long-term psychotherapy to individuals and
couples. She received her Masters degree
from Boston University School of Social Work.

Jeanie Ungerleider, LICSW, BCD, is the Director of


Psychological Services at Boston IVF and
chairs Boston IVF’s Ethics Committee. She offers
individual and couples consultation and psychotherapy.
She specializes in infertility, including issues of
reproduction with donor sperm, ovum donation, pregnancy
loss, secondary infertility, and adoption. She received her
Masters degree from Simmons College School of Social
Work.