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Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

The Section of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility under the leadership of Dr. Alberuni Zamah treats women with infertility. It is a tremendous privilege and honor to be able to help patients build their families.  I believe that one of my key roles as an infertility specialist is patient education.  One of my main goals is to empower my patients so they feel confident in choosing the family building options that are best for their own personal situation.  I am proud to say that our center offers state of the art fertility treatments in a compassionate, patient-oriented setting.

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Chicago offers advanced care for infertility. While larger fertility practices are not always able to provide personalized care to every patient, we work collaboratively with our patients to develop a therapy plan that is tailored to address their particular cause of infertility.

Common conditions that may cause infertility include irregular menstrual cycles, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, uterine fibroids, diminished ovarian reserve (low number of eggs in the ovaries), and male factor-related issues such as low sperm count.  We also specialize in the treatment of patients with recurrent pregnancy loss / miscarriages.

We provide a wide range of treatments for women and men, ranging from fertility drug therapy with artificial insemination to in vitro fertilization (IVF) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and pre-implantation genetic testing of embryos (PGT), including sex selection.  We also specialize in offering fertility preservation counseling and procedures such as egg freezing and embryo freezing for those patients wishing to preserve their future fertility.  We have expertise in offering a full complement of third party reproductive services if they are needed, including the use of donor sperm, donor eggs, donor embryos, and gestational carriers (surrogacy).

We are committed to the philosophy that everybody who wants to build a family should be able to do so – when they are ready to do so. We have extensive experience with same sex couples and understand the fertility options available for them. We offer both IVF and insemination to support LGBT family building and work with third-party reproduction services for egg and sperm donors or gestational carriers.  For individuals or couples who choose to delay family building, we offer banking of sperm, eggs, and embryos.

Some fertility problems are best treated by surgical interventions.  Patients with uterine fibroids, uterine abnormalities such as a uterine septum / scar tissue in the uterus / uterine polyps, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or abnormal Fallopian tubes may benefit from surgery to improve their chances of becoming pregnant.  Our Infertility Section works closely with our Minimally Invasive Surgery team.  Their board-certified physician team is extensively trained to deliver the best care while using the least invasive techniques available.  Dr. Shari Snow, Dr. Sandra Laveaux and Dr. Laura Douglass have advanced training in minimally invasive surgical techniques and work closely with me to offer surgical treatments for fibroids, endometriosis, and tubal disease. In addition, Dr. Arthur Haney and Dr. Laura Douglass are renowned for success in treating pregnancy losses caused by an incompetent cervix with placement of an abdominal cerclage.

For international patients, seeking comprehensive fertility treatment at University of Chicago, we work with our International Programs Office to help out-of-area patients with travel logistics and obtain necessary tests before the clinic visit. Employees at U of C seeking fertility treatment can receive expedited care through our Friends & Family Program.

At the University of Chicago, you will have a compassionate and skilled team to help you through your infertility treatments.  I believe strongly in individualizing patient care protocols to optimize fertility treatment outcomes and provide the full complement of infertility services including fertility preservation treatments.  I have a specific interest in patients with recurrent implantation failure, poor embryo quality, male factor related infertility, and recurrent pregnancy loss.  Our nurses Gayle Hast and Kathy Jakubowski are members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and have specialized certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.  Our medical assistant is Gary Burge. Our lead ultrasonographer Deb has extensive experience with reproductive imaging, including 3-D sonography. Our andrology lab director Mary Beth Garrity has many years of experience with male factor related patients.  Our practice manager Nancy Escutia is invaluable in helping patients understand and fully utilize their insurance benefits and ensures that our practice offers a warm and compassionate patient experience.  As a member clinic of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), we uphold the highest standard of care.  

Our convenient location in the South Loop, in the Southgate Market, has ample parking, allowing quick in and out monitoring appointments. For patient convenience, we also offer ultrasound monitoring for our patients at the DCAM clinic on the main hospital campus.

Alberuni Zamah, MD

Chief, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology