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Brenda S. Houmard, M.D., Ph.D.

Brenda S. Houmard, M.D., Ph.D.

Seattle Reproductive Medicine
15920 E. Indiana Avenue, Suite 200
Spokane, Washington 99216
(509) 321-5660

Biography

Brenda Houmard, M.D., Ph.D., brings over twenty years of award-winning experience to SRM Spokane. Prior to joining SRM, Dr. Houmard spent 15 years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, where her focus on patient and physician education resulted in leadership roles in patient safety and electronic medical records adaptation. She is committed to fostering stronger understanding by patients and specialists of fertility issues, evaluations, and treatments.

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Dr. Houmard completed her REI fellowship training under SRM founding partners, Dr. Michael Soules and Dr. Nancy Klein. Dr. Houmard’s research recognitions include the ASRM/Ortho-McNeil Award and the NIH-NICHD and Wyeth-Ayerst Reproductive Scientist Development Program. Her academic and teaching careers garnered numerous local and national educational awards, and she was named a Seattle Top Doc in both 2011 and 2012. She is board-certified in OB-GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Dr. Houmard’s work is highly published in professional journals including Fertility & Sterility, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the Biology of Reproduction, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Molecular Human Reproduction, Endocrinology and others. She has also contributed chapters to four professional-level books focusing on female reproduction issues.

In addition to being a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and the Society for the Study of Reproduction, Dr. Houmard is an Officer in the Seattle Gynecologic Society, fostering quality care and professional development in the region’s gynecologists. Prior to her postgraduate Fellowship in REI at the University of Washington, Dr. Houmard completed her undergraduate Biology work and received both a Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology and M.D. degrees from The Ohio State University.

 

Brian R. Kaplan, M.D. - Chicago

Brian R. Kaplan, M.D. - Chicago

Fertility Centers of Illinois
River North Center, 900 N. Kingsbury, Suite RW6
Chicago, Illinois 60610
(877) 324-4483

Biography

Dr. Kaplan completed both his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a two-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in Chicago. He has numerous published articles and has presented topics, nationally and internationally, in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). He has been honored every year since 1999 by Castle Connolly on the list of "Best Doctors" in Chicago and America. Dr. Kaplan's expertise and passion is in IVF, preimplantation genetic screening, egg donation, gestational surrogacy and egg freezing in the global marketplace. His treatment philosophy emphasizes an individualized approach which provides patients all of the options available with expertise, experience, and state-of-the-art technology. Dr. Kaplan's passion and personal approach has characterized his reputation for over 20 years.

 

Brian R. Kaplan, M.D. - Highland Park

Brian R. Kaplan, M.D. - Highland Park

Fertility Centers of Illinois
767 Park Avenue West, Suite 190
Highland Park, Illinois 60035
(877) 324-4483

Biography

Dr. Kaplan completed both his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a two-year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in Chicago. He has numerous published articles and has presented topics, nationally and internationally, in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). He has been honored every year since 1999 by Castle Connolly on the list of "Best Doctors" in Chicago and America. Dr. Kaplan's expertise and passion is in IVF, preimplantation genetic screening, egg donation, gestational surrogacy and egg freezing in the global marketplace. His treatment philosophy emphasizes an individualized approach which provides patients all of the options available with expertise, experience, and state-of-the-art technology. Dr. Kaplan's passion and personal approach has characterized his reputation for over 20 years.

 

Bruce Kessel, M.D.

Bruce Kessel, M.D.

Pacific In Vitro Fertilization Institute
1319 Punahou Street, Suite 980
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
(808) 946.2226

Biography

Dr. Kessel is an Associate Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

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He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining the University of Hawaii, Dr. Kessel held faculty appointments at University of California San Diego, University of Cincinnati and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kessel is board certified in both OB-GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He has published over 100 scientific articles, chapters, books and abstracts.

Bruce Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D.

Bruce Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D.

The Fertility Center of Las Vegas
8851 W. Sahara Avenue, Suite 100
Las Vegas, Nevada 89117
(702) 254-1777

Biography

Dr. Bruce Shapiro is specialty board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is sub-specialty board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He founded The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, the city’s first infertility practice, which is renowned for research that has advanced the science and practice of Reproductive Endocrinology. Under his direction, The Fertility Center of Las Vegas has grown from a successful local facility to having major regional, national & international influence in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology. Dr. Shapiro has developed techniques that make in vitro fertilization (IVF) safer and more effective, and this research is widely and regularly published in respected medical journals. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale New Haven Hospital, finished his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale University, and earned his PhD at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

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Dr. Shapiro’s research background and a long-standing interest in making IVF safer and more effective have led to many innovations.   He was one of the first physicians to perform and report on blastocyst transfer in the United States.  Blastocyst transfer is a procedure allowing the transfer of fewer embryos into the uterus while maintaining high pregnancy rates and reducing the risk of high order multiple pregnancy (triplets and greater).  He received a research award for this work.  He was also instrumental in developing techniques for post thaw extended culture (PTEC) following fertilized oocyte cryopreservation demonstrating the importance of embryo-endometrial synchrony for implantation, for which he received another research award.  Dr. Shapiro was among the first in the world to standardize the use of GnRH agonist triggers in high responders undergoing ovarian stimulation, a practice that virtually eliminates ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).  Dr. Shapiro’s innovations also include the combination of GnRH agonist with low-dose hCG to realize the benefits of each trigger agent. Dr. Shapiro’s work has allowed patients who have had previous failures and/or OHSS in IVF to change the way their IVF cycles are performed so that their chance of success is greatly improved while their risk of complications from OHSS and high order multiple pregnancy are significantly reduced. His current research focuses on maximizing embryo implantation through careful attention to both embryo development and the receptivity of the endometrium. This research has led to some of the highest reported success rates in the United States. 

In addition to his work at The Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Dr. Shapiro remains on the faculty as Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, where he teaches medical students and residents.

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