About Our Chicago, Illinois Area Fertility Specialists
Modern management of infertility requires many areas of expertise and demands a team approach. At Oak Brook Fertility Center (OBFC), each fertility specialist draws on their own unique experience as a physician, surgeon, andrologist, embryologist, or nursing staff to optimize your chances for success.
After the initial consultation and review of your records, Drs. Dmowski, Rana, or Trukhacheva will arrange for the appropriate diagnostic tests and will discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of alternative treatment options. Once the optimal treatment is selected, the fertility expert will supervise its implementation while our nursing staff will coordinate different phases of treatment and provide comprehensive education, information, and support specific to your needs. Our laboratory director and his team will perform laboratory testing and will take care of the gametes and embryos to assure optimal chances for conception. Each team member at our fertility clinic is committed to providing you with the highest quality care.
- Dr. W. Paul Dmowski
- Dr. John S. Rinehart
- Dr. Nasir Rana
- Dr. Carolyn B. Coulam
- Dr. Elena Trukhacheva
- Our Nursing Staff
Dr. W. Paul Dmowski
Dr. W. Paul Dmowski, Director of the Oak Brook Fertility Center (OBFC), has been practicing infertility in the Chicago, Illinois area since 1971. As a renowned fertility specialist, Dr. Dmowski is Board Certified both in reproductive endocrinology/infertility (RE/I) and in obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN). He holds both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.
Dr. Dmowski is well recognized nationally and internationally for his pioneering research in the field of RE/I. He has published more than 300 original articles, textbooks, and textbook chapters. He is a member of numerous professional societies and is a frequent speaker at national and international meetings. He has served on editorial boards and as a reviewer for professional journals and on governing boards of professional societies. He has received awards and recognitions from the American Medical Association, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He has also been listed in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who in Polish America. Recently, he has been recognized as one of the top obstetrician/gynecologists in the country.
During his academic career, which spans more than three decades, Dr. Dmowski has held many prestigious positions. He was on the Faculty of the University of Chicago between 1971 and 1979 as Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor of OB/GYN. Between 1979 and 1981 he was a Professor of OB/GYN at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and, since 1981, has been a Tenured Professor of OB/GYN at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He established, and for many years directed, fertility programs and departments of RE/I at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago, the University of Arkansas, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, Lincoln Park Hospital (formerly Grant Hospital) of Chicago, and Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. He also established, and for many years directed, an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology approved RE/I Fellowship Training program at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. Many graduates of that program are well-recognized fertility specialists in the USA and abroad. One of these graduates is Dr. Nasir Rana, who subsequently joined Dr. Dmowski in our Oak Brook, Illinois-based private fertility clinic.
In 1983, Dr. Dmowski established, and for many years directed, one of Chicago's first in vitro fertilization (IVF) programs at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center; then five years later, a second IVF program at Lincoln Park Hospital (formerly Grant Hospital) of Chicago. When technological advances made a free-standing IVF center possible, Dr. Dmowski and his associate Dr. Rana designed and built one of the first private, entirely office-based IVF programs in the country - the Oak Brook Fertility Center. This fertility clinic opened in the spring of 1990 and immediately began serving patients from Chicago, Milwaukee, and other areas. The clinic’s fertility specialists represent diverse areas of expertise for a comprehensive team approach.
Research in the field of RE/I has been one of Dr. Dmowski's major passions during his entire academic career and endometriosis has been his major interest. In 1967, under the direction of one of the pioneers of RE/I, Professor Robert B. Greenblatt, Dr. Dmowski began experimental and clinical research with new synthetic hormones. One of these, which subsequently became known as Danazol (Danocrine), became the first effective medical treatment for endometriosis and is still in clinical use. During the 1980s, Dr. Dmowski evaluated and helped introduce into the treatment of endometriosis a group of hormones classified as GnRH agonists. Included in this category are Lupron, Synarel, Zoladex, and Buserelin. GnRH agonists are as effective as Danazol in the treatment of endometriosis but have a different mechanism of action than Danazol and a different pattern of side effects.
Unfortunately, none of the currently available treatments can cure endometriosis because the cause of the disease is unknown. In order to better coordinate basic and clinical research, Dr. Dmowski founded the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Endometriosis (Endometriosis Institute) in 1988. On-going research at the Endometriosis Institute is focused on identifying the cause of endometriosis and, supported by this knowledge, on discovering better diagnostic techniques and better treatment methods. Studies at the Endometriosis Institute demonstrated that changes in the immune function are associated with endometriosis and that deficiency in the cell-mediated immunity may be the cause of the disease. These changes in the immune function seem to be transmitted genetically or may be acquired through the effect of the environment. Currently, research at the Endometriosis Institute is focused on identifying molecular events that lead to abnormal cellular immunity and to the development of endometriosis. Once this information becomes available, screening procedures to identify women susceptible to endometriosis, preventive measures, and cause-directed treatments can be developed. A clinical trial with a promising, newly developed hormone not as yet on the market has just been completed. The drug belongs to the class of GnRH antagonists which are similar to GnRH agonists but have several clinical advantages. Other approaches to the management of endometriosis, such as treatment with locally administered hormones which have a direct effect on endometriotic lesions but few if any symptoms or side effects, or modification of the immune response with immunomodulators are also being studied under Dr. Dmowski's direction at the Endometriosis Institute.
Dr. Rinehart maintains his academic connection as an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University School of Medicine, and through frequent lecturing, input to hospital-based ethics committees, and IRB-approved research studies. Dr. Rinehart is the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Evanston-Northwestern Healthcare and St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, Illinois. He regularly works with residents and medical students in clinical settings and classroom lecturing, and is sought after for his expertise in both medical and legal perspectives of fertility management. Dr. Rinehart is also a member of the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and the Society for the Study of Reproduction.
In 1986, Dr. Rinehart helped establish Evanston Hospital's first IVF program, one of the first private-practice based IVF programs in the country. In addition, Dr. Rinehart aided in the development of many innovative procedures and treatments for use in assisted reproductive technologies, and in response to the challenges of managed care, Dr. Rinehart helped form the nation's largest infertility physician practice management group. There, he served as the IVF Director of one of the nation's largest IVF programs. He continues to devote special efforts to ethics and reproductive care as the Chair of the ENH Ethics Subcommittee on Reproductive Issues, and to fertility preservation for oncology patients.
Dr. Rinehart continues to focus his expertise on providing comprehensive reproductive medical care to women, men and adolescents.
Dr. Nasir Rana
Dr. Nasir Rana, Associate Director of the Oak Brook Fertility Center, has devoted more than 30 years of his professional life to academic medicine and the clinical practice of gynecology and reproductive endocrinology/infertility (RE/I). His services as a fertility specialist are an invaluable assent at our fertility clinic serving the Chicago, Illinois area.
Dr. Rana received his medical education from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, from which he graduated with a Medical Degree in 1969. In 1974, he completed his internship and residency training in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He also holds a Master Degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Illinois School of Public Health in Chicago. Between 1983 and 1985, Dr. Rana was enrolled in a post-graduate Fellowship Training program in RE/I at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center/Rush Medical College and subsequently became Board Certified both in OB/GYN and in RE/I. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Rana was awarded a Certificate of Special Competence in the field of advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgical procedures by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
Over the years, Dr. Rana has lectured extensively on issues dealing with women's health. He and his colleagues have organized and participated in several national and international seminars and workshops on endometriosis, infertility, and advanced laparoscopic gynecological procedures. Dr. Rana is author or co-author of more than 75 scientific articles published in peer-review journals. Together, Dr. Rana and Dr. Dmowski established the OBFC and the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Endometriosis.
Dr. Rana is on the staff at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Elmhurst, the Oak Brook Medical & Surgical Centre in Oak Brook, and the 900 North Michigan Avenue Surgical Center in Chicago. As a renowned fertility specialist, he is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is a Retired Colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Carolyn B. Coulam, M.D. graduated from the University of Utah College of Medicine in 1967 with a degree in medicine and a masters degree in biochemistry. She completed a rotating internship at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital at Dartmouth College, and her residency at the Mayo Clinic, where she remained for 17 years.
While on the staff of the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Coulam was chair of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and established the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) program at this institution, in 1983. She became professor at the Mayo Medical School in 1984 and in 1985, was appointed chair of the Division of Reproductive Biology at the University of Pittsburgh.
In 1986, Dr. Coulam became the Medical Director of the Center for Reproduction and Transplantation in Indianapolis, Indiana, establishing the reproductive immunology and reproductive biology laboratories where she rapidly contributed to the scientific literature in the field of reproductive medicine, particularly as it related to recurrent pregnancy loss. In 1991, Dr. Coulam assumed the position of Director of Reproductive Immunology at the Genetics & IVF Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. In 1996 she became National Director of Reproductive Immunology at the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR) in Illinois, while at the same time, serving as Vice President of Medical Affairs, Director of Ultrasound, and as Associate Director of CHR in New York. In January 2000, Dr. Coulam joined SIRM as Medical Director and Director of Laboratory Research of SIRM-Chicago.
Dr. Coulam is board certified in the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology and in the sub-specialty of reproductive endocrinology. She has served as managing editor of the American Journal or Reproductive Immunology. She has more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals to her credit and has edited a major reference textbook entitled "Immunologic Obstetrics" published by W.W. Norton.
Dr. Coulam has an excellent reputation, spanning 30 years, for providing devoted care to her patients and enjoys an international reputation for her contributions to medical/scientific education and research. Notwithstanding the above, she considers her greatest achievement to be the fact that she is the proud mother of 10 wonderful children.
Dr. Elena TrukhachevaDr. Elena Trukhacheva joined the Oak Brook Fertility Center in September 2009. Dr Trukhacheva has devoted more than nine years of her professional life to academic medicine, research, and clinical practice in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
In 1994 Dr. Trukhacheva won a Gold Medal (first award) and special Silver prize for practical skills at the International Biology Olympiad, conducted as an intellectual competition for high-school students on a yearly basis by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This prestigious award enabled her to enter the best Medical School in her home country - Russia. Dr. Trukhacheva received her medical degree from the Russian State Medical University in Moscow, Russia. She graduated magna cum laude in 2000 and received multiple awards for research and academic excellence during her studies, including full scholarship from the Federal Russian government and Moscow government, and several grants from the Open Society Institute. After graduation, she received a prestigious award from the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences for research and clinical training at the Russian Research Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Perinatology, where her focus was mostly on reproductive endocrinology, infertility, and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Upon completion of this program in 2002, Dr. Trukhacheva passed the United States Medical Licensing Board Examinations and started residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College Medicine in Houston, Texas, which is consistently rated among the top medical schools in the country.
During residency, Dr. Trukhacheva continued research in the field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility under the mentorship of leaders in this subspecialty - Drs. Sandra Ann Carson, John Buster, and Joe Leigh Simpson. One of her research projects at Baylor was devoted to the development and validation of statistical model to predict cleavage stage embryos implantation potential. This project received the first award in 2005 during Arthur M. Harris resident research day at Baylor and was published in the Fertility and Sterility journal, one of the most widely read journals by Reproductive Endocrinologists.
As Reproductive Endocrinology always was of special interest for her, after residency Dr. Trukhacheva entered a three year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Northwestern University in Chicago. During her fellowship she also received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Investigation. She had formal training in biostatistics, epidemiology, and design of the clinical trials, as well as medical ethics. Dr Trukhacheva conducted several basic science and clinical research projects that were presented at multiple national and international scientific meetings. She worked with Dr. Serdar E. Bulun, one of the well recognized experts in the field of endometriosis, exploring a role of estrogen receptor beta in pathophysiology of endometriosis and progesterone resistance of this tissue. This work was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and potentially could lead to the development of new strategies for medical treatment of endometriosis. Another research project was devoted to improvement of embryo selection for IVF, looking at the differential expression of several genes in cumulus granulosa cells as a novel embryo selection criterion for improvement of outcomes in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).
During fellowship, Dr Trukhacheva also had a busy clinical practice at Northwestern with the focus on reproductive endocrinology and infertility as well as advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic gynecologic surgery. She was also involved in proctoring and teaching advanced laparoscopy to physicians in training at Northwestern University/Prentice Women's Hospital and University of Illinois at Peoria, and lectured on electrosurgery and hysteroscopy. In addition, Dr. Trukhacheva serves as a reviewer for Fertility and Sterility.
Dr. Trukhacheva has been recognized by patients and peers as being an exceptionally compassionate physician and she takes great pride in providing outstanding, personalized attention and medical care to each individual and couple. She is fluent in English, Russian, and Ukrainian. A native if Russia, she now calls Chicago home.
Our Nursing Staff
A skilled, well-trained, and compassionate nursing staff is a prerequisite for the success of any medical facility, and our fertility clinic near Chicago, Illinois is no exception. As an important part of our team of fertility specialists, our nurses are required to continue their education and to acquire new skills and new areas of expertise in the field. Our nursing staff participates in the activities of the Chicago Association of Reproductive Endocrinologists (CARE) and the Chicago Institute of ART (CIA) and attends other local meetings and seminars. Our nurses are also actively involved in the annual meetings and postgraduate courses given by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and other professional organizations to which they belong. They also take formal training courses in pelvic sonography and participate in the annual meetings of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).
Our staff of registered nurses has extensive experience and certification in reproductive endocrinology nursing and certification in pelvic sonography (RDMS).
Linda DeOrio, RNC, RDMS
Linda DeOrio, RNC, RDMS, has been active in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility (RE/I) nursing for the past 30 years. She played an active role in the establishment of OBFC and has been the Director of Nursing from its inception. She also helped to develop our IVF program and secure Certificate of Accreditation for First Trimester Obstetrical and Gynecological Ultrasound from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Linda received her National Certification Corporation (NCC) certification in RE/I nursing in 1989 and was certified as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in 1994. She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). Her extensive experience and knowledge is a great resource for our patients as they negotiate the sometimes complex treatment plan.
Jean McMenamin, ADN, RN, RDMS/Donor Oocyte Coordinator
Jean McMenamin, ADN, RN, RDMS, is a graduate of the College of DuPage School of Nursing. She joined OBFC in September 2001 as a Staff Nurse and was certified as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) in 2009. Jean has several years of experience in obstetrical/gynecological nursing. Jean works closely with the oocyte donors and recipients making this process as flawless as possible. Her knowledge and compassionate care builds patient confidence and trust.
Krystyna Fitros, BA, CMA, CPT/IVF Coordinator
Krystyna Fitros, BA, CMA, had more than eight years experience as an IVF clinical coordinator, clinical administrator, and office manager before joining our staff in February 2001. As a member of our IVF team, Krystyna coordinates clinical IVF services and assists our patients during their pre-IVF evaluation and IVF procedures. Krystyna speaks fluent Polish and her bi-lingual abilities are especially appreciated by our Polish-speaking patients. Krystyna's experience and dedication, as well as her warm and compassionate personality, win our patients' trust, confidence, and appreciation.
Heather Hobbs-Michalides, RN, BSN, CCRC
Heather Hobbs-Michalides, RN, BSN, CCRC, graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Heather's nursing experience includes obstetrical/gynecological nursing, medical/surgical nursing, and diabetes care. Heather joined OBFC in early 2004 as a Staff Nurse. In 2008, Heather earned the title of Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) and assists in research studies. Heather's extensive, well-rounded nursing background and warm professional manner are appreciated by our patients.
Contact Our Chicago, Illinois Area Fertility Clinic
If you would like to learn more about the services our fertility specialists provide, or to schedule an appointment at our Oak Brook, Illinois-based fertility clinic serving those from Chicago, Milwaukee, and other areas, contact the Oak Brook Fertility Center today Toll-free 888-331-3336 or 630-954-0054.