Dr. Mark P. Leondires, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, is named a Top Doctor: New York Metro Area

by Laura Oreilly

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July 29, 2014 -Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America's trusted source for identifying Top Doctors, has published the 17th edition of Top Doctors: New York Metro Area and has selected Mark P. Leondires, MD for this exclusive honor.

The 17th edition of Top Doctors: New York Metro Area includes over 6,400 top primary care and specialty care physicians in a twenty-one county area spanning three states: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Selected physicians, including Dr. Leondires, represent the top 10% of doctors in the area in 65 medical specialties and subspecialties for the care and treatment of more than 1,800 diseases and medical conditions.

Castle Connolly Top Doctors® are selected each year by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. after being nominated by their peers in anonline nomination process. Nominations are open to all board certified MDs and DOs and each year tens of thousands of physicians cast many tens of thousands of nominations. Nominated physicians are selected by the Castle Connolly physician-led research team based on criteria including medical education, training, hospital appointments, disciplinary histories and much more.

About Mark P. Leondires: a short profile by and about the honoree: 
Dr. Leondires finished his fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and completed his military service as the Director at the military's most successful IVF program. Since 2002 he has been the Medical Director at RMACT. Leondires says: "We offer individualized care, including IVF, IUI and third party reproduction, as well as support services such as yoga, acupuncture and counseling. This has resulted in some of the highest pregnancy rates and patient satisfaction scores in the US." He is a proud member of the LGBTQ community and promotes family building at: www.gayparentstobe.com

For more information on this Castle Connolly New York Metro Area Top Doctor®, please visit Mark P. Leondires's profile onwww.castleconnolly.com.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.'s President and CEO Dr. John Connolly has this to say about Dr. Leondires's recognition: "Roughly ten percent of area physicians were selected for our 17th edition of Top Doctors: New York Metro Area. Being nominated by Board Certified peers and then selected by our experts is an accomplishment worthy of recognition. The New York Metro area is home to a great number of very high quality medical professionals, yet some stand out. My congratulations to Dr. Leondires."

To find out more or to contact Dr. Mark P. Leondires of Norwalk, CT, please call 203-750-7400, or visit www.rmact.com.

This press release was written by American Registry, LLC and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., with approval by and/or contributions from Mark P. Leondires and was distributed by PR Newswire, a subsidiary of UBM plc.

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Dr. Mark P. Leondires 
Phone: 203-750-7400 
Email Address: mleondires@rmact.com 
Website: www.rmact.com

Topics: RMACT, reproductive endocrinologist, RMACT Doctors

RMACT Fertility Doctor is a Vitals Top Ten Doctor in Connecticut

by Laura Oreilly

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RMACT Fertility Doctor is a Vitals Top Ten Doctor in Connecticut

 

Dr. Shaun Williams Recognized by Patients for His Excellence in Fertility Care

 

NORWALK, CT– Based on patient input, Dr. Shaun C. Williams of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) is a Vitals Top Ten Doctor. Vitals, which is an online resource for patients to rate and find doctors, analyzes online patient reviews about several components of care, including bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, and degree of follow-up, to determine the 10 all-around best physicians in their specialties. Of the 870,000 active physicians, Dr. Williams is among the top 1%.

 

“I feel honored that our patients take the time to share their experience with others and rate us online,” says Dr. Williams, a fertility specialist with RMACT. “Our team, which includes fertility nurses, nutritionist, patient navigators, medical assistants and financial advisors, is extremely proud of the care we provide patients, and that is especially true of our stand-out pregnancy rates.”

 

Dr. Williams, who is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, has also previously been named a “Best Doctor in America” and Fairfield County “Top Doc.” Dr. Williams has been treating Connecticut infertility patients since 2005; beforehand, he practiced with Pacific Gynecology Specialists in Seattle, Washington and was an associate clinical instructor in the Department of OB/GYN at University of Washington.

 

Dr. Williams earned his undergraduate degree from University of Texas at Austin and went on to study medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he was part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He conducted his internship and residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he received the Berlex Labs Resident Teaching Awards. Dr. Williams did a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

 

Dr. Williams has been published numerous times, and has presented five of his abstracts at American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) annual conference for professionals in the infertility field. He is a member of ASRM, Fairfield County Medical Association, Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and associate member of Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

Topics: RMACT, reproductive endocrinologist, RMACT Team, RMACT Doctors

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut Joins RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association® To Observe National Infertility Awareness Week

by Tally Jacobs

 
National Public Education Initiative Takes Place April 20-April 26, 2014
 

 

NORWALK, CT (April 10, 2014) – Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association (NIAW) will recognize the twenty-fifth Anniversary of National Infertility Awareness Week®, April 20 through April 26, joining millions of women and men fighting the disease of infertility, healthcare professionals, psychologists and other thought leaders to promote greater awareness about infertility.

 

RESOLVE works to improve the lives of women and men living with infertility. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options.

 

“Education and awareness are our most powerful tools against infertility,” says Dr. Spencer Richlin, an RMA CT reproductive endocrinologist who will be participating in RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day on May 7, 2014 in Washington, DC.  “Through NIAW and Advocacy Day we are creating awareness about infertility among Congress and anyone who plans to have a family. After all, even patients who are otherwise healthy can struggle with infertility.”

 

Throughout the year, RMACT helps educate patients about healthy pregnancies and their fertility through individual medical care, seminars, workshops and written materials.  During NIAW, RMACT is hosting several free events in Connecticut:

 

April 23:

  • Fertility Yoga, 5:45 – 7:00 p.m., Trumbull Office (115 Technology Drive, suite C200)
  • Ladies Night In, 6:45 – 8:00 p.m., Trumbull Office (115 Technology Drive, suite C200)

 April 24:

  • Fertile Yoga, 5:45 – 7:00 p.m., Norwalk Office (20 Glover Avenue)
  • Prenatal Yoga, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., Norwalk Office (20 Glover Avenue)

April 25:

  • Fertile Yoga, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., YogaSpace in Brookfield (777 Federal Road)

April 26:

  • Fertile Meal Planning, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., Norwalk Office (20 Glover Avenue)

 

 

“The theme of National Infertility Awareness Week® is ‘Resolve to know more,’ and RESOLVE is delighted to work with practices and organizations across the country to call attention to the disease of infertility,” said Barbara Collura, RESOLVE’s President/CEO. “This is a wonderful week when our community comes together to rally around the cause of infertility.”

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (SelectCCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and an affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT’s Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. Each has received numerous awards, and all five are Castle Connolly "Top Doctors." RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).

 

 

About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age is diagnosed with infertility. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit www.RESOLVE.org. 

 

About National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW): Founded by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, NIAW is a movement that raises awareness about the disease of infertility and encourages the public to take charge of their reproductive health. Each year the infertility community comes together for one week to focus on ensuring that people trying to conceive know the guidelines for seeing a specialist when they are trying to conceive; enhancing public understanding that infertility is a disease that needs and deserves attention; and educating legislators about the disease of infertility and how it impacts people in their state. In 2010 NIAW became a federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit www.resolve.org/niaw. 

Topics: SART, infertility community, Fertility clinic, reproductive endocrinologist, ASRM, Support

Dr. Mark Leondires is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor

by Greg Zola

Mark Leondires, MD is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor

All Five RMACT Fertility Doctors are “Top Docs,” as Rated by Their Peers for Outstanding Results and Excellence in Fertility Patient Care

 

CT Fertility Doctor | Dr. Mark Leondires | Top Doctor 2013NORWALK, CT (September 12, 2013) – Dr. Mark Leondires, medical director and fertility specialist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), has been selected as a Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor for his work the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Leondires was chosen by his peers as one of Connecticut’s top fertility specialists based on his outstanding work with patients who need help getting pregnant and building their families.

 

 Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., which conducts a rigorous, peer-reviewed assessment of local doctors, compiles the list of Top Doctors to help patients find the best healthcare providers. All five fertility doctors at RMACT are Top Doctors, as decided by their peers in the medical field.

 

 “I’m honored that my peers have named me a Top Doctor,” says Dr. Leondires, who is Board Certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. “This is an exciting time to be in the fertility field because there have been impressive advances, particularly in the past 10 years. It has been a privilege to bring those advances to my patients, as well as the hope that comes with these scientific advances to help them succeed in their dream of having children.”

 

Prior to joining RMACT, Dr. Leondires served as the Director of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) at the Combined Federal Program for Reproductive Endocrinology. While under his direction, the ART Program was one of the most successful in the Washington DC area and in the top tenth percentile nationally. During this time he was an Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and clinical faculty for the Combined Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology. His professional society memberships include the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

 

He received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and history from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, which was followed by a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

Among Dr. Leondires’ accolades, he was selected in 2012 and 2013 for Best Doctors in America, a database of the country’s top five percent of physicians, as chosen through a peer-review process. 

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)


RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

Topics: Top Fertility Doctors, reproductive endocrinologist, Top Doctor, RMACT Doctors

Cynthia Murdock, MD is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor

by Katie Gaines

Peers Recognize RMACT Fertility Specialist for Her Excellence in Reproductive Endocrinology

 

NORWALK, CT (July 23, 2013) – Dr. Cynthia Murdock, a fertility specialist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), has been selected as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., which conducts a rigorous, peer-reviewed assessment of local doctors, compiles the list of Top Doctors to help patients find the best healthcare providers.  Dr. Murdock was chosen by her peers as one of Connecticut’s top fertility specialists based on her outstanding work with patients who need help getting pregnant and building their families.

 

"Working with fertility patients gives me the opportunity to use sophisticated medicine and science to make a difference in their lives,” says Dr. Murdock, who is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology.  “To me, this award recognizes the importance of successful fertility treatment to my patients.”

 

Dr. Murdock earned a BA in biology at Cornell University and an MD at Creighton University School of Medicine where she graduated magna cum laude. She completed her residency at Creighton University Medical Center where she was named Berlex Best Teaching Resident. In 2003 she completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health. An experienced researcher, Dr. Murdock has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed studies and presented at several of the most prestigious conferences in the field of reproductive medicine. The focus of much of her research has been on estrogen receptors, hypothalamic neuron function, and precocious puberty.

 

Dr. Murdock is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, as well as a Fellow of the American College of


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Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Murdock was previously an assistant clinical professor at Creighton University School of Medicine and a staff physician with Reproductive Health Specialists at Nebraska Methodist Hospital. She has also served as an Assistant Professor of OB-GYN at the National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

Topics: reproductive endocrinologist, RMACT Doctors

Fertility Doctor Discusses Surrogacy at LGBT Family Building Expo Presented by the Center

by Greg Zola

Mark Leondires, MD Shares Personal and Professional Perspective on April 27 in NYC

describe the imageNORWALK, CT (April 25, 2013) – On April 27 in New York City, Dr. Mark Leondires, Medical Director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and GayParentsToBe.com, will participate in a panel about surrogacy for LGBT families at the LGBT Family Building Expo. The Expo, which is presented by the Center, is designed to educate the gay and lesbian community about their options for building a family, including adoption, alternative insemination, foster care and surrogacy, as well as discuss the emotional and legal issues. GayParentsToBe.com, which is primarily an informational resource for the LGBT community, is sponsoring the Expo.

 

“I am proud to share my opinions and expertise as both a dad and a physician at a larger fertility center. I hope to offer to insights, support, and professional expertise to the LGBT community,” says Dr. Mark Leondires, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist. “As a father and husband, I want to share the joy of being a parent with others in the LGBT community. While it was a hurdle to get started, the rewards are boundless. I hope to use my experience as a fertility doctor to help others understand their medical options when it comes to LGBT family building.”

 

During the “Family Building Information Session: Surrogacy,” Dr. Leondires will be part of a panel that will share their personal and professional perspectives as experts in psychology, law, insurance and fertility. Dr. Leondires’ goal is to demystify and simplify the process of becoming a parent through surrogacy, including the role of assisted reproductive technologies (ART).

 

“For more than two decades, Center Families has helped community members create, nurture and grow their families. It has served as a resource at every stage of family life and as a place to visit to mark significant moments,” said Glennda Testone, Executive Director of the Center. “We are proud to serve those who are beginning to build families by hosting the first LGBT Family Building Expo, just as we are proud to support LGBT families at every milestone.”

 

The Center presents LGBT Family Building Expo on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 208 W 13th St, New York, NY. Admission, which includes a welcome lunch and cocktail reception, is free for members, $35 for non-members. Other notable sessions at The Expo include:

 

-“Reading and Q&A Session” with Dan Bucatinsky, who is a gay father, actor and author of Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?

 

-“Out with Kids,” a session moderated by Angeline Acain, editor and owner of Gay Parent Magazine about being in the workforce as an LGBT parent

 

-“Navigating Family Building Options: What do you need to know?”
Led by Patricia Mendel, LCSW, attendees will be challenged to think about their own decision making, with the goal of helping them to make informed and appropriate choices. 



 

About the Center

Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is at the heart of the LGBT community in New York City, providing quality health and wellness programs in a welcoming space that fosters connections and celebrates our cultural contributions. We strive to serve the LGBT community with a full-service, multi-faceted approach to programming, from hosting arts and entertainment events, advocacy groups and family gatherings to offering youth, recovery and overall wellness programs. Each year, the Center welcomes more than 300,000 visits to our building in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan from people who engage in our life-changing and life-saving activities. We are proud to be your community Center. To learn more about our work, please visit www.gaycenter.org.

 

About GayParentsToBe.com

GayParentsToBe.com is an informational resource and link to gay parenting services for the LGBT community. Through its partnership with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), GayParentsToBe.com provides full service care by working with an established professional network, including gestational carrier (surrogate), egg donor and sperm donor agencies to help LGBT persons build families. The GayParentsToBe.com Team includes Andrea Braverman, Ph.D. and Medical Director Dr. Mark P. Leondires, a gay father who married his partner in 2011.

 

GayParentsToBe.com patients benefit from the experience and services of RMACT, which specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. 

Topics: reproductive endocrinologist, LGBT Family Building, Seminars, RMACT Doctors

Joshua M. Hurwitz, MD is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor

by Greg Zola

Peers Recognize RMACT Fertility Specialist for His Excellence in Reproductive Endocrinology

CT Fertility Doctor | Reproductive Endocrinologist

 NORWALK, CT (April 2, 2013) – Dr. Joshua M. Hurwitz, a partner at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), has been selected as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., which conducts a rigorous, peer-reviewed assessment of local doctors, compiles the list of Top Doctors to help patients find the best healthcare providers.

 

“I’m honored that my peers have selected me for this prominent award,” says Dr. Hurwitz, who is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology.  “To me, being a ‘Top Doctor’ means that the entire RMACT team is successful in helping our patients build their families while also navigating the difficult medical and emotional issues that can accompany fertility treatments.”

 

Dr. Hurwitz is passionate about comprehensive patient care and teaching.  Since joining RMACT seven years ago, he has helped thousands of patients realize their dreams of having a baby.  In addition to his responsibilities with RMACT, Dr. Hurwitz is Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) services in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences of Danbury Hospital, where he has been teaching residents during his entire tenure.  He is also an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 

 

Dr. Hurwitz received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Society from Cornell University, and his medical degree from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.  Dr. Hurwitz completed his residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, also in Philadelphia. He then completed his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. During residency training, Dr. Hurwitz was named Best Laparoscopic Surgeon, and has received many teaching awards. He is a member of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. 

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)


RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.


 

Topics: Top Fertility Doctors, reproductive endocrinologist, RMACT Doctors

RMACT Infertility Doctor Receives 2012 Patients’ Choice Award

by Greg Zola

Dr. Cynthia Murdock Earns Recognition from Patients

CT Infertility DoctorDr. Cynthia Murdock of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) has earned the “Patients’ Choice 2012” award, which is given to only five percent of the nation’s 870,000 active physicians and dentists. This award is tabulated by PatientsChoice.org based on patient reviews and ratings on care and service on websites such as Vitals.com.

 

Millions of patients go online each year to rate their doctors on various components of care, including accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor's bedside manner and follow-up care. Patients' Choice reviews these rankings and other quality measures to compile its yearly list of award winners.  Dr. Murdock joins her RMACT colleagues Drs. Spencer Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, who also received this award.

 

“I try to work with my patients as a woman, a mom and a doctor,” says Dr. Murdock. “Each of these three perspectives is helpful when developing their unique infertility treatment plan. That relationship and helping them start a family is rewarding on its own, so being recognized by my patients with this award is extraordinary.”

 

Dr. Murdock earned a BA in biology at Cornell University and an MD at Creighton University School of Medicine where she graduated magna cum laude. She completed her residency at Creighton University Medical Center where she was named Berlex Best Teaching Resident. In 2003 she completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National Institutes of Health.

 

An experienced researcher, Dr. Murdock has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed studies and presented at several of the most prestigious conferences in the field of reproductive medicine. The focus of much of her research has been on estrogen receptors, hypothalamic neuron function, and precocious puberty.

 

Dr. Murdock is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS).  RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury, Stamford and Trumbull, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties.  RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga, through RMACT Integrated Fertility and Wellness Center.

 

The RMACT team includes lead physicians Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin and Joshua M. Hurwitz, as well as fertility specialists Drs. Cynthia M. Murdock and Shaun C. Williams. All physicians are Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists and are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.


Topics: reproductive endocrinologist, Patients, RMACT Doctors

Clinic Q&A: Talking Egg Freezing with RMA of CT

by Jon Ward

Dr. Shaun Williams Reproductive Endocrinologist RMACT Fertility Doctor CT Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut is a fertility clinic with three locations in Connecticut and two in New York. Shaun C. Williams, M.D., a fertility doctor with RMA of CT, recently answered questions about egg freezing in Connecticut and New York.

How long has your RMA of CT been performing egg freezing?


RMA of CT has been performing egg freezing since 2010.

Who are you offering egg freezing services to? What types of patients?

We work with patients who have different reasons for freezing eggs. Some patients have been diagnosed with cancer or other medical conditions that require medical treatment that has the potential to damage their eggs and ovaries.

We also work with women in good reproductive health who are not ready to have a family and therefore elect to vitrify, or freeze, eggs. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recently determined that the freezing and thawing of egg cells is now a proven method for preserving a younger woman's ability to have children, removing the technique's "experimental" label which has been in place since 2008.

What does your clinic consider the optimal age for egg freezing?  Do you have a cut-off age?

Fertility cannot be determined by one number — not a woman’s age, not even one test result. That is why we like to determine the best fertility plan for each patient individually. As is true with all available treatment options, a woman’s best chance to conceive using her own eggs is during the early part of her reproductive life. Just as pregnancy rates following IVF begin to decline after age 35, so too does the likelihood of success when frozen eggs are thawed and used during an IVF attempt. The “ideal” age for egg freezing is when eggs are the healthiest, between the ages of 18 and 24. However, not many individuals have the forethought or resources to consider this option at this early age. But women who understand that pregnancy chances decrease rapidly after 40, being able to preserve eggs between the ages of 35 and 40 may give them a better chance to conceive in the future if the circumstances for pregnancy are not yet appropriate.

To help understand what an individual’s likelihood of success would be, we take into consideration many factors, including:

  • A woman’s reproductive history
  • Her family members' reproductive history, and
  • Evaluations of current ovarian function, such as hormonal markers (FSH, AMH) as well as ultrasound determinations of egg quantity (antral follicle counts)


The process of egg freezing is relatively quick — typically, egg retrieval occurs during the menstrual cycle of the month following a patient’s first visit. After a patient has completed a consultation with a fertility specialist and had all of her questions answered, she can start preparing for egg retrieval. First, the patient will have an ultrasound of her uterus and have blood tests taken, including FSH, which is taken on day 3 of a woman’s menstrual cycle. During the next three weeks, the patient will take birth control pills and fertility medications. By her next menstruation, she is ready for egg retrieval. It is especially important for cancer patients or anyone delaying medical treatment to understand that egg retrieval will take place about three to seven weeks from her first doctor’s appointment.

Although we do not have a cut off age, a woman’s reproductive health and her chances of having a successful pregnancy decrease significantly after 35 years of age. We counsel our patients based on this clinical data and the results of her diagnostic testing.

Once eggs are frozen, where are they stored?

We store vitrified eggs on site at our location in Norwalk, CT. Our embryology lab is extremely sophisticated, with continuous monitoring, security and power source.

How long do you feel eggs can be stored safely?

There is not enough clinical data to know exactly how long vitrified eggs will remain viable, but it generally thought that they will last many, many years. The vitrification process freezes eggs without crystallization, so theoretically they could be viable indefinitely.

Is there a cut-off age that you recommend for women to have eggs thawed, fertilized and transferred in a cycle?

Women who have eggs stored should monitor their reproductive health regularly and maintain good health overall. Before eggs are transferred, patients should undergo diagnostic testing, including a pelvic exam and assessment of her uterus. ASRM recommends that patients who are over 45 years old should have a more thorough evaluation, including an assessment of heart function and risk of pregnancy-related diseases. Above the age of 50, women should consider using a gestational carrier (or surrogate) during advanced treatments.

Has your fertility clinic had live births from frozen eggs?

The number of patients who are interested in freezing their eggs has been relatively small compared to other fertility treatments; however, we are encouraged by the positive results that these patients have had. RMA of CT currently has a patient who is pregnant from eggs that she froze a few years ago, and I have personally been involved in over 70 pregnancies using frozen eggs, both from donors and fertility preservation.  

With the recent change in ASRM’s classification, we anticipate more women being interested in vitrification.

What is the price range for freezing eggs, and what does that range cover?

Freezing eggs at RMA of CT costs about $10,000. This includes cycle monitoring, retrieval and lab fees, anesthesia and cryopreservation of oocytes for the first year.

Cancer patients should also look into their options through Fertile Hope, a non-profit that provides information and resources for cancer patients. Fertile Hope runs a program called Sharing Hope, which works with companies and clinics to arrange for discounted services and donated medications for eligible female cancer patients.

What are the reasons a woman would NOT be a good candidate for freezing her eggs?

Before any of our patients puts time and resources into freezing their eggs, we conduct diagnostic testing to ensure that the patient and her eggs are healthy. This testing tells us if a woman’s ovarian reserve is healthy and if she is a good candidate for egg vitrification. Basically, a woman’s likelihood of conceiving with frozen eggs is no better than her current likelihood of conceiving with IVF. If factors are identified that may indicate a lower likelihood of success with a fresh IVF cycle, these factors still apply when the eggs are thawed. The likelihood of success in the future must be weighed against the cost of the treatment to determine if this process is right for a woman to consider.

What is the most exciting aspect of ASRM lifting the experimental label? How do you think this will change the face of fertility treatment?

ASRM’s decision and the recent advances in vitrification can enable patients to fulfill their family dreams in the future; however age is still an important factor to consider. This Practice Committee of the ASRM based their decision on a report titled “Mature Oocyte Cyryopreservation,” which examined nearly 1,000 published papers. The report urges caution, stating: “Marketing this technology for the purpose of deferring childbearing may give women false hope and encourage women to delay childbearing. Patients who wish to pursue this technology should be carefully counseled.”

By lifting the experimental label, we hope that more women will consider freezing eggs as part of their family planning in their 20s. This change in thinking could open the door for many patients who delay having a family. This also allows more options for choosing donor eggs through frozen donor egg banking, similar to the prevalent and well accepted use of donor sperm through donor sperm banks. This can allow more women to pursue pregnancy through oocyte donation at a lower cost.
 
What should a woman look for in a clinic that does egg freezing?

First and foremost, ask what types of certification the practice has for its embryology lab and doctors. I recommend working with board-certified reproductive endocrinologists.

The most advanced form of egg freezing is called vitrification, and it has the greatest success rates. Ensure that any practice you are considering working with is experienced with the vitrification process, which involves cooling eggs to a very cold temperature very rapidly. The antiquated method of “slow-freezing” is still used by many clinics for embryos and sperm, but this method is unacceptable for egg freezing.  And be sure that the vitrified eggs are stored on-site through a system that is protected with back up power and 24-hour monitoring.

Contact us by clicking here if you are interested in egg freezing.

Thank you to Fertility Authority for conducting this interview.

Topics: reproductive endocrinologist, Fertility Treatment, RMACT Doctors, Freezing

RMACT Fertility Doctor is “Top Doc” for Excellence in Infertility Treatment

by Jon Ward

Dr. Spencer Richlin Recognized by Peers

Ct Fertility Doctor | Fertily Specialist Fairfield County For the second consecutive year, Dr. Spencer Richlin, Surgical Director and Fertility Specialist with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), has been honored by his peers by being rated a “Top Doc.” Castle Connolly’s 2013 list of Fairfield County’s Top Doctors of will appear in the January/February issues of Fairfield Living, Greenwich, New Canaan-Darien, Westport and Stamford magazines, all of which are published by Moffley Media and are on stands now. 

 

“I feel privileged to be in the reproductive endocrinology field during a time when so many new advances are making it possible to help patients realize their dreams of a family,” says Dr. Richlin, who is the Division Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility at Norwalk Hospital along with his responsibilities at RMACT.  “And to have this work recognized by my peers through this award is simply amazing.”

 

Moffley Media’s list is compiled by the renowned healthcare research firm Castle Connelly Medical Ltd., which conducts a rigorous, peer-reviewed assessment of local doctors by their peers.

 

Dr. Richlin is board certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.  He has published several articles and co-wrote with his RMACT partner, Dr. Mark Leondires, the fertility chapters in a new textbook titled Avoiding Common Obstetrics and Gynecology Errors, published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

 

Dr. Richlin received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He completed two internships, one in Emergency Medicine and one in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Richlin served his residency at Stamford Hospital in Stamford Connecticut from 1995-1999, where he was named Berlex Best Teaching Resident.  He then completed his subspecialty fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Within the reproductive endocrinology field, Dr. Richlin’s main interests are reproductive surgery, in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor egg pregnancies and a cutting edge technology called Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS), which safely evaluates biopsied embryos prior to transfer. Dr. Richlin takes a personal interest in his patients, and finds fertility preservation for cancer patients especially rewarding.

 

About Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)

RMACT specializes in the treatment of infertility, including assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS). RMACT, Fairfield County’s largest fertility clinic and egg donation center, is one of 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT has offices in Norwalk, Danbury and Stamford, and affiliate New York fertility clinics serving Putnam and Dutchess counties. RMACT also offers infertility treatment financing and support services through RMACT Integrated Fertility & Wellness Center, such as nutrition counseling, massage therapy, psychological counseling, acupuncture and yoga.

 

The RMACT team of Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists includes Drs. Mark P. Leondires, Spencer S. Richlin, Joshua M. Hurwitz and Cynthia M. Murdock. All physicians are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and the Fairfield County and Connecticut Medical Societies. RMACT’s IVF laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and CLIA; other accreditations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). For more information visit http://www.RMACT.com or find us on Facebook.

Topics: reproductive endocrinologist, reproductive medicine, Financing Infertility Treatment, Fertility Treatment, RMACT Doctors