Assistant Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Hakan Cakmak received his medical degree from Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa School of Medicine, Turkey. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University. He subsequently received his fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Cakmak is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
Dr. Cakmak has special interest and clinical expertise in assisted reproduction, fertility preservation, endometriosis, pelvic pain and minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic/hysteroscopic surgery. He has over 40 publications in leading scientific journals in the fields of infertility, assisted reproduction, fertility preservation, assessment of egg quality, endometriosis and implantation. His current research is focused on the investigation of the regulation of gene expression during egg and early embryo development, and the prevention of toxic effects of cancer treatments on the ovary.
Dr. Cakmak is the recipient of multiple awards for clinical excellence and research including: the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Fertility Preservation Special Interest Group’s Prize Paper Award, Yale University John J. Meehan–Clifford R. Miller Award for academic excellence, Yale University “Resident of Excellence Award” for research, and the The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons’ Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Surgeon Award. In addition, his work on infertility has received two President’s Presenter Awards from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation.
Dr. Cakmak is fluent in Turkish.
“I feel honored to be part of a couple’s or individual’s journey into parenthood. My goals are to guide my patients in their challenging journey by delivering the most compassionate and individualized care, and to provide the best chance of success by utilizing the latest medical knowledge and the most advanced technologies.”
Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Marcelle Cedars received her medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, and fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at UCLA. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Her clinical and research interests include polycystic ovary syndrome, ovarian aging, and assisted reproduction. She is an NIH-funded researcher and has chaired the FDA panel on Obstetrical and Gynecological Devices and currently serves on the Editorial Board of Fertility and Sterility and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
"I have worked in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility for over 25 years. Throughout this time, I have seen the field explode and the options available to our patients increase and, most importantly, improve. Having directed both the clinical and laboratory aspects of IVF, I know how critically important it is to integrate these, oftentimes, disparate aspects of your care. As Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, it is my opportunity to coordinate the practice, and to encourage a productive relationship between the unequaled science available at UCSF and the personalized care within our reproductive medicine center."
Professor, Clinical Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Victor Fujimoto received his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego. He completed his residency at the Mayo Graduate School and fellowship training at UCSF. He practiced Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Washington from 1993-2000. Dr. Fujimoto is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He has been practicing reproductive medicine since 1990. He serves as an Advisory Board member of the Institute of Biogenesis Research at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, HI. He has previously served on the board of Northern California RESOLVE, a non-profit patient advocacy organization.
His clinical and research interests include all aspects of IVF technologies. He is actively involved in investigating the origins and biology of human embryo fragmentation seen during IVF. His research in this area has uncovered several factors involving high density lipoprotein (HDL) particles as being pivotal in the development of human embryo fragmentation. He was recently funded by the NIH to unravel the mystery of human embryo fragmentation in vitro so that future treatment approaches can be developed to overcome this problem. Another area of research interest for Dr. Fujimoto is the impact of environmental contaminants on human reproduction. Specifically, the effects of toxic metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium on IVF outcomes is currently being investigated as are organic contaminants such as bisphenol A (BPA), a meiotic disruptor in various animal studies. He also has an interest in understanding the factors that influence IVF pregnancy rates such as Asian ethnicity.
"As a former infertility patient myself, I look toward my profession with greater compassion and awareness of the emotional pain and suffering that many couples go through. I believe that it is this awareness that makes my work so rewarding as an infertility specialist assisting couples achieve pregnancy. I strongly believe that couples need to understand their reproductive potential and how it affects their reproductive choices."
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Linda Giudice is a biochemist, gynecologist and reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in endometriosis, implantation and ovulatory disorders, infertility and assisted reproduction. In her research, she focuses on endometrial biology and placental-uterine interactions as well as environmental impacts on reproductive health and human embryonic stem cells as a resource for research.
Dr. Giudice earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry at UCLA, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Rockefeller University, working under Nobel Laureate Gunter Blobel, and completed post-doctoral research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She earned a medical degree at Stanford University and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford and Washington University in St. Louis as well as a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Stanford. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She was on Stanford Hospital's medical staff for 19 years and was the Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility division. She currently chairs the NIH Reproductive Medicine Network, is on the boards of directors of the Society for Women's Health Research and American Society for Reproductive Medicine and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In October 2005, she joined UCSF as the Robert B. Jaffe professor and chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.
Associate Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Heather Huddleston graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed both her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Her clinical interests include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), recurrent pregnancy loss and laparoscopic/hysteroscopic surgery. Her research interests include optimization of infertility treatment strategies and recurrent pregnancy loss.
“For many couples faced with infertility or recurrent pregnancy loss, the unfulfilled desire to start a family can be an extremely difficult experience. Our center offers a variety of techniques and strategies to help such couples achieve their goal of becoming parents. As a physician here, I strive to offer my patients personalized care and to help them understand and navigate the complex world of infertility treatment."
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Evelyn Mok-Lin received her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where she was elected into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital Integrated Residency Program, during which she served as a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and was recognized for outstanding teaching by Harvard medical students. Dr. Mok-Lin subsequently received her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the renowned Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Mok-Lin is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She has been recognized by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists for excellence in minimally invasive surgery and by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine for her research in infertility and ovarian biology. She has presented at numerous national meetings on the optimization of infertility treatment. Dr. Mok-Lin’s clinical and research interests include assisted reproduction, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, ovarian insufficiency, environmental impacts on reproductive health, and fertility preservation. Dr. Mok-Lin also speaks fluent Cantonese Chinese.
“The struggle to achieve or preserve fertility can be a deeply personal and difficult process. My goal is to combine clinical experience with my passion for women’s health to provide the highest level of personalized care. There is no greater joy than parenthood and no greater privilege than to help couples achieve their dreams.”
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Martha Noel earned her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, where she received awards for excellence in Gynecology and in Clinical Medicine. She completed her OB/GYN residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, and subsequently underwent her fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco Center for Reproductive Health.
Dr. Noel is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and the American Medical Association. She has presented her research on polycystic ovary syndrome and assisted reproduction at national meetings both as a resident and as a fellow. Her clinical and research interests include polycystic ovary syndrome, optimization of fertility treatment, and fertility preservation.
“Infertility treatment can be a long and difficult journey, both physically and emotionally. I strive to provide my patients with the highest level of medical care and to support them with the compassion and empathy that is needed during this process. It is a great privilege to help couples and individuals build their families and plan for the future.”
Associate Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Paolo Rinaudo received his Medical and PhD degrees at the University of Turin, Turin, Italy. He has wide international experience having worked in Europe and the United States and is fluent in 4 languages. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He has received numerous awards and honors and has published multiple research articles in international journals. Dr. Rinaudo is a member of various international organizations, including the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. He is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and is a Fellow of the American Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is actively involved in laboratory research and leads a group of investigators focused in understanding the effects of preimplantation embryo culture on embryo development.
"I have always been fascinated by the miracle of life and in particular by the possibility to monitor the early steps of embryo development. My passion for this profession derives from the exceptional possibility of helping couples experience the joy of pregnancy. One of the unique characteristics of UCSF is that we can offer excellent and tailored medical and emotional care to the individual couple."
Associate Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Mitchell P. Rosen is the Director of the UCSF Reproductive Laboratories and Fertility Preservation Program. As a clinical reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Rosen studies the genetic basis of unexplained infertility and the clinical outcomes of reproductive practices. His main clinical and research focus is the preservation of fertility in cancer patients, and optimizing ovarian stimulation protocols.
"There are many reasons for having children. The unfulfilled desire for childbearing can be devastating. My goal is to optimize care for the infertile couple so that achieving a pregnancy becomes a reality."
Assistant Professor of Urology, and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Dr. James Smith received his master's degree in health and medical science, and his medical degree from the University of California's Joint Medical Program (UC Berkeley and UCSF). He did his general surgery and urology training at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, returning to UCSF to complete a Fellowship in Andrology. He now serves as Director of Male Reproductive Health at UCSF.
Dr. Smith directs the multidisciplinary team providing male fertility preservation counseling and treatment, and evaluates and treats men with general fertility problems, low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease. He specializes in the use of microsurgical vasovasostomy, vasoepididymostomy, sperm retrieval, and varicocelectomy. His primary research seeks to improve our understanding of clinical, translational, and basic mechanisms of male reproductive biology. Dr. Smith is an active member of the American Urological Association, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society of Reproductive Surgeons, Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, and the Sexual Medicine Society of North America.
"My passion for caring for men with reproductive health concerns began when I saw the tremendous impact male infertility has on the infertile couple. My goal is to offer the highest level of male reproductive health care and service available so that infertile men have their best chance of achieving a pregnancy."
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
Dr. Lauri Pasch is a clinical psychologist at the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Pasch specializes in infertility, family-building, and reproductive health. She has been part of our team for over 10 years. She conducts complementary consultations for our patients. She also coordinates our stress reduction program, support groups, and psychoeducational workshops regarding topics including egg donation, adoption, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Dr. Pasch completed her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a fellowship in Psychology and Medicine at the UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. She specializes in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. She has more than 15 years of experience in assisting patients facing the challenges of fertility treatment, pregnancy loss, premature ovarian insufficiency, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and parenting via egg, sperm or embryo donation, as well as surrogacy. Dr. Pasch has received certification from Alice Domar in the Mind/Body Program for Infertility.
Dr. Pasch is a nationally recognized expert in research addressing the psychological needs of fertility patients. She has recently published studies of the psychological consequences of infertility treatment, parenting children born from egg and sperm donation, and marital communication. So, in addition to being a supportive listener, she can share with you the most current scientific knowledge about any psychological issue associated with infertility or its treatment as well as alternative forms of family building.
She is a member of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and is currently the Scientific Director. She speaks nationally on topics such as third-party reproduction or coping with PCOS.
“My goal is for you to feel emotionally supported at every step of your fertility journey. Each person faces the challenges of fertility treatment differently, but for many people, it is very stressful and emotionally hard. Come to me for help with making decisions about your care, coping, stress reduction, dealing with family and friends, or just to talk. If you are suffering, I don’t want you to go through it all alone.”
Gabriela has over 7 years of service at UCSF. She previously worked as the Obstetrics and Pediatric Financial Counselor for UCSF Medical Center before joining our team in 2014. She was recipient of the Mary Jane Allison Award for Competence in 2012 for supporting Social Workers in a professional and sensitive manner while working as a Financial Counselor for the Medical Center. Gabriela has an educational background in Public Health and Health Care Management.
|The UCSF Center for Reproductive Health, located in Northern California's San Francisco Bay Area offers a comprehensive array of infertility evaluation and treatment options for both men and women. Our services include: Infertility Evaluation, Male Reproductive Health, Fertility Preservation, Reproductive Surgery, Tubal Reversal Surgery, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Ovulation Induction, Donor Sperm Insemination, Egg Donor Program for Donors, Egg Donor Program for Recipients, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Gestational Surrogacy, Genetic Screening and Counseling Psychological Support.|