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Media Contact: Tia McCollors 08 November 2004
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Emory Assisted Reproduction Program Gains a New Director and a New Home
Donna R. Session, MD, has been named Medical Director of Emory's Assisted Reproduction Program, effective November 1, according to an announcement by Sarah L. Berga, MD, chair and professor, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Session comes to Emory from the Mayo Clinic where she was the IVF Medical Director and an associate professor of obstetrics-gynecology.

Dr. Session received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed both her internship and residency at Stony Brook School of Medicine through the Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, NY. Dr. Session subsequently completed a fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she spent three years as a Sloane Scholar. Her clinical accomplishments include the integration of sonohysterography, ultrasound-guided uterine surgery and three-dimensional ultrasound imaging into the practice of reproductive medicine.

She is an active member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

"Dr. Sessions brings both experience and expertise in assisted reproduction, including, but not limited to in vitro fertilization," Dr. Berga says. "She also is a nationally recognized expert in ultrasound imaging and is a valuable addition to our department. We welcome someone who is committed to her patients, her profession and the goals of the Assisted Reproduction Program, including the Emory Reproductive Center."

The Emory Reproductive Center recently relocated to the eighteenth floor of the Emory Crawford Long Medical Office Tower, 550 Peachtree Street. The new 13,000 square feet of space boasts an open floor plan, spacious waiting room, two ultrasound rooms, seven exam rooms, an andrology lab, embryology lab, procedure and recovery room and four private consult rooms. The state-of-the-art facility will also offer on-site high resolution ultrasounds for gynecological and infertility conditions and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.

"Our aim was to create a highly efficient, patient-oriented facility that offers the highest possible chance of a successful outcome," Dr. Berga says. "Already our pregnancy rates exceed the national average by a wide margin. Since our opening in August, our ongoing pregnancy rate has exceeded 50 percent."

Emory's physicians and laboratory team in the Emory Reproductive Center are widely recognized as leaders and innovators of in vitro fertilization (IVF) therapies. They have been involved in pioneering research to develop advanced technologies such as embryo micromanipulation, in vitro embryo culture and microinjection of sperm (ICSI), as well as a patented technique for freezing embryos. The Center provides diagnosis, management and treatment options for both infertile men and women.

Women and men with questions about fertility and IVF can attend free information seminars hosted by the Emory Reproductive Center on the first Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Physicians, nurses and financial counselors are on hand to help answer questions and guide participants through the IVF experience.

The seminars are held at the Emory Crawford Long Medical Office Tower, 5th Floor, Classroom 2. Pre-registration is required for the free seminars by calling 404-778-7777. Upcoming fertility and IVF seminars will be held on December 4, 2004, January 8, 2005 and February 5, 2005.



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