Dallas – Fort Worth Fertility in the News

Dallas – Fort Worth Fertility Associates in the News

Dr. Samuel Chantilis, Dr. Karen Lee, Dr. Mika Thomas, Dr. Ravi Gada and Dr. Laura Lawrence regularly present scientific abstracts at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) Annual Meeting. Listed below are the professional presentations and scientific papers authored by Dallas Fertility Physicians and the staff of Dallas Fertility Center’s IVF lab.

The doctors and staff at Dallas – Fort Worth Fertility Associates are committed to patient care, research, and continuing education to advanced the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Dallas Fertility Press Releases

Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates and Good Start Genetics Offers a Genetic Testing Day on Aug. 21 –Carrier Status Awareness Protects Your Future Family–

Dallas, Texas—Aug. 12, 2014—Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates will forecast future fertility obstacles at a genetic screening event on Thursday, Aug. 21 for women ages 18 to 44 and their partners. A simple blood test can reveal the carrier status for inheritable genetic diseases such as Tay Sachs, cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy.

“Many carriers of genetic disease have no family history and do not experience any symptoms,” says DFW Fertility Associates founding partner Dr. Samuel Chantilis. “When two unknowing carriers conceive a child, their baby has a 1 in 4 chance of having the active form of the disease, and we want to help parents mitigate that risk.”

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Dr. Laura T. Lawrence, Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Joins Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates–Dr. Lawrence Has Special Interest in PCOS Research, Therapies–

Dallas, Texas—August 5, 2014—For over 15 years, Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates has offered compassionate care and medical expertise to area residents struggling to conceive. Drs. Samuel Chantilis, Karen Lee, Mika Thomas and Ravi Gada deliver leading-edge therapies that help infertile couples achieve their dreams of parenthood. As part of a continued commitment to their patients, Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates is happy to announce the recent addition of Dr. Laura T. Lawrence to their team.

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In-vitro baby boom boosts business in North Texas

Dallas Business Journal February 21, 2014– Dr. Samuel J. Chantilis of the Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates says the baby-making business is booming in North Texas.

More babies were born from in-vitro fertilization in the United States in 2012 than ever before, and North Texas fertility clinics are mirroring the national trend, according to a new study out this week and physicians in the field.

There’s strong demand for fertility services in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Dr. Samuel J. Chantilis of the Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates told me in an interview. Ten years ago there were seven in-vitro fertilization labs, and that number has now doubled, said Chantilis, who has been in the business for 21 years.

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Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates Research Shows Good Success Rates with Donor Oocyte Cycles Regardless of the Number of Oocytes Obtained.

Dallas, Texas – Oct 20, 2013 – When a woman prepares to undergo a cycle of donor egg IVF, how many should she thaw? Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates found that you may not need to put all your eggs in one basket after conducting research to help establish a benchmark for egg banks and fertility patients as they grapple with the dilemma.

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Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates Receives Reaccreditation from the College of American Pathologists

Dallas, Texas – June 4, 2013 – Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates was recently recertified with the College of American Pathologists Laboratory Accreditation, an accreditation assuring that its IVF laboratory not only meets federal regulation but exceeds them.

“Our patients have devoted months, even years, to trying to conceive,” said Dr. Samuel Chantilis, a reproductive endocrinologist at DFW Fertility Associates. “The CAP Laboratory Accreditation affirms our committed to helping patients achieve parenthood.”

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Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates Celebrates First Birth in North Texas from Advanced Screening Technology

Dallas, Texas – December 18, 2012 – Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates announces one of

North Texas’ first live births with blastocyst embryo biopsy, an emerging technology used to screen embryos for chromosomal abnormalities before embryo transfer in an in vitro fertilization cycle. This method uses an advanced laser system to create an opening in the outer shell of an embryo, then to remove cells from the “trophectoderm,” the outer part of a blastocyst (5-day old embryo) that ultimately develops into the placenta. A trophectoderm biopsy of the blastocyst significantly improves the chances for conception for parents experiencing infertility compared to other embryo biopsy technologies.

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Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates Reports Frozen Egg Birth of Twins as ASRM Lifts Experimental Label on Egg Freezing

Dallas, Texas – Oct. 23, 2012 – Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates announces the birth of twins resulting from frozen eggs employed in an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle, and delivered by cesarean section on Oct. 16, 2012. The North Texas birth coincides with a new report issued by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), which lifts the experimental label on the “exciting and improving” technology of egg freezing.

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From Breast Cancer Patient to Expectant Mother: Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates Helps DFW Woman Achieve Her Dreams

Dallas, Texas – October 9, 2012 – At 36, Jennifer Fowler understood that 1 in 8 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis, but she didn’t think it would happen to her. A baseline mammogram recommended by her obgyn revealed stage 1 breast cancer, which shocked Fowler and her family.

“I thought this was a disease that happens to mothers and grandmothers, not someone in her 30s,” Fowler said.

Now, two and a half years later, Fowler is cancer-free and preparing for the birth of her first child, thanks to Dr. Karen Lee, a reproductive endocrinologist at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.

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Back to His Texas Roots: Dr. Ravi P. Gada Joins Dallas- Fort Worth Fertility Associates

Dallas, Texas – September 04, 2012 – For over 13 years, Dallas – Fort Worth Fertility Associates has offered compassionate care and medical expertise to area residents struggling to conceive. Drs. Samuel Chantilis, Karen Lee and Mika Thomas deliver leading-edge therapies that help infertile couples achieve their dreams of parenthood. As part of a continued commitment to their patients, Dallas – Fort Worth Fertility Associates recently added Dr. Ravi P. Gada to their team.

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Dallas – Fort Worth Fertility Associates Underscores Link Between Infertility and Weight, Offers Counsel to Patients

Dallas, Texas – May 1, 2012 – More than half of all women in the US are overweight or obese when they get pregnant, according to information compiled by Kaiser Permanente. Besides increasing the risk of pregnancy complications like diabetes and pre-eclampsia, obesity can also create problems for women who are trying to conceive. At Dallas – Fort Worth Fertility Associates, Dr. Lee and her associates offer programs designed to help patients understand the importance of having a healthy weight as well as providing steps to achieve these goals.

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Dallas – Fort Worth Fertility Associates Offers New Technology to Increase Pregnancy

Odds for Infertile Couples

Dallas, Texas – December 19, 2011 – Infertility affects one in eight couples. Specialists at Dallas – Fort Worth Fertility Associates work to determine causes of infertility and offer solutions to produce the healthy babies these couples desire. Recently, Dallas – Fort Worth Fertility Associates has begun using trophectoderm biopsy to identify the best embryos for implantation, improving the chances of conception.

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July 2010: Dallas Fertility Associates opens their new office and Dallas Fertility Center, their new state of the ART IVF laboratory at 5477 Glen Lakes Drive, suite 200.  This move has been a long time coming and we are so excited to see what the future has in store.  Please take a tour of our new office space via the Website.

April 2010: Dr. Lee takes and passes her oral reproductive endocrinology and infertility boards given by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  She now joins Dr. Chantilis in being board-certified.

March 2010: Dr. Thomas co-authors a manuscript published in Human Reproduction.  The paper is entitled “Effects of exogenous testosterone supplementation in gonadotropin stimulated cycles.” Dr. Thomas co-authors a manuscript published in Molecular Endocrinology entitled “Transactivation of the epidermal growth factor receptor is involved in the lutropin receptor-mediated down-regulation of ovarian aromatase expression in vivo.”  This paper is the product of Dr. Thomas’ research performed during fellowship.

December 2009: Construction on our new clinic and IVF laboratory commences…finally!

October 2009: Drs. Chantilis, Lee and Thomas present scientific abstracts at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

September 2009: Dallas Fertility Associates welcomes Dr. Mika Thomas to the practice.  Dr. Thomas, a Dallas native, graduated from SMU before attending medical school at UT San Antonio, completed her residency in OB/GYN in Phoenix, Arizona and recently finished her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the University of Iowa.  Please see her complete biosketch.

April 2009: Dr. and Mrs. Chantilis welcomed twin girls Ashley Sarah and Caroline Rose on April 29, 2009.  Big brother Austin (1 1/2 yrs) is excited as well.  Dr. Chantilis is very supportive of the single embryo transfer, and much more empathetic to his patients who have raised twins and triplets!

February 2009: Dr. Chantilis co-authored a manuscript published in Human Reproduction in the February 2009 journal.  The work was titled “A controlled randomized trial evaluating the effect of lowered incubator oxygen tension on live births in a predominantly blastocyst transfer program.”  Oscar Perez, PhD., former Scientific Director, and James D. Madden MD, former Medical Director of Presbyterian Hospital ARTS Program were the lead authors on the publication.

January 2009: Dr. Chantilis was a co-author on a manuscript published in Human Reproduction Advance Access Online on January 14, 2009. James D Madden MD, former Medical Director of Presbyterian Hospital ARTS Program were the lead authors on the publication.  The manuscript was titled “A randomized controlled study of human serum albumin and serum substitute supplement as protein supplements for IVF culture and the effect on live birth rates.”