Reproductive Endocrine Assoc. Comprehensive Team

The Advanced Fertility Institute of San Diego was established by Steven A. Brody, MD, PhD, to provide state-of-the-art techniques in IVF and assisted reproduction for our patients. The Institute is a member of the medical group, Reproductive Endocrine Associates of San Diego, Inc.

Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Steven A. Brody, MD, PhD, is the program Medical Director. He is Board Certified in OB-GYN and the subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the UCSD School of Medicine. Dr. Brody has co-authored a leading textbook, Principles and Practice of Assisted Human Reproduction, with Robert Edwards, PhD, the father of IVF. He received his MD degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He completed his OB/GYN residency at Stanford University Medical Center.

Male Infertility (Andrology)

In cases of male factor infertility we work closely with referral physicians trained in MESA procedures (Micro Epididymo-Sperm Aspiration) and TESE (Testicular Sperm Extraction) procedures for the treatment of severe male infertility. Assisted reproductive procedures utilizing intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can be used to overcome the vast majority of cases of male factor infertility.

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Donna Worcester, M.S.N., F.N.P., completed her B.S. degree in nursing at San Diego State University in 1973. She received a Master's degree in nursing from the University of San Diego in 1991. She was awarded the Irene Palmer Scholarship in 1990, and was elected into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. In 1993 Donna received her Family Nurse Practitioner certification. Donna has held an appointment as a Clinical Instructor in nursing at the University of San Diego.

Donna has a broad background in multiple areas of health care. She has worked as an R.N. at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla from 1981-1991. More recently, she has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in community clinics and with physicians in private practice. Since 1992 she has worked in family practice with an emphasis in Women's Health. Donna provides experience and outstanding clinical judgment in the areas of infertility, diagnostic ultrasound and reproductive medicine.

Embryology and Gamete Biology

Embryology and gamete biology services are performed in the IVF laboratory. The laboratory offers state-of-the-art procedures for IVF, GIFT and micromanipulation including ICSI and assisted hatching.


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