Welcome to IRMS at Saint Barnabas
Our fertility specialists are here to help you with any questions or concerns regarding IUI, IVF, ICSI, PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis), CGH, egg donation, sperm donation, gestational surrogacy and anything associated with having a baby. Help from the most advanced techniques in reproductive medicine has allowed millions of infertile couples to build the families they desire. Many have found success at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas (IRMS). IRMS is one of the nation’s leading fertility centers, we provide patients with state–of–the–art clinical infertility treatment, supported by the latest scientific knowledge and laboratory techniques. The infertility services offered include: ovulation induction, IUI, in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), comparative genomic hybridization (CGH), egg freezing, embryo freezing, single embryo transfer (SET), blastocyst transfer. Other services include egg donation, sperm donation and gestational surrogacy as well as an emotional support network and genetic counseling. Our success in treating both female infertility as well as male infertility is evidenced by the IRMS pregnancy rates, which are among the highest in the world.
Why Choose IRMS for Fertility Treatment?
The physicians that are the heart of IRMS are each extraordinarily well qualified to provide both the highest quality medical treatment and thoughtful individual care. Drs Cekleniak, Chen, Garrisi, Keegan, Thompson and Hessler are all certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Reproductive Endocrinology, having trained at the nation’s leading institutions (Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, NYU). Even more important than their training and certifications, though, is the manner in which this group of doctors works together to continually improve and expand treatment modalities, for their own patients as well as for the benefit of other physicians and infertile patients in the dynamic field of reproductive medicine.
The embryology team at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas has been widely praised over the years as the premier assemblage of high level embryologists in the world. The embryology group was carefully selected and meticulously trained over the past 18 years by Dr. Jacques Cohen. The team is now led by Dr. John Garrisi, with the continuing involvement of Dr. Cohen as Scientific Director. Drs. Garrisi and Cohen, and the 6 other IRMS embryology supervisors and embryologists average more than 17 years experience in human embryology. The longevity of this group of scientists places them in the unique position that they have worked together through most of the major advances in in vitro fertilization, in many cases developing and refining the new procedure in the IRMS laboratories, for the benefit of IRMS patients. This unparalleled experience allows the team to tailor embryology treatment plans for each patient using an extraordinarily wide range of technical protocols.
Nursing and Patient Support
The Nursing department, led by Pat Rucinsky, BSN, and patient support services, coordinated by Claudia Pascale, PhD, are key elements in the overall care that IRMS patients receive. Ms. Rucinsky and her team of nurses and clinical coordinators, provide personalized guidance for each IRMS patient. Dr. Pascale has been an invaluable resource for many patients who appreciate her assistance in navigating some of the challenges of infertility.
IRMS has earned a reputation of being able to successfully treat patients with particularly challenging infertility circumstances. Over the years, patients have been referred to IRMS at Saint Barnabas from dozens of countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as North and South America and almost every state in the union. Many of these patients come to IRMS after having failed to become pregnant with treatment near their home. IRMS takes great pride in its ability to offer reasonable expectations of success to these patients.
Patients with complex infertility requirements often find it difficult to be accepted for treatment at some IVF programs, or are diverted from standard infertility care to an egg donation track. IRMS has long recognized the particular needs of the challenging patient, as well as the importance to both individual patients and the medical community of offering advanced treatment to all who may have a reasonable expectation of success from this treatment. Innovative clinical and laboratory procedures such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) provide a real hope for the management of infertility conditions that may be considered untreatable elsewhere.
A Team Approach
At IRMS, a large number of professionals experienced in all aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technology– from reproductive medicine and nursing, to embryology and genetics–all work together to contribute to treatment plans that focus on the individual needs of each patient. In a unified approach to infertility care, it is routine for the patient’s primary physician to seek the opinion of IRMS specialists before finalizing their treatment plan. The embryology team performs its own review of every aspect of the patient history that may impact laboratory treatment, and then coordinates their approach in detail with the patient’s primary physician.
IRMS continues its tradition of active development of new clinical and laboratory procedures to facilitate infertility treatment. The IRMS research initiatives receive a profusion of support through its affiliation with Galileo Laboratories, an organization founded by Jacques Cohen, PhD, to advance the understanding of human reproduction through collaborative research. IRMS also receives abundant support for genetics–related research from Reprogenetics, an on–site provider of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) and genetics counseling. IRMS patients are frequently the first to benefit from new ideas pioneered by this diverse and committed group of scientists and physicians.
As an IRMS patient, your treatment is in the hands of highly experienced and caring professionals who offer the highest level of service and render the most advanced infertility treatments available in New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area. Please take a moment to explore our website and see how we can help you have a baby and fulfill your dreams of parenthood.