Meet Fertility Specialist Doctor - Richard Sherbahn, MD
Program Director, Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
Dr. Richard Sherbahn is a Reproductive Endocrinologist and infertility specialist who sees patients in our Gurnee and Chicago offices.
Call 847 662 1818 to schedule an appointment with him.
Dr. Richard Sherbahn
Dr. Sherbahn founded the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago in 1997 and is our program director and laboratory director.
He is board-certified in both Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Sherbahn completed advanced infertility training with a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
He received his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, MI and earned his medical degree from the John Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii.
His area of special interest is advanced reproductive technologies including IVF, egg donation, pre-implantation genetic testing and fertility preservation.
Attention to detail leads to higher success rates
"Everything we do at AFCC is carefully planned to maximize your chances of having a baby - while treating you with compassion as an individual," says Dr. Sherbahn. "The quality control in our system has allowed us to maintain high IVF pregnancy and live-birth success rates over the years.
"Infertility clinics across the U.S. submit their IVF success rate data annually to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and to SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology), which then publish information about each clinic's success rates," Dr. Sherbahn explains.
Look up any IVF clinic's success rates on the CDC and SART websites
"The 2014 national average for the IVF primary live birth rate per cycle for women under 35 was 43%," Dr. Sherbahn explains. "In 2014, we had a 57% live birth rate in this group. Our donor egg success rates are also excellent - we had a 78% live-birth success rate per transfer in 2014, compared to the national average of 54%."
"By maintaining strict quality control, we have better-quality embryos for transfer. This allows us to transfer fewer embryos and achieve higher pregnancy success rates, while minimizing triplet or higher-order pregnancies," says Dr. Sherbahn. "We have also increased our use of single-embryo transfers, regarded by some as the ideal goal of assisted reproductive technology," he adds.
An accomplished researcher and author
Dr. Sherbahn has conducted research in reproductive medicine and has presented his findings to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. His clinical articles have been published in Human Reproduction, the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics and the Journal of Reproductive Medicine.
He has also conducted presentations for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Chicago Association of Reproductive Endocrinologists, Rush University and Resolve.
'This is such a diverse, challenging specialty'
Dr. Sherbahn's interest in in-vitro fertilization (IVF) dates back to 1985. "When I was a first-year med school student at the University of Hawaii, one of the physicians from the IVF program came and gave a lecture," Dr. Sherbahn recalls. "The first IVF baby was born in 1978, so the specialty was still very young at that time."
"I thought IVF was fascinating - but at the time I wanted to be a family practice doctor," he says. "Then, as I went through med school, I decided to specialize in OB/GYN. I became very interested in reproductive medicine in the third year of my four-year OB/GYN residency when I did a rotation in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
"Infertility is such a diverse, challenging specialty - and very interesting," says Dr. Sherbahn. "When I started my Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellowship training in 1993, many details regarding how to perform successful IVF cycles were still being figured out. A lot of progress and improvements were made in infertility treatment from the early 1980s through the late 1990s. Success rates improved dramatically and the field continues to advance.
"Today, assisted reproduction has been refined even further - the culture systems, the technology and techniques, the ultrasound equipment," he adds. "We know much more about what matters and what doesn't, but there's always more to learn."
Sharing our patients' joy
Dr. Sherbahn finds it very gratifying to help patients have healthy babies. "When a couple comes to us after they've been struggling for a long time trying to build a family - or increase the size of their family - it's so rewarding when we get to share their joy in having a child," says Dr. Sherbahn.
"We see a lot of people who have been to other infertility clinics without success," he says. "Some of these patients are challenging and difficult cases, but we see a good number of successes with them.
"One 38-year-old patient, for example, failed 4 IVF cycles at a major fertility clinic near us," says Dr. Sherbahn. "She - like many of our patients who have had multiple failures elsewhere - had healthy twins on the first try with us."
Dr. Sherbahn with a beautiful boy -
conceived with a little help from us
A comparison of clinic success rates may not be meaningful because patient medical characteristics, treatment approaches and entrance criteria for ART may vary from clinic to clinic.