When a local high school student contacted Dr. Feinberg for some help with her research project, he jumped in to assist! During their interview, the student asked a question Dr. Feinberg has never been asked before. She inquired how he became interested in the IVF field. This special student received a 98% on her research project entitled “IVF’s Role in Growing the Next Generation.” Way to go! Learn more about Dr. Feinberg and read his answer below:
Dr. Feinberg, during the opening of RAD’s Newark office.
How did you first become interested in the IVF field?
Dr. Ronald Feinberg: I’ve never been asked that question! When I was a young medical student in 1978, big news came out about the birth of Louise Brown in England, the world’s first IVF baby. This was a landmark medical achievement of the 20th Century, which happened after many attempts by Drs. Steptoe and Edwards to attain success with IVF. The birth of the first U.S. IVF baby Elizabeth Carr occurred a few years later, and as I was graduating from medical school at Penn, the first IVF births in Philadelphia were announced by Dr. Mastroianni, a future mentor to both Dr. McGuirk and me. So I would say those amazing events during my early medical education had a big impact on my future career goals! As IVF gained traction around the world, one of the key questions that needed to be understood was how and why just a small percentage of embryos are able to implant in the mother’s uterus. I became fascinated with that question while an ob/gyn resident, and ultimately devoted about 10 years of my career to being an embryo implantation researcher. One important theory proposed was that both the embryo and the uterine lining (the endometrium) needed to produce key molecules at the right time and place in order for successful embryo implantation to occur. In addition, we believe that embryos destined to successfully implant need to have the right genetic and metabolic machinery within their rapidly developing cells. I’ve been a Reproductive Endocrinologist for about 25 years, and continue to be fascinated by all the laboratory and clinical factors that lead to IVF success. And I believe there is still much more to learn!
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"We had a wonderful experience working with RADfertility. Our doctor was so sweet, informative and helpful with all of our questions. The front desk, it’s always nice to be greeted by a friendly smiling face."
"RAD heard my hopes, dreams, and wishes and led me toward them while holding my hand. My dream came true. I was guided to a beautiful baby girl! It took less than a year for my pregnancy to begin and it was successful. This was the best decision I ever made. Thank you, RAD!"
"From the beginning our team was determined to find a way for my husband and I to complete our family. All the RAD staff was knowledgeable and truly cared for us. We wish we could have continued with them after our baby hit 12 weeks. We thank them daily in our prayers for giving us our beautiful baby girl!"
"We will be forever grateful for the wonderful care we received at RAD! Dr. Feinberg took the time to listen and create a plan we were comfortable with. The whole team was amazing and truly care about their patients. You have exceeded our expectations. Thank you!!"
"Thanks to RADfertility, we have the most perfect addition to our family. The help and support the whole staff gave us was indescribable. We never once lost hope because of them. We will be forever grateful to each and every person we worked with during our journey."
"Dr. Neithardt was amazing. She explained in great detail all the options we had and put us at ease about the entire process. Everyone has been amazing and I have absolutely no complaints. Today I am 17 weeks pregnant and we only have Dr. Neithardt and her wonderful team at RAD to thank."
"They are the most amazing team of doctors and care coordinators. After having started at another facility I was so happy to come to RAD. They are truly amazing, never make you feel like just a number and have empathy and compassion every step of the way. They also get the job done! Thanks RAD!"
"Dr. McGuirk is a very holistic doctor. She doesn’t just treat the fertility issues. She also points out personal health ideas (juicing, whole 30) to help heal/treat the whole patient. She is honest and open. Be open minded and trust in her process. This is a marathon, not a sprint! Dr. McGuirk will be with you the whole way."
"I will never be able to put into words how thankful we are for RAD. Rhonda was there every step of the way as we were going through the process. Everyone was so welcoming and patient as we asked questions. We were blessed with a daughter, who is now three. I have already recommended and will continue to recommend RAD to people who need help growing their family!"
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