One of the reasons I felt compelled to move from straight OB/Gyn work to reproductive endocrinology-infertility (REI) is because of the constant advances in science. I find it exciting to apply techniques that have developed along a continuum from creative brainstorming on how to meet patients' fertility challenges all the way through validation in labs and clinics.
I'm heading to Denver this week with some of my Houston Fertility Center staff to attend the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. ASRM is always a great place to catch up with colleagues from around the world and hear about the latest ways to treat our patients. This year promises to be even more enjoyable as we'll be honoring two pioneers of IVF, Dr. Howard Jones, who performed America's first IVF procedure, and Professor Robert Edwards, who recently was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine for his development of IVF.
Bestowing accolades on esteemed professionals is just part of the reason for gathering. More importantly, I look forward to returning to Houston Fertility Center with new ideas to share with patients on clearing their family-building hurdles. Sometimes, even a simple treatment can be years in the making. Once new technology is available, a whole new group of once-infertile men and women can find themselves parents, and that's why I do what I do.