Egg Donation & Gestational Surrogacy Staff

All members of our team are vital for your care and will work as a unit to make your experience a pleasant and successful one.

Dr. Emre Seli, MD

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Emre Seli, MD, is Associate Professor and the Director of the Yale Egg Donation and Gestational Surrogacy Program at Yale Fertility Center. Dr. Seli also serves as the Associate Director for Research in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Seli received his medical degree from the University of Istanbul Medical School and completed his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University. His postdoctoral training included a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as well as a research fellowship in molecular biology, both at Yale University.

Dr. Seli is the recipient of multiple awards for teaching, clinical excellence, and research, including: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Fellowship Award for Research in Endocrinology of the Postreproductive Woman, North American Menopause Society/Solvay Pharmaceuticals Corporation Fellowship Grant Award, John J. Meehan–Clifford R. Miller Award for academic excellence, Yale University “Resident of Excellence Award” for research, and the The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons’ “Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Surgeon Award.”

His work on infertility has received two President’s Presenter Awards from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, the National Institutes of Health K08 grant award, and most recently the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Ira and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award. His current research program is focused on the investigation of the regulation of gene expression during oocyte and early embryo development and non-invasive embryo assessment in assisted reproduction. He has published in leading scientific journals and edited textbooks of gynecologic disorders, infertility, and fertility preservation. He is on the editorial board of many journals and has lectured worldwide on many areas of reproductive medicine. Dr. Seli is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Reproductive Endocrinology. His clinical interests include Egg donation and Gestational surrogacy, Infertility, IVF, Preservation of fertility in Cancer patients, Endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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Dr. Pasquale Patrizio, MD, MBE

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Dr. Patrizio is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University and is the Director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program and Fertility Preservation Program. His clinical interests include Infertility (female and male), IVF, Egg donation and Gestational surrogacy, Preservation of fertility in Cancer patients. Among his many research interests are Whole ovary cryopreservation, Oocyte freezing, Genetics of oocytes and cumulus cells, Oocyte and Embryo competence, Isolation and freezing of male germ cells and Ethical issues in assisted reproduction.

Dr. Pasquale Patrizio received his medical training at the Universita' Studi Napoli Federico II and his Masters in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his Residency in OB/GYN-Reproductive Endocrinology at the Universita' Studi Napoli Federico II and completed also a Residency in Andrology-Male Reproduction at the Universita' Studi in Pisa, Italy. In the United States, he completed a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Patrizio is Board Certified in OB/GYN, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Andrology and has published more than 300 scientific papers and an Atlas textbook for assisted reproduction. He is on the editorial board of many journals and has lectured worldwide on many areas of reproductive medicine.

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Dorothy Greenfeld, LCSW

Dorothy Greenfeld, LCSW 

Dorothy Greenfeld, LCSW, is the Director of Psychological Support Services at the Yale Fertility Center and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale University School of Medicine. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University and is licensed by the state of Connecticut. She has counseled couples seeking parenthood through assisted reproduction in the Yale program since 1982.

Ms. Greenfeld is a founding member and former Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). She was the first mental health professional in the nation to be appointed to the ASRM Ethics Committee and has served as mental health representative to the board of directors of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies. Ms. Greenfeld was the Connecticut State Representative to the board of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers. She has lectured around the world and has served on the faculty of several postgraduate courses focused on the psychological aspects of infertility.

Ms. Greenfeld has published numerous articles in leading scientific journals addressing the psychological aspects of in vitro fertilization, egg donation, sperm donation, gestational surrogacy, and disclosure to children about their donor gamete conception. She was the editor of a book on the psychological aspects of infertility, and written several chapters for textbooks on assisted reproduction. Her current area of research is on the transition to parenthood for couples who have achieved pregnancy through third party reproduction.

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Wendy Somers, B.Sc.
 

Joanne Williams, RN

Joanne Williams is a registered nurse and graduate of the University of Connecticut, School of Nursing. She joined Yale Fertility Center in 2010 as a research nurse and coordinator for the Yale PCOS program. She has 10 years of experience in research as well as 20 years of nursing experience in perinatology and pediatrics. Currently, she is our Egg Donor Coordinator, overseeing egg donation cycles.

Joanne has a long history of working with families who have very special needs, requiring care on an individual basis. Her experience working with federal agencies and their requirements make her invaluable to the Donor Team.

Jessica Dorey, RN 

Jessica Dorey, RN

Jessica Dorey is a registered nurse and a graduate from The University of Connecticut. She has more than 18 years of practice at the Yale Fertility Center. Currently, she is our Gestational Carrier Coordinator, and has overseen hundreds of surrogacy and egg donation cycles during her career in Reproductive Endocrinology.

Jessica has worked with both local and internationally diverse clientele with comprehensive medical needs. Her experience and knowledge of the intricacies of fertility treatment make Jessica the ideal facilitator of our Surrogacy Program.

Lakresha Todd, RMA 

Lakresha Todd, RMA

Lakresha Todd joined Yale Fertility Center in 2000 and has 17 years experience in women’s health. As part of the egg donation and gestational surrogacy program, she works closely with egg donors and intended parents providing guidance and support throughout the screening process and the treatment cycle.

Rebecca Rodriguez, B.Sc. 

Rebecca Rodriguez, BSc

Rebecca Rodriguez joined Yale Fertility Center in 2004 and has 17 years experience at Yale University. As part of the egg donation and gestational surrogacy program, she works closely with intended parents providing guidance on financial aspects of the treatment cycles.