River North IVF Center Fact Sheet

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River North IVF Center Fact Sheet
Fertility Centers of Illinois® (FCI), River North
IVF Center houses a technically advanced, CAP-certified
embryology lab and In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
procedure unit to serve the needs of IVF patients in
the Chicago area. The lab features state-of-the-art
equipment, the latest research applications, and a team
of highly accredited scientists and professionals who
have extensive experience in the diverse areas of embryo
science and successful lab operations. Our main goal is
to combine technology, expertise, and caring service
to routinely provide single-embryo transfers to our
Embryologist performing
ICSI procedure
patients, resulting in better outcomes and reduction of
multiple pregnancies.
FCI’s River North IVF Center Highlights:
A view from
within: an
inside look at
the state-ofthe-art lab at
River North
• With over 25 years of experience, FCI has provided
care for more than 50,000 patients
• Performs more IVF than the next nine fertility clinics
in the Chicago area combined
• Boasts excellent pregnancy rate with below-average
multiple birth rates
• Has more babies born from IVF than the next ten
fertility clinics in the Chicago area combined
Services Offered:
A view from
outside: the
River North
facility and
main entrance
• In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
• Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
• Extended culture and Blastocyst Transfer
• Assisted Zona Hatching (AZH)
• Oocyte and Embryo Vitrification
• Sperm Cryopreservation
• Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
Experience never mattered more.TM
Angeline N. Beltsos, MD Eve C. Feinberg, MD Laurence A. Jacobs, MD Brian R. Kaplan, MD Kevin J. Lederer, MD
Aaron S. Lifchez, MD Edward L. Marut, MD Jane M. Nani, MD John J. Rapisarda, MD Christopher S. Sipe, MD Meike L. Uhler, MD
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Angeline N. Beltsos, M D
Dr. Beltsos is Medical Director of IVF Chicago – River
North Program and one of the managing partners of
FCI. She is double board-certified in OB/GYN and in
reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). She
completed her residency in OB/GYN at Loyola
University, followed by a fellowship in REI at
Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is
Clinical Assistant Professor and Educational REI Division Director
for the OB/GYN residency programs of Illinois Masonic Medical
Center, Lutheran General Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital
Chicago. Dr. Beltsos is the FCI Clinical Research Divisional Director
and participates in a number of research projects and scientific
publications. She has received numerous awards in teaching and has
been honored as ‘top doctor’ from Castle Connelly for several years.
She speaks nationally and locally on many topics of REI and is
chairperson of the Midwest Reproductive Symposium.
At Fertility Centers of Illinois® River North IVF Center, we
have assembled a team of the most highly accredited
embryo scientists who have earned a reputation around
the globe for excellence in the field of embryology.
Left to right: Sara Sanchez, Rebecca Brohammer, Juergen Liebermann,
Jill Mathews, Amanda Erman, Elissa Pelts, Yuri Wagner
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Juergen Liebermann, PhD, HCLD(ABB)
Juergen Liebermann, PhD, HCLD (ABB) is
the Laboratory Director of FCI’s River North
IVF Lab. He has authored many papers in the
area of reproductive science. More recently
Dr. Liebermann and Dr. Tucker edited and
completed a book entitled “Vitrification in
Human Assisted Reproduction”. By getting
world-recognized scientists in the field of cryobiology as
contributors for this book, it presents the State-of-the-Art on
vitrification, a new cryopreservation technique. With his postdoctoral thesis in 2004 he qualified as a university lecturer in
Experimental Reproductive Medicine at the Bavarian
University of Wuerzburg, Germany. He is a member of SSR,
ASRM, ESHRE, ASA, and ABB. He serves as an ad Hoc reviewer
for Fertility and Sterility, Human Reproduction, Reproductive
Biomedicine Online, Reproduction, European Journal of
Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.
Michael J. Tucker, PhD, HCLD, FIBiol
Michael Tucker, a World-renowned embryo
scientist, is Scientific Director of the
Embr yolog y Lab at the River Nor th IVF
Center. Dr. Tucker has over 25 years of
experience in this field. He has held
leadership positions at prominent IVF labs
overseas and in the USA, including Georgia
Reproductive Specialists, Maine Center for Reproductive
Health, Mississippi IVF, Reproductive Specialists of New
York, Reproductive Associates of Delaware, and Shady
Grove Fer tility RSC. He has authored many research
papers, and two books, most recently with Dr. Liebermann,
a definitive text on vitrification. Dr. Tucker has taught
many courses in the area of assisted reproduction. In
2002, the American Fertility Association (AFA) awarded
Dr. Tucker their “Family Building Award,” recognizing his
tireless contributions to the community, for helping AFA
and those affected by infertility.
JoRene Bigler-Vollman, R N, M S N
Experience never mattered more.
Chicago–River North IVF Center
900 N. Kingsbury, Suite RW6
Chicago, IL 60610
See website for a map and driving directions.
877-FCI-4IVF (877-324-4483)
JoRene Bigler-Vollman, RN, MSN has worked in
the field of reproductive medicine since 1994.
She has worked in all aspects of the field,
including fertility nursing, surgery, third-party
reproduction and IVF. She is currently the IVF
Clinical Nurse Manager for FCI's River North
Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in
Nursing (BSN) and Masters of Science degree in Adult Nursing
(MSN) with a focus in reproductive medicine from Loyola
University. She strives for the unit to provide patients with a
compassionate and caring experience while going through the
IVF process. She is a member of The American Society of
Reproductive Medicine.