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Publications, Presentations and Research of Michelle Catenacci, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist

DNA Fragmantation testing of sperm
2 sperm have undergone DNA fragmentation testing utilizing the Halosperm kit (Halotech dna)
Sperm with medium to large sized halos (as shown) demonstrate decreased DNA fragmentation


Catenacci M, Flyckt RL, Falcone T. Robotic indications in reproductive surgery: strengths and limitations. Placenta 2011;32:S232-7.

Catenacci M, Goldberg J. Transvaginal Hydrolaparoscopy. Semin Reprod Med 2011;29:95-100.

Escobar PF, Starks D, Fader AN, Catenacci M, Falcone T. Laparoendoscopic single-site and natural orifice surgery in gynecology. Fertil Steril 2010;94:2497-2502

Catenacci M, Falcone T. Surgical management options for patients with infertility and endometriosis. Current Women’s Health Reviews 2010;6:161-6

Catenacci M, Sastry S, Falcone T. Laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis. Clin Obstet Gynecol 2009;52:351-61

Catenacci M, Falcone T. The effect of endometriosis on in vitro fertilization outcomes. Minerva Ginecologica 2008;60:209-221

Book Chapters:

Catenacci M, Bedient C, Falcone T. Use of robotics in reproductive surgery. In Human Assisted Reproductive Technology: Future Trends in Laboratory and Clinical Practice. Gardner DK, Rizk B, Falcone T (Eds), Cambridge University Press, UK. 2010

Goldberg JM, Catenacci M. Female fertility, Implication to management of male factor. In Male Infertility: Problems and Solutions. Sabanegh E (Ed), Humana Press, New York. 2010


Laparoscopic Assisted Myomectomy. American Society of Reproductive Medicine; Video Presentation: October 2011 Conference, Orlando FL. Honorable Mention in Technical Achievement

Effect of myomectomy on in vitro fertilization outcomes. American Society of Reproductive Medicine; Oral Presentation: October 2010 Conference, Denver, CO.

Robotically assisted tubal anastomosis. American Society of Reproductive Medicine; Oral Presentation: October 2010 Conference, Denver, CO.

Single port surgery for removal of an adnexal cyst. American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists; Video Presentation: November 2010 Conference, Hollywood, FL.

Laparoscopic technique for removal of a retroperitoneal pubic bone mucinous cystadenoma. American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists; Video Presentation: November 2009 Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Reproductive outcomes after hysteroscopic metroplasty; Cleveland OB/GYN society; Oral Presentation: May 2009, Cleveland, OH.

Abstracts at Scientific Meetings:

Assessment of hyaluronic acid for selecting sperm with low DNA fragmentation. M Catenacci, R Chase, J Goldberg, N Desai. Pacific Coast Reproductive Society annual meeting: April 2012. Palm Springs, CA. Second Place Poster Award.

Robotically Assisted Ovarian Transplantation. E Baraket, M Bedaiwy, M Catenacci, L Carvalho, C Biscotti, T Falcone. American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual meeting: October 2010. Denver, CO. Oral Presentation.

Robotically Assisted Ovarian Transplantation. M Bedaiwy, E Baraket, M Catenacci, L Carvalho, T Falcone. American Society of Reproductive Medicine annual meeting: October 2010. Denver, CO. Video Presentation.

Dr Catenacci has been involved in several research projects including:

Using an operative robot for tissue transplantation after cyropreservation. Sheep ovarian tissue was cryopreserved and then thawed for transplantation. Viability of ovarian tissue was latter assessed. This was the first study using the surgical robot for this procedure.

Evaluating outcomes of sperm DNA fragmentation on IVF outcome and also assessing the DNA fragmentation of sperm that bind to hyaluronic acid.

Investigating the ability to culture ovarian follicles and tissue in a 3-dimensional media.

Investigating the effects of fibroids and endometriosis on fertility.

Looking at long term outcomes of women that have had a bowel resection due to severe endometriosis.

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I am so grateful for Advanced Fertility Center. I just had my son Leland. I want to thank Dr. Catenacci and all of the nurses that helped us. Especially Ashley in the Crystal Lake office. You made this process easier by being supportive and positive. Thank you very much!


Dr. Sherban and his staff are the most amazing, compassionate, and supportive people. After almost 5 years of trying to conceive, going through numerous tests and meeting with another clinic closer to home, who told me my chances even with IVF were still very low, a good friend recommended advanced fertility center of Chicago. Best decision we ever made! We now have 2 amazing children who are now 5 and 3 years old! I cannot stress enough how amazing this staff is, they make you feel like family!


Our experience was amazing with Dr. Cantanucci and all of the nurses (especially Ashley). After ttc for 4 years and at 41 years of age, we became pregnant after 1 round of IVF, and had our beautiful boy this past October. Can't thank them enough!


2/7/15 our son was born all thanks to the assistance of Dr. Sherbahn and his staff. Everyone was so helpful and here for all our questions, worries, etc. They want this for you just as much as you want this for you! Handled with pure professionalism and care from the very start! Thank you advanced fertility!