Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
- Peter Casson, M.D., Division Director
- John Brumsted, M.D.
- Zaher Merhi, M.D.
- Christine Murray, M.D.
- Michael Toth, Ph.D.
- Jennifer Ambroggio, M.D.
- William Davenport, M.D.
- Amanda Hurliman, M.D.
Reproductive Endocrinologists are trained to manage complex problems relating to reproductive endocrinology and infertility including hormonal imbalances, menopause, menstrual disturbances, problems with sexual development and function, infertility, and pregnancy loss.
The four Reproductive Endocrinologists at the University of Vermont are subspecialty fellowship trained and Board certified. You can access the biosketches on these faculty members of our Division and Department and are encouraged to contact our Division at the University of Vermont with questions regarding research, education, and clinical issues.
The Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility is actively involved in the education of medical students, residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and has a distinguished and long-standing fellowship program in REI. A senior level clerkship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility is offered to all medical students and involves active participation in surgical procedures, gynecologic ultrasound, clinical practice, and didactic sessions. The students work one on one with each faculty member during the clerkship.
The resident physicians at Fletcher Allen Health Care have one 2-month rotation with Reproductive Endocrinology during their second year. The residents are actively involved in the care of all patients and gain skills in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery, transvaginal ultrasound, advanced reproductive technologies, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology.
The fellowship program in Reproductive Endocrinology involves all four faculty members and is overseen by the Fellowship Director, Dr. Peter Casson. This program is noted for its diversity and excellence providing clinical education in all areas of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and extensive basic science and clinical research opportunities. Fellows act a junior member of the faculty, educating medical students and residents, and are actively involved in didactics, clinical meetings, IVF conference, and grand rounds. Information on the fellowship program can be obtained by calling (802) 847-3450.
The faculty within the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility are involved in clinical and basic research. The division participates in multiple clinical trials in infertility as one of six primary clinical sites for the Reproductive Medicine Network, a NIH-funded clinical trials network. The research focus of these studies is on ovulation induction for PCOS patients and empiric therapy in unexplained infertility. Dr. Casson has additional research interests in androgen dynamics in women. Drs. Casson and Hurliman work in conjunction with Dr. Alessandra Rellini in the department of psychology, investigating stress and infertility. Drs. Casson and Hurliman work with Dr. George Osol to investigate vascular dysfunction in a rat model of PCOS. Dr. Hurliman has received a NIH T-32 training grant for her endeavors in this area. Dr. Zaher Merhi has research interests in obesity and reproduction and granulosa cell function.
Referral of subjects and interest in the current research programs are welcomed. Please contact the faculty members involved in the research project or contact the Research Nurse Coordinator, Penny Fairhurst R.N., at (802) 847-0986.
Clinical expertise in all areas of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility are offered by the physicians in our Division, including care of women with menopausal issues, endoscopic surgery, advanced gynecologic ultrasound, hormonal disorders, hirsuitism, infertility, pubertal disorders, endometriosis and pelvic pain, premenstrual syndrome, recurrent pregnancy loss, and advance reproductive technologies/IVF. Please access our web site at Fletcher Allen Health Care for detailed descriptions of our clinical activities. We welcome providers to reach any of the Reproductive Endocrinologist by contacting the provider access service at FAHC. Patient appointments are available by calling (802) 847-1400.
Last modified October 08 2012 03:31 PM