I was born, the youngest of two children, in the 60’s in a small town in the Texas panhandle. My brother and I were raised without too much drama in our lives other than the occasional dislocated shoulder or athletic sprain. We were very involved with community activities including church, sports, music and the arts. My parents took us all over the country to visit various cities for its culture and museums. Additionally, I have always had a passion for reading. Too many books, too little time!
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Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) is excited to announce our new Research Program, focused on advancing the ART of conception through research. Supervised by our new Director of Research, Cynthia Willson, R.N. BSN, PFC’s Research Program assures that patients will have access to the latest scientific and technological advancements. Our new program will maintain Pacific Fertility Center’s place as one of the West Coast’s leaders in fertility medicine.
We want you to know that all study protocols are evaluated for scientific merit by the Pacific Fertility Center Medical Board. Standards for study planning, informed consent, and safeguards are rigorously maintained. Research at PFC meets the standards developed by the federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) branch of the Department of Human Health and Services. The OHRP has established criteria for oversight and review by an independent Investigational Review Board (IRB).
A 42 year old woman has given birth to a healthy baby boy by using embryos which had been cryopreserved (frozen and stored) for nearly 20 years. Dr. Sergio Oehninger, Director of the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, treated the woman who had been unable to conceive due to problems with egg production. She had undergone almost ten years of fertility treatments without success when she was given five frozen embryos anonymously donated by another couple. The donating couple had delivered a child in 1990 using an IVF treatment and had stored these additional embryos for over 19 years. Of the five embryos, two survived after thawing and were grown in the laboratory for two additional days. Both embryos were transferred into the woman’s uterus but ultimately only one attached and grew. In May 2010 a healthy baby boy weighing 6lb 15ozs was born.
Finally, I would like to share my philosophy about my role as a fertility physician and the set of beliefs that guides me in my relationships with my patients.
The award of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Medicine to Robert Edwards was a mark of recognition for development of the first successful in vitro fertilization. The award, though, goes far beyond a mark of personal accomplishment. The real significance of the Nobel Prize is the immense impact of Dr. Edwards’ work on medicine.
The growth of research, education, and clinical care that emerged from this work continues to echo to this day, and the pace of this advancement shows no signs of slowing. Pacific Fertility Center exists as a result of these efforts; however reproduction is not the only field that has been affected by Dr. Edwards work. All fields of medicine have benefitted from the outgrowths of technology that show their origins in Dr. Edwards’ work.