Embryology Laboratory Director Dr. Jason Barritt highlights and discusses the advantages of the images produced by the embryoscope in aiding in the IVF process.
Dr. Jason Barritt
Dr. Jason Barritt is the Embryology Laboratory Director and Research Scientist of ART Reproductive Center. As a dedicated researcher, Dr. Barritt oversees the daily operations of the embryology lab and coordinates studies to contribute to the advancement of infertility treatments. He holds national certifications as both a High Complexity Laboratory Director and an Embryology Laboratory Directory and has been awarded New York State Department of Health Certifications for Laboratory Directing in Andrology, Endocrinology and Human Tissue Banking.
Hailing from Washington State in the Great Pacific Northwest, Dr. Barritt received his BS degree in biology from Pacific Lutheran University, followed by his MS degree in Human Genetics and his PhD in Human Anatomy from the Medical College of Virginia. Inspired by the desire to help people achieve their dream of having children, he completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Gamete and Embryo Research Laboratory at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of Saint Barnabas.
Dr. Barritt was previously responsible for all Laboratory Direction of Embryology, Andrology and Endocrinology at The Reproductive Center in Ohio and for Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York. He has held the academic position of Clinical Instructor with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York for more than 10 years. Passionate about his work, Dr. Barritt has presented his clinical and research findings at meetings around the world and has published more than 25 papers and over 100 abstracts in the field of reproductive medicine. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the role of mitochondria in human oocytes and embryos.
Dr. Barritt is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American Association of Bioanalysts.
Dr. Barritt currently lives in Los Angeles, where he has participated both directly, or as the director of clinical laboratories in the creation of over 10,000 children in his career.
Dr. Hal Danzer
Co-founder and partner of the Southern California Reproductive Center, Dr. Hal Danzer is an expert in reproductive medicine, including reproductive endocrinology, women’s health and fertility issues. As one of the most respected specialists in the Los Angeles area, over the years Dr. Danzer has helped countless patients fulfill their dreams of becoming parents.
Dr. Danzer is a reproductive endocrinologist board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and serves on the faculty of the UCLA Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship Program. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
A native of Montana growing up with a grandmother who served as a midwife, Dr. Danzer moved to California at a young age with his family. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of San Francisco, where he also first became interested in endocrinology during his time working in the laboratory; which was then followed with his medical degree from the St. Louis University School of Medicine, where he graduated cum laude and was elected to the National Medical Honor Society AOA. Following his internship at the University of Southern California Women’s Hospital Medical Center, he pursued his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and completed a two-year fellowship program in reproductive endocrinology and infertility in the combined USC/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center program.
Among his hospital appointments, Dr. Danzer serves as Reproductive Endocrinologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as well as Attending Physician in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
In 2000, Dr. Danzer co-founded Southern California Reproductive Center with Dr. Mark Surrey and Dr. David Hill. Together, they envisioned and created a fertility center that offers their patients the very highest quality in both laboratory science and best clinical care. As of the highest regarded reproductive endocrinologist in Los Angeles, Dr. Danzer focuses his practice on:
In vitro fertilization of patients with previous IVF failure and complicated fertility issues
Recommending low-dose inter-IVF stimulation and single embryo transfers
Natural cycle and low-dose IVF cycles for patients with diminished ovarian reserve or elevated FSH levels
Egg & embryo banking with low-dose stimulation
A longtime expert on women’s health issues, Dr. Danzer has co-authored books on Natural Family Planning and Premenstrual Syndrome. He has also authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Fertility and Sterility and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As a fertility researcher, Dr. Danzer is interested in strategies that enhance a patient’s chances of having a successful pregnancy, reduce the potential for miscarriages, lower the risk of genetic disorders and avoid the complications associated with multiple births. He believes that for most, in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients under 35 years old, single embryo transfers are optimal, and that these can best be achieved by pairing expert skills with advanced technologies.
Dr. Danzer was named one of the Top 10 Fertility Specialists in the country by Parent Magazine, and his expertise has been featured in The New York Times, In Touch Magazine, Yahoo!, Huffington Post, SheKnows.com, Refinery29 and The Marilu Henner Show, among many others. He has also served as an expert on television and for legal proceedings, as well as a consultant for the Department of Consumer Affairs.
Known for his compassion, Dr. Danzer takes a personal approach to care, helping to reduce the anxiety and stress of his patients to help create a sense of confidence. He is very attuned to the psychological and emotional plight of his patients, having learned to become a very good listener at the direction of his wife, a very well-known psychologist.
Dr. Danzer and his wife, Sheri, a psychotherapist, reside in Brentwood, California and have two adult children.
Dr. Mark Surrey
Co-founder and Medical Director of the Southern California Reproductive Center, Dr. Mark Surrey M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S. is a leader in the field of fertility and reproductive medicine, including reproductive surgery and in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
Dr. Surrey, a reproductive endocrinologist, is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He serves as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Surrey is past president of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), the largest association of minimally invasive gynecologists in the United States, and the leading organization of its kind worldwide. He is also past president of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, the premier society of IVF specialists in the western United States.
A prolific researcher, Dr. Surrey has authored numerous publications for leading peer-reviewed journals includingFertility and Sterility and the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. As a fertility expert, Dr. Surrey is committed to supporting each patient’s ability to have a successful pregnancy and the healthiest baby possible. Voted one of the “Top 100 Health Professionals” and listed in “Best Doctors in America,” Dr. Surrey’s ability to help people achieve their fertility goals has made him a physician of choice for patients from all over the world for more than 25 years. This has led him to pursue rigorous training in pelvic reconstructive surgery, microsurgery and laparoscopic surgery, IVF and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Used in IVF procedures, PGD allows embryos to be screened for single gene disorders such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia and Tay-Sachs disease. Many more human diseases are caused by defects in a single gene. PGD can help avoid miscarriage and improve the chances of a successful pregnancy. Dr. Surrey is also pursuing research that can improve embryo implantation, reduce the risk of multiple pregnancies and advance the success of embryo transfer.
Dr. Surrey is on the leading edge of egg cryopreservation to preserve fertility for women facing the challenge of cancer or those who choose to delay pregnancy but want the best possible outcome.
Dr. Surrey earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.D. from George Washington University. Following an internship and residency at UCLA Medical Center, he completed a research Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and an Infertility Fellowship at the University of London, Hammersmith Hospital. He trained in preimplantation genetic diagnosis at the University of London and Monash University, Melbourne.