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Philip E. Chenette, M.D.

Dr. Chenette Discusses his Personal Journey into Fertility Medicine

Dr. Chenette is one of the "Best Doctors in America" as rated by his peers and is a recognized "Top Doctor" in consumer guides to top medical care. Dr. Chenette is a past recipient of the American Fertility Association's (AFA) Family Building Award. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Volunteer Clinical Faculty (VCF) in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Chenette's compassion and experienced approach to treating complex infertility conditions places him among the very best fertility doctors and fertility specialists in the nation.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Chenette is an internationally recognized Board Certified specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He obtained his MD degree from Indiana University Medical School in 1983, graduated with Honors in Academic Medicine, and was selected to participate in the Clinical Scholars Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). After completing residency training at Magee-Women's Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh in 1987, Dr. Chenette completed fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California (USC) in 1989.

After fellowship, he was appointed to the teaching faculty at Northwestern University in Chicago. While on the faculty, Dr. Chenette started the prestigious and successful IVF program at Northwestern. Dr. Chenette joined Pacific Fertility Center and moved to San Francisco in 1991. In 1992 he joined the San Francisco Center for Reproductive Medicine where he served as Director of IVF. In November of 1999, Dr. Chenette along with his partners merged practices to form Pacific Fertility Center.

Philip E. Chenette, M.D.

As a researcher, Dr. Chenette has authored a number of articles that have been published in various national and international medical journals. He is engaged in advanced research projects in computer embryo imaging to improve pregnancy rates, Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) as a way to enable single embryo transfer, and in egg freezing. Dr. Chenette speaks several computer 'languages' including SQL and Objective-C. Dr. Chenette's fertility research into unique embryo transfer techniques resulted in US patent #5,360,389 "Methods for endometrial implantation of embryos".

Dr. Chenette has spent the last twenty years specializing in the treatment of patients with complex infertility diagnoses and women over 40. In clinical care he emphasizes Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) to minimize the risk of chromosomal disorders like Downs' Syndrome and to maximize success rates while minimizing risk. He brings advanced management techniques like SixSigma to fertility clinic management. He is director of Pacific Fertility Center's Egg Freezing Program. Throughout his career, Dr. Chenette has dedicated himself to the pursuit of excellence in medicine. Dr. Chenette was also the president for the 2018 PCRS meeting. He also serves on Progyny's Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Chenette has been appointed Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF.

In his free time, Dr. Chenette enjoys spending time with his family and playing the piano, oboe, and guitar, piloting a plane, skiing and bicycling.

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