Faculty & Staff

James M. Goldfarb, MD, MBA, Clinical Professor and Fellowship Director

Dr. Goldfarb returned to the UH/CWRU Department in 2010, having spent his career helping to give Cleveland a reputation for highly innovative and successful fertility treatment, including the world’s first surrogate pregnancy achieved by his team here in 1986. He started one of the earliest IVF programs in the nation and has made overseeing high quality ART programs his main focus since 1982. He is a past President of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART), and speaks and writes extensively on all facets of IVF and infertility. Dr. Goldfarb serves as the overall clinical and research director for the fellows, meeting with them regularly to supervise their progress and ensure that each fellow pursues a research project which will result in the completion of a thesis which may be utilized in their certification process.

James H. Liu, MD, Professor of Reproductive Biology and Department Chair

Dr. Liu has been the Department chair since 2001. Previously, he was the REI Division Director and Fellowship Program Director at the University of Cincinnati for over a decade. He is an internationally known expert in hormonal changes associated with aging and therapeutic hormone effects during menopause. He has extensive translation and clinical research experience, and has been the Principal Investigator on multiple NIH and industrial grants, including the Women’s Health Initiative and the NICHD Clinical Contraceptive Trials Network. His clinical areas of interest include menopausal medicine, osteoporosis, infertility, and assisted reproductive techniques. He is an active clinician and will serve as a clinical, infertility surgery, and research mentor.

Dr. Brooke Rossi, Instructor of Reproductive Biology

Dr. Rossi has been with University Hospitals since 2011. Her clinical interests include fertility preservation, reproductive surgery, including robotic surgery, and IVF . She coordinates the Oocyte Donation Progam. Dr. Rossi particularly enjoys caring for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and runs a multi-disciplinary adolescent PCOS clinic with the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology. She serves as a clinical mentor for the fellows.

Dr. Sam Mesiano, Associate Professor of Reproductive Biology

Dr. Sam Mesiano is a graduate of Monash University, Melbourne Australia, where he received a PhD in Physiology (Reproduction) specializing in the hormonal control of fetal growth. As a WM Keck Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Endocrinology he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco where he studied the development and functional biology of the human fetal adrenal cortex, after which he remained at UCSF as a faculty member. During that time he co-mentored REI fellows in the UCSF program guiding them through the basic science (mainly molecular biology) of their research projects. In 1998 Dr. Mesiano moved to the University of Newcastle, Australia, where he was a Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator in the Mothers and Babies Research Centre. His research examined the role of steroid hormones in the control of human pregnancy and parturition. In 2004 he joined the faculty in the Department of Reproductive Biology at CWRU where he continues to perform research into the molecular endocrinology of steroid hormone action in human reproduction specializing in pregnancy and parturition. As co-director of the UH Ob/Gyn Research Division he plays an active role in mentoring clinical fellows and ensuring that expertise and infrastructure are available to ensure success. He brings hands-on experience in basic research into human reproduction to the UH REI fellowship program and actively participates in the planning, implementation and analysis research outcomes. Dr. Mesiano is the CWRU/UHHS/MetroHealth site director for the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Ohio Collaborative and his research is also funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth.

Li Meng, PhD

Li Meng, PhD received his doctorate in reproductive physiology from North Carolina State University and Beijing Agricultural University’s joint program. He completed his post-doctoral training in embryology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and the Oregon National Primate Research Center, where he cloned the first monkey in the world at 1996. Dr. Meng's research on nuclear transfer and replacement of oocyte cytoplasm has won national recognition. He has twice received awards for ASRM- General Program Prize Paper at the 53rd (GV-transfer) and 55th (Pol-scope/SpindleView) annual meeting. As a leading oocyte cryopreservation expert, He is a pioneer in the field of oocyte cryopreservation and has developed the computer controlled automated microfluidic system for oocyte/embryo vitrification. Collaborating with Nikon, Dr. Meng developed robotic-operated non-invasive culture/imaging system performing remote monitoring and automatic detection of early human embryo cleavage . Dr. Meng joined University Hospital Fertility Center as our in-vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratory director. Dr.Meng is certified with the American Board of Bioanalysts (ABB) as a director of laboratories performing high complexity clinical testing, and oversees a team of technicians and scientists who perform routine clinical testing as well as research in all elements of assisted reproductive technologies.

CURRENT FELLOWS

Gretchen Collins, MD

GG Collins, MD started her Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship at University Hospitals in July 2014. She received her medical degree from Loyola University in Chicago in 2010. In 2014, she completed her OB/GYN residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Collins interests include fertility preservation and surgical management of infertility. Her current research is focused on the effects of metformin on progesterone receptor expression in high and low grade endometrial cancer cells.

Thalia Segal, MD

Thalia Segal, MD began her Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellowship at University Hospitals in 2015. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2011, and completed her residency in OB/GYN at North Shore - Long Island Jewish Hospital in 2015. Dr. Segal has a special interest in recurrent pregnancy loss and the effects of the environment on infertility. Her research focuses on endocrine disrupting chemicals and their effects on embryo development and implantation.

Suruchi Thakore, MD

Suruchi Thakore, MD started her Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship at University Hospitals in July 2013. She received her medical degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Medicine in 2009. In 2013, she completed her OB/GYN residency at the Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, NY. Dr. Thakore’s interests include polycystic ovarian syndrome and fertility preservation. Her current research is focused on the hormonal influences and pathways involved in fibroid development and growth.

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