The members of Extend Fertility's advisory boards are world-renowned leaders and pioneers in the field of egg freezing and infertility.
Medical Advisory Board
Alan Copperman, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Consulting Medical Director to Extend Fertility
Reproductive Medicine Associates of New YorkDr. Alan Copperman is Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology as well as the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and is co-director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York. An experienced and respected clinician, he has published numerous award-winning papers and textbook chapters on egg freezing, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and pelvic surgery. New York Magazine has listed Dr. Copperman in its Best Doctors Issue every year from 2002 to 2007. Recently, Fertile Hope selected Dr. Copperman to join their medical advisory board.
Dr. Copperman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed residency in Ob/Gyn at Yale-New Haven Hospital, then continued his training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York as the Martin J. Clyman Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology. Dr. Copperman is board certified in both Ob/Gyn and reproductive endocrinology.
David Diaz, MD
West Coast Fertility CenterDr. Diaz is the founder and medical director of Frozen Egg Bank, Inc. Dr. David Diaz is also Medical Director of West Coast Fertility Center in Orange County, California. He spearheads the advancing science behind egg freezing and thawing.
Dr. David Diaz attended Loyola University School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois and the University of Missouri where he completed his residency training. He continued his advanced training in endocrinology and infertility as a clinical fellow at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Diaz performed research in the development of medication protocols for IVF that led to one of the highest pregnancy rates in the nation. Diaz was appointed to the teaching staff at Harvard Medical School as Instructor in Obstetrics and Gynecology with an emphasis in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
He is a frequent guest lecturer, serves as a consulting medical expert for local and national TV and print publications, and is seated on the EMD Serono Advisory Board. Dr. Diaz is a fellow member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and member to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART).
Joseph A. Hill III, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Fertility Centers of New EnglandDr. Hill most recently served as Director of Reproductive Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and as Associate Professor in Ob-Gyn and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hill is a world-renown speaker and expert in reproductive medicine, especially relating to recurrent pregnancy loss. He has been named as one of "The Best Doctors in America" in three national consumer publications. He has been awarded several academic scholarships; published more than 100 scientific and clinical papers and textbook chapters; and presented at many medical and scientific meetings in 22 countries. He is a member of many professional associations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation
Dr. Hill completed his medical degree and residency at The Medical College of Georgia. He completed a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Reproductive Immunology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Gerard S. Letterie, D.O., F.A.C.O.G.
Northwest Center For Reproductive Sciences (NCRS)Dr. Gerard Letterie is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist with over 20 years of clinical and academic experience. He is the Medical Director of the Northwest Center for Reproductive Sciences. He is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington, Seattle and member of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as an examiner. He continues his military affiliation by serving as a consultant atMadigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma WA. Dr. Letterie was recently selected as one of the areas leading infertility practitioners by the Puget Sound Consumers Guide and is listed in Guide to America's Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists for 2004-2005 by the Consumers Research Council of America.
William Schoolcraft, MD
Colorado Center for Reproductive MedicineWilliam Schoolcraft, MD is the founder and Medical Director of the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine. He completed his medical training at the University of Kansas and finished his residency in obstetrics and gynecology in 1983 at the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. In 1983 he began private practice in the field of obstetrics, gynecology and infertility in Denver. The Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine was established in 1987 upon Dr. Schoolcraft's completion of specialized training at UCLA in the area of infertility. Within its first five years of operation, CCRM and Dr. Schoolcraft had begun to develop a national reputation for excellence in both pregnancy and delivery rates.
Dr. Schoolcraft is an award-winning researcher and has authored countless articles on infertility. He has been voted by local physicians to 5280 Magazine's "Top Docs" list every year since 1996. Dr. Schoolcraft is the author of "If At First You Don't Conceive" published in 2010. This breakthrough book offers hope to prospective parents by explaining what they need to know, including: finding proven treatments for each condition, and dealing with the emotional and financial aspect of infertility.
Kaylen Silverberg, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Texas Fertility CenterDr. Silverberg is the Medical Director and a founding partner of Texas Fertility Center. In addition, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is listed in Best Doctors in America and frequently lectures both nationally and internationally on infertility research he has conducted. He has served on the Time/Life Medical Editorial Board and the Board of Directors of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).
Dr. Silverberg received his undergraduate degrees in Molecular Biology and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and his graduate degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and his infertility fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Scientific Advisory Board
Klaus E. Wiemer, Ph.DKlaus E. Wiemer, a PhD scientist and embryologist, is the scientific director of the Northwest Center for Reproductive Sciences (NCRS). Dr. Weimer developed his interests in Reproductive Physiology and assisted reproduction while growing up on a cattle ranch in Mexico. Dr. Wiemer conducts research, in addition to his clinical responsibilities, in the following areas: improving the developmental potential of human embryos through variations in human embryo culture media; exploring the relationship between embryo morphology and pregnancy rates and the effects of follicular stimulation on initial follicular dynamics and their impact on oocyte and embryo quality.
He received his Masters degree in Reproductive Physiology with emphasis in Male Physiology from New Mexico State in 1985. Subsequently, he received his PhD in 1989 in Reproductive Physiology with emphasis in Embryology from Louisiana State University (LSU).
David L. Hill, PhD, HCLDDavid L. Hill has been the Scientific Director of the ART Reproductive Center in Beverly Hills since its inception and was previously Director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine atCentury City Hospital for 14 years. Prior to that, he served as co-director of the John Muir Hospital In Vitro Fertilization program. Dr. Hill is a member of the American and European Societies for Reproductive Medicine, Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, and the American Association of Bioanalysts. He is one of the most respected researchers in the field of assisted reproductive technology, and has many publications, abstracts, and presentations to his name.
Dr. Hill received his Baccalaureate and Masters degrees from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1974 and 1976, respectively. He received his Ph.D. (Pathobiology) from the University of Connecticut in 1983. He did his first postdoctoral fellowship in Physiology and Biophysics at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute of Harvard Medical School, Boston. His second postdoctoral fellowship was at the John Muir Cancer and Aging Research Institute, Walnut Creek, California.
Lynn Westphal, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Stanford University School of MedicineDr. Westphal is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and the Director of the Oocyte Donation Program in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. In early 1999, Dr. Westphal and Stanford University launched their groundbreaking oocyte cryopreservation program, one of the first in the world to focus on fertility preservation for cancer patients.
Dr. Westphal graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Sciences and earned her M.D. degree at Stanford University. She completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Stanford University. She completed two fellowships, one in Molecular Biology at Stanford and one in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Joan (Joni) Stehlik, B.Sc.Joni Stehlik is a researcher and pioneer in egg freezing, keeping Extend Fertility at the forefront of technological advances in egg freezing and storage. She has an extensive background in cell biology, cytogenetics, and molecular biology, and has worked as an embryologist and IVF laboratory technical supervisor for the past 13 years, leading the operations of several successful human embryo laboratories. Joni has assisted in the births of four babies from cryopreserved oocytes. She has gained international recognition for her research on vitrified oocytes and is responsible for the first deliveries in the U.S. from this method.
Joni graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry. She is currently continuing her education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she is pursuing a PhD in Genetics. Her primary goal and area of research is the study of aging oocytes.
Jason Barritt, PhD, ELD, HCLDDr. Barritt received his B.S. in biology from Pacific Lutheran University, his M.S. in Human Genetics and Ph.D. in Human Anatomy from the Medical College of Virginia. He then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Gamete and Embryo Research Laboratory at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of Saint Barnabas under the direction of Dr. Jacques Cohen.
Dr. Barritt is currently the Scientific Director at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York, where his responsibilities include directing the Andrology, Embryology and Endocrinology Laboratories. He also coordinates numerous research studies that contribute to the advancement of both fertility preservation and infertility treatment. Dr. Barritt has presented his clinical and research findings at numerous meetings around the world and has published multiple research papers in the field of reproduction, including egg freezing.
Corporate Advisory Board
Lindsay Nohr Beck
Fertile HopeLindsay is the founder and executive director of Fertile Hope, a national nonprofit organization providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. Lindsay founded Fertile Hope in 2001 to address the profound reproductive needs of cancer patients and survivorsóa need she discovered after her own experience with recurrent tongue cancer in her early 20s. Under her leadership, Fertile Hope has established successful partnerships with companies such as Organon, Serono, Aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb, as well as non-profit organizations including the American Cancer Society, the Young Survivor Coalition, CancerCare, Planet Cancer and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a major in International Affairs and a minor in Economics.
"In the past, women were bound by the limitations of time when it came to their reproductive choices. Women who wanted to get pregnant later in life were faced with egg quality issues. Extend Fertility allows women who have not yet decided to have children to preserve their eggs until a time in their life when they are ready to have a family."
— Dr. Susan Treiser, IVF New Jersey