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 RADfertility’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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"I feel so lucky to have found RADfertility. I tried two other clinics before I expanded my search and found RADfertility. I drive an hour each way to go to them but I don’t regret a thing. They are so caring and so professional. Every time I message them they respond quickly. Every time I see them they have a friendly smile and warm welcome. They explain everything so well and I never feel lost in the process as I did elsewhere. They also took the time to figure out what was wrong. Other clinics threw up their hands, said 'I don’t know' and pushed me to try IVF."
"Dr. Feinberg and the entire staff at RADfertility are absolutely amazing. The receptionists, coordinators, nurses, and lab staff are compassionate, caring, and straight forward. I’ve had a 12-year infertility journey and I’ve tried other clinics but RADfertility was the only one I felt at ease with. They answered any questions that I had and were there any time I needed them. My coordinator, Amy, was the absolute best and always had my back. Dr. Feinberg’s dedication to his patients is incredible. You are not just a number there, you are a person with individualized needs and care."
"My journey with RADfertility and Dr. McGuirk started when my husband and I were trying to conceive and were having difficulty. We went to RADfertility, where we met Dr. McGuirk. I always say she changed my life and 'fixed' me. Dr. McGuirk is always learning more about endometriosis and how to help her patients. She’s brilliant and truly cares for you! I’m eternally grateful to her and everyone at RADfertility for their unwavering support, love, and care."
"Every step of our journey was tailored to us. We were treated so respectfully. Every detail was clearly explained and we felt so comfortable. Rhonda Wright was a Godsend and inspiring. I highly recommend this place! I cried when my weekly appointments were done and I 'graduated.'"
"The day I met Dr. Neithardt I knew she was the perfect doctor for me. Dr. Neithardt was so compassionate every step of the way. She held my hand, she hugged away tears, and continued to give me hope. There are not enough 'thank you's' in the world for Dr. Neithardt and the whole RADfertility team who will forever have a special place in my heart."
"RADfertility's staff has heart and provided me with exceptional health care. I knew I was in good hands and felt like we were in this together. The doctors and nursing staff always answered all of my questions and provided thorough information about all of my options. I am so fortunate and appreciative of the care that I received at RADfertility. They go above and beyond."
"I cannot begin to explain how wonderful RADfertility is. We were frustrated with trying to start a family and it not working for us. The entire team of doctors and nurses made us feel comfortable and hopeful that we would be parents. We experienced so many ups and downs but we never felt like we were on our IVF journey alone, we had our RADfertility team every step of the way. If you're looking for a supportive team on the IVF journey, look no further. RADfertility is the absolute best."
"Dr. Schillings always kept us informed and never gave up on us. She always explained our options and risks with each procedure. She called us personally when there were any issues or sensitive subjects to cover. Dr. Schillings was the first doctor that had answers for us and wanted to help us have our miracle baby!"
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