RMACT Infertility Doctor Receives 2012 Patients’ Choice Award

by Greg Zola

Dr. Cynthia Murdock Earns Recognition from Patients

CT Infertility DoctorDr. Cynthia Murdock of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) has earned the “Patients’ Choice 2012” award, which is given to only five percent of the nation’s 870,000 active physicians and dentists. This award is tabulated by PatientsChoice.org based on patient reviews and ratings on care and service on websites such as Vitals.com.

 

Millions of patients go online each year to rate their doctors on various components of care, including accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor's bedside manner and follow-up care. Patients' Choice reviews these rankings and other quality measures to compile its yearly list of award winners.  Dr. Murdock joins her RMACT colleagues Drs. Spencer Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, who also received this award.

 

“I try to work with my patients as a woman, a mom and a doctor,” says Dr. Murdock. “Each of these three perspectives is helpful when developing their unique infertility treatment plan. That relationship and helping them start a family is rewarding on its own, so being recognized by my patients with this award is extraordinary.”

 

Dr. Murdock earned a BA in biology at Cornell University and an MD at Creighton University School of Medicine where she graduated magna cum laude. She completed her residency at Creighton University Medical Center where she was named Berlex Best Teaching Resident. In 2003 she completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health.

 

An experienced researcher, Dr. Murdock has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed studies and presented at several of the most prestigious conferences in the field of reproductive medicine. The focus of much of her research has been on estrogen receptors, hypothalamic neuron function, and precocious puberty.

 

Dr. Murdock is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS).  RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties.  RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.


Topics: reproductive endocrinologist, RMACT Doctors, Patient Stories

Clinic Q&A: Talking Egg Freezing with RMA of CT

by Jon Ward

Dr. Shaun Williams Reproductive Endocrinologist RMACT Fertility Doctor CT Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut is a fertility clinic with three locations in Connecticut and two in New York. Shaun C. Williams, M.D., a fertility doctor with RMA of CT, recently answered questions about egg freezing in Connecticut and New York.

How long has your RMA of CT been performing egg freezing?


RMA of CT has been performing egg freezing since 2010.

Who are you offering egg freezing services to? What types of patients?

We work with patients who have different reasons for freezing eggs. Some patients have been diagnosed with cancer or other medical conditions that require medical treatment that has the potential to damage their eggs and ovaries.

We also work with women in good reproductive health who are not ready to have a family and therefore elect to vitrify, or freeze, eggs. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recently determined that the freezing and thawing of egg cells is now a proven method for preserving a younger woman's ability to have children, removing the technique's "experimental" label which has been in place since 2008.

What does your clinic consider the optimal age for egg freezing?  Do you have a cut-off age?

Fertility cannot be determined by one number — not a woman’s age, not even one test result. That is why we like to determine the best fertility plan for each patient individually. As is true with all available treatment options, a woman’s best chance to conceive using her own eggs is during the early part of her reproductive life. Just as pregnancy rates following IVF begin to decline after age 35, so too does the likelihood of success when frozen eggs are thawed and used during an IVF attempt. The “ideal” age for egg freezing is when eggs are the healthiest, between the ages of 18 and 24. However, not many individuals have the forethought or resources to consider this option at this early age. But women who understand that pregnancy chances decrease rapidly after 40, being able to preserve eggs between the ages of 35 and 40 may give them a better chance to conceive in the future if the circumstances for pregnancy are not yet appropriate.

To help understand what an individual’s likelihood of success would be, we take into consideration many factors, including:

  • A woman’s reproductive history
  • Her family members' reproductive history, and
  • Evaluations of current ovarian function, such as hormonal markers (FSH, AMH) as well as ultrasound determinations of egg quantity (antral follicle counts)


The process of egg freezing is relatively quick — typically, egg retrieval occurs during the menstrual cycle of the month following a patient’s first visit. After a patient has completed a consultation with a fertility specialist and had all of her questions answered, she can start preparing for egg retrieval. First, the patient will have an ultrasound of her uterus and have blood tests taken, including FSH, which is taken on day 3 of a woman’s menstrual cycle. During the next three weeks, the patient will take birth control pills and fertility medications. By her next menstruation, she is ready for egg retrieval. It is especially important for cancer patients or anyone delaying medical treatment to understand that egg retrieval will take place about three to seven weeks from her first doctor’s appointment.

Although we do not have a cut off age, a woman’s reproductive health and her chances of having a successful pregnancy decrease significantly after 35 years of age. We counsel our patients based on this clinical data and the results of her diagnostic testing.

Once eggs are frozen, where are they stored?

We store vitrified eggs on site at our location in Norwalk, CT. Our embryology lab is extremely sophisticated, with continuous monitoring, security and power source.

How long do you feel eggs can be stored safely?

There is not enough clinical data to know exactly how long vitrified eggs will remain viable, but it generally thought that they will last many, many years. The vitrification process freezes eggs without crystallization, so theoretically they could be viable indefinitely.

Is there a cut-off age that you recommend for women to have eggs thawed, fertilized and transferred in a cycle?

Women who have eggs stored should monitor their reproductive health regularly and maintain good health overall. Before eggs are transferred, patients should undergo diagnostic testing, including a pelvic exam and assessment of her uterus. ASRM recommends that patients who are over 45 years old should have a more thorough evaluation, including an assessment of heart function and risk of pregnancy-related diseases. Above the age of 50, women should consider using a gestational carrier (or surrogate) during advanced treatments.

Has your fertility clinic had live births from frozen eggs?

The number of patients who are interested in freezing their eggs has been relatively small compared to other fertility treatments; however, we are encouraged by the positive results that these patients have had. RMA of CT currently has a patient who is pregnant from eggs that she froze a few years ago, and I have personally been involved in over 70 pregnancies using frozen eggs, both from donors and fertility preservation.  

With the recent change in ASRM’s classification, we anticipate more women being interested in vitrification.

What is the price range for freezing eggs, and what does that range cover?

Freezing eggs at RMA of CT costs about $10,000. This includes cycle monitoring, retrieval and lab fees, anesthesia and cryopreservation of oocytes for the first year.

Cancer patients should also look into their options through Fertile Hope, a non-profit that provides information and resources for cancer patients. Fertile Hope runs a program called Sharing Hope, which works with companies and clinics to arrange for discounted services and donated medications for eligible female cancer patients.

What are the reasons a woman would NOT be a good candidate for freezing her eggs?

Before any of our patients puts time and resources into freezing their eggs, we conduct diagnostic testing to ensure that the patient and her eggs are healthy. This testing tells us if a woman’s ovarian reserve is healthy and if she is a good candidate for egg vitrification. Basically, a woman’s likelihood of conceiving with frozen eggs is no better than her current likelihood of conceiving with IVF. If factors are identified that may indicate a lower likelihood of success with a fresh IVF cycle, these factors still apply when the eggs are thawed. The likelihood of success in the future must be weighed against the cost of the treatment to determine if this process is right for a woman to consider.

What is the most exciting aspect of ASRM lifting the experimental label? How do you think this will change the face of fertility treatment?

ASRM’s decision and the recent advances in vitrification can enable patients to fulfill their family dreams in the future; however age is still an important factor to consider. This Practice Committee of the ASRM based their decision on a report titled “Mature Oocyte Cyryopreservation,” which examined nearly 1,000 published papers. The report urges caution, stating: “Marketing this technology for the purpose of deferring childbearing may give women false hope and encourage women to delay childbearing. Patients who wish to pursue this technology should be carefully counseled.”

By lifting the experimental label, we hope that more women will consider freezing eggs as part of their family planning in their 20s. This change in thinking could open the door for many patients who delay having a family. This also allows more options for choosing donor eggs through frozen donor egg banking, similar to the prevalent and well accepted use of donor sperm through donor sperm banks. This can allow more women to pursue pregnancy through oocyte donation at a lower cost.
 
What should a woman look for in a clinic that does egg freezing?

First and foremost, ask what types of certification the practice has for its embryology lab and doctors. I recommend working with board-certified reproductive endocrinologists.

The most advanced form of egg freezing is called vitrification, and it has the greatest success rates. Ensure that any practice you are considering working with is experienced with the vitrification process, which involves cooling eggs to a very cold temperature very rapidly. The antiquated method of “slow-freezing” is still used by many clinics for embryos and sperm, but this method is unacceptable for egg freezing.  And be sure that the vitrified eggs are stored on-site through a system that is protected with back up power and 24-hour monitoring.

Contact us by clicking here if you are interested in egg freezing.

Thank you to Fertility Authority for conducting this interview.

Topics: reproductive endocrinologist, Fertility Treatment, RMACT Doctors, Egg Freezing

RMACT Fertility Doctor is “Top Doc” for Excellence in Infertility Treatment

by Jon Ward

Dr. Spencer Richlin Recognized by Peers

Ct Fertility Doctor | Fertily Specialist Fairfield County For the second consecutive year, Dr. Spencer Richlin, Surgical Director and Fertility Specialist with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), has been honored by his peers by being rated a “Top Doc.” Castle Connolly’s 2013 list of Fairfield County’s Top Doctors of will appear in the January/February issues of Fairfield Living, Greenwich, New Canaan-Darien, Westport and Stamford magazines, all of which are published by Moffley Media and are on stands now. 

 

“I feel privileged to be in the reproductive endocrinology field during a time when so many new advances are making it possible to help patients realize their dreams of a family,” says Dr. Richlin, who is the Division Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility at Norwalk Hospital along with his responsibilities at RMACT.  “And to have this work recognized by my peers through this award is simply amazing.”

 

Moffley Media’s list is compiled by the renowned healthcare research firm Castle Connelly Medical Ltd., which conducts a rigorous, peer-reviewed assessment of local doctors by their peers.

 

Dr. Richlin is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.  He has published several articles and co-wrote with his RMACT partner, Dr. Mark Leondires, the fertility chapters in a new textbook titled Avoiding Common Obstetrics and Gynecology Errors, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

 

Dr. Richlin received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He completed two internships, one in Emergency Medicine and one in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Richlin served his residency at Stamford Hospital in Stamford Connecticut from 1995-1999, where he was named Berlex Best Teaching Resident.  He then completed his subspecialty fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Within the reproductive endocrinology field, Dr. Richlin’s main interests are reproductive surgery, in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor egg pregnancies and a cutting edge technology called Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS), which safely evaluates biopsied embryos prior to transfer. Dr. Richlin takes a personal interest in his patients, and finds fertility preservation for cancer patients especially rewarding.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services through RMACT Integrated Fertility & Wellness Center, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga.

 

The RMACT team of Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists includes Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin, Joshua M. Hurwitz and Cynthia M. Murdock. All physicians are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

Topics: reproductive endocrinologist, reproductive medicine, Financing Infertility Treatment, Fertility Treatment, RMACT Doctors

Dr. Shaun Williams Joins Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut

by Greg Zola

Renowned Reproductive Endocrinologist Joins Fairfield County’s Leading Fertility Practice

Dr. Shaun Williams Reproductive Endocrinologist RMACT Fertility Doctor CTReproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is proud to announce its latest addition: Dr. Shaun Williams.  As a physician board-certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Williams helps patients who are struggling to get pregnant.

 

Dr. Williams has been working with Connecticut infertility patients since moving to the area in 2005.  Since then, he has helped hundreds of patients fulfill their dream of becoming parents.  For his successes, patients named him a “Most Compassionate Doctor” in 2009 – 2012 and his peers named him a Fairfield County 2012 “Top Doc.”  He is also a “Best Doctor in America” for 2013.

 

“My partners and I are thrilled to be working with Dr. Williams,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director at RMACT.  “In addition to being an extremely talented and successful infertility specialist, Dr. Williams is great fit for our practice; he is compassionate, knowledgeable and willing to go above and beyond for his patients.”

 

Dr. Williams, who will see patients at RMACT’s locations in Stamford, Danbury and Norwalk, says: “This is an outstanding opportunity for me to be a part of the very talented team at RMACT. Working with expert physicians who share a similar passion for patient care will be professionally rewarding, and more importantly, RMACT's dedication to patient support will provide my patients a level of personalized care that is unmatched. I'm excited to be able to offer patients the extensive resources available at RMACT, such as on-site nutritional support, fertility yoga, patient support groups, and the opportunity to participate in cutting edge fertility research.  I have no doubt that the impressive nurses, embryology team, and clinical staff at RMACT will help me and all the individuals I am fortunate enough to care for reach our goals much more effectively.”

 

Before moving to Connecticut, Dr. Williams practiced with Pacific Gynecology Specialists in Seattle, Washington and was an associate clinical instructor in the Department of OB/GYN at University of Washington.  His areas of interest include fertility preservation and reproductive surgeries, especially robotic surgery to treat conditions affecting a woman’s reproductive health.

 

Dr. Williams earned his undergraduate degree from University of Texas at Austin and went on to study medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he was part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  He completed his internship and residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he received the Berlex Labs Resident Teaching Awards.  Dr. Williams did a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

 

Dr. Williams has been published numerous times, and has presented five of his abstracts at American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) annual conference for professionals in the infertility field. He is a member of ASRM, Fairfield County Medical Association, Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and associate member of Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. 

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)


RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services through RMACT Integrated Fertility & Wellness Center, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga.

 

The RMACT team of Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists includes Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin, Joshua M. Hurwitz and Cynthia M. Murdock. All physicians are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

Topics: reproductive endocrinologist, reproductive medicine, OB/GYN, RMACT Doctors

RMACT Infertility Doctors Receive 2012 Patients' Choice Award

by Cara Murray

Two RMACT Infertility Specialists Receive 2012 Patients' Choice Award

Two infertility specialists from Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), Drs. Spencer Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, are recipients of the “Patients’ Choice 2012” award. The award is given to only five percent of the nation’s 870,000 active physicians and dentists based on ratings from millions of patients. Infertility patients work with infertility doctors to identify the cause of infertility and to create a treatment plan for a successful pregnancy

 

Millions of patients go online each year to rate their doctors on various components of care, including accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor's bedside manner and follow-up care. Patients' Choice reviews these rankings and other quality measures to compile its yearly list of award winners.

 

Fertility Specialist Dr. Joshua M. Hurwitz“I’m impressed by the strength and spirit of my patients, so it is tremendously touching to be honored by them,” says Dr. Hurwitz, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist who has six “Patients’ Choice” awards. In addition to his partnership and private practice at RMACT, Dr. Hurwitz is the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility services in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences of Danbury Hospital and is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is also an assistant professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is a member of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. He has published numerous abstracts, articles and book chapters on reproductive aging, in vitro fertilization (IVF), egg freezing and reproductive hormones, ultrasound, and bioethics.

 

Fertility Specialist Dr. Spencer Richlin“Awards such as this reflect the work and passion of a strong team,” says Dr. Richlin, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and Surgical Director at RMACT. “Each RMACT patient is partnered with a fertility team that consists of a nurse coordinator, patient coordinator, financial advisor and a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist.”

 

In addition to being a partner of RMACT, Dr. Richlin is Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Norwalk Hospital. He has been published numerous times, including coauthoring the "Infertility" chapter in the text Avoiding Common Errors in Obstetrics and Gynecology (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins). Dr. Richlin’s main interests are reproductive surgery, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and a cutting edge technology called Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS), which safely evaluates biopsied embryos prior to transfer.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services through RMACT Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga.

 

The RMACT team of Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists includes Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin, Joshua M. Hurwitz and Cynthia M. Murdock. All physicians are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

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Topics: reproductive endocrinologist, RMACT Doctors, Patient Stories

Fertility Doctor Joshua M. Hurwitz, MD Makes Partner at RMACT

Lisa Rosenthal

by Lisa Rosenthal

Fertility Doctor Joshua M. Hurwitz, MD Earns Partnership at Leading CT Fertility Practice

Fertility Doctor Joshua M. Hurwitz, MDFertility Specialist Dr. Joshua M. Hurwitz, who sees patients in Connecticut and New York, has been promoted to partner of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). As a partner with the fertility practice, Dr. Hurwitz will greatly expand his leadership role while continuing his close work with fertility patients to help in their family building and infertility treatment. Dr. Hurwitz will also spearhead the practice’s new team-based comprehensive program to treat adolescents with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

 

Dr. Hurwitz, who is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, has been an infertility specialist with RMACT since 2006. During this time, he has helped hundreds of couples build their families by diagnosing and treating their fertility challenges. He is passionate about patient care and teaching, which he incorporates into his bedside manner; Dr. Hurwitz believes that patients who have a better understanding of their diagnosis and options make better choices for themselves and are more engaged with their fertility treatment.

 

Dr. Joshua M. Hurwitz Shares His Knowledge of Reproductive Medicine

“Working with patients is incredibly rewarding, especially in a field like reproductive medicine where the advances are rapid and far-reaching,” says Dr. Hurwitz, who teaches endocrinological, surgical, genetic and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) techniques at RMACT and Danbury Hospital. “For six years I’ve been proud that my patients have benefited from RMACT’s cutting edge medicine – and I’m thrilled to expand my role and responsibilities as partner in this dynamic and forward-thinking practice.”

 

In addition to his partnership with RMACT, Dr. Hurwitz is Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) services in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences of Danbury Hospital, where he develops and implements the division’s academic program, teaching residents, giving lectures, as well as caring for infertility patients. He is also an assistant professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY.

 

Dr. Hurwitz received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Society from Cornell University, and his medical degree from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Dr. Hurwitz completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, also in Philadelphia. During residency training, Dr. Hurwitz was named Best Laparoscopic Surgeon, and has received many teaching awards.

 

After residency, he completed a three-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. During his fellowship, Dr. Hurwitz successfully launched several research programs related to reproductive aging and diminished ovarian reserve and has presented his research findings at many leading national and international fertility conferences. His research interests also include premature ovarian failure, oocyte cryopreservation, reproductive surgeries, embryo donation, and bioethics. He has published numerous abstracts, articles and book chapters on reproductive aging, reproductive hormones, IVF, ultrasound, and bioethics. Dr. Hurwitz is a member of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

 

 

Topics: reproductive endocrinologist, RMACT Doctors

Dr. Richlin: Top Docs 2012 Award for Fertility Treatment Excellence

Robin Mangieri

by Robin Mangieri

Stamford Fertility Doctor Spener RichlinSTAMFORD, CT January, 20, 2012 - Dr. Spencer Richlin, Surgical Director and Fertility Specialist with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), has been honored by his peers by being rated one of Castle Connolly’s “2012 Top Docs.” The list of Fairfield County's outstanding doctors will appear in the January/February issues of Fairfield Living, Greenwich, New Canaan-Darien, Westport and Stamford magazines, all of which are published by Mofley Media.

Best Fertility Doctors 2012: Dr. Spencer Richlin:

“To be recognized by my peers is truly an honor because I respect their work and their opinions,” says Dr. Richlin, who is the Division Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility at Norwalk Hospital along with his responsibilities with RMACT. “But the most rewarding part of my work is partnering with patients to help them build the families of their dreams.”

Mofley Media’s list is compiled by the renowned healthcare research firm Castle Connelly Medical Ltd., which conducts a rigorous, peer-reviewed assessment of local doctors.

Board-Certified Fertility Specialist. Experienced & Compassionate

Dr. Richlin is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. He recently co-wrote with his RMACT partner, Dr. Mark Leondires, the fertility chapters in a new textbook titled Avoiding Common Obstetrics and Gynecology Errors, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Dr. Richlin received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Medicine. He completed two internships, one in Emergency Medicine and one in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Richlin served his residency at Stamford Hospital in Stamford Connecticut from 1995-1999, where he was named Berlex Best Teaching Resident. He then completed his subspecialty fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Emory University’s School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Within the reproductive endocrinology field, Dr. Richlin’s main interests are reproductive surgery, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and a cutting edge technology called Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS), which safely evaluates biopsied embryos prior to transfer. Dr. Richlin takes a personal interest in his patients, and finds fertility preservation for cancer patients especially rewarding.

Find the Top Doctors Jan/Feb 2012 Issues on newstands now:

Stamford Fertility Doctor CT Dr. Spencer Richlin  Westport Fertility Doctor Weston Wilton Top Doctor Award 2012  Greenwich Fertility Doctor CT Top Doctor Award 2012

 

Fairfield Fertility Doctor Top Doctor Award 2012 Darien Fertility Doctor New Canaan Rowayton Top Doctor Award 2012 

 

About RMACT 
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) specializes in the treatment of infertility, and is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. With Connecticut fertility clinics and egg donation offices in Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, our team of Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists offer a wide range of infertility treatments from ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination (IUI) to the most advanced assisted reproductive technologies including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), egg donation and its own cutting-edge procedure called Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS), a form of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). RMACT offers individualized infertility treatment plans in a patient-focused and supportive environment. Support services, such as, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga are also available through RMACT Integrated Fertility & Wellness Center, as well as infertility treatment financing.

The RMACT team of fertility doctors includes Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin, Joshua M. Hurwitz and Cynthia M. Murdock. All physicians are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). 

Topics: Fertility Doctor, Fertility Clinic, reproductive endocrinologist, Fertility Treatment, RMACT Doctors

The Future of Genetic Embryo Screening Has Arrived: CCS

Robin Mangieri

by Robin Mangieri

Every few years, a reproductive technology comes along that revolutionizes infertility treatments for patients. Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) is, arguably, one such technology. Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut in partnership with Dr. Richard Scott of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey (www.rmanj.com) are proud to announce that we are the only fertilty center in Connecticut who can offer patients access to this important tool.


New Haven's WTNH-TV station focused on CCS in a recently aired story by Jocelyn Maminta:

What Is CCS (or Comprehensive Chromosome Screening)?

Aneuploidy is the term used to describe any embryo with either too many or too few chromosomes.   Most people are not aware that aneuploidy is the cause of greater than 60% of miscarriages, as well as the most likely reason that  patients do not get pregnant from an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle.


The purpose of CCS is to analyze, select and transfer only embryos that do not have abnormalities in their number of chromosomes. Screening embryos in advance can help achieve higher implantation rates and fewer pregnancy losses, particularly for women 35 or older, couples with multiple-failed IVF cycles or implantation failure, and couples with repeated miscarriages.


Potential CCS Advantages: Technologies Screen Embryos for All 23 Pairs of Human Chromosomes

The more traditional technique of identifying aneuploidy in IVF embryos was performed with an older technology called fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH). FISH has many technical drawbacks including the fact that it can only study, at most, 11 chromosome pairs out of all 23 pairs of chromosomes.   Therefore 12 or more chromosomes, then, are not examined, resulting in only partially screened embryos which can lead to miscarriages or infants born with chromosomal disorders.    Additionally, FISH requires removal of only a single cell on day 3 of development.  This greatly decreases the accuracy of the testing and may even harm the embryo as there are only 6-10 cells at that stage of development.  In fact, several well-regarded research studies have shown that using FISH on day 3 embryo does not improve outcomes over traditional IVF.


Conversely, during CCS, we obtain 5-10 cells on a day 5 or 6 embryo called a blastocyst.  Biopsying the embryo at a more advanced cell stage dramatically increases the accuracy of this testing and minimizes potential damage that the biopsy can cause on the embryo because it has several hundred cells by then.


Another advantage to CCS is that we can greatly reduce the odds of a couple having multiple pregnancies (twins or triplets). It arms clinicians with the knowledge that they are transferring the most chromosomally fit embryo, therefore precluding  the need to transfer multiple, unscreened  embryos in the hope that one will be healthy enough to create an ongoing pregnancy and a healthy baby.


For more information about CCS, or to speak with one of our board-certified reproductive endocrinologists and infertility specialists, please contact us.   We’re here to help.

Topics: PGD, CCS - Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening, Fertility Treatment, RMACT Doctors

10/26 SEMINAR: Holistic & Traditional Approaches to Infertility

Robin Mangieri

by Robin Mangieri

Infertility Association
On Fertile Ground: Holistic and Traditional Approaches to Infertility

 

A breakfast panel discussion which looks deeper at some possible causes - lifestyle factors, nutritional imbalances, even emotional elements and offers ways in which couples may be able to overcome their fertility challenges by taking responsibility for themselves, rather than handing it all over to the doctors.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010
7:30am – 10:00am
Continental Manor,
112 Main St, Norwalk, CT


Our panel represents Western, Eastern and Integrated approaches
to fertility - offering a strong potential for success in promoting fertility.  Moderated By: Kelley Connors, MPH Real Women on Health!

Download PDF: Infertility Challenges: Holistic and Traditional Approaches


 

Dr. Spencer Richlin, Surgical Director, Reproductive Endocrinologist & Fertility Specialist @ RMACTDr. Spencer Richlin: Surgical Director and Infertility Specialist in reproductive endocrinology at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut

Vicki Kobliner, MS RD: Registered Dietitian with extensive experience in achieving optimal wellness

Joel Evans, MD: Nationally recognized wellness expert, educator, author, physician and founder of Center for Women’s Health

Elaine M. Malin, MTCM, L.Ac.: Licensed acupuncturist and a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine

Fertility: Traditional and Holistic Approaches
Tickets are $35 before Oct. 16/$45 after Oct. 16

To purchase tickets and learn more, visit
www.tlctimeforme.com or call (203) 853-4TLC

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to RESOLVE The National Infertility Association

Topics: Infertility, Fertility, Acupuncture, RMACT Team, Wellness, Support, Events, RMACT Doctors

Fertility Doctors at RMACT Recognized as Top Doc & Patients’ Choice

Robin Mangieri

by Robin Mangieri

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut is proud to announce two of its fertility doctors were recently recognized with key awards. Dr. John Stangel was named a "Top Doc" in the New York Metro Area by Castle Connolly for reproductive endocrinology. Dr. Spencer Richlin received the "Patients' Choice Award" from Vitals.com for his work with fertility patients.

Infertility Doctor John Stangel"I am excited to be considered a ‘Top Doc' by my colleagues, especially because my respect for them as grown during the 30 years that I have been practicing in Rye," says Dr. Stangel, who is the Westchester County Medical Director of RMACT and has his office in Rye, NY. This is the second time that Dr. Stangel has received the much sought-after "Top Doc" award, which is based on a rigorous, peer-reviewed process by the renowned healthcare research firm Castle Connelly Medical Ltd.

Along with his work at RMACT, Dr. Stangel is also president of the Westchester County Medical Society. He is board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has been in private practice since 1976.

Fertility Doctor Spencer RichlinDr. Richlin was previously named a "Top Doc" in 2008. He is currently celebrating another accolade - the "Patient's Choice Award" 2010 from Vitals.com. Vitals.com readers rated the reproductive endocrinologist four stars (out of four) in the following categories - accurate diagnosis, spends time with me, follow up, ease of appointment, promptness, courteous staff, bedside manner.

Several patients who rated Dr. Richlin also included glowing personal reviews on the website. One such comment listed says: "Dr. Richlin brings humanity to his medicine - he's incredibly smart and decisive about the direction to take, yet brings humor, kindness, and a wonderful bedside manner to each interaction. He has given me a beautiful daughter, and I'm now expecting #2 with his help - I couldn't be more grateful to him, and consider him a member of my family."

"Awards based on patient input are extremely meaningful," says Dr. Richlin, who is the Surgical Director and a Fertility Doctor with RMACT. "It's gratifying to be recognized for hard work; my colleagues and our staff strive to give our patients the best possible treatment and a positive experience with our practice."

In addition to his position with RMACT, Dr. Richlin is Division Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and fertility at Norwalk Hospital. Dr. Richlin is Board Certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology, Obstetrics and Gynecology.

About RMACT
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) specializes in the treatment of infertility. With Connecticut fertility clinics and egg donation offices in Norwalk, Danbury and Greenwich, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties, our team of Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists offer a wide range of infertility treatments from ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination (IUI) to the most advanced assisted reproductive technologies including in-vitro fertilization (IVF), egg donation and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). The RMACT team of fertility doctors includes Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin, Joshua M. Hurwitz and Cynthia M. Murdock. All physicians are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMACT's IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). RMACT offers individualized infertility treatment plans in a patient-focused and supportive environment. Support services, such as, infertility treatment financing, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga are also available.

Topics: Fertility, reproductive endocrinologist, Fertility Treatment, RMACT Doctors