Meet Our Team

We are compassionate. Our staff offers you their experience in a very relaxed atmosphere. We understand infertility is stressful and we strive to put you at ease from the moment you walk in to our facilities.

 

Kutluk “Lucas” Oktay, MD, PhD, FACOG is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Oktay completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Connecticut Health Science Center in Farmington, CT, followed by a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX. He was subsequently awarded to be an American College of OBGYN (ACOG)/Royal College of OBGYN (RCOG) Exchange Fellow in the Department of Reproductive Biology, Obstetrics & Gynecology at Leeds University School of Medicine/Leeds General Infirmary in the UK. Dr. Oktay subsequently obtained a Doctor of Health Sciences degree (PhD) from the University of Ghent, Belgium.  


Dr. Oktay’s professional life has been dedicated to the science of fertility preservation and infertility treatments. As a clinician-scientist, he is a leading expert in fertility preservation, as well as in ovarian stimulation and in vitro fertilization. He developed and performed the world’s first ovarian transplantation procedures and pioneered new ovarian stimulation protocols for embryo and oocyte freezing for breast and endometrial cancer patients. In addition, he described the first oocyte freezing protocols in young pubertal girls with Turner syndrome and other medical conditions. He has championed fertility preservation in children of all ages. Dr. Oktay conducted key research on ovarian follicle and embryo development, as well as on controlled ovarian stimulation and in vitro fertilization. Following his first description of the relationship between BRCA mutations and low ovarian reserve, his work led him to discover a key role for DNA repair efficiency in oocyte aging.


Dr. Oktay was invited to serve on the President’s Cancer Panel as an expert on fertility issues of cancer patients and fertility preservation. In attestation to his recognition as a leading clinician-scientist in infertility field, he has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health to study various aspects of ovarian biology and fertility preservation. Furthermore, he serves as the Co-chair of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Committee for Fertility Preservation Guideline for People with Cancer since 2005. Dr. Oktay founded and was elected as the first President of the Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group at American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the largest within the society. He also served as the Guidelines Committee Chair at Turner Syndrome Foundation, which produced the first guidelines document on fertility preservation for young females with Turner Syndrome. 


Dr. Oktay received many prestigious awards both from professional and patient organizations. He was named among the top Doctors in America by Castle and Connolly numerous times, received innovator award from Resolve, and the Champions of Hope award from Fertile Hope. He has been invited to endowed lectures in top standing institutions and major academic conferences in the US and around the world in infertility, cancer, pediatric endocrinology, obstetrics & gynecology, genetics, aging, and other fields.


In 2008, after a 10 year career at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Dr. Oktay transitioned to NYMC, and subsequently founded the Innovation Institute for Fertility Preservation and IVF (IFP). He was the Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Director of Division of Reproductive Medicine & Infertility, and also served as the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at NYMC. Dr. Oktay has also served as a consultant physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Consultant for Cancer and Allied Diseases at Memorial Hospital and currently continues his active collaborations with renown cancer specialists at MSKCC. In 2017, Dr. Oktay was recruited to Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine as the Director of the Laboratory of Fertility Preservation while still continuing his role as the Medical Director of Innovation Fertility Preservation and IVF in NY. 


A significant contributor to the peer-reviewed literature, Dr. Oktay has published extensively in leading medical journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Science Translational Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Oncology, and Journal of Clinical Oncology.


Ashley, Billing Coordinator: Ashley is extremely pleasant and loves helping our patients. Her quick and organized nature allows complex infertility treatments to be administered with ease. Ashley has had registered nurse training and aspires to complete her training in the future. In the meantime she is busy in contributing to the success and happiness of our patients.


Nadia Reyes, Coordinator and Patient Satisfaction Representative: Nadia's focus is patient satisfaction, just like the rest of our team. She is caring, attentive and detail-oriented. Nadia will make sure that the complex process of infertility treatments are rendered in must practical manner with least stress to you. She will meet and greet you every time you are at our office to ensure that the care you are receiving is to your satisfaction. Nadia is looking forward to meeting you at your next visit with us.


Exenia Pirrone, Certified Ultrasound Technician: Exenia has 20 years experience in performing pelvic ultrasounds and her experience is unparalleled. She is kind and soft-spoken. You may see her doing your ultrasounds when Dr. Oktay is tied up doing other things (surgery, egg retrievals, embryo transfer, teaching etc.). 


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