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Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

The Section of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Chicago, under the leadership of Dr. Alberuni Zamah, treats individuals with infertility and other reproductive medicine needs.

"It is a tremendous privilege and honor to be able to help patients build their families. Dr. Amanda Adeleye, Dr. Dana McQueen, and I believe that one of our key roles as infertility specialists is patient education. We want to empower patients so they feel confident in choosing the family-building options that are best for their situation. I am proud to say that the University of Chicago Center for Reproductive Medicine and Fertility offers state of the art fertility treatments in a compassionate, patient-oriented setting." - Dr. Zamah

Our board-certified specialists offer advanced infertility care. We strive to provide personalized care to every patient and work collaboratively with our patients to develop a therapy plan that is tailored to address their causes 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 and miscarriage. Dr. McQueen, an expert in helping patients with recurrent pregnancy loss and miscarriage, currently leads our Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Program. Dr. Zamah has a clinical interest in difficult IVF cases, including recurrent implantation failure and cases with poor embryo quality.

In addition to providing services for fertility testing and diagnosis, we offer a wide range of treatments for patients 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 and embryo freezing for those patients wishing to preserve their future fertility. Additionally, we have expertise in offering a full complement of third-party reproductive services if 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 intrauterine insemination to support LGBTQIA 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. Dr. Adeleye has specialized training and is an expert in helping LGBTQIA couples conceive and provides fertility-preserving services for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals through the University of Chicago Transgender Clinic for Affirmation and Reproductive Equity (CARE).

Some fertility problems are best treated by surgical interventions. Patients with uterine fibroids or uterine abnormalities such as a uterine septum, scar tissue in the uterus, uterine polyps; as well as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or abnormal fallopian tubes may benefit from surgery to improve their chances of becoming pregnant. Our team works closely with our board-certified colleagues in Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery to deliver the best care while using the least invasive techniques available. Dr. Shari SnowDr. Sandra Laveaux, and Dr. Laura Douglass have advanced training in minimally invasive gynecologic surgical techniques and work closely with our fertility group to offer surgical treatments for fibroids, endometriosis, and tubal disease. In addition, Dr. Douglass and her colleague Dr. Andrew Fisher are known for their expertise and success in transabdominal cerclage surgery, a procedure that prevents pregnancy loss in patients who have cervical insufficiency/weak cervix.

For male factor fertility issues, some of these patients may benefit from the expertise of a reproductive urologist to discuss medical and surgical treatment options. Dr. Omer Raheem has joined our faculty and he is fellowship trained in reproductive urology to provide comprehensive treatment for male factor-related fertility issues.

Our convenient locations in South Loop, Hyde Park (DCAM), and Hinsdale allow for quick monitoring appointments during treatment. We also offer ultrasound monitoring at our Orland Park office. Virtual appointments are available for select services. Please call 773-702-6642 or visit the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Fertility for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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Alberuni M. Zamah, MD, PhD

Chief, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology