John Buster, MD Founder, Board Director, & Scientific Advisory Board Member
Dr. Buster has nearly four decades experience as a physician, almost entirely focused in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is highly experienced in the performance of assisted reproductive technology procedures, medical treatment for infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss, and various reproductive surgical procedures. Due to his extensive background; he is a frequently invited lecturer, consultant and participant in national and international forums.
Serving as a foundation for Previvo, Dr. Buster directed the research team at UCLA Medical Center that performed history’s first embryo transfer from one woman to another resulting in a live birth. In the procedure, an embryo that was just beginning to develop was transferred from one woman in whom it had been conceived by artificial insemination to another woman who gave birth to the infant 38 weeks later. The sperm used in the artificial insemination came from the husband of the woman who bore the baby.
This work established the technical foundation and legal-ethical framework surrounding the clinical use of human oocyte and embryo donation, a mainstream clinical practice, which has evolved over the past 30 years. Building upon Dr. Buster’s research and since the initial birth announcement in 1984, well over 200,000 live births resulting from donor embryo transfer have been and continue to be recorded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States to infertile women, who otherwise would not have had children by any other existing method.
Steven Nakajima, MD Scientific Advisory Board Member
Dr. Nakajima received his medical degree from St. Louis University. He completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Loma Linda University and fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) at the University of Vermont. He completed a second NIH Clinical Associate Physician fellowship in the General Clinical Research Center at the University of Vermont.
He joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis and then was Division Chief of REI at the University of Louisville (UL) for 15 years. He became a faculty member at Stanford in 2014. Dr. Nakajima is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and REI. From 2008-14, he served as an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology REI board member.
He is a current board examiner for subspecialty certification in REI. In 1997, Good Housekeeping magazine named Dr. Nakajima as one of the nation’s “Best Doctors for Women”. His special clinical interests are In Vitro Fertilization, the use of donor eggs for resolving infertility and developing new contraceptive methods for women and men. His research interest is human uterine lavage for preimplantation genetic screening.
Dr. Angle has been an embryologist and In Vitro Fertility laboratory director for over 25 years. Moving into the embryology laboratory was the practical synthesis of her graduate studies in embryo and sperm biochemistry/physiology and her NIH postdoctoral work on implantation and fetal developmental biochemistry.
She has directed embryology, andrology and endocrine laboratories in Las Vegas, NV, Seattle, WA and Little Rock, AR. She was among the first group of embryologists to become certified as High Complexity Laboratory Directors by the College of American Pathologists in 1995 and has published frequently in the fertility literature.
She is one of the founders and organizers for the Southwest Embryology Summit, has served on multiple boards and committees of various professional societies, is on the guest faculty for the Master’s Program in Embryology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and has consulted and lectured around the world, particularly in the areas of pH and temperature management in the laboratory, and embryo and oocyte vitrification. She currently lives on her sailboat in Alameda, CA and directs a laboratory in San Francisco, CA.
Mark Sauer, MD, MS Scientific Advisory Board Member
Mark V. Sauer, M.D., MS is an American physician who specializes in reproductive medicine. He is a well-known clinician, researcher and medical educator best known for his innovative work in the development of egg and embryo donation, fertility care of HIV-seropositive patients, and reproductive bioethics. He currently is a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California San Francisco.
Dr. Sauer was the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City for over twenty-one years, where he was also the program and laboratory director of the Center for Women’s Reproductive Care, and a tenured professor and vice-chairman in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. While at Columbia University he also served on the Medical Ethics Committee of New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr. Sauer received an A.B. degree in biology from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri in 1976. He received an M.D. from the University of Illinois School of Medicine, Chicago in 1980. Dr. Sauer received a M.S. in Bioethics from Columbia University in 2017. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois Hospital in 1984 and then obtained sub-specialty training in reproductive endocrinology at the University of California in Los Angeles, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Santiago Munne, PhD Board Director & Scientific Advisory Board Member
Dr. Munné gained his Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Pittsburgh and joined Dr. Jacques Cohen at Cornell University Medical College New York in 1991. There he developed the first Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) test to detect embryonic numerical chromosome abnormalities such as Down’s Syndrome and other abnormalities.
From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Munné was director of PGD at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of Saint Barnabas, where he also developed the first test to detect chromosome translocations in human embryos.
In 2001, Dr. Munné co-founded Reprogenetics, with Jacques Cohen and David Sable. He directed the company until 2016 and saw its expansion to four continents. Reprogenetics was the first commercial lab to offer PGS and PGD and was the market leader until it was sold in 2015 to the Cooper Companies (NYSE: COO). During this time Reprogenetics performed over 70,000 PGD cycles globally. Reprogenetics stayed in the forefront of research and development focusing on the use of comprehensive genetic analysis of embryos in order to improve pregnancy outcomes and diminish the risk of miscarriages in gene and chromosome inherited disorders. Dr. Munné and co-researchers were rewarded with SART prize papers in 2005, 2015 and 2016, and he has received The American Society for Reproductive Medicine Star Award consecutively for the years 2011-2016.
Jared Robins, MD Scientific Advisory Board Member
Dr. Robins is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as in the subspecialty of reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
He received an undergraduate biology degree from Emory University in Atlanta and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York, before receiving a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
He has been honored with several Young Investigator awards and served as the Medical Director of both the Program for Fertility Preservation and the Program for In Vitro Maturation (IVM) Excellence, the only training site currently available to study IVM techniques.
Lee Shulman, MD Scientific Advisory Board Member
Lee Shulman, M.D., is board certified in both OB/GYN (FACOG) and Clinical Genetics (FACMG) with over 25 years of clinical practice. Dr. Shulman is the Anna Lapham Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the chief of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Clinical Genetics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Shulman is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Board of Medical Genetics, a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics. Among his current appointments are Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke’s Hospital/Rush University Medical School and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Shulman earned his MD from Cornell University College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at North Shore University Hospital – Cornell in New York. His interests and expertise include prenatal diagnostics, preconception genetics, the genetics of common diseases, genetic counseling, cancer genetics, ovarian cancer screening, reproductive and hormonal problems, amniocentesis, and chorionic villus sampling.
Camran Nezhat, MD Scientific Advisory Board Member
Camran Nezhat, M.D. has been called the father of modern-day operative laparoscopy for introducing the technique of video-assisted endoscopy and proving and publishing that even the most advanced pathologies could be successfully managed by minimally invasive surgery for the first time in history. By doing so, he opened up vistas for endoscopic surgeons all over the world.
Dr. Nezhat collaborated with renowned robotic pioneers, Ajit Shah and Phil Green at Stanford Research Institute in the 1990’s, during the early phases of research and development of the da Vinci robot.
He is co-author of eight textbooks and author of hundreds of articles. Recipient of numerous awards worldwide, Dr. Camran Nezhat is Chair of AACF Stanford University School of Medicine, Adjunct Clinical Professor of OB/GYN, Surgery at Stanford University and Clinical Professor of OB/GYN, and University of California at San Francisco.
Azadeh Nazhat, MD Scientific Advisory Board Member
Dr. Azadeh Nezhat is co-director of the Center for Special Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery and performs surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center, in Palo Alto, California. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, received her Doctorate from the Medical College of Georgia, and then completed her Residency from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Before joining Dr. Camran Nezhat, she spent eleven successful years practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology as a Partner of Roswell OB/GYN, an affiliate of Atlanta Women’s Health Group.
Her special interest is endometriosis and myoma of the uterus, using minimally invasive and robotic techniques. She also has a special interest regarding the effects of endometriosis in young girls.