IVF and Fertility Specialists Clinic
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 practices primarily in our Gurnee office.
Call 847.662.1818 to schedule an appointment with him.
Dr. Sherbahn founded the Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago in 1997 and serves as 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-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center (now 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.
Attention to detail leads to higher success rates
"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.
"The 2008 national average for IVF live births for women under 35 was 45% per egg-retrieval procedure," Dr. Sherbahn explains. "In 2008, we had a 57% success rate.
Our donor egg success rates are also excellent - we had a 78.7% live-birth success rate per transfer in 2008, compared to the national average of 55.0%.
"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
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'
"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
"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."
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.