CHR Physicians, Staff & Affiliates
Our Internationally Recognized Infertility Physicians
Three internationally recognized specialists in reproductive endocrinology and infertility currently represent the full-time medical staff of CHR. Norbert Gleicher, MD, CHR’s founder, serves as Medical Director and Chief Scientist. He is a widely recognized expert in the specialty but is also well known for his expertise in reproductive immunology and gyneco-radiology, two sub-specialty areas he helped establish. He served as the founding editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology and the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, the latter now under the editorship of Dr. David Albertini, CHR's Director of Laboratory Services. In recognition of Dr. Gleicher’s many contributions to in vitro fertilization (IVF), he in 2009 was invited to give the Patrick Steptoe Memorial Lecture to the British Fertility Society, one of the specialty's greatest honors.
David H. Barad, MD, MS, is a Senior Scientist and Director of Clinical ART at CHR. He joined CHR after serving as head of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York for over 10 years. He also served as a senior investigator at the NIH's Women’s Health Initiative.
Vitaly A. Kushnir, MD, joined CHR in 2012 directly out of fellowship at Emory University, where he had established a significant research record in ovarian physiology. He has since been appointed Associate Scientist and Director of CHR’s Fertility Preservation Center.
With over 350 peer-reviewed publications as author or co-author, Dr. Gleicher is one of the most widely published physicians in the specialty. Similarly, Dr. Barad has greatly contributed to the literature with over 130 publications, and despite his young age, Dr. Kushnir also has already contributed over 35 publications to the literature.
What really differentiates CHR’s physicians from many other practitioners in the field, however, is their equal dedication to clinical care and research. It is this unique combination that characterizes CHR. As new research is developed and applied to clinical care, clinical care improves. As clinical care improves, the word gets out and the demand for clinical care increases. This interdependency of clinical care and research, unique for a free-standing private fertility center, catapulted CHR in a few short years into the position of an internationally recognized clinical and research center in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS
Medical Director & Chief Scientist
Dr. Norbert Gleicher founded the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR) in 1981, after completing his residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and holding top academic and administrative positions in various academic institutions in New York and Chicago. Always keen on simultaneously pursuing clinical care and research, Dr. Gleicher has published hundreds of peer-reviewed medical journal articles, abstracts and book chapters, in addition to editing textbooks that are now regarded as classics. For a complete biography of Dr. Gleicher, please click here.
David Barad, MD, MS, FACOG
Director of Clinical ART & Senior Scientist
Dr. David H Barad joined CHR in 2003. After completing his residency at the Sloane Hospital for Women of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, Dr. Barad served as Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Montefiore Medical Center and taught at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Among other research interests in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Dr. Barad has been involved in the Women's Health Initiative on the landmark menopause study. For a complete biography of Dr. Barad, please click here.
Vitaly A. Kushnir, MD, FACOG
Director of Continuing Medical Education, Director of Fertility Preservation Center & Associate Scientist.
Dr. Vitaly A Kushnir joined CHR in 2012. After his residency at New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Kushnir completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at the Emory University School of Medicine, where his research in ovarian physiology and antioxidants won the Excellence in Research by a Fellow award. Dr. Kushnir's research interest in ovarian aging and antioxidants brings a new angle to CHR's long-standing research on ovarian aging. Dr. Kushnir is also a vocal advocate for reform of the IVF outcome reporting system of the CDC (for which he consults) and SART. Dr. Kushnir is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. For a complete biography of Dr. Kushnir, please click here.
Emanuela Lazzaroni-Tealdi, MS
IVF Laboratory Supervisor | Senior Embryologist and Associate Scientist
Emanuela Lazzaroni-Tealdi, MS, attended the University of Pisa in Italy, majoring in Biological Sciences, and obtained her BS in Biology from Hunter College of The City University of New York. Prior to joining CHR, she worked as a full time embryologist in New York City, gaining experience with IVF, ICSI, assisted hatching, cryopreservation of gametes and embryos, as well as culture and transfer of blastocyst. She finished her Master's Degree in Biomedical Sciences with a specialization in Clinical Embryology and Andrology at Jones Institute at University of Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2013. Her research so far has focused on establishing a reliable egg grading criteria to better predict IVF outcomes.
Ema speaks Italian.
Lin Zhang, MD
Dr. Zhang speaks Mandarin.
Jianjun Hu, MD, MS
Dr. Hu speaks Chinese.
Dan speaks Vietnamese and Chinese (Mandarin).
Mike Levanduski, MS
David Albertini, PhD
Visiting Senior Scientist
Dr. Albertini is an internationally recognized scientist and educator in the field of reproductive biology and medicine. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Harvard University. Before joining CHR, he held The Hall Professorship of Molecular Medicine at the University of Kansas and served as Director of the Center for Reproductive Sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center, at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine.
He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics (JARG), an official journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed original research papers, over 50 chapters and reviews, and one book. He, in addition, serves on the editorial board of additional major journals.
His major research contributions have been in the cell and developmental biology of mammalian reproduction, particularly in oogenesis, and the translation of basic science to improvements in oocyte and embryo quality in human assisted reproductive technologies. He has trained over 40 students and postdocs, and routinely serves on grant review committees for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, American Cancer Society, National Foundation March of Dimes, The Lalor Foundation and funding agencies from Israel, Ireland, The Netherlands, Turkey, Belgium, Portugal and the U.K. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.
Andrea Weghofer, MD, PhD, MBA, MS
Visiting Associate Scientist
After graduating from Medical University Vienna, Dr. Weghofer is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical University Vienna, where she concentrates on In Vitro Fertilization and Reproductive Genetics. Dr. Weghofer has maintained a close research relationship with CHR for many years, where she also visits in regular intervals. She is, therefore, very familiar with CHR's clinical and research protocols and actively participates in some clinical trials.
Ali H Brivanlou, PhD
Senior Visiting Fellow
After receiving a master’s degree from the Université des Sciences du Languedoc in Montpellier, France, Dr. Brivanlou went on to earn a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of California at Berkeley, in 1990, and then moved to Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Douglas Melton. He joined the Rockefeller faculty in 1994, was appointed a professor in 2000, and was named the Heilbrunn Professor in 2007. Since 2012, he has also held an adjunct position at Columbia University, where he teaches workshops about Vital Design—Embryology, Architecture, and Innovation. Dr. Brivanlou has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists, a Klingenstein Fellowship, a Searle Scholar Award, and numerous other honors. He is a member of the Scientific and Medical Research Funding Working Group of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), California’s stem cell agency. Dr. Brivanlou is a Senior Visiting Fellow at CHR.
Pradeep Reddy, PhD
Assistant Visiting Scientist
Dr. Reddy received his Ph.D. from Umea University, Sweden (2010). During his Ph.D. he studied the molecular mechanisms involved in the activation and maintenance of primordial follicles in the ovary. Using conditional knockout approach Dr. Reddy has demonstrated the important roles of PTEN and PDK1 in the activation and maintenance of primordial follicles in the ovary. Dr. Reddy received two years fellowship from Swedish Research Council for his postdoc at Stanford University. In 2013, he joined Salk Institute for Biological Studies as a Research Associate. Dr. Reddy is currently developing methods to prevent the transmission of mitochondrial diseases, which are caused by the presence of mutated mitochondrial DNA in the oocytes. Dr. Reddy is using molecular scissors that can specifically target and eliminate the mutated mitochondrial DNA present in the oocytes to prevent their transmission to next generations. Dr. Reddy has recently demonstrated the success of this method in a mouse model. Dr. Reddy is also interested in developing methods to enhance the function of mitochondria in the “aging” oocytes to improve the fertility outcomes. Dr. Reddy is a Assistant Visiting Scientist at CHR.
Yao Yu, PhD
Visiting Assistant Scientist
Dr. Yu received her Ph.D from the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at University of Rochester Medical Center in 2013. Her research interest lies in both statistical methodology development and application of statistical methods to the design and analysis of studies in clinical research. Dr. Yu is interested in model averaging/selection for semiparametric regression models, variable selection for high-dimensional data, longitudinal data analysis, HIV dynamic modeling and survival analysis. Dr. Yu provides important statistical assistance to CHR’s ongoing research projects.
Aya Shohat-Tal, PhD
Visiting Assistant Scientist
Aya Shohat-Tal, PhD, completed her PhD in biology, with concentration in cellular and developmental biology, at City University of New York Graduate Center. After holding a teaching position at City University, she joined CHR as an Assistant Scientist in 2012, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Scientist at CHR.
Dieter Egli, PhD
Visiting Assistant Scientist
Dr. Egli is Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at Department of Pediatrics, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in biology in 2003 from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He then joined the laboratory of Kevin Eggan at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow where he studied the mechanisms of reprogramming after nuclear transfer in oocytes and zygotes. Using mouse cells, he found that mitosis plays a key role in reprogramming of somatic cells to pluripotent stem cells. To conduct reprogramming research on human cells, he moved to the New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute in 2008, where he showed that human oocytes have the ability to reprogram somatic cells to a pluripotent state. In 2014, he reported the derivation of diploid pluripotent stem cells from the skin cells of a type one diabetes patient. These cells efficiently give rise to insulin-producing beta cells that can protect mice from diabetes. His laboratory has also pioneered stem cell based models of diabetes, and established a protocol for the differentiation of hypothalamic neurons from human stem cells. Dr. Egli also has an appointment at the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia, and has made numerous contributions to early embryo development and to stem cell biology. In the context of a collaboration with CHR, Dr. Egli became a Visiting Assistant Scientist at CHR in 2017.
Sarah Darmon, PhD, MS
Senior Statistician & Assistant Scientist
Sarah Darmon, PhD, MS, completed a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology in 2012 at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, with a thesis characterizing a bioinformatically novel mRNA element, using RNA processing and protein analysis techniques. After completing an additional master’s degree in biostatistics at Drexel University, she joined CHR's Statistics Section in February 2015 as Senior Statistician and Assistant Scientist. Dr. Darmon has been the recipient of various research awards, published several scientific papers and presented at scientific meetings.
Clinical Data Registrant
Veronika speaks Lithuanian.
Maria speaks Tagalog.
Huina speaks Mandarin.
Dorota speaks Polish.
Lorenis Espinosa, RN
Lorenis speaks Spanish.
Ludmila speaks Russian and Romanian.
Jolanta speaks Polish.
We are currently seeking experienced IVF coordinator
Chief Operating Officer
Jolanta speaks Polish.
Monika speaks Polish.
Zuzanna speaks Polish.
Oleksandr (Sasha) Kasiuha
Patient Account Executive
Oleksandr speaks Ukrainian and Russian.
Patient Account Executive
Valerie speaks Spanish.
VP, Communications & Marketing
Yu speaks Japanese.
Silvia speaks Romanian.
Jerzy speaks Polish.
Affiliate Service Providers
To provide our patients a convenient one-stop treatment experience, CHR has teamed up with local independent contractors with expertise related to the treatment of infertility, including anesthesiology, urology, psychology, genetics and acupuncture. In addition, to accommodate our growing patient population from overseas, CHR is actively seeking to partner with independent reproductive endocrinology and infertility physicians in various countries. As we expand our network of medical service providers, this listing will expand.
Peter Hermann, MD, Spanish Representative
Dr. Hermann represents CHR in Spain. He lives and works on the beautiful island of Mallorca, just a short plane ride away from Spain’s mainland, where his practice center, IVF-International, is located.
He grew up in Germany, where he initially studied chemistry, and later medicine, at universities of Konstanz, Marburg and Tübingen and in Italy at the historical university of Ferrara and graduated in 1983 in medicine from the prestigious Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen, Germany.
After completing his specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology, he founded what became for almost 20 years Stuttgart’s (Germany) largest practice in the field, specializing, amongst other areas, in reproductive endocrinology, infertility and microsurgery. In 1996 he started his own IVF Center in Esslingen, Germany, which in 2005 led to an offer by Europe’s IVF leader, IVI in Valencia, Spain, to join their operations. He then moved to another Spanish market leader, Instituto Bernabeau in Alicante, and only very recently founded IVF-International as his own, independent endeavor. IVF International specializes in supervising and directing difficult infertility cases to appropriately qualified IVF centers all over Europe.
In seeking out special expertise for some of his patients, Dr. Hermann contacted CHR and started directing some of these patients to CHR’s New York City center. In the process he repeatedly visited CHR and familiarized himself in detail with CHR’s protocols. This detailed familiarity with CHR operations in the summer of 2009 then led to his appointment as CHR’s representative in Spain.
Koji Aoki, MD, Recurrent Miscarriage Specialist, Japan
Dr. Koji Aoki is the foremost specialist of research and treatment of recurrent miscarriages in Japan. In the last three decades, Dr. Aoki has treated more than 4,000 patients suffering from recurrent miscarriages, providing both physical and psychological support. Aoki Ladies Clinic, which he founded in 2008 in Nagoya, is the first clinic in Japan that specializes in recurrent miscarriages.
Andrea Weghofer, MD, PhD, MSc, MBA, Representative for German-Speaking Countries
Andrea Weghofer, MD, PhD, MSc, MBA, was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, where she graduated from Vienna University Medical School. She obtained her PhD as the first graduate of the Medical University's Reproductive Endocrinology Program. During residency at the Medical University in Vienna and fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Genetics at Yale University in New Haven, her research efforts were concentrated on ovarian function, premature ovarian aging (POA) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
In 2008, Dr. Weghofer was appointed Associate Professor at the Medical University Vienna. In 2009, she also graduated with an MBA degree in Health Care Management.
Dr. Weghofer has maintained a close research relationship with CHR for many years, where she also visits in regular intervals. She is, therefore, very familiar with CHR's clinical and research protocols and actively participates in some clinical trials. She has contributed a large number of peer reviewed papers to the literature, many in cooperation with CHR investigators. Independently, she also has won a number of national and international awards for her scientific work.
She currently works as a full-time attending faculty physician at the Department of Gynecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine at the Medical University Vienna, where she concentrates on In Vitro Fertilization and Reproductive Genetics.
Steven M Alfond, MD, Anesthesiologist
Dr. Alfond earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed his residency in anesthesiology at New York University Medical Center. After serving as Co-Director of Department of Anesthesiology at Astoria General Hospital for seven years, he currently serves as Director of Alfond Ambulatory Anesthesia, as well as attending physician at St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital.
Dr. Alfond has been certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology since 1995. Beside English, he is proficient in Spanish and German.
David M Kaufman, MD, Urologist
Dr. Kaufman earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Clinical Urology at Columbia University.
Dr. Kaufman has been certified by the American Board of Urology since 1991, and is a member of the American Urological Association. He lectures across the nation to other physicians on new breakthroughs in urology and accurate diagnostic techniques, and has published articles about urological treatments in major magazines, including Self, Redbook, and Good Housekeeping.
Dr. Kaufman has received national media attention, and praise from colleagues for the development of therapies which are effective alternatives to surgery.
Harry Fisch, MD, Urologist
Dr. Harry Fisch is one of the nation's leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of men's health, male infertility and microsurgical vasectomy reversal. Dr. Fisch is director of the Male Reproductive Center and directs urologic microsurgery in the Department of Urology at Columbia University Medical Center of New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
For over fifteen years, Dr. Fisch has focused his research, practice, and surgery on male infertility and reproduction. His recent article describes a new microsurgical technique for varicocelectomy. In his private practice in Manhattan, Dr. Fisch has successfully treated thousands of men with sexuality and fertility problems. Dr. Fisch's research on sperm counts and endocrine disruptors has resulted in multiple research articles and international attention. Dr. Fisch's web site is here.
Bob Berookhim, MD, Urologist
Dr. Bob Berookhim is an assistant professor of urology at Lenox Hill Hospital, focusing on male reproductive medicine and microsurgery. He received his medical degree after completing a highly competitive accelerated medical program at the Boston University School of Medicine. He went on to do his residency training in urology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and has completed prestigious fellowships in Male Sexual and Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery both at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and at the Weill Cornell Medical Center.
He has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals, is the author of a number of textbook chapters, and has presented over 30 abstracts at national conferences. His practice is focused on the management of male factor infertility, including varicoceles, vasectomy reversal and microdissection testicular sperm extraction, as well as other men’s health issues.
Guangzhou WECARE Medical Technology, Co., LTD, Exclusive China Affiliate
Guangzhou WECARE Medical Technology, a company that specializes in facilitating medical care in the United States for Chinese citizens from all over China, became CHR’s exclusive affiliate for all of China in May 2015. CHR is the exclusive U.S. provider of fertility services for the clients of Guangzhou WECARE Medical Technology.
Oriens Healing Sanctuary, Acupuncturists
Oriens Healing Sanctuary provides expert fertility enhancement through acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition, counseling, dance, massage and yoga to enhance natural conception, IUI, IVF and other ART. Oriens offers individualized treatments, creating an in-depth Surround-and-Support Fertility Enhancement Program for you, including on-site acupuncture-for-IVF transfers.
Oriens Healing Sanctuary uses the highly successful Fertile SoulTM approach (a term coined by Dr. Randine Lewis, author of The Infertility Cure), which has helped thousands of women overcome the most frustrating fertility challenges to conceive and deliver healthy babies. Your fertility journey at Oriens allows you to benefit from the minds, insights, experience and support of Dr. Lewis and the extraordinary Chinese Medicine experts from around the world that she has assembled to form her Clinical Excellence in Fertility Program (CEFP).
Oriens Healing Sanctuary is conveniently located near Grand Central Station.
Guoping Zheng, PhD, OMD, Acupuncturist
Guoping Zheng PhD, OMD, is the Founder and Director of The Center for Natural Fertility and Women’s Health located in New York City. She is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and master herbalist specializing in infertility and general women’s health. Dr Zheng was the first person to earn a doctoral degree in the field of reproductive endocrinology of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China and has over 25 years of experience in this field.
The Center provides acupuncture and herbal therapy for women seeking a natural pregnancy or planning to use assisted reproductive techniques such as IUI and IVF. The clinic, conveniently located near Columbus Circle in Manhattan, is one of the few in the U.S. that is completely devoted to infertility treatment and women’s health using acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy.
Dr. Guoping Zheng
2 West 45th Street, Ste 500
New York, NY 10036
Farrar V. Celada, AP, FABORM, Dipl. Ac., Licensed Acupuncture Physician
Dr. Farrar V. Celada is a licensed Acupuncture Physician and Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine specializing in the treatment of infertility and women's health with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She holds a Master's Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida. Additionally, her undergraduate training includes a psychology background from University of Alabama--Birmingham and her post-graduate training was performed at Shandong University of TCM in Shandong, China. Dr. Celada holds a past faculty position at her alma mater, the Florida College of Integrative Medicine, and is a professional member of the Florida State Oriental Medical Association, RESOLVE (the National Infertility Association), DONA (Doulas of North America) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
She has worked with thousands of patients since 1997 noting dramatic improvements when treating infertility with Chinese medicine. This led her to specialize in the treatment of gynecological conditions using acupuncture and herbal medicine. Along with infertility, she also specializes in the acupuncture treatment of conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis, depression and anxiety, along with IVF and pregnancy support.
All patients referred by their primary doctor or reproductive endocrinologist will receive a written initial report and treatment plan to facilitate easier patient/doctor communication regarding Chinese Medicine recommendations.
Dr. Farrar V. Celada
3854 Sheridan Street Ste A
Hollywood, FL 33021
Judy Freund, Travel Agent, Judy’s World
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Victor Butcher, Personal Trainer, Duomo Fitness
Victor Butcher has been a personal trainer for over 8 years. He graduated with a B.A. in Dance-Commercial/Studio from Illinois State University and a M.A. in Dance Performance/Choreography from Ohio State University. He was an adjunct dance teacher at Pennsylvania State University and has taught dance, performed and choreographed in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Victor's extensive dance experience and knowledge of kinesthetic awareness has helped develop his personal training style. Victor has the ability to identify physical imbalances and develop an individualized program that can facilitate in helping his clients achieve stronger and healthier bodies.
Duomo Fitness, his own company, seeks not only to change and improve a client's physique but also their view on physical activities, an important part of living a healthy life.
Last Updated: September 5, 2018