IVF and Fertility Specialists Clinic
Meet Infertility Specialist Todd Deutch, MD
Dr. Todd Deutch is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist who practices primarily in our Crystal Lake, IL office.
Call 815.356.1818 to schedule an appointment with him.
Dr. Deutch is board-certified in both reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and in obstetrics and gynecology. He completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the world-renowned Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va.
He received his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago, and earned his medical degree from Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans, La.
Helped GE develop 3-D ultrasound technology
"My background is a little bit different from that of most physicians," says Dr. Deutch, whose undergraduate degree is in systems engineering. "During my fellowship training, my engineering background enabled me to work with GE's three-dimensional ultrasound design team."
Dr. Deutch has helped GE develop some of the newest breakthroughs in three-dimensional ultrasound. Today, his knowledge of this state-of-the-art technology gives him an edge in treating infertility patients.
"It's one thing to use three-dimensional ultrasound, and quite another to have the expertise to interpret what you're doing," he explains. Dr. Deutch uses three-dimensional ultrasound for follicular monitoring in patients undergoing in-vitro fertilization cycles.
"There are a lot of things you can see on a three-dimensional ultrasound that you can't see on a conventional ultrasound," Dr. Deutch adds. "You can pick up most of the congenital uterine anomalies much better on a three-dimensional ultrasound. This new technology also allows us to more accurately measure some of these uterine conditions - which helps us assess a woman's risks as she goes through infertility treatments."
A noted surgeon, speaker, researcher and author
Dr. Deutch has received many awards for his skills in laparoscopic surgery, teaching and research. He has published numerous articles and recently authored a book chapter on the use of three-dimensional ultrasound to evaluate the fallopian tubes. He is in demand as a lecturer and has presented internationally on the use of three-dimensional ultrasound in reproductive medicine.
Helping patients succeed against the odds
"Some patients who come to me have been through a lot of different treatments and have had slim odds," says Dr. Deutch. "Sometimes patients have already seen several different fertility doctors and have had numerous unsuccessful cycles. Treating these patients can be challenging and extremely rewarding."
"I remember one couple who had been treated by another physician before coming to see me. They had been unsuccessful and were afraid that they would never be able to have a child. Their treatment cycle was complicated. The husband had almost no sperm and his wife responded poorly to medication for ovarian stimulation. All of us were extremely excited when we had two very good embryos to transfer, but that excitement was nothing compared to the joy we felt during their first ultrasound when we saw the baby's heartbeat."
'I understand the stress of infertility'
Dr. Deutch has personally experienced the ups and downs associated with infertility treatment. "I think it's important to talk about the stress that infertility puts on a relationship," he says. "I'm not a psychiatrist, but I think it helps to get those issues out in the open and to let patients know there are options to talk to people if they are interested."
"Infertility is such a difficult problem from a psychological standpoint, especially for women," he adds. "A lot of women with infertility feel they're not living up to their full potential. Helping patients work through that is very rewarding."
Dr. Deutch and his wife are the proud parents of twins - a boy and a girl that were born in January 2009. "They're really adorable," he says, adding, "Obviously, I'm a little biased. My patients were very excited when the twins were born. It was very nice."
University of Arizona
Tulane University Medical School
University of Chicago
Infertility Fellowship Training
The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology: 2007 - Present