Guest Speakers

'Exploring Family Building Options,' James S. Heiner, M.D.

Reproductive Care Center, Founder and PartnerBoard Certified OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinologist.

Dr. Heiner majored in Microbiology at BYU and studied Biochemistry at the University of Utah before earning his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) in 1985. He then completed a four year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UTMB. During this time he served as chief administrative resident and was honored with the “Good as Gold” award for superior patient care.

Dr. Heiner then completed a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Centers in Los Angeles completing the program in 1991. Dr Heiner served as a full time faculty member at UCLA until 1996. While there he served as the acting director of the Fellowship Program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and was also the director of the fertility clinic and endoscopy surgical services for the Department of OB/GYN at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Heiner is the founder of the Reproductive Care Center, the first private practice infertility and IVF clinic in the state of Utah also serving patients from Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. The center opened in 1996, followed by the IVF service which began in April 1997.

'Naturally Enhancing Fertility,' Ahmad Hammoud, M.D.

Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine,Assistant Professor, Reproductive Endocrinology Division,Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Hammoud was trained in medicine at Saint Joseph University in Lebanon and completed his residency for Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University. He joined the staff of the Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine in July of 2005 as a fellow and has been involved in several outstanding research projects. After finishing his fellowship, he was appointed as an assistant professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is currently an active faculty member of the Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine. He and his wife and twin daughters enjoy Salt Lake City’s friendly environment.

'Dealing With the Emotional Aspects of Infertility,' William R. Keye, M.D.

Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine,Associate Professor, Reproductive Endocrinology Division,Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Keye received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Minnesota, University of Michigan and the University of California in San Francisco. He was an original member of the University of Utah’s IVF team and served as the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and IVF until 1990 when he left to serve in a similar capacity at the William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan and as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. He has recently served on the staff of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Michigan. In November 2008 he returned to the University of Utah as a member of the Fertility Center team. Dr. Keye is Board Certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility. He and his wife have two children, two grandchildren, a grandcat and a granddog. He enjoys skiing, golf and spoiling his grandchildren.

'Understanding the Basics of Infertility,' Russell A. Foulk, M.D.

Utah Fertility Center, Board Certified OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinologist

He graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University with dual majors in microbiology and Asian studies, and dual minors in zoology and Korean. He finished at the top of his class while receiving his doctorate of medicine from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. During his post-graduate training in Ob/Gyn at U.C. Irvine Medical Center and his fellowship in reproductive medicine at U.C. San Francisco, he received a prestigious National Institute of Health grant, published numerous papers and presented before many national organizations. While on faculty at U.C. San Francisco, his research endeavors focused on implantation physiology, in which he shares two patents on unique immunologic proteins expressed by placental cells. He continues his research interests through multi-center investigative trials and basic research into the mechanisms of implantation and stem cells.

Dr. Foulk is an associate clinical professor at the University of Washington, Department of Ob/Gyn and at the University of Nevada, School of Medicine. He routinely teaches medical students, residents and general education courses. He has set up several IVF centers in Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Hawaii, Belgrade and Serbia. He has served for 8 years on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society and recently served as the President of the Society.

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